The Music Academy at Stuart Hall School Instructors
Our instructors are selected for their ability to perform and teach at a high level. Our program is designed for the student seeking goal-based, data measured progress in a college preparatory setting. Each of our instructors has the experience and skill necessary to help students define attainable goals and coach students toward successfully accomplishing them. Our instructors are:
John M. Dull, Director of The Music Academy and Guitar Instructor
John Dull serves Stuart Hall School as Music Educator and Director of Chapel Services. His education includes degrees from Bridgewater College (B.A., Music, Guitar Performance and Education) and East Carolina University (M.M., Music Theory/Composition), and a post-graduate certification in church music. His experience teaching private and group guitar lessons includes nearly 10 years teaching through the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program at Eastern Mennonite University, classes in guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and composition/songwriting at Blue Ridge Community College, and presenting lectures and workshops at national and regional church music conferences on guitar in worship. John’s publications include articles as music columnist for Call to Worship, a publication of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, as well as an on-demand webinar on the subject of the guitar in worship. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, John enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family when not teaching or playing guitar.
Amelia Camacho, Voice Instructor
Amelia Camacho started singing, tinkering on the piano, and dancing during her early childhood years in Maryland. She later picked up the flute in elementary school, and along with piano, continued studying both instruments through high school. After receiving her B.A. from Virginia Tech and M.A. from Santa Clara University, Amelia relocated to Charlottesville in 1999, began teaching private voice and piano lessons for all ages and levels of experience in 2001, and is currently the director of music at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesboro. When she is not teaching privately or leading music at her church, Amelia can be found performing a variety of musical styles at many local venues in the Charlottesville area. She has performed multiple seasons with Ash Lawn Opera (now Charlottesville Opera), The Wayne Theatre, Live Arts, Heritage Theatre Festival, Four County Players, Act I, and New Lyric Theatre. Amelia has also sung several seasons with the choral groups Plena Voce, The Oratorio Society of Virginia, the Virginia Consort Chamber Ensemble and Festival Chorus. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, Virginia Music Teachers Association and Charlottesville Music Teachers Association and is a Certified Level III Instructor in Somatic Voicework(SM) - The LoVetri Method. She recently served four years on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of Richmond and previously held the position of Worship and Music Director and Associate Campus Minister at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish at the University of Virginia from 1999-2004. Amelia enjoys spending her musically-free time cycling, running, and baking.
Pete Echols, Brass Instructor
Pete Echols serves Stuart Hall School as Music Educator in the Upper School, directing band and instrumental ensembles as well as choral ensembles. His education includes a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with performance certificate, and he has studied brass (primarily trombone) with Mike Hall and Dennis Zeisler. He has published a review for the International Trombone Association Journal, and maintains an active performance schedule with several local brass and wind bands. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, Pete enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family when not in the classroom or performing.
Jihye Lovelace, Piano Instructor
Jihye Lovelace has taught all levels of piano in three different countries. With degrees in piano performance from schools in South Korea and the USA, Jihye’s education and experience equal excellence in performance and instruction. In addition to teaching piano, Jihye plays weekly at worship for her church, accompanies the Staunton Choral Society, and serves on the faculty at Mary Baldwin University as accompanist/pianist.