2022 Governor's School Faculty and Guest Artists

Director of the Residential Governor's School at Radford University


Dr. R. Wayne Gallops - Executive Director

Conductor, Educator, and Recording Artist - Dr. R. Wayne Gallops serves as Executive Director of the Residential Governor's Schools for the Visual & Performing Arts and Humanities at Radford University. He also serves as Director Bands and Instrumental Music Education at RU (since 2004). At RU His responsibilities include conducting the University Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Symphonic Band, and coordination of the Music Education degree program. Prior to his appointment at Radford University, Dr. Gallops served on the faculties of The University of Tampa, The University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College. For nineteen years, Dr. Gallops taught in the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, Florida.). His high school bands consistently received national and international acclaim, presented outstanding performances at Florida Bandmasters Association state festivals, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and toured Japan. Dr. Gallops is active throughout the United States as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and performer on clarinet, piano, and organ and he performs and records with numerous classical, jazz, commercial ensembles and artists. As a conductor and keyboard artist, he has performed, recorded, and conducted worldwide with numerous classical, jazz, commercial ensembles / artists and various orchestras, theater, opera, and ballet companies including; The Florida Lyric Opera, The Florida Orchestra, The Broadway Theater Project, The Florida Gulf Coast Orchestra, The Tallahassee Symphony, The Roanoke Symphony, The Wintergreen Music Festival, Disney Studios, Busch Gardens, and Radford University Ballet Theater productions of The Nutcracker. Dr. Gallops has conducted district and state honor bands in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Quebec, Honshu-Wakayama Japan, The Royal Irish Academy of Music and has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Japan. Some artists Wayne has performed and recording with include jazz and pop greats Chick Corea, Jennifer Holiday, Ronan Tyner and the Irish Tenors, Julie Andrews, Frank Wildhorn, Barry Manilow, Englebert Humperdink, Frankie Valli, The Funk Brothers of Motown, The Association, The Four Seasons, Eddie Arnold, Dianne Carroll, Eric Darius, The Bill Norman Group, Tito Puente, Pete Fountain, Nat Adderly, and Al Hurt. His 2008 solo CD release ‘Jazzicale’ received international critical acclaim.  His writings are published in numerous peer review publications and he has presented clinics, lectures, and performances at many regional, national and international music conferences. Dr. Gallops is honored through membership in Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Outstanding Young Men of America, and Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association for outstanding contribution to bands, wind music, and instrumental music education. Dr. Gallops holds degrees from Hillsborough Community College (A.A.), The University of Tampa (B.A.), Florida State University (M.M.), and University of South Florida (Ph.D.). 

Residential Governor's School Leadership Team

Assistant Directors

'VACANT' - Assistant Director for Curriculum


Resident Life Directors

Jake Thomas Photo casual dress

Mr. Jake Thomas - Senior Resident Life Director                                           

Jake Thomas received his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Radford University in 2020 and his Masters of Arts, with an emphasis in brass studies and music education, in May 2022.  Mr. Thomas taught instrumental music at Blacksburg High School, Gilbert Linkous Elementary,  and currently teaches music pedagogy classes as well as participating in many performing ensembles.  Jake served as a counselor for the Governor’s School in previous years and  is thrilled that he can continue to serve the program as the Senior Resident Life Director.



Mr. Kelvin Gravely - Assistant Resident Life Director

Mr. Kelvin Gravely has worked with our Governor’s School ResLife team for a number of years, first as a counselor and now as Assistant ResLife Director. Kelvin Is  a United States Marine and a 2018 Radford University honors graduate with a degree in History.


Hunter Steuart  - Assistant Resident Life Director

Hunter Steuart graduated from Radford University in 2022 with a B.S. in Music. They have been serving as a counselor with Governor’s School since 2019 and are honored to step into the Assistant ResLife Director role to continue to serve the program. Currently, Hunter is in the process of attending graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In their free time, Hunter enjoys tending to  houseplants, spending time with their hairless cat, and travelling when the time permits.



"Being Counted" means no matter who you are or what your challenges may be!

Champion Athlete and Author Anthony Robles joins us to inspire our 2019 Governor's School participants: 3-time wrestling All-American and the 2011 NCAA Division I National Champion, Two Time ESPY Award Recipient, Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and Best Male Athlete with a Disability,  Motivational speaker for the Washington Speakers Bureau, 2012 Inductee, National Wrestling Hall of Fame,  ESPN College Wrestling Expert and Analyst, Pac 12 Network Wrestling analyst, 2013-16 member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Member of the Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, Featured in a 2014 prime time TV special on TBS in Japan and viewed in 15.5M homes, Published Author, Unstoppable, Nike Athlete,  Two-time guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2015 National Wrestling Media Association's Broadcaster of the Year award, 2017 Inductee, Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, 2018, Guinness World Record Title Holder for pull-ups in one minute with 62, The movie script on his life is completed, a Director is attached and filming is scheduled for Q1, 2019.




Poet, Author, Educator, Activist Nikki Giovanni joins us  to inform, challenge, share, and inspire through her writings, wit, and "realness"....  WARNING: you may experience cognitive dissonance! http://www.nikki-giovanni.com


Praised by Opera News as a conductor who “squeezes every drop of excitement and pathos from the score,” Steven White is one of North America’s premiere operatic and symphonic conductors. He made his acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in 2010, conducting performances of La traviata starring Angela Gheorghiu. Since then he has conducted a number of Metropolitan Opera performances of La traviata, with such stars as Natalie Dessay, Hei- Kyung Hong, Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Dmitri Hvorostovksy and Matthew Polenzani. In the past several seasons he has returned to the Met to participate in critically fêted productions of Don Carlo, Billy Budd, The Rake’s Progress and ElektraWith a vibrant repertoire of over sixty-five titles, Maestro White’s extensive operatic engagements have included performances with New York City Opera, L’Opera de Montréal, Vancouver Opera, Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Baltimore Opera, New Orleans Opera, and many others. In recent seasons he has conducted Rigoletto with San Diego Opera, Otello with Austin Opera, La traviata with Utah Opera, and a world premiere staged production of a brand-new Bärenreiter edition of Gounod’s Faust with Opera Omaha. In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the cancellation of his eleventh production at Arizona Opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as the company premiere of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Opera Roanoke. Music critics are effusive in their praise of conductor Steven White’s ability to elicit inspired music-making from orchestras. Of his 2016 performances with the Omaha Symphony, the Omaha World-Herald asserts that, “it would be hard to imagine a more complete performance of the Symphonie Fantastique. Highly nuanced, tightly controlled and crisp, Steven White asked everything from orchestra members and they were flawless. He led them out of serene beauty into disturbing dissonance and even to the terrifying point of musical madness without ever losing control. It was insanely good.” Opera News declares, “White is amazing: he consistently demands and gets the absolute best playing from the orchestra.” Among the many orchestras Maestro White has conducted are the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, the Mozarteum und Salzburg Kulturvereinigung Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra for a CHANDOS recording of arias featuring his wife, soprano Elizabeth Futral. In 2019 he made debuts with the San Diego Symphony, the Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Maestro White is a passionate and dedicated educator. He has served multiple artistic residencies and led productions at such institutions as the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, the University of Miami Frost School of Music Program in Salzburg, Kennesaw State University and Virginia Tech University. In the summer of 2019 he served as an artist in residence at the Shanghai Conservatory in China and in 2020 he led a critically acclaimed production of La clemenza di Tito for the North Carolina School of the Arts Fletcher Opera Institute. He is in constant demand as an adjudicator of the most prestigious music and vocal competitions, including numerous auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Jensen Foundation. Steven White proudly makes his home in Virginia, where he serves as Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, a company with which he has been associated for two decades. Maestro White has conducted dozens of productions in Roanoke, including performances of Das Lied von der Erde, Der fliegende Holländer, Fidelio, Falstaff, Otello, Macbeth, Aida, Hänsel und Gretel and many others. In recognition of his contributions to the civic, cultural and artistic life of Southwest Virginia, Roanoke College conferred on Maestro White an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts in May 2013.



Maestro David Stewart Wiley has conducted such distinguished symphonies as Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, Oregon, Honolulu, and Utah, among others.  Wiley's music has taken him to dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe including Italy, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.  David Stewart Wiley has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 1996; the RSO has undergone a remarkable period of artistic growth, expansion and innovation under his extraordinary artistic leadership.  This past year, Roanoke City Council honored him as Roanoke’s “Citizen of the Year”. He previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Wiley also served as Music Director & Conductor of the Long Island Philharmonic from 2001 until last year, and continues to travel regularly to NY in his newly appointed post as Principal Conductor of the Long Island Chamber Orchestra in NY. Wiley’s energetic and inspiring leadership with the RSO since 1996 has been a remarkable success story, with consistently stellar reviews, a diverse and impressive list of guest artists and composers, and innovative commissions of new music in various styles (some fusing Classical and Bluegrass).  The RSO has hired over 50 new professional musicians during his tenure, collaboratively raising the RSO to new artistic heights. The RSO works with public radio WVTF to broadcast RSO concerts, and produced its first live TV web broadcast in conjunction with WDBJ-7.  Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts and civic organizations throughout the region, and the RSO & Wiley this past year received a Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University.  His energetic work bringing classical music to youth in our minority communities has been steadfast, and he was honored by the NAACP as Citizen of the Year in the Arts for his service. As a solo pianist, Wiley has performed with numerous major orchestras throughout the United States including Minnesota, Indianapolis, Oregon, Honolulu, Wheeling, and West Virginia, performing major concerti by Baroque to contemporary, often conducting from the piano.  He has appeared as both a jazz and classical pianist in Boston's Symphony Hall and in recital and chamber music appearances throughout the U.S. as well as in China, Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. Maestro David Stewart Wiley won the Aspen Conducting Prize, was Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, and was awarded a Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood.  Wiley holds both a Doctor and Master of Music in Conducting from Indiana University, a degree in Piano Performance with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a degree in Religion, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.  He is a recipient of the Perry F. Kendig Prize for service to the arts and is a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International.  He and his wife Leah Marer Wiley (soprano soloist, teacher, and owner of Muevela Fitness) have a son and a daughter who play cello and violin and enjoy travelling, hiking, biking, chess, and making music together.  www.DavidStewartWiley.com