Gene Chieffo was named as our Executive Director in June 2021. Gene studied clarinet performance at the Philadelphia University of the Arts. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in music, he holds master’s degrees in education and the humanities from Arcadia University. After a 20-year career as a clarinetist in Army Bands, including 6 years here at Ft. Monroe, Gene served as the Senior Army Instructor for two different Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs in the Philadelphia area for 15 years. In addition to his teaching, he maintained a busy performing calendar with various community orchestras in the Philadelphia area, as well as other professional large ensemble and chamber music work.
Mr. Chieffo and his wife happily returned to Hampton Roads in 2019. Since then, he has become active with several local musical organizations both as a clarinetist, board member, and administrative staff member. Gene is also an adjunct professor of Woodwind literature and pedagogy at Christopher Newport University. He and his wife Michel live in the Little England neighborhood of Hampton. Between them, they have 6 children, two grandchildren, and two munchkin cats.