Teachers at Young Musicians of Virginia must have degrees in their area of application or have adequate experience and be able to demonstrate a level of excellence in that area. Several have Masters and PhD’s. Check out our mesmerizing music teachers below:
• Mr. John Boyer
B.S., Music, Johnson University (Knoxville, TN)
Mr. Boyer has taught piano for over 50 years and been a part of the YMV family for many years, teaching since 2013. He has been a full-time pastor since 1980 and has spent 20 years in various roles including church pianist, choir director, and worship leader. Mr. Boyer studied piano with Dr. Vernon Overmyer at the University of Southern California, was a finalist with the Orange Symphony Young Artist Competition, and was a soloist with the Long Beach Community College Orchestra and Palomar Community Orchestra. He and his wife, Tina, have six children and 12 grandchildren.
• Mrs. Teresa Browndorf
(Private Strings; Beginning Strings, Music Theory & Conducting)
B.S., Music Education, Duquesne University; Masters of Music in Theory and Conducting, Catholic University of America
Mrs. Browndorf is affiliated with St. John the Apostle Catholic Parish, Bishop Sullivan High School, and St. Bede’s Tidewater Intergenerational Ensembles. She has been a private Orchestra Strings, Woodwind & Piano instructor at Moe’s Music for 13 years.
• Dr. Christopher Card
(Advanced Band; Jazz Band Director; Private Instructor for lower brass)
B.A., Music Education, James Madison University; M.S., Music Education, University of Illinois; PhD, Old Dominion University
Dr. Card is a former Professor of Music at Tidewater Community College (directing Jazz Band and teaching Music Appreciation), former Director of Bands for West Virginia State College (Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands), and former Director of Bands at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, Virginia (Two Concert Bands, Marching and Jazz Bands). He is especially dedicated to his major instrument, the trombone.
• Mr. Don Davis
(Private Guitar & Ukulele; Ensembles for Guitar and Ukulele)
B.A. Religious Education & Lay Ministry, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA; MS Education, Hunter College, NY
Mr. Davis has over 25 years as a guitar teacher for private lessons and groups as well as over 10 years experience as a worship leader.
• Mr. Gary Garlic
(Beginning Band; Intermediate Band; World Rhythm Ensemble; Private Percussion)
B.A., Norfolk State University
Mr. Garlic is the percussion specialist in all areas at YMV. He has more than 13 years teaching experience and more than 20 years performing experience with jazz, pop, and classical artists in national venues, including professional performances with acts such as Donna Summer and Stevie Wonder.
• Mrs. Sharon Lewis
(Beginning Music; Group Piano I & II; K-8 Chorus; Private Piano & Voice)
Mrs. Lewis has been teaching piano and choir for over 36 years. She has had the honor to teach at schools in the area such as Providence Christian and Atlantic Shores. Mrs. Lewis has been with YMV since 2002. She loves teaching students of all ages! Many of her students are in a leadership position in the musical field today. She currently is the assistant choir director for First Baptist Church of Norfolk. She sings in their choir and on vocal praise teams as well as fills in as accompanist when needed. She can be found singing throughout the community with a ladies’ group called “Reflections”. She continues to stay fresh with her music by continued piano lessons. Her passion is to “show the love of Jesus through music”!
• Mrs. Alexandra Marlins
(Suzuki strings group, Private Strings, Piano, & Voice)
B.M.E. in K-12 instrumental music from Lee University.
Certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas in violin levels 1-3.
Mrs. Marlins has had 14 years of performance experience and currently performs with Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, and serves regularly on the worship team at her church. Her favorite composer is Tchaikovsky, and her favorite chamber music piece is Schubert’s 13th string quartet.
• Mrs. Karla D. Robinson
(High School Concert Choir; Soli Deo Choir; Private Voice)
B.M., Vocal Performance, St. Olaf College
Core Member, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Mrs. Robinson is a local performer, choral director, music director, and private vocal instructor and clinician. She attended St. Olaf College, singing and studying under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong. After graduating from St. Olaf with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance, she sang with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Virginia Symphony Chorus, and served as a local soloist and vocalist for The Satin Sounds, a big band. She has taught private voice and choir for over 20 years and is a local musical director for many community theaters. She has been at YMV for over 14 years.
• Mr. Steven Thorne
(Private woodwind lessons; Popular Music Ensemble)
B.M., Music Education, Old Dominion University
Mr. Thorne has over 25 years of experience as a performing saxophonist. He has toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, playing classical, jazz, pop, rock, funk, and R & B styles. He has shared the stage with artists including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Delbert McClinton, the Coastline Band, and many others. He now lives in the Hampton Roads area and performs with many artists and ensembles around the community as a wind instrumentalist, acoustic guitarist, and vocalist. As an educator, Mr. Thorne has over 20 years of experience teaching in settings including his private studio, public school, and as a woodwind instructor for area high school marching bands.
• Mrs. Sarah Umlauf
(Intermediate & Advanced Strings; Private Strings)
B.A., Music, Bob Jones University; M.A, Music (Violin Performance), Ball State University.
Mrs. Umlauf played in the first violin section of South Bend Symphony (South Bend, Indiana). She currently performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Sarah is a home-school mom of three daughters and in her spare time enjoys biking with them and her husband, Matthew.
• Mrs. Marcie Williams
B.A., Vocal Performance, Virginia Wesleyan University (Honor Graduate), majored in vocal performance and minored in piano.
Mrs. Williams has been a resident of Virginia her entire life. She has 20 years of teaching experience and loves passing on her passion for music to her students.