Rappahannock Summer Music Camp

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RSMC 2017 Counselors

David Anderson (Stafford), Counselor

Currently residing in Stafford, Virginia, David K. M. Anderson is a saxophonist, pianist, and educator in pursuit of a Bachelor's of Music in Education at George Mason University.  Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, his passion for music began with classical piano instruction at a young age, later evolving into a serious interest in classical music, composition, history, theory, and instrument repair.  He is an active performer, private instructor, and technician, studying saxophone under Richard Parrell, former first chair saxophonist of the U.S. Army Band.  David performs and teaches on most woodwind instruments (primarily doubling on flute and clarinet), and has participated in the GMU Wind Symphony (directed by Mark Camphouse), Honors Recital, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, Jazz Workshop, Saxophone Quartet, All-Virginia Honor Band (2014), Rappahannock POPS Orchestra (2013), various pit orchestras, solo departmentals, and chamber ensemble recitals.  He studied instrumental conducting under Anthony Maiello, and has worked as a high school woodwind technician with significant experience in marching band instruction, management, organization, and composition of original shows.

On the side, David also works as a freelance piano accompanist at GMU for professional masterclasses and student juries, and has experience in keyboard instruction and theory.  He has recently has found great interest in harpsichord performance, repair, construction, and history, and plans to join various Baroque ensembles in Fall 2016.  In the future, David hopes to share the depth of experience, love, and knowledge from performing music that he has found in life to coming generations of young adults as a high school band director.

David is very thrilled to return to his second year as a counselor at RSMC!

Daniel Fitzgerald (Spotsylvania), Counselor

Daniel Fitzgerald is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in the Horn and Violin. Along with these two, he has familiarized himself with over fifteen other instruments, including those found in the brass, strings, and woodwinds.

 He currently is a second semester Junior pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with an Instrumental Conducting emphasis at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. In college, Daniel has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles primarily the PCCymphony, the most advanced ensemble at the college. In college, he has had the opportunity to learn from many professional, accomplished musicians such as Nick Kozar, Matheus Canada, Greg Soule, Josh Mize, Dr. Priscilla Oliveira, Dr. Cleusia Gonçalves, Dr. Gustavo Peterlevitz, Dr. David Hill,  Dr. Steven Ainsworth, Dr. Tim Willingham, Dr. Charles Bombard, and Dr. Amy Bombard. This past Christmas break, he had the privilege of completing his education practicum at Faith Baptist School where he acted as a temporary teacher's aide to Steven Halleck, the school's band director.

 In his middle and high school days, Daniel learned from many musicians who directed him towards a music major, specifically Amy Shirk, his former band director and current director of RSMC. Along with Mrs. Shirk, he has had many opportunities to learn from several, other professional musicians and music educators in the local community such as Kathryn Buchanan, Bill Wassum, Damien Bollino, Aaron Noë, Paul Rawlins, Seth Haines, Greg Reed, and many others. During this time, he auditioned and was accepted into various local and district ensembles such as the 2012 North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra, 2013 All-District XV Band, and 2014 All-District Band. The most important ensemble he was a part of before graduating high school was Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians, of which he spent seven years learning under the tutelage of Amy Shirk through orchestra, band, and music theory. 

Concerning RSMC, Daniel has spent four years studying under the faculty here, four as a student and two as a CIT. On college break, he will be acting as a counselor for his fifth year at RSMC. He hopes to be able to help the faculty and students this year while also learning and acquiring musical skills to be applied in a future music education career! 

Robert Leong (Locust Grove), Counselor

Robert Leong is a multi-instrumentalist (with a focus in Violin) from Locust Grove, Virginia. Music has been a part of his life for about 8 years and has studied under Bill Wassum, Daniel Crook, John-Rine Zabanal, Diego Gabete, Phillip Ducreay, and Robert Schiavinato. He has participated in many ensembles throughout the area. These include the Spotsylvania All-County Orchestra, the NCV Regional Orchestra, The Virginia Medical Music Ensemble, The Mid-Atlantic Invitational, The Rappahannock Youth Symphony, and the Rappahannock POPs Orchestra. Throughout the years, he has been under the baton of Dennis Layendecker, Terry Austin, Victor Wahby, Jan Wagner, Rebecca Jilcott, Robert McCashin, Armenio Suzanno, Russel Robinson, and, currently, Dr. Mitchell Arnold.

Robert is currently a Sophomore at West Virginia University. There, he is majoring in Violin Performance under Dr. Mikylah McTeer and minoring in Viola Performance under Professor Andrea Houde. He participates in various chamber ensembles, the Morgantown Community Orchestra, and the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra.

Tony Moran (Spotsylvania), Counselor

Tony Moran is a clarinetist and versatile woodwind doubler from Fredericksburg, VA.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance at James Madison University, where he has studied under Dr. Janice Minor and Dr. Anastasia Christofakis.  While his focus is clarinet (Bb, alto, and bass), Tony has years of experience on saxophones, bassoon, and many other woodwind instruments.  He enjoys playing instruments outside of the woodwind family as well, from percussion to bass guitar to tuba.  He has performed in many university ensembles including the JMU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Marching Royal Dukes, and has also performed in multiple ensembles in the Fredericksburg area, such as the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, Rappahannock POPS Orchestra, and the Virginia All-State Band.  He has also been an active member of the CYT Pit Orchestra for over five years, having played in more than 15 musicals.

Tony is looking forward to returning to RSMC for his 7th year, and his second as a counselor!

Connor Skelly (Glen Allen), Counselor

Connor is currently a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, who has been playing violin since age 10.  His principal teachers were Robyn Bauer and Tim Judd.  He was a longtime member of the Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians youth orchestra and joined the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra four years ago. He has participated multiple times in Junior Regional Orchestra and Senior Regional Orchestra, and in 2014 was concertmaster of SRO.  He has previously been a member of the All Virginia Orchestra, and placed third in the Fredericksburg Festival of the Performing Arts Young Artist Competition. 

Becky Talmadge (Spotsylvania), Counselor

Becky Talmadge is currently entering her sophomore year at Mississippi State University. She's been playing alto saxophone for 8 years, and plays in the marching band at MSU. She made the All-Spotsylvania County high school band three years in a row and made the All-District band for two years. She loves to write and read books. Along with band, she was in Massaponax's production of Les Miserablés and Young Frankenstein. She was in the orchestra for Spotsylvania High School's production of Spamalot last year. Becky has been to RSMC seven consecutive years, and is very excited to be a CIT for the second time.

Matthew Zisi (Fredericksburg), Counselor

Matthew Zisi, resident of Fredericksburg, VA, has been playing piano for 15 years. In 2012, he won the Mary Smart Scholarship Competition, a state competition sponsored by the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs (VFMC). Matthew also competed for four years in the Rappahannock Music Society (RMS) competition (2011-14), winning first place twice and second place the other two times for his division. Currently, he attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Piano Performance) as well as a Bachelor’s in Political Science. At college, he studies under Dr. Stephen Beus and has also been privileged to work with Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Jonathan Shames. He has won multiple piano scholarships while at college. For most of his first 14 years, he studied under Jeanine Zisi. Matthew plays piano at Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church in Fredericksburg; when at school, he plays at Northgate Baptist Church in Norman, OK. Piano has always been his favorite instrument, evidenced by the fact that his top two favorite composers are Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt.

Matthew has other musical interests as well. An avid composer, he has written seven sonatas, eight ballades, and numerous other piano pieces. He has also written two orchestral pieces, a symphony (four movements) and a clarinet concerto (three movements). In 2014, he finished second in the VFMC Junior Composers Contest. Matthew also plays viola, having studied in Fredericksburg under Ron Barricklow. He is a member of the University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Dr. Jonathan Shames) and has previously been a member of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony (2008-11), the Forte Jr. Symphony Orchestra (2009-12), Fredericksburg Area Young Musicians (2010-14), and the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra (2012-14). His first two years in RYS, he was named Most Dedicated after never missing a rehearsal. He was able to represent FAYM in the North Central Virginia Regional Orchestra all four years of his tenure, and in 2014, he represented them in the All-Virginia Orchestra. In Fredericksburg, he has worked with several great conductors, including Amy Shirk, Elizabeth Piller, Brandon Bangle, and Kirk Wilke.

When not playing an instrument, Matthew has many other interests. He is an avid sports fan, even though he never played any. In 2010, he competed in the National Spelling Bee. He enjoys writing children’s mysteries and has ten books available on Amazon.com, including the Anderson Family Mystery Series. Other passions of his include reading, railroads, and sports cards. Having attended RSMC the past two years, he is thrilled to be a counselor this year and looks forward to working with so many talented musicians once again!