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    Woodwinds

     

    Jim Gilliam

    Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone

    People would be surprised to know that: "I was a car mechanic"

    Jim has a BM and MM in Piano from East Carolina University. He enjoys performing with his mom at a rest home and attending concerts in the area. His most influential music teachers were Jim Houlik and Henry Doskey. When he's not home with his dog, Daisy, he likes to travel to the mountains and go to the beach. Jim's favorite movie is "Sherlock Holmes" and  his favorite restaurant is Alisa's Kitchen. He says he is most proud of his students for their accomplishments.

     

     

    Alison Mossey-Ponzi

    Flute

     

    People would be surprised to know that: "I absolutely love whitewater rafting!"

    Alison joined the MAEC faulty as it opened in 1997. She grew up in Plattsburgh, NY, but moved to CT for her undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music and then to Greenville for her graduate degree in Music from ECU. Her most influential teachers were John Wion and Christine Gustafson. When she's not at the Academy, you can find her teaching at the Oakwood School or performing. She has performed with the Champlain Valley Symphony Orchestra and currently performs wth the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Orchestra & Wind Ensemble, and the Wilson Symphony. She loves staying at home to spend time with her daughter and two dogs since she is often on the road with one of these orchestras, but her favorite places to travel are Paris or the mountains in NY or NC. Her favorite authors include John Grisham, Tim Lahague, and C.S. Lewis and her favorite movie of all-time is The Wizard of Oz. 

     

     

    Lisa Ours

    Clarinet


    My favorite restaurants are: "Rucker Johns and Olive Garden"

    Lisa earned her Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. David Robinson, Glen Patterson, Jerry Myers, and Anthony Gigliotti are her most influential teachers, and she has taught in Arizona, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Connecticut, and North Carolina. She has performed with Isaac Stern, Maynard Ferguson, and Terry Clark.  Currently, she teaches at Farmville Middle School in Pitt County, NC. She enjoys freelance performing in eastern Carolina and is a member of the chamber music ensemble, Harmonious Camaraderie.  Her favorite things to do around Pitt County are going to the movies and being with her friends and children. Her favoite movie is Gone With The Wind, and her favorite authors include Nora Roberts and Luanne Rice. Her favorite place to travel is Europe, but she also really enjoys going to the beach, and she thinks people would be surprised to know that she scuba dives. 

     

     

    Cheryl Stephenson

    Oboe, Music Therapy, Band, Choral

    My favorite place to travel is: "Europe or the Carribbean"

    Cheryl and her husband Michael founded the Music Academy in 1997. Cheryl received her Bachelor in Music Therapy and Music Education from East Carolina University and her Master in Music Therapy from Michigan State University. She also studied oboe performance at Brevard Music Center, and was the past president of Southeast Region of the America Music Therapy Association. She has been an oboe instructor and music therapist for over 25 years. Her most influential oboe teachers are Hollis Ulaky of the Charlotte Symphony, David Hawkins at ECU, and Dan Stolper at MSU. Currently, she freelances around eastern and central NC with various symphonies, wind ensembles, music theater orchestras and churches. She is a member of Harmonious Camaraderie, a chamber music ensemble.  She greatly admires her students' joy when playing music. When she's not at the MAEC, you can find her with her family, performing somewhere, or wanting to be on the beach! People may be surprised to know that her daughters were adopted from Russia. She has a dog, Nadejda, and two cats, Rimsky and Korsakov. Cheryl loves to see live theater and music performances, and her favorite restaurants include Japan Inn, and Mi Cabana!

     

     

    Michael Stephenson

    Saxophone

    Michael is a saxophone performer and teacher, as well as the co-founder of the Music Academy. He received his Master in Music from Ithaca College and his Bachelor in Music form the North Carolina School of the Arts.  He moved to Greenville in 1990 as a North Carolina Visiting Artist with Pitt Community College and has stayed to call Greenville home.  Since being a Visiting Artist he has been a music and saxophone instructor with NC A&T University, Shaw University, Barton College and was the Music Instructor at Vance Granville Community College.  Currently is the Coordinator of Music and Drama with Pitt Community College and conducts the Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra.

    He travels internationally and performs with the New Century Sax Quartet as the soprano saxophonist. (www.newcenturysax.com)  People may be surprised to know how much Michael enjoys taeching young musicians - seeing them progress and explore the world of music!  While his music performance takes him to many places, far and wide, he is truly a Grassroots music maker!  He loves being home and making music in his community.  When not involved in music, you may find him playing tennis, sailing, or enjoying time with his family and his Golden Retriever!