Department Directors

Tommy Doss

Director of Bands

Tommy Doss is the director of bands at Orange County High School in Virginia. He has been involved with the band, percussion, and guard programs at OCHS since 2010. The Orange County band program has earned VBODA honor band status three of the last four years. Mr. Doss also oversees a very active and competitive indoor program, with the guard and drumline participating with the Atlantic Indoor Association since 2011. In 2016 Orange County Indoor Drumline won the AIA class A gold medal and have earned a medal every year since. The indoor guard won the silver medal in 2019 in the higher of the two regional A classes. Tommy also teaches multiple ensembles across the county; assisting at Locust Grove Middle School with advanced band, jazz band, and beginning brass and percussion. Mr. Doss leads the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the marching band as well as assisting Mr. Waters with Concert Winds and the OCHS Jazz Ensemble. Tommy holds two degrees in music education, both from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. He currently resides in Mineral, VA.

Allison Satterwhite

Associate Director of Bands

Allison Satterwhite is the associate director of bands at Orange County High School. Prior to joining the staff in Orange County, Ms. Satterwhite worked with the concert and athletic bands at University of Maryland - College Park and James Madison University. Ms. Satterwhite leads the Concert Winds, as well as assists Mr. Doss with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, marching band, and indoor ensembles. She is also involved with the music program at Prospect Heights Middle School, assisting Mr. Casteneda with Performance Band and teaching Exploring Music. Ms. Satterwhite holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from James Madison University and Master's degrees from University of Maryland - College Park and James Madison University. She currently resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia but looks forward to moving to Charlottesville very soon!

Mary Sommar

Choir Director

Mary Sommar is the choral director at Orange County High School in Virginia. She has taught in Orange County Public Schools since 2014. Prior to the 2021-2022 school year, Ms. Sommar taught choir and music appreciation at both Prospect Heights and Locust Grove Middle Schools. While teaching at the middle school level, Ms. Sommar choirs consistently received excellent and superior ratings at VCDA state assessment and many of her students participated in District Honors Choirs. She also served as music director for the OCHS Drama Club’s productions of Annie (2018) and Little Shop of Horrors (2019). Ms. Sommar teaches Beginning Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Ensemble, and OC Singers. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with focus in Vocal/Choral instruction from James Madison University. Ms. Sommar currently lives in Charlottesville where she enjoys seeing live music and hiking in Shenandoah National Park.

Robert Kristel

Drama Director

Robert Kristel is excited to be entering his 8th year at OCHS.  He holds a degree from SUNY Oswego with concentrations in Adolescent Social Studies Education, Theatre, and Political Science.  He leads the Drama Club and directs the after-school drama production.  Some of his favorite memories in theatre include leading the OC Drama Club to states in VHSL Theatre Competition in 2019, his many trips to Broadway, and creating a 24-hour play festival that still occurs annually at his college.  When not at school, Mr. Kristel enjoys sports and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Shepherd

Art Educator

Jennifer Shepherd is currently one of the art educators at Orange County High School. She is a VCU grad in her seventh year of teaching. Previously she taught at Prospect Heights Middle School and in Culpeper County. She is not just an art teacher, but an artist. Jennifer works in photography, painting and mixed media. She participated regularly in art exhibits locally and nationally. Her work can be found in the Orange Art Center gift shop. She has a passion for high schoolers and loves to help them flourish not only in their visual art skills but with life in general.

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