Meet our Faculty!


GoldieDr. Sandy Goldie

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 a 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.


IMG_5794Christine DeSantis Hoffman

Christine DeSantis Hoffman is a music educator who currently teaches at Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. She earned her degrees in music education from Virginia Commonwealth University (BM) and Northwestern University (MM). Her teaching career began in Tomioka-shi, Gunma-ken, Japan and continued at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County, VA, where she taught K – 5 general music for 10 years. During that time, she also conducted the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, founded the Western Hanover Art & Music (WHAM) Camp, and was named Teacher of the Year.  In 2012, she achieved National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music. Christine works as a teaching artist with SPARC‘s (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) LIVE ART and Bravo programs, VCU’s Vocal Arts Project, and the Richmond Symphony’s Odyssey JR program.  She has performed as a vocal soloist with groups such as the Richmond Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Choir, and the Music in the Old Church concert series, in addition to playing guitar, ukulele, piano, and accordion in various musical projects in the Richmond area.