Melissa Meyers has enjoyed the privilege of teaching orchestra at Grand Haven Area Public Schools since the fall of 2003. She is a cellist and graduate of Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Mrs. Meyers has taught orchestra at all levels and is founder of the middle school fiddling program and GOTAK, the high school’s after school alternative string group. Currently, she is director of the 5th grade elementary string program and the high school concert, symphony, and chamber orchestras and also serves as the K-12 Music Department Chair. Mrs. Meyers resides in Norton Shores with her husband Daniel, who is the director of music at Muskegon Community College, and their three daughters; Danielle, Ariana and Elaina.
Tatyana Walters was born in Uzbekistan, former Soviet Union and moved to Grand Rapids, MI when she was ten. She began her violin studies back in her homeland at the age of seven and continued taking private violin lessons when she came to Michigan. She studied under Lori Hedlund, Irena Kocharova, Diane McElfish and the world famous violinist, Dylana Jenson. Tatyana was a member of West Shore Youth Symphony and Grand Rapids Youth Symphony before she graduated from Grand Rapids City High School. She received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education with Performance Honors from Grand Valley State University.
Mrs. Walters taught orchestra, grades 5-12 at Kenowa Hills Public Schools for four years before joining Grand Haven Area Public Schools in 2008. She is currently the Middle School Orchestra Director, teaching grades 6, 7, 8 at Lakeshore Middle School and White Pines. Tatyana also assists Melissa Meyers with morning orchestras at White Pines.
During her leisure time, Tatyana enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, daughter Svetlana, son Silas and dog Milla at their home in Hudsonville, Michigan. Her personal hobbies include playing violin at weddings, Beth Moore studies, interior decorating and Jillian Michael’s workouts.
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