Diane Bonds, Cello
Kellie Burgess, Cello
Colleen Chenail, Violin
Theresa Fox, Violin and Viola
Steve Landis, Bass and Composition
Heather Lofdahl, Violin and Viola
Ruth Metheny, Violin
Katherine Miller, Violin
Dave Phillips, Viola
Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa, Violin
DIANE BONDS, cello faculty, comes to MANC with extensive teacher training and many years of teaching and performing experience. After receiving a BM from UNC-Chapel Hill and MM from the University of Texas at Austin, she completed All-Level Music Certification at the University of Houston and Suzuki Cello training from teachers across the country. One of the highlights was participating in 1999 at the International Suzuki Teachers Conference in Matsumoto, Japan. Up until 2005, most of Diane’s teaching was centered in Houston, TX. She taught for over 20 years at Parker Music Academy, a music magnet school, building the program from just a few to over 55 cello students. During that time her students were honored with the invitation to perform in both 1996 and 1998 for the National Suzuki Teachers Conference in Chicago. Former students have gone on to major music schools and conservatories including Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, one student being a top prize winner in the 2001 Rostropovich Competition and the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. Returning to Greensboro in 2005, Diane first held an adjunct position at Greensboro College and now continues as teaching artist for the Community Music School at Appalachian Sate University. When not teaching in Texas or here in Greensboro, she freelances having performed in such orchestras as the Austin and Galveston Symphonies, Opera in the Heights in Houston, Opera Roanoke and Roanoke Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony. Diane can be reached at email@example.com.
KELLIE BURGESS, Executive Director of The Music Academy of North Carolina, received her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in cello performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Before transitioning to her current role, Kellie held the position of Dean of Faculty; chaired the String and Early Childhood departments; and was the Artistic Director for The Music Academy of NC Cello, Violin, and Viola Competition. Trained in Musikgarten, Kindermusik, Orff, and Suzuki cello, Kellie enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. In addition to twenty years of experience teaching cello, she has extensive experience teaching early childhood music, exceptional children, beginner violin, and was the curriculum writer and teacher for EMF Kids Camp from its first year through 2011. Kellie is a Music Academy Master Teacher, the recipient of a 1997 Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2002 Merit and Service Award. She is an active freelance artist in the Piedmont and Triad area. She can be reached at 336.379.8748, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEEN CHENAIL, a violin faculty member since 2001 at The Music Academy of North Carolina, is also the chair of the string faculty. She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Education from Ithaca College. Colleen is an active freelance artist who performs throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She currently performs with the Greensboro Symphony and has been the concertmaster of the Danville Symphony Orchestra. Colleen is the conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Philharmonic. She is Suzuki certified in books one through six and has taught private and group lessons to preschool through college students at all levels. In addition, Colleen is a North Carolina certified teacher with experience teaching chorus, general music and orchestra. Colleen received the Mary Elizabeth King Brown Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and has been a master teacher at the Music Academy of North Carolina since 2005. She can be reached at 336.379.8748, ext. 104, or email@example.com.
THERESA FOX, a native of Greensboro, studied violin and viola performance at UNCG. The viola mentor for the Danville Symphony Orchestra for the past ten years, Theresa has also played with several other orchestras and ensembles in North Carolina and Virginia: notably, she is a member of the Danville String Quartet. Theresa also plays violin on the praise-and-worship team at We Are One Christian Fellowship. Theresa performed chamber music with MANC faculty a few years ago and currently performs with a piano Quintet in Greensboro. Theresa is currently accepting new violin and viola students and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a composer, STEVEN LANDIS works with many mediums including solo instrumental, mixed chamber groups, large ensembles, digital and mixed media, as well as film and theater. As a double bassist, Steven performs in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings.
Steven earned his DMA in Composition at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, where he studied composition with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley, and studied double bass with Jeffery Kail. Steven earned an MM in Composition from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied with Mark Engebretson and Alejandro Rutty. He previously earned an MM in Double Bass Performance and a BM in Composition from The University of Florida, where he studied double bass with Kevin Casseday and composition with Paul Richards and James Paul Sain.
Currently, Steven is the bassist for the North Carolina Improvisatory New Music collective COLLAPSS, teaches double bass at the Music Academy of North Carolina, and is an Adjunct Instructor of music theory, aural skills, and computer music for non-majors at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Steven is a recent recipient of the Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Wildacres Artist Retreat.
For more information please visit Steven online at www.slandismusic.com. Steven is available for upright bass lessons, composition instruction, and music theory tutoring. He can be reached at email@example.com.
RUTH METHENY received her B.S. in Music Education on a full music scholarship in 1976 at Austin Peay State University. She and husband Gary moved to Greensboro, where Ruth joined the Greensboro Symphony. After teaching strings in the Guilford County School System, she received a Graduate Assistantship to attend Graduate School at UNCG, studying under Dr. David Moskovitz. Ruth received her Master’s Degree in Violin Performance in 1983, during which time she also became a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony. She has been the lead violinist of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony string education ensembles, developing educational programs and concerts for third- through fifth-grade elementary students, as well as performing with the Fun with Fiddles ensemble, providing concerts and hands-on activities for Kindergarteners in the Forsyth County Schools. Ruth attended Suzuki training in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, and had a private studio of 24 students, where she taught violin technique to students through Book 6. She held the position of Principal First Violin and then Associate Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony, while also a member of various other chamber ensembles, such as the Greensboro Chamber Players, Greensboro Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Carolina Chamber Symphony. She has performed solo and ensemble recordings with Kindermusik International. Ruth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KATHERINE MILLER, originally from North Carolina, started her violin career as a young Suzuki student. She believes strongly that the Suzuki Method is the key to musical and educational development in children. Katherine graduated “Suma Cum Laude” from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. During her time at Appalachian State University she held many coveted chairs in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra including Concertmaster. Katherine has performed for celebrity Maya Angelou and was back up performer for the band Kansas during their 2012 tour. Professional orchestras that she has performed with include Western Piedmont Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, and Salisbury Symphony where she was a featured guest soloist. Katherine has received many awards for her violin performances both in and out of the music industry including the Preliminary Talent Award at Miss North Carolina in both 2013 and 2015. She is certified in Suzuki Books 1-3, and plans to continue her training further. Before joining the Music Academy of North Carolina, Katherine taught private and group classes at the University of Miami Preparatory School and in Key Biscayne, FL. Katherine can be reached at email@example.com.
DAVID PHILLIPS is an active freelance violist in North Carolina and the Northeast. Originally from Albany, NY, he holds the BM from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and the MM and Professional Performers Certificate from Penn State University. His major professors include Scott Rawls, Tim Deighton and Shelly Tramposh.
David has held the principal chairs of the Williamport (PA) Symphony and the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. Currently, he is a member of the Greensboro and Fayetteville Symphonies. He has performed with the Carolina Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Eleva Chamber Players (VT) with summer engagements at Music at Penn’s Woods and the National Music Festival. He currently is principal violist of the UNCG Symphony Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, David has appeared as an Emerging Artist Fellow at Garth Newel Music Center and participated in the summerQuartet workshop at NYU. He has appeared as a guest artist at Loon Lake Live!, a chamber music series in Northern New York. His string trio won second prize at the Penn State Graduate Exhibition.
While at Penn State, David served as a Classical Music Student Ambassador, as which he facilitated guest artist residency activities and created arts outreach activities for the student community.
Currently, David is a DMA student in viola performance at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he is an assistant for the music theory department. He lives in Greensboro with his fiancee, Kate, their cats, Tucker and Nico, and their dog, Petunia. David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JORGE RODRIGUEZ OCHOA started his musical studies at the age of 4 with piano and then included violin at age 8. A native from Monterrey City, Mexico, he graduated from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (ESMDM) in 2006. He also has a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM). Jorge holds an MM degree in Violin Performance from Baylor University (2012). Since coming back to Greensboro, Jorge has held principal positions in regional orchestras in NC and the surrounding states. Currently, he performs with Roanoke Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains and subs with Asheville and Charleston Symphonies. Before joining the string faculty at MANC, Jorge served as an adjunct faculty with the Southeastern Community College and taught at the American Institute in Monterrey. He also performed with the state orchestra in Monterrey City and toured Portugal and Spain with Mexican folk groups. Jorge enjoys crossover styles of classical music as well as folk style music. Jorge is comfortable teaching both in English and Spanish and tries to include some of his piano formation in the study of music theory for all of his string students. He can be reached at email@example.com.
HEATHER LOFDAHL is a string teacher, violist, and violinist living in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she is also pursuing a PhD in Music Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Heather teaches orchestra classes at Cone and Peck Elementary Schools and Guilford Preparatory Academy. She is the conductor of the Greensboro Youth Symphony Strings and assistant conductor of the UNCG Sinfonia. Prior to returning to Greensboro in 2019, Heather taught orchestra in Cobb County (GA). She has also taught elementary through university orchestra students in Illinois and North Carolina. While living in Greensboro from 2012-2015, she even taught at The Music Academy of North Carolina, where she was awarded the Mary Elizabeth King Brown Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. She also serves on the faculty of the Florida State University String Orchestra Camp every summer.
Heather holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from Augustana College and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, and violist throughout the United States. She is also thrilled to be returning to The Music Academy of North Carolina to teach violin and viola lessons this fall! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.