• Deirdre Hutton

    Deirdre Hutton

    Music Music Department Chair, Violin, String Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, 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.

    Prior to joining the SCGSAH faculty in 2019, Deirdre taught as Adjunct Professor at Furman University for 14 years.

  • Dr. Landon Baumgard

    Dr. Landon Baumgard

    Music Vocal Coach, Music History Survey, Contemporary Collaborations, Opera Workshop, Vocal Diction Seminar, Voice Master Class, 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, String Master Class

    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 (SC) Symphony Orchestra and the principal bassist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Ian performs in the bass sections of the Charlotte, Charleston and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestras. As a jazz bassist he has  performed with Dianne Schuur, Kevin Mahogany, Kate McGarry, Freddie Bryant, Pat Harbison, George Mesterhazy, Hod O’Brien, Chris Vadala, John Stowell, The Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle and Cab Calloway Orchestras among many others.Additionally, he performs frequently in the southeast in duo, trio and quartet settings. Ian has performed extensively in musical theatre playing with the Broadway national tours of  Anastasia, Hello Dolly, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, West Side Story, Beautiful-The Carol King Story, Legally Blond, A Chorus Line, Chicago, The Sound Of Music, The Producers, Young Frankenstein, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Evita, Pippin, Grease, 9 to 5, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Annie Get Your Gun, Something Rotten, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Cinderella, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, The Boyfriend, Victor Victoria, Sweet Charity, White Christmas, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel among others. He has played orchestrally or as electric bassist for a host of performers including Edwin McCain, Celtic Woman, Burt Bacharach, The Fifth Dimension, Marvin Hamlisch, Shirley Jones, Carol Channing, Martin Short, Rich Little and Red Buttons among many others. Recording credits include Reflections with jazz guitarist Steve Watson, Canadian jazz guitarist Mark Guest’s Happy Together,  the duo of Garah and Gregory Landes- Synchronicity: Like Minds, Rebecca Nagle Synthetic Dances - Music for Oboe on Centaur records, Joe Burke Simply Romantic on Revere records, Oracle Evasive Actions and Peggy Haden I’m Glad There Is You among others. Additionally, he has performed on regional commercials and industrial soundtracks. A dedicated teacher, Ian’s students have distinguished themselves by attending many of the finest music schools in the country. Ian is on the adjunct faculties of the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Clemson and Furman Universities. He was the visiting lecturer of Double Bass at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music from 2002-2006 and at UNC-Asheville from 2003-2013. Additionally, Ian maintains a private studio. He received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, additional studies at the Berklee College of Music. He attended the Westchester Conservatory during high school. Ian is very thankful for his teachers Jack Budrow, Donald Palma, Orin O’Brien, Salvatore Macchia, Michael Moore, Anthony Beadle, Arnold Schnitzer and William Blossom.



    • B.M., University of Massachusetts-Amhearst

    • Additional Studies, Berklee College of Music

    Training Under:

    • Salvatore Macchia, University of Massachussetts-Amhearst

    • Bruce Gertz and William Curtis, Berklee College of Music

    • Winston Jack Budrow, Donald Palma, Orin O'Brien, Michael Moore and William Blossom, Independent study

  • Kathryn Dey

    Kathryn Dey

    Music Viola, String Orchestra, String Chamber Music, String Seminar, Theory Skills

    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, Theory Skills, Opera Workshop, Vocal Diction Seminar, Voice Master Class

    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. Nsé Ekpo

    Dr. Nsé Ekpo

    Music AP Music Theory, Wind Chamber Music, Conducting

    Conductor Nse (EN-say) Ekpo enjoys a varied career as a performer, educator, and content creator throughout the United States and abroad. Recent engagements have taken him to Berlin, Germany where he conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, and Pazardjik, Bulgaria where he has guest conducted the Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Ekpo was named a finalist in two categories of The American Prize: Professional Orchestral Conducting, and the Ernst Bacon Award for the Programing of American Music (Professional Division). In the summer of 2018, Ekpo was invited along with 17 other creative artists from the US and abroad to be a resident at Rockland Woods Artist Residency Pilot Program in Illahe, Washington.

    Prior to his arrival at The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Ekpo was the Concert Band Director at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. While at Lakeside, Ekpo created Music Among Friends: A faculty chamber music series, the Middle School Flash Festival, which was one of Lakeside’s first live-streamed events, and the Business Club at the Upper School. While in the Seattle area, Ekpo guest conducted the Puget Brass, West Seattle Community Orchestra, Issaquah Philharmonic, Boeing Orchestra of Flight, Seattle Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Wind Symphony, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, and the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra. A champion of diversity in the concert hall, his 2015 doctoral dissertation was on the orchestral music of Black American composers. In 2020, Ekpo spearheaded a commission by composer James Lee III for the Issaquah Philharmonic. Winner of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Dr. Ekpo earned his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina upon completion of his document, Expanding the American Canon: The Orchestral Music of Black American Composers (https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/3098/).

    Prior to his appointment to Lakeside, Ekpo taught Music Appreciation at the University of South Carolina, and applied clarinet lessons at Lander University (SC).

    A GOMAP fellow at the University of Washington, he conducted the University of Washington Wind Ensemble on its tour of Japan in 2007. He has also conducted the Beijing Opera Company, the Xian Conservatory Orchestra while on tour as a conducting fellow at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. As a scholar, Ekpo has twice presented at the Northwest National Association for Music Education (2011, 2017) and has been published as an assistant editor and contributor to Merideth Music’s A Composer’s Insight series (volumes III, and IV respectively).

    He completed coursework at the University of Washington while concentrating on wind band conducting and repertoire with Tim Salzman. While at the University of Washington, Ekpo conducted the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble. Ekpo was also the Graduate Assistant Director of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band for the 2007-2008 season where he was the chief architect of the 2007 Washington vs. Washington State Apple Cup halftime show. He received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting and his bachelor of music in music education from the University of South Carolina. 

    Primary conducting teachers include Donald Portnoy, Timothy Salzman, Peter Eros, and Lee Mills. He has also attended conducting master classes led by Colin Metters, former head of conducting at the London Royal Academy of Music, Gustav Meier at The Peabody Institute, and Sarah Ioannides, Music Director and Conductor of Symphony Tacoma. In addition to his musical training and accomplishments, Dr. Ekpo also holds a master of business administration (MBA) from the Darla Moore School of Business.

  • Dr. Les Hicken

    Dr. Les Hicken

    Music Wind Ensemble

    Dr. Leslie W. Hicken, Professor Emeritus and the Charles E. Daniel Professor of Music, taught on the faculty of Furman University from the fall of 1993 until his retirement in 2019.  Within the music department, his responsibilities included the directorship of the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble; professor of music education and instrumental conducting; and Assistant Director with the Marching Band.  He was also the Director of the Furman Music by the Lake Concert Series and the Lakeside Concert Band.  Currently, Dr. Hicken is the Artistic Director of the Carolina Youth Symphony and Co-Director of the Poinsett Wind Symphony.  During the 2021-2022 academic year, he was the Visiting Professor at Clemson University as conductor of their Symphony Orchestra.  This year, he is the interim Director of the Wind Ensemble at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.  Prior to his appointment at Furman, Hicken was the Director of Bands at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.  Previously, Hicken was employed as an instrumental music teacher in the Durham (NC) County School system.  He began his musical career serving as a clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY.  In 2002, he was elected into the American Bandmasters Association.  In the spring of 2010, he was inducted into the South Carolina Band Directors Association Hall of Fame.  He is Past-President of the South Carolina Band Directors Association and the Southern Division of the College Band Directors National Association.  In 2015, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities organization.  Dr. Hicken received his Bachelor of Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Music Education from Indiana University.


  • Karen Hill

    Karen Hill

    Music Clarinet, Saxophone

    An active performer, Karen Hill is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Principal Second Clarinetist of the Asheville Symphony and a member of the Arbor Wind Trio. She has appeared as a soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Hunan Symphony Orchestra, Yellow River Symphony Orchestra, the Converse Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with the American Chamber Players. She has also served as Principal Clarinetist with the Hendersonville Symphony, the Brevard Chamber Orchestra, and the French Broad River Woodwind Quintet. A freelance musician in the area for over 20 years, Mrs. Hill also has performed with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Opera Company, Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Greenville Symphony, North Carolina Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. Mrs. Hill has traveled to China multiple times as a performer and teacher in cities such as Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Zhengzhou, Changsha and Qingdao.

    Mrs. Hill has been on the faculty at Converse since 2000. She also serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for International Programs, promoting and coordinating Converse’s partnership programs in China. Prior to 2000, she taught at Brevard College, Mars Hill College, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, Union, and the School for Gifted Students in the Arts. A high school graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Mrs. Hill holds degrees in clarinet performance from Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, where she was a full-tuition Fellow. She is a former student of the world-renowned clarinetist Robert Marcellus.

    A summer music enthusiast throughout high school and college, Karen spent her summers at music festivals such as the Banff Center, Brevard Music Center, Interlochen, Music Academy of the West, and the School of Orchestral Studies, a summer affiliate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also performed at Piccolo Spoleto, the Cullowhee Music Festival, and at Wild Acres, as a Woodwind Quintet Artist-in-Residence. She currently spends her summers at the MasterWorks Festival at Converse University. 

  • 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, Piano Ensembles

    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.

  • Dr. Jon Jeffrey Grier

    Dr. 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 Chamber Music, Brass Seminar

    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.

  • Dr. Amanda Montgomery

    Dr. Amanda Montgomery

    Music Piano, Piano Seminar, Piano Master Class

    Amanda Montgomery, DMA, enjoys a diverse career as a pedagogue and pianist. In addition to her position at SCGSAH, Amanda is also an adjunct professor at Furman University and maintains a private pre-college piano studio. Prior appointments include Claflin University, North Central Texas College, and Louisiana State University. 

    Amanda received the DMA in Piano Performance with a minor in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University. She also holds degrees from James Madison University and Furman University. Her former piano and piano pedagogy teachers include Michael Gurt, Steve Betts, Eric Ruple, and Derek Parsons. 

    Her students consistently perform well in competitions, including a winner in the South Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition. Amanda has served as the Vice President for Competitions and is currently the President-Elect for the SCMTA.

  • Dr. John Moody

    Dr. John Moody

    Music Music Theory AP

    John Moody, b. 1961, lives in Spartanburg, SC where he recently retired from teaching AP Music Theory, Piano, and Music Technology at Spartanburg High School. John received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Fred Teuber and Gordon “Dick” Goodwin, and his Doctorate from Boston University where he studied with Marjorie Merryman and John Harbison. In addition to teaching and composing John is an active jazz pianist in the upstate of South Carolina. While in Boston, he was able to take private jazz piano lessons with Lyle Mays, from The Pat Metheny Group. He has received several commissions from Wind Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles, and Choirs. His piece, “The Open Road, for Wind Ensemble and Jazz Piano can be found on the recording “The Speed of Heat”, by the United States Air Force Academy Band, and his piece “Drip” won the 2015 “treefalls call for scores” competition, and was premiered at the November 20, 2015 “Espresso Chamber Music” concert in Spartanburg, SC. In October 2017 “Drip” was performed in London as part of the “London New Wind Festival”. His piece for two flutes, “Tutti Frutti (for two-ti virtuosi flutti) received an honorable mention for the “Flute New Music Consortium” contest and as a result, was performed numerous times throughout the United States. His song cycle, “Six Songs of Spring also received an honorable mention for the NATS Song Cycle competition and was premiered in 2019.

  • Robert O'Brien

    Robert O'Brien

    Music Cello, String Chamber Music, String Master Class

    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 Bassoon Instructor, Winds Chamber Music, Bassoon Reed Class

    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. Emily Schaad

    Dr. Emily Schaad

    Music Conductor, String Orchestra, Sinfonia Full Orchestra

    Emily Schaad is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Clemson University. She has served as conductor with Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestras and Greenville County Youth Orchestras, and Stringendo, Inc. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school strings and is active as a clinician, orchestra consultant, and old-time fiddler. Ms. Schaad holds a BM in Viola from Curtis Institute of music, an MA in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State, and a DMA in Music Education at Boston University.

  • Dr. Elliott Smith

    Dr. Elliott Smith

    Music Governor's School Choir, Chamber Choir

    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. 

  • Michael Taylor

    Michael Taylor

    Music Euphonium

    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.

  • Jeff Vaughn

    Jeff Vaughn

    Music Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Master Class, Conducting

    Jeff Vaughn (MM, BME) is a percussionist, educator, and rhythm-event facilitator based in Greenville, South Carolina. Leveraging sound as a vehicle for experiential learning and personal development, Mr. Vaughn encourages others to explore the world within and beyond themselves as expressive beings. His programs often combine sound and social connection with creative play to facilitate enriching life experiences that engage participants with diverse learning styles. 

    Growing from childhood encouragement and deep curiosity, Mr. Vaughn’s teaching style has developed through study of world musical perspectives, ancient-american rudimental drumming traditions, popular and commercial music, contemporary percussion concepts, and interactive music-making techniques. On the concert stage, Jeff regularly performs with the South Carolina-based band, George Fetner and the Strays (“GFATS”) and with both the Rock Hill Symphony and Augusta Symphony Orchestra. 

    Mr. Vaughn recently moved to Greenville from Columbia where he served the USC School of Music as Assistant Director of Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina. Past teaching positions include Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and Newberry College.

    Mr. Vaughn earned his Master of Music  in Percussion Performance from The Ohio State University (‘11) and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Slippery Rock University (’09).  Additionally, Mr Vaughn is a graduate of Village Music Circles Drum Circle Facilitator Leadership Trainings and Beat the Odds, a social and emotional skill building framework embracing group drumming and shared experience. 

  • Dr. Lauren Vaughn

    Dr. Lauren Vaughn

    Music Music Instructor - Flute, Music History, World Music, Woodwind Seminar, Woodwind Master Class

    Since returning to her home state of South Carolina, flutist Lauren Watkins Vaughn maintains a versatile career as a performer, educator, and clinician. She currently holds the position of Second Flute/Piccolo with the Augusta Symphony and was Principal Flute with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra for six years. As a freelance musician, Lauren has performed with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, SC Philharmonic Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony, and the Palmetto Opera Orchestra.

    Prior to teaching in the music department at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Lauren was on the faculty at Newberry College. In addition to her flute teaching responsibilities at Newberry, she served as the Music Admission and Recruitment Coordinator for the college and instructor of World Music and College Life.  She has also been Interim Instructor of Flute at the University of South Carolina and on the faculties of Limestone University, UofSC Aiken, and the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory at UofSC.

    Having spent many years performing and teaching in the community, Dr. Vaughn is an advocate for community engagement in music programs. She has presented her research at the College Music Society’s Summit on 21st century music school design, Collegiate Music Outreach Network (C’MON) Symposium, Public Music Discourse Symposium, and the UNCG Flute Fest. Dr. Vaughn has an interest in career and artistic development for musicians and frequently offers presentations on goal setting, careers in music, and navigating the college admissions process.

    Lauren is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, The Ohio State University (BM), University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music (MM), and the University of South Carolina (DMA). She is blessed to experience continual learning and growth under the instruction of her musical mentors Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley, Jim Walker, Katherine Borst Jones, Patricia George, Mark Thomas, Dr. Caroline Ulrich, and Mary AllyeB Purtle.


  • Dr. Petrea Warneck

    Dr. Petrea Warneck

    Music Oboe, Woodwind Chamber Music, Oboe Reed Class


    Oboist Petrea Warneck performs extensively throughout the Carolinas as an orchestral and chamber musician. She is a tenured member of the oboe section of the South Carolina Philharmonic. 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 masterclasses, 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 a teaching, studio in 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 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.

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

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  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson

    Music Trombone, Brass Master Class

    Steve Wilson has over 45 years of experience as a professional musician in diverse genres of music from pop/rock, jazz and classical. He is currently Co-Principal/Solo Trombonist with the Greenville Symphony and has recently performed Nino Rota’s Concerto for Trombone and Chris Brubeck’s Concerto for Bass Trombone. Both have been broadcast on SC Public Radio. Steve performs with the Greenville Jazz Collective, and is first call trombonist at the Peace Center in Greenville SC for Broadway shows and concerts. As Lead/Solo trombonist on the Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino house band, he performed with entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, George Benson, and many others. He has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Band Clinic, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop.

    Steve has composed/arranged dozens of tunes for jazz ensemble and recently produced a CD recording of his jazz/pop fusion music titled “The Steve Wilson Septet Live in Asheville”. He has served on the music faculties at Presbyterian College, Brevard College, Anderson University, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina. Mr. Wilson is a sponsored Artist/Clinician for S.E. Shires Instruments. 

  • Anneka Zuehlke

    Anneka Zuehlke

    Music Horn, Brass Chamber Music, Brass Seminar

    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.