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InstrumentalFACULTY

Jeffrey Phelps

DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Jeffrey Phelps, jeff.phelps@gsarts.net, is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning degrees in both cello performance and orchestral conducting. And Jeff is a 1995 alumnus of the Instrumental Music Department at The Governor's School. Jeff has performs regularly with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Musical Theater and myriad chamber music recitals throughout the region.  Jeff is currently Instrumental Music department Chair at The Governor’s School for the Arts, Music Director of the GSA Orchestra, and Artist in Residence at aLatte Café.  Together, Jeff and GSA musicians have performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and venues throughout Europe and Japan.  Jeff is a SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellow and three-time recipient of Stiftung Thyll-Dürr grants.  Jeff enjoys reading bios about artists in printed programs and has an aversion to wicker furniture and overhead lighting.

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. 

Mike Obedorfer

Director of Jazz Studies, mike.oberdorfer@gsarts.net

A native of Hampton Roads, Michael Oberdorfer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a degree in Music. Michael dramatically expanded the guitar program at Norfolk Academy while also teaching for The Governor’s School for the Arts. He is a frequent performer throughout Virginia and is the Jazz Coordinator for GSA as well as the band director for Norfolk Christian Schools. His guitar work has been featured in programs on HGTV, A&E, and the CW network. 

Rob DeDominick

Director of Big Band, 

robert.dedominick@gsarts.net

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT FACULTY

VIOLIN

Allegra Havens

 

VIOLA

Stacey Migliozzi

Dr. Laura Seay

 

CELLO 

Leslie Frittelli

Dionne Smith

Jeff Phelps

 

BASS

Christopher White

 

ELECTRIC BASS

Michael Oberdorfer

 

FLUTE

Joanne White

 

OBOE / ENGLISH HORN

George Corbett

 

CLARINET

Cathy Ogram

 

BASSOON

James Nesbit

 

SAXOPHONE

James Nesbit

 

HORN

Rebecca Peppard

 

TRUMPET

Rob DeDominick

Doug Forziati

Roy Muth

 

TROMBONE

Dr. Michael Hall

 

TUBA

Peter DuBeau

 

GUITAR

Eldon Sully 

 

PIANO

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Lee Jordan-Anders

Oksana Lutsyshyn

Jeanette Winsor

 

PERCUSSION

Ralph Copley 

David Longfellow

Dennis Northerner

David Walker

 

THEORY / AURAL SKILLS / KEYBOARD SKILLS

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Jason Gregory

Michael Kaiser

Roy Muth

Michael Oberdorfer

Kelly Vaughan

Jeanette Winsor

 

PILATES

Jen Heable

 

EURHYTHMICS

Jeff Phelps

 

VOCAL TRAINING FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS

Suzanne Oberdorfer

 

LITERATURE

Dr. Stephen Coxe

Lee Jordan-Anders

 

AUDIO ENGINEERING 

Roy Muth