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Rebecca Montgomery, Director of Music, plays violin in the Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, teaches Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da gamba, and is a Luthier who builds and repairs stringed instruments.

Jenny Gill, Teaches flutes and woodwinds – Director of Bands at Seven Rivers Christian School and Principal Flute in the Nature Coast Community Band.

Jack Moorhouse, Teaches Brass -- Began playing trumpet in 1960 (5th grade), served in the Navy in the music program aboard Commander Seventh Fleet flagship.  Entertained troops in Viet Nam as well as in the fleet.  Served as a firefighter/paramedic for 22 years in a suburb of Chicago.  Retired in 2000, with my wife of 42 years,(that’s as of this year, not 2000!), and has one son, and two grandsons.  Stunningly average, but happy.  Enjoys woodworking, gardening  and fishing, not necessarily in that order.

Hannah Mitchell, Teaches violin.

Sarah Sheppard is a parent and teacher of recorder and beginning music for new students. She and her husband Troy, have 5 students in CYESO violin classes.

Angie Gabb, Vice President, Assistant Director of Music, Parent and Recorder Teacher --  Angie has a vast variety of musical background which began in piano and music theory lessons throughout grade school and high school. She began playing flute in 6th grade and was in her high school and college marching band. She still enjoys playing the flute occasionally for her church family to enhance worship.  She also owned her own Kindermusik business from 2004-2011 where she taught music and movement classes to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents. She believes that music is a very powerful tool and is so happy to be sharing the love of music with children in our community.  She also serves on our Board of Directors for the CYESO.

Kathy Thompson is a veteran high school and middle school band director of 39 years in the public schools of Sumter, Citrus and Hernando County. Since 2013, she has been the part time band director at Seven Rivers Christian School, teaching 6-12th grade.  Mrs. Thompson is an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association and plays clarinet in the Nature Coast Community Band.  

Matthew McDowell - Teaches Brass

Jean DuBose - Teaches Viola and Violin

I started out with piano lessons, then took viola lessons in Junior High and High School, playing in school orchestras. I have degrees in music education from Susquehanna University with a concentrate in viola, and a Masters of Music Ed. from Temple University. I have studied violin in Philadelphia, PA. I  have taught elementary music in the public schools in Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. My last eight years of teaching were in  Petersburg, FL where I added group beginning and intermediate violin lessons after school. I have taught private violin and viola lessons over the years and have played viola in several community orchestras. Locally, I enjoy playing viola with the Citrus Strings, playing string quartets and chamber music with friends and teaching private violin lessons.  Most of all, I enjoy playing viola with my husband who plays the flute, a beautiful combination.  We play in church and nursing homes.  I love promoting strings and realize how important it is to bring string instruction and orchestras back in the schools again. I seriously doubt that I would be playing viola today without this important musical background in my school years.  Until this happens, I am thrilled to be a teacher of violin and viola in this wonderful organization.

Susan McDaniel - Teaches Violin

 Violinist with: Nashville Praise Synphony (5 seasons) 2012-13-14-15-16
Ritchie Community Orchestra (3 seasons) 2017-18-19
Citrus Strings Ensemble  (3 seasons) 2017-18-19
Soloist weekly at Lifetree  Church in Crystal River 2019
18 years private teaching Violin, piano, voice

Susan, since the age of 16 has enjoyed a lifetime of performance and music ministry.