Conductors & Staff

Evan Feldman, Youth Orchestra Music Director
Colleen Chenail, Youth Philharmonic Conductor
Lee Richey, Youth Philharmonic Conductor
Rachel Watson, Youth Camerata Conductor
Ryane Dunnagan, Youth Camerata Musical Assistant

Peter Zlotnick, Greensboro Symphony Education Manager
Wesley Moore, Youth Orchestra Production Assistant


Evan Feldman
Music Director, Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra

Dr. Evan Feldman has been engaged as Principal Guest Conductor for the Greensboro Symphony’s 2017-2018 season. His duties will include: Music Director of the GSYO, conductor for the 3rd 4th, and 7th grade concerts in four counties, and for the annual Holiday concerts in Greensboro, Burlington, and Statesville. Dr. Feldman currently serves as Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, leading the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band and teaching courses in conducting and music education, as well as Music Director of the Triangle Wind Ensemble, Greensboro Concert Band, and cover conductor for the NC Symphony. Dr. Feldman is sought after both nationally and internationally as a guest conductor, with recent engagements throughout the United States, Romania, Belgium, Spain, and Tanzania. He has been described in the press as “…the real thing – a conductor with evident ensemble-building skills who knows his way around the podium.”

Dr. Feldman earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Donald Hunsberger and Mendi Rodan. He received his Master of Music in Conducting from Ithaca College and his BA in Music from Duke University.


Colleen Chenail
Conductor, Youth Philharmonic

Colleen Chenail is the chair of the string faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina, where she has taught since 2001. She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance and Education from Ithaca College. Colleen is an active freelance artist who performs throughout North Carolina and Virginia. She currently performs with the Greensboro Symphony and has been the concertmaster of the Danville Symphony Orchestra. Colleen is Suzuki certified in books one through six and has taught private and group lessons to preschool through college students at all levels. In addition, Colleen is a North Carolina certified teacher with experience teaching chorus, general music and orchestra and co-conducts the Greensboro Symphony Youth Philharmonic.


Lee Richey
Conductor, Youth Philharmonic

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Lee Richey is primarily a native of North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts with Robert Marsh, his Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University with Marion Davies, and his Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Parry Karp. His minor concentration for the DMA was Instrumental Conducting where he studied with David E. Becker. In 2015 he was an Associate with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Conductor’s Institute with Markand Thakar, and a Participant at the Conductor’s Retreat at Medomak, with Kenneth Kiesler.

He has been the principal cellist of the Knoxville Symphony, the Spoleto Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and the Fairbanks Symphony. He lived in Las Vegas from December of 2004 to September of 2012 where he was Assistant Principal with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, taught at the Nevada School of the Arts and the College of Southern Nevada, and was the cellist in the orchestra of Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular!


Rachel Watson
Conductor, Youth Camerata

Rachel Watson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mrs. Watson received Suzuki training under Libby Armour (a student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki) at the Virginia Suzuki Institute. Currently, Mrs. Watson is the orchestra director at Jefferson Middle School and Mt. Tabor High School in Forsyth County. Mrs. Watson has also taught orchestra at both Kernodle Middle School and Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. Before teaching in Greensboro, Mrs. Watson held the position of orchestra director for 10 years at Southeast Middle School in Kernersville, NC, growing the program from 50 to 200 students. Mrs. Watson has been named Orchestra Teacher of the Year for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System (2011), and has been chosen to conduct the All-County Orchestra and the 2017 Jr. Western Region All-State Repertory Orchestra.


Ryane Dunnagan
Musical Assistant, Youth Camerata

Dr. Ryane Dunnagan is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She received both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts in cello performance. Under the instruction of Robert Marsh and Marcy Rosen, founder of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Dr. Dunnagan has participated in various masterclasses with such artists as Joel Krosnick and the Julliard String Quartet. After completing her Masters degree in 2003, Dr.  Dunnagan taught public school at the middle and high school level. In addition to teaching, she also performed with various orchestras in North Carolina and Virginia, such as the Salisbury, Roanoke and Asheville Symphony Orchestras. During that time, she was under the instruction of Alan Black, principal cellist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006, Dr. Dunnagan began her Doctorate degree in cello performance at the University of Georgia under the instruction of Dr. David Starkweather. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, her duties included being the Master Teacher of the UGA String Project, a division of a national organization dedicated to promoting music and fostering music education in the public school system. As the Master Teacher, she was in charge of mentoring over 30 music education undergraduates, overseeing classes with more than 400 elementary string students, as well as being a clinician on both the state and national level. Dr. Dunnagan completed her degree in May of 2011. She continued her role as Master Teacher and Associate Director of the UGA String Project until May of 2012. Dr. Dunnagan returned to North Carolina continues to teach both privately and in the public schools. Her students have participated at the county, regional, and state levels. She is continually invited to guest conduct, and most recently was the 2014 Guilford County All-County Middle School clinician. Currently, she teaches through the Winston-Salem Symphony Strings Academy and is a Lower Strings clinician at Forsyth Country Day School.


Peter Zlotnick
Greensboro Symphony Education Manager

Peter Zlotnick is a North Carolina-based musician and teacher. Peter is the principal timpanist of the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras. He is a founding member of Amphion Percussion, performs as a member of the Philidor Percussion Group, and plays on varied new music programs in North Carolina. Peter serves as Percussion Instructor at the Music Center of City Arts Greensboro and is on the Instrumental Music Faculty at North Carolina Governor’s School West.