• Alison Lankheit

    Alison Lankheit

    Orchestra Director



    Master of Music, University of Missouri, '19

    Bachelor of Music Education, Southeast Missouri State University, '09


    -Orchestra Director with Columbia Public Schools since 2011

    -Jefferson Middle School (2011-2020)

    -Rock Bridge High School (2015-present)

    -John Warner Middle School (2020-present )

    She has also taught classes at Lange, Oakland, and Smithton Middle Schools.


    Mrs. Lankheit began playing violin at age four, and has participated in numerous orchestras since 8th grade, including the Kentucky all-state orchestra her junior and senior years of high school. She is originally from Henderson, Kentucky, but moved to Missouri to attend college, and decided to stay in Missouri for her career. She had the opportunity to perform on the Great Wall of China in Beijing with her college orchestra in 2009. In fall 2010, she returned to China to teach general music and violin lessons at Harrow International School in Beijing. 

    Mrs. Lankheit fell in love with orchestra in 10th grade after performing Camille Saint-Saens "Bachannale from Samson and Delilah" with her youth orchestra (the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Evansville, Indiana). She has never looked back and hopes to instill a love and a passion for music in her students through orchestra.

    She has been married to her husband, Dave, since October, 2018, and they have a silly dog named Nova that they adopted in April, 2020.

    Hobbies/Interests: Reading, collecting Peanuts memorabilia, collecting coffee mugs

    Favorite composers: Antonin Dvorak, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Franz Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, Hector Berlioz, Gustav Holst, Edvard Grieg, Camille Saint-Saens, Gustav Mahler, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And Bach, I suppose.

    Favorite Bands/Musicians: Keane, Sarah Bareilles, Backstreet Boys, Mumford and Sons, Alanis Morrisette, Foo Fighters

    Favorite Books: The Haunting of Hill House, Harry Potter, High Fidelity, Watership Down, Ready Player One

    Favorite Authors: Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Nick Hornby, Jenny Lawson, Christopher Moore, David Sedaris, Caitlin Doughty