Staff

Administrative Staff

  • Anne Henry

    Co-founder & Executive Director

    Anne is a former marketing manager and lead editor at Microsoft Corporation’s microsoft.com. She holds…
  • Rey Ramirez

    Co-founder & Program Director

    Reynaldo Ramirez has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. He…

  • Joe Hamm

    Program & Media Manager

    Joe has been drumming for 20 years, played in professional bands, studied music in university,…

  • Carol Minter

    Development Director

    Carol Minter has more than 15 years of fundraising experience for nonprofits in Hampton Roads…

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    Katie Sackett

    Communication & Development Coordinator

    Katie Sackett is a nonprofit development pro with killer IT and artistic skills. She has…

Anne Henry

Co-founder & Executive Director

Anne is a former marketing manager and lead editor at Microsoft Corporation’s microsoft.com. She holds a B.A. degree from Harvard, an M.A. degree from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and an M.Arch. degree from Princeton. After co-founding Soundscapes in 2009, Anne continues as Executive Director today. In 2016, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities honored Anne with a Humanitarian Award.

Rey Ramirez

Co-founder & Program Director

Reynaldo Ramirez has served within the field of music education for over 20 years. He was instrumental in establishing El Sistema USA and served as a founding board member and treasurer. He is a noted leader within the El Sistema movement where he has presented at universities and conferences throughout the country. He plays Horn with the Virginia Wind Symphony and freelances.

Joe Hamm

Program & Media Manager

Joe has been drumming for 20 years, played in professional bands, studied music in university, co-designed and implemented music education, performed for thousands, and made recordings. With filmmaking and photography, Joe has shared the Soundscapes experience locally, and at national symposiums. Powered by the sun, Joe lives carbon neutral with his partner Paige and their enthusiastic lab Luna!

Carol Minter

Development Director

Carol Minter has more than 15 years of fundraising experience for nonprofits in Hampton Roads and beyond. Her areas of expertise include fundraising strategy, grant writing, and event planning. Carol has a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence at Tidewater Community College.

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Katie Sackett

Communication & Development Coordinator

Katie Sackett is a nonprofit development pro with killer IT and artistic skills. She has more than 5 years’ experience working with nonprofits in Hampton Roads. Katie joined Soundscapes in mid-2019 because of her love of music and passion for social justice. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Katie lives in Hampton with her partner, Chris, and their two cats, Evie and Pancake.

Program Staff

  • Catina Horton-Billups

    Connections Specialist

  • César Pimentel Ortiz

    Brass Teaching Artist at Greenwood

    With the mission of bringing equality to individuals and communities by empowering them to see…

  • Charlotte Detwiller

    Low Strings Teaching Artist

    As an internationally trained maestro, cellist, and full-time master educator Charlotte Dettwiler brings many years…

  • Ciara Baker

    Level 1 Director

    Ciara Alexander-Baker is a singer-songwriter from Richmond, Va. After graduating from Norfolk State University, Ciara…

  • Frederick Williams

    Brass Teaching Artist at Carver

    Fredrick Williams is a native of Bannettsvile, SC and 29 year old father of five.…

  • Lynn Ballou

    Greenwood Site Coordinator

    Lynn Ballou helps young people to achieve interpersonal skills through music at Warwick High School,…

  • Marlana Chamblee

    Level 2 Woodwinds Teaching Artist

    Marlana Chamblee is currently an elementary music teacher with Newport News Public Schools at Carver…

  • Meagan Chappell

    Meagan is a native of Baltimore, MD. She began her love for music at and…

  • Rebecca Kim

    String Orchestra Conductor

    Rebecca Kim holds a degree in music education from James Madison University and graduate degrees…

  • Ron Boucher

    PYO Site Manager

    Ron Boucher has served the peninsula since 1992. He formed the Eastern Virginia School for the…

  • Westley Benson

    Wind Band Director

    Westley Benson graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute. He began…

  • William Hederer

    High Strings Teaching Artist

    Born and raised in Newport News, Will Hederer began his journey as a musician in seventh…

Catina Horton-Billups

Connections Specialist

César Pimentel Ortiz

Brass Teaching Artist at Greenwood

With the mission of bringing equality to individuals and communities by empowering them to see life through the lens of music as a meaningful art, César I Pimentel Ortiz has dedicated more than a decade to the education of students throughout all academic levels.  Currently, César serves as trombone instrumentalist with the US Navy Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, VA. Also, he is the brass instructor of the Soundscapes chapter in Greenwood Elementary School.

Charlotte Detwiller

Low Strings Teaching Artist

As an internationally trained maestro, cellist, and full-time master educator Charlotte Dettwiler brings many years of performing, recording, and international teaching experiences. She is a core cellist for Symphonicity and is a member and former secretary of VASTA. Soundscapes continues her El Sistema approach, which focuses on bringing communities together through music.

Ciara Baker

Level 1 Director

Ciara Alexander-Baker is a singer-songwriter from Richmond, Va. After graduating from Norfolk State University, Ciara began to pursue her Career in Music. In 2016, Ciara began working at Soundscapes; a non-profit organization based in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is currently Co-Level 1 director at Soundscapes. Ciara enjoys everything music and technology and loves to incorporate unique styles of playing. She finds great pleasure playing with her all-female band and promotes the empowerment of women in music.

Frederick Williams

Brass Teaching Artist at Carver

Fredrick Williams is a native of Bannettsvile, SC and 29 year old father of five. He graduated from Marlboro County school in 2009 and Norfolk State University in 2015. His bachelor’s degree is in music education. Fred has been into music his whole life and loves teaching music to the youth! “I love the impact and difference I am able to make working for soundscapes!”

Lynn Ballou

Greenwood Site Coordinator

Lynn Ballou helps young people to achieve interpersonal skills through music at Warwick High School, where she directs six choirs – a position she has successfully maintained for over twenty years. Since receiving her MS in School Leadership from Old Dominion University, Lynn proudly holds the position of Site Manager for the Greenwood Elementary Soundscapes location.

Marlana Chamblee

Level 2 Woodwinds Teaching Artist

Marlana Chamblee is currently an elementary music teacher with Newport News Public Schools at Carver Elementary. She joined the Soundscapes teaching artist staff Sept. 2018 as Level 2 Woodwinds instructor. Her primary instrument is alto saxophone. Marlana holds a bachelor’s (ECSU) and master’s degree in music education (ODU). She began her teaching career in September 2015 teaching in Camden County.

Meagan Chappell

Meagan is a native of Baltimore, MD. She began her love for music at and early age which later led her to pursue a degree in music education with an emphasis in music media from Norfolk State University. Meagan enjoys playing multiple instruments, but her favorite is the bass guitar. Meagan believes that music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats.

Rebecca Kim

String Orchestra Conductor

Rebecca Kim holds a degree in music education from James Madison University and graduate degrees in music performance from The Boston Conservatory and East Carolina University. She has performed with faculty of Old Dominion University and ECU, and has played abroad in Japan and the Czech Republic. For Rebecca, the best thing about music is collaborating with other creative minds to bring great ideas to life!

Ron Boucher

PYO Site Manager

Ron Boucher has served the peninsula since 1992. He formed the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts, and the Community Alliance for the Performing Arts Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing talented youth. In addition, he is a well noted voice teacher, and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, a musical theater director, and a choreographer.

Westley Benson

Wind Band Director

Westley Benson graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute. He began studying piano and percussion at age five. He has taught piano and percussion to several students in the Hampton Roads area and continues to maintain a roster of active student musicians. He is the Music Director of the Doorway Singers. He is currently the Wind Band Director for Soundscapes.

William Hederer

High Strings Teaching Artist

Born and raised in Newport News, Will Hederer began his journey as a musician in seventh grade. He went on to study at VCU, earning a Bachelor of Music in Strings Performance. He then taught at Hines and Crittenden Middle schools before joining Soundscapes. Now Will gives private lessons through Soundscapes and has been accepted, with scholarship, to study at Boston Conservatory’s Masters program.