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Sally Wright was the second student to receive the Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Florida State University, and holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from East Carolina University in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with a minor in organ. She is a nationally certified teacher through MTNA. She has been active in the American College of Musicians for 35 years as a student, judge, chairperson and founder of three centers (Tallahassee, FL, Norfolk Academy, and currently Old Dominion University). Among awards received through the National Piano Guild Auditions as a student member, she received the Irl Allison (15 year), Paderewski (10 year), Sonata, Sonatina, Early and Late Bach Awards. She is in the Guild Hall of Fame. Sally started her early training with her mother, Betty Copeland, at the age of five. Other area teachers and mentors included Mrs. Yvonne Dawson of the Paris Conservatory and Mr. Bristow Hardin. She was selected by Charles Hardin to be a student harpsichordist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation from 1979-1983. She has taught piano, theory and ear training at the college level for Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College and was selected as a graduate assistant for Florida State University. Sally has performed on the East Coast and in Europe for masterclasses and recitals. A church musician for many years, she is currently the pianist for the historic Corolla Chapel at the Outer Banks.


Bryan Maurer is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition. Bryan was a Drum Corps International Member of Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (1994-1995) and Tarheel Sun Drum & Bugle Corps (1997). While a composition student he was awarded several scholarships including Diehn Fine Arts, the Charles Vogan Award for Composition, and the Brenheiser Award for Composition. As an educator he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and has been actively involved as adjunct percussion instructor for Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, teaching both marching and concert percussion programs year round since 2004. As a composer/arranger his music has been performed by several area high schools, including Kellam, Salem, and Princess Anne, as well as the ODU Percussion Ensemble. Bryan has performed regularly with Andrey Kasparov’s premiere contemporary music ensemble CREO for four seasons. In addition to serving as a CMD instructor, Bryan is employed full time as the Contemporary Music Director at the Prince of Peace church.


David S. Warren is a music educator with more than thirty years experience as a singer, choral director and teacher of applied voice. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the School of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and has done more than 40 additional hours of graduate study at Old Dominion University, The College of St. Catherine, St. John's University (MN), Elon University, Norfolk State University, Hampton University, James Madison University and George Mason University. He worked as a choral director at the high school and middle school levels for Portsmouth (VA) Public Schools until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Warren has sung extensively as a member of the Virginia Opera Chorus and the Virginia Symphony Chorus, as well as many other choral organizations, and has held numerous professional church choir positions. His principal voice studies have been with Sandra Watson Nicholson, Clifford Bair and Genevieve McGiffert. His conducting studies have been with George Knight, Charles Moore, Axel Theimer, Cheryl Dupont, Edith Copley and Lisa Billingham. He is an active member of The Voice Care Network, American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, Association for Choral Music Education, and the Music Educators National Conference. Currently he also serves as adjunct instructor of music at Tidewater Community College (Portsmouth, VA campus), where he teaches applied voice, choral music, conducting and music history. Mr. Warren also serves is the baritone section leader/soloist and associate choir director at Larchmont United Methodist Church in Norfolk, VA.


Galina Epelman, Piano. The Professional Music School, Petrogradsky District of Leningrad; B.M., Kirov Music College. Ms. Epelman has worked as a faculty member of the Petrogradsky District Music School, a private and group piano instructor and has served the ODU Community Music Academy for many years. She has participated in masterclasses with distinguished affiliated artists at Leningrad State Conservatory. Ms. Epelman has been a member of National Performers Society, Young Concert Artists, Inc., and is a member of MTNA and the American College of Musicians. Ms. Epelman is an active participant at TMTF and ODU sponsored piano competitions and scholarship auditions. Her students have recently won Glover Scholarships and four were finalists and 2nd place winners at the ODU Classical Period Competitions.


Marilyn Forman has taught piano for the Community Music Academy at ODU for the past 21 years. She earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania studying under Alexander Fiorillo and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has certification in vocal and instrumental music for grades K-12. Marilyn has served on the faculty at Old Dominion University since 1985 teaching college level group piano labs, private piano instruction, and performing as a professional accompanist for the university. Marilyn has been church organist and choir director for several churches. She performed as a guest with the USAF Heritage of America Band stationed at Langley Air Force Base and she recorded “Christmas in Hampton Roads” in 1989. She served as a member of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra Board, and is an active member of MTNA, VMTA, TMTF, and the American College of Musicians. Since 1988 Marilyn has been the Theory Chairman for the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum, administrating hundreds of tests annually to music students in the area.


Kristi Harriman has a Masters of Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, and her Bachelors of Music Therapy degree from Augsburg College, Minnesota, where she graduated Cum Laude. Since 1998 she has worked for the City of Norfolk Neighborhood and Leisure Services at Lakewood Dance and Music Center teaching piano and guitar in both group and private instruction to children and adults. Kristi was formerly a family counselor for Norfolk Social Services (1998-2000). As an employee of Norfolk Public Schools she has provided music instruction for St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Her teaching methods emphasize theory and the aesthetic benefits of music. Kristi has also taught piano and guitar lesson at the collegiate level.


Oksana Lutsyshyn received her Masters and Doctorate in Piano, Moscow State. She is a world renowned performer including performances at Carnegie Hall, soloist with the Virginia Symphony, Second Prize winner at the 1997 International Vienna Modern Masters Performers Recording Awards Competition, and Third Prize at Rome International Piano Competition among many other international accolades. After moving to the U.S. she was a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University in Bloomington. She currently teaches at the Governor's School for the Arts, ODU Community Music Academy and serves as a music director and church organist. She regularly performs with Invencia Piano Duo and Creo Modern Music Ensemble. She is fluent in three languages—Ukrainian, Russian, and English.


Dean Englert is the Director of Music and Music Technology at Norfolk Academy where he instructs concert and jazz bands, middle school chorus, gospel choir, AP music theory, and music and jazz history. Mr. Englert is a graduate of Old Dominion University and the Armed Forces School of Music here in Norfolk. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Dean has been a music instructor to both the United States Army and United States Marine Corps. He was the Director of the Jazz and Pep Band at ODU (1983-1987 and 1995-2000). He also served as Music Director at the Little Creek Amphibious Base Chapel for 14 years starting in 1983. Dean Englert is an active and sought after professional performer.


Craig Moore began playing the trombone in grade 5 and after seeing one of his current mentors and teachers Charles Vernon in a series of master classes and recitals decided to switch to bass trombone in his first year of college. He completed his Bachelor of Music Degree at the Elder Conservatory in South Australia. While in Australia Craig played with the Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and also spent a summer playing with the Auckland Philharmonic. He recently completed his Masters Degree at DePaul University and is currently pursuing a Performers Certificate in Bass Trombone performance. His current teachers are Charles Vernon (principal Bass trombone Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Floyd Cooley (principal Tuba San Francisco Symphony retired) Craig was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2003-04 season and the highlight of his career was playing a Contemporary Music concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Marlene Ford is a Virginia Beach resident originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from Ohio State University, and her Master of Music degree in horn performance from Norfolk State University. She is a member of the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Williamsburg Symphonia, and Eastern Virginia Brass Quintet. She received the Young Audiences of Virginia Artist of the Year award in 1991. She is currently adjunct French Horn instructor for Old Dominion University and teaches Music Appreciation at Tidewater Community College. Marlene formerly taught for Virginia Wesleyan College, Christopher Newport University and the public school systems of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Mentor, Ohio. In addition to her performance and education achievements she was an Arts Writer for the Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star from 1982-1994.


Conductor Victor Hugo, a Virginia Beach native and alumnus of Kempsville High School, is experienced in conducting both vocal and instrumental genres. He has conducted several church choirs and has taught band at the middle and high school levels. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University, studying saxophone under Dennis Zeisler. He then earned a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, studying conducting under Malcolm Rowell Jr. He directed the Pioneer Valley Wind Symphony and the UMass Youth Wind Ensemble from 1995 to 1996. Hugo is director of bands at King’s Fork Middle School in Suffolk and plays saxophone with the Virginia Wind Symphony. He founded the highly successful Hampton Roads Youth Wind Ensemble, a 50-piece high school age group for the Community Music Academy in 1999.


George Corbett is a graduate of Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory and has been on faculties of notable schools such as Lehigh University (Pennsylvania), Moravian College and Music Institute (Pennsylvania), and has appeared during the summer at Kinhaven Music School (Vermont), Summertrios (New York), Music at Gretna (Pennsylvania), and the American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria). As a clinician, Mr. Corbett teaches audition/performance enhancement workshops combined with specialized breathing techniques in seminars both in the United States and Europe. He serves on the faculty of Old Dominion University's Community Music Academy as well as the Governor's School for the Arts and has created a day camp for young oboists, Oboe Holiday 2006.

George is English hornist and oboist with Virginia's premier ensemble, The Virginia Symphony, under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. Previously, he has maintained positions as principal oboist with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Riverside Symphonia in addition to being English hornist with The Harrisburg Symphony (all in Pennsylvania).


Bonnie Bokyung Kim began her music education at age six studying piano in Seoul, Korea. At fourteen, she began flute studies while attending school in Tokyo, and later graduated from the Music and Arts High School in Seoul. Bonnie received her Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a student of Madame Ida Ribera, Assistant to Jean Pierre Rampal. While in Paris, Bonnie attended the Conservatoire National de St. Maur and the Conservatoire du Municipal where she received the Diploma 1st Prize. Ms. Kim is a winner of the Young Artist Competition in France and Concours l’UFAM, Bellin and Nerini. She has served as a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, and Sam Yook University in Korea. Ms. Kim has performed numerous concerts in France, Korea and the US- including performances at Carnegie Hall in 1985, 1988, and 1990. She has taught master classes in Korea and in the US, and her students have won numerous competitions at regional and national levels, including two tieing for first place in the 1997 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. Ms Kim feels that her greatest accomplishments are achieved through the progress made of her students of all abilities and levels. Ms. Kim is on the faculty of Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College and Hartwick College Music Festival.


Teresa Browndorf has been teaching music for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor in Music Education from Duquesne University. Her Master of Music degree is in instrumental conducting from Catholic University of America. She has 20 years experience in military music as an instrumentalist (flute, clarinet, saxophone), instructor at the Naval School of Music at Little Creek (music theory, flute, violin), and a band director. She has performed with Marine Bands throughout the Continental U.S., Hawaii, Japan, and the Middle East. She has also performed with combined military bands (U.S. and Foreign forces), various community/college bands, and the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. Teresa’s primary instructors have been Bernard Goldberg (flute), Salvatore Silipigni (cello), and Ruth Osgood (violin) from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has attended masterclasses on various instruments from members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. Teresa is an active instructor of instrumental ensemble music at several private schools in the Hampton Roads area


Natalia Kuznetsova began to study violin at the age of seven. After graduation from the Ural State Conservatory in 1997, she moved to Moscow and became a member of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra "The Seasons" and the Moscow State Theater "Helikon Opera." She has performed with these groups around the world in many prominent concert halls, such as the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center in Taipei (Taiwan), Bolshoi Theater, and many other concert venues of Russia. With "The Seasons" orchestra Miss Kuznetsova made several recordings for the "Mosfilm" and the "Melodia" studios. She has played in China, Great Britain, Taiwan, Italy, and Germany. Miss Kuznetsova has been completing her Music of Music Education Degree at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. She won the 2002 Old Dominion University Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the ODU Symphony. For her contributions to the music life of the community, Miss Kuznetsova was granted numerous awards, including 2002 – 2003 International Leadership Award, 2001 Old Dominion University Music Department String Scholarship, and 2001 –2002 Jerome J. Kern Scholarship. Currently, she is a F. Ludwig Diehn Scholar. Miss Kuznetsova is a very dedicated pedagogue. In the summer 2003, she published a book entitled "38 Songs for the Beginning Violinist."


Dionne Wright received a Master of Music Degree from Pennsylvania State University where she was awarded a teaching assistantship to Kim Cook. Her Bachelor of Music Degree is from Ohio University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Wright is a former graduate of the Governor’s School for the Arts. She has performed in Bath, England, as principal cellist of the Dublin Music Festival in Ireland, and the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland. Also, she has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Beach Symphony, and the River Cities Orchestra, as well as other regional orchestras and music festivals across the country. Recently, Ms. Wright performed as principle cellist of the Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, where the world premier of her piece "Cello Quintonomy: A Piece for Five Cellos" was performed on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Dionne serves as adjunct faculty at Chowan College in North Carolina. Among Dionne’s other recognitions, she is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society.


Hye-Yin Chung Bennett is a noted area performer, recitalist and educator and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1979, earning raves from the New York Times music critic. In 1973 she was a prize winner at the 5th International Harp Competition in Jerusalem. Her undergraduate degree is from Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea. Post-graduate studies include the Juilliard School, NY, Columbia University, NY, University of Arizona, and California State University at Los Angeles. In addition, she’s a featured performer, along with flutist Wayne Hedrick, on the Klavier Records’ release "Musical Colors," and she made her solo harp recording debut on "French Impressionist Harp Music," released by Centaur Records. Currently an adjunct faculty member of the Old Dominion University Community Music Academy, Bennet is also pianist at Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth. She is an active member of MTNA and a recent soloist with the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra.


Mizuki Hamada, graduate of Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions (Japan), has an acquired license as a Master Instructor from Gensosha Koto Academy (Tokyo). She has been instrumental in promoting Koto throughout Virginia since 1987. Her performances and lectures include the 30th anniversary concert of the Washington Toho Koto Society in Washington D.C., Asian Treasures from the MacArthur Memorial Special Collection, the Japanese Forum Concert sponsored by Old Dominion University and the Japan Education Culture Center Inc. at Chrysler Hall, at area High Schools and the College of William & Mary. Mizuki offers the only Koto instruction in a Virginia institution


Joshua Lessard received his Master of Music degree from Norfolk State University and Bachelor of Music degree from Old Dominion University. Mr. Lessard is currently an adjunct Music Professor at Old Dominion University and Orchestral Director at Ruffner Academy. He graduated with honors from the Governor’s School for the Arts majoring in guitar and music composition. As a composer, Mr. Lessard wrote music for "Pavel’s Chariot", a Regent University film that has been shown in Los Angeles, Norfolk’s Naro Theater, and on PBS. His guitar styles include classical, jazz, rock, and blues. He has served as a faculty member of the Governor’s School for the Arts and as former adjunct music professor at Norfolk State University. As an accompanist and a soloist, Mr. Lessard has performed for ODU Guitar Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, and original and traditional religious music at area Synagogues and Churches. Josh has been affiliated with the Community Music Academy since 1996.


Robb Esperat studied music education at Old Dominion University and with Dr. Rod Lewis at Columbia International University in South Carolina, where he received his Bachelor's in Bible and Music. Robb has played in the Master Classes of William Kanengeiser, the Amadeus Duo, and many others. He was one of two Americans to participate in the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, Germany in 1999. When he has some free time, Robb enjoys fishing and playing drums with his two year old son.


Marilyn Buxbaum received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Buffalo, and her Master Of Humanities from ODU. She has taught Opera For Everyone for 25 years at ODU and Tidewater Community College. She is actively involved as a pianist and accompanist in the Tidewater area. Marilyn serves on executive boards of the Virginia Opera and The Virginia Arts Festival, and is director of a local Klezmer Band.


Lee Teply has lived in Norfolk since 1986, when he came to teach music theory and music history at Old Dominion University. He started ODU's Collegium Musicum, an early instruments ensemble and, in 1988, he took over the direction of the Madrigal Singers. In addition to producing the annual Madrigal Banquets, he prepares the group for performances with Capriole and directs performances througout the state. A new facet of his position at ODU is his involvement with the Opera Workshop, for which he has conducted the productions of Dido and Aeneas, The Telephone, and Douglas Moore's Gallantry. For the Governor's School of the Arts, he has received much admiration for his direction of a small choral ensemble that has an emphasis on early music.

Dr. Teply is the Music Director at First Lutheran Church in Norfolk. He also has been associated with the music at St. Andrew's Episcopal, Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Epworth Methodist Church. Before moving to Virginia, he was a full-time church musician in Lewiston, NY. His degrees in organ performance are from Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. He has studied conducting with William Weinert, Robert Fountain, Harriet Simons and Robert DeCormier.

As a harpsichordist, Dr. Teply played often with the Virginia Pro Musica/McCullough Chorale, and he has also played with the Virginia Symphony. For several years, he provided program notes for both the Chorale and the Symphony, and he continues to do so for the Feldman Chamber Music Society. He is a music reviewer for the Virginian-Pilot, and he has also written for Early Music America. His new music appreciation class for adults, The British are Coming!, focuses on music from Jamestown to the Colonial Period.


Tracey Williamson I have been a licensed Kindermusik instructor for three years and I love making new friends through music! Kindermusik is a wonderful opportunity to learn about your child's development through music and movement. What a thrill it is to be part of a program that offers such quality and enjoyment for all family members! Feel free to visit or call anytime


Served as professor of trombone and member of the Kansas Brass Quintet at the University of Kansas 2000-2006, and at Eastern Michigan University 1995-2000 where he was lecturer of low brass and director of the EMU Jazz Ensemble. He also serves as Literature Reviews Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal. Dr. Hall has performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and China covering a large spectrum of styles. Some of his exploits include symphony orchestra performances, most recently with those of Virginia, Kansas City, Ann Arbor, and Detroit, chamber music performances around the country with the Galliard Brass Ensemble, and solo performances at festivals, universities and public schools. He premiered a new concerto for two trombones and orchestra by Vitaly Patzera with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra, Ukraine in 2004. He also has an extensive background in commercial music backing entertainers, playing in large and small group jazz settings, theater and recording. He has released two solo recordings, Arcangelo Corelli Solo Chamber Sonatas, Opus 5, and J.S. Bach: The Gamba Sonatas. Holding the rope at the top of his well are wife, Michelle, and children Rebekah, James and Wyatt. They rarely kick stones over the edge and always share the water!


Has been singing professionally while finishing her degree in vocal performance at Old Dominion University. Ms. McGuire is the recipient of three vocal scholarships at Old Dominion and has been a soloist for the Concert Choir, Jazz Choir and Opera Workshop. She spent the summer of 2006 in Rome performing with the Operafestival di Roma where she was a soloist and chorus member. Ms. McGuire is currently the alto soloist for Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church and sings for private events.


Helen Jenner joined the CMD staff in late 2007 as a recorder instructor.




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