Professional Staff

Megan Bevill, Executive Director

Megan Bevill is a native of Columbia, MD and obtained her BA in Music on scholarship at the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated magna cum laude. There she studied under Edwin Johonnott, former violinist of the National Symphony Orchestra, and Johanna Beaver, principal violist of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra. She has performed under the direction of distinguished conductors Keith Lockhart and Marvin Hamlisch and has also worked with Judy Collins, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Canadian Brass and the Kingston Trio. During her coursework at UMW, Ms. Bevill was also an active member of Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society) and Mu Phi Epsilon (professional music fraternity).

She has served as Concertmaster of the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic since 2004 and is also the founder and first violinist of L'Esprit String Quartet. The Quartet has been together since 2003 and frequently performs at weddings, banquets, fundraisers and other special events. In addition, Megan has performed with the Stafford Regional Choral Society, the Columbia Orchestra, the Fredericksburg Chamber Chorale, the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle and University of Virginia Singers. She also serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Orchestra, the organization that supports the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic.

Ms. Bevill is currently the Executive Director of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony and serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Orchestra, the organization that supports the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic.

Ms. Bevill also brings her 19 years of experience in concert/chamber music and teaching to the area, where she is available for private instruction in both violin and viola with students at the adult and youth levels. Her students regularly audition into county, regional and state orchestras. She specializes in classical training with an emphasis in technique, music theory and sightreading.


Angela Ammerman, Conductor, Primo Orchestra

Angela Ammerman earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); and her Master's of Music Education from Boston University. In the course of her studies Mrs. Ammerman has performed under the direction of distinguished conductors James Levine, Erich Kunzel, Xian Zhang, Steven Coker, and Mark Gibson. Mrs. Ammerman studied piano with Michael Chertock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Richard Morris. Additionally, Mrs. Ammerman studied music education theory and practice with authorities Dr. Lizbeth Wing, and McGraw Hill's Multi-Cultural Specialist Dr. Rene Boyer.

Upon graduation from CCM, Mrs. Ammerman taught general music classes for Miamisburg City Schools, Miamisburg, Ohio. In 2007, she and her husband relocated to Jacksonville, North Carolina where she was appointed Orchestra Director of Swansboro Middle and High School. While in North Carolina, Mrs. Ammerman drastically increased orchestra membership, consistently received superior ratings at festival, and was selected Beginning Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Mrs. Ammerman was awarded the position of Orchestra Director at Robinson Middle School and Bonnie Brae Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Mrs. Ammerman's studies and experiences have laid the groundwork for her philosophy of music education: that Critical Pedagogy provides students with a transformative and synergetic learning environment. Mrs. Ammerman looks forward to helping students realize that music is a culturally valuable activity for everyone's enjoyment; that music is historically relevant, provides a lab for students to apply the scientific method, and is a universal form of self and group expression.

Mrs. Ammerman lives with her husband, Captain Allen Ammerman USMC and three dogs in Stafford. She is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, American String Teachers Association, and has contributed to the MENC Journal. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching The Office, swimming, shoe shopping, and practicing!

Brent Idleman, Conductor, Repertory Orchestra

Brent Idleman is a local, born and raised in Chesterfield, Virginia where he enjoyed the local music programs before going off to college to major in music. He spent a year a James Madison University, studying with Carl Donakowski, before transferring to Lee University, where he finished his Bachelor's in Music Education while studying with Anne Camp. He is especially proud to have studied with locally renowned teachers, Teresa Bjornes and Neal Cary. While he has been trained classically on the cello, his favorite music to perform is jazz and any improvisation. He loves playing on his Yamaha Electric Cello, getting all sorts of fun and interesting alternative sounds.

Brent is only in his third year of teaching and is loving it! He currently teaches at Albert Hill and Lucille Brown Middle School, where he institutes a strict but fun classroom that results in well rounded musicians that know theory, improvisation and more importantly, how to be successful all by themselves. In his spare time, he builds his photography portfolio, spends time with his lovely wife, Amanda and their two dogs. This past August, Brent spent a week in Petit Bourg du Borgne, Haiti opening a music program in their newly built school.

Veronica Jackson, Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

After graduating from W. G. Enloe High School (Raleigh, North Carolina) in 1985, Ms. Jackson studied violin at the University of Miami (Coral Gables) with Dr. Marla Meutschler (Paul Rolland protégé) and Dr. Earl Sanders at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). After graduating summa cum laude from NCCU, she began teaching orchestra in Wake County Schools on the elementary, middle and high schools in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Jackson moved to Richmond in 1994 and began teaching in Henrico County, where she currently works at Byrd Middle School and Godwin High School. She received her Masters in Education from Strayer University in June of 2010.

In Henrico County, she coordinated the Strings Discovery Program designed to introduce stringed instruments to rising 6th graders. Ms. Jackson's orchestras are known for outstanding performances throughout the county. Recently, her high school orchestras performed at the Virginia Music Educators' State Convention in Norfolk, VA. The orchestras have also received superior ratings in national competitions in Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Boston. Locally, Ms. Jackson's middle and high school orchestras consistently receive superior and excellent ratings in District Orchestra Festivals. Ms. Jackson's students have received numerous individual awards and recognition for their performances.

Ms. Jackson has also participated in several conducting workshops with such names as Dr. William Jones of Iowa State University, Dr. Anthony Maiello of George Mason University, and Dr. Marvin Rabin. She has served as guest conductor and clinician for the Virginia's Central Regional Orchestra Event, North Central Regional Orchestra Event, Southeastern Regional Orchestra Event, JMU's Spring String Thing, Chesterfield County Schools All-County Orchestra, Richmond City Schools All-City Orchestra for three years, Newport News City Schools All-City Orchestra, Fauquier County Schools, Norfolk City Schools, and Spotsylvania County Schools All County Orchestra. She serves as the orchestra director for the Sinfonia Orchestra at Shenandoah Performing Arts Camp at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Ms. Jackson has served as guest clinician and conductor for the Pitt County All County Fifth Grade Orchestra in North Carolina for three years. Ms. Jackson also served three years as conductor for Richmond Symphony's Youth Concert Orchestra, an intermediate full orchestra. Ms. Jackson has judged several district orchestra festivals in North Carolina and throughout Virginia.

Other affiliations include membership and past president of the Virginia Chapter of the American String Teachers' Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Music Educators' National Conference, and active membership at Saint Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She is also a 2010 Finalist for the R.E.B. Teaching Excellence Award.

Ms. Jackson is lovingly supported by the love of her two gems, Camille and Phillip.

James Kazik, Conductor, Repertory Wind Symphony

James Kazik has been a staff arranger with The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" since 2001. He is currently composer-in-residence for the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic in Washington D.C. and a staff writer for Hal Leonard Corp. As a composer, his works, particularly those for trombone, continue to win acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Kazik has written several concerti and solo works, as well as various works for orchestra, brass ensemble, and wind ensemble, performed by Wind Ensembles of the University of North Texas, the University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State University, the Showa Wind Symphony, and countless others. Most recently, his wind band orchestration of his Concerto for Trombone, and Windependence Artist Series composition "Eviler Elves" were featured in the GIA series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band".

As a trombonist, Mr. Kazik was a finalist in the 2000 Minnesota Orchestra-Zellmer Competition. He was part of the 1998 Remington Trombone choir winner and was a founding member of the "Bravura" trombone octet, which won 2 consecutive Downbeat Magazine awards for "Best Classical Chamber Ensemble" in 1999 and 2000.

Executive Board

Mr. Thomas Holland, President

This season marks Thomas' second year as president of the RYS where he brings his expertise in organizational structure and strategic planning to the organization. He has been a private business owner in the past and is currently a member of the technical staff at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Thomas holds engineering degrees from Tennessee Technological University and Virginia Tech and is currently a PhD candidate at Old Dominion University. His wife Linda has served on the RYS board in the past as Treasurer. His daughter Kathryn plays the cello and is a senior at Randolph-Macon College majoring in Economics. His son Daniel plays several instruments, has been a violinist and oboist for the RYS for five seasons and will be attending James Madison University this fall majoring in Music Education. An amateur violinist and classical guitarist, Thomas feels that the love and appreciation of fine music is one of the greatest gifts that parents can give to their children. His personal goal for the RYS is to help it to grow into the preeminent youth orchestra organization for the greater Rappahannock area.
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James Kazik, Vice President

This season marks James' second year serving on the RYS board, and 1st serving as Vice President. For a full bio, scroll up to the "Conductors" section or click the links below:

John Welsh - Treasurer

This season marks John's first year as treasurer of the RYS. John retired from the Navy in 2007 after 20+ years of service. John currently works for the Department of the Navy as Branch Engineer for the Strategic Systems Programs SSBN/SSGN Operations, Evaluation and Training Branch where he has overall responsibilities for budget generation and execution among other duties. John holds bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science and holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His daughter Erin plays the violin for RYS and is an accomplished pianist and intends to pursue a career in classical music. John played Trumpet, French horn and Tuba in high school and intends to pursue learning classical guitar in his spare time. John is also an accomplished photographer whose works can be found on numerous web sites.

Annamarie Bollino

Annamarie currently serves as the Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator for Stafford County Public Schools where she works with over 100 music, visual art, and drama teachers while overseeing all arts programs. She holds a Bachelor in Music Education from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree from George Mason University, and is finishing an Administration and Supervision endorsement from Virginia Commonwealth University. Annamarie has experience working with students Pre-K through the graduate level, including music education majors at American University, George Mason University, and Randolph-Macon College. In her free time, she co-directs the Stafford Regional Children’s Choir, a performing ensemble open to children ages 8-11. As a former member of a youth symphony, Annamarie understands the significant outlet RYS provides for many young musicians and wishes to further nurture and grow RYS as a leading organization in the region.

Allen Ammerman

Allen Ammerman holds a BM in music performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and an MBA from Webster University. During his undergraduate studies, Allen was a finalist at several auditions, and was an active free-lance tubist in the Cincinnati area, performing frequently with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Canterbury Brass Qunitet. Upon his graduation in 2006, he entered the United States Marine Corps, was designated a financial management officer, and has served as a budget officer, deputy comptroller, and fiscal officer at various units in both the operating forces and supporting establishment. During his tour of service in North Carolina, Allen was also the principal tubist for the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Allen is currently completing a PhD in Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University, where his principal research interests include the influence of ideologies on personal financial attitudes and behaviors.