Founder & Directors

Founder

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 Phyllis Garriss founded the summer music camp in 1979. Garriss felt strongly that music in the Wake County schools should be given full support by the community and wanted to work with the school teachers to build on the progress made in their school-year programs. It is still a primary mission of LSMC, whose faculty includes Wake County music educators. The camp also provides scholarships every summer to those in need.  Please click on the picture to read Ms. Garriss' full bio. 

Executive Camp Director

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 Margaret is a professional violinist, teacher and freelance musician who  enjoys teaching both traditional and Suzuki students in private and  group settings. Garriss holds professional memberships with the American String  Teacher’s Association, The Musician’s Association Local 500, The Music  Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Conference, The  Suzuki Association of the Americas, The Raleigh Music Club, Sigma Alpha  Iota, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Please click on the picture to read Miss Garriss' full bio. 

Honors Program Director

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Elizabeth Beilman  joined the North Carolina Symphony in 1988 and serves as the  orchestra’s Associate Principal Cello. She is Co-founder and Executive Director of North Carolina Chamber Music Institute  and Director of the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp. She also  maintains a thriving private cello studio.  Please click on the picture to read Ms. Beilman's full bio. 

Assistant Director and Honors Coordinator

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Kirsten Jermé is Assistant Director of Lamar Stringfield Music Camp Honors Division. She is on faculty at the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, the North Raleigh School of Music, KidzNotes Durham, and the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop,

Kirsten received her M.M. at Eastman School of Music as a student of Steven Doane and Rosemary Elliott, and a B.A. from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Colin Carr.  Please click on the picture to read  Miss Jermé's full bio.

Mini Camp Program Director

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 Jessica Jenkins Davis directs the Suzuki violin program at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently a doctoral candidate in music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a registered Suzuki teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has served as an institute instructor in the North Carolina Suzuki Association and for Charlotte School of the Arts. 

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Mini Camp Program Co-Director

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Christina Wohlford received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. While at ECU, Wohlford completed long term teacher training in the Suzuki method under teacher trainer, Joanne Bath. She has had a wide range of experience in teaching violin and viola in the Suzuki approach including private and group lessons for children ages 4 and older. Wohlford is currently continuing her education at East Carolina University working towards her Master of Music degree in violin performance and teaches privately at her home in Greenville.  Please click on the picture to read the full bio.