Jeff Whicker has been Music Director at Highland since 2001. Since 2004 he has served in that capacity as a full-time staff person. Jeff received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1979 and earned his Masters from UNC-G in 1984. He taught high school chorus for sixteen years, most recently at Riverside High School in Durham from 1997 until 2004. He also has a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the result, no doubt, of a mid-life career crisis), and he practiced law in the Triangle area for seven years. The one constant in his life has been church work: he has served as a church organist, pianist, or choir director since he was fifteen years old. Jeff lives in Durham with his rapidly aging dog, Maddie. He used to run marathons but now he hobbles on a treadmill for exercise. He enjoys musical theatre and uses any excuse to visit New York to indulge that passion!