Concert to feature music educators from across the area 

  Friday, July 17, 2020 10:00 AM
  Giving Back, Alumni, Arts & Entertainment, News

Pittsburg, KS


The fourth concert of the Pittsburg Virtual Festival of the Arts, to be streamed across multiple channels at 7 p.m. on July 22, will feature an ensemble performance comprised of area music educators.   

School districts represented include Columbus, Galena, Parsons, Neodesha, and Southeast in Kansas; Carl Junction in Missouri; as well as Coffeyville and Tulsa community colleges and Pittsburg State University. 

The concert also will include members of the community who have expertise with specific instruments and a passion for music.  

The playlist? A kaleidoscope of styles, says festival organizer Raul Munguía 

All but a few of the musicians have earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from PSU. Several have earned a master’s in music or are working toward one.  

“This concert really highlights the thriving Pitt State music community,” said Assistant Professor Andrew Chybowski, who will direct part of the concert.  

  • Andrea Dinkel (2008), flute, Pittsburgteaches instrumental music in grades 6-12 for the Galena School District. 
  • Christina Vail (2018), flute, Pittsburgteaches music for the Neodesha School District. 
  • Kaitlyn Cox (2016), clarinet, Pittsburg, teaches elementary music for the Columbus, Kansas, School District. 
  • AJ Beu (2012, 2015), horn, Delaware, Oklahoma, is the director of instrumental studies at Coffeyville Community College.  
  • Danica Gibson (2004, 2006), bassoon, Galena, teaches music in grades 5-12 for the Southeast School District at Cherokee. 
  • Christine Lovell (2011), horn, Miami, Oklahoma, teaches band for the Columbus, Kansas, School District. 
  • Will Koehler (2011), trumpet, Pittsburg, teaches trumpet at Tulsa Community College. 
  • Trey Wadell (2008), trumpet, Pittsburgteaches band for the Carl Junction School District. 
  • Bob Kehle, trombone, Pittsburg, is a professor of trombone at PSU, where he also directs the PSU Jazz Ensemble. 
  • Eric Stark (2018), tuba, Pittsburgteaches band in grades 6-12 for the Parsons School District. 
  • Lori Kehle, piano, Pittsburgis a lecturer in the PSU Music Department. 
  • Raul Munguía, violin, Pittsburgis an associate professor in the PSU Music Department. 
  • Denissa Rivas de Munguía, flute, Pittsburgis a lecturer with the PSU Music Department. 
  • Daniel Munguia (2020), cello, Pittsburgworks for the Crawford County EMS. 
  • Devon Turner (2020), harpsicord, Pittsburghas been accepted to the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada to do his masters. 
  • Susan Marchant, harpsicord, Pittsburgis chair of the PSU Music Department. 
  • Kathryn Parke (1987, ‘90), soprano, Pittsburgworks for Via Christi.  

The festival is a collaboration of The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Pittsburg State University Department of Music, and local performers in an attempt to provide a concert-like experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Audiences may view the one-hour concerts streamed each Wednesday evening through mid-August on the Bicknell Center Facebook page, on PSU’s YouTube channel, on CAPS 13 TV, on, and at    

Past festival concerts, including The J3 Band on July 1, Rebecca Cutler-Metzger and Robert Ensor on July 8, and the Bob Ensor Jazz Combo on July 15, can be viewed in the archives on those channels.