Adjunct Faculty

Lorna Barker, staff accompanist

Dr. Lorna Barker is a concert pianist, accompanist, adjudicator and teacher in the Charleston area. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, after receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from Syracuse University, all in piano performance. She is the principal pianist with the North Charleston Pops Orchestra, Music Director at Christ Church and the founding director of the East Cooper Concert Series. Dr. Barker has composed and published two books, Trumpet Descants for 101 Noteworthy Hymns and Vocal Descants for 101 Noteworthy Hymns. Both are published by the Church Hymnal Corporation in New York.

Yuriy Bekker, orchestra

Yuriy Bekker, violinist and conductor, has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster since 2007 and was recently named Director of Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Bekker served as the orchestra’s Acting Artistic Director from 2010-2014 and played a major role in its successful resurgence. The City of Charleston recently presented Bekker with an Outstanding Artistic Achievement award to honor his cultural contributions to the city. He has been on faculty as violinist and conductor for the Miami Summer Music Festival since its inaugural season in 2014. Bekker has also served as Artistic Advisor to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and is now Director of its Spotlight Series. He has also held the position of concertmaster for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, and held additional positions with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras.  Bekker has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician, and critically-acclaimed soloist with the Vancouver Symphony (British Columbia), Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Music Society, European Music Festival Stuttgart (Germany), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Spoleto Festival USA, and Aspen Music Festival. Bekker earned a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were acquired from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied violin with Nelli Shkolnikova and Ilya Kaler. 

Frank Duvall, jazz bass

Mr Duvall received an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance and a Masters degree in Composition and Arranging from the University of South Carolina. During his masters degree, he was privileged to study composition and arranging under Dr. Dick Goodwin and jazz bass with New York bassist Michael Moore. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City, where he played the Blue Note and Birdland jazz clubs, performed in off-Broadway shows and worked extensively in recording studios on music for television and movies. Mr. Duvall's resume includes performances with Marian McPartland, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy DeFranco, Chris Vadalla, Carl Fontana, Nneenna Freelon, Chris Potter, and Bill Charlap. Mr. Duvall leads the Frank Duvall Jazz Trio and performs throughout the area with other various ensembles. For more information:

Gerald Gregory, jazz piano

Gerald Gregory graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005 after studying with Tommy Gill. He received a BA degree with a double major in Jazz Performance and Composition. He then continued his studies completing the Artist Certificate Program from the college in 2007. He has been playing professionally since 2005 in Charleston and around the world. In 2006 he performed with a Brazilian inspired jazz group in the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Other notable performances include the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Erykah Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic in 2013 and Radio City Music Hall with Erykah Badu and Nas in 2014. He plays many different styles with roughly a dozen bands in and around Charleston. Ranging from straight ahead jazz, samba, and salsa to funk, rock and instrumental improv he is truly a versatile player.

Julia Harlow, harpsichord, organ

Julia Harlow is currently Organist at Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oregon, the Master of Music in Early Keyboard Performance at the University of Oregon, and the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Iowa. She has extensive performance experience of early music, as well as European, Balkan and Middle Eastern folk music. She has often performed as harpsichordist or organist in Piccolo Spoleto, on the Early Music, Choral Artists/Festival of Churches, and L'Organo series. In her spare time she enjoys playing the bagpipes with the City of Charleston Police Pipes and Drums.

David Heywood, jazz flute, pep band, wind ensemble

David Heywood has been an Adjunct Professor in the Jazz Department of the College of Charleston since 1999, where he directs the Wind Ensemble, Basketball Pep Band and two jazz performing ensembles. He has performed with local groups in Charleston including The New Music Collective, the Charleston POPS! Orchestra, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and dozens of other local musicians. He was named co-winner in the National Flute Association 2015 Jazz flute Soloist Competition, as well as a participant and soloist with the NFA 2015 Jazz Flute Big Band. He is also a published arranger, and has transcribed or arranged commissions for concert band, big band, and small wind groups for the U.S. Air Force, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, as well as professional groups in Las Vegas. David received a B.M. in performance from North Texas State University, and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Jessica Hull Dambaugh, flute

Jessica Hull-Dambaugh is currently the Principal Flutist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2004. Jessica has previously held positions with the Central City Opera Orchestra in Colorado, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and has performed frequently as a guest musician with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra in Washington, DC. Jessica has attended the acclaimed Schleswig-Holstein Orchestral Academy in Germany, the Music Academy of the West, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas Orchestral Training Institute. Jessica holds degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and Carnegie Mellon University where she was a student of Jeanne Baxtresser, Retired Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic. Jessica currently lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Sean, and their two sons, Kyle and Jake. She also enjoys teaching fitness classes around the Charleston metro area. For more information, please visit

Daniel Megli, voice

Daniel Megli’s performances have been met with critical acclaim throughout the United States. Most recently, he was seen in touring productions with Teatro Lirico d’Europa as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly as well as Scarpia in Peach State Opera’s performances of Tosca. When not touring, Daniel is a sought after singer in the Charleston area where he has been the featured soloist in masterworks such as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Händel’s Messiah. In 2016 he originated the role of Boaz in a world premiere performance of Ruth, a contemporary opera, at Charleston’s Gaillard Center, and was the featured soloist in Franz Liszt’s seldom performed masterpiece Via Crucis. In addition to his teaching position at the College of Charleston, Mr. Megli boasts a large private studio of students from around the US and Europe. 

Brandon Nichols, horn

Brandon Nichols has served as Principal Horn of the Charleston Symphony since 1991, having been a member since 1989. As a frequent soloist with the Charleston Symphony, Mr. Nichols has performed Schumann's Concertstuck and Mozart's Symphonie Concertante on the Masterworks series as well as works by Haydn, Telemann, Richard Strauss, Fiala, Franz Strauss and Bach on the Chamber Series. During the 1993-94 season he took a one year leave to serve as Principal Horn of the Milwaukee Symphony, where he can be heard performing on several compact disc recordings on the Koss label. In the summer of 1998, Mr. Nichols was invited to Toronto to play with the Canadian Brass Quintet. He was one of a select few hornists worldwide being considered for the horn position in the Canadian Brass.

Tyler Ross, jazz guitar

Tyler Ross is an avid performer, composer, and educator in the Charleston area.  He completed his undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s at Western Illinois University both in jazz performance.  With eclectic tastes ranging from jazz to folk to rock, Tyler continues to acknowledge and explore his broad musical interests through a variety of projects.  More info at

Kayleen Sánchez, voice

Soprano Kayleen Sánchez is an imaginative, inspiring, and deeply communicative artist and teacher. Recent appearances include performances with the Haymarket Opera Company, the Newberry Consort, the St. Charles Singers, and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, Sánchez and lutenist Laudon Schuett formed BEDLAM, an early music duo. BEDLAM has performed for the Phoenix Early Music Society, Pegasus Early Music, and the Rochester Early Music Festival, and has been broadcast on Rochester’s WXXI, WWFM’s “Well-Tempered Baroque”, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and Arizona PBS. Their debut album, BEDLAM (Athyr Records) was released in 2015. An active recording artist, Kayleen’s other recent CD recordings include MAGNIFICENT MOZART (St. Charles Singers, 2012), LUMINESCENCE (St. Charles Singers, 2013), and Music of George Morey (expected release 2016). Her performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio. CD releases in 2016 include West Meets East (Albany Records) and Magus Insipiens (Soundset Recordings), performing music composed by her husband, Paul Sánchez.

Volodymyr Vynnytsky, chamber music

Internationally renowned pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky is laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris. Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and appeared in solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d’Elysees, Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat in Paris, St. John’s Smith Square in London, Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odessa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Teatro de Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil,  Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall in Cape Town, South Africa among many others. He has also performed in recital in such countries as France, England, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Canada, South Africa among many others. A popular television and radio guest he has also been featured on NHK-TV (Japan) and in the Unite States on WQXR-FM in New York, and nationally on NPR.

Ben Weiss, viola

Ben Weiss attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree and Performer Diploma in violin as well as a Performer Diploma in viola. While at Indiana University he was a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Terre Haute Symphony, the Carmel Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Ben and his wife Jenny enjoy performing together as theWeiss Duo. He has made Charleston his home to teach violin and viola at the Ashley Hall School. In addition to Chamber Music Charleston, he also performs regularly with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and teaches at the College of Charleston.

Ron Wiltrout, percussion

Ron Wiltrout is a percussionist based in Charleston, South Carolina. He  performs regularly throughout the Southeast with ensembles whose styles range from jazz and salsa to free improvisation to avant-garde and contemporary classical music. An avid performer of new music, he has premiered pieces by Ted Hearne, Michael Pisaro, Sam Sfirri, Mustafa Walker, Sean Friar, Philip White, and Nathan Koci. Ron is devoted to exploring the use of unconventional percussion and extended techniques. He co-leads multiple jazz groups and is currently co-artistic director for the New Music Collective. Ron has performed with Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout, the Rudy Waltz, Garage Cuban Band, Lee Barbour, Tommy Gill, Bert Ligon, Brad Moranz, The Charleston Latin Jazz Collective, Duda Lucena, Kopaja, Delusion Story, Katrina Ballads, The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and the Opposite of a Train.