Administrative Staff

Jodie White, Executive Director

Donna Janecka, Music Librarian

Artistic Staff

Dr. Susan Harvey, Music Director/YSO Conductor

Dr. Susan Harvey earned a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Music at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas. At MSU Dr. Harvey is Chair of the Music Department and Director of the MSU Summer Kodály Teacher Institute, which offers graduate music education courses. dr. Harvey also teaches music education courses to general education students and music majors.

Dr. Harvey  taught music in Virginia public schools fir twenty years. She taught elementary music and instrumental and choral music at the secondary level. Her ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at festivals. Additionally, her students performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Harvey regularly presents at local, state and national conferences. Presentation topics have included assessment in music education, intonation in band, practice strategies for instrumentalists, and implementation of Kodály in the instrumental and elementary classroom. She is an active clinician, guest conductor, judge, and freelance trumpet performer. As a performer, Dr. Harvey was a member of the 2007 National Champion Massanutten Brass Band from Harrisonburg, Virginia and has performed as a member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in North Manchester, Indiana.

Gina Menden, Philharmonic Conductor

Gina Menden graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance and Drake University with the Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance. Presently a violist for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and an avid freelancer, she has performed in various orchestral, opera and chamber ensembles around town. She serves as concertmaster for the Wichita Falls Lyric Opera Workshop Orchestra, violist for First Presbyterian’s productions of the “the Messiah”, and violist/violinist in various Wichita falls Community Orchestra and Wichita Falls First Baptist Church special events.

Having a passion for both performing and teaching, Ms. Menden began working for the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) in February 2010. Ms. Menden has been teaching privatea violin and viola since 2000 and continues to teaceh today, including as a contracted teacher at Christ Academy and an adjunct strings teacher at MSU. Her studio has yielded winners of concerto competitions, symphony apprenticeships, and state UIL contestants with gold/silver placements, as well as studetns who’ve chosen to continue on in vollege as either music majors or very skilled orchestral players. Most importantly, she enjoys guiding her students to be good citizens and to love what they do.

Dr. Andrew Allen, Woodwinds Coach

Andrew Checki, Brass Coach

Anita Marquardt, Cello/Bass Coach

Ethan Rouse, Viola Coach

Max Salazar, Percussion Coach

Tammy Sparks, Violin Coach

Christelle Billan, Philharmonic Coach

Brooke Whyrick, Philharmonic Coach