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Mentors & Staff

IN URBAN AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, community music schools realize a broad mission of music education for all through a multitude of programs. These beloved institutions — some more than a century old — provide as many roles in the lives of those they touch as there are kinds of students who attend them. For many, a community music school is the place to pursue music beyond opportunities offered at home, school, or church; where they can meet others like themselves with common interests, struggles, hopes. It can be a safe place where they know they will meet friends. It can be the place where their dreams come alive.

This effort is founded on the Richmond Symphony’s 60-year-old youth orchestra program — acclaimed throughout the region — and on its long and multifaceted partnerships with Central Virginia’s public school music educators. It is our hope to build your community music school together with you. Together, we will dream the school that brings all kinds of music to all people, from childhood to adulthood. Together, we will build the school that will realize this dream for generations to come.

RSSoM Leadership Teams


Walter Bitner

Walter Bitner

Director of Education & Community Engagement


Marcey W. Leonard

RSSoM Program Manager
Community Partnerships Manager

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Anita Williams

Education Coordinator


Caitlin Barry

Project Manager & Lead Instructor, Youth Community Strings


Anna Mitchell

Education Assistant


Neal Cary

Neal Cary

Sandra Chase

Sandra Chase


Leslie Dripps

Sandy Goldie

Sandy Goldie

Allen Hall

Allen Hall

Nancy Lo

Nancy Lo

Suzanne Mallory-Parker

Suzanne Mallory-Parker


Logan Massey


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Ronald Crutcher

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Valentina Peleggi

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Pam Schneller

Licolion Washington

Lecolion Washington

Lee Whitmore

Lee Whitmore

Masterclass With Violinist Itzhak Perlman   Learn More >

Masterclass With Violinist Itzhak Perlman

Perform for, and learn from, the legendary Itzhak Perlman in a masterclass on September 13th! High School students residing in Central Virginia are encouraged to apply.