Preparing for the Messiah performance
"The Messiah" which will be performed by the music departments of Jenks High School. The variation of it 'just being another high school choir performance' is that the soloists will be alumni from JHS who have made music their professional career. Among the returning alumni are a Broadway singer, an international opera star, a university voice professor and a performing arts facility director - along with 240 voices of Jenks Vocal Music program. There will be two performances on Monday, December 16 at 6:00 and 8:00 pm.
Featured soloist Bio's
A Tulsa native, Ashley performs with symphonies in Bartlesville, Enid, and Tulsa, including the Tulsa Symphony and Tulsa Signature Symphony, and she is a board member for the Tulsa Youth Symphony. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Richard Weiss, assistant principal cellist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and completed a Master of Music from Oklahoma State University, where she served as a teaching assistant. While in Cleveland, she completed three seasons as principal cellist for the Cleveland Women's Orchestra. She has received fellowships to attend the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and Spoleto USA. When not performing, Ashley works full time as an administrative assistant at a law office, and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and Schipperke mix dogs, Boots and Trouble
Susannah Brooks, 1994
Susannah (Oakley) Brooks received her training at Jenks High School, University of Oklahoma and New England Conservatory. She was a first place winner in the NATS tri-state competition, and is a recipient of the Benton-Schmidt and Carey Brice scholarship. She has performed with New England Conservatory in Boston, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater in San Francisco, University of Oklahoma Opera Theater, Sound of America European Tour, Cimarron Circuit Opera Company and Theater Tulsa. Susannah currently sings with the Signature Choral, Tulsa Opera, and is a soloist with the First United Methodist Church Cathedral Choir. She enjoys teaching voice, being wife to Steve and being mommy to her two adorable sons ages four and six. Susannah is excited to return to Jenks High school to sing the Handel’s Messiah where the music department is greatly enhancing these talented children's lives!
Will Coppoc, 2009
Will Coppoc graduated from Jenks High School in 2009. He completed his bachelor's degree in music performance at the University of North Texas in May 2013, where he graduated summa cum laude. Will is now currently pursuing his master's degree in music, and plays regularly with the Tulsa Symphony. He performs with the Tulsa Signature Symphony and Light Opera of Oklahoma, in addition to working as a freelance musician and teacher in Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Laura Cowan, 1993
Laura Barnard Cowan is a 1993 graduate of Jenks High School. Laura holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, both from Oklahoma State University. Laura has taught junior high and high school vocal music, piano, music theory, and private voice instruction. She also served as a minister of music at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby. Laura is currently an active voice teacher in the Tulsa area, serving as a voice instructor at Brook Fine Arts, where she has been named Teacher of the Year, as well as well as Concert Choir Director and adjunct voice instructor at Tulsa Community College.
Josh Eldredge, 2012
Josh Eldredge participated in many orchestras from the 6th grade through his upon graduating from Jenks in 2012. He was a member of Jenks Chamber Orchestra, OMEA All State Orchestra, NOADSO, Oklahoma Arts Institute Orchestra and ensemble members for contest and community performances. A sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major at Purdue University he is now a violinist in the Purdue Philharmonic. Josh works as an engineering intern at Weyerhaeuser, in Seattle, Washington and is happy to return to his Alma Mater for to play for this impressive performance.
Joey Geresi, 2010
Joey Geresi cherishes his time at Jenks, where he was a three year in All-State Chorus member, Trojan Connection/Trojanaires for four years, and four school musicals. His fondest memories include singing for Jenks Lights On, Holiday Home Tour, winning Best Male Solo at FAME Washington D.C and playing the “Minstrel” in Once Upon A Mattress and “Dennis” in All Shook Up!, and. Joey is a Senior at OU, where he has been an active in multiple OU choral ensembles and various campus activities, and he plans to attend law school next year. He would like to thank his family and friends and especially Mr. Downey and Mrs. Hester for continued support and invitation to participate in The Messiah.
Julie Hanson, 1997
Julie Hanson (Battaglia) is thrilled to be back on the Jenks High School stage where she first performed in her first musical “The King and I” in third grade. Julie studied vocal performance at Oklahoma City University before beginning her performing career. She appeared on Broadway and across the country as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, and has performed regionally at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, Stages St. Louis, Casa Manana, and Music Theatre of Wichita. Favorite roles include Julie Jordan in Carousel, Maria in West Side Story, and Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis., and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Signature Symphony in Tulsa. Most recently, Julie was a featured vocalist in Arthur Yorinks' American Song project at The Flea Theater in NYC, and also took part in the development of a new musical in the 2013 New York Music Theatre Festival. Julie is happy to now be closer to home, having recently relocated to St. Louis with her husband, Jason, and their two-year-old daughter, Mia.
Mark Frie, 1988
Mark grew up attending Jenks Schools, where he took advantage of the many musical offering. He is glad to be back in his home state and proud to be named the first director of the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center He has performed all over the world in musicals, operas, and concerts, making his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006 with the New England Philharmonic .He has performed and directed shows in such venues as Radio City Music Hall, North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), Music Theatre Wichita, Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth, Denver Performing Arts Center, The Majestic, Fair Park Music Hall, and the Morton H. Meyerson Center. Mark was the artistic coordinator of the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas, the most recorded male chorus in the world. Mark directed performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Majestic Theatre, two of the southwest's most renowned venues. Mark resides in Jenks with his wife Kim and daughter Cameron.
Upon graduation from Jenks High School, Anthony Lopez attended the University of Tulsa, starting as a violin performance major before changing to musical composition. While at TU, he performed the Brahm’s Horn Trio in Senior recital. Anthony works in his father’s business while composing music and performing in a progressive Indie band, Grilled Cheese, Please.
Rebecca Salter, 1992
Dr. Rebecca Ann (Miner) Salter is Assistant Professor of Voice at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. Formerly, she taught at Shorter University and Oklahoma City University. Dr. Salter earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance at the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Salvatore Champagne. Prior to that, she studied with Larry Wade Keller at OCU, where she earned her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal performance. She was an inaugural member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops Chorale, and sang with them for five seasons. Favorite operatic roles include Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro and Lucy from The Telephone. Dr. Salter is certified from The Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music in Vocal Pedagogy (The LoVetri Method - Level I); and is a member of MTNA, NATS, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Scholars Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. She resides in Rome, Georgia with her husband, Joseph, and toy poodle, Lucy.
Upon graduation from Jenks, Kelsey Walton has continued making music on her viola while achieving her Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Tulsa, Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma and is currently in pursuit of a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She was a principal player at Texas Christian University and University of Tulsa orchestras and plays for Bartlesville Choral Society and the Tulsa Signature Symphony.
Brian Wilson, 2004
A 2004 graduate of Jenks High School, Brian Wilson was extremely involved in many music activities while at Jenks. It was at school he discovered his love of singing with others. Brian learned to sing barbershop harmony in elementary school where he competed with the Founder’s Chorus and Yankee Doodle Boys, winning top awards at local, state and national levels. While in high school, he transitioned musical styles with his classmates to “YDB”, as which appeared in the first Trojanaires competition show in Branson. Brian demonstrated his vocal flexibility by singing bass in the OMEA All State and leading roles Jenks Schools musicals. He continued singing in college, church and community choirs and musicals and is currently a featured soloist for Signature Symphony and Chorale. Brian can be heard regularly singing tenor in Tulsa area with vocal ensembles, Vocal Expressions and Sheridan Road.