Vicki Peterson Jenks

Posted May 22, 2019

Wild Rose, WI

This season, Vicki Peterson Jenks celebrates a milestone of 25 years at Birch Creek. Jenks, a native North Dakotan, received her musical training at Minot State University, UW-Stevens Point, and Baylor University. In 1976, she founded the percussion program at UT-El Paso. For 25 years, she nurtured Jenks Music Studio, the largest percussion studio in Wisconsin. In 2008, she was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame. Jenks greatest teaching passion is guiding the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) Percussion Ensemble for 40 years. Under her direction, past WYSO Percussion Ensembles have received national recognition from PAS, MENC, the National Band Association, WMEA, and the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Jenks and her husband, John, co-founded the HEROES Musicalessm held in their Wild Rose home each spring. Recently, the national Red Cross named the Musicalessm a “best practice”, raising thousands of dollars for both Disaster Relief, Service to the Armed Forces, and COVID Antibody Testing. In addition, she is a Wild Rose Kiwanian, serves as church pianist for Holden Lutheran Parish, and gigs regularly as keyboard-vocalist in local nursing homes and retirement centers. Jenks was named Waushara County (Wisconsin), “Citizen of the Year” in 2011. That year, the American Red Cross bestowed their highest volunteer award—the Clara Barton Honor Award—to Jenks. Vicki Peterson Jenks is a Yamaha artist.