Mark Reeves is a 35-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 Kensal School. Founder and Director; Voice, Piano, Guitar, Brass, Music Production; Occupation: Pastor, Music Teacher
Nancy 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. Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola; Occupation: CPN, Music Teacher
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. Guitar, Bass; Occupation: Aircraft Mechanic
A brilliant young musician, Maddy has been studying piano for 9 years and teaching beginning students for 2 years. Maddy teaches strings at St. John's Academy, and has been accepted into several auditioned honor orchestras. She enjoys accompanying the high Jamestown High School choirs, reading, running, and singing. Piano, Cello; Occupation: Student
Kristina Schuh holds a Bachelors in Vocal Music Education from North Dakota State University where she studied both voice and piano. She enjoys sharing her love for music through teaching and is the band and choir director for Carrington High School, where she teaches 5th-12th grade band, 7th-12th grade choir, as well as a music theory course. From participating in annual contests and festivals to accompanying choirs and orchestras at the collegiate level, Mrs. Schuh has been an active pianist and teacher within the music community for years. When Mrs. Schuh is not teaching, she enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring national parks with her husband Michael and dog Rosie. Piano, Voice, Brass; Occupation: Music Teacher
Rochelle Jimenez earned a music education degree from Valley City State University and is currently the music teacher at Pingree-Buchanan Public Schools. She grew up in a musical family and has extensive vocal and instrumental experience. During her time at VCSU, Rochelle performed in many ensembles and taught private lessons through the Community School of the Arts. She recently got married and lives with her husband in Jamestown. When she isn't teaching or making music, Rochelle enjoys playing with her two cats and playing disc golf with her husband. Piano, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds; Occupation: Music Teacher
Katie Hildreth is currently in her senior year at the University of Jamestown as a Music Performance Major. She has lived in North Dakota for five years, is happily married and expecting her first baby in March. Piano, Voice; Occupation: Student
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!