Meet Our Staff

  • Dr. Penka Spaulding

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    Penka learned the violin in her early childhood, while growing up in Bulgaria.  By learning using Solfege, she has developed perfect pitch and continues to reinforce her students using this strong ear training method.  Her passion for the violin (strings) is demonstrated in her lessons as she focuses her students to develop correct technique and … Continue reading Dr. Penka Spaulding

  • Megan Kabela

    Harp Teacher
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    Megan Kabela is an active musician who has recently relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Recognized as an accomplished and versatile harpist, she performs in a variety of different styles and venues. Megan started her musical training at the age of 10 on the piano. After mastering the basics of piano and starting violin lessons, she decided … Continue reading Megan Kabela

  • Rondo Johnson

    Guitar Teacher
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    A native of East Tennessee, Rondo has been playing guitar for over 15 years. He attended Pellissippi State Community College to major in guitar, earning music scholarships as a member of both the bluegrass and jazz ensembles. During this time, he studied guitar with David Slack, Chad Volkers, and Larry Vincent. In addition to guitar, … Continue reading Rondo Johnson

  • Tamara Davis

    Piano & Band Instrument Teacher
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    Tamara Davis is a Piano and Concert Band teacher, including woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  She has 20 years of experience as a Concert Band teacher, 10 years of experience as a General Music teacher, and 10 years of experience as a Piano teacher.  She has been involved in numerous concerts, recitals, talent shows, and productions … Continue reading Tamara Davis

  • Sarah Lepp

    Piano Teacher
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    Sarah Lepp’s performances are infused with an emotional depth and honesty that engages diverse audiences. Sarah loves performing and finds meaning in being able to share her many life experiences with others through music. She has studied under Gregory Allen, Sharon Jensen, Betty Mallard, and Jose Mendez and holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music … Continue reading Sarah Lepp

  • Katrina Duval

    Piano Teacher
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    Katrina was born and raised in the small community of Corryton in East Tennessee. After receiving an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Pellissippi State Community College, she began her work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in music at The University of Tennessee. While there, she studied piano with Ms. Fay Adams. She has … Continue reading Katrina Duval

  • Kristi Coughlin

    Cello / Violin / Piano Teacher
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    Kristi Coughlin is a new addition to Knoxville and hails from Huntsville, Alabama. She works as a preschool teacher in Cedar Bluff. She has fourteen years of teaching experience both privately and in groups. Her specialization is in teaching beginners/young children through her previous work with the Huntsville Symphony. Kristi has a strong background in … Continue reading Kristi Coughlin

  • Heather Anderson

    Strings and Piano Teacher
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    Heather Anderson is a recent graduate of the Eastman School Of Music in Rochester, NY. Her primary instrument is cello and she has performed extensively with orchestras and chamber groups across the US and Canada, and has been a frequent substitute with the Chattanooga Symphony. She has studied with many well known teachers including Thomas Rosenburg, David Ying and the … Continue reading Heather Anderson

  • Larry J. Otto, B.S. Mus. Ed., M.A.

    Store Manager
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    Mr. Larry Otto holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Missouri. He has been a music professor and university music department chairman as well as choral conductor, voice and conducting teacher. He is a singer who also plays piano, organ and tuba. He not only manages Bill Jones Music but continues to teach keyboard classes in … Continue reading Larry J. Otto, B.S. Mus. Ed., M.A.

  • Edwina Gillespie

    Sales Assistant and Book Manager
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      Edwina has extensive experience working in music stores from being book keeper to sales assistant. At Bill Jones Music she uses all of these talents at some time or another. Her record keeping abilities are impeccable and her love for music and the people who visit our store is obvious in her friendly conversations. She takes care of … Continue reading Edwina Gillespie

  • Wendell Gillespie

    Support Staff
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    Wendel Gillespie helps keep our store looking good as well as keeping the instruments dusted and polished. His expertise in instrument recovery is exceptional. Sometimes trade-ins or used acquisitions can need some TLC and Wendel can bring out their luster and make them shine again. His help in many and various ways is very valuable including everything from instrument assembly … Continue reading Wendell Gillespie

  • Jason Day

    Piano Teacher
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    Jason Day has been passionately performing and teaching music for over 16 years.  In 1995, he attended Roane State Community College on a guitar scholarship and in his 2nd year, made the move to piano under the guidance of Wendel Werner. He graduated in piano performance and was given Roane State’s Outstanding Musician Award.  In … Continue reading Jason Day

  • Kristen Bakke-Robinson

    Piano and String Teacher
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    Kristen is a passionate musician who enjoys using her talents to help others develop their musical potential.  A recent college graduate, Kristen earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor’s of Science in English from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Along with her piano studies, Kristen has continued to … Continue reading Kristen Bakke-Robinson

  • Katie Howe

    Piano / Voice / Music Together Teacher / Knox County Homeschool Chorus Director
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    Katie, a 2006 graduate of Mississippi College, holds her Bachelor of Arts in Music and her minor in studio Art.  While at Mississippi College, she held multiple leadership roles within her music department, as well as receiving university wide recognition for her leadership skills, receiving the “Freshman Woman of the Year” award and being one … Continue reading Katie Howe

  • Charlyna Hamilton

    Piano / Yamaha Certified Teacher / Music Together Certified Teacher
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    Charlyna is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal/Piano Performance. She is currently working on a graduate degree at University of Tennessee (Knoxville) pursuing a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy where she was recently awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Charlyna has been teaching private lessons … Continue reading Charlyna Hamilton

  • Christine Tai

    Piano Teacher
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    Christine Tai is a native of Taiwan who grew up in Hong Kong.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pomona College, Claremont,  CA, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  Her previous teaching positions include piano faculty at the Piano Academy … Continue reading Christine Tai

  • Barbara Nichols

    Piano & Voice Teacher
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    Barbara is a native Knoxvillian who has been teaching piano and voice for over 36 years in both Tennessee and Texas. She received the Dean’s award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in Music Education from East Tennessee State University. While participating heavily in the college opera workshop, Ms. Nichols was a soloist … Continue reading Barbara Nichols

  • Gabe Loving

    Voice / Guitar / Piano Teacher
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    Voice / Guitar / Piano Gabe Loving is currently the Minister of Music and Worship at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, where he has served for over 10 years. Previously, Gabe has served on the music staff at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and interned at First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. … Continue reading Gabe Loving

  • Kathryn Frady-Marvel

    Soprano Voice / Musical Theater / Opera / Piano Teacher
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    Kathryn graduated with a Masters in Music, vocal performance degree from the University of North Texas. Currently, Kathryn teaches voice at Lincoln Memorial University, is the Artistic and General Director for Marble City Opera, a soloist at Cokesbury United Methodist, and an opera singer.

  • Sarah Hettich-Cammisano

    Violin / Viola / Cello Teacher
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    Sarah is a gifted musician who loves to play the violin, and it shows when you see her perform with her bluegrass band Public Apology. She loves to share her musical gift by teaching others to play, and we are very fortunate to have her as one of our private lesson teachers at the school of … Continue reading Sarah Hettich-Cammisano

  • Bill Jones

    Owner / Founder
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    I came to Knoxville in 1973 to open a Piano & Organ retail business after my previous employer went out of business with no notice. Hoping this small business would support my family until a real job could be found, no one is more surprised than I am that this humble endeavor haslasted for 43 years. Over … Continue reading Bill Jones

  • Marjorie Jones

    Owner / Music School Director
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    Marjorie and Bill have been married for over 47 years.  After the eight children were grown, Marjorie joined the company on a full time basis, first as a manager of one of our subsidiary businesses, then moving to our main business to become director of our (then new) Music School. Starting from nothing, Marjorie has … Continue reading Marjorie Jones

  • Daniel Owens

    Sales & Web Development
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    Daniel started piano lessons at the age of 4 and has never known a life without music. His first piano teacher, Teresa Husky of Seymour, TN, not only gave Daniel the foundation of music, but also showed him how to “Love” music. When he was 11, Daniel won 1st place in a 4-H talent competition … Continue reading Daniel Owens

  • Patti Kesterson

    Senior Sales Associate
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    Patti Kesterson’s  path to the pinnacle started at age 18 – the youngest manager of a free-standing music store. From there she went on to cut her first album-singing and playing music at age 26.  She went from Miami, Florida to all over the world including entertaining our troops. Patti.s penchant for being a Sales “ … Continue reading Patti Kesterson

  • Barbara Hall

    Sheet Music Manager
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    Barbara is in her second career, having retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory after 40 years in accounting. She attended Maryville College on a Voice Scholarship and through the years has had extensive vocal training. She started piano lessons when she was six years old and now plays piano for her church. She also directs … Continue reading Barbara Hall

  • Katrina Duval

    Sheet Music Sales Associate
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    Katrina is working on her completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music. She loves playing piano & learning new songs on her ukulele. Katrina really REALLY enjoys large cups of coffee & watching Neflix in her spare time.