Time travel back through the Twilight Zone and to last summer….

It’s the middle of the Great Summer of 2017, Batchelder’s Summer Programs are in full gear, everything is looking great! ..And then we get the news: Nicole Pehrson, our beloved Orchestra Instructor, is going to move. To Japan. What?! Yes, it is true. In the middle of July a dream of Nicole’s finally came to fruition and consequently, we lost her. At this time, Nicole finds herself settled in and teaching orchestra in a Japanese school. It seems we were not the only crew that wanted her on our staff! And we certainly can’t blame them. さようならと幸運 Goodbye and Good Luck, Nicole! We will miss you!

As you can imagine, being in the middle of the Summer Programs and working on fall contracts, we had to scramble to find a replacement. But not just ANY replacement. We looked high and low for the right person. After all, the job had large shoes to fill. Several interviews into the process, we found her:

May I officially present to you: Lena Schmitz!

Lena was born and raised in Rapid City, and has been an avid violinist for 18 years. She attended Central High School, and later her family moved to Sioux Falls where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. Growing up, Lena immersed herself in the music programs and after high school, ventured to Oklahoma to pursue her dream of teaching music. It was while attending Redlands Community College, Lena began teaching violin lessons and confirmed her passion is in the classroom.

After moving back to South Dakota with her family in 2016, Lena has looked for a musical teaching outlet and is thrilled to have found one at Batchelder’s. Lena is excited to be a part of the Batchelder’s family and looks forward to helping her students grow with music.

Are you interested in meeting Lena? Come on in to the store and meet our amazing new instructor!