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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.


2019 Adjudication Panels

Date Instrumental Choral
Fri. April 26  Ryan Nowlin, Allen Hall, Arnald Gabriel  David Lantz, Pamela McDermott, Wanda Kensinger
Sat. April 27  Ryan Nowlin, Allen Hall, Arnald Gabriel  David Lantz, Pamela McDermott, Wanda Kensinger
Fri. May 3  Loras Schissel, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Jill Gallina, Michael Gallina, Janna Frank
Sat. May 4  Loras Schissel, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Jill Gallina, Michael Gallina, Janna Frank
Fri. May 10  David Shaffer, Allen Hall, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck, David Schwoebel, Barbara Geer
Sat. May 11  David Shaffer, Allen Hall, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck, David Schwoebel, Barbara Geer
Fri. May 17  Matthew Conaway, Laura Thomas, Allen Hall  Russ Robinson, Samuel Bonds, Wanda Kensinger
Sat. May 18  Matthew Conaway, Laura Thomas, Allen Hall  Russ Robinson, Samuel Bonds, Wanda Kensinger
Fri. May 24  Johnnie Vinson, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Sally Albrecht, Pamela McDermott, Lisa Bass
Sat. May 25  Johnnie Vinson, Terry Austin, Sandy Goldie  Sally Albrecht, Pamela McDermott, Lisa Bass
Fri May 31  Tom Davoren, Terry Austin, Laura Thomas  Kathleen Ballantyne, David Clatterbuck, Keri Staley
Sat. June 1  BrianBalmages,TerryAustin,LucyManning Tom Davoren, Terry Austin, Laura Thomas  Kathleen Ballantyne, David Clatterbuck, Keri Staley
Fri. June 7  James Curnow, Roy Holder, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck, David Clatterbuck, Keri Staley
Sat. June 8  James Curnow, Roy Holder, Don Brubaker  Andy Beck, David Clatterbuck, 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 numerous 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: May 3 & 4, May 24 & 25, May 31 & June 1

 

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.  Recently retirds, he 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, cpntines to study the trumpet and plays in various community groups.

Adjudicating Dates: May 10 & 11, June 7 & 8

 

Matthew Conaway is an associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University and a Composer/Arranger with the C.L. Barnhouse Company and the Hal Leonard Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education With Disrinction from Indian University, and completed his Masters in Music from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Matt is highly active as a clinician and guest conductor at concert band events across the country.

Adjudicating Dates: May 17 & 18

 

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 7 & 8

 

Tom Davoren is a Conductor in Residence/Associate Lecturer at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. His compositions have been premiered and recorded by the finest wind orchestras and brass bands across the globe including a commission for the 2016 Royal Opening of the Welsh Aseembly Government and premiers at both London's Westminster Palace (the Houses of Parliament) for the British National Health Service's 70th anniversary and in Denmark for his first orchestral work, "Tourbillon: A Watchmaker's Fantasy". Davoren's music is published by Studio Music Company, Ty Cerdd: The Centre for Welsh Music and at www.tomdavoren.co.uk. 

Adjudicating Dates: May 31 & June 1

 

Col 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 and will conduct the 75th Anniversary on June 6, 2019, due both to his illustrious career and for being a D-Day survivor and WWII vet.

Adjudicating Dates: April 26 & 27

 


Sandy Goldie is the Assistant Professor of Music Education/String Specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University, a frequent presenter at national and international music education conferences, President of the Virginia Chapter of American String Teachers Association and the author of two recent books on string instruments and instruction. Before VCU, Dr. Goldie taught at the University of Florida, where she recieved her PhD in Music Education, and in the public schools for 14 years. Mrs. Goldie has performed professionally with symphonies throughout the Southeast and is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

Adjudicating Dates: May 3 & 4, May 24 & 25

 

Allen Hall teaches at Glen Allen High School where he directs both band and orchestra, serves as Department Chair and coaches the Bocce Team.  He has taught in Henrico County for 31 years and in 2009 was selected Henrico’s Music Educator of the Year.  Allen is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a past President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association and currently serves as president of the Virginia Music Educators Association. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performing musician and resides in the suburbs of Montpelier with his wife, Merry Beth, and one brown dog of questionable origin.

Adjudicating Dates: April 26 & 27, May 10 & 11, May 17 & 18

 

Roy Holder taught in the public schools of Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia for 42 years. He has been recognized with professional honors by school systems, Wolf Trap, Phi Mu Alpha, Who’s Who Amount America’s Teachers, the National Symphony, the US Army Band to name just a few and the accomplishments of his ensembles have been twice read into the US Congressional Record. Mr. Holder continues to be active as a clinician, lecturer, adjudicator and author, including the 2016 book Rehearsing the High School Band, and enjoys serving the profession through his responsibilities with the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association and the Sousa Foundation. 

Adjudicating Dates: June 7 & 8

 

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: April 26 & 27

 

Loras John Schissel is the senior musicologist at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC., founder and music director of the Virginian Grand Military Band and was names music director of the Cleveland Orchestras Blossom Festival Band in 1998. Mr. Schissel regularly conducts the Pheonix Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra, where he will conduct the premier of his new critical edition of the Cuban Overture in 2019. He is currently authoring a study of the life and work Russian impresario Sergie Diaghilev. The Gershwin family named Schissel to the editortial board of the Gershwin Project, a complete critical edition of works by the framed musical brothers.  

Adjudicating Dates: May 3 & 4

 

David Shaffer has over 350 compositions and arrangements in print that have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and ben placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He has conducted and premiered pieces in Taiwan and Germany. Mr. Shaffer was associated with the Miami University Marching Band for over 31 years in addition to teaching in Ohio school systems of Hamilton, Northridge, and Wyoming. Mr. Shaffer holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music from Miami Universtiy (Ohio).

Adjudicating Dates: May 1 & 11

 

Laura Mulligan Thomas has served as the director of the Charlottesville High School Orchestra for the past 37 years. During her tenure, the program has grown from 8 students to an ensemble of 125. Many CHSO graduates are professional musicians in the U.S. and Europe. mrs. Thomas serves on the executive board of VBODA and is an active performer who plays piano and cello with chamber ensembles and with her three siblings as the Mulligan String Quartet. Mrs. Thomas holds degrees from James Madision and Shenandoah Universities and for several years directed the University of Richmond Orchestra.

Adjudicating Dates: May 17 & 18, May 31 & June 1

 

Johnnie Vinson is Emeritus Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Auburn University. He recieved both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Auburn and a Doctoral degree in Music Theory from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining the Auburn faculty, Dr. Vinson 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 more than 500 published arrangements and compositions, Dr. Vinson is a widely recognized writer of music for band and his publisher is the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world leader in the music print industry.

Adjudicating Dates: May 24 & 25

 

 

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 nearly 700 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 24 & 25

 

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 31 & June 1 

 

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 24 & 25

 

Andy Beck is the Director of Choral and Classroom 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, commissioned composer 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 10 & 11, June 7 & 8

 

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: May 17 & 18

 

J. David Clatterbuck teaches vocal music at Godwin High School in Henrico County, VA. in addition, he is the Director of Music and organist at Laurel Presbyterian Church. Prior to Godwin, Mr. Clatterbuck taught at Pocahontas Middle, Waynesboro High School and was Musci Associate at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has a BA from Bridgewater College, a Master of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and has pursued post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College. Mr. Clatterbuck has an extensive background in musical theatre, both as an actor and director in Virginia and Florida. 

 Adjudicating Dates: May 31 & June 1, June 7 & 8

 

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 3 & 4

 

Dr. Michael and Jill Gallina have achieved international success as award winning composers of musical plays and choral music for both school and church. Their clever creations in story and song have won awards from Parents Choice Foundation, American Libraru Service and ASCAP and their music has been featured and performed on the Disney Channel, The World's Largest Concert, The New York Phillharmonic, The Boston Pops, and many other venues. They are recipients of the Austin Alumni Award from TCNJ for accomplishments in the field of composition. Jill recieved a B.A. degree in music from College of New Jersey and taught elementary school music before becoming a fulltime composer. Michael recieved a B.A. and M.A. degree in Music from the College of New Jersey and a Masters and Doctorate in Administration and Supervision frm the Rutgers. He is a retired elementary school principal. Their publications include over 500 chorals, 50 musicals and three how to books for music educators. The Gullinas are inspiring teachers all across the world with their music and educator wokshops. More information regarding the Gallinas music can be obtained by visiting them at www.jillandmichaelgallina.com. 

 Adjudicating Dates: May 3 & 4

 

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: May 10 & 11

 

Wanda Kensinger is a graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  She taught middle school chorus in the Richmond area in both Chesterfield and Henrico counties for 31 years, retiring in 2014.  Mrs. Kensinger has worked in area churches with children, youth and adult music programs over the past 35 years. In addition, she has served as a mentor for new teachers, guest director for local All-County Choral events and adjudicated in local festivals.

 Adjudicating Dates: April 26 & 27, May 17 & 18

 

David Lantz III is a choral composer with over 600 compositions and arrangements for both church and school. For the last 28 years, he has taught choral music, music theory, and music composition at East Stroudsburg High School South in East Stroudsburg, PA. Mr. Lantz is also the adult choir director at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Additional activities include regularly performing jazz as a vocalist/pianist/bassist, guest conducting, leading reading sessions, adjudicating as well as serving in music publishing as an editor, music typesetter, orchestrator, studio musician, and publisher.

Adjudicating Dates: April 26 & 27 

 

Pamela McDermott is the Director of Choral Activities of Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. In addition to her choral work, she also teached conducting, choral methods, and aural skills. She is the Choir and Handbell director at Farmville United Methodist Church, the chorus master for the Summer Garden Opera, a founding member of The Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia, and a teacher at the summer Governer's School for the Arts at Radford University. She is President of Virginia ACDA and serves on the Voices United Summer Conference planning board.

Adjudicating Dates: April 26 & 27, May 24 & 25

 

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 and was the 2016 inductee into the FMEA Hall of Fame. He is a published author, composer and arranger with over 500 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD's. His contact and website is: www.RussellRobinson.com

Adjudicating Dates: May 17 & 18
 


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 10 & 11

 

Keri Staley has taught both middle and high school choir in Fairfax County for over 10 years. She has a BFA in Musical Theater from Shenandoah Conservatory and sings with Voce Chamber Singers, a professional SC Metro Choir, where she is alto section leader and a featured soloist. Staley freelances as a choral clinician, music director/pit conductor in community theater, show choir choreographer, and choral state assessment. She resides in Ashburn, VA with her husband, 9-year-old twin sons, and a 3 year old daughter.

Adjudicator Dates: May 31 & June 1, June 7 & 8