Jeffrey H. Davidson, Music Resource Teacher and Choral Director
Jeff Davidson has taught for 35 years in Montgomery County Public Schools, the past 32 as choral director and music department chairman at Walt Whitman High School. With an enrollment of close to 300 students under his supervision, Mr. Davidson teaches five choral ensembles daily: Freshman Chorus, Treble Chorale, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir.
Under his direction, the Whitman choral groups have consistently earned superior ratings in district and state festivals, as well as at competitions in major cities from Canada to Florida. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career, most notably being named the Maryland Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Teacher Award for Excellence and a finalist for the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.
Mr. D is well known statewide as a festival adjudicator and honors chorus director for many of Maryland’s school systems. He was a member of the Maryland Choral Educators Association board of directors from 2000 to 2009, where he served as the chairman of the festival music review committee and men’s demonstration chorus. He is also an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Conference.
A 1976 graduate of Northwood High School in Silver Spring, Mr. Davidson earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in voice and piano from Wittenberg University in 1980, and his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Temple University in 1982.
Terry S. Alvey, Instrumental Music Director
Terry Alvey, director of instrumental music, has been teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools for 22 years and is entering her sixth year at Walt Whitman High School. Ms. Alvey teaches the following Whitman ensembles: Concert Band (ninth grade); Concert Orchestra; Symphonic Band; Wind Ensemble; Symphonic Orchestra; Jazz Ensemble; and the Pit Orchestra for our Fall Musical. The Instrumental Department also fields a pep band, marching band, and drum-line. Ms. Alvey is a member of the M Street Brass Quintet, a Washington, D.C.-based performing ensemble, and has been on the faculties of the Levine School of Music, D.C. Youth Orchestras, Montgomery County Youth Orchestras, and the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra programs. During her teaching career with Montgomery County Public Schools, she has taught at Tilden, North Bethesda, and Hoover Middle Schools, in addition to Whitman. Under her leadership, these schools’ bands and orchestras have consistently received superior ratings at both the District and State Band and Orchestra Festivals. Ms. Alvey is currently conductor of the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble, has served as conductor for the Montgomery County Sixth Grade and Junior Honors Bands, as well as the Senior Honors String Orchestra, and was the 2006–2007 conductor for the Maryland All-State Junior Band. An active educator, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and performer, Ms. Alvey maintains a private trumpet studio in addition to fulfilling her duties as director of Whitman’s Instrumental Music Department.
Heather Borsum, General Music Teacher
Heather Borsum is extremely excited to join the Whitman music family. She is entering her 18th year of teaching instrumental music in Montgomery County. This year, she teaches Piano and Guitar and conducts the Concert Band. Ms. Borsum also accompanies the Women’s Chorus. For the 2015-16 school year, Ms. Borsum is hoping to add a Percussion Ensemble and a Music Theory class to Whitman’s Music Department offerings.
Ms. Borsum is in demand as an adjudicator for band festivals and solo festivals throughout Maryland, and she has worked with both the Montgomery County Honors Band and the All State band several times. Ms. Borsum is also an active performer; she is a percussionist who has performed throughout the DC metropolitan area. She has appeared with many types of ensembles including orchestras, concert bands, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, and percussion ensembles. In her career she has shared the stage with Marvin Hamlisch, Maureen McGovern, Kenny Rogers, Boyz to Men, and Robert Merrill, among others.
Ms. Borsum is a product of Montgomery County, having graduated from Magruder High School in 1990. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Music from Catholic University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, having initially earned that status in 2005 and renewing her certification in 2014.
Caleb Lee is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. He is currently in his last semester of student teaching to receive his Bachelor of Music Education. He is incredibly excited to work with the choirs and students at Walt Whitman High School and is looking forward to his time here.
While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Lee was active with the choir department as an operations intern and score librarian for three years. He has also sung in many of the choirs offered at Maryland, including the University Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Opera Chorus, and Chamber Singers. In addition to singing in these ensembles, Mr. Lee has also directed MännerMusik, an all-male, student-led a capella group. While singing with the choirs at Maryland, Mr. Lee has sung many concerts in collaboration with professional groups such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Mr. Lee has sung a number of roles as a part of the University of Maryland undergraduate opera program, OperaTerps, including Dr. Gregg from Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, Ben from Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone, and David from Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge.
Mr. Lee is hoping to grow as a music teacher during his time at Walt Whitman High School. He is forever grateful to Mr. Davidson for giving him the opportunity to work in his classroom and to help learn from teaching. Mr. Lee would also like to thank Ms. Alvey, Ms. Borsum, and his fellow UMD student teacher, Mr. Fowler, for supporting him during his time at Whitman.
Patrick Fowler is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance. He is so excited to be working with the bands and orchestras at Walt Whitman High School.
While at the University of Maryland, Mr. Fowler was a member of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra for four years and often played with the Wind Orchestra as well. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Fowler has premiered works by many living composers, most recently a Duet for Double Bass and Percussion by Max Vinetz and Nicole DeMaio’s Solo for Double Bass Alone.