Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Music, Liturgy and the Arts offers music lessons in Omaha for guitar, organ, piano, violin, viola and voice. Lessons offered in Norfolk are organ and piano.
Meet the faculty of the Saint Cecilia Institute
- Ms. Kathleen Griffith (Piano)
- Ms. Alyssa Griggs (Flute)
- Mr. Karl Henkel (Piano)
- Ms. Becky Lowe (Voice)
- Ms. Melissa Pruss (Violin/Viola)
- Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer (Organ)
- Mr. Dana Sloan (Organ)
- Mrs. Lauren Turner (Voice)
Kathleen Griffith (Piano)
Kathleen Griffith studied piano at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and has recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. At UNL, Kathleen performed in various student recitals and completed her thesis document examining the importance of sight-reading for students of all ages and developing a wide range of activities suitable for incorporating this skill into the private lesson. She has attended and performed at the Brevard summer music festival in North Carolina and volunteers at the Oaha Chamber Music Society’s annual summer concert series. She regularly plays at local church services and enjoys accompanying choirs and soloists, as well as teaching privately.
Alyssa Griggs (Flute)
Noted for her “high level of fearless skill,” flutist Alyssa Griggs is a dynamic orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. In October 2010 Alyssa received first prize in the Alex-ander & Buono International Flute Competition where she gave her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Addi-tionally, she has won Honorable Mention for the 2015 Myrna Brown Competition, and First Prize in the 2014 Upper Midwest Flute Association Young Artists Compe-tition and the Florida Bach Young Artists Competition. In 2013 Alyssa was a finalist in the Byron Hester Com-petition in Houston, TX. Alyssa has also been named an Emerging Artist by Miyazawa Flutes.
Equally versatile as a piccolo artist, and praised as “memorable” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Alys-sa is the newly appointed piccolo player of the Omaha Symphony. In addition she is also piccolo/assistant prin-cipal flute of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, second flutist of the Des Moines Metro Opera, and piccolo with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra.
She’s performed at Carnegie Hall as principal flute of the New York Festival Orchestra and has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She recently took the stage with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival as part of the Kent-Blossom Summer Music Program. Alyssa has participated in such prominent festivals as the Lakes Area Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre, Domain Forget, and the Pierre Monteux School.
Alyssa holds a Master’s Degree with honors from New England Conservatory where she studied with Paula Robison and a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Bonita Boyd. She engaged in post graduate studies as a student of BSO principal flutist, Elizabeth Rowe and piccoloist, Cindy Meyers. Alyssa also earned a certificate from Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program and was awarded membership to the elite Keidaeans Honor Society.
Karl Henkel (Piano)
Karl Henkel has served as the Liturgy Coordinator and Director of Sacred Music at Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, Nebraska for 10 years. He and his wife, Danae, have four children. Karl received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He obtained a Bachelor of Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Vocal Performance, and he earned a Master of Arts degree in Liturgical Music from Saint John’s University in Collegeville with an emphasis on the organ. He won the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship for two years of study in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied with tenor, Nicolai Gedda. Karl specializes in piano, organ and voice instruction.
Ms. Becky Lowe (Voice)
Becky Lowe is from Lincoln, Nebraska and she graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. While a student at St. Olaf, Ms. Lowe sang with the renowned St. Olaf Choir under the direction of Anton Armstrong, including a solo in Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Lowe sang professionally for many arts organizations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, including Minnesota Opera, North Star Opera, Dale Warland Singers, Plymouth Music Series, and as a featured soloist in oratorios for Valley Chamber Chorale, before returning to Nebraska in 2005.
Ms. Lowe maintains an active schedule as a recitalist, creating and performing programs on such series as Sundays at St. Paul’s on the Hill and Gethsemane Episcopal Lenten Recitals in the Twin Cities, as well as the St. Cecilia Flower Festival and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Recital Series in Omaha. Ms. Lowe currently sings and performs for Opera Omaha, area community theaters, Abendmusik’s new professional chamber choir called Abendchor and with the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir as soprano section leader.
Ms. Melissa Pruss (Violin/Viola)
Ms. Pruss is an alumna of DePaul University in Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Joseph Genualdi. She is also a Certified Suzuki Strings Teacher.
Summer studies include the Meadowmount School with David Salness and Eugene Becker. In Bonn, Germany, Ms. Pruss attended the Friedrich Wilhelm Universitat.
Ms. Pruss is a member of both the Omaha Symphony and the Lincoln Symphony, and her past orchestra experience also includes the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Collegium Orchester in Bonn, Germany. Her current teaching includes faculty positions at St. Wenceslaus and the College of St. Mary, where she gives annual faculty recitals. As Director of the Omaha Talent Education Violin School, she teaches 40 young students.
Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer (Organ)
Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer is Archdiocesan Director of Music – Cathedral Organist at Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska which houses the landmark Martin Pasi, Op. 14 dual temperament pipe organ. As Director of the School of Music in the Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts, which offers course work in liturgy and music; applied lessons in piano, voice, harp, violin and flute; and organ academy tutoring twenty-four youth, adult and parish organists in the region each year. Under her direction the Saint Cecilia Cathedral Choir sings at all solemn liturgies in Saint Cecilia Cathedral and presents major sacred choral works; recent performances include the Duruflé Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Handel Ode to Saint Cecilia, Charpentier Te Deum, Mozart Mass in D, K194, Buxtehude Magnificat and the medieval liturgical drama, The Shepherds. Rubis Bauer holds masters and doctoral degrees in organ from the University of Kansas, as well as an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.
Rubis Bauer has performed for regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She has been a featured performer and conductor on seven compact disks, including solo discs of music by composers Petr Eben and Dan Locklair. As organist and harpsichordist she has performed solo concerts and concertos throughout the United States and in Germany, France, Sweden, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. Her performances have been aired on Pipedreams produced by Public Radio International.
Mr. Dana Sloan (Organ)
Dana Sloan, Minister of Music at Presbyterian Church of the Cross in Omaha, holds degrees in Music from the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. He joins the faculty of the Saint Cecilia Institute as organ instructor, bringing also extensive experience in harpsichord, piano and ensemble performance and teaching. He serves as founder and Director of the Presbyterian Church’s well-established “Vesper Concerts” – concerts featuring a variety of chamber choral, organ and instrumental music, hosting more than 200 concerts by musicians from all over the world and from Omaha, itself.
Mrs. Lauren Turner (Voice)
Lauren Henderson-Turner, mezzo-soprano, studied voice at the University of Kansas earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. During her time at KU she taught private voice and clarinet lessons. She did graduate study towards a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance and Literature, including graduate vocal pedagogy. She attended the Seagle Music Colony as a young artist apprentice working with the Opera world’s top coaches, directors and teachers. Currently, she performs with Opera Omaha regularly and has private studio and serves as cantor and section leader at St. Peter’s Catholic parish. She has performed as an Opera chorus member with Opera Omaha, Seagle Music Colony, the University of Kansas and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has sung a dozen roles as a mezzo soprano in Opera productions at Seagle Music Colony and the University of Kansas.