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Directors

Ryan Silvestri is in his twelfth year at Wando High School as Director of Orchestras. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Mr. Silvestri earned a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education from Florida State University and a master's degree in violin performance from UNC-Greensboro. He is currently pursuing a doctor of music education degree from Liberty University. Ryan completed his string education studies with the late Dr. Michael Allen, co-author of the Essential Elements for Strings series, as well as Dr. Rebecca MacLeod.

As a violinist, Ryan has performed with the Charleston, Greensboro, and Tallahassee Symphonies and also served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Sinfonia Orchestra. Primary violin teachers include Marjorie Bagley, Corinne Stillwell, Eliot Chapo, and John Wilcox. In addition to teaching at Wando, Ryan served as director of the Charleston Symphony Youth Strings from 2019-2022 and as an adjunct professor of strings at Charleston Southern University.

 

Professional associations include NAFME and ASTA. Mr. Silvestri has frequently served as a guest adjudicator and clinician and has published articles in the American String Teacher. Under his direction, the Wando Orchestras have nearly tripled in size and consistently received Superior ratings at SCMEA Concert Festival. The Wando Honors Orchestra was invited to perform at the SCMEA state conference and the ASTA National Orchestra Festival. Ryan lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife who is also a music educator and violinist, and four children.

He looks forward to another great year with the Wando Orchestras as they constantly strive for even higher levels of success!

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Karin McQuade is a violinist and vocalist alumni of the College of Charleston and the Charleston County School of the Arts. She received her BA in Music Theory and Composition with a minor in Psychology. Mc McQuade performs with several folk bands that play for contra dances and concerts throughout the Southeast. She also maintains a large private studio of violin and guitar students. This is Ms. McQuade's third year at Wando and she is excited to be a part of the program! Ms. McQuade will be teaching guitar, music theory, and assisting with some of the orchestra classes.

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