Jennifer grew up here in Cookeville, where her parents home-schooled her and her four brothers. Music was not a central focus in their home, but the family was constantly listening to classical and folk music. Jennifer taught herself piano for a couple years before taking up the classical guitar in 9th grade through the inspiration of her older brother. They traveled monthly to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to study under an incredibly talented master’s student from Venezuela, Salome Sandoval. A wonderful singer and classical guitarist, Salome’s performing and teaching crystallized Jennifer's love of music into a permanent part of her life. After a year of voice lessons during her senior year of high school, she followed her brother to MTSU on a guitar scholarship, majoring in guitar performance and vocal/general education. In college, Jennifer continued to pursue her vocal studies along with her guitar lessons. She discovered the joys of singing in a choir and playing with other musicians, and was introduced to the challenges, terrors, and joys of being a solo classical performer. In 2012, Jennifer graduated and moved back to Cookeville, where she is thrilled to be making a living passing on her love of music to private students, as well as singing in our local community choir, the Mastersingers. When not doing music, she enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, and attending musical and theatrical performances.
Gena received her Bachelor's degree in Music and Education from Tennessee Technological University in 2007. She has taught voice lessons for 11 years and piano lessons for 9 years. She taught at the School of Performing Arts from 2009-2014 and ran an independent studio in her home from 2014-2018. Gena returned to the School of Performing Arts in 2018. She is very involved in the worship ministry at her home church. Gena lives in Sparta with her husband and two children.