Mr. Reeves is a 30-year veteran music educator who has taught in Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin and North Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Samford University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida. He is a published composer with Alliance Music Company and Lifeway Music, and has extensive experience in music production and recording. He has also written, directed and produced numerous musical dramas for the stage. He and his wife Julia have six grown children, most of whom are pursuing music careers. He currently is a pastor of Buffalo City Church and the music teacher at Fessenden-Bowdon School.
Mrs. Wiens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocal Performance from University of Northwestern in St Paul, MN. She enjoys directing both children's and adult musicals, groups and lessons. Through the years these have included serving as vocal coach for the "Sweet Adelines", musical director for Youth Education On Stage (YES), and teaching licensed Music Together classes. She is also a certified Simply Music Piano instructor who has a passion for teaching others a love for music. Mrs. Wiens is married to Dr. Glenn Wiens and together they have five children, all of whom play several instruments.
John Nyberg was born and raised on a farm in southwest North Dakota, and learned to play guitar from his family, which was full of musical talent. After playing in a Christian band during high school, he joined the Air Force in 1981 and worked as an aircraft mechanic, eventually getting licenses to work on and inspect civilian aircraft, which is his current career. Throughout his life he has played both in bands and solo, writing and recording his own songs. He is currently living and working in the Jamestown area, working as a mechanic at the local airport, while serving as the commander of the local Civil Air Patrol squadron.
Katie Roehm grew up in a small town in northwestern North Dakota where she learned clarinet and saxophone. She is also finishing up her Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance at the University of Jamestown and currently plays in the wind ensemble and orchestra. She holds a substitute position for clarinet in the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra. Katie lives in Jamestown and works as a full-time children’s librarian and likes to practice piano and clarinet with the company of her two cats.
Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. He teaches applied percussion, jazz band and pep band. Dr. Kihle has taught music in public schools in Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota. Dr. Kihle has performed with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Kihle is an artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Black Swamp, Remo and Zildjian.
Mrs. Morse has a diverse background in musical education, having taught voice and piano privately for many years in Tennessee. She has also directed and produced numerous musical productions for community theater. She and her husband reside in Crystal Springs, ND.
Ok, so these folks don't really teach at TRPAS, or anywhere else for that matter. They do have something in common, however: they once were all young, aspiring artists (except Animal, of course) with parents who recognized their ability and sacrificed to invest in music lessons!