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Jussara Horton is the Joyful Praise Choir Director. Her passion is to share God’s love and her love of music with young people. A native of Brazil, Jussara came to Knoxville along with her family to be closer to her husband’s family and to pursue graduate studies in music.

Her past music teaching adventures included a two-year mission project in Taiwan; many years of music making in Brazil, conducting children’s choirs, establishing a music school, teaching undergraduate music theory classes, and as an accompanist; and teaching music at Sevier County Schools. She is a graduate of Universidade Estadual de Campinas and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Currently, in addition to leading the Joyful Praise Choir, Jussara maintains a very active piano studio, and is the organist for Highland Presbyterian Church.