Choral Staff

Mr. Jonathan Krinke

Jonathan Krinke is in his tenth year as Choral Director at Lee’s Summit North High School.  Mr. Krinke previously served as Choral Director at Truman High School in the Independence School District from 2006-2012, and Liberty High School for the 2005-2006 school year.  Jonathan was a recipient of the 2018-19 Lee’s Summit R-7 Teacher of Distinction Award, the 2016-17 Lee’s Summit R-7 Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2010 MCDA Prelude Award.  Jonathan studied at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education, Composition, and Vocal Performance (2005), and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (2018).  Mr. Krinke has served in various leadership positions for MCDA and MMEA.  Currently, he is the MCDA Resource Chair for High School Choirs.  Formerly, he has held positions as the MMEA Kansas City-Metro Choral Vice President (2011-13), All-District/All-State Choir Coordinator (2011-13), MCDA Resource Chair for High School Choirs (2016-18), MCDA Resource Chair for Men’s Choirs (2012-14) and the MCDA Resource Chair for Youth and Student Activities (2007-09).  Ensembles under the direction of Jonathan Krinke have performed at the MMEA In-Service/Workshop on three prior occasions. Mr. Krinke is a 2000 graduate of Lee’s Summit North High School and a grateful student of Mr. Steve Perry. Returning to teach at his alma mater is one of his life’s greatest gifts. Most of all, Jonathan enjoys the company of his wife Amy and their sweet son Anderson.

Mr. George Peng

George Peng is in his fourth year teaching. He began teaching at Lee’s Summit North High School in the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Peng previously taught 6-8 Vocal Music at Lakewood Middle School in the Blue Valley School District, KS. He received his Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education and his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Missouri – Columbia (2018). For the past five years, Mr. Peng has also been teaching Chinese Cultural Arts at the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City. He plans and organizes student performances for annual Chinese New Year Celebrations. Like Mr. Krinke, Mr. Peng is a proud Lee’s Summit North alumnus. George and his wife, Corey, live in Lee’s Summit with their miniature dachshund, Olive. 

Mr. David Anschutz

David Anschutz developed a love for both music and science from an early age. Graduating from Ruskin High School, he continued his education at Harvard College, where he accompanied the Harvard Glee Club, while earning an A.B. degree in Physical Sciences. Upon returning to Kansas City, David made the decision to pursue private individual teaching, spending his next 30 years teaching organ and piano.  After marrying Susan Crane, the love of his life, in 1995, David moved his teaching into their home studio in Lee’s Summit, MO. In 1997, with their oldest daughter Sydne (1996) in tow and later, second daughter, Paige (1999), the couple opened a home-based travel agency aimed at escorting astronomers to total solar eclipses. Since 2016, David has been an active Lee’s Summit School District substitute teacher and science tutor, while continuing to accompany both vocalists and instrumentalists at MSHSAA District and State music contests. From 1979 to 2017, David was the organist/accompanist at Red Bridge United Methodist Church in South Kansas City. He is currently the organist/accompanist at First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit, and he is excited to be accompanying the Lee’s Summit North High School choirs for his second year.

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