MEET OUR TEAM

DAVID BURGEST

Studio Manager

Piano Instructor

David Burgest has been a musician for many years.  He is a native of Savannah, Ga and developed a love and passion for music at a young age.  David received a Bachelor Of Business Administration Degree from Georgia Southern University and A Master of Arts in Teaching Degree from National University. David also is a National Board Certified Teacher.  He has been teaching Business Education and piano for 18 years. David has dedicated his life to music and teaching students the joys of developing their musical gifts. David enjoys playing the piano and producing music.  He has been married to Marcia Burgest for 18 years and they are raising three children who are all musicians. His desire is that students would develop an internal love and passion for music as they become the professionals and leaders of tomorrow.

Nancy Jones

Piano, Voice, Guitar

Nancy Jones is a North Carolina native who has lived most of her life touring in support of her original music as a solo act and with her band.  She is an award-winning singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist with 14 albums to her credit ranging from Prog-rock to Folk.  Her professional career started at the tender age of thirteen.  By the time she was in her early 20's, she was headlining dates on the East Coast from New York to Florida.

In 1995, Jones left the East Coast for the opportunity to pursue her music in California. Winning awards such as "Best New Female Singer/Songwriter" in BAM Magazine (BayAreaMusic;San Francisco) in 1997, as well as placing in the "John Lennon International Songwriting Competition."(2000)   

Jones has been honored with gracing stages from the 80's to the present as an opening act for such artists as Joan Osborne, Luther Vandross, Albert Collins, Bruce Cockburn, Keb Mo, David Gray, and Warren Haynes, to name a few.

With a broad brushstroke of influences, Jones' music is awash with overtones and undertones of blues, soul, folk, front-porch traditionals, gospel and southern rock as well as jazz and progressive rock.  But don't be mistaken.  Jones is categorically none of these things, but more the hot wax of them all.

Nancy’s teaching style revolves around three aspects; nurturing creativity, honoring the student's individuality as a growing musician, as well as the way and pace each student learns.
"My goal as a music instructor is to illuminate what is already there in the soul of the student. I see potential in everyone who comes to me with the desire to learn."


Nancy is thrilled to be a part of the "Joyful Family" and looks forward to making music a part of your life's journey.

 

JOVAN ADAMS

Vocal and Piano Instructor

Jovan is a Charlotte native who actively performs and teaches in the area. He received both his bachelors and masters degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jovan is currently teaching with Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and is currently the Choral Director at West Charlotte High School. Jovan is an active musician/singer/conductor in the charlotte area when he is not teaching voice and piano.

Sudeshna Sen

Bollywood Hip Hop and Zumba Instructor

Sudeshna Sen is a native of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She is one of the most well-received and highly reviewed Bollywood fitness Instructors in the Charlotte area. She will keep students motivated towards staying fit and finesse with fun in an awesome environment. Students in her class will learn dances and be educated on Indian arts and culture.

LA-TISHA HEMINGWAY

Dance Instructor

La-Tisha is a passionate and experience dance instructor.  She is eager to guide students through the twenty-first century using a unique combination of education, experience, and a love for dancing.  La-Tisha is also a Language Arts instructor and has a passion for writing.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from the University of North Carolina- Charlotte.  La-Tisha also received a Bachelor of Science Business Administration; Management & Marketing degree from the University of South Carolina. Some of her professional dance experience includes:

USC Dance Team Member 1999-2002

Philadelphia 76ers Dancer (NBA) 2002

Areas of Study: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, African, Capoeira, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Irish, Latin

Ethan Regan

Guitar Instructor

Ethan has a passion for teaching and spreading music along to those who wish to learn. He has been playing guitar for 10 years and currently has 3 studio albums of all original music released on Spotify and Apple Music. He is familiar with and can teach a wide variety of music from Hip-Hop to Funk, to Country and Folk. Recognized for his original music, he was invited to the Cape May singer-songwriter festival, where he traveled to New Jersey to attend panels given by Grammy Award winning artists and successful music producers. When not teaching, Ethan plays shows at local venues around the Charlotte area.

MALIK JOHNSON

Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano Instructor

Malik is a Violist that earned his B.M. in Music Education at UNC Charlotte. Malik has experience teaching violin, viola, and cello through his music education coursework, as well as teaching private students. 
He has played viola for 13 years and was the principal violist for the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra for three years. His passion for music has led him to play in orchestras in South Carolina, and has performed in places such as Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, as well as Tel Aviv, Israel. He believes music is an inclusive subject and has the power to bridge gaps words cannot do on their own. Music also strengthens our capacity to accept other cultures, make connections to other subjects, and expose students to new experiences. 

 

JORDAN OWEN

Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Ukulele, Piano, and Vocal Instructor

Jordan Owen graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Music Education. She grew up in Salisbury, NC where she started singing from a very early age. One of her first memories is singing the national anthem at a Kannapolis Intimidators game when she was only 4 years old. Jordan is a soprano and started taking voice lessons when she was 6 years old.

While she was at Appalachian, Jordan continued to grow in her musical ability, earning high placements in top ensembles. She is multi-talented and plays a variety of instruments from across the band including clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, saxophone, ukulele, and piano. She also has experience composing and arranging music for chamber ensembles.

Jordan is experienced in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, opera, pop, and rock and has 16 years of vocal training and 12 years of instrumental training. She is passionate about helping her students strive for the highest in music and in life.

 

WILSON TOCTO

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, and Piano

Wilson Tocto is a native of Ecuador
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He is an intuitive and passionate musician from New Jersey. 
He has been playing guitar, both acoustic and electric for fourteen years as well as piano, bass guitar, ukulele, and drums.
He is awesome at working with kids and adults. 
He has worked with young students for the last five years and he has a wide variety of teaching methods to keep young students engaged and with a constant curiosity for the innovative world of music. 

His thirst for music has allowed Wilson’s performing skills to be exposed in a wide variety of venues starting from churches, to bars, to open field festivals 

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2136 Ayrsley Town Blvd Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28273|Tel: 980-226-7909| email: info@joyfulsoundssom.com

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