Amanda Eckerman earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree under the direction of Dr. Eric Hammer and Dr. Ruth Brittin of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, Amanda began teaching general music in Reno, NV and has taught students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Amanda is the full-time general music teacher at Bernice Mathews Elementary School and teaches private lessons for flute, ukulele, and piano. In addition to her work as a music mentor teacher and technology chairperson for the WCSD music department, Amanda is a graduate of Northern Nevada’s Teachers Leading Change Cohort and is a WCSD trainer for Social and Emotional Learning. Amanda teaches note reading classes at Mathews Elementary for RPA Kids and enjoys spending that time deepening her students’ understanding of music and building a musical community at her school.
Hyeyoung Choi was born and raised in Korea. She started playing cello at age 8 and won a 3rd place at Korean National Youth Competition 3 years later. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Chong-Shin University in Seoul, Korea. After receiving Bachelor’s, she had played in a few professional orchestras in Seoul as a substitute cellist before she came to the states to study. She completed a M.M and professional studies in cello performance with Jeffery Solow who is a professor in Temple University, PA. Hyeyoung had been principal cellist with Temple Symphony, Opera and Chamber Orchestra as well as Germantown Academy Orchestra where she had played for 5 years. Hyeyoung moved to Reno in 2009 due to husband’s ministry. She joined RPA Kids program in 2012. She teaches both violin and cello in the program. She is married with two children and they both enjoy playing in RPA Kids.
Mr. Lindhorst received his B.S. in Education in 1986 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis under the instruction of Dr. James R. Richards. He studied violin for four years with Mr. Silvian Itcovici who was the Assistant Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lindhorst received a Master of Music Education/Performance in 1993, from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he studied violin with Dr. Kent Perry and workshops with John Kendall. He is currently in his 33rd year of teaching Orchestra. Currently, he performs as concertmaster and soloist for Tahoe Toccata Symphony Orchestra and previously, Concertmaster/soloist with the Town and Country Symphony Orchestra. He performed as a first violinist for sixteen seasons and for five concerts as Principal Second Violinist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed with the Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis for Swan Lake, Nutcracker & Romeo and Juliet. He has performed for musical greats such as: Luciano Pavarotti, The Moody Blues, Vince Gill, Lou Rawls, Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Sissell, Manhatten Transfer, Smoky Robinson, Gladys Knight and Louise Mandrell. Mr. Lindhorst is the Director of Orchestras for North Valleys and Sparks High Schools.
Katie La Pointe is an English teacher at Robert McQueen High School who began playing the violin at eight years old. Music has always been a passion of hers, and in high school La Pointe travelled to Reno each week to participate in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. During her adolescent years, La Pointe also played with the Carson Valley Symphonia, the Carson City Symphony, and a private ensemble group in addition to taking private violin and piano lessons. After graduating college, music came back into her life, and in addition to teaching the fabulous students of RPAK, La Pointe enjoys performing with the Reno Pops Orchestra, Toccata (Tahoe Symphony), the Ruby Mountain Symphony, and the Carson City Symphony. The impact that music can have on a life is so profound that La Pointe believes that every child should be exposed to programs like RPAK. It is because of a similar program started at her school in the early 90s that La Pointe has had the privilege of a life of music, and she wants every student to have the opportunity to experience that kind of joy in life, because there is no joy like the joy of music.
Noelle Rader is the orchestra teacher at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. Under her direction, the Mendive Orchestra program has grown to have over 200 members each school year. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. As a professional musician, she has performed with many local and national orchestras and studied with Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also worked at the Primrose International Viola Archive and presented grant funded research at the International Viola Congress in Cincinnati.