Mrs. Sholeen Wuest – Band Director
Like so many of our band students, Sholeen Wuest grew up in a musical family and joined every band, orchestra, ensemble, and choir she could. She studied at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio majoring in music education and focusing on personal ambitions. It was about that time that Jesus Christ became her personal Lord and Savior and her focus shifted from serving herself to serving Him. And so, instead of playing in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and directing children in a public school band, she became the music director of a church where she led the congregation in praise and worship and directed a variety of musical groups. A few years after Sholeen and her husband, Mike, moved to Tennessee, she found herself once again leading praise and worship for a church in Franklin and working on music programs with the children. Her oldest daughter, Hannah, joined Nashville Notes in 2000 and Sholeen became a section leader 2 years later. As her other 3 children joined the band, she continued serving as Beginner Band director for 3 years and currently enjoys directing the Advanced Band and Jazz Band.
Mr. David Steffens – Assistant Director
David Steffens received his Bachelor of Music Education from Evangel College in Springfield MO in 1989. He taught public school band and elementary music for three years in Missouri before moving to Nashville in 1992 at which point he got involved in the operations end of the Christian music industry (where he has been ever since). Since his school teaching days he keeps up with his playing and singing in his church’s worship team and choir, and in a small music studio at his home. His wife, Susan, homeschools their six children, of which the oldest two are currently involved in the Nashville Notes program. His wife Susan is also a violinist and keeps active playing in church and with the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra (thus their children have very little chance of escaping home without absorbing at least some kind of musical indoctrination!). David currently directs the Intermediate Band.
Mrs. Susan Steffens – Orchestra Director
Susan Steffens started violin at age 9, and music has been a part of her life ever since. She received her bachelor’s of violin performance at Evangel University in 1992 while at the same time playing in the Springfield Mo. Symphony Orchestra and at music shows in Branson Mo. Shortly after receiving her degree, she moved with her husband to Nashville TN. She currently homeschools her 6 children, plays violin in the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, plays church music, works as a freelance musician, and teaches private students. When not pillaging small villages or singing opera, Susan also enjoys arranging music, reading, gardening, and playing piano, cello, and harp.
Mr. Jim Cowan – Drum Line Director
A 1988 graduate of the Ball State University School of Music in Muncie, Indiana, Mr. Cowan has an extensive background in orchestral, concert and marching percussion. His orchestral percussion credits include serving as timpanist and/or principal percussionist for symphony orchestras at Purdue University; Ball State University; Kokomo, IN; Elkhart, IN; South Bend, IN; and at E91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN. He has served as the marching percussion instructor for Concord High School and Winchester High School in Indiana and has conducted marching percussion camps for Fairfield High School in Indiana and for Frederick High School in Frederick, MD. Mr. Cowan has performed in numerous community bands throughout central and northern Indiana and has been featured as a xylophone or marimba soloist for many of these organizations as well. He and his family currently reside in Murfreesboro, TN and he works in a management capacity for Bridgestone Americas based in Nashville, TN.
Miss Meagan Wuest – Administrator
Meagan first started with Nashville Notes when she was 10. She played 3 instruments in the band over the next 8 years. After graduating she headed into the corporate world where she discovered her love of event planning as she planned several weddings, directed speech and debate tournaments, coordinated the 2010 Do Hard Things Conference, among other projects. Now she brings her God given gifts and developed skills to Nashville Notes as the administrator. Besides the general office work and administrative duties, Meagan is a major part of the weekly rehearsal. A visitor to a Tuesday rehearsal will see her serving in a myriad of ways from encouraging the kids in practice hours and commitment, to helping out with the sectionals, to cleaning toilets. “I love planning weddings and events but working with Nashville Notes is one of a kind. The opportunity to encourage the kids and build relationships all in an environment of praising the Lord through music is truly a blessing to me. And I love it!”