Joey Menninga, a native of Wichita, KS, has served as the director of the Chisholm Middle School and Santa Fe 5/6 Center orchestras in Newton, KS since 2004. Mr. Menninga also assists the Newton High School Orchestra. Prior to his tenure in Newton, Joey taught orchestra in Hays, KS and has extensive experience teaching private violin and viola lessons. Mr. Menninga held the position of part-time music instructor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, where he taught violin and viola for two years. In addition, Mr. Menninga has previously served as viola coach for the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras Program. Mr. Menninga earned a masters degree in music education as well as a masters degree in educational leadership, both from Wichita State University, and a bachelors degree in music education and viola performance from Bethany College. Mr. Menninga has played viola with orchestras from across the area including the Newton Mid-KS Symphony, the Wichita State University Orchestra, the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra, the Hutchinson Symphony, the Salina Symphony, and the Hays Symphony. Mr. Menninga has also played with the Bethany College String Quartet and currently plays viola with the Silver Sound String Quartet from Wichita, KS. Mr. Menninga enjoys playing a wide variety of music and has played the trombone in the Bethany College Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. Mr. Menninga also had the opportunity to sing with the Bethany College Oratorio Society in their performance of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Joey also enjoys attempting to play the guitar and bass guitar and can be found playing these instruments at church occasionally. In February 2011, Joey became the bass player for the band Shine Like Stars (www.slsworship.com), and has toured with the band through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has also recorded two albums with the band and is working on a third album, due out in January 2015.
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