Meet Our Leadership Team
Meet Our Leadership Team
John M. Schultz, President & CEO
John holds a Master of Music degree from the Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music. While there he was a member of the Arreaux String Quartet. Prior to this he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studied on full scholarship with Myron Kartman. A strong proponent of the Talent Education Method, John has studied Suzuki violin pedagogy with Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Mark Bjork, and has studied viola pedagogy with William Preucil. In addition to owning Schultz Strings, John has served on the faculty at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City as well and as a faculty member at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. John has developed many music festivals and is currently the executive director of the Corridor Honors Orchestra. When not teaching and administrating he often plays chamber music concerts throughout the corridor area and occasionally performs with Orchestra Iowa and other professional orchestras. Away from music John enjoys spending many happy hours participating as a member of Rotary International working in training, leadership development and youth exchange. He is also an avid cyclist recently completing a cross country ride from San Francisco to Virginia Beach with his wife Rebecca and two young children.
Rebecca R. Schultz, Vice President & COO
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where she studied Arts Management. She has also completed coursework towards a Masters in Accounting. Rebecca has worked for non-profits in the areas of fundraising and administration for both the arts and higher education. Some of the organizations include the Schauer Arts Center, Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC), Cornell College, and the University of Iowa Foundation. As a Co-Owner of Schultz Strings she worked from 2009 to February 2014 behind the scenes doing HR, Accounting, and other administrative tasks. In February 2014, Rebecca joined Schultz Strings full time adding overseeing the day-to-day operations to her administrative duties.
Brytton Pollock, Store Manager & Luthier
Brytton specializes in string instrument set up and restoration. He joined our staff in August 2012. He has studied string instrument repair with John Schultz, David Pope and other professional luthiers. Brytton is a member of the Cedar Rapids Community String Orchestra. He studies viola with Jessica Altfillish at Kirkwood Community College and has studied violin with Natalie Brown, Annie Savage, and Andrew Steffen. He is studying Business Management at Kirkwood Community College.
Piper McGee, Educational Services Manager
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Andrew Acosta, String Specialist & Educational Services Representative
Andrew is an aspiring violist and has participated in and has earned leadership roles in major music festivals. Andrew was recently awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholar at Coe College where he will study music education. Aside from being a fine player and very knowledgeable about accessories and supplies Andrew is developing as a luthier. Besides his music interest he loves to cook and going camping outdoors. "Viola is love, Viola is life" -Andrew Acosta and Brytton Pollock.
Marty Clancey, Educational Services Representative
Marty graduated from the University of Iowa in 1973 with a Bachelor of Music degree. While at the University he studied viola with William Preucil, conducting with James Dixon, Viola da Gamba with Robert Donington and composition with Richard Hervig. Marty retired in 2011 after thirty years teaching music. His teaching career began with General Music in Iowa City. From 1983-1999, he taught in Texas including in Baytown, Deer Park and the Houston Independent School District. In 1999 he moved back to Iowa to take a position at Jefferson High School teaching band, orchestra and computer. In 2008 he accepted a position as Orchestra Director at Franklin Middle School. In addition to Marty's teaching duties in Cedar Rapids, he served on the board and was President of the Iowa String Teachers Association (ISTA).