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Byron Marshall - Director/Conductor

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Byron Marshall is a native of Franklin County, NC and is an alumnus of Louisburg College, and Cape Fear Community College with A.F.A. degrees in Music & Music Education, a B.A. degree in piano & choral music from The University of North Carolina Wilmington; and a Master of Music Education at the University of Florida. Some of Byron’s extensive resume includes work in the music department of Louisburg College as faculty accompanist from 2002-2009, and service as an Executive Board of Directors member of the Franklin County Art’s Council from 2000-2004.

Byron travels throughout North Carolina and performs for collegiate, civic, and social events as well as a clinician and accompanist for choral events and festivals for North Carolina Public School Systems which include: 26 consecutive years with the Franklin County Schools All County Chorus Festival and 11 years with Brunswick County Schools All County Chorus Festival.

 

He is the recipient of numerous academic and civic awards including “2004 Artist of the Year” award for service in the field of performing arts from the Franklin Co. Arts Council and several Distinguished Service awards from Louisburg College’s Department of Music. Byron is also an active adjudicator for various musical competition at local, state, and international levels.

Mr. Marshall is the Minister of Music and instructor for Ogden Baptist Church in Wilmington since 2006 and its Academy of Music which he founded in 2008 in addition to being the accompanist and substitute conductor for the Wilmington Choral Society from 2007-2019. Byron has also worked as Collaborative Pianist for Applied Voice, Choral & Faculty performances and classes at Cape Fear Community College from 2013-2020.

 

Byron holds active memberships with Music Teachers National Association and was appointed President of Cape Fear Music Teachers Association in July, 2020.

As an advocate for Music and Music Education, Mr. Marshall has founded music scholarship programs at Cape Fear Community College and The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Community Music Academy; where, he also currently serves as an adjunct professor, Artistic Director & Business Manager for UNCW’s Department of Music and Community Music Academy.

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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