Charity Schmitz (She/Her/Hers) grew up in a south suburb of Chicago, IL where she started both violin and piano lessons at the age of 4. At age of 12, she realized that her passion was more for piano instead of violin, but due to a need in her high school band, she also learned how to play clarinet, percussion, and french horn. During high school, Charity competed in the Illinois Association of Christian School Fine Arts Competition (IACS), and won 1st place in the Sacred Piano Solo three out of four years.
In addition to studying piano pedagogy and arranging at Maranatha Baptist University, Charity accompanied the Madrigal Choir as well as various vocal and instrumental soloists and won the 2019 MBU Concerto Competition. From 2018-2021, she has worked within the university Music Prep School as a piano and theory instructor.
Charity hopes to instill a lifelong love for music in her students. She knows that the skills needed to be a musician can also be applied to everyday life! “I want to inspire my students to become lifelong learners and musicians, especially after their time with me. I want them to be lifelong problem-solvers and critical-thinkers.”
Outside of the music studio, Charity loves to cook, watch movies, and spend time with her husband exploring different places.