BANDS, PERCUSSION & STRINGS
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. She currently enjoys directing the Symphonic Band and serving the Nashville Notes staff and families.
Olivia Wuest, a homeschool graduate, has been in the Nashville Notes community for over 15 years. She's had extensive music training from a very early age and has directed Beginner Band since 2013 and Glory Choir since 2015. She has a passion for children, music, and teaching which is clearly and undeniably evident as she directs with amazing energy, grace, and enthusiasm while imparting musical gems to her students! She has served as section leader for several years and directed a homeschool choir for 2 years before Nashville Notes offered choirs. She also enjoyed coaching at Ambassador Speech & Debate in Franklin for 3 years. When she’s not immersed in Nashville Notes activities, she can be found performing with local pit orchestras, singing in her church choir, and managing a restaurant in Franklin. In her free time she enjoys perusing the web for the latest singing groups, studying teaching methods, playing piano and other instruments, holding any baby within a 10 foot radius, and always singing whenever possible!
Shayna was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and fell in love with music at a young age. She studied clarinet with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University during high school and college. During this time, she discovered her real mission and passion was to teach young people and began to redirect her focus towards education. She graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education. Her love of music and students allowed her to teach private clarinet lessons, give master classes at local schools, assist high school marching bands, and serve as a color guard instructor. While a symphony will always be her favorite type of ensemble, she has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of groups throughout the U.S., local pit orchestras being the most recent.
Upon moving to Nashville in 2000 with her husband, Andy, she focused her energies on teaching at the elementary level in the public schools. After several years, Shayna was able to dedicate her energies to raising her three children and began the adventure of home schooling. In 2013 her family joined Nashville Notes, and since then Shayna has served as a woodwind section leader and taught one of the Instruction in Musicianship and Theory classes. She loves that Nashville Notes combines learning, music, and amazing students all in one place. While working with students, she focuses on the beliefs that all students have the ability to learn, do hard things, and contribute significant value to their class and peers.
BEGINNER PERCUSSION CLASS, DRUMLINE, PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES
Butch is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he received a degree in Music Industry with a Percussion emphasis. Butch has worked extensively in the music field throughout his life as a professional performer, marching clinician and instructor, and a private instructor in all areas of percussion. His marching credits include 2 Virginia indoor percussion championships, 10 Tennessee outdoor and indoor championships, as well as numerous WGI semi-finals and finals appearances.
Butch and his wife Karen moved to Nashville over 20 years ago. During that time, as a professional musician, Butch has played shows in 48 states and 7 countries. His recording credits include, but are not limited to: Randy Travis, Elizabeth Cook, Trent Willmon, Lionel Cartwright and Skip Ewing. Drum set and percussion have provided a great vehicle for Butch to share his musical abilities. When it comes to teaching, whether in a group or a private setting, Butch works with two thoughts: every student has value and every student has potential. He works with the idea that there is no greater joy than seeing a person become who they were created to be.
STRING ENSEMBLE; CHAMBER STRINGS
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Emily studied violin through school and college. Nursing was her first course of study. After some years working with elderly people and handicapped children Emily returned to study at the University of Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Therapy, in 1998. During her Music Therapy course she completed numerous clinical placements: with handicapped children in a preschool, with elderly nursing home residents with a variety of special needs, and finally at the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia.
On completion of her studies Emily spent the next several years focused full time on parenting and home schooling her four children, all of which have been involved at Nashville Notes for many years.
Emily has been directing at Nashville Notes since 2013, initially as a choir director. In her second year she added String Orchestra to her portfolio. To further her musical skills, Emily has recently completed Orff (music pedagogy) levels one and two, and is currently learning the cello.
Roland Barber has performed with an impressively diverse list of artists including Chaka Khan, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kirk Whalum, the Wooten Brothers, the Chico O’Farill Orchestra, Robin Thicke, the Temptations, Manny Oquendo y Libre and the NBC Saturday Night Live Band. He’s performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center, the Copacabana, the Kennedy Center, and Madison Square Garden.
His jazz style is greatly influenced by jazz master J. J. Johnson, Steve Turre, and Al Grey. Also having a deep impact on Roland’s style is the joy of connecting to listeners through a vocal concept to the instrument, embodied by masters such as Clark Terry and Al Grey. Roland believes in drawing on the strength of an ensemble and community to create music, modeled by Duke, Count, Blakey, and so many of the great soloist-infused big bands and small groups of the post Bop era.
Roland has also gained much acclaim as a composer and arranger, as well as producing the album "Twinnovation" with his twin brother, which put the Barber Brothers on the map of the national jazz scene.
Motivated by a love to teach, Roland has attended virtually every major jazz educational classroom in the country. Roland has taught private study of trombone, jazz history, big band, and jazz improvisation in Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Program for NY area’s talented youngsters. When he's not teaching at Nashville Notes on Tuesdays, he can be found teaching at Vanderbilt and at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.