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Jennifer "Jenn" Mueske - Director

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Jennifer “Jenn” Mueske graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and has recently completed one year of graduate studies in Music Education at East Carolina University. Fall of 2024 she will start her 16th year teaching and is currently the choral director at Laney High School. Since 2009 she spent 11 years working in local contemporary music ministry and youth ministry at Wesleyan Chapel UMC and then First Presbyterian Church. Jennifer has taught private voice lessons at Port City Music for the past 3 years and also substitutes regularly for choir directors and contemporary worship leaders in the area.  Jenn is also the soprano section leader for Wilmington's professional vocal ensemble, Wilmington Voices.

In her time teaching middle school and high school music, her choirs have achieved consistent excellent and superior ratings at state adjudication with numerous of her students chosen for All-State Choirs and NC Honors Chorus.

 

As a soprano soloist, her performances include BachFest with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Messiah selections and Simply Schubert with the Cape Fear Chorale, where she was also an ensemble member for many years. Jennifer also shared the stage with Josh Groban in 2022 during his Harmony tour in Wilmington. While in residence at UNC Wilmington, Jennifer won the prestigious William J Adcock Jr. scholarship, performed with WOOP! (UNCW’s Opera Outreach Project), and as a member of the UNCW Chamber Choir, performed in Germany and Austria, under the direction of Dr. Joe Hickman.

Jennifer lives in Wilmington with her husband Nate and son Riley and they attend Hope Community Church.

Sheryl Tjon- Collaborative Pianist

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Sheryl Tjon began her collaborative pianist career in high school, accompanying vocalists and choirs in concerts, daily rehearsals, and competitions. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She attended SUNY-Stony Brook in New York on the National Student Exchange Program. She also earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity degrees from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri

 

She is the owner and  instructor of Sempre Piano Studio in Jacksonville. She collaborates regularly with vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists in concerts, festivals, recitals, and special events, as well as adjudicating for competitions. Ms. Tjon is the Secretary of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association and a member of the Cape Fear Music Teachers Association. She is the former collaborative pianist at Coastal Carolina Community College and former organist and choir director at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, both in Jacksonville, NC. @semprepianostudio.

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