Blog Archives

 
 

Dr. Christine Rewolinski is the youngest of 11 children, born to a Catholic family in Milwaukee Wisconsin. She began her musical training at the age of 12 years on both the violin and the piano. Dr. Rewolinski began formal music studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in music education, a Bachelor of Music-violin performance cum laud, and a Master of Music-violin performance degree. She has extensive experience as an orchestral violinist and has performed as a section violinist with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, the Milwaukee Opera Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, and Shreveport Symphony. Christine currently is a substitute violinist with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and freelances with numerous Dallas and Fort Worth area ensembles. Over the past 30 years Dr. Rewolinski has taught a wide array of classroom music instruction ranging from high school and middle school orchestra to elementary school group violin (Suzuki) and general music. Dr. Rewolinski began teaching the Suzuki method in 1990 and is certified in violin through book 4 and also in Suzuki early childhood music instruction for infants and toddlers through level 2. She has directed university sponsored Suzuki programs at Stephen F. Austin University and the University of Texas at Arlington (1996-1999 and 2005-2010). Dr. Rewolinski is currently the director of the Rewolinski Suzuki Studio and teaches more than 30 violin students ranging in age from 18 months through 16 years of age in addition to adult students. She also offers Suzuki early childhood classes for children from birth to 3 years of age. Dr. Rewolinski earned her PhD from the University of North Texas in 2014. Her specialty is in the field of music education and research methods and statistics. Dr. Rewolinski’s research interests include Suzuki teacher-parent partnerships, early childhood musical instruction methods, toddler violin instruction and the development of occupational identity among undergraduate music education majors. Christine is married to Itrel Monroe, a software engineer and avid car enthusiast. They live on 1.5 acres in Garland, Texas. In their spare time they both enjoy vegetable gardening, knitting (Christine), puttering in the garage (Itrel) and reading.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Along with playing violin in the symphony, Wayne Bennett serves as the current Music Librarian for the WFSO. Born and raised right here in Wichita Falls, Wayne graduated from Hirschi High School and Midwestern State University. After college, Wayne taught in various schools around the area including Central Jr. High in Lawton, Oklahoma, Hirschi High School, and Rider High School. He also taught Music Appreciation at Vernon college and was a University Supervisor for student teachers at MSU. Wayne first started playing with the WFSO while he was a student in college as a substitute trumpet player and was once able to play chimes on the 1812 Overture. After that, Wayne joined the US Army and Army Reserves as a trumpet player, where he later advanced to Bandmaster/Commander for 38 years. Around 1985, he decided to switch from the trumpet section to the violin section for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has played every season since.

 
 

Kristin Van Cleve is the Director of the Music Department at the University of Dallas where she also directs the UD Chamber Ensembles and teaches violin.  She is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata.

Kristin began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas.  As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., France, Mexico, Bolivia, southeast Asia and throughout the southwest United States.  In the fall of 2017, Kristin performed and taught in Taiwan, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  She travels to Paris, France each summer in to perform as part of the Festival St. Louis en Ile at the Eglise St. Louis in the heart of the city.   She also performed in Guangzhou, China in Sept. 2016 with colleagues from the University of North Texas and the Julliard School.  In addition to performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Kristin is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and has returned to Alaska as a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  She is a member of the University of Dallas Crowley Trio, performing on a chamber music concert series at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas.  A dedicated educator, Kristin founded the University of Dallas Summer Music Academy for middle school and high school age students and is also a founding teacher at the DISD-Orchestra of New Spain Summer String camp.  Kristin is concertmaster of numerous church orchestras in Dallas, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and is concertmaster of the Wichita Falls Symphony. She has been a featured soloist in Wichita Falls a number of times, performing such works as the iconic Chinese Butterfly Lovers concerto and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade.

 
 

Lisa Shields has been a violinist with the Wichita Falls Symphony for 9 seasons. She lives in Highland Village, TX, a suburb of Dallas, where she has also been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra since 1992. After growing up in Atlanta, Ga., Lisa received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Before moving to Dallas, she was a member of the Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.

Lisa has enjoyed bringing music to the Dallas retirement community through Texas Winds Musical Outreach for 17 years, as a member of a string quartet. She is also a Suzuki violin instructor, and has a studio of students at all levels of advancement. Since raising two wonderful grown daughters, Lisa now shares her home with husband Kirk, and their two demanding but loveable kitties.

 
 

Barbara is the Personnel Manager for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, as well as a violinist with the symphony.  She began playing  violin with WFSO in 1988. Barbara is also a violinist and core musician with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her Master of Music Degree from Southern Methodist University. Barbara has been a faculty member and violinist with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  She was also a member of the Innsbruck Symphony and Opera Orchestra in Innsbruck, Austria as well as performing frequently with the Muenchner Chamber Orchestra in Munich, Germany. She has played many professional  studio recording sessions in Dallas, and numerous performances and tours with many professional entertainers including filming a TNN television special with Floyd Cramer in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Barbara is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in Entertainment” as well as numerous other “Who’s Who” publications. She also performs frequently as a professional  free-lance violinist and violist in the Dallas-Ft Worth  Metroplex.  “The Classic Strings” Ensembles was founded by Barbara in which she hires musical ensembles,  from solo violinist to symphony orchestra,  to play for many types of functions such as weddings, parties, and corporate events. Barbara also has a Private Music Studio in Irving, Texas, where she teaches violin and viola lessons to students of all ages from the beginning level  to advanced.