Creative Academy Instructors

Christ Church Creative Academy Instructors

Each of our instructors are professional artists in their field and are trained in provide quality instruction in a safe, caring, and communal environment. Our programming is generously supported by the Mallory Family Fine Arts Fund. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Stephanie Murray
(443) 306-5134, piano, vocal

Stephanie is the director of the children’s and youth choir program at Christ Church. A graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a music education and psychology degree, she taught general music, choir, and musical theater at a large Catholic school in Maryland for 21 years before moving to Ponte Vedra in 2018. She teaches private piano and voice lessons, and is a member of the Christ Church Chancel Choir and Common Ground ensemble.

Maureen Rhodes
(904) 312-4752, piano

With over 30 years of experience teaching piano, Maureen holds a Bachelor of Music Education with further study and is pursuing a Masters in Piano Performance at the University of North Florida. Her teaching method is the traditional/classical piano method which emphasizes note reading and basic skills from the outset. She includes a repertoire of jazz and popular music in her curriculum.

Quinton Rhodes
(904) 312-4752 music theory

Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Florida. Special musical teaching skills include music theory and composition. He has been a church musician for many years. He is currently associate pianist and organist at Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, Jacksonville.

Tim Root
(253-223-1823), piano

Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Washington. I have been teaching private piano for over 30 years to students of all ages. I love working with students from beginner through intermediate levels. When not teaching piano, I teach music at Edward Waters University in Jacksonville and serve in the music ministry at Christ Church. I hold a Florida Teacher Certification.

Jen Schlechte (703) 901-0385, vocal

Jen Schlechte is a dynamic music educator, award-winning choral director and voice teacher, who specializes in developing children’s voices. She performs and teaches a variety of styles, including classical, musical theater, gospel and vocal jazz. She sings at Christ Church and with the Jacksonville Symphony. Jen is committed to providing a stimulating, nurturing and creative environment focused on maximizing the potential of each individual student to foster a lifelong appreciation for music.