Jeremy Tucker, Artistic Director and Conductor, Performing Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble, Tour Choir and Alumni Choir
Jeremy Tucker is a native of North Carolina and currently an Arts Education Consultant at the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Mr. Tucker holds a B.M. and M.M. in Choral Music Education and an additional degree in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2003, after returning from the National Broadway tour of Oliver! The Musical! in which he served as assistant musical director, Mr. Tucker taught elementary music for seven years in the Wilson County School system, where he was named Teacher of the Year for Wells Elementary School in 2009. That same year, he became recognized as a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in music education. In December 2014, he was named a 2015 North Carolina Schools Regional Teacher of the Year. From 2010-2015, he served as Choral Director at Hunt High School where he conducted the choir at the esteemed Carnegie Hall in New York City. From 2015-2017, he served as Choral Director at Green Hope High School.
Mr. Tucker has worked in New York City as music director for the nation’s leading performing arts training center for Broadway bound high school students, Stagedoor Manor, for their workshop production of Avenue Q. He remains active in community theater, musically directing to-date some 22 musicals for ACT! For Youth, The Playhouse of Wilson, Theatre at Barton, and Rocky Mount Community Theatre. Not only is he in demand as a musical theater director, he also travels the Eastern U.S. serving as a guest conductor for Honors and All-State Choir Festivals. He currently serves as the Boychoir Repertoire & Resource Chair for the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association.
Milton Costen, Executive Director
Milton Costen, a multifaceted musician, teacher, and non-profit professional, is passionate about the performing arts and education. Over the past fifteen years, he has developed his artistry as a flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator, while honing his expertise in nonprofit management. He holds two B.A. degrees, one in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the other in Music Performance from Washington Adventist University. He recently graduated with a M.S. degree in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Originally from Washington, D.C., he has served many educational institutions in the region including Community Systems, Inc., PHILLIPS Programs, and the University of Maryland. He currently works in development at the Johnston Community College Foundation, in Smithfield, N.C., providing leadership in data analytics, communications, and gift stewardship. Milton currently lives in Clayton, N.C. with his wife, Coleta and their four children.
Megan Yohman, Associate Conductor and Principal Accompanist
Megan Yohman, a Raleigh native, currently serves as the choral director at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School. Ms. Yohman graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at UNCG, she was awarded the Presser Foundation Music Scholarship and was the recipient of the Barbara Bair Award for outstanding academic achievement in Music Education.
Prior to teaching at Hunter, Ms. Yohman served as the music teacher at West View Elementary School in Johnston County. While at West View, Ms. Yohman helped to establish an Elementary All-County Chorus and consistently had students selected for participation in the NC Elementary Honors Chorus.
In addition to teaching elementary music, Ms. Yohman directs the Youth Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh and serves as an accompanist for the Cary Youth Voices and the Cary Youth Chorale.
Vicki Oehling, Principal Accompanist Emeritus
Vicki Eackles Oehling served on the artistic staff as Assistant Artistic Director and Conductor of the Training Choir until September 2017. She was also previously the longtime principal accompanist for the Raleigh Boychoir. She had a long and continuous association with the Boychoir since 1974, serving as a volunteer accompanist for former Director/Founder Thomas E. Sibley, and serving as a choirboy parent volunteer and board member prior to her staff position.
After receiving her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Mount Union in Ohio, Mrs. Oehling studied in the Piano Performance program at the University of North Carolina for two years with Michael Zenge. She has performed in chamber groups, accompanied area soloists and studio recitals, and now has a piano teaching studio. She has also served as a staff member of Community Music School in Raleigh.
Mrs. Oehling retired from her position as Lower School General Music instructor at Ravenscroft School. While there she composed musicals for her students, co-composed a Lower School theme song, conducted Middle School choir, and accompanied students in musicals and recitals. Mrs. Oehling received the Helton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Ravenscroft School.
Mrs. Oehling has served on the staff of the Spoleto Abroad summer school in Italy as choral director. She is married to Lynn Oehling and has two former choirboy sons.
Danny Yancey, Conductor, Resident Choir
Danny Yancey is originally from Oxford, NC. He is a summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where he received a B.A. degree in Music Education in 2003. While a student at NCCU, he studied choral conducting with Mr. Frank Williams, voice with Ms. Annette Daniels, and piano with Dr. Paula Harrell. Also during his time at NCCU, Mr. Yancey performed alongside choral conductor and composer Moses Hogan, conducted the NCCU Touring Choir, and presented a research paper at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Mr. Yancey holds a Master of Music (M.M.) degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in choral literature and conducting. He is currently the Choral Director and piano instructor at Martin GT Magnet Middle School, where he was the 2015 Teacher of the Year. At Martin, Mr. Yancey has been GRAMMY nominated for his work as a music educator. His choirs have been featured on radio, television news and public performances. Before coming to Martin, Mr. Yancey taught for nearly 10 years in Durham, NC and was twice voted Teacher of the Year. His choirs consistently won superiors at festivals and was twice invited to perform at Walt Disney World.
In addition to teaching at Martin, Mr. Yancey also serves as Director of Music at Monument of Faith Church where he plays organ and keyboard, directs music for all of the vocal ensembles, and leads the church band. He is a composer and serves as choral director and composer-in-residence each summer for Durham Arts Council. Mr. Yancey is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association (NCMEA). In NCMEA, he has served on the Elementary Board as member-at-large and on the Executive Board as District 9 president. He is married to his best friend, Mrs. Deidre P. Yancey, and together they have four beautiful children, Christopher Jordan, Olivia Danielle, Cameron Zachary and Weston Clay-Xavier.
Katie O’Neill, Conductor, Training Choir
Katie O’Neill, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is a trained vocalist, conductor, and educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Meredith College. While at Meredith, she was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor’s Society, Meredith College Silver Shield Honorary Leadership Society. Mrs. O’Neill holds a Master of Music in Music Education, K-12 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a music teacher at Ravenscroft School. Prior to teaching at Ravenscroft, Mrs. O’Neill taught K-5 general music for six years at West Smithfield Elementary School in Johnston County. She has studied music abroad in England and Austria and performed abroad in Italy.
Following Vicki Oehling’s retirement in September 2017, Mrs. O’Neill assumed the role of Training Choir Conductor. Mrs. O’Neill lives in Wake Forest with her husband and dog.
Board of Directors
Philip Little, Co-Chair
Michele Tylka, Co-Chair
Alison Beal, Treasurer
Emily Weatherford, Secretary
Chanda Branch, At Large
Jen DeNeal, At Large
Chris Haire, At Large
Dan Monek, At Large
Stephanie Osborne, At Large/Fundraising Chair
Logan Price, At Large/Alumni Affairs
Jeremy Tucker, Artistic Director, ex officio
Milton Costen, Executive Director, ex officio