Meet the Team
(BM, MM, PD)
Simeon Kim recently graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with both a Master of Music degree and a Performer Diploma in Piano Performance. At the Jacobs School of Music, Mr. Kim studied with Karen Shaw under the auspices of the “Artistic Excellence Award.” He was also awarded with the position of Associate Instructor of Piano where he taught group and private piano classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Simeon received an apprenticeship/fellowship during the summer of 2010 to attend Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. Here he studied privately with Sedmara Rustein and chamber with Anne Shih. He performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the country. He was in-residence at the New York Summer Music Festival in Oneonta, New York as a staff pianist and teaching assistant from 2008-2009. At NYSMF, he taught the beginning piano class, and assisted with the piano ensemble, sight-reading, and accompanying classes. Simeon also studied with Peter Takacs at the Oberlin Conservatory where he was awarded the “Dean’s Talent Award,” and earned his Bachelor of Music. In high school, he studied with Teresa Falk in Yorktown, Va. Simeon has participated in master classes with Jon Nakamatsu, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Andrew Willis, Lambert Orkis, Scott McBride Smith, and Jungeun Kim.
Tristi Chan graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Miss Chan studied with pianist Mrs. Reiko-Shigeoka Neriki as a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award. Tristi began studying piano at the age of three. She obtained ATCL (Associate of Trinity College, London), the piano performance diploma when she was fourteen and finished the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2008. She pursued her undergraduate degree in piano performance at Cameron University where she studied with pianist, Dr. Hyunsoon Whang. During her college life, she has given many performances and recitals in universities in the United States. She was the winner of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division Piano Competition in 2009. She was also the recipient of the McMahon Scholarship, Aldine Cash Music Scholarship, Presser Scholarship, and the William Fletcher Memorial Piano Award several times. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, the international music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American music honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, an honor society that recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields. With her academic excellence, she was chosen to be on the Dean’s List and President’s Honor roll numerous times. Miss Chan is an experienced piano teacher and piano accompanist.
Pianist and Educator Tim Dail graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy where he was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. As a student, Tim was awarded accolades at State and Regional Solo/Concerto competitions. He completed summer studies at London Master Classes, Oberlin Piano Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival and Meadowmount School of Music. He was also awarded Young Artist Fellowships to perform at Colorado College Chamber Music Festival and the Manchester Chamber Music Festival. Following music studies, Tim served as Staff Accompanist at Belhaven University as well as Piano Faculty at William Carey University. He also studied to become an Occupational Therapy practitioner following a keyboard injury in 2011. Tim works in the Hampton Roads area as a Music Educator and Hand Therapy practitioner. He is passionate about encouraging the development of musicianship in students of all ages.
Olivia O’Byrne is a passionate pianist and dedicated music educator. She graduated cum laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Music with a focus in Music History and Music Theory. She studied under musicians such as organist and historian Jim Kosnik, jazz pianist John Toomey, and choral director Nancy Klein. Olivia O’Byrne began piano lessons when she was three and continued lessons for twenty years. She competed in regional competitions in both piano and choral groups throughout middle and high school. During her college career, she performed in numerous piano performances or with various choirs, and a senior piano recital. Since 2014, Olivia has performed for events, was a church pianist for over a decade, and participated in a church choir. Choral music, hymnody, and other various genres of music has enriched her expertise in different musical genres. As a music educator since 2015, Olivia enjoys integrating creativity, individuality, and excitement in her piano lessons. She not only imparts technical skills but also highlights the importance of the history of music and it’s composers, as well as the many developments in music theory which makes learning the piano a truly transformative and enriching experience.
Piano, Flute (BM, MA)
Jessica has over 10 years of experience teaching music privately as well as in Primary, Secondary and Collegiate level schools to children and adults of all ages and abilities. She has taught in the classroom as a Preschool Music Teacher (ages 2-6), Elementary School Music Teacher (grades K-5), High School Choral, Class Piano and non-performance (Music Appreciation) Teacher (grades 9-12), and Chamber Orchestra Professor at the university level. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her major instruments of study are piano and flute and she enjoys teaching general music studies and music theory as well. As a military wife, Jessica has had the privilege to teach all over the country to include Maryland, California, Virginia, New York and South Carolina. This has allowed her to teach a variety of students of many different ages and abilities to include students with physical and mental disabilities. With these experiences, Jessica brings a unique flare that is both motivating and highly successful in helping all of her students achieve their goals. As a professional music educator, she feels that good, helpful and creative interaction between student and teacher is of utmost importance so that the love and joy of music instills the desire to learn. Jessica is passionate about sharing her musical knowledge and love of music by incorporating all genres to include classical, blues, jazz and modern music into her lessons.
Piano, Composition (BM, MM)
Olena Morozova graduated from A. V. Nezhdanova Odessa National Music Academy (Ukraine) with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. Ms. Morozova studied with pianist Y. I. Nekrasov, who completed postgraduate studies at the Conservatory in Moscow (Russia). Ms. Morozova inherits the principles of the piano playing from the school of G. G. Neuhaus. Ms. Morozova participated in various musical competitions in Ukraine and other European Countries as a collaborative pianist, winning many accolades. In addition, Ms. Morozova has huge experience in teaching piano. Her students earned awards at international competitions which were held in Ukraine, in Italy, in Germany, and in Hungary. Ms. Morozova performed in several recitals recently with music by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Skoryk and others. Ms. Morozova graduated from ONMA with a Master Degree in Composition. And she is currently a postgraduate student of ONMA. Ms. Morozova is a member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine. Her music is performed at multiple festivals and contests. Ms. Morozova is currently on faculty at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA , and a collaborative pianist at Old Dominion University. She is also the pianist at Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. She regularly performs throughout the area and is a sought after pianist. Ms. Morozova enjoys integrating creativity, individuality, and excitement in her piano lessons. Her vast knowledge and huge experience help her make lessons exciting and educational as well as her kind nature, which allows to find a special approach to any individual.
Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet (BM)
Kyle Kemps graduated from Ball State University in 2011 with a Music Performance degree, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Elizabeth Crawford and saxophone with Dr. George Wolfe, and earned a minor in piano. He started studying piano at the age of 5 and has been actively performing for the past 28 years. He has been studying clarinet and saxophone for the past 22 years, and has performed in ensembles and as a solo performer.
Guitar, Bass, Piano (BM)
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Violin, Viola (BM, MM, DM)
Dr. Johnathan Spence
Dr. Johnathan Spence received his Doctorate of Music in Violin and Viola under the study of Hagai Shaham at Stony Brook University in 2017. He is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where he studied with Ara Gregorian. Focusing on his passion for chamber music, Dr. Spence has returned to his home town of Virginia Beach where he is sharing his pedagogical methods and inspiring others through Galatea Chamber Music. Dr. Spence continues to teach and perform in various chamber music concerts and festivals across the country. Through his endeavor into the depths of music, Dr. Spence has found wisdom in prioritizing optimal health through his daily ritual of swimming in the ocean, quality nutrition, and time with family.
Ezekiel Jump has been a professional trombone player for over 27 years. Studying trombone at College of the Ozarks in Branson MO and Missouri State University in Springfield MO, he joined the Army Band and has traveled around the world playing for Heads of State, US Presidents, and events that very few get to ever experience.
Rebecca Gilmore, a classically trained professional musician, is Assistant Principal Cellist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and in chamber music with JoAnn Falletta, an NPR Broadcast of Schubert’s Guitar Quartet. With the Virginia Arts Festival, her chamber group, Ambrosia Quartet, was featured in concert with internationally acclaimed pianist, Olga Kern. As soloist, Ms. Gilmore has most recently performed piano and cello sonatas with Olga Kern and cello concertos (Schumann Cello Concerto) with Orchestra director, Dr. Paul Kim and the Old Dominion University Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore. With performance degrees from Indiana and Rice Universities, Gilmore continues to seek the highest quality in performing/recording as a Spotify Artist, to grow as a performing artist #classi-crossover and to create connections across cultures. As a mentor to college-age students (CNU & ODU in VA) and to younger students in her home studio, she draws from both her traditional and Suzuki roots. With students, she shares her entrepreneurial spirit and the art of cello performance. Along with teaching yoga at the YMCA and more casually with her Virginia Symphony colleagues, VSO Musicians, she is completing her 500 hour Registered Yoga Training with Briana Ward of Chesapeake Hot Yoga. #Yogawithcello grew from combining two passions, yoga & cello. www.rebeccagilmore.com