APPI -- Founders

Sue Ruby, President

Mrs. Sue Ruby serves as the President of APPI. One of the three APPI co-founders, Sue brings over 16 years of experience in private and group instruction to the association. Mrs. Ruby graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a Bachelors of Music, emphasis on piano pedagogy. Mrs. Ruby then obtained her Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where she spent four additional years a a staff accompanist for the university. Mrs. Ruby has extensive performing and accompanying experience in a wide variety of genres and venues. Currently, she is a full-time member of the Keyboard Staff at MacPhail Center for the Arts where she provides private and class piano instruction including community partnerships with City Academy and the Cargill Scholars program.


Kathy Smith, Board Chair
Kathy Smith is the current Vice President and one of three co-founders of APPI. Mrs. Smith is a piano teacher in the Maplewood area and also teaches at Liberty Christian Academy in Maplewood. Ms. Smith also teaches Biblical Finances at various churches and community sites. She attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where she received her Bachelors of Music with an emphasis on Choral Education K-12. She has held the positions of President of Music Educators National Conference Collegiate chapter, Senator, School of Fine Arts, and President of UMD's Music Student Advisory Council. She also received the awards of SFA Award for Academic Excellence, the Music Department Fanfare Award and the MENC National Certificate of Achievement.

Krista Lundblad, Board Member

Mrs. Krista Lundblad has 9 years experience affecting over 130 students, ranging in ages 5 through retired adults. She has been on staff at Metropolitan Music Conservatory, Annunciation Catholic School, and is currently serving a studio of 75 students at Home Educators Resource Organization (H.E.R.O.) and at Maranatha Christian Academy.

During highschool, Mrs. Lundblad worked as a background pianist for Crescent Beach restaurant & resort. In college, she was an accompanist for the Bethel Royal Players, the Bethel Singers, Bethel Choir, various recitals, church choirs, and other groups while working on her performance degree. While there, she placed first in both the Performance Prize competition and the Concerto-Aria competitions, with one of the prizes being the opportunity to perform the concerto with a professional orchestra.

Mrs. Lundblad graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in sacred music.

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