About Our Instructors

 

Heidi Ridenour

Lead Instructor: Voice, Flute & Piano

Heidi Ridenour has always enjoyed teaching music and has taught music lessons privately since she was in High School. She graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005 with a Music Education degree with a focus in Voice. She obtained her Master of Music Education degree and Kodaly Certificate from Capital Conservatory of Music in 2010.

She taught General Music, Choir at the Elementary, Middle School, & High School levels and was an assistant High School Band director in charter & public schools in Ohio & West Virginia from 2005 to 2011.

When Wesley & Heidi were blessed with their firstborn Lochlynn, she decided to stay home and expand her private voice and piano studio. Their rambunctious son Lincoln joined the family in 2014.

She has also enjoyed serving as Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene’s Pastors Associate of Worship since 2011. Heidi has performed at weddings, concerts, and in musical theater venues as a vocalist and instrumentalist. Some of her favorite genres to sing are: Classical, Jazz, Contemporary Christian & Musical Theater.

Wesley Ridenour

Lead Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele & Beginning Band Instruments

Wesley Ridenour is a musician, guitarist of all styles, and a teacher. He received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005. He then went on to receive a Master of Music in Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University in 2007. Wesley has performed recitals, concerts, and clinics in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland.

He was a Music Educator for the Preston County school system from 2011 – 2016. He has maintained a private guitar studio consistently since 2001 and continues to teach Guitar, Bass, and beginning Band instruments in his music studio located in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Wesley has held positions as guitarist for Mon River Big Band, West Virginia Public Theater, and Theater on the Lake in Maryland, and also has played guitar for many of the area high school theater productions.

He also has served as a music minister at Findley First Church of the Nazarene in Findley, Ohio and Little Sandy Church of the Nazarene in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. He has performed with Joe Piscopo, Diane White, and Eddie Mekka.

Emma Harvey

Secondary Instructor: Piano
  
Emma Harvey is a Junior at Preston High School. She has been a part of the PHS Marching Knights since she was a freshman. She has played flute since fifth grade and will continue throughout high school. She has also been taking piano lessons from Heidi Ridenour for six years and began voice lessons last year with Heidi as well. Emma plans to Major in Music Education and is excited to begin teaching Beginning piano students.

Mikayla Teets

Secondary Instructor: Piano

  
Mikayla Teets will be a Senior at University High School. She has taken piano for 11 years, and has really enjoyed learning and growing as a musician. She was honored to be selected to participate in WV Governor’s School for the Arts for piano. She also loves swimming , reading , photography, and being with friends.

Selah Torralba

Secondary Instructor: Piano

Selah Torralba is beginning her 10th year as a piano student and has enjoyed the transition into a teaching position over the past year. She has had several opportunities to participate in several different settings; such as worship groups, recitals, competitions, & presentations. As a teacher, She loves to discover her students learning styles and musical interests and caters her teaching style to fit each student. She is delighted to help future piano students step into the amazing world of music and show them the joy and fun that it can bring! She will be giving lessons at Pierpont Church of the Nazarene in Morgantown WV.

Saundra Hayes

Lead Instructor: Art

  
Saundra Hayes, native West Virginian has loved creating and teaching art for several years, both in the public schools of Preston county along with working commercially at a decal company in East Liverpool, OH and as a designer at National Church Supply Company in Chester, WV. A graduate of both West Liberty State College and Fairmont State University, Saundra earned a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Art and a Bachelors in Art Education. She served as an Art teacher in Preston County Schools for 16 years.

She believes God has gifted her with a desire to create and share art with her world. As a wife and mother of four daughters, along with two beautiful grandchildren, Saundra still finds time to draw and paint. It is her privilege to join Jubilee Academy on this new adventure to pass along the joy of creating with others.

Ben Kinsey

Lead Instructor for: Violin, Band Instruments, Piano

Ben comes from a very musical family.  His sister played piano, which led him to start piano lessons when he was 8.  When he was 11, he started learning the violin/fiddle and trombone.  His father and brother played guitar and eventually the guitar won him over at the age of 14.  His love for music has led him to try his hand in several instruments.  Ben went on to obtain his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL with a focus on guitar.  He participated in the Greenville College Choir, the Greenville College Concert Band, and the Greenville Marching Panthers. 

After graduating, Ben spent 16 months in China teaching ESL students.  Following this, Ben received a job as a Band instructor for the Edwards County School District in Albion, IL.  He held this position for 2 yrs and now is the music and choir director at Bruceton Elementary School in Bruceton, WV.  

Ben loves kids and music, and he loves bringing the two together.  He is excited for the gift of music God has given and hopes to help others discover music for themselves. 

Ben comes from a very musical family.  His sister played piano, which led him to start piano lessons when he was 8.  When he was 11, he started learning the violin/fiddle and trombone.  His father and brother played guitar and eventually the guitar won him over at the age of 14.  His love for music has led him to try his hand in several instruments.  Ben went on to obtain his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL with a focus on guitar.  He participated in the Greenville College Choir, the Greenville College Concert Band, and the Greenville Marching Panthers. 

After graduating, Ben spent 16 months in China teaching ESL students.  Following this, Ben received a job as a Band instructor for the Edwards County School District in Albion, IL.  He held this position for 2 yrs and now is the music and choir director at Bruceton Elementary School in Bruceton, WV.

Ben loves kids and music, and he loves bringing the two together.  He is excited for the gift of music God has given and hopes to help others discover music for themselves.

Jamie Wolfe

Lead Instructor: Art
  
Jamie R. Wolfe has been a member of the Bruceton community nearly her whole life. She was born and raised in Valley Point, and attended Bruceton School and then Preston High School. Ever since she was a little lady, she has had a talent for drawing and creative thinking. Her life and education have always moved in the direction of creativity.

After graduating high school, Jamie Wolfe chose to attend college. In 2008, Jamie Wolfe was awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in OH. More recently in 2015, she achieved an Associate Degree in Graphic Design Technology from Pierpont Community and Technical College, WV.

Her talents, education, and training are very important to her and she wishes to do her part in making the arts an integral and respected aspect of the Bruceton community. It is with great excitement that she gets to share her creative talents with the community through the Ridenours’ Jubilee Academy of the arts in Bruceton Mills.

Abbie Rexroad

Secondary Instructor: Voice & Beginning Piano

  
Abbie Rexroad is a music education student at West Virginia University. Her primary instrument is voice.

In high school, Abbie participated in All State Choirs, attended Governor’s School for the Arts, sang the National Anthem around Preston County, and served as Drum Major for the Marching Knights in 2014.

Abbie spent two years at Alderson-Broaddus University where she was a member of the marching band, women’s quartet, and was a soloist in Alderson-Broaddus University’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Abbie is now studying music education at WVU where she is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota where she serves as music director and has recently been selected as the student representative for WVACDA.

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