We are expanding! In the next few months we will offer not only strings and piano, but also voice and dance classes as well. I’m excited as we move forward with our Academy. This format better reflects our commitment to ministry and our dreams for offering broader lesson options. Our current teacher bios are listed below.
One significant change is the payment structure. Upon the recommendation of our Church Controller, we will no longer accept Credit Cards for payment. This is in an effort to protect our student’s personal financial information. Each student will now pay their instructor. You can still register for the Academy through the link provided here. Watch this page for more information as we grow!
Meet the Staff
Jeremy Sheets, Cello Instructor
Jeremy is a native of Dallas, Texas, where he began his journey as a musician in the 6th grade. While in Texas, Jeremy experienced recognition and success as a young performer. Multiple times he was selected to perform with honor orchestras in his region including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
In 2004, Jeremy was accepted to OCU on a full-tuition talent scholarship, where he studied with internationally renowned cellist, Tomasz Zieba. While studying at OCU, he won 1st place in the Ladies Music Club Competition (2011), performed with the Cellovoce ensemble, and sat principal cellist for the OCU Symphony Orchestra for multiple concerts. In 2014, he was selected to be the cellist in the first OCU Graduate String Quartet, providing him yet again a full-tuition scholarship. While at OCU, he also participated in a number of masterclasses with successful cellist such as: Tido Janssen, Euguene Osadchy, Matt Haimovitz, Zuil Bailey, and Christopher Adkins.
Outside of OCU, Jeremy’s performance experiences include; the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, Poteet Theatre, the Fayetteville Opera (2016), in addition to recording for multiple singer-songwriter albums. Currently, he is a member of the HeartString Piano Trio, principal cellist for the Painted Sky Opera, and a cellist with the South Kansas Symphony.
As well as establishing himself as a performing artist, Jeremy has built a strong music studio in the Oklahoma City area over the past 5 years. Currently he teaches at Servant of the Arts Academy, where he was recently promoted as the academy coordinator. Also, as of recently he re-joined Oklahoma City’s El Sistema program teaching cello.
Jeremy believes that every performer should be knowledgeable in multiple areas of the arts to better themselves as an artist and a person. He is passionate about performance education as a whole. Jeremy spent a number of years studying singing and acting and has also established himself as a consistent working actor and singer.
Danielle Petersen, Violin/Viola Instructor
Danielle Petersen is currently pursuing her MM degree in Violin performance after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s in Music. At Oklahoma City University, she has performed as concertmaster for several concert sets and is currently in the graduate string quartet. In addition to violin, Danielle is an accomplished vocalist and uses her wide range of musical technique and knowledge to teach to all ages. With a strong belief that any child can learn to play a musical instrument and a background in Suzuki educational methods, Danielle is dedicated to serving Oklahoma through teaching music and building the character of each of her students.
Austin Rice, Violin Instructor
Hailing musically from Kansas City, Austin Rice began his studies on the violin at the age of 11. As a notable performer in the Oklahoma City area, he is performing regularly in distinguished ensembles such as the Oklahoma City University Cyan Graduate String Quartet, the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Painted Sky Opera Company Pit Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Rice is studying as a Master’s candidate at Oklahoma City University where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree in performance cum laude. While at OCU, Mr. Rice has served in many leadership positions such as Concertmaster, Assistant Concert Master, and Principal Second Violinist in the OCU Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Opera/Musical Theater Company Pit Orchestra. As well as being a passionate performer, Mr. Rice is also a dedicated educator and believes that anyone can has the potential of enjoying the performance medium and become a successful violinist at any level. Mr. Rice is currently a violin teacher at El Sistema Oklahoma and maintains a small private studio of his own.
Danielle Kilhoffer, Piano Instructor
As a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Danielle majored in music composition with piano as her main instrument, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Teaching composition and piano since 2007, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. To date, Danielle has had forty public performances of her works. With 18 years of experience, Danielle has performed solo at various concerts in Oklahoma City and has accompanied choirs, singers, and instrumentalists. In the summer of 2014, she traveled as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica with Friendship Force of Oklahoma. Most recently, she traveled to Italy as a soloist with Church of the Servant’s Celebration Choir in the summer of 2015. As a teacher, performer, and composer Danielle strives to use her talents to create a better artistic community for her home state of Oklahoma.
Evelyn Talbot, Brass Instructor
Evelyn Talbot, MM, is a local from Deer Creek Edmond, Oklahoma. Her journey on the trumpet took flight when she began studying the William Adam method under the guidance of Dr. Karl Sievers at the age of 15. Evelyn’s studies with Dr. Sievers continued at the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor’s of Music in 2015. After earning her BM, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree with Greg Wing at Morehead State University, which allowed her to stay within the Adam lineage. After the completion of her Master’s Degree, Evelyn returned home joining the staff at the Church of the Servant Academy of the Arts, the Rosenbalm Academy of Music and Bring Back the Music. She is also enthusiastic to be a part of the worship orchestra and jazz band at the Church of the Servant, the Oklahoma City Community Band, the Mid-Del Jazz Band, Shortt Dogg and the Masopust Polka Band. As a second generation Adam student, she believes the trumpet is a therapeutic tool that anyone can use to develop and grow as an individual. Evelyn is excited to start the next step in her journey while helping others with their own.
Jenni Rose, Voice Instructor
Jenni Rose has been singing since she was six years old and recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oklahoma City University. She taught students in Oklahoma and in her hometown of Houston throughout her undergraduate career, and fell in love with the practice. She is excited to be partnering with Church of the Servant to begin her professional music studio and spread the love of music to children and adults of all ages.
Don Cole, Guitar Instructor
Don Cole started playing guitar at age 12 and developed his style from many years of being self-taught. He wishes there had been a program like this for him when he was learning just the basics. Many of you know Don as the founding member of the “Gospel Guitar Guys” (G3) Band who have performed almost 600 times around 3 states, including 8 times in 3 different venues at Branson Missouri, or even further back in the Wind River Trio folk group, and in the Cotton Patch Bluegrass band which performed the Cotton Patch Gospel Musical, 23 times around the state; including 16 shows at the OKC Civic Center! The love of music keeps him motivated to share his knowledge and to now be an instructor in the Servant Arts Academy. And, if you already know Don, you know you will have FUN learning to play guitar.