Co-Founder/Director of Pinner Studios, Jay is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Church Music, violin principal, and an M.A. in Violin Performance. He studied violin and viola with Joan Mulfinger (a student of Louis Krasner, Eastman School of Music). He studied cello with George Mulfinger (a student of Orlando Cole, Curtis Institute of Music). He also studied double bass with Peter Rickett, Juilliard graduate and former conductor of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from BJU, Jay taught in the Division of Music as a member of the string faculty. He founded the Bob Jones Academy middle school and high school orchestras, and co-founded the BJU Summer Music Camps. Under his direction for 28 years the BJA High School String Orchestra and Symphony grew from 13 students to over 100 students, consistently earning Superior ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival.
For five seasons Jay played principal viola with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as soloist, concertmaster, principal viola, principal double bass and conductor with the BJU Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the BJU Symphony Orchestra in concert performances, opera productions, and on tours. He has served as a clinician, adjudicator, or conductor for District, Regional, All-State, and Honors Orchestras, and for orchestra festivals in Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Jay studied conducting with Dwight Gustafson, Dean of the School of Fine Arts at BJU. Selected as a Fellow in the University of South Carolina Conductor’s Institute, Jay also studied conducting with Donald Portnoy, conductor of the USC Symphony Orchestra, and with Samuel Jones, founder and first Dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Jay served as head of the string department at Bob Jones University and as coordinator of the pre-college string/orchestra program for 25 years. Under his leadership the BJU string department grew 90%. He also served as head of the String Repair Shop taking on the responsibility for maintaining the University and pre-college collection of string instruments.
Jay served as president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and as a board member (private studio representative) and editor for the SCMEA string festival list. His compositions and arrangements have appeared in the catalogs of several publishers, including Alfred, David E. Smith, SoundForth. As a writer and string educator his articles have been published in The Instrumentalist Magazine, the American String Teacher Magazine, and a newsletter, Lines &Spaces, for which he served as string editor. Jay is listed in Who’s Who in American Music. In 2011, the South Carolina Chapter of the American String Teachers Association named him Studio Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the national review board of ASTA.
Jay’s lessons and rehearsals weave together music history, music appreciation, and theory along with technique and musicality. With nearly 50 years of teaching experience, Jay enjoys communicating the joy of music to his students.