About Our Family

Bob & Lisa, blessed to be married for 27 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 expands her income as a cake decorator in a local bakery, and sometimes accompanist for events as time allows.

 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,  and performing and competing with her sister in duo piano.

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

Jonathan, 21, is our oldest son.  He enjoys music, especially French horn in The Beckman Brass Quintet, and when possible 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 horn,
 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 Beckman Brass Quintet and 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 sophomore/junior he has added a part-time job to his list of responsibilities.
He is the janitor for our church and pre-school and tries to keep the building
clean and spruced up.  Not an easy job when you have the pre-schoolers wandering
around "decorating" the glass with muddy mittens etc. :)

Christopher, 16, is our fourth son.  He plays bass in our family orchestra, and trumpet in The Beckman Brass Quintet.  Summers find him playing second trumpet in the Straits Area Concert Band whenever possible.

Christopher is an aviation and fitness buff like his brother Matthew and is gratifying his interests in
 RC aircraft and our Total Gym right now.  

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

Benjamin, 14, is our fifth son.  He plays violin in our family orchestra, takes piano lessons from Kristin,  and plays trombone in the Beckman Brass Quintet and 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.  

Benjamin is a high school freshman 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.  (There is just this size issue at the moment!) 

 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 "girly" things like crocheting and helping her big sisters in the kitchen.

James, 9, is our youngest son.  He is learning to play the piano, and the "little cello"!  
He is Kristin's Suzuki cello "guinea pig", and is nearly ready for his Book 1 Suzuki

 James is the typical youngest in the family, and frequently gives us comic relief.  
He is a fourth grader and is looking forward to beginning foreign language. 

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