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.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & SYMPHONIC BAND
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.
Olivia Wuest has 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 the juniorys 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!
INTERMEDIATE BAND & GLORY CHOIR
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.
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.
PERCUSSION- BEGINNER PERCUSSION CLASS, TECHNIQUES, & ENSEMBLE
STRING ORCHESTRA, PRAISE STATION CHOIR
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 Beginning String Orchestra to her portfolio. In 2015 she lead Praise Station Choir and Intermediate String Orchestra. For the 2016/2017 year she will be directing three ensembles: Praise Station Choir, String Orchestra (in its new form), and a Creative Music Class. To further her musical ability in the past couple of years Emily has completed Orff (music pedagogy) levels one and two, and is currently learning the cello.
Reneé Chapman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Vocal Pedagogy from East Carolina University. After graduating, she taught choral music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for three years in North Carolina before marrying and moving to Florida, where she continued to teach middle and high school chorus, as well as private voice and piano lessons, for four years. Since then, she has remained active in music through choirs, worship teams, and teaching children’s and youth choirs at her church. She is the mom of two Nashville Notes musicians, and also has a daughter at Union University and a son at Franklin High School. She is thrilled to be a member of the Nashville Notes staff, and excited and blessed to share the gift of music with the talented students that she teaches.
JOYFUL HARMONY CHOIR & CHAMBER SINGERS
Valerie Trantum is the mother of two Nashville Notes musicians and the wife of a faithful music fan. She hails from the northeast, where she earned a bachelors degree in piano performance from Gettysburg College and a masters degree in choral conducting and music education from the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music. Mrs. Trantum thanks God for the many opportunities she has had over the past 20 years to work with musicians of all ages, in church, school and community situations. She feels incredibly blessed to be working with the amazing singers and directors in Nashville Notes
CHOIRS - CHERUBS, GRACE NOTES, JOYFUL HARMONY, CHAMBER SINGERS
Mindy received her music education at Middle Tennessee State University, and has taught music for elementary and middle schools around the Tennessee area. She has performed with the Nashville Opera, published a contemporary Christian music album, and can be seen occasionally singing/recording background vocals for different independent artists in the area. She coaches different sports teams such as basketball, leads a 242 group (small group) and teaches Sunday School second grade at her home church, Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood. Mindy has two children in Nashville Notes. Her favorite Bible verse is Hebrew 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we don’t see.”
BIO COMING SOON
Mirandi Herrenbruck grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and married her high school Hoosier sweetheart. She is thankful for her musical heritage that stems from both Classical and jazz veins in both sides of her family. Since earning her Bachelors of Music in piano performance from Furman University in 2002, she has given private instruction in piano, flute, and theory in the Nashville area while focusing on the home education of her three children. Because of the incredible inspiration she received during her time studying composition and music theory under both Dr. Charles Tompkins and Dr. Mark Kilstofte, Mirandi is keenly interested in pouring into young minds and fanning the music theory flames in musicians of all ages. As the mother of three Nashville Notes musicians and wife of a music enthusiast, she is passionate to see the next generation of musicians grow not only into excellent players who are grounded in the grammar of music, but also lifelong lovers and supporters of music. She adores seeing those “lightbulb moments” in her students; as such, it is with great delight and gratitude that Mirandi works with the enthusiastic and hard-working musicians and directors of Nashville Notes.
A native of Franklin, TN, Joy’s earliest musical training began on the piano, but her interests soon expanded to include a collection of woodwind instruments as well. A Nashville Notes alumni, she now serves the organization as a section leader and Community Outreach Coordinator. She maintains a small private studio of flute and piano students, and her musical passions lie in studying theory, history, and worship music, all areas she has been blessed to be a part of in Nashville Notes. Alongside her love of music, Joy has a heart for teaching, missions, and intercultural communications. Joy currently attends Middle Tennessee State University studying Music, Entrepreneurship, and Global Studies.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Meagan has been a presence at Nashville Notes for the last 18 years, first as a student, and then serving in various capacities. Her expertise, outside of Nashville Notes, is wedding and event planning. She has served Nashville Notes' as it's administrator, teacher for classes on Music History and Worldviews and currently is the bookkeeper and occasional party planner.
Elizabeth Mudd is the fifth of seven siblings and has been dancing for eight years. She spent four years dancing at Grace And Glory Studios and four years and counting at Leslie Hall School of Dance. She has completed seven years of ballet, three years of pointe, and two years of jazz and lyrical. During her fourth year of ballet, she was given the job of Teachers Assistant for ballet. Since then, she has been teaching ballet for three years. Besides dancing, she enjoys drawing, painting, reading, and chemistry.
BIO COMING SOON
Bob Gerstenberger (Pastor Bob)
Bob Gerstenberger (also known as Pastor Bob) graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. degree in Music Education, and certified to teach General, Instrumental and Vocal music K-12. He began his teaching career at a Christian school in Aurora, Colorado where he taught general music, speech and drama, instrumental music, and directed musicals such as Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Sound of Music just to name a few. It was in Aurora that he felt a call to music ministry and after teaching there for 7 years, Pastor Bob went to Madison, Indiana to become a music pastor at Madison First Assembly Church where he was in charge of praise and worship teams, choir, a student instrumental ensemble, and musical productions. In 1994 he expanded his ministry as the Children’s Pastor of Lakeview Christian Center also directing children’s musicals with over 100 children attending the weekly practices. After serving as the Children’s Pastor for 6 years, he helped to pioneer a new church plant from Lakeview and began teaching private instrumental lessons in the public schools as well. In 2006 Pastor Bob and his wife, Debbie, felt a call to plant a family integrated church in Franklin, TN. Coming along with him and his lovely wife, came his gift for teaching music to children. He has been teaching music classes in Spring Hill, at Grace Christian Academy and at Lighthouse Christian Academy as well as serving as pastor at Cross Generations Church in Franklin. Go to homeschoolmusicclasstn.com to find out more about Pastor Bob's exciting and fun classes!