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String Project Director

Michael Weaver

String Project Director



Dr. Michael Weaver is the Director of the NGU/Kroc String Project.  He serves as the director of orchestral activities and string program coordinator at NGU. Dr. Weaver received his Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University in viola performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance and Suzuki pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education, from East Carolina University. Before teaching at NGU, Weaver worked as the orchestra director and taught strings at Elizabeth City State University. In his spare time, Weaver serves as a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship and enjoys camping, kayaking, and fishing with his wife Cathy.

Kroc Center Director

Steve Cook

Kroc Director



Steve Cook has been an integral part of The Salvation Army Kroc Center since its conception. He served on the executive committee that proposed the Kroc Tennis Center as a venue of the overall project. Upon the opening in 2011, Cook was named Director of Tennis of the 16 court facility. During his five years at the tennis center, Cook brought the tennis center numerous accolades including SC-≠‐‑USTA Member Facility of the Year and USTA National Facility of the year. The tennis 
 center has 700 members, hosts over 200 USTA league teams annually and is 
 operated by a staff of 20; eight of which are teaching pros. Formerly, Cook owned an independent real estate brokerage firm in Greenville. Earlier in his career he was a national sales manager for a publicly traded mortgage company. He has served as a teaching pro, high school coach, NCAA college coach and also a Director of Tennis at resorts and country clubs in Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and West Virginia. Cook holds a marketing degree from The University of West Florida.

String Project Master Teacher

Anne Matthews

String Project Master Teacher

NGU/Kroc String Project Master Teacher, Dr. Anne Mathews, is the strings teacher at Greenville Middle Academy. She is National Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent and Young Adult Music Education, holding a Bachelorís Degree in Music Education and Cello Performance from Meredith College and a Master of Arts Degree with a concentration in string pedagogy from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Matthews has continued her education through both the Suzuki Institute at Furman University and through the South Carolina Center for Teaching About Asia (SCCTA), and has recently completed her doctoral work in curriculum and instruction through the University of South Carolina. Dr. Matthews has also been a member of the district committees responsible for the district music educatorís handbook and the district strings curriculum.

String Project Teachers

Jordan Tesch

String Project Teacher

Jordan Tesch is from Simpsonville, SC and has played the cello since 9th grade. He has studied with Annie Gable, Christopher Powell, Jonathan Simmons, and now Brenda Leonard, respectively. In high school Jordan experienced the positive impact a teacher can have on a student's life and desires to share his passion with students to help them develop their talents and become well-rounded individuals. Jordan is excited to teach in the NGU/Kroc String Project as he believes it will be a great opportunity to get experience teaching while reaching out to the community! In his free time Jordan enjoys reading and making coffee.


Gino Ferguson Short

String Project Teacher

Gino Ferguson Short is a Music Performance major at North Greenville University and his primary instrument is violin.  He grew up in Carlisle, SC and started playing the violin in the fifth grade.  He started private lessons during his eighth grade year, studying with Alison Key and participated in Region 1 and SC All State Orchestras during his Middle School years.  Gino entered the SC Governorís School for the Arts and Humanities, studying with Jennifer John for his junior and senior years of high school.  He aspires to be a professional orchestral violinist and plans to go on for a masterís degree in performance after NGU.  Gino enjoys playing video games, weaving, and building electronics from scratch.

Katelyn LaDue

String Project Teacher

Katelyn LaDue is a Music Education major at North Greenville University and her primary instrument is viola.  She grew up in Pelion, SC attending Pelion Middle and High Schools.  She started playing viola in the fifth grade and participated in Tri District Orchestra and Furman Summer Camps for several years.  Her first teacher, Mr. Bennett, inspired her to be a string teacher and she is interested in teaching at either the Middle or High School levels.  Katelyn enjoys reading all types of books and literature, baking cookies, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maryanna Dill

String Project Teacher

Maryanna Dill is a Music Education major at North Greenville University with a primary in violin. She started playing in 3rd grade at the Piano Center and took private lessons from 3rd-5th grade. She was accepted to the A.R.M.E.S. program offered at the Fine Arts Center, and throughout middle school, she played under the direction of Eleonore Shults. She was inspired to teach by her middle school conductor, Mr. Curtis Matthews. In her free time, Maryanna is a part of an Independent Winterguard and enjoys competing. She also loves to read, write, and hang out with her friends.

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