Marc Powell originally hails from Norfolk, VA. His instructors include Dr. Carl Donakowski, professor of cello at JMU, Janet Kriner, former principal cellist of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Maria Baylock, former principal cellist of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. Marc received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education in 2009 from James Madison University. He has been a section cellist with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra and Loudoun Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Marc performs in the cello section of Symphonicity, a community orchestra in Virginia Beach, VA.
Marc worked at the Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, VA as an instructor for piano, violin, viola, cello, and music theory from 2008 – 2015. During his tenure at CSM, he became a Founding Teacher for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and was also certified in Sassmannshaus Early Strings Curriculum. He moved back to Norfolk to start the Fugue School of Music with his wife Kate.
Kate Powell is a professional clarinetist performing and teaching in the Hampton Roads area.
Kate began her training in clarinet at age 11 and continued all the way through a Bachelor of Music at James Madison University under the tutelage of the esteemed Dr. Janice L. Minor. She concentrated in Music Industry during her time at JMU and held the presidential position in the Music Industry Association. She also interned for two years at Blue Sprocket Sound under the management of Chris Jackson. Kate also met Marc at JMU.
After graduation, Kate worked with Wayne and Jennene Estes at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, VA as their office manager and part time clarinet instructor. In Leesburg, she was under the instruction of Betty Bley, second clarinetist of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra Kate subbed in as well. Under Ms. Bley’s instruction, Kate performed a solo recital and entered the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition at the DC Chapter level in 2014, where she was a finalist. As a finalist, she performed at the NSAL DC Chapter Gala in June of 2014. Kate also performed extensively with her chamber group, The WoodWind Project, in her time in Loudoun County.
Kate has worked as the Woodwind Teaching Artist at Soundscapes Inc., an El Sistema based music program in Newport News, VA and as the Development Manager at the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Norfolk, VA. She is currently the Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach.