• Deirdre Hutton

    Deirdre Hutton

    Music Interim Music Department Chair, Violin, String Chamber Music

    Deirdre Hutton has enjoyed a varied career as a teacher, chamber musician and orchestral player.  Many of her violin students have gone on to study at prestigious music schools throughout North America including: The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Texas at Austin and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  In addition, her students have been featured on the radio show From the Top and have participated in such summer festivals as the Heifetz Institute, Aspen School of Music, Bowdoin Music Festival, the New York String Seminar, National Youth Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Meadowmount and National Orchestral Institute.

    Deirdre completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of Oleh Krysa.  At Northwestern University she was teaching assistant to Almita and Roland Vamos while earning a Master of Music degree. Additional studies included intensive private study with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Royal College in London.

    She has given masterclasses through the US and internationally. Deirdre has been violin coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra’s Young Artists Orchestra for the last ten years, as well as leading violin sectionals for numerous South Carolina Regional and All State Orchestras.

    In addition to her work as a teacher Deirdre is an active chamber musician. As violinist and founding member of the Poinsett Piano Trio she has performed concerts throughout the US, Germany and New Zealand over the last decade. http://poinsettpianotrio.com

    Deirdre has performed in numerous orchestras in the US and Europe including the New World Symphony (Miami, Florida), the Schlossfestspiele Chamber Orchestra (Heidelberg, Germany), the North Carolina Symphony, the Charleston Symphony (South Carolina), the Knoxville Symphony (Tennessee), and the Greenville Symphony (South Carolina). She was Assistant Concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony (Virginia) and was Assistant Concertmaster for the last two seasons with the Spartanburg Philharmonic.

    In addition to teaching a studio of talented private high school students, Deirdre has taught as Adjunct Professor at Furman University for the last 14 years.


  • Dr. Landon Baumgard

    Dr. Landon Baumgard

    Music Vocal Coach, Music Theory, Class Piano

    Landon Baumgard is a vocal coach and collaborative pianist hailing from the Los Angeles area.  He has collaborated with all the preeminent Los Angeles musical organizations, including LA Opera, the LA Phil, and the LA Master Chorale.  Baumgard holds degrees from California State University, Northridge (BM), Indiana University, Bloomington (MM), and University of Michigan (DMA), where he studied vocal coaching in depth with Martin Katz. His prior teaching positions were at Pepperdine University, California State University, Northridge, and the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Ian Bracchitta

    Ian Bracchitta

    Music Double Bass, Jazz Orchestra, String Chamber Music

    A native of Westchester County in New York, Ian Bracchitta performs as a bassist in the classical, jazz and popular idioms. He is the assistant principal bassist of the Greenville Symphony and principal bassist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Ian performs frequently in the bass section of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and performs as a jazz bassist in many of their Pop's programs. He performs with the Charleston (SC) Symphony and in Jazz performances with Dianne Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Hod O'Brien, Chris Vadalla, John Stowell, The Nelson Riddle and Cab Calloway Orchestras. Ian's jazz trio has performed in the southeast featuring his arrangements. He performs with the New York-based chamber ensemble Synchronicity whose debut recording was released in 2000. The ensemble made its New York City debut at the Merkin Concert Hall in November 2001. He has performed with the national Broadway tours of A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, Grease, Victor Victoria, Chicago, The Sound Of Music, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, The Boyfriend, Annie, Camelot, and Sweet Charity. Ian has appeared with Burt Bacharach, The Fifth Dimension, Martin Short, Shirley Jones, and Carol Channing, among others. Ian has performed on numerous regional commercials and industrial soundtracks and his recording credits include Synchronicity Like Minds, Joe Burke Simply Romantic on Revere records, Oracle Evasive Actions, and Peggy Haden I'm Glad There Is You. Ian was Visiting Lecturer of Double Bass at the University of South Carolina's School of Music from 2002-2005. He is on the adjunct faculties of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Furman University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Clemson University, and Converse College. He received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studied jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and attended the Westchester Conservatory during High School. Ian has studied with Salvatore Macchia, Donald Palma, Jack Budrow, Orin O'brien, Michael Moore, and William Blossom.

  • Sonja Coppenbarger

    Sonja Coppenbarger

    Music Bassoon

    Sonja Coppenbarger is a Principal Bassoonist with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. She holds a Master's degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Coppenbarger is also bassoon instructor at Converse College. She has performed with the Heritage Chamber Orchestra, the Bolton Woodwind Quintet, and the Galliard Woodwind Quintet.

  • Kathryn Dey

    Kathryn Dey

    Music Viola, String Chamber Music, String Seminar, Music Theory

    Originally from Lake Mills, Wisconsin, violist Kathryn Dey is active as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Dey is a Surdna Foundation fellow and was awarded a grant from that organization to study and perform works for unaccompanied viola by Lillian Fuchs. She performs regularly with organist David Turner as The Lila Duo and recent projects include performances at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia,  and a series of recitals in France and Germany. Together the duo founded the Haiti Music Project, an outreach program connecting musicians in the United States and Cange, Haiti. 

    Active as an educator, her teaching has been recognized by the American String Teacher Association, Strings Magazine, Music Teachers National Association, the American Viola Society, the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association.  Students from her studio are now performing and teaching around the world. Ms. Dey has given workshops to teachers and students throughout South Carolina and helped build rural string programs in Chester, Fairfield, Jasper, Laurens, and Pickens Counties. She is a frequent presenter at music teaching conferences and has been recognized nationally for her interdisciplinary work in the fields of music, creative writing, and acting. Ms. Dey is on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, the Eastman Summer Viola Workshop, and the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. She earned degrees in viola performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of Sally Chisholm, and at the Eastman School of Music, where she served as teaching assistant to John Graham. Ms. Dey speaks fluent German, practices hatha yoga daily, and together with her husband, cellist Robert O’Brien, has been renovating a historic home in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, for the past twelve years.

  • Thomas Dickinson

    Thomas Dickinson

    Music Voice, Vocal Diction, Opera Workshop, Music Technology

    Thomas Dickinson received his Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music where he was a student of Richard Cross. He also holds an Artist Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Richard Miller. At Oberlin he served on the staff of OBSVAC, a cutting edge vocal arts lab that utilizes technology to illuminate the art of singing and was awarded the Ruth Cogan scholarship for excellent service to the Lab. Mr. Dickinson also served as an Associate Instructor of Voice at Indiana University while studying with Giorgio Tozzi. His Studies have taken him to Europe where he was enrolled at the Salzburg Summer Festival. Mr. Dickinson spent two years in residence with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program where he performed the roles of Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Masetto and Commendatore in Don Giovanni and in concerts throughout the northwest. Other operatic roles include Pistola in Falstaff, Schaunard in La Boheme, Collatinus in Rape of Lucretia, Escamillo in Carmen and Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Mr. Dickinson’s career had taken him across the United States including appearances with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Hartford Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Norwalk Symphony and as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. He has performed locally with the Greenville Symphony, the Augusta Chorale and Greenville Light Opera Works. 

  • Dr. David Hamilton

    Dr. David Hamilton

    Music Trombone, Wind Ensemble, Brass Chamber Music, Music History

    A graduate of Furman University, David Hamilton earned the Masters Degree in Trombone at New England Conservatory and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Prior to working at the Governor’s School, he was Associate Professor at North Greenville College and served there as Coordinator of Instrumental Music. From 1986- 1994, Dr. Hamilton was Principal Trombone in the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He founded the Aurora Brass Quintet in 1991 and served as trombonist until 2000. During that period, Hamilton also directed commissioning projects that produced six large-scale works for brass quintet from various composers from across the southeast. In 2002, he was invited to present trombone master classes at three conservatories in Italy: Mantua, Trento, and Riva del Garda.

    A longtime advocate of wind music, Hamilton has studied conducting at all levels of his education and has participated in numerous workshops and master classes dealing with wind conducting. In 1998, he was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in an Early Music Seminar at Brandeis University.

    Dr. Hamilton has worked in the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Academy since 1991, and has been on the faculty of the Residential High School since it opened in 1999. He served as department chair in music from 2006 until 2017. He currently conducts the Wind Ensemble and Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, teaches trombone, coaches brass chamber music, and teaches music history and twentieth century music.

  • Walter Hundt

    Walter Hundt

    Music Collaborative Pianist

    Walter Hundt received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Bob Jones University and continued graduate study at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music working as a pianist in the opera department. Walter is a staff pianist at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities as well as music director/organist at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Simpsonville. He accompanies various soloists and ensembles throughout the area and has worked with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, the Greenville Little Theatre, the Warehouse Theatre, and the Greenville Opera. 

  • Dr. Kristen Ironside

    Dr. Kristen Ironside

    Music Collaborative Pianist

    Kristen Whitworth Ironside is an active collaborative pianist, whose work has given her performance opportunities both across the United States and Europe. Kristen has been on the collaborative piano faculty at the MasterWorks Festival, and has been a collaborative pianist at both the Vianden International Music Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg, and the Saarburger Serenaden International Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany.

    Kristen is based in Greenville, South Carolina, where she collaborates with guest artists, faculty, and students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH), Furman University, and other universities around the state. She has recently performed with visiting professors from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and New England Conservatory, and performed a concerto with the Bob Jones University String Orchestra. An avid supporter of contemporary music, she has also worked with composers Jon Grier and Lance Hulme to premiere and record new works. She currently coaches chamber music at SCGSAH, and has served on the faculty of Presbyterian College, in Clinton, SC. Kristen is a member of the Hendiatris Piano Trio, and frequently performs with her husband, violinist Brandon Ironside, as part of the Ironside Duo.

  • Jon Jeffrey Grier

    Jon Jeffrey Grier

    Music Music Composition

    Jon Jeffrey Grier holds a D.M.A. in Composition and a M.M. in Theory from the University of South Carolina; a M.M. in Composition from Western Michigan University; and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.  From 1988 to 2019 Jon was Instructor of Music Theory, Music History, and Composer in Residence at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a magnet school of the arts in Greenville, SC.  Jon composed frequently for student and faculty performers at the FAC, usually when he should really have been grading papers.

    Among Jon’s awards are the 2016 South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship in Music Composition and the 2014 Carl Blair Award for Excellence in Arts Education from the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council. In 2009 he was the winner of the inaugural Rapido! Composition Contest sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber Players and in 2004-05 he received a fellowship from the Surdna Foundation. He has received grants and commissions from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Greenville County Youth Orchestra, the American Composers Forum; his works have been performed by the Kandinsky Trio, the Ceruti Quartet, the Aurelia Trio, the Ritz Chamber Players, and the Greenville Symphony, to name a few.  Jon has also been a writer/keyboardist with various jazz ensembles in Greenville. He lives in Greenville with wife Marion and a Carolina dingo named Roxanne.

  • Craig King

    Craig King

    Music Trumpet, Brass Ensemble

    Craig lives in Greenville, SC enjoying and active and varies performing and teaching career. He has degrees in trumpet performance from Yale University School of Music (MM) and Furman University (BM). He performs frequently with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, GAMAC Orchestra, West End Brass Quintet, GSO Quintet, Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band, and on occasion the Asheville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and South Carolina Philharmonic. Past highlights include performances at Avery Fischer Hall and New York City's Lincoln Center and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Broadway shows on local stops, Ringling Bros Circus, opening band for Wilco, and orchestras with Johnny Mathis, Edwin McCain, and Bela Fleck. 

    In addition to teaching trumpet and coaching brass ensembles at SCGSAH, Craig teaches trumpet at Converse College, Lawson Academy of Arts, and North Greenville University, where he also serves as Director of Jazz Band. Craig recently released an album of his original music, Blue Metropolis, on vinyl, CD, and streaming services. In his off time, Craig is painting portraits, cooking, and roasting coffee.

  • Robert O'Brien

    Robert O'Brien

    Music Cello, String Chamber Music

    Born in Princeton, NJ, Robert O'Brien began started playing the cello at age eight.  Mr. O'Brien plays regularly throughout the Southeast and has appeared recently as a soloist with the Foothills Philharmonic and the Macon (Georgia) Symphony.  As a chamber musician his programs have been heard on Peachstate Public Radio and on South Carolina Educational Radio.  Recent performances include solo recitals in Kinston, NC and Greenville, SC.  A former instructor at the Columbus (Georgia) Academy of Music, Mr. O'Brien was part of the first successful HUD sponsored Suzuki string program.  Through this innovative program he was involved in bringing Suzuki and traditional cello instruction to public housing projects in western Georgia.  In addition to his position as cello instructor of the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Mr. O'Brien is assistant principal cellist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. O'Brien holds a degree from Peabody Conservatory in cello performance where he was a student of Stephen Kates.  He has also worked with Leonard Rose, Janos Starker and former Fine Arts Quartet violinist Abe Loft.  Mr. O'Brien was recently the recipient of a grant from the Surdna Foundation to study Baroque cello technique with members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and cellist Pieter Wispelwey of the Netherlands.  Mr. O'Brien performs on a modern cello made in 2002 by David Burgess.

  • Lauren Piccirillo Waid

    Lauren Piccirillo Waid

    Music Woodwinds

    Lauren Piccirillo Waid is Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Martin James and William Winstead. Lauren is Second Bassoon with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and she recently completed two seasons as Acting Principal. She teaches privately in the Upstate and serves as the wind coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra. Before moving to Greenville, Lauren was a freelance bassoonist in the Greater Cincinnati area. She has performed with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and others. Lauren taught at Franklin College, IN for six years, where she was a full-time professor of Music Theory and Applied Woodwinds. Lauren has taught private piano lessons for over twenty years, and she has also designed programs for and taught preschool music and upper elementary Montessori music. Lauren taught at Cincinnati’s prestigious Walnut Hills High School, where she grew the bassoon studio from one to eight bassoonists within five years. She served as Music Chair for the Three Arts Scholarship board, where she had the pleasure of awarding many college-aged musicians significant scholarships. Lauren is a member of the International Double Reed Society. She also makes and sells her own bassoon reeds and was cofounder of Double or Nothing Reeds, LLC. 

  • Dr. David Rhyne

    Dr. David Rhyne

    Music Governor's School Choir, Cantus Chamber Choir, Music Theory, Conducting

    David Rhyne is a graduate in organ performance from Lenoir-Rhyne University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. David subsequently earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in choral conducting from the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami.

    David has been on the music faculty of the Governor’s School since 2007 and leads the Cantus Chamber Choir, a chamber ensemble comprised of the school’s vocal students. David also conducts the Governor’s School Choir, a large choral ensemble made up of the entire musical-student population. Additionally, he teaches one of three music theory sections and directs the senior level elective conducting seminar each fall. Choirs from the Governor’s School under David’s direction have performed throughout the Carolinas and in Europe. Notable performances have included those at the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; National Public Radio’s From the Top; Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna; St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and St. Thomas Church, Leipzig.

    Prior to coming to the Governor’s School, David held full-time sacred music positions in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. His teaching experience includes work at the Frost School of Music and Tennessee Technological University. In Greenville, David was the founding artistic director and conductor of Greenville Early Music and the Greenville Area Lutheran Chorale.

    In addition to his duties at the Governor’s School, David teaches or has taught music appreciation, music theory, and applied organ at Furman University and is the artistic director of the S.C. Bach (South Carolina’s Bach Society). He is also the organist for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville. His research into the music of Bach has included grants to study at both the Oregon Bach Festival and Bachfest-Leipzig. The 2015 grant to study in Leipzig, Germany, was made possible through the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program, a program of The Center for Arts in Education in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Gary Robinson

    Gary Robinson

    Music Percussion

    Doctoral of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting, University of South Carolina (1996)

    Masters of Music in Instrumental Conducting, Mississippi College (1985)

    Certification in Music Education, Hartt School of Music (1980)

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (music concentration), University of Connecticut (1977)

    Gary Robinson continues a successful career as a performing percussionist, an artist teacher, and an orchestral conductor. His career as an orchestral percussionist began in the 1970’s and continues as a section percussionist in the Greenville (SC) Symphony Orchestra. A resident of South Carolina since 1985, he has performed with most of the orchestras in the Upstate and surrounding region.

    Robinson retired from a 33-year post as a music faculty member of Greenville’s Fine Arts Center, where he developed the school’s percussion and winds & brass chamber music courses and taught music theory. He is currently in his third year as an adjunct faculty member at Limestone University where he teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, and, for education majors, a percussion methods course. He has also held interim posts at the University of Connecticut and Furman University.

    Robinson’s career as an orchestral conductor has centered around his development of the Greenville County Young Artist Orchestra (GCYO). Following a hiatus of three years, Robinson resumed in 2019 his position as Music Director of GCYO’s premier Young Artist Orchestra, and assumed the directorship The Philharmonic, another orchestra under the GCYO umbrella. Additional conducting posts have included those with the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Hendersonville (NC) Symphony Orchestra, the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra; founded thee Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Jackson, Mississippi, and has served in guest conductor and festival appointments.

  • Emily Schaad

    Emily Schaad

    Music Conductor, String Orchestra, Sinfonia Full Orchestra

    Emily Schaad started her career on violin and viola, attending The Juilliard School and earning a B.M. in Viola Performance from Curtis Institute of Music. She holds an M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University and is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Boston University. 

    Emily has acted as music director of Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestras and Greenville County Youth Orchestras, and is a founder of Stringendo, Inc. and Strawberry Hill Fiddlers. Her ensembles have performed at music education conferences, competitions, evaluation festivals, and in schools, concert halls, and castles. Emily has taught elementary, middle, and high school strings in New York State and is a frequent guest conductor for all-county and regional festival orchestras.  

    Emily is also a seasoned fiddler, has taken first place in fiddle and old-time band at numerous fiddlers conventions, and has released several stringband recordings. She is associate principal viola with Asheville Symphony and plays with Greenville, Rock Hill, and Charleston Symphonies. 

  • Dr. Elliott Smith

    Dr. Elliott Smith

    Music Collaborative Pianist, Music History

    Elliott Smith, D.M.A. was born and raised in Greenville, SC where he attended Furman University and earned a degree in piano performance. From 2005-2010, he attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he received graduate degrees in piano and conducting. He recently received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Notre Dame, where his research interest was continuous practice of the Baroque and Classical eras; further, his thesis examined W.A. Mozart's "Great" C-minor Mass. His primary teachers include Ruby Morgan and Elisabeth Pridonoff, piano and Elmer Thomas, Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Annunziata Tomato, and Carmen-Helena Téllez, conducting. 

  • Dr. Stephen Taylor

    Dr. Stephen Taylor

    Music Piano, Piano Seminar

    Pianist Stephen Taylor is approaching the thirty-year mark as a professional performer and teacher.  As a soloist, Dr. Taylor has performed in recitals and with orchestras in the US and in Europe.  A frequent collaborative performer, he has toured with solo singers, choirs and instrumentalists across the US, and in such diverse places as Germany, Austria, Italy, Vatican City, Scotland, Greece and Israel.  He lectures frequently for music teacher organizations and has made presentations at state and national conferences sponsored by Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and Music Educators National Conference.  He enjoys adjudicating auditions, festivals and competitions, and is the author of several articles relating to piano pedagogy.  His latest publication is a music review for MTNA’s Music Teacher magazine.

    Having served for ten years on the piano and pedagogy faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Music, he is currently in his twelfth year on the faculty of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC, where he chairs the music department and teaches piano-related lessons and coursework.  Dr. Taylor has also served on the faculties of the SCGSAH Academy and Discovery programs since their respective inceptions in 1990 and 2004.  Former students have attended such institutions as The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern and Indiana Universities, UNC School of the Arts, and numerous other schools in the region.  Current and former students have been prize winners in the Aloha International Piano Competition in Honolulu and in MTNA-sponsored competitions, as well as in many state concerto competitions.

    Dr. Taylor holds performance and pedagogy degrees from The Juilliard School, the University of Louisville and the University of South Carolina, where his major professors included Ania Dorfmann, Lee Luvisi, Max Camp and Raymond Dudley.

  • Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Music Tuba Instructor

    Michael Taylor serves on the faculties of Anderson University, Lenoir-Rhyne University and North Greenville University where he teaches tuba, euphonium, chamber ensembles, and brass methods. He is also the coordinator and conductor of the annual Hickory, NC Tuba Christmas event. Past teaching appointments include Furman University, Brevard College, Presbyterian Association of Music and Musicians, and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

    Mr. Taylor has served as principal tuba with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In addition to his duties with the HSO, he has performed with several symphony orchestras throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Mr. Taylor has also performed and toured with Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, the Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, and the Tuba Santas while maintaining an active schedule as a performer and clinician in the southeastern United States.

    Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Carolina University and his Master of Music in Performance degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University-Bloomington where he was awarded the William Bell Memorial Scholarship for Tuba. His principal instructors are Dr. Harvey Phillips, Dan Perantoni, Dr. Ken Kroesche, and D. Wynn Justice.

    Michael Taylor currently resides in Morganton, NC with his wife, Kimberly and their daughter, Savannah Lee.

  • Dr. Caroline Ulrich

    Dr. Caroline Ulrich

    Music Flute, Wind Chamber Music

    Originally from England, Dr. Caroline J. Ulrich began teaching at the SCGSAH in 2001. She is performing works of Bach, Mozart, Ibert, Lukas Foss, Chaminade, Gluck, and Benjamin Godard. She is a founding member of the chamber group Flute4 which recently performed a newly commissioned work by composer Thomas McCauley at the National Flute Association in Orlando, Florida.

    Previous appointments include the Springfield (IL) Symphony, Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Augusta Opera. Additionally, she has served as a faculty member at Luther College (IA), Clemson University, Mars Hill University, and Western Carolina University. Caroline also enjoys performing with numerous national Broadway touring productions at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts.

    Ulrich's Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were earned from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. Her primary teachers were Charles DeLaney, Alexander Murray, and Felix Skowronek.

  • Petrea Warneck

    Petrea Warneck

    Music Oboe, Wind Chamber Music


    Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively throughout the Carolinas as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is currently principal oboist of the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Hendersonville Symphony, as well as a member of the oboe section of Opera Charlotte. In addition, throughout her years in the southeast she has performed frequently with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville, Asheville, Augusta and Spartanburg Symphony Orchestras. She has a distinguished reputation as an educator and teaches oboe master classes, reed-making workshops and Alexander Technique workshops and clinics nationally. In this capacity she has been a guest artist and lecturer at several top music schools in the country, including the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), the University of Georgia and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, to name a few.

    In her home state of South Carolina, Ms. Warneck maintains teaching studios in Columbia and Greenville, and she on the artist faculty of Furman University and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts in Greenville, SC. In past years she has taught oboe at USC-Columbia, Clemson University, Presbyterian College (Clinton, SC), and the UNC-Wilmington.

    Dedicated to the health and wellness of performing artists, Ms. Warneck is a devoted advocate of the importance of the Mind-Body connection. She teaches Alexander Technique lessons, workshops and classes in person and online via video conference coaching. She is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International.

    Ms. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management in New York City and Berlin, Germany, and in 1994 she co-founded The Chamber Music Society of Wilmington (NC) and served as the executive director for the first decade of the series. She continues her affiliation with the organization as its’ Principal Oboist and Executive Director Emeritus.

    Ms. Warneck is passionately involved in the performance of new music for her instrument, and she has commissioned works for world premieres at the International Double Reed Society Conferences in 2007 and 2012, the former of which is a tribute to the legendary oboist, John Mack - former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ms. Warneck’s primary teacher. She credits his influence and teaching pedagogy for her continual development as a musician and educator throughout her career.

    Ms. Warneck obtained a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree from the Ithaca College School of Music. In addition to post-graduate training with John Mack, other mentors have had a profound influence on the development of Ms. Warneck’s teaching style and pedagogy, in particular Elaine Douvas and Mark Ostoich.

    Ms. Warneck plays on the Yamaha Custom Oboe 841 and is a Yamaha Performing Artist through Yamaha Corporation of America.

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  • Dr. Kyra Zhang

    Dr. Kyra Zhang

    Music Clarinet, Saxophone, Wind Chamber Music, Music History

    Kyra Krenitsky Zhang currently serves as instructor of clarinet, saxophone, chamber music, and music history at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She currently holds a position with the Hendersonville Symphony and performs frequently with orchestras throughout the region. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kyra received her DMA from Stony Brook University in 2006. She has also attended Indiana University and the New England Conservatory of Music where she received her MM with academic honors and distinction in performance. Prior to her appointment at the Governor’s School, she was the instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and has served as the principal clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Ohio Capitol Winds, and the Gardner Museum Orchestra of Boston. Active as a chamber musician, Kyra has appeared at the Emerson Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Musical Society. In addition, she is a two-time winner and soloist with the Milwaukee Artist and Ensemble Series. Her major teachers have included Dan Gilbert, William Wrzesien, and James Campbell. Kyra’s students have gone on to major college and conservatory programs including Northwestern University, Indiana University, The Eastman School of Music, Boston Conservatory, and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and hold positions in institutions such as the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

    “When you walk into the halls of the Governor’s School there is an immediate sense of electricity in the air, an energy that can only happen in a community where people are working toward something they are passionate about. It is a privilege to be a part of this community. If you are serious about your art, about learning, about pushing your boundaries, this is an incredible place to be.”

  • Anneka Zuehlke

    Anneka Zuehlke

    Music Horn

    Anneka Zuehlke-King currently serves as Principal Horn of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Principal of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, as well as Third Horn of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. On her free weeks, Anneka also performs with the Charlotte Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, the GAMAC Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra Augusta. She is also a member of several chamber ensembles, including Triptych Musica, the West End Brass Quintet and the Converse Faculty Wind Quintet. In addition to teaching horn at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Anneka is the Adjunct Horn teacher at Converse College and Furman University. Anneka is proud to have studied with Sylvia Alimena in high school, Myron Bloom and Jerome Ashby at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music, and William Purvis when studying for her Master’s from the Yale School of Music.