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Faculty: Conducting

Mrs. Nevilla E. Ottley, M.Mus., 

who holds her Masters of Music conducting degree from the Catholic University of America having studied:

  • instrumental conducting with the late Prof. Lloyd Geisler, trumpeter and associate con- ductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and
  • choral conducting with the late Prof. Laura Jeanette Wells. 
  • orchestral conducting and symphonic perfor- mance with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt and
  • with the late (August 7, 2016) Maestro Robert Page of the Mendelssohn of Pittsburgh and formerly of the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • with a cameo (20 minute) lesson from the late (July 13, 2014)  Maestro Lorin Maazel on Beethoven's "Fidelio"
  • was given a 1-year-unofficial fellowship (1984-1985) with the National Symphony Orchestra by the late Mstislav Rostropovich better known to those in the NSO as "Slava", during which time she became acquainted with the legendary and recently late (October 2, 2016) conductor and violinist, Neville Marriner.
  • choral conducting with the late Prof. Evelyn Davidson White, and 
  • undergraduate conducting with Professor Bruce Olson.  

Mrs. Ottley-Adjahoe teaches the techniques of conducting both choir and orchestra. Over the years she has taught several several successful conductors, some of the most recent are:

  • Mr. Anwar Ottley, B.Mus., M.Mus., son of Dr. Myron Ottley. Anwar was the original conductor of the Takoma Academy Gospel Choir, the founder and director of the Washington Adventist University's Black Student Union Chorale, giving 4 annual concerts of music of Black Composers from the Renaissance to the Present Day to large audiences at Takoma Park and Sligo SDA Churches. Mr. Ottley graduated with a B.Mus. in organ performance from Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College), and a M.Mus. in conducting (minoring in Theory and Composition) at Andrews University in Michigan and is now minister of music at Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He is a professional member of the Washington Masterworks Chorale under Thomas Colohan, and his published work, an arrangement of "My Faith Looks Up To Thee" for soprano, chorus, organ and orchestra has been performed at the Washington National Cathedral in March 2014, and at the John F. Kennedy Center in February 2015 by the Heritage Signature Chorale, with soloist in 2015 Anika Sampson Anderson, an alumnus in voice of Ottley Music School.
  • K. Scott Barker, former Conductor for 10 years of the D.C. Different Drummers' Capitol Pride Symphonic Band. His goal was to conduct in an orchestral style versus band style.
  • Dr. Myron S. Ottley, Conductor of the world-travelled and recording artists, The MetroSingrers of Hyattsville, and formerly director of the SoulsSeekers of Takoma Park, Maryland , also recorded artists.
  • Mr. Alva N. Davis, Music Director of the famed St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church of Washington, D.C., pianist of Gospel and Jazz, and directs the Red Skins Christmas Party Bands annually.

Over the decades Ms. Ottley has conducted such orchestras as:

  • Hyattsville Symphony (formerly the University Park Symphony), a community and Ottley Music School orchestra (2001-2010)
  • Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (2000-2002)
  • Takoma Park Symphony Orchestra (1987-1995) (which she co-founded with neighbor, Dr. Ellen Bunyan),and premiered several works of local composers

...and such choruses as

  • MetroSingers of Hyattsville (guest conductor)
  • Kennedy Center Annual Messiah Sing-Along, Washington, D. C. USA (1995)
  • Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, Arlington, Virginia (guest conductor)
  • Cleveland Singers (formerly the Robert Page Singers, 1993), Cleveland, Ohio (guest conductor)
  • World Bank/IMF Choral Society and Orchestra, Washington, D. C. (Music Director from 1983-1987)
  • The Nevilla Ottley Singers, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and on tour in South Dakota and in the island nation of Barbabos (founder and Music Director from 1981-1998)
  • Former Paul Hill Chorale (co-conducted a concert of music of Black Composers with Paul Hill)
  • Several Church choirs from 1971-present including Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she serves as Organist, Choir Director, served as Minister of Music over several years from 1977, churches including John Wesley AME Zion, Simpson Hamline, Albright and Good Hope Union United Methodist Churches in the DMV, First Baptist of Steelton, PA, Three Oaks Congregational in MI.  From August 2014 to May 2016, Mrs. Ottley-Adjahoe served the Choir Director of the Children/Youth Choir and the Men's Choir and Organist of the historic Asbury United Methodist Church of the capital city Annapolis (the Black mother church), of the State of Maryland.
Mrs. Ottley tailors her lessons to the goals, needs, and level of expertise of each student in preparation for work in conducting. Students are given opportunity to practice their skill with a small ensemble and later with the Hyattsville Symphony, first in the monthly recitals, and later as they develop, in public performances. Students are given opportuniity to put their skills to use in gigs, and later are shown how to research for permanent positions.


Nevilla Ottley conducting the Takoma Park Symphony Orchestra

Nevilla Ottley conducting the Ottley Music School Singers Jan. 8, 2016

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Hyattsville, MD 20782-2017 USA

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