Workshop 2024 Faculty

Spend a week with some of the biggest names in the profession!


Robert Gillespie

Bob Gillespie String Teacher Workshop director; co-author of Essential Elements for Strings (Hal Leonard); teacher educator and leader in string education.

Heather Lofdahl

Heather Lofdahl String Teacher Workshop co-director; Associate Professor of Music Education/String Pedagogy, The Ohio State University.

Baroque Violin Shop

Jeremy Bartel • Baroque Violin Shop

The Loft Violin Shop

The Loft Violin Shop

Christen Blanton

Christen Blanton • Old-Time Ensemble Director at UNC-Greensboro, co-chair of the ASTA Eclectic Styles Committee, Orchestra director at the Academy at Lincoln Middle School in Greensboro, NC.

Miriam Burns

Miriam Burns • Director of orchestras and orchestra conducting, The Ohio State University.


Brian Cole

Brian Cole • Orchestra teacher in Moorhead, Minnesota Public Schools; frequent clinician, speaker and guest conductor.

Andy Dabczynski

Andy Dabczysnki • Emeritus Professor of Music Education, Brigham Young University.

Kathleen Horvath

Kathleen Horvath Associate professor of string education, Case Western Reserve University.

Scott Laird

Scott Laird • Fine Arts Chair and Instructor of Music at the North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, Educational specialist for D’Addario Bowed Strings, Coda Bows, and NS Design Electric Violins.

Charles Laux

Charles Laux • Director of orchestras, Lassiter High School (Marietta, Georgia); Essential Elements contributor (Hal Leonard); endorsed artist/clinician, D’Addario Orchestral Strings and Eastman Strings.

Deborah Price, photo by Holley Meister Rosebaugh

Deborah Price • Artistic director, Chamber Music Connection, Inc.; viola, violin and chamber music faculty, Denison University; Yamaha Certified String Educator/Clinician.

Matt Radspinner

Matt Radspinner • Orchestra director, Williamsport Area High School (PA); music director, Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Christopher Selby

Chris Selby • Orchestra Director at The School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina.

Margaret Selby

Margaret Selby • Orchestra director at Laing Middle School in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Alan Lee Silva • composer, arranger and orchestrator whose credits include songs and underscore for shows and attractions at Universal Studios Japan, Tokyo Disney Sea, Shanghai Disney, Sesame Street Live and the upcoming Universal Studios Beijing. He is a popular composer of music for string orchestra and band music for school ensembles. 

Juliet White-Smith

Juliet White-Smith • Violist, professor of music, area head of strings, The Ohio State University.

Additional Faculty

JulieAnn Bernard
Erin Broadhurst
Julie Ellis, workshop administrator
Matt Kinnear
Tanner Otto
Angela Santangelo
Sarah Siegler
Emily Way
Doug Wright
Cory Zilisch


Excelcia Music
Grand Mesa Strings

In-Person Workshop Activities

String Teacher Workshop