THESE are the magic music makers, the inspirers of dreams, 
slayers of stage fright, creators of choreography, and motivators of practice! 

We wax poetic, yes, but take a few minutes to get to know the Greenleaf staff and you’ll see that they’re pretty incredible.
All lessons are scheduled through the office. Contact us at 913-397-7071 for a consultation.

 
Jimmy Blecher

Jimmy Blecher

Guitar

Jimmy Blecher is a musician from Kansas City. He discovered his love for music at a young age and actually picked up a guitar at age 14. He joined a few bands and began performing at the age of 16 and continued to play professionally off and on until he turned 32. He has continued his musical journey into teaching, both at Legacy Homeschool Enrichment in Olathe and now at Greenleaf! Jimmy is a Christ follower who is married to his beautiful high school sweetheart and has four beautiful children. His passion is in worship through song and he hopes to teach others how to bring glory to God through the same.
Kayley Brethour

Kayley Brethour

Tap, Administrative Assistant

Kayley began her career as a student at Greenleaf 10 years ago at an Adventures In Odyssey camp, and since then has taken almost everything they have to offer: Improv, acting, musical theatre, vocal, ballet, tap, camps, and many musicals. She currently is in the tap performance group and teen musical. Kayley is a Homeschool senior in high school this year, and will be graduating in May 2017. Outside of Greenleaf, she's active in 4-H and is a beekeeper!

Other loves: reading, art, piano, horseback riding, and donuts!
Christine David

Christine David

Piano

Christine has been taking piano lessons since she was three years old, qualifying to compete at the state level every year since age eight. While she did not enjoy it at first, there is now no form of worship she loves more than being able praise with 88 keys. She has been honored with invitations to play for events from graduation ceremonies to the annual KMTA conference at Washburn University. Christine is passionate about people and piano, and is constantly in awe of how the Lord uses music to bring the two together. She has been homeschooled her whole life and is currently taking classes at Johnson County Community College with dreams of becoming a music therapist.

Other loves: Coffee, Photography, Debate, Travel, Chemistry, Dance, and Books.
Ivy Ericson

Ivy Ericson

Ballet, Jazz

Hailing from the mountains of Colorado, Ivy Ericson began dancing at the age of four at Celebration Ministry of Arts. She began her technical ballet training at the age of ten when she recognized the value of perfecting her craft to better reach the audience God prepares for her. Thus, she went on to train at Colorado School of Dance, Classic Dance Academy and several weeks at Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive. She received classical ballet training including pointe, pas de duex, modern, hip hop and jazz. She has performed several classical roles as well as performing in the Thorn production at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. In 2015 she spent 2 weeks in France ministering through the arts in the streets of Paris. Ivy is currently training with Storling Dance Theater's Artistic Development Program. She continues to explore the beauty of dance and hopes to perform with a heart of undivided service. Ivy is very excited to inspire and create through teaching this year!
Windy Farr

Windy Farr

Hip Hop, Dance for Actors

Born and raised in a missionary family in Mexico, Windy Farr was always that one kid you would find dancing whenever the beat dropped.  At age six she started learning simple choreography from her uncle (formerly a professional dancer/teacher), and began performing dance as a way of ministry through a clown and puppet show. Eventually, Windy took over this dance troupe and started incorporating and teaching her own choreography.  At fifteen she was finally able to join a dance studio in Jiutepec, Morelos that focused on Hip Hop and Latin styles. In 2011, Windy and her family moved to the United States, making a new home in Kansas City  where she began training in Ballet and Modern in addition to Hip Hop. Windy's love and passion for dance has only grown as she has branched out to other styles over the years,  however, that urban soul dance has retained  a special place in her heart. It is her vision to bring up dancers who will be able to tell stories and touch souls, pour their hearts out on the dance floor, and share the same love for movement and a great beat.
Emma Kwasiborski

Emma Kwasiborski

Elementary Theatre

Emma Kwasiborski has been performing since a very young age, beginning with many shows in her living room with her appreciative family audience. She has always enjoyed singing, dancing, and drama. Emma is a Greenleaf fanatic, and has taken many years of theater and dance classes. One of Emma's favorite ministries is the Backyard Bible Club every summer. It has been such a life-changing experience for Emma, and she loves interacting with the kids, playing games with them, and getting to share the Good News. Outside of Greenleaf, Emma loves to spend time at home with her family, read good books, play ukulele, doodle, drink coffee, and bake large batches of cookies. Emma also enjoys working at the Overland Park Arboretum.

Avah Robinett

Avah Robinett

Improv

Avah has performed theater with Greenleaf since she was thirteen, enjoying every show she’s been a part of. Her favorite style of theater is improv, being quick on her feet and blessed with a fun sense of humor. She enjoys filling an audience with joy and laughter during her performances, always hoping that she made their week a little brighter and a little better. Her passion for telling stories that glorify Jesus Christ is fierce, believing that since He’s the Creator of all stories, He should be honored through each and every one of them. She has loved every minute onstage, and now loves to share her passion with others through teaching!
Rebekah Sandnes

Rebekah Sandnes

Voice, Piano

Rebekah Sandnes is a recent graduate from MidAmerica Nazarene University where she earned a bachelors degree in music with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy. She began playing piano when she was eight years old, and started voice lessons at age fifteen. Since then her passion to make excellent music has only grown. Composition is now her favorite topic of personal study but she thoroughly enjoys all the arts, including musical theatre and opera. She was cast in many musicals at Greenleaf and elsewhere during highschool, but her most recent role was as Annie Oakley in MNU's production of Annie Get Your Gun. Her highest goal is to make God's goodness known through His beautiful gift of music.

A favorite quote: "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." -Johann Sebastian Bach
Hunter Silvey

Hunter Silvey

Guitar, Ukulele

Hunter Silvey has taken private music lessons for over 13 years and has played electric and acoustic guitar for over nine years. A Greenleaf student for many years, he is now a college student at JCCC. In addition to playing guitar, Hunter also performs both xylophone and drums. In his spare time, he enjoys singing and writing music. He looks forward to sharing his passion for music with others through teaching.

Other loves: psychology, basketball, Shakespeare, action/sci-fi movies, and homemade tacos.
James Trendel

James Trendel

Improv

bio coming soon.
Brianna Wheeler

Brianna Wheeler

Event Coordinator, Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz

Brianna began her dance training at the age of seven and has loved every minute of it! In addition to ballet, she has studied jazz, pointe, contemporary, Broadway styles, hip hop, and improvisational dance. Brianna has a passion for teaching young dancers how to express themselves and worship God through music and movement. She is currently a student at Johnson County Community College.

Other loves: musical theatre, sour candy, and being outside.
Edna Wheeler

Edna Wheeler

Studio Director

Edna began teaching music lessons in 1991, directing theatre productions for youth in 1993, and founded Greenleaf Academy in 1999. She has a background in Suzuki piano and Kindermusik and a degree in Christian Education. One of her favorite quotes by Shinichi Suzuki is “happiness develops ability.” Her goal for students at Greenleaf is not only excellence in skill, but to develop a love for the arts and a passion for serving others. Her philosophy is that God is the Creator and Master Artist of all. All things, including our gifts in music, art, dance, and theatre, are from Him, for Him, and to Him. When not at Greenleaf, Edna enjoys spending time with her husband David and their children.
Amber Williams

Amber Williams

Piano

Amber fell in love with piano as a child and has been playing for over 14 years. She believes in learning a variety of music styles, and loves playing classical, contemporary, and background music. She has participated in MAMA and 4-H piano competitions, and performed in various settings, including playing music for nursing home residents. Amber has been teaching piano since 2010. However, she helped in teaching her three younger siblings, including her learning impaired brother,  for years before she was trained as a teacher. Amber enjoys sharing her love of piano with others and uses a blend of sight-reading and ear training methods in her lessons.