SNU Grad Named Oklahoma's Young Music Educator of the Year

Southern Nazarene University graduate Jessica Wheeler was recently named Oklahoma’s Young Music Educator of the Year. Jessica earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree at SNU in 2010 and is currently teaching at Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where her choirs have received Superior Ratings with over 100 students participating in multiple honor choirs. Her Show/Jazz Choir received Best in Class and Sweepstakes the last two years at the Western Heights (OK) Show Choir Contest.

 Pictured:  Jessica Wheeler

 “I am eternally grateful to those who helped and  inspired me  along the way,” said Wheeler. “This  award is an absolute dream come true for me,  and I  am honored to be nominated and selected  by my  colleagues in the music profession.”

 Jessica serves as treasurer of the Central Oklahoma  Choral Directors Association, the Southwest Quad  Chair for  Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, and Region Chair for Circle the State with Song. She is also an active member in the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators, and Professional Oklahoma Educators.

“All of us in the SNU School of Music and our School of Education are so proud of Jessica and the way she is investing her life in the students she serves,” said Dr. Melissa Lewis, Chair, School of Music at Southern Nazarene University.

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to transform lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.