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Faculty: Brass & Woodwind

Alissa Gittens, B. Mus.

Flute Instructor, Alissa Gittens

Alissa Gittens, flute teacher

Alissa Gittens attended Morgan State University where she studied with Dr. Anita Thesen and performed with various ensembles before receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree of Music in 2005.

Ms. Gittens has shared the stage with legendary singers, such as Tremaine Hawkins, Karen-Clark Sheard, Richard Smallwood , and  the amazing  opera singer, Denyce Graves. She  has also had the opportunity to perform with the Maryland Intercollegiate Band, United States Navy Band, world renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, the Baltimore Flute Choir,  Baltimore Music Educators Wind Symphony,  the Baltimore Flute Choir, and Artscentric (a Baltimore  based theater production group) in their productions of “Dream Girls” and “Aida”.  Other musical performances include productions of “Ragtime”, “Annie”, "The Color Purple", and “A Raisin in the Sun”.  

A talented musician with a love for volunteerism, Ms. Gittens also is a volunteer musician for the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD and has provided services for patients at the Holy Cross Rehabilitation Center and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egelston.  In her efforts to promote the musical arts in urban communities, Alissa coordinated a charity recital to raise funds for the Soumas Heritage School of Music in Plainfield, NJ.

Ms. Gittens finds great joy in working with young musicians. She served as the flute clinician for the Reid Temple Youth Orchestra Workshop in 2010-2011.  Currently a member of the Reid Temple AME Church Orchestra, Fort Washington Symphonic Winds, Howard County Ballet Orchestra, and Anita’s Flutes Quartet, she also directs the flute choirs at Parkdale High School and Roosevelt High School in Maryland.  She has also been invited to perform with Go-Go Symphony.

Ottley Music School is pleased that Ms. Gittens joined our faculty in May, 2015 teaching flute.

In addition to her love of music, Alissa is also passionate about social justice. She pursued graduate coursework in Social Work at Morgan State University.  Her life goal includes opening a music  outreach center in communities where opportunities for music education are limited. It is her belief that  music can be a powerful tool for social change.  In 2011, Alissa founded The Urban Musicians Network, an organization that offers educational opportunities in music and leadership for students, provides networking events and resources for professional musicians, and connects fans to musicians for hire.

Ms. Alissa Gittens has worked with students from at least 2 dozen schools in Maryland and New Jersey.

Kristin Chamberlin, B.Mus. Ed., M.Mus., Horn 

Kristin Chamberlin, French Horn, brass teacher

Kristin Chamberlin, French Horn, teacher

Ms. Chamberlin comes to Ottley Music School referred by veteran horn player and teacher, Roger Whitworth.  She worked with OMS in the summer, successfully preparing the horns and strings of a small church orchestra for a conference presenta-tion.  She has her Master's degree (2014) in horn performance and a Bachelor's in Music Education (2012) from West Virginia University.  Since 2014 she has been teaching in the schools in the DMV.  Several of her students have received recognition through making the Howard County Midde School Honors band, or receiving superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festival. 

Primary Teachers

Virginia Thompson, West Virginia University Jeff Girdler, U.S. Navy Band

Additional Lessons

David Fedderly, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Laurel Ohlson, National Symphony Orchestra

Select Performance Experience

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, 4th Horn Substitute Baltimore Brass Quintet, Horn
Fairmont State Community Orchestra, Guest Soloist Monongahela Chamber Winds, Horn


David Byass on the Saxophone

David Byass comes from a musical family, with dad playing the piano and a bass singer, and brother Dominique as a trumpeter.  David started piano lessons at the age of 6, and despite moments of wavering enthusiasm, took quite a liking to it. However, his musical interests would soon expand further. As a result of hearing his older cousin, Courtney Fadlin, play saxophone in various concert settings, the desire to pick up the smooth-sounding instrument soon blossomed. Upon reaching the 5th grade, Mr. Byass started to play the alto sax, and though piano was still a big part of his life, it soon became his main musical love. Throughout high school and college, he was exposed to jazz, R&B, and gospel, which greatly influenced his playing style on both instruments.

Mr. Byass attended Washington Adventist University, where in addition to playing in several different musical groups, he pursued a double major in both Music Education and Music Performance. He currently is the music director (directing the band and the chorus and general music classes) at Central High School in Prince George's County, Maryland.  He teaches Saxophone, Clarinet and Piano at Ottley Music, and plays a variety of gigs on both saxophone and piano, ranging from wedding receptions and studio work to church services and revivals.

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