GoldieDr. Sandy Goldie – Odyssey JR.

Dr. Sandy Goldie is the new string specialist and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously taught at the University of Florida where she received the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. She has worked to promote music education at the local, state, and national levels through leadership positions such as President of the SC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, President-Elect of the SC Chapter of the American Viola Society, Executive Board Member of the SC. Music Educators Association Orchestra Division, as well as advocating for school orchestras and comprehensive music education on advisory boards at the local school and community levels. She enjoys working with students of all ages and is an active guest conductor/clinician, having worked with many honors orchestra groups, all-region orchestras, district clinics, youth orchestras, the 2009 SC All-State Orchestra as well as having worked as a public school orchestra teacher for fourteen years. As a violist, she has performed professionally in symphonies throughout SC, NC, and GA over the past 23 years. Dr. Goldie completed her PhD in Music Education at the University of Florida, her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia and her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Music Education at the University of South Carolina.


Rebecca Jilcott – String Odyssey

Rebecca Jilcott graduated from James Madison University, cum laude, in 1988.  She has a BMED with a double certification in instrumental and vocal music.  Ms. Jilcott began her teaching career in Chesterfield County in 1988. In 2005, Ms. Jilcott took a full time position at Matoaca M.S., in hopes of enlarging the orchestra program, which had 15 members; today it has over 100.  Ms. Jilcott currently has four performing groups at Matoaca Middle School. Her orchestras have consistently received Superior ratings and she has several students who participate in All County and Regional events as well as performs for the Drama Department’s Spring Productions.  Ms. Jilcott is currently the conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program’s Camerata Strings, which is sponsored by the Richmond Symphony and still finds time to guest conduct/adjudicate orchestra events throughout the region., including the RSO & VCU Orchestra Project, JMU Spring String Thing and Central Regional Orchestra.  Ms. Jilcott believes students who take the opportunity to participate in a youth music program are given the chance to explore all dimensions of themselves.   Whether cognitive, kinesthetic or aesthetic, music allows for ones total growth.   Ms. Jilcott has been nominated Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who Among American Women.  Ms. Jilcott has served on the faculty of Va. Music Camp, Richmond Symphony Summer Camp and Richmond Symphony

Education Committee for Young Performers, as well as Chesterfield County Summer Strings Program.. She was awarded the James River District PTA Volunteer of the Year in 2005, for teaching a free after school Elementary strings program to area students. Currently, Ms. Jilcott serves as Department Head for Matoaca Middle School’s Fine and Practical Arts. She is also a member of VBODA, ASTA, VEA, NEA, CEA, Thespian Society, SAI and Commonwealth Women’s Soccer League.


d.myssykJeff Phelps – String Intensive

Jeffrey Phelps is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, earning degrees in both cello performance and orchestral conducting. Jeff has performed this season with the Norfolk Chamber Consort, the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Musical Theater, and chamber music recitals throughout the region.   Jeff is currently Instrumental Music department Chair at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Music Director of the GSA Orchestra, and Artist in Residence at aLatte Café.  Together, Jeff and GSA musicians have performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall and venues throughout Europe and Japan.  Jeff is a SURDNA Arts Teacher Fellow and three-time recipient of Stiftung Thyll-Dürr grants.  Jeff enjoys reading bios about artists in printed programs and has an aversion to wicker furniture.

Matt Wilson – String Odyssey

Matt Wilson is Director of Orchestras and Choruses at George H. Moody Middle School in Henrico County.  He has taught at Moody since 2003 and has developed a strong program that has included select ensembles for both chorus and orchestra that have performed throughout Central Virginia.

Originally from Missouri, Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Truman State University.  He has also received his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mr. Wilson serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the region and has worked with a variety of students and ensembles in Richmond and the surrounding counties including Chesterfield All-County, Richmond All-City, Central Regional Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Middle School Strings Camp.