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Jay Hartzler

Jay Hartzler retired from teaching in 2014. For 34 years he taught at Eastern Mennonite School and for five years at Christopher Dock. He received his BA in Music Education from Goshen College and earned his MM from Temple University, where he studied with Elaine Brown. 

While at Eastern Mennonite Mr. Hartzler served as State President for the Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and as State President for the Virginia Choral Directors Association. Under the direction of Mr. Hartzler, the EMHS choirs sang numerous times at the Virginia State Music Conference and twice at national music conferences. 

Mr. Hartzler has been a guest conductor for several district choirs in the state of Virginia. Recordings of his EMHS choirs continue to be featured on the Sing for Joy radio program broadcast by St. Olaf College. 

Since retiring, he and his wife, Sheri, are working as Church of the Nazarene volunteers in Sighisoara, Romania where he has established a woodworking business teaching men the skills to make furniture. He also directs an adult and a children’s choir there. 



James Clemens

Jim Clemens discovered his love of accompanying when he was encouraged to play piano for his seventh grade choir. In the four decades since, he has accompanied musicians of all ages in solo recitals, choir concerts, and dozens of musical theatre shows. Jim also composes a wide variety of vocal and instrumental music. He lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 

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