Like so many of our music 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 before becoming director of Nashville Notes in 2008. While it has been a deep joy and honor to direct the Symphonic Band for 13 years, she is excited to pass the baton to David Skinner, knowing the students will reap huge benefits from his expertise and experience!
Jodie Parker is a native Tennessean who grew up in Thompson’s Station. She spent many of her high school and college years performing administrative duties at various businesses. Once her oldest was born, she left her position as an Administrative Assistant with Williamson County School System to become a full time mom. She is now a homeschooling mom to two boys who eat, sleep and breathe music. Although, she isn’t a musician herself, she grew up in a home in which music played a huge part of her life. With her father being a bass guitarist and playing music with many bands over the years, she saw firsthand how important music was to him and to those who have such a passion. Because Jodie recognized that same passion in her boys, she sought after somewhere for her boys to learn and grow as musicians. In 2008, she found Nashville Notes. Jodie took on the role of Administrative Assistant at Nashville Notes in January of 2016. She is very thankful for the opportunity to work with the very ones who have taught, challenged and encouraged her boys. When she’s not juggling life as a mom, wife, and teacher, she loves to spend time skating, reading, painting, and taking on home improvement projects.
Born and raised in South Georgia, and a graduate of Valdosta State University, Stephanie has always been drawn to music. Performing in choirs throughout grade school and college, she was also part of a Youth Praise Team that traveled the country. At an early age, she also realized she had a gift in administration. Serving in many roles from being a secretary to an office manager, she now homeschools her five children and runs the administrative side of their family business.
When she moved to Nashville in 2012, she began looking for a way for her children to experience music in home education. She was led to Nashville Notes, where all of her children are currently involved. Outside of Nashville Notes, she and her husband help lead worship at their church. She also enjoys home design, reading, and taking bike rides with her family.
Meagan has been a presence at Nashville Notes for the last 20 years, first as a student, and then serving in various capacities. After attending Summit Student Conference Camp, a 2 week intensive study of worldviews, she went on to further her education in worldviews and their effect on culture and the arts, at Bryan College. Her love of cultures and history led her to work as a historical interpreter at Carnton and Carter House for several years. For 10 years Meagan was the wedding and event planner, transitioning to gift shop managing and product design.
She currently serves Nashville Notes as its Music History and Worldviews Instructor, bookkeeper, and occasional party planner. Outside of her duties at Nashville Notes, you’ll most likely find her watching the Greatest British Baking Show while baking in her kitchen, or playing trains with her toddler and quoting The Little Engine That Could from memory. Her favorite style of music is “everything except hard rock”.