Conductors & Staff

Evan Feldman, Youth Orchestra Music Director
Colleen Chenail, Youth Philharmonic Conductor
Heather Lofdahl, Youth Strings Conductor

Peter Zlotnick, Greensboro Symphony Education Director
Katie Bracewell, 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 2019-2020 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 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.


Heather Lofdahl
Conductor, Youth Strings

Heather Lofdahl is a string teacher, conductor, and violist who is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ms. Lofdahl teaches orchestra classes at Cone and Peck Elementary Schools and Guilford Preparatory Academy. She is an assistant conductor of the UNCG Sinfonia. Prior to returning to Greensboro in 2019, Ms. Lofdahl taught orchestra in Cobb County (GA). She has also taught elementary through university orchestra students in Illinois and North Carolina. While living in Greensboro from 2012-2015, she was the assistant conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Philharmonic, so she is thrilled to be conducting the Greensboro Symphony Youth Strings this season! She also serves on the faculty of the Florida State University String Orchestra Camp every summer.

Ms. Lofdahl holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from Augustana College and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, and violist throughout the United States.


Peter Zlotnick
Greensboro Symphony Education Director

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.