Oct 21, 2020

This is the third in a series of stories on the new faculty and staff members at SJCS during the 2020-2021 school year.

By Bob Castello
SJCS Director of Communications

Jacob Martin had done landscaping and construction. He’d been a lifeguard, a barista and a caddie.

“There’s a lot of things I’ve had to do and had to learn, but I’ve never gotten to do what I really can do,” Mr. Martin said.

That changed this past summer. Mr. Martin was working at an apparel company when he heard about the opening at St. Joseph’s Catholic School for a strings teacher.

“I can do music,” he said. “Music is something that is very intuitive for me. I said, ‘I’m going to put my resume in and see what the Lord does.’

“It’s just taking that step. Everything is about jumping in faith. That’s what string playing is about. That’s what music is about.”

Mr. Martin is thrilled to be teaching music, because he’s been interested in music as long as he can remember.

His mother taught him to play the violin at the age of 3 and the viola when he was 5. His father has a big recording collection; he would play a recording, and young Jacob would guess the composer — at the age of 2.

“I could speak when I was about one and a half,” Mr. Martin said. “Speaking came really easily. Writing and reading and all that stuff, that was tough. I’m very oral — aural and oral, so music comes very easily.”

A Greenville native, Mr. Martin was enrolled in the Fine Arts Center at Wade Hampton High School and graduated from Furman University with a Music Degree in Cello Performance.

He also earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Bob Jones University and a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the University of Georgia.

And he continues to learn as he teaches, but he thoroughly enjoys teaching. Mr. Martin said he recently told one of his students, “I hope it comes across that I enjoy working with you guys.”

“I’ve told my students I hope they realize why we do music,” he said. “We don’t do this for anything but to glorify God. One of my favorite Bible verses is Zephaniah 3:17 that says, ‘Our God is a Mighty Warrior, and He rejoices over us with great singing.’

“God is a singer. God Himself sings. Just think about that — who we are and who He is, and He sings over us.”

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