Mission Statement

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

Roland Forti, 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.

Fall Recital

December 7, 2019, 2pm
Peck Elementary School

Greensboro Symphony Pops Concert

March 28, 2020 , 7pm
Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts


Congratulations to the Peck Alumni Leaders for their performance at the SMTE National Symposium at UNCG on September 12th.

Congratulations to the following students for winning their auditions into the Greensboro Youth Symphony:

  • Oriana Ealey
  • Angie Valdez
  • Nida Chuong
  • Leon Chuong

Program Directorrebecca macleod holding violin

Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is 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.

Program Coordinators

fortiRoland Forti is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to joining UNCG School of Music, he taught public school orchestra and chorus in Cape Coral, FL. While directing the Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Concert Orchestra, he was named “Outstanding Teacher” by the Cape Coral City Chamber of Commerce in 2018. In 2012, Mr. Forti was awarded the New Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Forti served the Florida Music Education Association as Middle School All-State Orchestra Chair for two years. Roland Forti earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance from the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University where he studied with Judy Evans and Patrick Neal, taught Pre-kindergarten violin instruction at MusicScores! in underserves schools, and was the founder and past-president of the FGCU student chapter of ASTA. Mr. Forti is currently a student for Dr. Rebecca MacLeod and Margorie Bagley at UNCG. Mr. Forti currently holds teaching positions with the Lilian Rausch Beginning Strings Program at Peck and Cone Elementary Schools, Coordinator of the Peck Alumni Leadership Program, and Conductor of the Naples Summer Music Camp.

lofdohlHeather Lofdahl is a string teacher, conductor, and violist who is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Ms. Lofdahl teaches orchestra classes through the Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program and at Guilford Preparatory Academy. She is the conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Strings and also has a private violin and viola studio at The Music Academy of North Carolina, where she was awarded the Mary Elizabeth King Brown Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. Prior to moving to Greensboro, Ms. Lofdahl taught orchestra in Cobb County (GA). She has also taught elementary through university orchestra students in Illinois and North Carolina. She serves on the faculty of the Florida State University String Orchestra Camp every summer. Ms. Lofdahl holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from Augustana College and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, and violist throughout the United States.

Program Teachers

Solange MaughnSolange Maughn is currently an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education. Introduced to the violin in fifth grade, Solange has played violin for ten years, beginning private studies in high school with Marianne Widdows. Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, she performed in the All county orchestra, the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra, and the Eastern Regional All-State Orchestra. After peer teaching with her high school teacher, Janice Swoope, she knew that teaching music was what she wanted to do. Ms. Maughn has been working with the Peck Alumni Leadership program for about a year.

GabrielGabe Figuracion is a current sophomore Instrumental Music Education major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Gabe is originally from Winston-Salem and began studying the Viola in seventh grade. In addition to orchestral music, he has participated in band and marching band throughout high school and loves to learn new instruments. Gabe is currently teaching violin for the Peck Alumni Leadership Program.


Noah TyreNoah Tyre is a cellist and music educator. He has been playing the cello for five years since he was fourteen and has played with multiple ensembles in the Alamance and Guilford county area including the Elon University Chamber Orchestra, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Sinfonia, and the University Symphony Orchestra. At UNCG, Noah is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in music education with a focus in instrumental music.


Robert BohinskiRobert Bohinski is a current senior instrumental music education major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Robert began playing guitar in sixth grade and has played numerous bands and ensembles varying styles across North Carolina. In high school he played saxophone and clarinet and directed the jazz ensemble. Mr. Bohinski learned banjo and violin his sophomore year of college and plays old time music frequently throughout the Greensboro area in addition to teaching private guitar lessons. He is currently teaching private lessons and an ensemble in the Peck Alumni Leadership Program.

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. Rebecca MacLeod. Her primary instrument is the viola, which she she has been playing for 11 years. She is originally from Danville, Virginia. She is currently teaching private lessons in the Peck Alumni Leadership Program. Along with her music education studies she has also began a research project entitled “Gender and Race in the Music Classroom: Do Students Prefer Teachers Who Look Like Them?

Andrew TimmonsMy name is Andrew Timmons, and I am a second year Instrumental Music Education Major from Greensboro, NC. I became interested in playing the violin after listening to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack in middle, and I have loved playing ever since. I joined the PAL Program because I believe that every child should get a chance to play music, and learn how to express themselves.


Anna TschieggAnna Tschiegg is currently in her last year of 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. Anna currently plays in the UNCG Symphony Orchestra.

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, rbmacleo@uncg.edu. 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.
$250.00 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.