It is with mixed emotions that Greensboro Day School announces the retirement of Pam Wheeler, Middle and Upper School Chorus teacher, and the Music Director for our Middle School musicals, and Ruthie Tutterow, our Director of Fine and Performing Arts.
Pam began working with the GDS theatre department in 2004 as a choreographer for the Middle and Upper School theatre productions. In 2016 she began working with the Lower School on their productions and was hired to teach Upper School chorus in 2017, followed by Middle School chorus in 2019.
Under Pam's direction, students in the choral program have reached new and impressive heights in their work. Pam has had a long and successful career as a choral instructor, and she will be missed on our campus both during the regular school day and in our co-curricular programming.
We are happy to announce that we have hired Sonny Willis as our new Middle and Upper School Choral Teacher and PreK-12 Musical Director. Sonny is a GDS alumnus from the class of 1996 and received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from UNCG in 2002. He then came back to the GDS community and served with distinction as our Choral instruction and music director for numerous theatre productions from 2002-2015. Sonny has spent the last five years as the Choral Conductor at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and drama director at the Academy of St. Joseph in New York. We are thrilled to welcome Sonny, his wife Roslyn, and son, Brice ‘25 back to GDS for the 2020-2021 school year.
Ruthie Tutterow, Director of Fine and Performing Arts and longtime theatre, drama, and fine arts teacher at Greensboro Day School, will retire at the end of this school year. Ruthie began her transition into retirement at the end of the 2018-19 school year and moved into a part-time position during the current school year. Ruthie plans to stay connected to GDS through Winter Term and other future opportunities.
A Bengal since 1999, Ruthie has served our community as theatre instructor and Department Chair. In her illustrious career with Greensboro Day School, Ruthie has directed over 50 shows. She has fond memories of all of these, but a few of the standouts include Les Miserables, The King and I, The Addams Family, The Drowsy Chaperone, and A Chorus Line.
During her tenure, Ruthie received numerous awards and accolades, including the Brooks Sabbatical in 2008 and the Extra Yard Award in 2014. Under her leadership, our Upper School drama program received the Outstanding School Award from the Educational Theatre Association in 2009. In addition, Ruthie started the Music Art Drama (MAD) Society, a group of dedicated parents who support the theatre program by sponsoring guest artists, managing receptions, and assisting our teachers with programming and special events. An advocate of experiential education, Ruthie led GDS students to numerous theatre competitions and experiences off-campus, including the NC Thespian Festival and several performances at Lincoln Center in New York City.
A Bengal for 21 years, Ruthie has led show after show at a remarkable caliber. Ruthie, congratulations on a job well done and wish you well in a retirement well-earned.