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Faculty: Strings


Denna Purdie, Ret. The President's Own

Chairperson of the String Faculty



Ms. Purdie at Washington Hospital Center, with the OMS at the National Cancer Society

Ms, Purdie with cello students

DENNA PURDIE, Cello-has been teaching cello, violin and viola at the Ottley Music School since 2000 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her students, beginners, intermediate and advanced.  She teaches at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.  She had been also teaching at Fillmore Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. for about 17 years.  She has taught for the D.C.Youth Orchestra Program for many years. Besides teaching at OMS, she is the technical advisor for the string section of the Hyattsville Orchestra. Her Photo courtesy of Ms. Purdie. Other photos courtesy of Ms.Ottley.

Ms. Purdie studied cello with Ronald Feldman of the Boston Symphony, and Sieva Lezhnev.She was the first black female to join the U.S. Marine Band, "The President's Own", playing cello, and retiring as Gunnery Sergeant.Ms. Purdie is co-founder of "Strings for Christ Ministries".  She performs regularly throughout the greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area and also as a member of the Soulful Symphony conducted by Darin Atwater. She instills in her students a love for both music and the instruments. She makes opportunities for her students to play in the monthly rectals and outside. 

Besides playing in the Ottley Music School Symphony, her students appeared with her in a chamber ensemble for the National Cancer Society 2008 Survivor's Celebration, playing prelude, processional, and recessional. They also appeared with Ottley Music School in 2009 at the Maryland State House for the District 47 Night Out invited by Senator David Harrington.  And individual students love to perform at Hillhaven Nursing home in their monthly recitals.


Jillian Holdsworth and violin

Jillian Holdsworth

Jillian Uzuegbu-Holdsworth

Mrs. Jillian Holdsworth has been playing as a professional violinist since 2003, and as a teacher since January 1, 2009, teaching private lessons to violin and piano lessons and orchestral tutoring for violinists in school orchestras.  She is very organized and effective in management, coordination and instruction in a violin studio.  

As a child, she was enthralled with the Handel's Messiah, and began learning it as a 6-year-old, and learned to play the entire violin part as a pre-teenager.

She has worked successfully also with student having learning disabiities such as dyslexia and ADHD which resulted in significant improvement in areas of focus and/or discipline as reported by both the parents and the students themselves.  Mrs. Holdsworth was a Music Education student at Washington Adventist University, and performs with the New England Youth Ensemble under Dr. Preston Hawes, and with the Musicians of Mercy under Cleveland Chandler (US Air Force Band).


Lorenz Canubas

Mr. Lorenz Canubas is a young visionary entrepreneur. He has seen the value and power of owning a business, and thus decided to become a business man under the mentorship of his dad and a group of successful entrepreneurs.

As a child, Mr. Canubas studied piano and violin at the Ottley Music School.  When his parents' job moved, Mrs. Ottley transferred him to the studios of Evonne Baasch and Inez Thomas which were closer to his school.  He returns to OMS as a teacher of violin and piano after having pursued and received a degree May 2015 in Biology (BA) with minors in Music and Psychology, graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 

In music he is a violinist, as well as since 2014 a teacher of piano and violin, and arranger of music for string quartet and quintet, and for voice and piano, which he performs with his siblings and other relatives.  He was the Music Director of the UMBC Mama's Boys (male chorus) from 2013-2015, and played violin in the UMBC Symphony Orchestra (2011-2012). 

As a Co-Founder of Formicidae, LLC, he wears multiple hats to help the company grow. He is involved in the internal and external affairs of the company, including contract negotiations with partners, field development, presentations, proposal creation, promotions, and marketing.

Lorenz is a leader, a public speaker, and a musician). He has extensive experience in organization management and training, and operates under the firm belief that true success starts with a good team and a strong desire to help others. He plans to study law while building businesses.

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