Dr. 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.
Daniel Myssyk – String Intensive
VCU Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities Daniel Myssyk was Music Director of the Montreal based Orchestre de chambre Appassionata from 2000 to 2016. In 2015, Myssyk made his debut in Guanajuato (Mexico) where he was immediately invited back, and also conducted the Michoacan State Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with the Richmond Symphony organization. He recently brought Appassionata on its first American tour, which included two concerts in Richmond. The orchestra also toured before enthused audiences in Ontario in January of 2014.
Myssyk conducts repertoire from the classical, romantic, modern and contemporary periods with great attention to stylistically appropriate detail. He maintains a continuous engagement with opera in a variety of styles ranging from Mozart to Menotti. Sensitive to the music of our time, he has contributed to the creation of many contemporary North-American works, including the world-premiere of Anthony Brandt’s opera, “The Birth of Something” with Da Camera in Houston. Under his leadership, three recent VCU Opera productions of “The Gondoliers” (2015), “The Old Maid and the Thief” (2012), and “Hansel & Gretel” (2011) won top prizes at the National Opera Association competition.
His involvement toward the youth reflects a well-honed passion for music education. In addition to his work at VCU, he is a regular collaborator with the All-Virginia State Orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Hampton Roads Chamber Players, among others.
Myssyk’s recordings have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2012, he completed the recording of “Czech Serenades” with works by Suk and Dvorak. The CD was in nomination for best recording of the year at the “ADISQ” awards, Quebec’s equivalent of the Grammys and at the Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique. Jean-Yves Duperron of the Classical wrote: “Conductor Daniel Myssyk and the members of the Appassionata Chamber Orchestra ply their magic in this music, and shape each and every phrase, and infuse each and every note, with care and sincere expression. I’ve rarely heard these two works played with this much conviction.”
In 2010, his CD “Idyla” (on Fidelio label), was nominated for an Opus Prize as best recording of the year. A CD featuring American trumpet player and VCU colleague Rex Richardson playing Dana Wilson’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Strings” was released on Summit Records, earning rave reviews from the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
His most recent CD, on the Atma label, features works by Quebec composer François Dompierre and has earned excellent reviews from Radio-Canada and Magazine Son et image.
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.