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TCO/WYSO Directors

Ron Branning: TCO conductor

Ron Branning is the Professor of Instrumental Music/Music Education at The Baptist College of Florida, and conducts the Baptist College of Florida College Orchestra and the College Jazz Ensemble. He has been the Music Director at Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna for over 29 years, has been a band Director for over 22 years in school systems in Alabama and Florida, has been the conductor of the Harmony Bay summer youth orchestra for more than 12 years, has been Conductor of the Florida Baptist All State Orchestra for over 6 years, and is regularly invited to direct District Honor Bands and serves as Adjudicator for Music Festivals throughout the tri-state area.

Rachel Cole: WYSO conductor

Mrs. Cole studied Cello under two Florida State University Doctors of Music, and started playing in the Tri-State Community Orchestra, prior to the WYSO formation, at the age of eight. She attended FSU summer camps, master classes, and later entered the FSU School of Music. She currently instructs Violin and Cello at The Studio at Covenant United Methodist Church. She enjoys inspiring her WYSO students and sharing her love of music with them.