Our Mentors are all actively performing musicians with a passion for teaching and coaching chamber music. We offer private lessons, chamber music coaching, and a variety of Programs created to help students improve their artistic skill.
Originating from the Greek mythology of Pygmalion and Galatea, the term Galatea effect was coined in 1969. The Galatea effect involves growing an individual’s self efficacy, resulting in an increase in performance. In other words, by helping a student recognize their fullest potential and have trust in themselves, they can achieve greatness. We believe in nurturing every student’s self-worth. What we think and believe about ourselves creates our limitations; when we truly believe in ourselves, there are no bounds.
Dr. Johnathan Spence received his Doctorate of Music in Violin and Viola under the study of Hagai Shaham at Stony Brook University in 2017. He is also a graduate of East Carolina University, where he studied with Ara Gregorian. Focusing on his passion for chamber music, Dr. Spence has returned to his home town of Virginia Beach where he is sharing his pedagogical methods and inspiring others through Galatea Chamber Music. Dr. Spence continues to teach and perform in various chamber music concerts and festivals across the country. Through his endeavor into the depths of music, Dr. Spence has found wisdom in prioritizing optimal health through his daily ritual of swimming in the ocean, quality nutrition, and time with family.
Andrew Minguez received his Bachelors in Music Performance from ECU, studying with Ara Gregorian and Melissa Reardon. He has returned as an alumni artist with Four Seasons Next Generation and as a coach for the Summer Chamber Music Institute. Andrew completed his Masters in Viola Performance at SUNY Stonybrook under the tutelage of Nicholas Cords and Lawrence Dutton. Additionally, he won the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition and worked closely with Gilbert Kalishs and The Emerson String Quartet in their Quartet Intensive program. Andrew is the Principal Violist for the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra in NYC and resides in Norfolk, VA. Andrew is on faculty at Galatea Chamber Music where he performs regularly, teaches privately, and coaches chamber music.