Thomas Lewis O’Neill
Wesley McCune is a classically trained pianist who retired from teaching in 2016. He taught at John Adams Elementary School, a CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) partner school with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
He performs with singer Karin Paludan (Washington Performing Arts artist); Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra) and trumpeter Douglas Wilson. As a soloist he performs recitals and concerti with chamber orchestras.
His students performed with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, at many national and international conferences, and at area universities. He and his students performed with jazz greats Billy Taylor and Charlie Byrd at the opening concert of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
A four-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, he studied and developed teaching strategies including a curriculum for children on the Autism spectrum using the music of J.S. Bach.
His awards include the Alex Award (the Alexandria Commission for the Arts); the Whole Village Award (the Virginia Education Association); the Excellence in Education Award (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce); the Anne Lipnick Inclusion for All Award (Alexandria City Public Schools); citations from the mayor and city council of Alexandria, Virginia; and The Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching from The Washington Post.