Director: Joani Slawson
Joani Slawson is a proud product of Brevard County Public Schools. She was active in chorus throughout her formative years and was a 1995 graduate of Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne. In 1999, she graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. In 2011, she was named a Distinguished Music Educator by Yale School of Music.
Her primary instrument is voice and her specialty is choral directing. She has taught music in Florida public schools for seven years and is currently the music director at Saturn Elementary School in Cocoa. She also has a thriving private studio of voice, piano and percussion students. Ms. Slawson is currently serving on the Board for the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). She has served as a member of the Brevard County curriculum writing team and is currently on the Music Advisory Board.
Assistant Director: Eldean Hagans
Eldean Hagans, Asst. Director, NBCT, is in her eighth year serving as Meadowlane Intermediate School’s music specialist. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from Florida State University. She is an active member of MENC, FMEA, FEMEA, CFOC and AOSA.
Eldean attends numerous inservices offered by Brevard County and remains current by reading professional journals. Each year, Mrs. Hagans continues her professional development by participating in the FMEA/FEMEA conference as well as summer classes, such as World Music Drumming and Orff Level Training. Eldean is an active musician outside of the school environment through involvement in piano accompaniment and vocal performance. With 20 years experience in music, Mrs. Hagans has taught private lessons and class lessons to all ages, preschool through adult.
Accompanist: Lori Jahn
Lori Jahn has been an independent piano teacher and piano accompanist for over 20 years. She graduated from Michigan Technological University with the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honors. Her professional musical experience includes 16 years as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano with the Music Teachers National Association.
She has been primary keyboardist and occasional choir director for All Saints Lutheran Church, and the Hartland High School Choirs, both in Hartland, Michigan. In February 2009 she relocated with her husband, David, to Melbourne, Florida, where she has been keyboard accompanist for the Brevard Schools Summer Fine Arts Program, the Indialantic Chamber Singers, some musical theater, and individual solo and ensemble events. Lori has four grown children and six grandchildren.
Founder: Sharon Maslin
Sharon Maslin is the Junior High Choral Director at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School in Port St. John, where she has taught for ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Samford University in Alabama as well as a Master of Church Music degree from Southern Seminary.
An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Maslin has over 25 years experience leading children’s choirs and continues to offer private and class piano lessons for both children and adults. The Roanoke Virginia native realized her gift for teaching and began a formal career after decades of directing children’s choirs in churches. It remains her passion today.