Above the Bar Trio

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Jill Luthie began her singing career at the early age of 4.  Her first venues were elementary school and church.  She began voice training at age 12.  Jill attended Union College and majored in Music from 1971 through 1972.  She is a currently a regular performer with St Cloud Presbyterian Church as a soloist in cantatas, religious, and casual settings.

     She has experience in live theatre with performances at Union College and Community Theatre in Nashville.   Her performances include South Pacific, Camelot, andHow to Succeed in Business.  Throughout the last four years she has performed with the local band, Puffin Road.
     Jill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Valencia College and worked for fifteen years at Florida Hospital as an OR Nurse.  Now retired, she enjoys volunteering in a wide variety of church activities.   In addition, she enjoys sharing her love of music and expertise with beginning singers.

Jeff Althouse earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.  He directed the Saint Cloud Presbyterian Chancel Choir for 10 years and is currently the Music Minister at Rolling Hills Community Church in Mount Dora.
    As an educator, Althouse has been teaching piano, brass, and vocal lessons for over thirty years.  Althouse has served as a band director at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Kissimmee, Florida and as Choir Director at Discovery Intermediate School in Poinciana, Florida. He began teaching privately at The Fame Conservatory in Youngstown, Ohio and The Warren Music Center in Warren, Ohio.  While in Florida he taught at Mars Music in Orlando,Florida, The Music Shack in Casselberry, Florida and at Jammers Music Center in Saint Cloud, Florida.  After Jammers closed the St. Cloud store in 2009, Althouse chose to open his own music school now known as Mr. Jeff’s Music Academy where he teaches over forty students a week.  www.mrjeffsmusicacademy.com

     Moving to Florida in 1996, Althouse played as a substitute on trombone for the Disney Magic Kingdom World Band and the Kids of the Kingdom Band.  He has also performed with the Dr. Otto Jazz Combo, Orquestra Sensual, the Chosen Few, the Cotton Davis Band, Michael Barr, and the Now and Then Band.  He also performs solo piano and leads a band formed from his staff at Mr. Jeff’s Music Academy.

Mike Barr  began formal studies on the French horn at age 13 with Arnold Mascaro, former principal horn with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and continued studies with Wendell Ryder of the San Jose Symphony.   Mike graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts in 1984.  Mike has been a recital performer throughout Central Florida since then, performing at weddings, dinner parties, and corporate events. In addition to recital playing, Mike has performed with the Museum Chamber Winds, the Brass Band of Central Florida, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.  He currently can be heard playing with the Orlando Brass Quintet, and the Above the Bar Trio.

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