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Experience, Passion, Drive, Motivation. What to all these words have in common? They’re all adjectives that describe Old Dominion University’s Community Music Academy instructors. All ODU CMA instructors are highly qualified individuals who not only posses the knowledge of the instrument, but also the passion for teaching it. Whether a novice or advanced, our instructors teach students the principals of their instruments that help build a foundation for the rest of their lives.

Below you will find information about instructors for this instrument. Contact us for information on how to contact these instructors and begin private lessons.


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.


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





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