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REHEARSING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ORCHESTRA: A PANEL DISCUSSION

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  • Come join some of the most respected and well-known string teachers from around the country as they share their teaching and recruiting strategies, music-making insights, favorite repertoire and much more in this tell all session! Participants interact, engage, and share ideas, experiences and stories. Panelists: Michael Alexander, Rebecca MacLeod, Sandy Goldie, Seth Gamba, Don Brubaker, Anne Marie Patterson, & Margaret Priester Selby. Refuel your passion today with new ideas for your classroom!
  • Sandy Goldie (sgoldie@vcu.edu)
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  • Dr. Goldie is Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate music education courses. She has worked as a public school orchestra teacher, studio teacher, professional symphony musician (violist), string researcher, and frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in positions across the country. Dr. Goldie has enjoyed working with students of all ages and is an active guest conductor and clinician, working with many honors orchestras as well as the 2009 S.C. All-State Orchestra. She currently conducts the Richmond Symphony Concert Youth Orchestra. She has worked as a public school orchestra teacher for 14 years and with string instruments in higher education for the past 9 years. She has performed professionally in symphonies throughout SC, NC, and GA. She is an active guest speaker, presenting her work at state, national and international conferences (ASTA, TMEA, NAfME, Midwest Clinic, ISAME VMEA, GMEA, and others). She has promoted music education at the local, state and national levels through leadership positions such as ASTA (President of VA Chapter, former SC President), VMEA (President-Elect, Higher Education), and AVS (American Viola Society). Her book, “String Instruments: Purchasing, Maintenance Trouble-Shooting and More” is popular in many string teacher training programs and her second book on rehearsing the middle school orchestra comes out in April. Dr. Goldie is passionate about high quality string teaching and playing.
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  • Michael Alexander
  • Dr. Michael Alexander joined the faculty of Baylor University in 2006 after 22 years of teaching orchestra at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. His duties at Baylor include supervising string student teachers, instruction in classroom string pedagogy, directing the Baylor String Project, and conducting the Baylor Campus Orchestra. Alexander is co-author of the Orchestra Expressions string series published by Alfred Publishing, as well as Expressive Techniques for Orchestra and Expressive Sight-Reading for Orchestra, published by Tempo Press. His research focuses on classroom applications of string pedagogy and has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, the String Research Journal, Texas Music Education Research, the American String Teacher, the Southwestern Musician, and the International Society for Assessment in Music Education – Selected Papers Vol. 5 & 6. Alexander has served as President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and Vice-President of the Texas Music Educators Association. He has also served as Chairman of the Committee on School Orchestras and Strings for ASTA w/ NSOA and is the current Past-President of the TexASTA chapter of ASTA. He also serves as the Chair of the ASTA National Orchestra Festival. From 1994-2001 Alexander served as Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony-Philharmonia Orchestra and served as Principal Conductor of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2006-2014. He is active as clinician / conductor across the United States and abroad. He won the Elizabeth A.H. Green Award from ASTA/NSOA in 2002. In 2012, he was named Orchestra Director of the Year by the Texas Orchestra Directors Association.
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  • Rebecca MacLeod
  • Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where she specializes in string pedagogy. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCG, she was the assistant artistic director and conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in Tallahassee, Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in Hollidaysburg and Beaver, Pennsylvania, where she was chair of music activities. Dr. MacLeod is published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education,String Research Journal, and the Florida Music Educators Journal. Her research on working with underserved populations, vibrato technique, music teacher education, and music perception has been presented at the International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Music Educators National Conference, National Association for Music Education National Conference, American String Teachers National Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Society for Music Teacher Education, and several music educators state conferences. Dr. MacLeod received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MME and PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She continues to serve on the faculty of the high school summer music camps at Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States.
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  • Angela Ammerman
  • Angela Ammerman, earned Music Education degrees from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and her PhD from George Mason University. Dr. Ammerman has been featured in the Washington Post for her innovative and energetic teaching style and was referred to as the first “music teacher prodigy.” Dr. Ammerman has been named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year in 2016, was recognized as Fairfax County’s Top Teacher and finalist for the Washington Post Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2017. An engaging and dedicated music educator, Ammerman has been featured as a guest conductor for All County, All City, and Regional Orchestras in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Ammerman is a passionate and dedicated music education professor and music educator and is in high demand as a clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services. Dr. Ammerman is known for an emphasis on play-based learning, humor, a unique style, and for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove. Dr. Ammerman’s research has been published in Teaching Music, American String Teachers Journal, Stringendo Publication, and the Fingerboard Publication.
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  • Margaret Priester Selby
  • Margaret Selby is the orchestra director at Laing Middle School in Charleston County (SC) where her program grew from 42 to 215 students in five years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and her Master’s degree in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Selby’s orchestras have participated in the SCMEA Orchestra Festival and other festivals in the southeast, earning superior ratings. She has been a guest conductor for the West Virginia Junior All-State Orchestra, multiple region orchestras across South Carolina and North Carolina, and was the conductor of the Charleston County Honors Orchestra from 2012-16. She has adjudicated orchestras in Las Vegas and South Carolina, and has been a clinician for Dorchester County teachers, the USC String Teacher Workshop, and Region and All-State Orchestra cello sectionals. Mrs. Selby is the 2017-18 String Educator of the Year awarded by Southern String Supply. She is the 2017-19 Past-President for the South Carolina Music Educators Association Orchestra Division, a former Secretary/Treasurer for the ASTA of South Carolina, and is a registered Suzuki cello teacher. She was a co-presenter at the 2012 ASTA National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., and is an alumnus of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Brevard Music Center, and Southeastern Music Festival. She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and regularly as a freelance cellist. Mrs. Selby lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with her husband and their two children. She enjoys running and sampling Charleston’s many amazing restaurants.
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  • Anne Marie Patterson
  • Anne Marie Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in performance and music education from Florida State University. She has been a freelance violinist in the Washington, D.C. area for seventeen years, and has performed with Midori, Sarah Chang, Leonard Slatkin, Branford Marsalis, Richard Stolzman, and many others. She served as president of the MD/DC chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and has been a presenter at the National ASTA Convention. She currently teaches at Theodore G. Davis Middle School in Charles County, Maryland and directs the Charles County Youth Orchestra and Encore Strings.
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  • Seth Gamba
  • Seth Gamba teaches orchestra at Elkins Pointe Middle School in the Atlanta area. He has a degree in double bass performance and civics from Indiana University and a Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia. He has many works published for string orchestra, as well a collection of supplemental rhythm exercises called Rhythmic Projections and two collections of ensemble music for student-level bass players. He has given presentations at Midwest, ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, OMEA, and GMEA, as well as for several local school districts.
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  • Don Brubaker
  • Don Brubaker, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, began musical studies on the violin at the age of six and on the piano and trumpet at the age of twelve. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois. In addition to his music education studies, Mr. Brubaker holds a Master of Divinity from Regent University. Mr. Brubaker has taught orchestra in the public schools of Virginia at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 1980. In addition, he has taught band at the elementary level and has directed a private music teaching studio. He has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the state of Virginia and is a published composer of school orchestra music. In 1999, Mr. Brubaker moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to serve as orchestra director at Buford Middle School. Under Mr. Brubaker’s direction, the Buford orchestra has consistently received Superior ratings and first-place awards at festivals and competitions. In addition to his work in the Charlottesville City Schools, he conducts the Evans Youth Orchestra, a junior high full orchestra associated with the Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia.
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