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

Noyo staff

Andrew Machamer

Executive and Artistic Director, Wind Symphony Conductor

Andrew is a Lecturer of Music Harmony at Baldwin Wallace University and is an active performer and teacher in Northern Ohio. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, as well as a Master of Music degree, in Bassoon Performance from the University of Minnesota. Previously, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Music Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As a dedicated teacher and pedagogue, Andrew has taught all ages from elementary to college level and has instructed many successful students across the country.


David Pope

Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor and Music Director

Dr. David Pope directs orchestras for the Elyria City Schools. In addition, he teaches graduate courses for VanderCook College of Music and serves as a clinician for Alfred Music. Dr. Pope also serves as a senior conductor and co-director of Florida State University’s String Orchestra Camp. He has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest clinician throughout the United States. Dr. Pope received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale Symposium for Music in Schools (2015) and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award (2009) for the state of Tennessee.


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.


Colin Holter

Program Manager, 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).


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.

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