Andrew is an Ohio native who relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a DMA in Choral Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. Prior to his move to Southern California, Andrew spent seven years as Director of Music Programs for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Much of his time there was spent revitalizing the music program including the development of student and community choirs, bands, and orchestras while teaching courses in music theory, voice, and conducting. While in Defiance, Andrew also served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Performance Series Director for the Defiance Community Cultural Council, and was an active OMEA adjudicator and area clinician.
Andrew holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio Northern University earning a bachelor of music and a bachelor of science in business administration. He also holds advanced degrees from Bowling Green State University: a master of music and a master of business administration.
Yoojung Chung, a native of South Korea, began her music education at age of four with piano lessons. Then she started accompanying church choirs at the age of thirteen and taking organ lessons from Dr. Dong-Lim Min, a distinguished concert organist throughout South Korea and Germany.
She earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Yonsei University under Professor Myung-Ja Cho, and Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Northwestern University under Professor Douglas Cleveland, as well as the Kenneth G. and Helen C. Merrill Scholarship. Then, she continued to pursue her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Indiana University under Marilyn Keiser; however, after completing her first year, she moved to Southern California in 2007 due to her husband’s job relocation.
Yoojung resides in Orange County area, and she is active piano accompanist and private piano instructor. Prior to Westwood UMC organist position, she served as organist at Anaheim UMC for 11 years and a few other churches in New York, Illinois, and Indiana. Also, she has worked as piano accompanist and adjunct faculty member at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Concordia University in Irvine. She is an active member of American Guild of Organist of Orange County and Music Teachers’ Association of California Orange County Branch where she served as Board member.
Michael Turnblom has been at Westwood Church since 2015. Active as a singer, conductor, and composer, he has collaborated with prestigious ensembles such as True Concord, the National Philharmonic Chorale, de Angeles Vocal Ensemble, Salt Lake Choral Artists, and the Madeleine Choir School. His stage credits include the Seagle Music Colony, Southern Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Arbor Opera Theatre, and Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium. Michael speaks several foreign languages and has coached ensembles and soloists in Italy, Brazil, Great Britain, and throughout the United States. His original compositions include works for choir and orchestra, two award-winning oratorios, and a musical. Michael serves as the Director of Vocal Music at Beverly Hills High School.
Sherley-Ann Belleus is from Cape Cod, MA. Graduating from Ithaca College with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, Sherley-Ann continues her teaching at the University of Southern California as a vocal Teaching Assistant pursuing her Masters in Vocal Arts. After spending the past summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sherley looks forward to her final year in the studio of Elizabeth Hynes and as a section leader in the Westwood United Methodist Church!
Shelby Stroud comes from Dallas, Texas and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education at Oklahoma State University. During her undergraduate degree, she conducted ensembles, taught private voice lessons, and performed frequently. Notable performances include being a soloist with the Dallas String Quartet, soloist on international tours of England, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, and singing in Hans Zimmer’s World Tour. Also during her time at OSU, Shelby was an officer in Sigma Alpha Iota and alto section leader for four years in Dr. Z Randall Stroope’s Concert Chorale. She currently is a first-year Masters student in Choral Music at the University of Southern California to focus on her love of conducting and is the Alto II section leader in USC’s Chamber Singers. Meanwhile, she still performs frequently and gives Skype lessons to her long-distance students in Texas and Oklahoma. After Shelby’s time at USC, she hopes to accept any performance opportunities as well as teach at the high school level.
Taylor Jacobs recently finished his undergraduate studies in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California. A frequent soloist for the USC Choral Music department, Taylor’s highlights include Dr. Nick Strimple’s birthday concert with the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and the USC Visions & Voices performance of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard (“In Need of Breath” and “I Am Like You”). He has coached French for multiple USC productions, including Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie for The Chamber Opera, Chamber Singers’ National ACDA performance of Henk Bading’s Trois Chansons Bretonnes and Concert Choir’s performances of Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses.