• Dr. Stephen Taylor

    Dr. Stephen Taylor

    Music Department Chair, 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.

  • 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.

  • Everett Beale

    Everett Beale

    Music Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

    Mr. Beale was timpanist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for 43 years from 1961 until his retirement in 2003. During that time, he performed for three generations of “Pops” conductors:  Arthur Fielder, John Williams and Keith Lockhart.

    Former head of the Percussion Departments of: University of Massachusetts at Lowell; University of New Hampshire at Keene: Dartmouth College, Hanover New Hampshire and faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music Percussion Department.

    Everett can be heard on numerous recordings with both the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras on Polydor, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and RCA (now BMG).

    Percussion soloist on N.E.T. production “Music of the Twenties” with Aaron Copland as host and conductor, just recently re-released on DVD November 2012.

    In 1971 he achieved international renown through appointment by Maestro Arthur Fielder as a member of the World Symphony Orchestra, which was comprised of 145 musical ambassadors from 63 nations, thirty states and District of Columbia, brought together by worldwide heritage of symphonic music.

    During his long career in Boston he was fortunate to perform under some of the worlds finest conductors: Charles Munch, Sir John Barbarolli, Erich Leinsdorf, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Sixten Erhling, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Raymond Leppard, as well as performing as Principal Percussion with the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

    Everett’s formal training was at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree while under the tutelage of Mr. Everett Firth, Solo Timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Soon after moving to South Carolina after retirement, he was able to continue his teaching schedule (2007) during summers at the Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC.

    Commencing in August 2014 Everett was invited by the South Carolina Governors School to assume the year round teaching position of Head, Percussion Department SCGSAH.

    Now, today at the Governors School we are all anxiously waiting the construction of our new Music Annex building which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2019. The Percussion Department will have its own private wing of the building with easy access to rehearsal halls and loading docks. A dream come true!

    Everett is a frequent contributor to the Percussive Arts Society Publications and author of “Arthur Fiedler: A Recollection”.

  • Ian Bracchitta

    Ian Bracchitta

    Music Double Bass, String Chamber Music, Jazz Orchestra

    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

    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

    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, Piano Ensemble

    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.

  • Jennifer John

    Jennifer John

    Music Violin, String Orchestra, String Chamber Music

    Jennifer John teaches violin and conducts the Concertato String Orchestra at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Before moving to Greenville, she founded the Jennifer John School for Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music located in Lafayette, Colorado. She is also on faculty at the Rocky Ridge Center for the Arts. She was Professor of Violin at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Director of Orchestras at Peak to Peak Charter School, and Faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

    Jennifer was previously Concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony, Prague International Chamber Orchestra, Great Lakes Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Flint Michigan Symphony. She was also Associate Concertmaster of the Aspen Chamber Symphony for many years. In addition, she was Professor of Violin at Wichita State University and First violinist of the Fairmount String Quartet as well as one of the founding members of the Ceruti Quartet in residence at the University of Memphis.

    Ms. John has been a member of the faculty of the Prague International Chamber Music Festival and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival. Other teaching positions include The University of Memphis. St. Olaf College, Carelton College, the University of Memphis, and the Flint Institute of Music. In addition, she was guest faculty at the University of Houston, Texas Music Festival.

    Ms. John received her Master's degree with Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor's degree with Dorothy Delay and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Other education includes postgraduate study at Yale University, Lausaunne, Switzerland. Other teachers include Lawrence Maves and Fransesca Koscielny at the University of Oregon. Ms. John has also studied the Suzuki method with William Starr in Boulder, Colorado, to enhance her knowledge as a pedagogue.

    Ms. John has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the country. The Oregon Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Prague International Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, Aurora Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Boulder Bach Festival, University of Colorado Symphony, Wichita State University Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Players, and the Timberline Symphony (CO) to name a few.

    Ms. John has published an article on Pilates/Ron Fletcher Work in the American String Teacher’s National String Journal and presented solo recitals, chamber music recitals, and workshops around the country including the College Music Society National Convention, San Francisco, ASTA, University of Indiana, Midwest Orchestra and Band Clinic, Chicago, MENC, Phoenix, and ASTA, Columbus, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado. Examples of master classes include The New England Conservatory, UMKC, Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Oklahoma, Interlochen Art Academy, Medicine Hat College, Cananda, Texas Tech University, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Portland, Oregon, Eugene Youth Symphony, Omaha Conservatory of Music, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.

  • Dr. Gary Malvern

    Dr. Gary Malvern

    Music Trumpet, Brass Chamber Music

    Gary Malvern is Professor of Music at Furman University. He holds a Baccalaureate degree from Oberlin College and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. Dr. Malvern has served as principal trumpet of the Colorado Philharmonic and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. As a teacher, Dr. Malvern has been the artist-in-residence at the Conservatorium in Perth, Australia, and has held similar posts at conservatories throughout Northern Italy. As a conductor, Dr. Malvern has studied with Otto-Werner Mueller and has served as conducting assistant with the National Repertory Orchestra. Dr. Malvern has been Principal and Co-principal trumpet with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra since 1983 and is active as a performer throughout the region.

  • 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.

  • Dr. David Rhyne

    Dr. David Rhyne

    Music Choirs, 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.

  • John Sizemore

    John Sizemore

    Music Tuba

    Widely respected as a teacher and performer, John Sizemore is a graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts and a protégé of the late Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony. Mr. Sizemore is Principal Tuba in the Asheville Symphony and has performed with orchestras and brass quintets throughout the country. He also serves on the faculty of Mars Hill College and North Greenville College.

  • 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.


  • Emily Waggoner

    Emily Waggoner

    Music Harp, Harp Seminar

    Emily Waggoner earned a M.M. in Harp Performance from Converse
    College and B.M. in Church Music with harp proficiency from Bob Jones
    University while studying Salzedo, French, and Romanian methods of
    playing. She began private study in harp at age seven with Dorrine Yoder
    at Hidden Valley Harps in Escondido, California and continued private
    study with Joyce Fankhauser, Anita Burroughs-Price, Carrol McLaughlin,
    and Gabriella Werries.

    Emily serves as Director of Harp Studies at Bob Jones University, adjunct
    music faculty at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Fine Arts and
    Humanities, Principal Harpist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic and Acting
    Principal Harpist with Asheville Symphony Orchestra. She performs
    professionally as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral harpist, and in
    studio recording. She founded the local chapter of the Upstate SC
    American Harp Society and served as President for six years. Currently,
    she enjoys assisting the local harp community as secretary of the chapter.

    Emily participates in her local church as a children’s ministry leader and in
    church orchestra. As a trained counselor, she volunteers weekly at local
    ministries to help disadvantaged families in crisis. She and her husband
    have five young children.

  • Sarah Wannamaker

    Sarah Wannamaker

    Music Music Theory

    Sarah Wannamaker (MM, FAGO, ChM) has worked for churches and choral ensembles in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Wisconsin. She has served as Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and as teaching and performing staff at the Ragazzi Boys Chorus in Redwood City, CA.  She has degrees in organ performance from the University of Iowa, and in computer science from San José State University.  New to Greenville, she enjoys spending time with her family, quilting, and music projects.

  • 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 co-principal oboe/solo English Horn of the South Carolina Philharmonic and performs as substitute oboist with the North Carolina, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville and Spartanburg Symphony Orchestras. She has a distinguished reputation as an oboe instructor in the southeast. Covering the Carolinas from east to west, she has a private studio at home in Columbia and she is the oboe instructor at 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.

    A native of New York State, Ms. Warneck has had an active career in the field of arts management, first in NYC with Colbert Artists Management, Inc., and subsequently in Berlin, Germany, where she resided for five years assisting her husband, Diether Warneck, artist agent for the renowned baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Upon returning to the U.S. 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. In 2006 she commissioned a work for solo oboe by Mark Kilstofte, entitled “Inner Voices”, which she premiered at the International Double Reed Society Conference in Ithaca, NY in July 2007. The piece is a tribute to the legendary oboist, John Mack - former principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ms. Warneck’s teacher of over 25 years. 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, mentors Elaine Douvas and Mark Ostoich have had a profound influence on the development of Ms. Warneck’s unique teaching style and pedagogy. Ms. Warneck has presented Master Classes and Reed-making Workshops from coast to coast – including the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, the University of Alabama, the University of Louisville, and at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM), to name a few. Her teaching continues during the summer months, to include the Renova Festival, the Oxford Oboe Camp in Georgia, the Midwest Oboe Camp and the Charleston Oboe Camp.

    Dedicated to the health and wellness of performing artists, Ms. Warneck is a devoted advocate of the importance of the Mind-Body connection. Her interests and skills in this work led her to the study of the Alexander Technique, which began over 20 years ago. She is now a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International.

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

  • 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.