Meet the Staff

Missy Noonan (Teacher)


    Mrs. Noonan teaches Ars Nova, Bel Canto, Excalibur, Court Choir, and Queen's Court.  She started teaching at LSE in 1990 and worked until 1996 when she decided to stay home with her infant twin daughters.  She started back part-time in 2002 and has been with us ever since. In addition to teaching at Southeast, Mrs, Noonan also directs Jazz Unlimited at Doane University
    Mrs. Noonan grew up in Gering, Nebraska (near Scottsbluff), and was educated at UNL.  Her husband, Brian, works at Ameritas, and their daughters, Samantha and Madeline, are both studying music at college.  The family also includes Charlie, a toy poodle, and Nala, a cat.
    Besides music, Mrs. Noonan enjoys reading, gardening, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends and family.

          noonan family
The Noonan family

Sam Rickert (Teacher)


    Sam Rickert is in his first year of teaching at Lincoln Southeast High School where he directs Knight Sounds, Singing Knights and Countesses & Noblemen. Along with his choral duties, he is an assistant band director. Prior to joining the staff at Southeast, Rickert served as the assistant director of vocal music at Lincoln East High School, as well as general music teacher at Brownell Elementary in Lincoln.

    Rickert is a 2015 graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with a bachelorís degree in Music Education. He is also an active performer and Choral Scholar at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln where he has sung at state, regional, and national conventions. When he isnít working, Rickert loves to travel, golf, sing barbershop music, and spend time with his family.

rickert family
Rickert Family

Julie Eschliman (Accompanist)

Julie Eschliman

    Julie accompanies for Ars Nova, Bel Canto, Countesses & Noblemen, Court Choir, Queen's Court, and Singing Knights.  She has been at LSE since 1992. Julie was born in California, but moved to Nebraska at age two and has since lived in Kenesaw, Lincoln, Campbell, Hastings, and back to Lincoln.  She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Hastings College and a Master of Music from UNL.
    Julie is single, but is a very hands-on aunt to her eleven nephews, three nieces and grand-nephews and niece.  She also has three extremely affectionate cats; North, Smudge, and Niblet.  Julie enjoys walking while listening to audiobooks, and also wastes a lot of time playing computer games.  She occasionally plays the pennywhistle for fun.

The Eschlimans
Most of the Eschliman family at Christmas 2011.

Betty Peters (Accompanist)


    Betty accompanies for one section of Singing Knights, Knight Sounds and Excalibur. She has been a Knight since 1997. Betty grew up on a farm near Marquette, NE, about 12 miles north of Aurora. She earned her degree in Sacred Music at Grace University in Omaha, then completed teacher education courses at UNL. She's also taken classes at UNK and distance learning courses from Wayne State and Peru State.
    Betty's husband, Larry, has his own business installing trim wood in new homes and remodeling in Lincoln and greater Nebraska. They have four sons: Drew is married to Sarah and has two children, Henry and Kathleen; Keith is married to Karin and has four children, Lianna, Miriam, Luke and Elise; Reid is married to Shelly and their kids are Kai, Olivia, Hannah, and Levi; Kyle is married to Amanda and their three sons are Noah, Josiah and Isaac. Pets have dwindled to lots of farm cats
    Betty grows a few vegetables and lots of flowers every summer. Reading, computer skills, church music, baking and sewing are hobbies she enjoys. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family, and she especially enjoys playing with all of those grandchildren!

peters family
The Peters Family

This page was updated on September 12, 2016.
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