Williston Trinity Christian School offers a variety of MUSIC options to students in grades K-12.
Mr. Meriel Lora teaches STRINGS (6-12th), BAND (9-12th), and ORCHESTRA (9-12th).
Mrs. Kasey Richards teaches general MUSIC (K-5th) and BAND (5-8th).
Mrs. Christina Winslow is new to the CRU family this year! She is teaching CHOIR to students in grades 6-12.
WTCS Crusaders march in Band Day, participate in regional contests and perform in the community.
Meriel Lora is a young conductor with a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Andrews University. Lora was born in Rhode Island and raised in the Dominican Republic. He began piano lessons and solfeggio at the age of eight. In the fall of 2008 he entered Walla Walla University where he received a B.A. in music with an emphasis in piano under the guidance of Dr. Leonard Richter. Lora has studied with Eddy Gonzales (piano), Jose Ramon Rojas (flute), Ivan Dominguez (piano), Maria Irene Blanco (piano), Davide Caiffa (cello), and Mario Veras (flute). He has studied conducting with Francisco Hernandez, Darwin Aquino, Radu Pantea, John Dennison, Brandon Beck, Claudio Gonzalez, Allan Mitchell, Donald Appert, Adrian Gnam, and Gregory Pritchard.
Lora’s early accomplishments include first place at the 2005 Latin American Music Festival in the piano category, first place at the 2006 Summer Piano Competition, and first place at the 2006 Piano Concerto Competition in the Dominican Republic. He also formed and conducted the orchestra of Centro Musical Vivaldi from 2005 to 2007. Lora received the opportunity to conduct Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Young Conductor’s Workshop concert in 2006, Dominican Republic. From 2008 to 2013, he served as undergraduate assistant conductor to the Walla Walla University Orchestra under the direction of John Dennison and Brandon Beck. In 2011 and 2012 he won gold and silver medals in the Spokane Music Festival Baroque and Romantic Collegiate Piano Division.
In the fall of 2013, he began his graduate studies at Andrews University under the guidance of Dr Claudio Gonzalez and served as the graduate assistant conductor of the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra. In the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Lora formed and conducted the Andrews University Community Chamber Orchestra. During the 2014 fall season, he served as the assistant conductor for the Clark College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Appert in Vancouver, Washington, and associate conductor of the Jewish Community Orchestra in Portland, Oregon.
Mrs. Richards is a WTCS alumni. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in music education. This year will be her 3rd year teaching music and band at Trinity.
The elementary music program has a focus on worship as well as movement, creativity, and exploring the art of music. It is my goal to put instruments into students’ hands at a young age beginning with small classroom instruments and moving up to Boomwhackers, KidStix, Bucket Drums, and Recorders as students grow. I’m very excited to be adding ukuleles to the mix this year with a brand new classroom set of ukuleles! Beginning in 5th grade, students have the opportunity to start a band and string instrument as well.
I’m so proud of our WTCS Music Department and want to thank our administration, fellow teachers and staff, parents, and friends who have helped to make it great.
Christina Winslow is from Larimore, ND and graduated from Larimore high school in 2001. She then attended Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, MN, studying general bible studies. She graduated from there in 2003. In the fall of 2003, Christina went on to study vocal music education at North Dakota State University. She was in the Concert Choir and very select Madrigal Choir for 4 years there, having the opportunity to travel the world with the choirs.
Settling down here in Williston in 2010, she and her husband started a family. They have a son, and two daughters. One daughter very excited to start prekindergarten at Trinity Christian School this fall.
For the last 9 years, Christina has been a private piano teacher and vocal instructor, having over 40 students a year. She is so excited for this opportunity to be the new choir director here at Trinity Christian School.