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Mission Statementpeck students in rehearsal

The mission of the UNCG Peck Alumni Leadership Program is to provide private string instruction to underserved students and to promote leadership and service. The program is designed to increase access to string instruction and to empower students as agents of change in their community.

Program Director/Faculty Mentor

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod

Program Coordinator

Amber Mattfield, MM student

Private Lesson Instructors

Graduate and Undergraduate students

Peck Alumni Leaders

Graduates of the Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program

Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Students

Fifth grade students mentored by the Peck Alumni Leaders under the supervision of UNCG university students.

This program is supported by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Musical Arts Guild.

Peck Alumni Leaders Fall Recital

Saturday, December 2, 2:00 PM, Peck Elementary Auditorium


Peck Alumni Leaders Spring Recital

Saturday, April 28, 2:00 PM, Peck Elementary Auditorium


Greensboro Symphony Pops Concert

Peck Alumni Leaders with the Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program

Saturday, May 5, 7:00 PM

student with violinNews

Congratulations to Triston Broadway and Maggie Seye for being accepted into the Guilford County All County Orchestra fall 2017!

Congratulations to our graduating seniors, Reggie Williams and Jessica Jones! Reggie Williams was the commencement speaker for the Clara J Peck Elementary School 2017 graduation.

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Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she directs the string education program and conducts the UNCG Sinfonia. Prior to joining the UNCG faculty, she was the assistant artistic director and conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in Tallahassee, Florida. A native of Pennsylvania, she taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestra in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and was orchestra director and chair of music activities in Beaver, Pennsylvania.

Dr. MacLeod is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. An advocate of increased access to string instruction for all students, she has served on the American String Teachers Association National Board and is currently the North Carolina ASTA state president. Her research on working with underserved populations, vibrato technique, music teacher education, and music perception has been presented national and internationally. Dr. MacLeod received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and her MME and PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Amber Mattfield is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. During her undergraduate work, she maintained a private violin studio and served as a violin instructor for El Sistema Oklahoma. Amber’s teaching experience ranges from teaching elementary, middle, and high school orchestra, as well as adult beginners. She has coached sectionals for various string ensembles, and has a performance history with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Smith Symphony. Amber also maintains an active musical career as a collaborative studio musician, violinist, pianist, and singer/songwriter in classical, indie folk, and Christian music genres.

Program Teachers

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Matthew Laird
is a current sophomore Instrumental Music Education major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Matthew began studying the violin privately at age six and played for many honors orchestras and summer camps through high school. In addition to classical music, he has performed on bass guitar, electric violin, and acoustic guitar with bands of varying styles across North Carolina. He also taught private violin and viola lessons through high school, and is currently teaching violin and cello for the Peck Alumni Leadership Program.

Dixie ortizDixie Ortiz is  currently an undergraduate music education major at UNCG. Introduced to the violin in fifth grade, Dixie has played violin for eight years, beginning private studies in high school with Joshua Dampier. She has won the 2015 Harrison School for the Arts concerto competition and placed in the Lake Wales Young Artists Competition. Dixie has also been selected to participate in Florida All State Orchestra, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Harrison Symphony Orchestra and Polk All County Orchestra. She has been teaching violin privately for three years, and her students have made All State and All County Ensembles.

rebekah leeRebekah Lee Mrs. Lee, a native of Pinehurst, North Carolina, attends the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education. Her primary instrument is  viola which she has played since the age of 8. After playing in school orchestras, community chamber groups, and singing in (and occasionally playing viola alongside) two community choirs, she knew that teaching music was what she wanted to do. Mrs. Lee has been working with the Peck Alumni Leadership Program for over a year.

marisha williamsMarisha Williams is currently an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music education under Dr. RebeccaMacLeod. Her primary instrument is the viola, which she began playing at the age of 11. She is originally from Danville, Virginia where she performed in some honors orchestras, youth orchestras and served as the librarian as well as the president of her high school orchestra. She is currently teaching private lessons in the Peck Alumni Leadership Program.

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Anna Tschiegg is currently studying music education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her primary instrument is violin and is currently studying under Marjorie Bagley. She is originally from Maryland where she participated in multiple school sponsored orchestra’s and a community pit orchestra for musicals. Ms. Tschiegg received the Director’s Award for Orchestra in high school. She has had several private lesson students over the years and is currently a volunteer teacher at the Harmony Music School.

lacy holderLacy Holder is a Music Education major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying under Dr. Rebecca MacLeod and Marjorie Bagley.  Ms. Holder is originally from Boone, North Carolina where she began playing violin at age 11.  She performed in various orchestras in school and the community and received the National Orchestra Award for her high school.  Ms. Holder is currently volunteering at Harmony Music School and in the Peck Alumni Leadership Program where she teaches violin lessons.

See what we do

Fall 2016 PAL Program Recital

Maya Angelou Performance (September, 2013)

Interactions Between the Peck Alumni Leaders and Fourth and Fifth Grade Students, April 2015




The Peck Alumni Leadership Program is run through private donors. We are constantly seeking additional funding. If you are interested in contributing to the program, please contact Dr. Rebecca MacLeod, A little money can go a long way.

$25.00 Will purchase books, rosin, and new strings.
$50.00 Can supply a student with a new bow.
$100.00 Funds a partner lesson for a semester.
$150.00 Purchases a violin for a student to use.
$300.00 Funds private lessons for one student for a semester!
$600.00 Funds a student’s lessons for the year!

No contribution is too small. We also accept donations of instruments and other supplies.