Melissa's Music Studio

 Melissa's Music Studio

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Studio Teachers

Studio Teachers

Ginny Armstrong

Percussion & Piano Instructor
Ginny Armstrong possesses extensive experience in percussion performance and education including concert, ethnic, and marching percussion. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Education and a Master’s of Music in Performance from West Virginia University, where she was a member and featured soloist in the internationally 

renowned Percussion ’90 under the direction of Phil Faini. As a freelance musician in Nashville, TN Armstrong founded and directed the Nashville Percussion Institute, an independent studio featured in Modern Drummer magazine. She also performed with the Deep Grooves Steel Band, led by steel drum performer and clinician Mat Britain.

Armstrong completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa where she performed and recorded with numerous  ensembles, including the prestigious Center for New Music. Ginny is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa where instructs a course in percussion for music therapists and educators, and is Assistant Director of the Iowa Summer Music Camps. She also recently founded Pan-IC, a steel band course for adults in the community. Ginny performs with Ensemble: Périphérie; a contemporary-music ensemble that has toured the Midwest and performed at Carnegie Hall. She currently directs and performs with the Pandelirium Steel Band and has served as President of the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. 

Wilhelmina Grow

Strings Instructor
Wilhelmina Grow earned a dual Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance and music education from the University of Iowa. During her time in school she was an active solo performer and chamber music participant in the String Quartet Residency Program, working with renowned ensembles from around the globe, including the grammy winning Pacifica Quartet. Born to American and German parents, Wilhelmina has spent many years living and traveling throughout Europe, particularly German speaking countries and has spent the past two summers studying at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria at the esteemed Mozarteum. Her unique bi-lingual fluency (written and spoken) in German and English affords Wilhelmina invaluable musical insight into the minds and hearts of beloved Baroque, Classical and Romantic masters such as Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Wilhelmina was a sought after consultant for graduate students and faculty during her time at Iowa for her unparalleled translation acumen. Playing regularly with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and as half of a string duo, Wilhelmina is a sought after orchestral and chamber musician in the eastern Iowa region. Wilhelmina currently works for the Iowa City Community School District as a general music teacher at Van Allen and Penn Elementary Schools. Wilhelmina believes in a holistic approach to teaching through the fostering of trust between teacher and pupil and love for the pursuit of music making.     


Gyehyun Jung

Voice Instructor
Gyehyun Jung is a Musical Arts Teaching Assistant in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa School of Music, where she studies with Stephen Swanson. Jung is a graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied voice under the directions of Patricia Wise and Mary Ann Hart. During her master’s studies at IU, she has appeared the roles of Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Zerbinetta in

Strauss’s Ariadne auf dem Naxos, Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the

Carmelites, and Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment with the IU Opera Workshop productions under the direction of Carol Vaness. Jung has also performed the roles of Silverpeal in Mozart’s Impresario, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Recent performances include Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the University of Iowa Opera Theatre and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata (understudy) with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. On the concert stage, she has been a featured soloist in Mozart's Great Mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore, and Schubert's Mass in G major with Symphony Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major with the Grinnell Oratorio Society, and Dominick DiOrio’s A Dome of Many Coloured Glass with the Notus Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.