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Conductors/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!

 

Ioana Weathers, Conductor, Repertory Orchestra

Ioana Paula Boca Weathers is a native of Romania and graduated from the Conservatory in Bucharest with a major in Violin Pedagogy and a minor in Conducting. While in Europe she has been a guest conductor at music festivals in Germany, Holland, France and Italy and was invited to participate in the National Young Conductors Festival in Craiova, Romania where she won first place two years in a row.

Mrs. Weathers moved to Los Angeles, California in 1997 where she performed in orchestras for theater productions such as “Fiddler On the Roof” and “Oklahoma!”. In 1999 Mrs. Weathers became a member of the “International Who’s Who in Professional Management.”

Since moving to Virginia nearly ten years ago, Mrs. Weathers has taught strings at Godwin Middle School in Prince William County where her orchestras have received “superior” ratings at County Festivals and at the Hershey Park Music Festival. She worked with the Prince William County Youth Orchestra and had previously conducted with RYS. Mrs. Weathers has served as a guest conductor for Stafford’s All County, a judge for the All County Festival in Stafford County and is on the summer strings camp faculty in Prince William County for the last two years, and part of the advisory committe working on the curriculum and the pacing guide for 4th and 5th grade strings.
Last year Mrs. Weathers completed her Masters in Conducting from the University of Music in Bucharest. She presently teaches 5th grade strings in Prince William County and performs with quartets in the area. She is a member of the Music Educators’ National Conference and the American String Teacher's Association. She loves to keep up with all new strings teaching techniques. In the July 2010 edition of “Making Music” magazine, Mrs. Weathers’ strings techniques were highlighted by Eve Carr.

Her husband Anthony Weathers and her two kids Emilia and Ronnie are the greatest gifts in life for Mrs. Weathers.

 

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. Johnson’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. Johnson’s middle and high school orchestras consistently receive superior and excellent ratings in District Orchestra Festivals. Ms. Johnson’s students have received numerous individual awards and recognition for their performances.

Ms. Johnson 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. Johnson has served as guest clinician and conductor for the Pitt County All County Fifth Grade Orchestra in North Carolina for three years. Ms. Johnson also served three years as conductor for Richmond Symphony’s Youth Concert Orchestra, an intermediate full orchestra. Mrs. Johnson 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. Johnson is lovingly supported by the love of her life Tony Johnson, and 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 member of the "Bravura" trombone octet, which won 2 consecutive Downbeat Magazine awards for "Best Classical Chamber Ensemble" in 1999 and 2000.