STAFF

Preston Shafer

Director of Choirs, Northern Lights, Lyric Lights, Starlights and Varsity Lights

Preston Shafer is in his first year as Director of Choirs at Northridge High School. A native of Huntington, IN,

Catherine Yoder

Assistant Director of Choirs and Music Department ChairCatherine Yoder

Catherine is in her tenth year as the Director of Women’s Choirs at Northridge High School. She served as an accompanist for the choral department at Northridge for five years and now serves as the Music Department Chair. A graduate of Marion High School (Marion, IN), Catherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from DePauw University and a Master of Music Education Degree from Butler University. She taught music in Indianapolis and Goshen before teaching private piano and harp lessons in her home while raising her family. Catherine is married to Dr. Craig Yoder and they have four sons, Tyler, Patrick, Jared and Aaron. When Catherine isn’t teaching, she is a local 4-H leader and is involved with music at Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and is a huge sports fan! Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her family and students.

 

Jason Johnson

Choreographer for Northern LightsJasons Johnson

Jason is a professional singer, dancer and choreographer. Jason is a graduate of Ball State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in both Choral and Instrumental Music Education. While at Ball State, he was a five-year member, choreographer, and dance captain of the nationally renowned Ball State University Singers under the direction of Dr. Fritz Mountford. This year will mark Jason’s 26th year choreographing competitive show choirs. During this time, groups he has worked with have been named “Grand Champions” and received “Best Choreography” numerous times, as well as being consistent finalists. Jason has been seen in the national tour of the Broadway Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as well as a featured performer in the international cast of the Broadway Musical “FOSSE.” He has also worked as a performer for Opryland Productions, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, Holland America and Radisson Cruise Lines, and several regional musical theaters around the country. As well as high schools and universities, Jason has choreographed for Cedar Point, Radisson Cruise Lines, and the Steve Gatlin Christmas Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason has twice performed as the opening act for Kenny Rodgers.

Jeff Cox

Choreographer for StarlightsJeff Cox

Jeff is a choreographer, clinician, and adjudicator from Fort Wayne, IN. He has been choreographing high school and middle school show choirs for more than 19 years. His groups have consistently received Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Grand Champion awards at competitions throughout the Midwest. Jeff was a three-year member and Dance Captain for the internationally recognized Ball State University Singers. He has performed professionally with Decatur Park Singers, Cedar Point, the National Tour of the Christmas Carol, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where he also served as Voice Captain. Locally, he has been seen on stage at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. Jeff is also a member of the award-winning a capella group, One Generation. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Mindy, and their son, Caleb.