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Miss. Allison Deel - Band Director

Miss Deel currently serves as Band Director of Galax City Public Schools. Before coming to Galax, Miss Deel held the band director position at Graham Middle & High Schools, in Bluefield, and before that held the band director position in Bland County. 

Miss Deel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with Teacher Licensure, from Bluefield College. Her primary instrument is flute. However, she also plays piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, piano, as well as sings.                                                                  

During her time at Bluefield College, she performed in many instrumental ensembles, including the Bluefield College Chamber Ensemble, Bluefield College Concert Band, and Bluefield College Community Orchestra.  She has also performed in the choral ensembles of the non-auditioned choir Bluefield Singers, as well as the auditioned choir Variations.  As a member of Variations, Miss Deel toured Austria, in summer of 2010, and in the summer of 2011, was part of a larger choir who had the privilege of performing the Brahms Requiem at Lincoln Center, in New York. 

Before attending Bluefield College, Miss Deel attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. While there, she marched for one semester with the Liberty University “Spirit of the Mountain” Marching Band, where she played piccolo. 

Miss Deel is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association, and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association.  Miss Deel is a founding member, principal flute player, and secretary of the State Line Wind Symphony, based in Bristol, VA. Miss Deel is also the current secretary for District 7 of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association.

Mr. Jarrod Wilson - Art

Mr. Wilson is a native of Galax and a graduate of the 1993 class of Galax High School. After high school he attended Surry Community College in Dobson, NC, earning an Associate in Arts, in Pre-Liberal Arts Studies. After attending SCC, he matriculated to Radford University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a Two-Dimensional concentration in 1999. He is presently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in watercolor at Radford University. The MFA in watercolor is a rare degree offered by few colleges and universities in the United States. He is currently studying under the tutelage of the internationally recognized watercolorist, Professor Z.L. Feng.

Mr. Wilson began his teaching career at Galax Elementary School in February of the 2001-2002 academic year. In the fall of 2011 Mr. Wilson moved to Galax High School to take over the art position vacated by the long-time GHS art teacher, Debbie Adams. (Mrs. Adams was Jarrod Wilson’s high school art teacher.)

Mr. Wilson paints in Realism and Photo Realism. His primary subject matter today is the American automobile; however, on occasion he still does portraiture, working in watercolor, oil, graphite, and pen and ink. Examples of his portraiture in oil are installed in the permanent collection at Lee University, Cleveland, TN, and at the Lovell R. Cary Ministry Resources Building in Manila, the Philippines. He is also a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society and the fraternal honor society, Phi Kappa Phi.

“I feel blessed to be teaching in a school system that values the arts, with supportive administration, and excellent fellow faculty members in all disciplines.”

Imade Igodan- Choral Director

Ms. Igodan, a native of South Carolina, is the choral director at Galax City Middle and High Schools.  Prior to coming to Galax, Ms. Igodan served in the US Peace Corps in Zambia (2015-17) where she taught English and directed a choir in the village where she lived.  While attending high school, her choral music teacher encouraged her to think about music as a profession.  Ms. Igodan earned a B.S. degree in music from Tennessee State University and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of South Carolina. While in graduate school she performed in the opera Our Town and played the role of Nora in Riders to the Sea. In 2010 she was chosen for the Manhattan School of Music’s vocal program and studied privately with world-renowned opera singer Mignon Dunn.  Prior to her Peace Corps experience she worked as assistant choral director at Northstar Christian Center in Columbia, SC, and sang with the Lexington County Choral Society in that city.  She was guest artist for a benefit concert raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and, locally, she has been a guest soloist with The Highland Camerata.  She is currently a member of that group. She looks forward to sharing the wonderful world of music with her students.