Terry S. Alvey recently retired from Montgomery County Public Schools, where she was the Instrumental Music Director at Walt Whitman High School. Ms. Alvey received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and continued her graduate studies in music education at the University of Maryland and Trinity College. She is an active educator, guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and performer.
Ms. Alvey began her musical career in the D.C. area as a freelance musician and a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet. The quintet performed extensively in the metro area and toured the East Coast. Performances included the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall, and the White House. Ms. Alvey is now a member of the M Street Brass Quintet, a Washington, D.C., based performing ensemble. Ms. Alvey has been on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, D.C. Youth Orchestras, Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra programs. During her 31-year teaching career with Montgomery County Public Schools, she has taught at Tilden, North Bethesda, Hoover Middle Schools, and Walt Whitman High School. Under her leadership, these school bands and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at both District and State Band and Orchestra Festivals. She has also acted as an adjudicator for Prince Georges, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Howard, Carroll, and Baltimore County Band and Orchestra Festivals.
Ms. Alvey has been the conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble for 20 years, has served as conductor for the Montgomery County Sixth Grade and Junior Honor Bands, as well as the Senior Honors String Orchestra, and was the 2006 – 2007 guest conductor for the Maryland All-State Junior Band. She is also an active member of the Maryland Band and Orchestra Directors Associations, Music Educators National Conference, and the Jazz Education Network.