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Adjudicators

 

Festival of Music Advisor

Tracia Everton Austin - Tracia has taught in both public and private schools and served as the Director of the City Singers, a Richmond based children’s choir, and New Song, the middle school ensemble at First Baptist Church Richmond. Mrs. Austin frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator and in addition to guest conducting in the U.S., has served as the Head Choral Director for the Virginia Ambassadors of Music, a high school touring group that performs in England, France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Tracia is currently a Music Director for CYT Richmond, a private vocal instructor and has been associated with the Choral Festival at Kings Dominion for over 20 years.


2018 Adjudication Panels

Date Instrumental Choral
Fri. April 20 Fri. April 29  Jason Fettig, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Russell L. Robinson, Sherri Matthews, Barbara Geer
Sat. April 21  Jason Fettig, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Russell L. Robinson, Sherri Matthews, Barbara Geer
Fri. April 27  Arnald Gabriel, Dennis Zeisler, Sandy Goldie  David J. Lantz III, Samuel Bonds, Susan Ellis
Sat. April 28  Arnald Gabriel, Dennis Zeisler, Sandy Goldie  David J. Lantz III, Samuel Bonds, Susan Ellis
Fri. May 4  Ryan Nowlin, Terry Austin, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck. David Schwoebel, Janna Frank
Sat. May 5  Ryan Nowlin, Terry Austin, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck, David Schwoebel, Janna Frank
Fri. May 11  David Holsinger, Allen Hall, Laura Thomas  Sally Albrecht, David Schwoebel, Wanda Kensinger
Sat. May 12  David Holsinger, Allen Hall, Laura Thomas  Sally Albrecht, David Schwoebel, Wanda Kensinger
Fri. May 18  Michael Oare, Terry Austin, Kevin Geraldi  Kathleen Ballantyne, Roma Prindle, Beth Mercer
Sat. May 19  Michael Oare, Terry Austin, Kevin Geraldi  Kathleen Ballantyne, Roma Prindle, Beth Mercer
Fri May 25  Johnnie Vinson, Terry Austin, Laura Thomas  Sally Albrecht, Daniel Toven, Lisa Bass
Sat. May 26   Brian Balmages, Terry Austin, Lucy Manning Johnnie Vinson, Terry Austin, Laura Thomas  Sally Albrecht, Daniel Toven, Lisa Bass
Fri. June 1  Michael Oare, Terry Austin, Chad Kamel  Andy Beck, Heather Buchanan, Keri Staley
Sat. June 2  Michael Oare, Terry Austin, Chad Kamei  Andy Beck, Heather Buchanan, Keri Staley

 

 

Instrumental Biographies

 

Terry Austin has been the Director of Bands at Virginia Commonwealth University for 32 years. He founded and conducts the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble and the Commonwealth Winds, an ensemble comprised of Richmond area teachers and professional performers.  Dr. Austin was the 78th President of the American Bandmasters Association and has served in leadership in various band and music education organizations. He is a regular guest conductor at the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo and is a Guest Professor at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.

Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21, May 4 & 5, May 18 & 19, May 25 & 26, June 1 & 2

 

Donald Brubaker holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois.  He has taught orchestra, and a few years of beginning band, in the public schools of Virginia for 30 years with most his career at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville. Brubaker serves as a frequent clinician, composes and arranges school orchestra music and maintains a private studio. In his spare time, Mr. Brubaker takes trumpet lessons and plays in various community groups.

Adjudicating Dates: May 4 & 5

 

James Curnow is a fulltime composer for Hal Leonard Publishing/Curnow Music Press, Inc. As a conductor, composer and clinician, Curnow has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe where his music has received wide acclaim. Mr. Curnow has taught in all levels of instrumental music, been commissioned to write over 400 works for concert band, brass band, orchestra, choir and various vocal and instrumental ensembles and has published works numbering well over eight hundred.

Adjudicating Dates: June 1 & 2

 

Jason Fettig is a nationally recognized conductor and currently serves as the Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. He regularly conducts the band and chamber orchestra at the White House and across the country during annual concert tours. Fettig has remained deeply committed to music education through his career, crafting innovative programs for students and frequently serving as a clinician and guest conductor nationally. His participation as adjudicator is in an unofficial capacity and does not constitute or imply endorsement of this festival by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the U.S. Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21

 

Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36-year military career.  He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. In 1990, he was named the first Conductor Emeritus of the USAF Band at a special concert held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Col. Gabriel is a popular guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician throughout the world and was chosen to direct the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day Band in Normandy due both to his illustrious career and for being a D-Day survivor and WWII vet.

Adjudicating Dates: April 27 & 28

 

Kevin M. Geraldi is Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he conducts the UNCG Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Casella Sinfonietta, teaches conducting, and is associate conductor of the Wind Ensemble.  Previously, he held positions at Lander University and in the Westchester Public Schools.  Dr. Geraldi received his Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and holds both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan.

Adjudicating Date: May 18 & 19

 

Sandy Goldie is the String Music Education Specialist and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, a frequent presenter at national and international music education conferences and the author of a recent book on string instruments. Before VCU, Dr. Goldie taught at the University of Florida and in the public schools for 14 years. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Florida, has performed professionally with symphonies, is an active guest conductor/clinician and holds leadership positions in national and state string organizations.

Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21, April 27 & 28

 

Allen Hall teaches at Glen Allen High School where he has directed both band and orchestra, serves as Department Chair and sponsors the Bocce Team.  He has taught in Henrico County for 26 years and in 2009 was selected Henrico’s Music Educator of the Year.  Mr. Hall is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and an active clinician, adjudicator, and performing musician.  He resides in the suburbs of Montpelier with his wife, Merry Beth, and two dogs of questionable origin.

Adjudicating Dates: May 11 & 12

 

David R. Holsinger has served as the inaugural conductor of the Lee University Wind Ensemble since 1999.  In addition, he heads the university's graduate wind conducting program and teaches various classes appropriate to that degree.  Holsinger holds degrees from Central Methodist University, University of Central Missouri, and the University of Kansas.  He also composes for band and has well over 200 pieces published.

Adjudicating Dates: May 11 & 12

 

Chadwick Kamei is the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Head at Pearl City High School in Pearl City, Hawaii.  He is also a co-director of the University of Hawaii West Oahu University Band, which is a community-based ensemble.  Mr. Kamei earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2016, he was invited to membership in the American Bandmasters Association.

Adjudicating Dates: June 1 & 2

 

Ryan Nowlin is an active winds and choral composer, arranger, and clinician.  He has co-authored several series of instrumental method books, theory/ear training/history, and chamber music for developing musicians.  In 2010, Mr. Nowlin joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as staff arranger before being appointed Assistant Director in 2014. He regularly conducts the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House and across the U.S. His participation as adjudicator is in an unofficial capacity and does not constitute or imply endorsement of this festival by "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the U.S. Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

 Adjudicating Dates: May 4 & 5

 

Michael Oare earned undergraduate degrees in Music Composition and Music Education from Old Dominion University. A veteran music educator, he remains active as a composer, arranger, performer, conductor and adjudicator. Mr. Oare has written numerous arrangements and compositions with a special interest in music for the young band. He maintains state and national memberships, is a member of ASCAP, Phi Beta Mu, and performs with the Virginia Wind Symphony. He resides in Chesapeake, VA and in his spare time enjoys offshore fishing in VA and NC.

Adjudicating Dates: May 18 & 19

 

Laura Mulligan Thomas has served as the director of the Charlottesville High School Orchestra for the past 36 years.  During her tenure, the program has grown from 8 students to an ensemble of 150.  Many CHSO graduates are professional musicians in the U.S. and Europe. Mrs. Thomas serves on the executive board of the VBODA and is an active performer who plays piano and cello with chamber ensembles and with her three siblings as the Mulligan String Quartet.  Ms. Thomas holds degrees from James Madison and Shenandoah Universities and for several years directed the University of Richmond Orchestra.

Adjudicating Dates: May 11 & 12, May 25 & 26

 

Johnnie Vinson is Director of Bands and Professor of Music Emeritus at Auburn University.  Prior to joining the Auburn faculty, he taught in the public schools of Columbus, Georgia and served as a graduate assistant with the bands at the University of Texas and the University of Mississippi.  With nearly 500 published works, Dr. Vinson is a widely recognized arranger/composer of music for band, writing exclusively for the Hal Leonard Corporation.  He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Auburn, and a Doctoral degree in Music Theory from the University of Mississippi.

Adjudicating Dates: May 25 & 26

 

Dennis J. Zeisler has served Old Dominion University for more than three decades as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department.  He has a B.M., B.M.E., and M.M. from the University of Michigan where he was solo clarinetist under the direction of Dr. William D. Revelli.  Zeisler is the founder/conductor of the Virginia Wind Symphony, a professional wind group made up of primarily music educators from southeastern Virginia, on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic and was the 77th President of the American Bandmasters Association.

Adjudicating Dates: April 27 & 28

 

Choral Biographies

 

Sally K. Albrecht is a popular choral composer, conductor, and clinician, especially known for her work with choral movement. An annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Music Award since 1987, Sally has over 500 chorals, songbooks, musicals, and movement DVDs in print. She has conducted honor choir events across the country, including festivals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Kennedy Center. For over three decades, she was the Director of School Choral Publications for two major educational music publishing companies.

 Adjudicating Dates: May 11 & 12

 

An active clinician, guest conductor and music educator, Kathleen Ballantyne is an instructor at the Ithaca College School of Music. In 2016, she was appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Ithaca Children and Youth Chorus, following the departure of founding director Dr. Janet Galvan. Ms. Ballantyne is also the owner/founder of Forte Music Editing, which provides music editing, engraving, and proofing services for music publishers and independent composers throughout the country. She is a frequent contributor to music education publications, including Activate! magazine.

 Adjudicating Dates: May 18 & 19

 

Lisa Pennington Bass received a Master of Music Education (Choral Music) from Florida State University and a BME from James Madison University. She has taught music and choir from elementary through high school in Fairfax County, Collegiate School, Nash-Rocky Mount, Johnston County, and North Raleigh Christian Academy, where she is the current Choral Director. Mrs. Bass has held leadership roles in many professional organizations and is active as an adjudicator, accompanist and clinician in VA and NC.

Adjudicating Dates: May 25 & 26

 

Andy Beck is the Director of Choral Designs, Classroom, and Vocal Publications for Alfred Music. For more than a decade, Andy has been a prolific writer in the educational choral music field with over 500 publications currently in print, including the warm-up collection Vocalize! and Sing at First Sight: Foundations in Choral Sight-Singing. Andy is in demand as a guest conductor, choreographer, and clinician for both educators and students throughout the country and spends much of his time appearing at music events, conducting honor choirs, and singing with the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir.

Adjudicating Dates: May 4 & 5, June 1 & 2

 

Samuel L. E. Bonds earned a BME and Master of Vocal Performance from Howard University and has done extensive post-graduate studies both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Bonds has been the Choral Director and voice teacher at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Director of Choral Music at Zion Baptist Church in Washington D.C. for many years. In addition, he has taught voice at various colleges including Catholic University of America, Morgan State University, University of the District of Columbia, and most recently, George Mason University.

Adjudicating Dates: April 27 & 28

 

Australian born conductor Heather J. Buchanan is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, where she conducts choirs ranging in size from 24 to 180 voices.  Dr. Buchanan specializes in Body Mapping pedagogy, a neuro-anatomical approach for teaching music technique. A vibrant teacher, dynamic performer, and passionate musicians’ health advocate, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, somatic educator, and choral clinician in the USA and abroad.

 Adjudicating Dates: June 1 & 2

 

Susan Ellis is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Music Education.  She was a middle school chorus teacher for 35 years with Chesterfield County Public Schools.  Mrs. Ellis is now retired and still participates in music through singing, adjudicating, and accompanying for both schools and churches in the greater Richmond area.

 Adjudicating Dates: April 27 & 28

 

Janna Frank received her BS in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University and her Masters of Music Education from SUNY College at Fredonia. Currently in her 20th year of teaching, she is Director of Choirs, mentor teacher and WEB coordinator at Nagel Middle School in Cincinnati, OH, participates in community panels and outreach programs for the advocacy of arts education, and works closely with local universities providing apprenticeship and student teaching experiences for new teachers.

 Adjudicating Dates: May 4 & 5

 

Barbara L. Geer is retired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System where she served as music consultant and taught elementary through high school vocal, instrumental, and general music. She received the BME degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian University and MM degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her distinguished record of state and national leadership roles include president of The National Association for Music Education, the Southern Division of MENC and NCMEA as well as currently chairing the NCMEA Conference.

 Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21

 

Wanda Kensinger is a graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  She taught middle school chorus in the Richmond area for 31 years, retiring in 2014.  Wanda has worked in area churches with children, youth and adult music programs over the past 33 years, served as a guest director for local All-County Choral events, and adjudicated in local festivals.

 Adjudicating Dates: May 11 & 12

 

David Lantz III is a choral composer with over 600 compositions and arrangements for both church and school in print. For the last 27 years, he has taught choral music, music theory, and music composition at East Stroudsburg High School South in PA and is also the adult choir director at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Lantz is a regularly performing jazz vocalist, pianist, and bassist and is an active guest conductor, adjudicator and leads reading sessions.  He also has an extensive background in the music publishing industry as an editor, music typesetter, orchestrator, studio musician, and publisher.

Adjudicating Dates: April 27 & 28

 

Sherri Matthews is currently the Director of Worship and Music at Grove Avenue Baptist Church but served as the Choral Director at Mills E. Godwin High School for 23 years.  She received both a BME and MME from Virginia Commonwealth University and has served in leadership roles in several professional organizations.  Having completed all doctorate coursework at Boston University, Sherri is currently working on her dissertation on the appropriateness of vocal ranges in contemporary Christian music for the female adolescent voice.

Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21

 

Beth Mercer received her BME with a concentration in voice from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She taught choral music in Chesterfield County for 33 years and retired in 2012. Beth has directed All-County Chorus, Dominion Show Choir Camp and has judged Choral Assessment and All-State Chorus.  She spends a lot of her time working in musical theater where she has directed and choreographed numerous shows for various schools, churches and community theater.

Adjudicating Dates: May 18 & 19

 

Roma Prindle received the Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University and holds both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music. She has pursued additional studies with choral greats Robert Shaw, Dale Warland and Joel Revzen, private voice in Salzburg, Austria, and opera with former Metropolitan Opera singers. Before her current position at Morehead State University in Kentucky, Ms. Prindle held similar positions at James Madison University and Augustana College in Souix Falls, SD.

Adjudicating Dates: May 18 & 19

 

Russell L. Robinson, Emeritus Professor Music Education at the University of Florida, has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, clinician and speaker in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Boston's Symphony Hall. Dr. Robinson is a past President of FMEA was the 2016 inductee into the FMEA Hall of Fame. He is a published author, composer and arranger with over 300 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD's. His contact and website is: www.RussellRobinson.com

Adjudicating Dates: April 20 & 21

 

 

Keri Staley has taught both middle and high school choir in Fairfax County for over 10 years.  She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and sings with Voce Chamber Singers, a professional DC Metro choir, where she is alto section leader and a featured soloist. Staley freelances as a music director/pit conductor in community theater, show choir choreographer, cabaret performer and has played oboe in the Fairfax Wind Symphony.  She resides in Ashburn, VA with her husband, 8 year-old twin sons, and 2 year old daughter.

Adjudicating Dates: June 1 & 2
 


David Schwoebel is Minister of Music/Composer in Residence at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond where he oversees a comprehensive music ministry of six choral organizations, four handbell choirs, and a 32-piece orchestra. He is a graduate of McKendree College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Organ Performance and a Master of Church Music - Composition.  Mr. Schwoebel has over 200 choral, solo piano and handbell works in print, and several of his hymn tunes are included in the 1991 Baptist Hymnal, Celebrating Grace Hymnal and Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.

Adjudicating Dates: May 4 & 5, May 11 & 12


 
Daniel Toven currently serves as the Deputy Commandant of the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach. Major Toven has conducted and prepared choruses around the world including the Boston Pops Holiday Chorus, The U.S. Army Soldiers' Chorus, and the U.S. Army Europe Soldiers' Chorus, and has collaborated with such conductors as Robert Page, Keith Lockhart, and Marvin Hamlisch. He holds degrees from Indiana University of PA, the Eastman School of Music, and the Command and General Staff College and guest conducts throughout the eastern United States.

Adjudicating Dates: May 25 & 26