Phone: (304) 235-2333, Ext. 5134
Degrees and Certifications:
B.M., Virginia Commonwealth University: Magna Cum Laude
J. Alan Riffle
Jonathan “Alan” Riffle attended public schools in Kanawha County, WV. An avid member of the school band since the sixth grade, Mr. Riffle was selected for the WV All-State Band as a junior and senior in high school on the alto saxophone. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, studying saxophone under Mr. Albert Regni, former saxophonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Education under Dr. David Greennagel and Dr. Terry Austin.
Having taught six years at Dingess Elementary, Mr. Riffle established the Dingess Elementary Keyboard Orchestra, a multi-part ensemble of 3rd and 4th grade electronic keyboard players. This ensemble performed regularly in the local community, and earned multiple Superior ratings at the WVMEA Region II Solo and Ensemble Festival, in addition to a number of high school woodwind instrumentalists whom he has tutored over the years. As a member and former facilitator of the Mingo County Music Educators PLC, Riffle works with the other music teachers in the area to schedule and conduct the county honor band festival, Mingo County Arts Alive, and address county-wide music education concerns.
Now in his second year at Tug Valley High School, Mr. Riffle conducts the school wind ensemble and coaches the school rock band. Under his direction, the Tug Valley High School Wind Ensemble earned its highest rating within the past four years (II+) at WVSSAC Band Ratings in 2018.
As a professional musician, Riffle has worked with multiple theater companies as a woodwind doubler, including many engagements with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. He also performs regularly in the area as a woodwind soloist, and as a pianist with the Soltesz-Riffle Project and the Southern West Virginia Community Band.