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CYESO Board Members

Harold Seckinger, 1926 - 2017, Founder and President Emeritus

 

• Architect, Ret., musician, painter, stained-glass artist, poet, sculptor, writer, farmer.

• Born 1926, Marion County, FL.

• B. A., English Literature, Speech, Sociology, University of Florida, 1950;  Architecture study, Columbia University; B. A., Architecture, University of Florida, 1956.

• Life-long wish: to be a band leader—but without contemplation that it would culminate in the Citrus Youth Orchestra. 

• Retired as Founding President of CYESO in the Fall of 2016, and is succeeded by Vice-President Rebecca Limehouse.

 

Angie Gabb, Vice President, Assistant Director of Music

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. 

 


Martin Hoffman, Executive Director, and Parent

  • Born in Pinellas County, FL

  • Pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Lecanto, FL since 1997

  • Served as the Executive Director of Covenant Children's Home from 2010 to 2013

  • Educational Chairman and board member of the Nature Coast Civil War Re-enactment Committee for over 10 years

  • Married to his high-school sweetheart, Joan, for over 37 years.  They have four children and five grandchildren.  Two of his children are currently students in CYESO

 

Joshua Schuyler, Treasurer and Parent

  • Dual Bachelor’s Science Degree - Business Finance & Real Estate - State University
  • Honors Graduate - Magna Cum Laude
  • Accounting Degree - Community College
  • Honors Graduate - Magna Cum Laude
  • U.S. Marine Corps Veteran 1994 to 1999
  • 15 years experience as senior accountant controller (also CPA exam candidate)
  • Business Owner Entrepreneur since 14 years old – Currently into Accounting, Bookkeeping, Computer Security
  • Did a 13,000 mile, 10 month RV road trip around America with wife and 4 kids when moving from Southern California to Crystal River in 2015/2016
  • Interests: Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boards, freshwater snorkeling, boating, fishing, off-roading, marksmanship, real estate.  

Cheryl Rutledge, Secretary

  • B.M. (Magna cum laude), Piano Performance, University of Chattanooga, 1968
  • M.A., Music Major & English Minor, Jacksonville (AL) State University, 1973
  • Ph.D., Music Education, Piano Pedagogy, Louisiana State University, 1983
  • Music Educator, 34 yrs, USA & Taiwan
  • Associate Professor of English, 20 yrs, Taiwan
  • Academic English Editor, 25 yrs., Taiwan & USA
  • Publications: ROTE ‘n’ READ: A Piano Book for the Young Beginner, 1986; Freelance articles in Travel in Taiwan Magazine, 1995 & 1997

Matthew Sandiford, Director of Donor Relations and Parent

 

Stephen Lane, Director of Music and Conductor

Music has been a part of my life from an early age. My parents had no formal music training but saw that I received it. What a blessing even though practice was sometimes a chore. Piano Lessons began at 7 years old and cello lessons at 8. I was more disciplined in practicing the cello and became better on that instrument.

My wife played the clarinet through grade school and high school. She played in the University of Missouri marching band and had wonderful experiences sometimes getting to travel for road football games. All three of our children are musicians. Our oldest majored in cello and engineering. Our youngest is majoring in voice and engineering. He also plays the piano quite well. Our middle daughter plays the violin and just received her undergraduate degree in public relations.

Music has given me a great deal of pleasure and afforded many opportunities. They are too numerous to name in this short musical biography. I have had wonderful and talented teachers. During High School I traveled to Europe twice with a youth orchestra from the North Carolina School of the Arts. I have played in a number of different orchestras through the years under the baton of some well-known conductors: Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Iowa Symphony orchestra, Central College Orchestra, Indiana University orchestras and opera orchestra, etc. I was a music major in cello performance for two years at Indiana University before changing my major in preparation of studying for the ministry. Since then I have received two additional graduate seminary degrees. I have been a Lutheran pastor for over 35 years.

I was hired by Central College in Pella Iowa to be an adjunct instructor of cello, play principal cello in their orchestra, and play in a faculty trio (piano, violin, and cello). In addition, my years in Iowa provided the opportunity too perform numerous times as part of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra String Quartet.

Directing the Citrus Youth Educational Symphony Orchestra has been a great joy. Watching my own children learn to love music and grow in proficiency on their various instruments has inspired me to pass this down to other young people.

 

Jack Moorhouse, Inventory/Instruments and Trumpet Teacher

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. Mr. Moorhouse also serves on the Board of Directors for CYESO.

Walter P. Wynn, Jr., Ph.D., Honorary Board Member

  • Retired CYESO Executive Director

  • Born Gainesville, Florida

  • B.S. US Naval Academy with distinction 1959 (one of five Burke Scholars in class of 900)

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Engineering Physics, 1965

  • Commander, USN (Retired) (qualified for command of nuclear submarines)

  • Retired Program Management, Systems Analyst and Computer Consultant

  • Citrus County Resident since 1987

  • Solo chair clarinet in the US Naval Academy Midshipmen Concert Band and the Gainesville High School Band. 
     

Rebecca Montgomery--Honorary Board member

Music has always played a vastly important role in Rebecca's life. A musical background has laid the foundations for various areas of her adult life, from equestrian work to violin-making and piloting. She began playing the violin at age 6, spending the first few years learning the basics from a Citrus County teacher and developing a foundation for further learning. At age 9 she began traveling to Tampa where she played first violin in the Florida All-State Orchestra with some of the State's
finest young performers. The experience of performing with other young musicians, both as a soloist as well as in an ensemble was a very new and incredibly educational experience for her, making a huge impact. A newfound zeal for both ensemble playing and performing prompted Rebecca to search for symphonic experience closer to home. At age 10 she joined the Ocala Youth Symphony Orchestra, where she remained for one season. Always craving more, she auditioned at age12 for her first professional symphonic role as a violinist in the Central Florida Philharmonic. Then a 7th-grader attending Inverness Middle School, she was suddenly faced with a full performance and rehearsal schedule; therefore, she decided to leave the public school system to begin homeschooling. A determined student, she quickly worked toward her GED while absorbing every music history and performance text she could obtain. The Philharmonic led to various other professional symphonic positions in Central Florida. Meanwhile, Rebecca's musical passions had quickly developed into an obsession with Early Music, the historically informed performance of music from pre-Medieval (<1400) to Baroque (1600-1760). Her focus shifted to an early instrument, the Viola da Gamba (not to be confused with the modern viola) and the Baroque Violin. She has performed across Florida as an Early Musician and more recently in Italy, where she spent time traveling and playing in Tuscany.

Holding a great passion for a craft which she learned and developed from age 12, Rebecca spends much of her time as a luthier, making and restoring violins, violas and cellos. In addition to her musical occupations, she is a horsewoman, caring for her family's small horse farm in Inverness. Also an avid pilot, Rebecca earned her Private Pilot license early in 2011, quickly moving through her Instrument Rating. She is now working from her Commercial Pilot license towards her Flight Instructor certificate. The determination and focus required for both a luthier's craft and the exacting skill and
concentration demanded of a pilot have been greatly enhanced by the skills she developed as a young musician. Thus, passing on this advantage to children is a project very close to Rebecca's heart.