Vance Music staff is comprised of talented musicians with over 100 years of accumulated teaching experience. We continue to improve our skills through college courses, workshops and performances. Members of our staff have served as clinicians and artistic advisors for colleges, public school and church music programs, and continue to mentor other instructors. We work hard to devote quality personal attention to every individual student. We also try to provide our students with opportunities to help them become better musicians. These opportunities include regular monthly recitals and special occasions such as the Christian Howes workshop we sponsored for our students this year.

CURRENT INSTRUCTORS:

REX S. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Violin ~ Viola ~ Cello ~ Piano ~ Organ ~ Theory ~ Electric Violin.

• Violin student of James Caesar and Beatrice Pease of Wichita State University (WSU).
• Longtime violin student of Leopold Shopmaker (who studied with Leopold Auer and Willy Hess) for whom the MID-AMERICAN VIOLIN COMPETITION is named (Leopold Shopmaker Award).
• Founder and member of First Baptist Church (FBC) String Orchestra.
• Currently plays in the FBC Praise Band and the Vance Music Band.
• Played in the Hutchinson Symphony, Fort Hays Symphony, WSU Symphony, Friend’s Community Orchestra, K.U. Medical Arts Symphony, and the Kansas City Kansas Symphony.
• School and church orchestra clinician including genres such as: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Old-time Fiddle, Cajun and Gospel music.
• Taught clinics and / or workshops for Friends University, WSU and the Kansas American String Teacher Association (KASTA).
• Played backup for Alvis Barnett, The Terry’s, Parton’s, Stutes Family, Pee Wee Reese, Craig Curry and Ernest Alexander.
• Member of the American String Teacher Association (ASTA), KASTA, Kansas Acoustic Arts Association and the Kansas Bluegrass Association.
• Board member of KASTA.
• Published composer and arranger.

MEGHAN L. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Piano ~ Guitar ~ Theory

• Piano student of Paul Reed, John Goering, Chet Vance and Wynona Vance.
• Violin student of Rex Vance.
• Guitar student of Sterling Gray.
• Current accompanist for the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir.
• Currently plays in the First Baptist Church Strings.
• Former Concertmistress of Wichita North High School Orchestra.
• Played in the Wichita State University Orchestra, Wichita State Summer Orchestra, and the Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestras.
• Has received two Student of the Year awards (Vance Music).
• Has received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals.

WYNONA L. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR
Wind Instruments ~ Brass Instruments ~ Guitar ~ Piano ~ Organ ~ Accordion ~ and more!

• State of Kansas certified K-12 public school teacher with Master of Music Education from Wichita State University (specialization in Learning Disabled).
• Violin student of Leopold Shopmaker and Beatrice Pease.
• Saxophone student of Jean Lansing (who studied with Eugene Rousseau).
• Played in the Kansas City Kansas Symphony, the K.U. Medical Arts Symphony, and the Wichita State University Symphony.
• Sang with the Wichita State University Singers.
• Vance Music Associate Director.

MARISSA J. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC BUSINESS MANAGER & INSTRUCTOR
Violin ~ Piano ~ Electric Violin ~ Mandolin ~ Voice ~ Theory

• Violin student of Alla Aranovskaya of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Rex Vance and Nancy Luttrell.
• Jazz violin student of Tom Fowler, Mark Foley and Rex Vance.
• Piano student of Chet Vance, Judith Fear, Wynona Vance and John Goering.
• Vocal student of Janet Vance and Chet Vance.
• Currently working toward degrees in Violin Performance, Jazz Studies and Business at Wichita State University (WSU).
• Currently working toward a Master’s Certificate in Music Business at Berklee School of Music.
• Currently plays in the WSU Orchestra, First Baptist Church (FBC) String Orchestra, FBC Praise Band and the Vance Music Band.
• Currently sings in the FBC Sanctuary Choir.
• Former Concertmistress of Wichita North High School Orchestra.
• Played seven string electric violin in the Wichita North High School Jazz Band.
• Sang in the Wichita North High School Madrigal Singers.
• Played backup for Ernest Alexander and Craig Curry.
• Has received two Student of the Year awards (Vance Music).
• Has received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals.
• Member of the American String Teacher Association (ASTA) and KASTA.

JANET E. VANCE
VANCE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Voice ~ Vocal Coaching ~ Piano

• Studied voice with Dr. George Gibson, David Weber and Janice Jaworsky.
• Toured U.S. and Europe with Continental Singers.
• Performed with the Wichita State University Singers, Opera Theatre and Madrigal Singers.
• Experienced choir director for church and civic groups.
• Performed in the vocal jazz ensemble: Master’s Project.
• State of Kansas certified K-12 public school teacher with a Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) degree from Wichita State University.
• Member of MENC (Music Educators National Conference).

KIRSTEN A. MOLER
VANCE MUSIC INSTRUCTOR
Double Bass ~ Electric Bass ~ Cello

• Bass Student of Mark Foley, Jeff Bradetich, Marcia Hatfield and Ingri Fowler.
• BA in Music Performance from Wichita State University (WSU).
• Currently plays bass in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, First Baptist Church (FBC) String Orchestra, FBC Praise Band and the Vance Music Band.
• Current principal bassist in the Newton Symphony Orchestra.
• Currently sings in the FBC Sanctuary Choir.
• Finalist in the Naftzger Competition.
• Winner of the Concerto Aria Competition at Wichita State University.
• Former principal bassist in the WSU Orchestra and Wichita Youth Symphony.
• Played backup for Ernest Alexander and Craig Curry.

OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE:
* Innovative
* Always learning
* Working together to best support students
* Still active in the music field
* Experienced with special needs students
* Teach all ages
* Teach all styles
* Integrate music history
* Integrate music theory
* Utilize technology

YOUR OPPORTUNITIES:
* One-on-one Teacher to Student Attention
* Monthly Practice Recitals
* Participate in Music Contests
* Monthly Awards
* Annual Awards

Serviced Areas

  • South Central Kansas & Online Lessons

Payment Options

  • Cash Only, Personal Checks

Contact Details

  Website
  Person Marissa J. Vance
  City Wichita , KS
  Zip Code 67203
  Address 1508 W. 19th St. N.
  Phone Number (316) 264-1567

Business Representative

Marissa J. Vance

Business Manager & Instructor

• Violin student of Alla Aranovskaya of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Rex Vance and Nancy Luttrell.
• Jazz violin student of Tom Fowler, Mark Foley and Rex Vance.
• Piano student of Chet Vance, Wynona Vance and John Goering.
• Vocal student of Janet Vance and Chet Vance.
• Currently working toward degrees in Violin Performance, Jazz Studies and Business at Wichita State University (WSU).
• Currently working toward a Master’s Certificate in Music Business at Berklee School of Music.
• Currently plays in the WSU Orchestra, First Baptist Church (FBC) String Orchestra, FBC Praise Band and the Vance Music Band.
• Currently sings in the FBC Sanctuary Choir.
• Former Concertmistress of Wichita North High School Orchestra.
• Played seven string electric violin in the Wichita North High School Jazz Band.
• Sang in the Wichita North High School Madrigal Singers.
• Played backup for Ernest Alexander and Craig Curry.
• Has received two Student of the Year awards (Vance Music).
• Has received several 1 ratings at Music Festivals.
• Member of the American String Teacher Association (ASTA) and KASTA.