Instrumentalmusic FACULTY

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DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Amanda Gates, amanda.gates@gsarts.net 

Performer, teacher, and versatile musician, Amanda Gates is a member of the first violin section of both the acclaimed Virginia Symphony and Chautauqua Symphony orchestras, positions she has held since 2000. A native of Reston, Virginia, she graduated summa cum laude from Catholic University in 1996, where she studied with Robert Gerle.

She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Catholic University Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Chamber Players. She has also performed as soloist in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending, and John Adams’ Violin Concerto, and many other solos on electric violin, all with the Virginia Symphony.

She is proficient on guitar, mandolin, viola, cello, hammered dulcimer, and well versed in many styles of music. She has composed, arranged and performed music for the portland-based band emberghost, off-Broadway Royal Family Production's Anne of Green Gables, Parts 1 &2, and collaborated with local favorites Sunny & Gabe as well as Chad Hugo on collaborative projects.

Dr. Stephen Coxe

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Stephen Coxe, stephen.coxe@gsarts.net received degrees from Swarthmore College and Yale University, where his principal teachers in music composition were Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Ezra Laderman, and Gerald Levinson. He has received several awards, among them an Aaron Copland Award, ASCAP Award, Belgian-American Educational Foundation Fellowship, Composers Guild Award, Friends and Enemies of New Music Prize, and Meet the Composer grants.  Currently he resides in Norfolk, Virginia, where teaches music theory and composition at Old Dominion University, and serves as Artistic Director at The Governor's School for the Arts. In the summer months he is a resident composer and faculty member at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Vermont. Stephen has also taught at Yale, Peabody, Mannes (extension), and Loyola College in Maryland. He is Artistic Co-Director, with Nansi Carroll, of the Jubilus Festival. 

Joe bussey

Director of Jazz Studies, joe.bussey@gsarts.net

For 20 years Joe Bussey has been an active part of the northeast jazz scene as a sought after bass player and teacher. He graduated with honors from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2001 with a degree in Jazz Performance, studying with Mike Richmond.  Joe began gigging immediately as his sound on the bass, compelling rhythmic feel and respect for the jazz tradition made him a sought after sideman.  Before graduation from Rutgers, he was picked up by the Tommy Dorsey Band led by trombone legend Buddy Morrow.  Soon after Joe became a familiar figure in the late night Manhattan jam session scene playing as a sideman in house bands under leaders Julius Tolintino, Jeb Patton, Wayne Escofory and Randy Napoleon.    With 20 years of gigging experience in New York, Joe has been fortunate to have a long list of sideman credits with some of the finest jazz musicians anywhere, including Ralph Bowen, Bruce Williams, Ron Affif, Saul Rubin, Lezlie Harrison, Champian Fulton, Lauren Henderson, Brian Newman, Sachal Vasandani, Tysean Sorrey and many others. Joe taught ensembles at the New School, working with Andrew Cyrille and Joanne Brackeen and taught at the Jazz House Kids jazz education program in Montclair NJ.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT FACULTY

JAZZ ENSEMBLE/IMPROV

Joe Bussey

Eldon Sully

VIOLIN

Olivia Cottrell

Kirsty Barnett Green

Allegra Tortolano Havens

Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide

Brendon Elliott

Jonathan Richards

VIOLA

Anastasia Migliozzi

Eva Stern

 

CELLO 

Leslie Frittelli

Dionne Wright-Smith

BASS

Christopher White

Will McPeters

 

FLUTE

Joanne White

 

OBOE/ENGLISH HORN

George Corbett

 

CLARINET

Cathy Ogram

 

BASSOON/SAXOPHONE

James Nesbit

 

TROMBONE/BASS TROMBONE/TUBA

Rodney Martell

 

TRUMPET

Roy Muth

 

GUITAR

Eldon Sully 

 

PIANO

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Rebecca Willett

Jeanette Winsor

Bart Kuebler

 

PERCUSSION

Dennis Northerner

David Walker

 

THEORY / AURAL SKILLS / KEYBOARD SKILLS

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Jason Gregory

Michael Kaiser

Roy Muth

Rebecca Willett

Dionne Wright-Smith

Jonathan Richards

COMPOSITION

Michael Kaiser

 

ORCHESTRATION

Dr. Stephen Coxe

 

CONDUCTING

Dr. Paul Kim

 

LITERATURE

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Michael Kaiser

Rebecca Willett

 

AUDIO ENGINEERING

Roy Muth

 

ARRANGING

Roy Muth

 

PILATES & FRANKLIN METHOD FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS

Eva Stern

 

CHAMBER MUSIC

Dr. Stephen Coxe

George Corbett

Brendon Elliott 

Amanda Gates

Kirsty Barnett Green

Allegra Tortolano Havens

Anastasia Migliozzi

Jonathan Richards

Joanne White

Rebecca Willett

Dionne Wright-Smith