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NOYO's administrative and artistic staff are among the most experienced and dedicated music educators in northeast Ohio.

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Colin Holter

Executive Director, Lab Group Director

Colin holds degrees in composition from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA summa cum laude), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MMus), Brunel University, West London (MPhil), and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (PhD). In addition to his work with NOYO and his activities as a composer of concert and electroacoustic music, a collaborator with theatre and dance artists, and an occasional writer on music, he serves as the Managing Editor for 113 Composers Collective (St. Paul, MN).

Nathan Holaway

Artistic Director

Nathan Holaway believes that music has the power to transform lives and it is his mission to instill a lifelong passion and appreciation for music in all students. An accomplished musician and an energetic educator, Nathan has taught middle school through collegiate coursework in Alabama, South Carolina, and Ohio. Most recently, Nathan spent the last three years as a middle school band director in Lorain. Nathan holds degrees from the University of Alabama (B.A. in Music, M.M. in Jazz & Arranging) and the University of South Carolina (M.A.T. in Music Education).

Ruby Brallier

General Manager

A native of Seattle, Washington, Ruby holds degrees in cello and viola da gamba performance from Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan, and Lawrence University. Alongside her work with NOYO, Ruby is an active performer and teacher in Northeast Ohio. She currently serves as faculty at the Oberlin Community Music School, is a member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America's Outreach Council, and serves on Early Music America's Emerging Performers Leadership Council. As a performer on the baroque cello and viola da gamba, Ruby is sought after for masterclasses and concert appearances throughout the country, and is passionate about expanding access to historical instruments for young musicians.

Marjorie Gold

Operations Manager

Marjorie is the Production Manager and Technical Director for Oberlin College and Conservatory. Although you will see her most of the time in the Conservatory, she also oversees all events in Finney Chapel. Originally from northeast Ohio, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Stage Management at Elmira College in Upstate NY. Before coming to Oberlin, Marjorie enjoyed performing a variety of production management roles with the Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland SignStage Theatre, and Cleveland Public Theatre and worked at her alma mater in Student Activities and Performing Arts Programming. From 2007-2016, she was the Production Manager at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Antoine Clark

Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor and Music Director

Dr. Antoine T. Clark, Philharmonia Orchestra conductor and music director, is the founding artistic and music director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra, and adjunct instructor of Woodwinds at Kenyon College. He is an active clarinetist and teaches a large studio of woodwind students. He earned the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the Ohio State University. He also holds the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Antoine is a Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Peggie Willett

Sinfonietta Strings Conductor

Peggie O’Neal Willett is Director of Elementary/Middle Orchestras for the Avon Local Schools. She has taught strings in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. She brings to the classroom and podium a wealth of experience gained from her work as an orchestra director, teacher, adjudicator, clinician and conductor. Mrs. Willett holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Music Education from West Chester University.

Katie Holaway

Amati Strings Conductor

Katie Holaway teaches orchestra for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. Mrs. Holaway also maintains a private cello studio and enjoys performing throughout the Northeast Ohio community. She has previously held teaching positions in South Carolina and Alabama. A dedicated educator, Mrs. Holaway believes in fostering within her students a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts. Mrs. Holaway holds a B.M. and a M.M. degree in Cello Performance from the University of Alabama as well as a M.A.T. degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina.

Rachel Boettler

Wind Symphony Conductor

Mrs. Rachel Boettler is the middle school band director at Midview Middle School. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The University of Akron where she participated in numerous performing ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and the Flute and Guitar Festival Musicians in Assisi, Italy. Mrs. Boettler is a recipient of the American School Band Directors Association Outstanding Potential Award. Though early in her professional career, Mrs. Boettler has consistently been passionate about teaching music and a providing safe and rewarding environment for her students to learn and grow as musicians.

Brett Benzin

Symphonic Band Conductor

Brett Benzin currently serves as the Director of Bands in the Keystone Local School District in Lagrange, Ohio. He directs all aspects of both the middle school and high school band programs, in addition to teaching general music courses. He previously taught four years as band director in the Northeastern (Tinora) Local School District in Defiance, Ohio. Mr. Benzin received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in 2011. Mr. Benzin’s groups have consistently participated at the state level for large group adjudicated events. In 2014, he received the “Outstanding Potential Award” from the American School Band Directors Association and was inducted into the group in 2016. In 2018, Mr. Benzin was awarded the “Educator of the Year” in the Keystone Local School District. He was awarded the Ohio Music Education Association’s “Outstanding Young Educator” in 2019. Mr. Benzin is active in OMEA, and currently serves as the District 4 President. 

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