Music has always been in Chelsea's life and started when she was a baby while listening to her mother play the piano and sing lullabies. Her love of music took off once she was enrolled in piano lessons at age five and voice lessons in high school. She loved performing at local and state competitions and providing accompaniment for her choir group and friends. Once she went to college at Kansas State University, she decided to continue her love of music by playing for local churches in praise and worship bands.
Once she graduated from KSU, Chelsea began her music journey as the Praise and Worship Coordinator for Immanuel Faith Community Church in Belvue, KS. She loved singing and providing music for her church community. After a few years, she decided to move with her family and currently plays in the Praise and Worship Band at Crosspoint Community Church in Wamego, KS. It was at this church that she met an amazing mentor and musical friend, Heather Miller (former owner of Studio Ambit), and started teaching private piano and voice lessons at Studio Ambit.
Studio Ambit, now known as Flint Hills Academy of Music, was founded in 2017 and offers a bright future for children and families through private and group music classes and piano and voice instruction.
Chelsea and her husband Chris have been married since 2007 and have a son and daughter who love to have karaoke contests at home. Chelsea and her family also enjoy weekends at the lake, watching movies, and riding ATVs in the beautiful Flint Hills.
I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old and finally stopped taking them when I graduated from college. I was fortunate enough to have a nationally recognized piano teacher throughout high school, which gave me the opportunity to participate in the National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Solo Festival and the Multiple Piano Concert in Kansas City for several years. I have years of experience accompanying vocalists of all ages and skill levels. I was a pianist/vocalist for the praise and worship band at my church in Kansas City for five years before I met the love of my life and transplanted to the Wamego area. I have been the Worship Coordinator at Immanuel Faith Community Church, Wells Creek, for a number of years. I am also one of the pianists and vocalists for the church.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Church Music with an emphasis in voice and piano from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. I have been teaching at the studio for two years now and have really enjoyed getting to know the families at the studio!
Ryan Rourke is a certified K-12 Choral and Instrumental teacher who has been teaching in public schools since 2018. Ryan began her career teaching 6-8 Choir, Guitar, and Ukulele at Fort Riley Middle School with USD 475. She is now teaching Choir, Guitar, Ukulele, and Drama at Wamego Middle School at USD 320. Ryan has taught private piano and voice lessons since 2015 and is now excited to join the Flint Hills Studio. Student ages that Ryan has had experience teaching inside a public classroom and/or in a private lesson range in ages from four to eighteen years old.
Ryan graduated from Kansas State University in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Music Education with a concentration in Voice and Piano and a minor in Dance. While at Kansas State University, Ryan studied private voice lessons with Cheryl Richt and private piano lessons with Dr. Virginia Houser. Additionally, Ryan took advantage of many musical opportunities inside and outside of the university. Ryan accompanied and sang in multiple University Choirs while continuing to play the piano and sing for church.
Ryan has a big heart for children of all ages and strives to instill a lifelong skill and love for music in every student she meets. When Ryan is not teaching, she is at home with her daughter, husband, and two big furry dogs.
Matthew Meals is a concert pianist, jazz bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. Mr. Meals completed studies in piano performance at Kansas State University under Dr. Agustin Muriago. Additionally, he pursued jazz studies under Dr. Wayne Goins and historical performance practice under Mr. David Wood. During his studies at KSU, he was a finalist in the 2016 Honors Recital, gold medalist in the 2016 KMTA Honors Auditions, and Winner of the 2017 KSU Concerto Competition.
To supplement his studies, Mr. Meals attended international music festivals at the University of Florida (2017), The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (2018), and The Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (2019). During these festivals, Mr. Meals had opportunities to study privately with some of the finest concert pianists in the world including Natalya Antonova (Eastman), Maria Szraiber (FCUM), Piotr Paleczny (FCUM), and Pavel Nerssesian (Moscow Conservatory), among others. Mr. Meals has performed in five European countries as a pianist and has performed extensively as a jazz/rock bassist locally throughout the state of Kansas. As a bassist, he performed with KSU’s top jazz ensembles and many student groups on and off campus.
Currently Mr. Meals resides in Randolph, KS. His hobbies include, reading, drawing, foreign language, and learning new instruments.
Brandon Collins (b.1995) grew up in Middlebourne, WV, and started playing music at the young age of 7. With many years of experience growing in music programs in West Virginia, He graduated from West Liberty University with a B.M. in Music Technology and Music Performance. His academic performance career has given him experience with multiple percussion ensembles, marching bands, wind ensembles, and jazz groups. He moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in 2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Percussion under Kurt Gartner.
As a freelance performing musician, Brandon currently plays drums with local indie rock band The Box Turtles and the new jam band The BPM Trio. Brandon has also performed with groups such as The Solars Trio (jazz), In Flow (fusion), The Thundering Cats Big Band, Los Yumas (Latin jazz), Dan Evick and The Last Minute Band (light rock), Homemade Jam (classic rock/jam band), Phunk Phace (brass band), and multiple musical theatre shows.
As an educator, Brandon has worked with multiple drumlines and was a co-instructor of Kansas State University’s Percussion Techniques course. He also has experience with private teaching on his own and through the Manhattan Arts Center.
Annah Clark has lived in the Wamego community since January of 2010. She earned a Bachelor in Music Education from Kansas State University in 2005 and has taught music in the public school system off and on since. She also is a licensed teacher with Let's Play Music and has taught classes for over ten years. Annah teaches flute lessons, bucket drumming, and piano classes at the studio. When she's not teaching, she and her husband, Peter, are parents to six kids.
Andrew has been highly involved in music throughout his life. Growing up in a musical family, the importance of studying music was instilled in him at an early age, setting the foundation for his love for music and his interests in classical, popular, and traditional music styles.
Though a Manhattan, Kansas native, Andrew lived abroad in Bogotá, Colombia, his mother's homeland. While there, he performed in jazz, blues, and Latin ensembles, studied theory, composition, and guitar performance technique, and composed original film music for independent filmmakers in the region. He and his brother Alan have since created original scores for four short films and various multimedia and commercial projects. Their film work has been featured in film festivals in South America, Central America, and Western Europe.
Currently, Andrew is a graduate student at Kansas State University, working towards a Masters in Music Composition. His studies include composition and theory, jazz guitar, and conducting. He plays guitar in the university's jazz ensembles, as well as with a number of jazz and rock groups locally. He enjoys composing modern classical music and has recently received on-campus premiers of his work. He assists in the undergraduate beginning conducting class at Kansas State and participates in the KSU Symphony Orchestra rehearsals as a student conductor and coach.
Andrew is passionate about sharing his love of music, as well as the knowledge and experience he has acquired over the years.
Alan is a jazz pianist, composer, and music producer with over ten years of experience working professionally in the music industry. As a composer, he has been commissioned to create scores for several foreign films and documentaries, many of which have been selected for participation in international film festivals in countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, and Colombia. He has also composed works for the concert hall, his first world premier being held in April of 2022. As a performer, he has had the opportunity to perform across the United States and Canada, in addition to a series of performances during several years in Bogotá, Colombia.
Music has been a lifelong pursuit and a part of Alan's life from a very young age. His musical education spans over twenty-five years, beginning at six when he first began taking piano lessons. His development has been achieved primarily through private instruction and independent study, including diverse topics such as music theory and history, ear training, psychology of music, and digital sound synthesis. Alan is currently pursuing a Master's of Music at Kansas State University, with an emphasis in Composition, Jazz Performance, and Orchestral Conducting. He is passionate about music and strives to instill this passion in his students, firmly believing that everyone can benefit from the virtues of making music.
Darryl Matsune is a guitarist from Walnut, California. He has received a Bachelor's degree for Instrumental Performance at the University of California, Riverside, under Robert Scarano and is currently attending Kansas State University's Masters program for a degree in Instrumental Performance under Dr. Wayne Goins. Darryl also participated in many of UC Riverside's ensembles, such as their Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra (percussion), Concert Band (percussion), and Marching Band (drumline). He is also currently a member of Kansas State University's Concert Jazz Ensemble, Swing Machine jazz combo, and the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. Alongside his academic career, he has been a freelance musician and has played in various venues, theaters, and concert halls throughout Los Angeles, California, since he was ten years old. Now, Darryl plays guitar in a jazz organ trio called Mr. Direction around the Manhattan, Kansas area, with Michael T. Brown on the Hammond B3 organ and Caleb Brown on the drumset. He also plays lead guitar at the First Christian Church in Manhattan, Kansas.