WESTERN BRANCH ORCHESTRAS
Encompassing all of the Western Branch Schools
Leah Katz Rosenberg, Jolliff Middle School
Leah Katz Rosenberg attended the Western Branch schools and began the viola in the fifth grade.
Mrs. Rosenberg received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from James Madison University and her Master of Music from Ithaca College
Mrs. Rosenberg's school teachers were Alice and Martin Glasco. Her private viola teachers include Linda Althoff, retired member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Jeffery Showell, former professor and director of the JMU School of Music; Debra Moree, retired professor of Ithaca College; and Ramon Scavelli, retired member of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to teaching in Chesapeake, Mrs. Rosenberg taught fourth through sixth grade orchestra in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She was also a violist in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Rosenberg began teaching at Jolliff Middle School in 2011. Under her direction, the eighth grade orchestra has earned superior ratings at the District Orchestra Assessment. She is also a violist in the Virginia Beach Symphony, Symphonicity. She maintains a small violin studio out of her home.
Mrs. Rosenberg resides with her husband Jason and cat Zoe in the Ghent section of Norfolk.
Alice Renninger Glasco comes from a long line of teachers. Alice is originally from the Johnson City area of New York State, but her family moved to Virginia in 1972. She began her formal music training on the organ in Manassas, Virginia at the age of eight, and she selected the cello as her instrument for the Prince William County School’s fifth grade music program. She graduated with honors from Stonewall Jackson High School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education, K-12.
Alice enjoyed her student teaching experience in the Charlottesville Public Schools and spent the summer as a camp counselor at the Interlochen National Arts Camp in Michigan. Alice’s teaching career began in the Chesapeake Public Schools in 1988. After teaching in every borough in the city,* she finally became the full time Orchestra director at Western Branch Junior High/Middle School in 1991. Within a year, James Madison University called Alice to serve on the School of Music Advisory Board, conduct orchestras at the Spring String Thing Music Camp, and provide in-services for the music education majors.
Alice served as the Treasurer for the National School Orchestra Association and is a former member of the Virginia Beach Symphony. She co-wrote the Orchestra curriculum, pacing guides, and SOL alignments for Chesapeake Public Schools. Alice is a founding member of the Chesapeake Quartet which performs at weddings and various Chesapeake City events. She has been a guest conductor of All-City, District, and Regional Orchestras in Virginia and North Carolina. Alice, and her husband Martin, have served as judges for Orchestra Assessment Festivals and clinicians of Orchestra Director Workshops at the Virginia Music Educator Conferences. Under their direction, the Western Branch Orchestras have been guest performers and clinic demonstration groups for several state conferences.
Alice was recognized as the “2000 Teacher of the Year” at Western Branch Middle School. She credits her husband, Martin, and her principal, Craig D. Jones, for the growth of the Orchestra program in Western Branch. Their support and belief in her teaching has enabled the program to grow and succeed.
In 2002, Alice was invited to join the Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International. She served as President for two terms where she began the Russell Memorial Library Partnership with performances geared toward reading and young children. The Beta Iota Chapter provided dinner, drinks, and dessert for the “TAG” students and librarians on program nights. In 2005, Alice was honored as the Volunteer of the Quarter for the Chesapeake Public Library.
Currently Alice is a member of the National Association of Music Educators, the American String Teacher Association, the Virginia Music Educator Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director Association, Western Branch Orchestra Parent Association, Girl Scouts of America, and Beta Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators. She maintains a small private cello/bass studio and enjoys scrapbooking, genealogy research, and cooking with her family. Alice and Martin reside with their three children Morgan (22), Meredith (14), and Carter (8) in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake, VA.
Monica Smith, Chittum Elementary and Southwestern Elementary
Katherine Wease, Western Branch Intermediate School
Katherine Wease grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated with honors from Frank W. Cox High School in 2007. Her passion for playing the viola and teaching led her to pursue a degree in music education. At Old Dominion University, Katherine was a member of the prestigious Russell Stanger String Quartet, was a Big Blue Leadership Scholar, was ODU's American String Teacher Association President, and was awarded the Corrochano Quartet Instrument Scholarship. She was a member of the honors college at ODU and graduated summa cum laude in 2011. Katherine accepted a position teaching 5th Grade Strings at Western Branch Intermediate and General Music at Western Branch Primary in 2011, and has taught there ever since. While teaching, she pursued her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from The George Washington University and graduated in the top of her class in 2014. Katherine has played with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Symphonicity Orchestra, the Angeli String Quartet, and plays in the praise band at Believers Church.
Martin Glasco, Western Branch High School
Mr. Martin D. Glasco, a native Virginian, is the Director of Orchestras and Chairperson of the Fine Arts Department at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, VA. His program at Western Branch HS includes 6 orchestral ensembles with over 230 students. While at Western Branch High School, his orchestras have performed in Orlando, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, and Chicago. They have performed at the Kennedy Center and have performed twice at Carnegie Hall. His orchestras have also made two appearances at the Virginia Music Educators State Music Conference.
He is the former Chairperson for the String Orchestra Department of Chesapeake Public Schools and the co-author of the String Orchestra Curriculum for Chesapeake Public Schools. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and the former District IV Representative for the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, the former President of the Virginia Unit of the American String Teachers Association, as well as the 2002 WBHS Teacher of the Year and the 2008 Southeastern Walmart Teacher of the Year. He has been listed numerous times in “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers” and has been recognized three times as an Outstanding Educator by the Virginia Governor’s Summer School for Arts and Sciences. He is the 2014 Virginia Unit of the American String Teachers Associations “Orchestra Director of the Year”. Mr. Glasco has conducted/adjudicated all across Virginia and the East Coast and also maintains a studio of private violin/viola students.
He currently resides in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake with his wife, Alice and their three children: Morgan, Meredith, and Carter.