Staff

Dr. Andy Paney, Artistic Director of the Oxford Children’s Chorus

Andy Paney is Associate Professor of Music specializing in elementary music education at the University of Mississippi. He holds degrees in Music Education from Wheaton College in Illinois and from Texas Tech University, with additional Kodály studies through Portland State University and the West Texas Kodály Initiative. He taught public school music in Illinois and Texas and worked with children’s choirs in Lubbock, Texas. He currently teaches in the Portland State University Summer Kodály Certification Workshop.

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Dr. Selim Giray, Artistic Director of the Oxford String Project

Selim Giray is Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Mississippi. Between 2007 and 2015, he served as Concertmaster of the Ohio Light Opera. Recently he performed and offered master classes at the Florida State University, Louisiana State University, and University of China in Beijing. Dr. Giray presented at The Midwest Clinic, ASTA National Conference, and performed two recitals at Carnegie Hall. As a doctoral candidate at the Florida State University, Giray studied with Eliot Chapo, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Alicia Canterbury, Assistant Director of the Oxford Children’s Chorus

Alicia Canterbury is a PhD student and graduate assistant in music education at the University of Mississippi.  Prior to pursuing the PhD degree, she taught elementary general music and directed school choirs for 12 years in Macon, Georgia.  She was the director of the Bibb County Honor Choir, a district-wide auditioned treble ensemble of students for five years and has been sought as a clinician for regional elementary honor choirs as well.  She was the Bibb County Teacher of the Year for the Department of Fine Arts in 2007.  In the past, she has presented at music educator conferences in Georgia and Missouri and at the national American Choral Directors Association’s Conference on numerous topics related to general music instruction and elementary choral methods.  She holds the M.M. degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University and the B.M. degree in Music Education from Mercer University.  She is Orff Level 1 certified from Stetson University and will be Orff Level 2 certified in June of 2017 from the University of Central Florida.

urbinaAlex Urbina, Assistant Director of the Oxford String Project

Alex Urbina, is a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant in music at the University of Mississippi. Prior to pursuing the Ph. D. degree, he was the string orchestra director at Basis Chandler, Arizona. He has served as concertmaster of the Honduras National Symphony and assistant concertmaster in different orchestras in the U.S. He holds the M.M. degree in music performance from Pittsburg State University and B.M. degree in music performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

wendy-giray-website-pictureWendy Giray, Administrator of the Oxford Children’s Chorus and Oxford String Project

Wendy C. Giray, serves as Administrator of OCC and OSP. She is also a substitute teacher with the Lafayette County Public Schools. Previously, Mrs. Giray worked as Assistant Director and teacher at Pittsburg Family YMCA preschool, and during the summers of 2001 through 2003, Mrs. Giray was Jr. Orchestra Manager at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp.

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