Violin & Viola Choir


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Full Detail Schedule:

Schedule V&V Choir ASTA 2018


8:15 AM Registration/Check-in (Blackman Music Building)

9:00 AM Rehearsals (Blackman)

12:00 PM Lunch in Dining Hall (see menu below)

1:15 PM Group Rehearsal

3:15 PM Guest Performance

5:45 PM Recital in Twichell Auditorium

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Making this Event Possible!

Bernhardt House of Violins

Huthmaker Violins

Clemson University

Music & Arts

Jim Clinton Violins

Converse College


Greenville County Youth Orchestras

Location & Directions

Converse College, Spartanburg SC

580 E Main Street

Spartanburg, SC

For Complete Directions:

Lunch Menu:

Here are the items listed for the brunch menu on the 3rd (please keep in mind there may be substitutions, and some items may not be available):

Oatmeal, Grits, Scrambled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs, Pancakes, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Mexican Breakfast Potatoes, Sausage Links, Coffee Cake and Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Turkey Hummus Biggie Sandwich, Beef Machaca with Beef Top Round, Vegan Curried Rice & Bean Pilaf, Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Chicken Florentine Penne, Hummus & Tabbouleh Wrap, Turkish Beans (Zeytinyagli Barbunya), Pita Bread and Pulao Rice

Salad & Soup Bar

Sandwich Station

Various Desserts

Access Music!

If you have questions, please email

Please Click the links below to access your music for the event. You are expected to print and practice the music prior to the event. Please bring your own copy of the music on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

If you have a stand, please bring it with you on Saturday

(make sure you mark all parts of your stand with your name).

Beginning Ensemble


-Old McDonald Had a Farm

-Little Star

*Print Your Specific Part including the Full Ensemble Music (2 Pieces)

If you have a stand, please bring it with you on Saturday

(make sure you mark all parts of your stand with your name).


Advanced violins, please print part 1

Intermediate violins, please print parts 2 or 3





*Print Your Specific Part including the Full Ensemble Music (2 Pieces)

If you have a stand, please bring it with you on Saturday

(make sure you mark all parts of your stand with your name).


Advanced violins, please print part 1

Intermediate violins, please print parts 2 or 3


-The Wexford Carol


-Dona Nobis Pacem


*Print Your Specific Part including the Full Ensemble Music (2 Pieces)

If you have a stand, please bring it with you on Saturday

(make sure you mark all parts of your stand with your name).

Meet Your Clinicians

Tammie Burrows, Combined Ensemble

Tammie Gillespie Burrows’ love for music began at an early age when she started playing violin in elementary school. In 1999, she graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with a concentration in violin and voice. In 2004, she earned a Masters degree from Southern Wesleyan University.

After graduation from Anderson University she began her teaching career with Spartanburg District 2 orchestras, where she served as the orchestra director for Chesnee Middle School and Boiling Springs Middle. In 2001, Mrs. Burrows became the director at Chesnee High School and continued to serve as the director at Chesnee Middle School. As the director at Chesnee High School, she has led the high school orchestra to fifteen consecutive superior ratings at SCMEA Concert Festival performing grades three, four, and five repertoire. The high school orchestra has received additional superior ratings at festivals across the southeast. During her time at Chesnee the orchestra program has grown to over 150 students.

In addition to teaching at Chesnee High and Chesnee Middle school, she enjoys serving as an adjudicator for Solo & Ensemble festival and guest conductor for several music summer music camps. She was also the guest clinician at the ASTA Violin/Viola Choir in 2015. Mrs. Burrows was the guest conductor of the Senior Region Two orchestra in 2016 held at her alma mater Anderson University. She is also the Solo & Ensemble Chairman for the SCMEA Orchestra division. Tammie Burrows has been recognized as a WYFF Golden Apple Teacher Award Recipient for the 2012-2013 school year.

Currently, Mrs. Burrows resides in Chesnee, SC with her husband, Tim, and their two children, Ashley 17 and Brandon 12. The entire family loves music and sings in a Southern Gospel group called Faithful For.

Brandon Leonard, Intermediate & Advanced Violins

Brandon Leonard is in his 6th year of public education and is currently the Orchestra, Chorus, and Media Arts Director at Landrum High School. Prior to teaching at Landrum High School for the last three years, he taught in Laurens District 55 among various schools including Laurens District High School. Brandon also has taught privately for the last ten years.

Brandon holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from North Greenville University and is completing coursework for a Masters of Music Education from Converse College. He has studied violin with Dr. Michael Weaver, Haejin Kim, Dr. Leslie Warlick, and Sarah Johnson. While at North Greenville, Brandon was concertmaster for all four years of attendance. He has played with several orchestras, namely Foothills Philharmonic and the Fountain Inn Symphony. He was also the guest violinist performing a Bach Concerto with the Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra in the fall of 2015 under the direction of Dr. Richard Thomas.

On top of being an educator, Brandon was Worship Associate and Instrumental Director at Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church in Moore, SC from Spring of 2012 until July of 2017, where he stepped down to focus on his graduate degree.

Currently, Brandon resides in Campobello, SC with his wife, Asten, and their two dogs, Mickey and Minnie.

Audrey Bass, Intermediate & Advanced Violas

Audrey Bass, 26, has been playing viola for over fifteen years. She is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and studied privately with Kathryn Dey of the South Carolina Governor’s School of Art and Humanities. Audrey attended Appalachian State University and studied viola with Dr. Eric Koontz for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, a bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance, and a master’s degree in Viola Performance. She was the violist in the Hayes String Quartet and performed multiple concerts around the Boone community. Audrey has played viola in the Western Piedmont Symphony, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony, and Charlotte Symphony. Audrey also attended summer festivals at the Eastman School of Music in 2008 and 2010 where she studied with George Taylor.

Audrey is in her third year as the orchestra teacher at Greer High School and Blue Ridge High School in Greenville County. She has earned Superior and Excellent ratings at Concert Festival and is extremely passionate about teaching high school orchestra. She currently plays viola in the Hendersonville Symphony and plays violin with the Brevard Philharmonic. Audrey also coaches violin and viola sectionals for Greenville County Youth Orchestras. Her favorite hobbies include playing disc golf and watching Clemson football with her husband Jonathan.

Jenny Mann, Beginning Violins & Violas

Jenny Mann started playing viola when she was in third grade and was taught by local string teacher legends Melissa Martin and Johanna Pollock when she attended Lexington Middle School and Lexington High School. She then studied at the University of South Carolina where she received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Music Education. While at USC, she worked extensively with the USC String Project and had six years of experience teaching strings to 3rd-9th grade students. She taught at Dreher High School in Columbia for four years and is currently in her sixth year of teaching at Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, SC. Her groups have consistently received top ratings at Festival performances and many of her students are selected for Honors, Region, and All-State level orchestras. In her spare time, Ms. Mann actively performs with her string quartet, teaches a private studio of nearly 30 students, and guest conducts other small ensembles and church choirs. She resides in Lexington with her husband and golden doodle, Ollie.

Theresa Jenkins-Russ, Guest Artist

Mrs. Theresa Jenkins-Russ is a Professional Violinist in Classical and Alternative Styles and an Educator and Conductor. A native New Yorker, Mrs. Jenkins-Russ received her B.A. in Violin Performance from Wheaton College in 1985. While in Boston, she had the opportunity to study Violin from Nancy Cirillo at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts In 1987 she earned a M.S. in Music Education from Long Island University in New York. She then went on to Hofstra University to take course work for a Doctorate in Educational Administration. In 2012 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ completed course work through Converse College for the Certificate of Secondary Educational Administration.

In 1987 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ began her teaching career. From 1987 to 1993 she substituted and taught high school and middle school orchestra in Long Island School Districts of Mount Sinai, Amityville and Huntington. From 1993-2003 she taught orchestra in Arlington, Virginia Public Schools. While in Arlington she taught at Kenmore Middle School and Washington-Lee High School and was appointed orchestra coordinator for her pyramid. While teaching in Arlington she also conducted the Arlington High School Honors Orchestra, which frequently performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

While in Boston, New York and Virginia, Mrs. Jenkins-Russ performed with several professional orchestras, including The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, The Pan-American Symphony, The Nassau Pops Orchestra, The South Shore Symphony, The West Islip Chamber Orchestra, and The Brockton Symphony.

In 1993 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ was able to develop her string jazz skills, taking lessons from David Balakrishnan and members of the Turtle Island Quartet, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Mr. John Blake Jr.

In 2003 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ joined the Spartanburg School District 7 Orchestra staff. Currently she teaches at Cleveland, Chapman, Houston and MH Wright Elementary schools, McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg High School and EP Todd. She also taught at Whitlock and Carver Junior High Schools. She has also directed the Spartanburg High School Chamber Honors Orchestra. The groups that she conducted at Whitlock and at Spartanburg High School always received “Superior” or “Excellent” ratings at Concert Festival.

Mrs. Jenkins-Russ has held several positions in the professional music community. She is currently the Southeast Representative for NS Design Electric Instruments. From 2010-2012 she was the President of the SC ASTA (American String Teachers Association) and served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2014. In 2012 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ was chosen to conduct the Region 2 (Greenville) 7th -9th grade SCMEA Region Orchestra.

Mrs. Jenkins-Russ has written articles for national publications including “Strings Magazine”, “IAJE” (International Association for Jazz Education), “AST Journal” (American String Teacher Journal) and the SC ASTA Newsletter, where she was the editor.

1n 2006 Mrs. Jenkins-Russ put together and directed the professional group, The Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra. This group consisted of professional musicians coming from North and South Carolina. The group brought in guest solo and recording artists to perform with the group. The orchestra has several DVD’s available. The group performed at The Chapman Cultural Center, Twichell Auditorium and The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC.

Mrs. Jenkins-Russ lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina with her husband, Leon, and her two dogs. She teaches private lesson in classical & contemporary music at Converse College through The Lawson Academy of the Arts.

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2018 Student Registration_Violin & Viola Choir.pdf

Volunteer Form

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2018 Teacher Volunteer Registration.pdf