Meet Our Staff
Juliette Alexander has had the privilege of working with the wonderful students at the Olentangy strings camp since 2003. After teaching 4th and 5th grade strings in Olentangy schools for five years Miss Juliette left for a sabbatical to raise her son.
Currently Miss Juliette is a teacher for We Joy Sing where she leads children and their caregivers in interactive play through song, dance, literature, and games.
Miss Juliette holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.
Tiffany Bartelt is a music educator and double bassist living in Hilliard, Ohio. She is in her eleventh year of teaching as the orchestra director at both Olentangy Hyatts and Liberty Middle Schools. She conducts the WarEagle Chamber Orchestra, a youth orchestra which she founded in 2013. She also maintains a large studio of cello and bass students in the Powell area.
Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University where she studied with Dr. Robert Gillespie. She began her career teaching K-5 general music and beginning strings classes in several elementary schools throughout the Olentangy Local School District. She has served as a music department chair and led professional development for elementary string instructors. She is currently working toward her Master's degree in Instructional Technology at Kent State University.
Tiffany is married and has three rambunctious dogs. Her husband, Brenden, is a fellow bassist and an electrical engineer. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading historical fiction, and podcasting. She also leads Liberty Middle School's after school board game club, Liberty Ludology.
Lori Cornett joined the Olentangy Local School District in 2003. She began working at Orange Middle School in 2004 where she served as the director for twelve years. She is currently the orchestra director at Olentangy Orange High School. While employed with the district she has also taught general music and strings classes at Walnut Creek, Indian Springs, Johnnycake Corners, Oak Creek, and Glen Oak Elementary Schools.
She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (2010) and a Bachelors in Music Education (2003) from Otterbein University. She is also a member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). Lori serves as the advisor of Tri-M (a music honor society) at Orange High School and is the freshman class cabinet advisor.
Lori founded the Olentangy Summer Strings Camp in its current format in 2003. Since that time she has seen the camp through a number of changes and a great deal of growth. She is passionate about program development and integrating technology into the curriculum to enhance student growth.
Lori lives in Delaware Ohio with her husband Phil and her two children. In her free time she enjoys participating in various ministries at her church, cooking, working at California Pizza Kitchen, and spending time with her family.
Kevin Dengel is Orchestra Director at Gahanna Lincoln High School and Middle School East (Gahanna, Ohio). He holds a Masters in Music (MM) from Kent State University (2014) and a Bachelors in Music Education (BME) from The Ohio State University (2007). Mr. Dengel’s professional interests include Arts advocacy, music literacy, educational research, neuroscience, composing/arranging, community outreach and parent involvement, and the use of social media and technology to enhance instruction.
Having previously taught in Barrington, Illinois, he is in his ninth year in the classroom. Mr. Dengel enjoys collaborating with colleagues, across content areas, and exposing students to high-quality literature. Since returning to teach at his alma mater, the district’s orchestra program has more than doubled in sized and increased its outreach and presence in the community. He is former South-Central Region Chair for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP). Mr. Dengel lives in Gahanna, Ohio, with his wife, Megan, and their two sons.
Kathy Waite began working in the Olentangy Local School District in 1996 and is credited with starting the strings program. She is the director at Shanahan Middle School and has been on the staff of the Olentangy Summer Strings Camp for a number of years. During her time in the district she ran the “Battle of the Bows” clinic for middle school students and served as the coordinator for the district’s solo and ensemble adjudicated event.
Kathy has a bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University and a Masters degree from Marygrove College. She also has membership in National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and The American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
Mrs. Waite currently lives in Westerville Ohio where she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys sewing, cross stitch, puzzles and yoga. She is looking forward to her retirement in the summer of 2017.
Douglas Wright is currently working as a freelance orchestra conductor and clinician throughout Ohio. He has been guest conductor at several OMEA district festivals and several symphony youth orchestras including the Columbus Symphony Youth and Cadet Orchestras, Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio He has directed orchestras at private and public school string festivals and summer music camps. He is currently working with Otterbein College as supervisor of orchestral student teachers.
Mr. Wright retired from public school teaching after 34 years. He spent 23 years as director of orchestras at Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio. His high school symphony and chamber orchestras consistently received Superior ratings at the top level at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Adjudicated Events. Furthermore, his orchestras have successfully participated in music festivals in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Virginia Beach/Richmond and Myrtle Beach, earning top ratings and festival honors.
As a professional bassist, Mr. Wright is a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, The Land Of Legend Symphony, South-East Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony. He is also the bass instructor for The Ohio State University Summer String Teachers Workshop held every year under the direction of Dr. Robert Gillespie.
Active in national and state professional music organizations, Mr. Wright has been an OMEA Adjudicator of both solo and ensemble and large group adjudications for 30 years. He is the former President of the Ohio School Orchestra Association and former State Chair for the National High School Honors Orchestra, sponsored by the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Wright holds degrees in Music Education from Capital University, and Masters in Music from Kent State University. He is a member of International Society of Bassists, National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, and the International Federation of Musicians Union.