Meet Our Team

 


LaSaundra Booth
Executive Director
Certified Music Teacher, Wake County Public Schools

L Booth Mrs. Booth is a licensed educator with over thirteen consecutive years of classroom experience, and over twenty-four years of performance experience. She holds an advanced degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in String Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending UNC-Greensboro, Mrs. Booth studied cello with Alex Ezerman. Mrs. Booth received a BA in Performance with a concentration in Cello from North Carolina Central University, and studied cello with Master Cellist, Dr. Timothy Holley.

Mrs. Booth is excited to bring her wealth of experience, knowledge, and success to the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra. Throughout her career she has served as String Specialist, Conductor, and Lead Teacher in charter, private, and public school settings, as well as for non-profit music organizations. Mrs. Booth is a former member of the Greensboro Philharmonia, and performed Duke Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, and completed a mini-tour in Sydney, Australia.

Mrs. Booth has a successful history of establishing string programs and creating string orchestra curriculum for public schools and non-profit organizations. Under Mrs. Booth’s leadership, all of her performing ensembles have received superior ratings in adjudicated music festivals and competitions. Mrs. Booth’s accomplishments include a featured article and cover story on the 2008 edition of Opus magazine, a guest appearance on an episode of One Tree Hill, the WB network’s hit television series, and a performance on Spiritual Awakenings, an inspirational television show. Mrs. Booth was interviewed by Tara Lynn, host of the WCPE Classical Radio Station, for her work with youth in the community. Mrs. Booth is also an inventor, and was awarded a patent by the USPTO for designing a music instruction apparatus for string instruments (USPTO# 20140260902).

Mrs. Booth is the Founder and Principal Cellist of Integrity Strings, a registered music booking agency. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra. Mrs. Booth’s vision for the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra is for the organization to serve as an international model for excellence in orchestral training, instruction, and instrumental performance.


Tonya Suggs

Artistic Director
Certified Music Teacher, Wake County Public Schools

T SuggsTonya Suggs is an Orchestra teacher in the Wake County Public School System. Mrs. Suggs has a B.A in Business Administration and a Masters in Music Education from East Carolina University. Ms. Suggs is a member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and American String Teachers Association.

Throughout her career, Ms. Suggs has served as a string coach for the Raleigh Children’s Orchestra in Raleigh, NC, and the artistic director and conductor for a non-profit music organization. She is an active member of the Durham Symphony, and has performed with the Raleigh Symphony and Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra. Ms. Suggs is excited to serve as the Adagio String Ensemble Conductor and Artistic Director of the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Jesse L. Suggs, Jr.
Board President
Retired, Guilford County Public Schools

Mark Spell, Jr.
Vice- President
Associate Director, AT&T Internet Services

Jamal Livan
Treasurer
Vice President & Credit Officer, Bank of America

Ken Ervin
Secretary
Consultant, Merck, Sharpe, & Dohme Corp.

Shentelle Livan
Parent Liason
Youth Advocate, Mental Health Services

Sheila Brown
Site Coordinator
Volunteer, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra