The Music Arts Board


The Music Arts Board and McIntire Department of Music present 9th Wonder


Ryan Maguire (co-chair)

Currently a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia, Ryan grew up in Wisconsin where he earned his B.A. in Physics and taught mathematics in Milwaukee after graduation. He later moved to the Northeast and completed postgraduate degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music and Dartmouth College in Composition and Digital Musics, respectively. His work connects composition with improvisation, analog with digital, acoustic with electronic,  lo-fi with high tech, and poetry with science. On a given day you might find him playing stringed instruments or programming computers, molding materials or building circuits, writing essays or singing songs, & enjoying vegan food and/or the great outdoors.


Walter Floyd (co-Chair)

Walter is a class of 2017 student majoring in music. Traditionally active in the arts, Walter is thoroughly involved in the Music Department at UVA. He is currently in his fourth year of membership with the University Singers, During his second and third years he served as the choir's Librarian and is now its President. Beyond this, Walter has also held several positions in the Music Office, most notably that of Promotions Assistant. Beyond graduation, Walter seeks employment in the realm of development for and administration of the arts. Until then, Walter hopes to serve as a graceful and professional representative of the 2016-2017 Music Arts Board.


Wesley Diener

Wesley Diener is a third year music major, drama minor, and Miller Art Scholar at the University of Virginia.  In addition to his private voice study with Pamela Beasley and piano study with John Mayhood, Wesley sings with the University Singers and Chamber Singers and has performed in roles with the UVa Drama Department, Spectrum Theatre, First Year Players, and the UVa Virginia Players.  Outside of the University, Wesley actively pursues an operatic career.  This summer, he portrayed Ourrias in a fully-staged production of Gounod's Mireille with FAVA in Perigueux, France, and he appeared as Micha in The Bartered Bride and Riff in West Side Story with the Bethesda Music Festival last summer.  Wesley also made his solo debut with Ash Lawn Opera in La Traviata this season and has performed in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in consecutive years. Wesley has experienced much success as a vocal competitor, placing at the state and regional levels of NATS, advancing to the national semi-finals in both musical theatre and classical voice, and earning distinguished honors at the Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Voice Competition in Bethesda, MD. In addition to his performance interests, Wesley works as a Director and Music Director with DMR Adventures, a local children's theatre, and also serves in positions on the University Singers Executive Board and the Miller Art Scholars Executive Board


Ben Harney

Ben is a third-year cognitive science major from Northern Virginia. Throughout his career at UVA he has been very active in its music department and the surrounding musical community: besides working with the arts board, he serves as Production Chair for UVA’s student-run record label, O Records, and composes in-house for the local Charlottesville businesses HackCville and Suitcase to Briefcase. He released his first full EP through the Larasa project at the beginning of 2016, and continues to publish music featuring elements drawn from a variety of styles and the talents of other Charlottesville-based artists.


Marc jones

Marc Jones is a developer and intermedia artist, formerly trained in graphic design having shifted to the intersections of code, audio, video, and illustration as his medium. He enjoys listening to music from a variety of cultures and generations, hoping to one day assemble the ever elusive 'perfect’ DJ set. When he is not bound to some sort of LED-powered screen, he spends what free time he has raising hens and pretending to do yoga.


Matthew Leon

Matthew is a fourth year student double majoring in music and computer science. Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, he spends most of his time around the music department fiddling with devices that make sound. He loves recording, producing, programming, collecting, and listening to all sorts of music. Matthew currently serves as the music director for the rock department of Charlottesville's WTJU radio station. 


Aidan O'Keefe

Aidan O'Keefe is a 4th year New York native majoring in Music and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He loves the outdoors and so was happy to trade a NYC apartment for the Blue Ridge Mountains for 4 years. Aidan is involved in VASST (The Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team) and the Virginia Climbing team to satiate his adrenaline needs. He enjoys all sorts of music, cold weather, city lights, ceramics, and campfire smells. 


Marie Olavere

Marie is a second year history and government double major in the College of Arts and Sciences with plans to attend law school for graduate studies. Although music isn't one of her majors, she has called Old Cabell and the McIntire Department of Music one of her homes on Grounds. With a great love for music and singing, she found her niche in the music department through the University Singers, where she currently serve as the secretary, and the UVA Chamber Singers. When she's not singing, she's either hanging out with her four dogs and thinking about Texas (a.k.a. home) or working on the protection and preservation of LGBTQ rights on Grounds, serving as the VP of Community Engagement for the Queer Student Union and working as the Operations Intern at the LGBTQ Center. Lastly, she is so pumped for 9th Wonder's residency!


Elizabeth Roden

Elizabeth is a 2nd year in the College of Arts and Sciences, currently planning on majoring in Arts Administration and minoring in Religious Studies. She hails from a small town in NoVa called Waterford, where she enjoys spending lazy days on breaks Netfix-ing with her cat and watching sunsets over the scenic cow pastures down the street from her house. Here at UVa she is a soprano in the University Singers, a small group leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an elementary school girls' Bible Club leader through Abundant Life Ministries, and a member of the Editorial and Social Media/PR teams for The Fuse Magazine. Other hobbies include jazz dance, reading on the beach, nannying, studio art/DIY projects, musical theater, religiously attending a cappella concerts, and semi-competitive holiday decorating.


Sam Roller

Sam Roller is a 3rd-year student studying Music and American Studies, with a minor in Religious Studies. Sam plays a range of instruments (mostly strings), but loves to produce electronic music as well. Most of his time is spent watching Netflix, making music, and playing Super Smash Brothers Melee for the Nintendo Gamecube, however Sam also serves as Music Director for the a cappella group The Virginia Gentlemen, is an intern at OpenGrounds on the corner, and is involved in the production team for Corner Indie Fest. 


Isabella Vankesteren

Isabella VanKesteren is a 4th year music major at UVA. She is interested in songwriting, production, recording, and visual art. 

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Lucy Wu

Lucy is a third year at the University of Virginia from Morristown, New Jersey.  She is in the McIntire School of Commerce, concentrating in finance and marketing and The College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Studio Art. At UVa, Lucy is involved in Smart Woman Securities, Fuego Dance Team, and Flute Ensemble.  She studies flute under Kelly Sulick.  In her free time, Lucy enjoys going to the gym, running, dancing, rock climbing, and making art. 


Marcy Day (Faculty Advisor)



Joel Rubin (Faculty Advisor)

Joel Rubin is an Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance at the University of Virginia. He is the faculty advisor to the Music Arts Board. Rubin has long been considered to be one of the leading performers of klezmer music in the world today. He studied clarinet with Richard Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman, and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from City University (London). Rubin has concertized throughout Europe, North America and Asia. He has recorded numerous CDs and collaborated with artists such as Uri Caine and Alan Bern. His most recent recording isPoyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records, 2015,, with the acclaimed trio, Veretski Pass. In 2016 he was a featured performer and teacher at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth Germany, Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany and at the Klezfest of SOAS, University of London. Upcoming performances and workshops include at the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland. For more information, see


James Silay (Faculty Advisor)

James Silay is the Program Coordinator for Late Night Events with Student Activities at the University of Virginia and serves as one of the Arts Board advisors. He has his B.A. in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University and his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. James currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and is originally from Pittsburgh, PA.  He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan (Steelers, Pirates and Penguins) and in his free time enjoys running and cooking.


Michelle Streeter (Faculty Advisor)

Michelle Streeter is the Assistant Director of Student Activities at the University of Virginia and serves as one of the Arts Board advisors. She has her B.A. in Mathematics from Davidson College and her M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. Michelle currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and two rescue dogs. In her free time, she enjoys doing calligraphy, practicing yoga, and playing board games.