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The Virginia Beach Chorale's Musical Leadership

Dr. Don Krudop, Director

Dr. Don Krudop, Director

Dr. Don Krudop is the Director of Choral Music Education at the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, VA. He also serves as the Lead Teacher for the Music Departments of both the Academy & Salem High School. Don conducts the elite academy choir Vox Harmonia, the select academy treble choir Cantarť, & the mixed voice Academy Choral Ensemble, teaches Conducting & Score Study classes, leads the Senior Vocal Music Seminar, and is Vocal Instructor for the Senior Production Project. Prior to moving into his current position at the Academy, he served as the Salem HS Choral Director from 1989-2007. He has been with Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 1975 and has taught at all levels within the system. In addition, he has served as the music director for several Hampton Roads churches, as well as local Barbershop and Sweet Adelines choruses, and sang tenor in the Southern Division champion and International quarter-finalist barbershop quartet, Old Dominion Line.

Don holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He continued his educational experience earning the Master of Educational Leadership degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach. While at Shenandoah, he studied conducting with Grammy award winner Robert Shafer and Dr. David Stutzenberger. He has also completed post-graduate study at Westminster Choir College and the George Washington University, has sung under the direction of Aaron Copland and Weston Noble, worked with Eph Ely, Rodney Eichenberger & Jing Ling-Tam, and was a participant in the Robert Shaw Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop.

Don was named Virginia's 2002–2003 "Music Educator of the Year" by the Virginia Music Educators Association. He was also selected as Salem High School's 2001–2002 "Teacher of the Year," and was the 2000 recipient of the Shenandoah University "Distinguished Alumni Award" for outstanding career achievement. He has been recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Marquis' Who's Who in American Education, and Marquis' Who's Who in America. He is a Past President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association and has served as the Virginia ACDA "Repertoire and Standards" chair for high school choirs, choral representative on the editorial board of "VMEA Notes," was a national chorus mentor for Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and is well known as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. In addition, he has served as guest conductor for All-City, All-County, and All-District Choruses (elementary, middle, and high school level) as well as collegiate level festivals throughout Virginia. He has presented sessions on choral literature, conducting, and copyright law at music conferences in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maryland.

Ned Davis, Assistant Director

Ned Davis, Assistant Director

Ned received both his bachelorís and masterís degrees in Sacred Music from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC with proficiencies in voice and conducting. Upon graduation, he worked at the university for 17 years as Director of Music for their television program and as director/producer of an elementary music curriculum for Christian Schools; conducting, recording and videotaping both choral groups, childrenís choirs and instrumental groups while producing more than 45 albums of music. In addition he taught conducting and voice building for choirs during his tenure there. During his time in Greenville, he also was director for the Tryon Community Chorus in Tryon, NC for several years.

In 1991 he and his family moved to the Chesapeake area where he served as Minister of Music at a local church developing a music program ultimately consisting of 7 choral groups including childrenís choirs, a handbell track comprised of 5 groups including teens and adults, as well as a full orchestra and other instrumental groups. His adult choir and orchestra recorded several CDís of sacred music. The adult bell group traveled nationally and internationally and he conducted an award winning high school bell choir.

In 2007 Ned began teaching choral music at Salem High School in Virginia Beach where he also started a 5 octave handbell choir. After 3 years he transferred to First Colonial High School to teach vocal music.

Jeanette Winsor, Accompanist

Jeanette Winsor, Accompanist

Jeanette Winsor studied piano with Clifford Herzer, Lois Rova Ozanich, and Shirley Harrison. She received a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Heidelberg College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Kent State University. She has occasionally coached with Thomas Schumacher. She teaches piano in her studio in Virginia Beach, music appreciation, theory and piano at Tidewater Community College, accompanies the Virginia Beach Chorale, and serves as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

She frequently appears as a soloist and lecturer. Lecture topics include Why Piano Teachers Should Practice, Music by Clementi for You and Your Students, How to Deal with the ADHD and LD Student in the Private Studio, and Music by Women Composers for You and Your Students. She is also the pianist for the Hardwick Chamber Ensemble.

Jeanette holds National and State Professional Teaching Certificates from MTNA and VMTA as well as certification through the American College of Musicians. Jeanette is listed in the 21st edition of Who's Who of American Women. She is the immediate past MTNA Southern Division Competitions Chair and past president of the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum and the Virginia Music Teachers Association. Her articles on piano pedagogy have been published by Piano Guild Notes. Recent performances include the College Music Society/NACUSA National Conference in Kansas City, MO, Salon Concert Series in Princeton, NJ, NACUSA concerts in Philadelphia, New York City and throughout Virginia, and soloist with the Virginia Beach Symphony.