Williston Trinity Christian School offers a variety of MUSIC options to students in grades K-12.
WTCS Crusaders march in Band Day, participate in regional contests and perform in the community.
Gina Doran is a native of Cebu, Philippines. She earned her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at St. Theresa’s College, a Catholic School for Girls. Music has been a part of her life since she was a child. She learned to play her first instrument at the age of 8 and started playing at recitals, private events and at church for Sunday Masses. At the age of 14 she was asked to audition for the youth symphony orchestra. She passed and was offered a scholarship to learn any orchestral instrument of her choice. She picked the violin and fell in love with it in a heartbeat. She has now been teaching violin in individual and group settings for almost 20 years.
Moving to Williston, ND has given her another opportunity to teach Music in the classroom again. She teaches Early Music Education to Preschoolers ages 3-5 and Kindergarten. This is her first year working at WTCS teaching General Music to Kindergarten – Grade 3.
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.
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.
For the last 10 years, Christina has been a private piano teacher and vocal instructor, having over 40 students a year. She has been an amazing addition to the Williston Trinity Christian School music program.