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Dr. Don Krudop ( is a life-long music educator, having taught for 48 years with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system and at Virginia Wesleyan & Regent Universities. In addition to his work with the Chorale, he is Director of Music Ministries at Heritage United Methodist Church, also in Virginia Beach. Don was Director of the Commodore Chorus (Barbershop Harmony Society) and led them to both the Southern Division and Mid-Atlantic District Intermediate Chorus Championships, and sang tenor in the Southern Division champion and International quarter-finalist barbershop quartet, Old Dominion Line. He has been honored to serve as guest conductor for All-Region, All-District, All-County, and All-City choirs throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Don holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education, Master of Music in Conducting, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia as well as the Master of Education in Administration degree from Regent. While at Shenandoah, he studied conducting with Grammy-award-winning conductor Robert Shafer. He completed additional post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, George Washington University, and Old Dominion University, has sung under the direction of Aaron Copland, Weston Noble, and Eric Whitacre (Virtual Choir 6), and was a participant in the late Robert Shaw’s Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop.
Don was named Virginia's "Music Educator of the Year" by the Virginia Music Educators Association, was Salem High School’s "Teacher of the Year,” and was a national finalist for the Grammy Foundation's "Music Educator" award. He was a recipient of both the Shenandoah University "Distinguished Alumni Award" for Outstanding Career Achievement (2000) and for Lifetime Achievement (2023), and was recognized by Coastal Virginia magazine as one of Hampton Roads “Ten Top Educators." He is a Past President of the Virginia Choral Directors Association, served as the Virginia ACDA "Repertoire and Standards" chair for community choirs, and was a national chorus mentor for the National Association for Music Education. Don is well-known as a conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. He will be the host conductor for a week-long residency at Carnegie Hall in New York in June 2024 and offers two conducting workshops, "The Refreshed Conductor" and "
The Expressive Conductor." He was a featured clinician at 2024 New Jersey Music Educators Association in-service Conference in Atlantic City where he presented a session entitled "Sing from the Heart - Taking your Choir Beyond the 'Spots'. "

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Dr. Don Krudop

Artistic Director & Conductor

Jeanette Winsor

Collaborative Keyboardist

Jeanette Winsor studied piano with Clifford Herzer, Lois Rova Ozanich, and Shirley Harrison. She received a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from Heidelberg College and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Kent State University. She has occasionally coached with Thomas Schumacher. She teaches piano in her studio in Virginia Beach, music appreciation, theory and piano at Tidewater Community College, accompanies the Virginia Beach Chorale, and serves as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers.


She frequently appears as a soloist and lecturer. Lecture topics include Why Piano Teachers Should Practice, Music by Clementi for You and Your Students, How to Deal with the ADHD and LD Student in the Private Studio, and Music by Women Composers for You and Your Students. She is also the pianist for the Hardwick Chamber Ensemble.


Jeanette holds National and State Professional Teaching Certificates from MTNA and VMTA as well as certification through the American College of Musicians. Jeanette is listed in the 21st edition of Who's Who of American Women. She is the immediate past MTNA Southern Division Competitions Chair and past president of the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum and the Virginia Music Teachers Association. Her articles on piano pedagogy have been published by Piano Guild Notes. Recent performances include the College Music Society/NACUSA National Conference in Kansas City, MO, Salon Concert Series in Princeton, NJ, NACUSA concerts in Philadelphia, New York City and throughout Virginia, and soloist with the Virginia Beach Symphony.

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