Java Jived specializes in a cappella arrangements of jazz and pop classics from the 20's to the 80's. Known for its fine blend and intonation, this high-energy ensemble performs polished stylistic renditions of challenging repertoire by the best contemporary arrangers, including Deke Sharon, Kirby Shaw, Teena Chin, and Gene Puerling, who is well known for his arrangements for The Manhattan Transfer.
Our members are primarily classically trained professional musicians with years of experience exploring a variety of musical periods and genres with acclaimed local groups, including the St. Louis Chamber Chorus, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, The American Kantorei, and Collegium Vocale of St. Louis.
Here's a little more about each member of Java Jived!
Paul Buschmeyer (bass) is Chief Engineer at Integrated Systems Engineering, Inc. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S & T) and Washington University, and a an MBA from Washington University. Paul studied classical piano from grade school through high school, played French horn in band and sang in choir throughout high school and college. Paul currently sings in his church choir and is a 14 year member of the Missouri Choral Society. Paul, his wife Claudia, and daughter Anna reside in Ferguson Missouri.
Mark Cereghino - (tenor) A resident of Glendale, MO, financial planner specializing in health and life insurance, Mark began playing rock and roll and recording in Memphis at Stax Records in college. He taught vocal music in Normandy Schools and is still singing with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus since 2004.
Paul Hahn (bass) After singing with the group only occasionally, Paul officially joined Java Jived as a full-time member in February, 2013. He works at Washington University.
Roberta Hmiel (alto) lives in Crestwood and currently assists in the execution of local estate sales. She has performed with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and the Collegium Vocale of St. Louis. She has worked as choral librarian for several organizations and has been a member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church choir since 1992. A native of Pittsburgh, Roberta also performed with University Circle Chorale in Cleveland.
Mark Luetzow (accompanist) is retired from civil service working for the Department of Defense, He enjoys living in Kirkwood where he volunteers as an AARP Tax-Aide. I lifelong pianist, he studied piano at the Wisconsin College of Music with Irma Habeck Dufenhorst. Mark also sings in the Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church choir and the Meramec Community College Concert Choir. Mark and Nancy (JJ soprano) have three sons.
Nancy Luetzow, (soprano) is Java Jived’s founder, and also performs with Collegium Vocale of St. Louis, St. Peter’s Singers and as a soloist. A former member of St. Louis Chamber Chorus (13 years), American Kantorei, and Bach Society, this St. Louis native was a freelance translator of scientific-technical Russian to English for over 35 years.
Phyllis Pasley - (alto) is a resident of Maryland Heights, MO and an elementary music specialist in Pattonville School District, where Phyllis also leads the district's K-12 vocal general music team. Phyllis previously has performed as a soloist at several St. Louis area churches, and enjoyed a 22 year tenure with the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. She has been singing with Java Jived since May, 2012 and loves it!
Betsy Roig (soprano) lives in Webster Groves and is in her 24th year as an elementary music teacher at Kirk Day School. A former member (13 years) of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and sings in her church choir, directed by her husband, Greg. They have 3 children and one grand child.
Mark Scharff (tenor) is an Iowa native and has been the Music Cataloger in the Gaylord Music Library at Washington University since 1992. He lives in the city’s Skinker-Debaliviere neighborhood and plays tuba in a brass quintet and in the Quadrangle Tuba Quartet, and also sings in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.