Staci Cunningham has been involved with music for as long as she can remember. At a young age, she began to play piano and sing with her mom at church services. In fifth grade, she took up flute in band and realized that she would be involved in music, somehow, the rest of her life.
Music took her to Bethany College where she actually graduated with a degree in accounting, but took several music classes in the process. Her Freshman year her choir was selected to sing as the back up choir for Kenny Roger’s Christmas concert in Salina, KS and she was also part of the Bethany College Oratorio Society that got to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York her sophomore year. It wasn’t until she moved to Chanute, KS and joined a church there that she was able to try out handbells.
Subbing became a weekly thing and after one year, she had the opportunity to direct the choir she subbed for. She has since moved on from that church, but now directs a choir, rings in a choir and dabbles in solo ringing. Handbell Camp has become a “must do” every year which began for her in 2008.
Staci and her husband Scott run the family business in Chanute, which keeps them both busy. They have two ‘almost adult’ daughters, Susanne and Sadie. In her free time, you can find Staci reading, sewing, or quilting.