Private and group lessons at GCS Schools in Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre and Visual Art
  • Meet our phenomenal Lyceum Teaching Artists! These artists are from the local community and are world-class professionals in their art form/arts focus area. Lyceum schools have the option of having residency programs and/or workshops for their students with any of the below Teaching Artists! Please contact Maria-Elena Surprenant at surprem@gcsnc.com for more information. 

     

     

 Bernie Hall

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Bernie Hall

 

Bernie Hall recently retired after teaching band, elementary, and general music in the public schools of North Carolina for 39-1/2 years. He also taught at the UNCG Summer Music Camps for 23 years, has been an adjunct instructor at Greensboro College and Randolph Community College, and teaches ukulele at Moore Music Company. Bernie is a graduate of Grimsley High School, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a National Board Certified Teacher. His honors and awards include the H. Grady Miller Band Award at Grimsley, the Thomas J. Stone Award at UNCG, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, the American School Band Directors Association, Teacher of the Year at Asheboro High School, Band Director of the Year and the Award of Excellence from the Central District Bandmasters Association, and the UNCG Summer Music Camp Hall of Fame. He is a regular performer on trombone, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals, and can be heard locally in several groups. Bernie is a former member of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. All of his family are musicians, and he is the proud grandfather to Addison, Edith, Carwile, and Miriam, and the owner of two rescued dachshunds, Elsa and Annie. Bernie lives in Asheboro, where he will be facilitating remote learning for his grandchildren this fall, and serving as the trombone instructor for the Guilford County Schools’ Lyceum Program.  

 

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 Chris Cloud

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Chris Cloud

As a teacher, Chris works with many different styles and age groups. He began teaching in 2002 on the side so he could share his love for guitar. In 2010 Chris moved to the triad to pursue a Bachelor of Music with a focus on teaching and pedagogy. With eight years of teaching experience, he started teaching at Don’s Music City in Greensboro through his degree. In 2015, after the music store moved to Winston-Salem, he co-founded Cloud Music Academy with several teachers and expanded his instrument portfolio. He also began teaching Classic Guitar classes at Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville the same year.

Chris continues to develop and transform his curriculum to fit the needs of his students. He has had several students accepted into music programs including Greensboro’s own Weaver Academy. He also tries to stay active in the music community and connect students to more performance opportunities. With connections to the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and the Piedmont Blues Preservations Society, students have been able to perform in large ensembles, compete in guitar competitions, and even perform at the yearly Carolina Blues Festival.

"The secret to truly learning an instrument and feeling successful in music is all about tiny victories. Set a series of small goals and approach each one with as much energy and passion as you would something more difficult."

 Clarice Weiseman

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Clarice Weiseman

Clarice Weiseman, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, holds an MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BM in Voice Performance from Eastern Michigan University. She currently sings in the soprano sections of Bel Canto Company, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Master Chorale, and the Greensboro Opera Chorus. She has performed frequently with many other opera theatres and chorales, including The Straits Chorale, UNCG and EMU Choirs, UNCG Opera Theatre, EMU Opera Theatre, Pittsfield Opera Theatre, and Arbor Opera Theatre.. Her most notable roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Geraldine in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Equally at home on and off the stage, she is the choir director at Union Ridge Church in Union Ridge, NC, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. 

 Brittney May (Greenhill)

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Brittney May (Greenhill)

Brittney is a visual and performance artist located in Greensboro, North Carolina. She studied Sculpture and Anthropology at Guilford College. Ms. May works with many different nonprofit art programs in Greensboro for both children and adults. Brittney has received the Regional Artist Grant in N.C. and been selected by Greenhill Gallery as an artist in residence. Most recently she was invited to participate in the Center for Visual Artist's “Gate City Acres” mini-golf course event. Ms. May is passionate about working to make art accessible and less intimidating, and in making it something that can change the way humans see the world and each other. Brittney lives with her two children and two cats. 

 McKayla Phillips

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McKayla Phillips

McKayla Phillips is a percussionist and educator based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. She is currently the Assistant Band Director and Front Ensemble Director at Northwest Guilford Middle and High School in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. McKayla has been a guest clinician at universities, high schools, and summer workshops across the country, and has participated in numerous performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. McKayla earned a Masters of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received her Bachelors of Music Education and Bachelors of Music Performance degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, NAfME, NCAE, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and serves on the PAS University Education Committee and PAS Diversity Alliance. Her teachers have included Joseph Gramley, Steve Houghton, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, John Tafoya, Joe Galvin, Eric Willie, Neeraj Mehta, Kristopher Keeton, Peter Zlotnick, Naomi Marcus, and Christopher Fosnaugh. McKayla Phillips proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion.

 Amy Karnes (Moore Music)

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Amy Karnes (Moore Music)

Amy Karnes is a flutist currently residing in Greensboro, NC. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has taught flute and saxophone privately for 7 years. In addition, she served as woodwind and visual technician for the Blue Mountain High School Marching Band for two years and the Williams Valley Marching Band for one year. She currently maintains an active flute studio through Moore Music Company in Greensboro, NC.

Amy holds a Master's of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro where she studied with Erika Boysen. During her time there she pursued research in contemporary American composers. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with concentrations in flute and jazz studies from Lebanon Valley College where she studied with Robin Lilarose and Tom Strohman. During her time at LVC, Amy performed in pit orchestras for several shows. In 2015, Amy won the Concerto-Aria Competition and performed as a soloist with the Lebanon Valley College Symphony Orchestra.

During her time in Greensboro, Amy has maintained an active performing and teaching career. In addition, she has worked for Kindermusik International on the Product Development team, where she has used her music background to arrange and record new music, edit content, and ensure product quality. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, making homemade baked goods, and practicing Muay Thai.

 Catherine Box

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Catherine Box

Catherine Box is a native of Texas where she began playing the viola in her school orchestra in 5th grade. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University and her Master of Music Performance degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Catherine has studied viola with Dr. Kathryn Steely, Dr. Scott Rawls, and Erika Eckert. She has studied violin with Dr. Fabian Lopez.

Catherine currently lives in Greensboro where she enjoys performing and teaching students of all ages. She has been teaching violin and viola lessons for over 10 years. She has taught both young beginners and older students. Her students have successfully auditioned for GSYO, middle and high school all-county and western region, and university music schools. She is currently a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and also frequently performs with the Winston-Salem Symphony as a substitute violist.

 Russ Gaffney

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Russ Gaffney

Russ received his Bachelors in Music Education from Winthrop University, where he held the position of Principal Trumpet in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra as well as Lead Trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble all 4 years. In his senior year, Russ auditioned for and was awarded the Lead Trumpet position with the South Carolina All-Star College Jazz Ensemble fronted by Dizzy Gillespie and performed at the SC Spoleto Festival in Charleston in 1984.

Russ received his Masters in Trumpet Performance from UNCG in 1987 and continued to hold Principal and Lead positions in all ensembles. After graduation, Russ made Greensboro his home along with his wife Lou Anne who taught elementary music at Jones Spanish Immersion for 29 years. 

Since 1980 Russ has played for countless Wedding and Religious services, and in Beach Music bands and off-Broadway shows. Over the past 40 years, Russ has also taught over 2,500 lessons to players of all ages from beginner through adult and many of his students have placed in All-County, District and All-State bands, as well as prepared for college scholarship auditions. Russ's teaching mantra is "Be Methodical in Your Practice & Creative in Your Performance and loves helping students of all ages excel in their music.

 

Russ is proud to be part of The Lyceum program with GCS Arts and is excited to help and inspire other Trumpet Players.

 

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Learn more at www.RussGaffneyTrumpet.com

Dr. Ryan Graebert

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Dr. Ryan Graebert

Dr. Ryan Graebert is the principal cellist of the Salisbury Symphony, the principal of the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra, and the associate principal of the Winston Salem Symphony. In addition to giving masterclasses, solo/lecture recitals, and chamber music recitals throughout the country, Dr. Graebert has performed as a concerto soloist with the Rutherford Chamber Consort (Vivaldi Double, 2020), the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra (Haydn C Major, 2019), the Salisbury Symphony (Dvorak Concerto, 2018), the Danville Symphony (Beethoven Triple, 2016) and, in 2009, was an artist in residence with the Hilton Head Symphony where he performed as a concerto soloist and gave multiple chamber music recitals and classes. Dr. Graebert holds a B.M. in Cello Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a M.M. in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a D.M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was the recipient of the Excellence Fellowship. He has performed in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis, Zuill Bailey, and Michael Haber, and his mentors include Darrett Adkins, Dmitry Kousov, Peter Howard, Melissa Kraut, and Alexander Ezerman.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Graebert is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in all 10 volumes of the Suzuki Cello School, is the instructor of cello at Radford University and High Point University, and maintains a private Suzuki studio both online and in Greensboro/Summerfield, North Carolina.

 Jon Goodman (Moore Music)

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Jon Goodman (Moore Music)

Described by Arts Atlanta as having a “musical chemistry that is on target”, Clarinetist and Saxophonist Jonathan Goodman is no stranger to the New Music realm.  He has stayed active as a new music chamber player playing for various groups across the United States, including Atlanta-based GremlinsDuo and Chicago-based Wei Zhongle, as well as having performed at the International Clarinet Association’s Conference back in 2014.

 Locally, Jon frequently plays the Piedmont Wind Symphony and Western Piedmont Symphony, as well as playing in various pit orchestras, pick-up ensembles, and chamber groups across central and western North Carolina. Jon has also been active in the classical world performing with Winston-Salem Symphony, the New Chicago Chamber Orchestra (as a part of the Southern Illinois Music Festival) and Northern Symphonic Winds. As a clinician and lecturer, Mr. Goodman has given masterclasses and lectures at Appalachian State University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro among others.

 Originally from Syracuse, NY, Jonathan now resides in Greensboro, NC, where he stays active performing as well running his own woodwind repair business Goodman Custom Woodwinds. He also started repairing instruments as Instrument Repair Technician/Inventory Manager at the University of North Carolina School of Visual and Performing Arts. His primary teachers include Norbert Buskey, Raphael Sanders, and Eric Mandat. He received his Bachelors of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and his Masters of Music from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

 

 Kyle Kostenko

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Kyle Kostenko

Kyle Kostenko is a Greensboro-based clarinetist, scholar, and teacher whose work seeks a new, socially conscious understanding of art music in the 21st century. He currently serves as the artistic director for the award-winning Splinter Tongue and as clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the innovative sextet Catchfire Collective. A Fulbright award recipient, Kyle’s research focuses on Romanian experimental and contemporary art music. Kyle has previously held teaching and mentorship positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wu Family Academy and the UNCG Community Arts Collaborative. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bowling Green State University.

 Shayla Doyle (Center for Visual Artists)

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Shayla Doyle (Center for Visual Artists)

Shayla currently works as a technology specialist for Apple. She was previously an art teacher for Guilford County Schools where she loved inspiring the creativity of today’s youth. She attained a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Elizabeth City State University. Shayla has been active in Greensboro’s art community by working with non-profits such as GreenHill and the African American Atelier. She is also on the board for Reconsidered Goods. Her mission is to pass on her love for the arts to today’s

 Heather Lambert

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Heather Lambert

Heather Lambert is a Texas native currently working towards her Master of Music Performance degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studies violin with Marjorie Bagley. Heather received her Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, with concentrations in violin performance and string education. 

Since moving to Greensboro in 2019, Heather has enjoyed playing the violin as a member of the Greensboro and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestras. She is looking forward to her second year as a teaching artist for the GCS Lyceum program

 Milanda Y. McGinnis (Dance Project)

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Milanda Y. McGinnis (Dance Project)

Milanda Y. McGinnis is a Knoxville, TN native where she began her dance training at a young age. She holds a B.F.A in Theater with a concentration in Dance from the University of Memphis. Since relocating to Greensboro she has performed with Cyrus Art Production, as well as several seasons with SugarFoote Productions under the direction of Robin Gee. Milanda has been commissioned for several dances for area performing arts high schools, showcases for local artists, community events and festivals throughout North Carolina and Tennessee, and is a sought after teacher and performer as well. She is currently Rehearsal Director and dancer for JoyeMovement Dance Company.

 Nia Sadler (Dance Project)

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Nia Sadler (Dance Project)

Nia Sadler, of Winston-Salem, began training at Triple Threat DanCenter and Dancer’s Edge in Winston-Salem, NC. She continued her training at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she completed a BFA in choreography and performance with disciplinary honors. There she studied contemporary, ballet, African diasporic dance, and jazz. Also during her time at UNCG, she performed in work by Ronald K. Brown, Clarice Young, Janet Lilly, Arnie Zane, and Bill T. Jones. She is so excited to join the Dance Project this season!