John Schmid Christian Arts Institute Director

John Schmid comes to the Mount Olive Christian Arts Institute after serving Rockford Lutheran Schools for 17 years as band and music teacher. His background in music spans from classroom teaching to private lessons to performance. He is a graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska and holds a master's degree in music education from Baylor University. Mr. Schmid also enjoys playing guitar and singing as part of bands Epiphany and Threefold Cord.

Lessons offered: guitar, wind instruments and percussion


Phone: 815.399.3171 [office] or 815.319.5052 [cell]

Katie Krause Instructor

Katie Krause has been involved with Christian Arts Camp at Mount Olive since its inception and has served as director since 2006. Miss Krause comes to the Christian Arts Institute with a background in elementary drama and music and choral directing. She holds degrees in music and in elementary education with a vocal music endorsement from Concordia University, Nebraska. An all-around arts enthusiast, she has also been involved with community theater productions.

Lessons offered: piano