Our JHS Vocal Music Mission Statement:
Jenks Vocal Music program is inspired by a tradition of excellence in our community. Our award-winning program seeks to develop and enhance the vocal abilities of students. Through instruction, performance, and education, singers build their vocal talent and emerge as confident young adults with a lifelong love of music. Our program inspires students to reach their greatest potential musically and academically.
After attempting to retire two years ago following a 15-year career at Jenks, Julie Hester is returning to the High School as the full time head of its choir department.
Hester graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 and taught vocal music at schools, churches and studios across Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma before joining the faculty at Jenks in 2001. Known for her contagious enthusiasm and dedication to excellence in vocal education, Hester has been honored with the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Exemplary Teacher (2013) and Jenks Vision of Excellence award (2008); was a Fund for Teachers Fellow (2008); and helped lead the Trojanaires to two top-six finishes in the FAME National Championships.
In addition to her professional associations with the Voice Care Network, NAfME, OkMEA, ACDA, OCDA, Hester serves as a "reader" for the Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory exam through the College Board. This expertise allowed her to facilitate the formation of the AP Music Theory program at Jenks High School and, during her short semi-retirement, Hester continued teaching that advanced coursework at Jenks on a part-time basis.
Hester is a leader on the Worship Ministry Team at Southern Hills Baptist Church of Tulsa and loves spending time with her husband, children and young grandchildren.
Michael Shimp received his Bachelors of Vocal Performance from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2003 where he began his operatic studies in the Tulsa Opera Young Artist Program and Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Mr. Shimp taught Choral Music in Owasso from 2007-2018.
Shimp is in his 11th year of teaching and is well known for his work in teaching and directing young singers to achieve excellence and in organizing regional competitions such as Oklahoma Children's All-State Choir for which he will serve as state co-chair in 2017-2018 Oklahoma Circle the State with Song for which he served as state co-chair in 2016-2017, Region R Coordinator from 2012-2015, and Guest Clinician from 2015-2017. He also served as Guest Clinician in November 2015 for both the ECOCDA Regional Treble Choir and the Western Oklahoma Junior High Honor Choir. Michael has served on the Choral Staff of the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music from April 2011 to the present Mr. Shimp's choirs have been selected at various events including , Oklahoma City Thunder, Tulsa 66ers basketball games and was a Honor Group for the Oklahoma Music Educators Convention in January of 2014. Shimp was also the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year for the Owasso 6th Grade Center. Shimp's professional memberships include NAfME, OkMEA, ACDA, and OCDA.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Shimp gives voice lessons and will soon be the Director of Choristers at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa. He has three children, Grayson, Elijah and Maggie, and is married to his wonderful wife Mandy.
Mrs. Malicoate is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Music Education- instrumental and vocal. She started her career teaching both band and choir at Webster High school before becoming a Trojan. She spent 11 years teaching 7th and 8th grade vocal before moving over to the High School in 2017.
Mrs. Malicoate is an active musician all around northeast Oklahoma playing trumpet and piano for Theatre Tulsa, The Pollard Theatre, Town and Gown, The German American Society of Tulsa's Blaskepelle, and Mach Schnell Blaskepelle, as well as many churches as a trumpet soloist. She is the founding member of Spotlight Brass and the President of the Board for Wind & Rhythm, the gathering place for people who love band music.
She taught musical theatre classes at The Dance and Performing Arts Center in Tulsa for many years. She also loves the opportunities to teach private voice lessons to students in musical theatre areas as well as helping them with the Solo/Ensemble and All State literature.
She is the proud wife of Todd and mother of John (Class of 2020) and Nicholas (Class of 2017), who have both been active members of the vocal department. She is a member of NafME, OkMEA, ACDA, and OCDA. Mrs. Malicoate is very excited to be a part of the Jenks Vocal team and teach AP Music theory for the 2018-2019 school year.
A graduate of Oklahoma City University where he earned his Bachelors degree in Dance Performance Magna Cum Laude, Jake Pfarr has toured the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Asia performing and teaching. He has been seen in numerous roles in productions across the country including Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), Cats (Mungojerrie), 7 Brides For 7 Brothers (Ephraim), Contact (Aristrocrat, u/s Michael Wiley), Meet Me In St. Louis (u/s Lon), All Shook Up (dance captain), Beauty & the Beast, White Christmas, Oklahoma!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Guys & Dolls, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, and Crazy For You to name a few.
Over the course of his career, Jake has worked with some of the best theatre companies in the nation including Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre Wichita, Stages St. Louis, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has also toured around the world performing for Holland America Cruise Line and was also seen in Gregg Russell's The Night Tap Made A Sound in Los Angeles.
A member of Actors' Equity Association, Jake has had the honor of performing alongside such greats as Shirley Jones as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Stacy Keach, Sally Strothers, Robert Newman, and Tony award winner, Jarrod Emick.
In addition to teaching at Theatre Arts, Jake is on faculty at the University of Tulsa as an adjunct professor of tap dance. He also teaches on convention around the country with Dance League, a Desiree Robbins company. As a teacher, he is passionate about mentoring and developing future artists and helping them achieve their dreams. Recently, Jake was a TEDx speaker, where he spoke on the benefits of using tap dancing as a way to help kids positively manage and navigate failure.
Dr. Alice Brook
Dr. Alice Brook is once again joining Jenks High School Vocal Music as the accompanist. Dr. Brook is founder of Brook Fine Arts Academy which is celebrating is 25th year in business. She is also Director of Music Ministries at Joy Lutheran Church of Tulsa. Alice received her Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University, her Master of Music from the University of Tulsa and her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Missouri in Kansas City. She has also studied at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, both in New York City. Dr. Brook has taught in the private and public sectors including Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Millikin University in Illinois. Most recently, Brook got her real estate license and is a Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen. Alice loves to ride motorcycles and spend time with her dogs. She is THRILLED to be back with the students of Jenks High School Vocal Music Department!
Regina Kring, Jenks Vocal Music Financial Administrative Assistant, is a 1993 Jenks graduate. Regina was very involved in the Jenks Choirs, Show Choirs and the JVM Spring musicals! Most recently, Kring has volunteered extensively during her daughter, Alli's, high school years and served on the JVM Executive Board. Regina enjoys photography, reading, playing games, vacationing and spending time with family and friends.
Trent Taber, JVM Assistant, graduated from Jenks High School in 2014 and was an active member of the Vocal Music program. He went on to study four years of Voice at Oklahoma State University where he served as Tenor Section Leader in the nationally recognized OSU Concert Chorale. Trent now sings tenor in the Dallas Chamber Choir and has participated in their Love Manifested project which has consisted of four concert performances and a live recorded studio album titled Love Manifested. His musical theatre and Opera performance credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, and Tarzan the Musical (Kerchak) at Jenks High School as well as Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio), The Pirates of Penzance, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah (Little Bat), and The Spitfire Grill (Joe) with the Music and Theatre Department at Oklahoma State University. He also coaches football at the Varsity level for the Trojans and couldn't be more excited to be a part of this incredibly special Vocal Music Department.