3000 Maine Street Quincy, IL 62301
4th & 5th Grade Instrumental Team
MS. ANDRIA BALL (Instrumental Strings)
MRS. CHRISTINA DUFFY (Instrumental Band)
Christina Duffy holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from Truman State University. While an undergraduate, she studied euphonium under Steven Seward, the principal tuba for the Kansas City Symphony, and was the principal euphonium player for both Truman State University’s Brass Choir and top Wind Symphony. Duffy currently plays with the Quincy Concert Band and has performed locally in Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Quincy Community Theater Pit, and various brass ensembles. In addition to her concert band experience, Duffy traveled around the continental US for multiple years performing with both the Blue Stars and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. Her favorite places to perform music include Disney World’s Epcot, NFL’s Lucas Oil Stadium, and Hong Kong; she has a strong belief that “music can take you places” and loves to share that with her students. She brings a variety of educational experiences including teaching at the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, at various dance studios, and in the band classroom at Liberty CUSD #2. She currently teaches in Quincy University’s Music Department and works with band students in their first three years of playing at QPS.
MRS. MELISSA HOPF (Instrumental Band)
Mrs. Hopf has her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Indiana State University. Her top three music/teaching accomplishments are performing both a junior and senior recital in college, playing with both the Quincy Concert Band and Park Band, and getting to make music every day with kids! She enjoys knitting and spending time with her husband Matt and 3 kids, 6 year old Bess and 6 mo old twins, Auggie and Charlie.
MRS. JESSICA SNIDER (Instrumental Strings)
Mrs. Snider is originally from Quincy and is excited to be “home”. She graduated from Quincy Notre Dame in 1998. While she played the french horn and served as the drum major for the marching band. Jessica has a Bachelor of Music Education from Culver-Stockton College and a Master of Music with a Wind Conducting Emphasis from Kansas State University.
The Sniders moved to Quincy from Emporia, KS. Emporia is the birthplace of Veteran’s Day. It is also home to the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and the Memorial to Fallen Educators.
This is Mrs. Sniders 19th year of teaching music. Her and her husband Mark have two daughters, Amelia (9th gr) and Olivia (7rd gr) and a Goldendoodle, Berkeley; she is the final piece to completing the family. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, quilting, cheering on the Cubs and spending time with family and friends.
MS. KAITLYN WINCUP (Instrumental Band)
Kaitlyn Wincup is excited to be joining the music staff at Quincy Public Schools for her first year as a teacher. She looks forward to teaching 4-6 grade band and assisting with the Blue Devil Marching Band. As a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, Ms. Wincup recently served as one of the drum majors of the Falcon Marching Band and performed as a saxophonist in the university’s Wind Symphony. Additionally, she is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, through which she was a recipient of the Baton award for outstanding achievement as a student leader in Tau Beta Sigma. One of the highlights of her college experience was the creation of her Honors Project, “The Planets, Reimagined: Translating Science Into Music,” where she advocated for cross-curriculum and premiered a commissioned work. In her free time, Ms. Wincup enjoys visiting her family in her hometown (Naperville, Illinois), reading, and swing dancing the night away!