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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.







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