About Our Family

Bob & Lisa, blessed to be married for 28 years, parents of nine, and enjoying serving Christ, our family, and others with the ministry of music and whatever opportunities we are given.   

Emily, 25, is our oldest daughter.  As a Suzuki piano and flute teacher, she enjoys her young students and fills her summers with teacher training institutes around the country.

 She also enjoys freelancing as a pianist/flutist on Mackinac Island and various other venues around Northern Michigan.

 In her free time, Emily enjoys the outdoors, horseback riding, and reading.

Kristin, 23,  is our second oldest daughter.  She enjoys music, especially collaborative; reading; horseback riding; biking; swimming; organizing just about anything; and Ford pick-up trucks.

She plays cello or piano in our family orchestra and even adds alto vocals when needed on the side.

She is continuing her private music studies, piano and cello teacher Suzuki training, teaching traditional or Suzuki cello and piano, working as a church organist, working many hours at a local retailer as a customer service manager,  and freelancing with her sister at various venues in Northern Michigan.

When possible she greatly enjoys accompanying other musicians for ensembles, performances, and competitions.

Jonathan, 21, is our oldest son.  He enjoys music, especially percussion in the Straits Area Concert Band.  On the side, he dabbles in percussion with our family orchestra. 

He discovered an aptitude for mathematics and physics during his senior year in high school, and is considering how this can fit in with his future goals.  He is currently employed full-time at a large retail store and is saving for further education. 

Free time finds Jonathan reading, listening to music, practicing his drums,
 or playing with his siblings.

Matthew, 20,  is our second oldest son.  

Musical pursuits find him playing first trumpet in the Straits Area Concert Band, and an occasional paying gig.  He also enjoys singing either as a soloist or as the tenor in a quartet with three siblings.

Currently he is working as a team leader at a local retail store.  

Andrew, 17,  is our third son.  He plays viola in our family orchestra, and tuba in 
the Straits Area Concert Band.  

Andrew has a great love for the outdoors,  hunting, and amateur radio. 
 He also enjoys reading a great deal. 

As a high school junior/senior he is looking forward to graduating in summer 2018.

Christopher, 16, is our fourth son.  He plays bass in our family orchestra, and trumpet in the Straits Area Concert Band whenever possible.

Christopher is baseball and karate buff.  He is enjoying helping one of his sisters with her interest in karate as well.  

He is a high school junior and shares yard work and snow removal responsibilities with 
 Benjamin.  His favorite hobbies are reading, chess, and baseball.

Benjamin, 15, is our fifth son.  He plays violin in our family orchestra, takes piano lessons from Emily,  and plays trombone in the Straits Area Concert Band.
Benjamin is definitely the artistic one of the bunch. He decorates everything he can, 
(mostly paper but not all), with drawings of people, animals, battles, dinosaurs, and
 whatever else he can think up.  His school papers are frequently
 a combination of the subject at hand and his artistic endeavors.  He also enjoys pick-up games of baseball with his brothers.

Benjamin is a high school sophomore and provides lawn maintenance and snow removal for the family.

Helena, 12, is our youngest daughter.  She plays violin in our family orchestra,  plays piano and flute, and recently got the opportunity to provide "little girl" vocals for one of her sisters' concerts.  

She aspires to eventually play the bassoon which she has been yearning to play since she was two.  (She's almost big enough to do it!) 

 In the meantime, Emily is teaching her the flute to build up her stamina for playing a wind instrument.  

 She is usually found playing with her brothers, but also enjoys doing crafts of all kinds.

James, 10, is our youngest son.  He is learning to play the piano, and the "little cello"!  
He is Kristin's Suzuki cello "guinea pig", has completed his Book 1 Suzuki recital, and is getting close to the end of Book 2!

 James is the typical youngest in the family, and frequently gives us comic relief.  
He is a fifth grader and is looking forward to his first live online course. 

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