Institute Staff


Christy Schaper                                                            Executive Director

Innsbrook Institute is excited to welcome Christy Schaper, our new Executive Director.  Christy has an excellent education in communication and a solid record of experience that will add organizational and creative elements to the Festival as well as future events for the Innsbrook Institute.  Because Christy has worked in a Fortune 500 company, several not-for-profits, as well as a small family business, she has a unique perspective of organizational needs and concerns that allow her to work efficiently and effectively to meet and exceed goals and objectives.  She is a connecter of people and resources and enjoys serving the community, often volunteering her time to endeavors and causes she believes make the world a better place to live and work.

Heidi Steele

Heidi recently moved back to Missouri after living in Chesterfield Michigan for the last four years.  While in Michigan, she was employed by Hanson’s Window and Siding in Troy where she held the position of Account’s Payable / Receivable Manager.

She has a strong background in QuickBooks (3 years), Excel (10+ years), Word (10+ years), and Customer Service (10+ years)  She also has a strong background in bank reconciliation statements and credit card accounts, besides general office management.

She and her husband love to travel and now call Wentzville Missouri home.

Image result for david halenDavid Halen
Artistic Director

Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony for twenty-three years, and the  Aspen Music Festival for the past thirteen, David Halen is a frequent soloist around the world. In 2012, he added the appointment of professor of violin at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in addition to being Visiting Artist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Georgia. At 19, he became the youngest recipient ever of a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Germany. Prior to Saint Louis, he served as assistant concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.  Mr. Halen is the founding artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute and also artistic director of Boonville Missouri River Festival of the Arts.

Haerim Elizabeth Lee
Assistant to the Artistic Director

Originally from Deajeon, South Korea, Haerim Elizabeth Lee moved to America when she was eight years old and made her solo debut with orchestra at the age of ten.  Lee has most recently been awarded the bronze medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition of 2014 as a member of the Evita Quartet.

Lee has a passion for exploring new works and has premiered new compositions and worked closely with composers. She has worked with Thomas Adès and will be performing the Canadian premier of Bright Sheng’s piano quintet this summer at Banff Centre. She also has a deep-rooted love for collaboration among different art forms, including collaborations with the Boston Architecture School and with dancers from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Her upcoming projects include collaborations with Korean traditional music and instruments.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the New England Conservatory studying with James Buswell, Masters in Music from Rice University Shepherd School of Music studying with Cho-liang Lin as a Dorthy Starling Scholar. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Music Degree at the University of Michigan with David Halen.

img_2035Christine Harada Li
Co-Education Director

Christine graduated summa cum laude from University of Michigan School of Music and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers here were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano). Currently, Christine is pursuing a Specialist in Music degree studying with David Halen. Christine has performed in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel, and is a member of the Koinonia Trio.

Christine is Co-Artistic Director and founding member of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival in Alaska and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society, a non-profit organization that advocates learning, teaching, and preserving the arts. She is also Co-Education Director at Innsbrook Institute.

IMG_4612Nathaniel Pierce
Co-Education Director
Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active and versatile musician. He is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music festival, and Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. Mr. Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the States. He performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has also been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University symphonies.