Jessica Baldwin (member NATS, MENC, ACDA) completed the Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance at Meredith College in May 2005, graduating summa cum laude. She also completed her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Voice at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV, in May 2002, graduating summa cum laude. In addition to presenting many solo vocal recitals, Jessica has performed in musicals, operas, and theater productions including Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), The Telephone (Lucy), Crimes of the Heart (Meg), Crazy for You (Polly), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Malloy), Sister Angelica (Sister Genevieve), Cinderella (Stepmother), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie), and How to Eat Like a Child (Rachel). Some of her vocal accolades include winning the Meredith College Concerto Competition, placing second in Graduate Women at the 2003 NC NATS Competition, placing alternate in the 2002 MTNA Eastern Division Collegiate Artist Competition, Glassboro, NJ, winning the senior women division of the 2001 NATS Tri-State Competition (WV, MD, PA), winning the 2001 WVMTNA Collegiate Artist Competition, and winning the 2001 Alderson-Broaddus College Concerto Competition.
Jessica has been working as an accompanist since age 12. She was selected to be an accompanist for the WV All-State Chorus in 1997 and 1998, and received a 4-year student accompanist scholarship to Alderson-Broaddus College.
In addition to running her private studio, Jessica teaches at Ohio Valley University, Marietta College, and WVU-P. She also sings and plays in several Marietta area bands: Maybe Logic, The Swinging Orangutangs, The Mud Ducks, and Brandy Hard Sauce.
Mr. Brannon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in Applied Clarinet from Ohio University. His principal clarinet teachers have been Dr. Charles Krusenstjerna, Dr. David Lewis, and Dr. John Weigand. In addition to his public school teaching, Mr. Brannon teaches privately and performs regularly as a soloist and as a member of various bands and orchestras in the Parkersburg area.
In 1992 and 2007, he was named West Virginia's Outstanding Bandmaster by Phi Beta Mu National Band Honorary. In 2000, Mr. Brannon was Wood County's Teacher of the Year. A native West Virginian, Mr. Brannon is currently Assistant Band Director at Parkersburg South High School in Parkersburg, WV. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Brannon was Band Director at Edison Junior High School, also in Parkersburg.
During his twenty-six years there, Edison's ensembles, jazz band, and wind ensemble performed frequently at the WVMEA State Conference as Honor Groups and State Finalists. The Edison Jazz Band was a winner of the Regional Contest several times and has consistently received superior ratings at the Regional Festival for many years. Edison's Wind Ensemble has been a WVMEA Honor Finalist seven times since 1992.
Prior to teaching at Edison, Mr. Brannon was the Band Director at Petersburg High School in Petersburg, WV. He has served as conductor and clinician for State and Regional Bands and Conferences in various parts of West Virginia.
String Methods Instructor
Ashley Clark is an active educator and strings advocate in the Mid-Ohio Valley. A native of Rochester, New York, she studied violin from the age of 5 with Virginia Wensel. She earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Ohio University while studying under Marjorie Bagley. Upon moving to Williamstown with her husband, Ashley became passionate about expanding the opportunities for local youth to become involved in strings. She currently teaches orchestra in three of the Wood County Schools, where she aided in the reintroduction of the string program to the curriculum. Along with teaching in the schools, Ashley maintains a private Suzuki violin studio, is the adjunct violin instructor at WVUP, co-founded and conducts the Evergreen Youth Strings, plays with the River Cities Symphony, and fiddles with bluegrass band Laurel Creek.
A string pedagogy enthusiast, Ashley is an active member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She regularly attends ASTA conferences and has taken SAA Teacher Training Courses for Suzuki Books 1-5 with notable instructors Teri Einfeldt, Carrie Reuning-Hummel, Pat D’Ercole and Edward Kreitman. Ashley also enjoys alternative styles, and recently spent a week studying bluegrass with Darol Anger.
Robert Coddington, Instructor of Guitar, began playingthe guitar at age 12 and enrolled as a guitar major at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md, at age 17.
After transferring to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Md, he completed his Bachelor of Music degree, having studied classical guitar with guitar department head Ray Chester.
Bob has performed at recitals and other events in Baltimore and other areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio and more recently with the Marietta College Choir and College Band. He has been teaching guitar for more than 15 years.
Mr. Coddington's duties at Marietta College include applied guitar lessons and guitar class.
Lindsey Goodman is known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette), and for her “impressive artistry” (Tribune-Review), “agility, and emotion” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Renowned for her “brilliant”, “bravura performances” (Tribune-Review), Ms. Goodman is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, teacher, and clinician. Ms. Goodman holds the Martha Gaines Wehrle Chair in her sixth season as principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and is in her twelfth season as solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PA). An avid performer of new music and a fierce advocate for emerging composers and electroacoustic or multidisciplinary works, “flutist Lindsey Goodman appears to know no fear in tackling the most demanding music” (Tribune-Review).
As a soloist, Lindsey was most recently featured in her New York City recital debuts presented by the Phoenix Concerts and PRISM Projects, as concerto soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Bach and Beyond International Baroque Soloists (NY), and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra (OH), in “a near perfect recital” (Daily Mail) presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society (WV), and as the guest artist for Marshall University’s FluteWorks festival (WV). Goodman has performed as a featured soloist at the National Flute Association Convention (NC), the June in Buffalo festival (NY), the NewSound Festival presented by the Ethos New Music Society (NY), the Sound Series at the Andy Warhol Museum (PA), and at Walfrid Kujala’s retirement gala (IL). Ms. Goodman will record and release her debut solo CD of commissions on New Dynamic Records in the 2014 - 2015 season. Sought after as a clinician, Lindsey has given master classes and presentations to students at fourteen universities and colleges across seven states in the last three seasons.
student of New York Philharmonic principal flutist Robert Langevin, Lindsey
also studied with Walfrid Kujala, former principal piccolo of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. She received her masters degree from Northwestern
University, her bachelors degree summa cum laude from Duquesne
University, and a professional studies diploma from the Manhattan School of
Music’s orchestral performance program. Born in Virginia and raised in
Ohio, Ms. Goodman resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dog. There,
she maintains an active teaching studio with students who have won state and
regional honors as soloists and ensemble members, and trains as a classical
mezzo-soprano. For more information, visit
Elementary Music Education Instructor
Jane Irvine has a BA in music education from WVU and a MA in music education from Ohio University. She recently retired from Warren Local Schools after 30 years of teaching elementary/middle school music.
She serves as organist and handbell director at First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg, WV. She is active in the handbell world—an active enthusiastic member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers!—and serves as education chair for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Area V (Ohio, WV, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky.)
She is on the Board of Directors for Artsbridge and a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Kent Jorgeson comes to Marietta College with numerous teaching and performing experiences. As a performer, he has played in every style from Dixieland to jazz, big band, orchestral, chamber music, and wind ensembles that include the seven seasons with the American Wind Symphony. He currently plays in the Smoot Theater House Band, Travlin' Brass Quintet, and Mountain State Brass Band.
Kent has a BM and MM in applied trombone from West Virginia University and several additional years of course work in graduate music education studies. His teaching experience encompasses everything from elementary to high school in Wood County (WV) public school system. On the college level he has taught trombone at both Frostburg and Fairmont colleges. Jorgeson’s former teachers include Thomas Cramer (Oberlin College), Richard Hilts, Reginald Fink, Richard Powell (West Virginia University) and Robert Smith (Ohio University). For many years Kent studied in Pittsburgh with Matty Shiner, a student of Arthur Pryor and Simone Mantia.
Jocelyn Majoy first studied the oboe with Betty-Rae Smith of Parkersburg. She went on to study with Cheryl Priebe at West Virginia University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in music education in 1980. After receiving her Masters in Music with Randall Ellis at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, Jocelyn played in various orchestras including the Schenectady Symphony in New York, The Land of Legends Orchestra in Granville, Ohio, and the River Cities Symphony in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Jocelyn has extensive experience teaching general music in elementary schools in West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. She is currently a vocal and general music teacher for the Wolf Creek Local Schools in Waterford, Ohio. She has also taught private music lessons on the oboe and the bassoon for the past 14 years.
David Puls began violin studies with Harry Katzman and Carol Sindell in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. He pursued further studies at Indiana University. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron.
He has been active with the West Virginia Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, the Akron Symphony, and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra. David is an Artsbridge Catalog Artist, teaches privately, performs in a variety of chamber groups, and is a member of Arts in Education in Charleston. As music director of the Trillium Piano Trio he has performed in the Kanawha Forum Series, Sundays at Two in Tamarack, Glenville University, Saint Cecilia’s Concert Series, Lyceum Series, and the Arts Link Series. He taught music fundamentals as a graduate assistant at Pennsylvania State University.
David currently teaches as a lecturer and violin/viola instructor at Marietta College.
Elizabeth Thacker has eight years teaching experience in the Louisiana Public School system. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1997 as well as her Master of Music in 2005 from the same institution. Mrs. Thacker is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education at The Ohio State University. In addition to founding several children's music ensembles in Louisiana, Mrs. Thacker also directed the Children's Choruses of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans. Mrs. Thacker has been the Director of Choirs in Marietta City Schools since 2007 teaching sixth through eighth grade choirs at Marietta Middle School and Men’s Chorus, Treble Chorus and Encore Singers at Marietta High School. Mrs. Thacker’s current research interests include students with special needs, musical gaming technology and pre-service teacher training.
Rocky Wiseman is a tuba instructor at Marietta College. He received his Master of Arts from West Virginia University and his Bachelor's degree from Ohio University, where he studied with Leighton Conkling and Clyde Thomson. He has had extensive teaching experience both in his own private studio and as an instrumental teacher at Parkersburg High School (1996-2003) and Blennerhasset Junior High School (1975-1996). He has also presented master classes for the American Shcool of Bass and the International Bass Conference.
Rocky is currently a member of the River City Symphony Orchestra and the Doug Hess Big Band and works as a freelance bassist in Parkersburg, WV. He is a member of the International Bass Society, the Music Educators National Conference, and Musicians Union Local 136.
An active instructor and collaborator, Karen Picard Young currently teaches piano at Marietta College as well as running a private studio. Prior to Marietta, Ms. Picard Young served on the faculty at Bowling Green State University where she taught class piano and coordinated the piano division of the Creative Arts Program, the preparatory school associated with the University.
For several years, Karen was an accompanist for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. She has been the adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association Middle West District Ribbon Festival and the National Federation of Music Clubs for Northwest Ohio. She earned an MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Virginia Marks, and a BM in Piano Performance and BS in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she studied with Phyllis Orr East.