Native VirginiaN


One of Gayle’s ancestors was an orphan in London who was sent to Jamestown in 1618 with 74 boys and 25 girls. He flourished, became a captain and sired generations of military men, including her dad who served in WWII. Her dad’s family moved from Norfolk after the floods of 1933 to an elevated site at the back of 81st street in the north end of Virginia Beach. 


oberlin College & conservatory

In 1978 Gayle received both B.Arts and B.Mus from Oberlin, known as one of the best music conservatories in the country and as an incubator for progressive thought and political activism. In the 19th century, the city of Oberlin was a final stop for the Underground Railroad.


As Artistic Director and Managing Director, Gayle assembled world-class musicians who regaled Tidewater residents with stellar performances of baroque music. She went on to create the Williamsburg Baroque Music Festival in 1995, was included in Who’s Who’s beginning in 1996 and created the Williamsburg Boychoir in 1998.

"Blower door test for energy audit"
Blower door set up for energy audit

Ecobuilders of VA

In 2011 Gayle’s business participated in the Department of Energy’s First Step Program which provided energy efficiency retrofits for existing homes. EcoBuilders provided consistently high energy efficiency scores, transforming homes from 50 – 60 air changes per hour to 15 – 20.