[ music in schools ]
2015 Distinguished Music Education Partnerships
selected to attend the 2015 Symposium
A teaching artist and a school music teacher collaborate to create an African Music Ensemble for grades 3–5 that begins with study of the language, culture, and music of Ghana and expands to the performing ensemble. In the school district, the program has now expanded to include middle school so students can continue to perform African music as they advance through school.
Mounds View Public Schools — Kathy Crockett
Kathy Crockett is the music specialist at Turtle Lake Elementary in Shoreview, Minnesota. In addition to teaching approximately 960 students at Turtle Lake, in the Mounds View School District, she also directs two choirs and co-directs the African Music Ensemble with Sowah Mensah. Crockett and Mensah have recently established an African Music Ensemble at Chippewa Middle School—also in the Mounds View District. Ms. Crockett received a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. Crockett has gained experience through studying, learning and teaching with Mensah since 2006. Their African Music Ensemble was invited to perform at the 2014 National Orff Schulwerk Conference in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Crockett currently resides in White Bear Lake, Minnesota with her two dogs and is very close with her two daughters, Courtney (25) and Carly (23).
Sowah Mensah is an ethnomusicologist, composer and a “Master Drummer” from Ghana. Director of African Music at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, he was James Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont from 2004 – 2010. Sowah has taught music in Ghana and Nigeria and played with Ghana’s National Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys an active performance career. In May 2000, he performed in Carnegie Hall, New York as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s Africa Sanctus. He has performed extensively in the United States, Africa and also in Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. As a composer, Sowah has written works for Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Choruses, traditional African Ensembles and works that combine above ensembles. Has three solo albums and three books, and presents a series of workshops for music teachers every summer as well as clinics, workshops and residencies at colleges, elementary and secondary schools.
ALTO is a residency program in which elementary and middle school students make meaningful connections between an academic topic and an element of opera. The students demonstrate their understanding of both through production and eventually performance of their own opera.
Rio Rancho Public Schools — Mika Proctor
With a total of eleven years in the Rio Rancho District, Mika Proctor has spent the last three years as the Choral Director at Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho, NM. Lincoln provides many after school programs, including Student Produced Opera Club. Mrs. Proctor is a vital staff member of this program. She was the 2012 recipient of the John M. Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Music. She has served as the New Mexico Music Educator’s Association State Vice President for General Music. Mrs. Proctor is the founding/current President of the New Mexico Kodaly Chapter, Enchanted Educators of Kodaly. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from Eastern New Mexico University and her Master’s in Education from Wayland Baptist University. Mika is a wife and mother of three daughters. She is highly involved in the community through choirs and her church worship band.
The Santa Fe Opera — Rebecca Shoenfeld Holmes
Becca Holmes has been a Manager with Active Learning through Opera Program (ALTO) at The Santa Fe Opera since 2006, where she has guided over 40 groups of students in grades K-12 to create, develop, and produce their own operas. Ms. Holmes represents the Santa Fe Opera in the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, Ms. Holmes and her team members from Santa Fe Public Schools and Rio Rancho Public Schools participate in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education by providing professional development in the arts for teachers. Ms. Holmes holds a BFA from The University of New Mexico and has served as Associate Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. Currently she is a freelance stage director and company member of the film production company, Siren 13 Media.
ASO Sympatico provides before- and after-school programs that enhance the work of music teachers during the school day at John Adams Elementary, a dual-language, arts-integrated school. The principles of the program are continuous performance, music for social change, and students as teachers. Sympatico focuses on creating safe spaces in which risk-taking by students, student ownership, and opportunities for under-represented minorities are paramount.
Alexandria City Public Schools — Lindsey Serrao
Lindsey Serrao is the orchestra director at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. She received her Bachelor degree in Music Education in 2011 from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. While a student there, she studied violin with John Lindsey and performed in the symphony and opera orchestras. She also toured and performed in Thailand with Mr. Lindsey and his wife Amornrat in the first Thailand Chamber Music Festival. She currently performs in various chamber ensembles in Northern Virginia, and is working towards completing her MME from Boston University. In 2013, Lindsey founded the Strings at Sunrise at John Adams, which is an ensemble comprised of third-fifth grade string students who meet every morning before school to perform and play in a variety of musical styles. This group is part of the ASO partnership. Lindsey lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Patrick, and her hedgehog, Hildegard.
Alexandria Symphony Orchestra — Asif Majid
Asif Majid is the Director of ASO Sympatico, an intensive music education partnership between the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria City Public Schools, where he teaches two of Sympatico’s percussion ensembles. He is also an active percussionist and regularly performs with numerous musical ensembles in the Baltimore/DC area, including the Capital City Symphony, the UMBC Community Symphony Orchestra, and Straight Up Tribal. Asif is completing his MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, with a focus on the performing arts as peacebuilding and social justice practices. He received his self-designed BA in Global Peace Building and Conflict Management from UMBC in 2013.
Classroom Classics focuses on providing intimate and regular musical experiences in classrooms that both teach Astral Artists how to interact with new young audiences and encourage a new generation to appreciate the diversity and range of classical music. In advance of each musical activity, a careful planning process occurs in which the program director works with the classroom/music teacher and the artists to create a program tailored to the needs of the specific classroom.
School District of Philadelphia — Elizabeth McAnally
Elizabeth McAnally holds degrees from Nazareth College and Columbia University Teachers College. She is a general music teacher, departmental leader, and co-director of the 300-voice choir at Wilson MS in Philadelphia. Mrs. McAnally’s collaboration with Astral Artists spans ten years, and includes curriculum development, program evaluation, and hosting performances for students and teachers. Their current project explores the power of classical music for underserved student populations. Mrs. McAnally is Lead Teacher/Contributing Editor for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Concert Collaborative Group, and an Editorial Board member for General Music Today. She has presented workshops for schools districts and professional conferences across the country. Her published work appears in Teaching Music, General Music Today, student workbooks for Astral Artists, and curriculum guides for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a contributing author of Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom, and author of Middle School General Music: The Best Part of Your Day.
Astral Artists — Bonnie Slobodien
Bonnie Slobodien’s fourteen years as Director of Education & Community Engagement for Astral Artists have focused on bringing artists into classrooms for multiple visits, providing artistic and program development experiences for the musicians while presenting dynamic, relevant, and exciting classical music for the audiences. The highest professional standards, engaging both listener and performer, are hallmarks of these programs. Slobodien’s leadership and experience have guided the integration of Astral’s community engagement programs into the formative career development of outstanding classical soloists. Bonnie Slobodien received a Master of Educational Administration from Penn State University and Bachelor of Music Education from the Hartt School. She studied flute with John Krell in Philadelphia and Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Master d’Etudes program in France. During her career as a music educator, begun in 1972 in Avon, Connecticut, Ms. Slobodien has designed, developed, and implemented music programs in public and private schools.
This program seeks to enhance music education in underserved schools by improving the physical, cultural, and cognitive access for elementary school students. Its objectives are to ensure that every student will experience an orchestra performance, understand the tradition and behavioral expectations at an orchestral concert, and learn vocabulary fundamental to orchestral music.
School District of Philadelphia — Frank Machos
Mr. Machos serves as the Director of Music Education for the School District of Philadelphia, a position he has held since August of 2013. Prior to his current administrative role, Mr. Machos spent his career in education teaching in Philadelphia public schools, specializing in instrumental music, grades K-12. Mr. Machos, originally from Edison, New Jersey, moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and a masters degree in music education. He also earned his MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Machos remains active in the Philadelphia music community, performing as a saxophonist with a variety of musicians and performing artists and covering a wide range of musical genres. Additionally, he is the founder and Executive Director of Limelight Arts, a community based performing arts organization.
Philadelphia Orchestra — Emily Anastasi
Emily Anastasi began her tenure at The Philadelphia Orchestra as Education and Community Partnerships Coordinator in 2011, shortly after receiving her degree in music education from West Chester University. After three years spent directing the production of various Orchestra programs for both adults and children as young as three, Emily was named Manager of Collaborative Learning. In this position she works with Orchestra members, teaching artists, community stakeholders and arts-related non-profit organizations in Greater Philadelphia to bring the Orchestra’s music and musicians to audiences of all ages, sizes and demographics in a meaningful way. When Emily isn’t dashing from program to program, she’s teaching violin, playing at weddings and other events, or performing at church.
Through West Side Connection, the Orchestra connects with its neighbor schools on the diverse West Side of Buffalo, providing guest artist visits, collaborative curriculum, and a culminating performance at the concert hall. The content of the activities is the exploration of diversity under the umbrella of music, based particularly in recent immigration and refugee resettlement in Buffalo from countries as varied as Burma, Bhutan, Iraq, Iran, and many countries of Africa.
Buffalo Public Schools — Robin Parkinson
Robin Parkinson received her Masters from The Juilliard School in bassoon performance, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University, as well as a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory. Under her direction, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has reached an all-time high of over 40,000 students served throughout Western New York. She has led several new initiatives such as web-streams of youth concerts into the schools, the neighborhood outreach program West Side Connection, and an annual Side by Side concert with the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. She has also piloted several new adult engagement programs such as the BPO Fantasy Camp and the multi-media Know the Score series. She gave the keynote speech for the 2011 New York State PTA Convention called, “Becoming an Effective Advocate for Arts Education”. In May 2012 Robin received BAVPA Foundation’s first Friend of the Arts Award.
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — James Schwanz
Mr. Schwanz is a music teacher for Buffalo Public Schools at the Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School. He received a M.Ed. in Music Education at the University at Buffalo, a School Building Leader certification from St. Bonaventure University, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction at Walden University. Mr. Schwanz has been an integral member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Education Committee assisting with the creation of various curriculum materials connecting diverse music cultures and education programs for students throughout Western New York. He leads professional development opportunities for the Buffalo Public School’s music department and regularly serves his school as an acting administrator. Mr. Schwanz also volunteers for the Red Cross, enjoys riding his motorcycle, and is an avid Buffalo sports fan. He currently resides in Kenmore, NY with his wife Dawn, their two boys Avery and Carson, and their two dogs Remy and Camille.
This partnership has engaged students at 10 schools in a myriad of activities that connect the students with the orchestra. Activities include: master classes and frequent visits by musicians; Cleveland Orchestra performances in Lakewood based on the teaching materials created by the orchestra’s education department and used by teachers in preparation for the performance; and many smaller activities that enhance the strong music program in Lakewood through collaboration and planning.
Lakewood City Schools — Elizabeth Hankins
Elizabeth Hankins is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Music Education at Case Western Reserve University. She has a B.Mus. Ed from Oberlin Conservatory and a M.A.Ed from Baldwin Wallace College. She began teaching in the Lakewood City Schools in 1990. She has taught orchestra in grades 5-12, music theory, piano class, and music history. She currently directs five orchestras at Lakewood High School, which consistently receive the highest ratings in state adjudicated events. Additionally, Ms. Hankins is the founding director of “The Lakewood Project”, an innovative rock orchestra. Her most recent personal accomplishments include 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, 2013 Oberlin Conservatory Distinguished Alum Award, 2014 published in Research Studies in Music Education, and 2015 “Outstanding Educator Award” Baldwin Wallace University. She considers “The Cleveland Orchestra at Home in Lakewood” one of her most uplifting accomplishments and is grateful to Joan Katz for their friendship and partnership.
The Cleveland Orchestra — Rachel Novak
Rachel Novak is the Manager of Learning Programs and Community Engagement for The Cleveland Orchestra. In this role, Ms. Novak serves as a teaching artist and primary administrator for a variety of school and community partnerships that promote learning through music for children of all ages. Previously, Ms. Novak served as the Assistant to the Manager of Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra, Resident Director for the Cleveland Institute of Music, principal bassoonist for the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra in Youngstown, Ohio, and an instrumental music instructor in the greater Cleveland, Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. Ms. Novak holds a Master of Music in Bassoon Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The Collaborative Arts Project provides multi-year partnerships led by local teaching artists to support music education in the D.C. public schools. In-school residencies, field trips, and performance opportunities throughout the year as well as summer intensive workshops are the hallmarks of the Project. All activities are designed to align with D.C. arts standards.
District of Columbia Public Schools — Benjamin Hall
Ben Hall began his career at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) as a music teacher at Bell Multicultural High School. There he worked with faculty to develop curriculum eventually leading to the creation of several music class offerings as well as a repertoire for the school band that included music from the Caribbean, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. In 2002 Ben joined the central office team and quickly became involved in developing curriculum and working to support teachers and administrators. During his time with DCPS, Hall has cultivated partnerships with both local and national organizations such as Washington Performing Arts (WPA), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Yamaha Corporation, and VH1-Save the Music. Hall has been instrumental in delivering high quality professional development to teachers, administrators, and various community organizations on DCPS initiatives and processes.
Washington Performing Arts — Michelle Hoffmann
As Washington Performing Arts’ Director of Education, Michelle Hoffmann oversees a talented staff of four as well as 27 teaching artists/ensembles in the development and implementation of arts education programs for students of all ages and backgrounds in Washington, DC and surrounding communities. With a BM in Flute Performance from Duquesne University, she has over 15 years’ experience in arts programming & education with such nonprofits as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative & the Kennedy Center.
The Community Opus Project is based on the principles of El Sistema, and, as one of its initial goals, it was created to convince the school district to return in-school instrumental music for all students. This important goal was accomplished after the second year, and now the partnership focuses on collaboration to create appropriate curricula and complementary programs that allow students to have music instruction during the school day as well as after-school programs in strings and band.
Chula Vista Elementary School District — Lauren Shelton
Lauren Shelton is the Visual and Performing Arts Resource Teacher for the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Mrs. Shelton has a strong background in arts education and arts management. She has taught fourth grade, where she began the school music program. Mrs. Shelton was a music director for the San Diego Children’s Choir and also led the Girl Scout Glee Chorus for the Centennial Celebration. Mrs. Shelton led the implementation of the Community Opus Project with the San Diego Youth Symphony in 2010. She has served on the California State Superintendent Task Force for the Blueprint of Creative Schools through CREATE CA. She is currently the Chairperson for the South Bay Arts Alliance in Education through the California Arts Alliance in Education.
San Diego Youth Symphony — Annette Fritzsche
Annette Fritzsche is the Community Program Manager at the San Diego Youth Symphony. Annette has taught both high school and middle school instrumental music in Colorado, and has a School Administrator License and MS in Organizational Leadership. She manages and expands partnerships with local school districts and other organizations with the vision of providing accessible and affordable high quality music education for all students.The San Diego Youth Symphony’s largest community program is the Community Opus Project which is an El Sistema-inspired strings and wind program with the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
This program provides cultural field experiences to students K-12. Through a sequential curriculum, students understand the connections between cultural and classroom activities, as well as meaningful connections between arts and non-arts disciplines. In addition, the students develop literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while improving their overall academic achievements.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools — Bryan Petorak
Bryan T. Petorak obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Performance and his Master of Arts in Music History from Long Island University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech and his Doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Petorak has spent over a decade working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in various visual & performing arts programs on the elementary and secondary levels. Currently, he is the District Supervisor for Performing Arts for Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the fourth largest school district in the country. Mr. Petorak has sung with the National Lyric Opera and with the DiCapo Opera Theatre. He made his film debut in the The Secret Lives of Dentists, appearing as an opera singer. Currently, he is in his ninth season with Florida Grand Opera performing in the ensemble cast.
Florida Grand Opera — Cerise Sutton
Cerise Sutton is currently in her fifth season as Director of Education with Florida Grand Opera. For 10 years Ms. Sutton has provided access to quality arts education for students, teachers, and the broader community throughout the U.S and Western Canada. Prior to her appointment at FGO, Ms. Sutton worked as the Director of Community Engagement with New World Symphony and as the Associate Director of Education and Community Programs with Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the latter capacity she effectively increased audience participation by 30 percent within the African-American communities of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Her creation and implementation of the BSO Teen Council is currently being used as a model for other orchestras, arts organizations and education institutions. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Bassoon Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of British Columbia.
This project provides students with arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for students K-12, and professional development in arts integration activities designed to improve reading literacy, and learning readiness. The residencies provide students with long-term arts experiences that also develop life and work-readiness skills such as self-discipline, self-evaluation, and self-confidence.
Hampton City Public Schools — K. George Dee
Mr. K. George Dee is currently the Fine Arts Teacher Specialist for Music Education for Hampton City Schools. He has a BA in Music Education and an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of New England in Portland, ME. Mr. Dee is a creative problem solver and results oriented professional with twenty years of experience as an educator, administrator, and music education advocate. His music ensembles were consecutive year Virginia Honor Bands. Mr. Dee is an EAYA Music-National Board Certified Teacher and has trained scorers for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Under his administrative leadership, the Hampton City Schools Music Department was named a NAMM Best Community for Music Education in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Young Audiences of Virginia — Michael Williams
Michael Kerry Williams served as the Artistic Director and Arts-In-Education Director for Young Audiences Arts For Learning Virginia for 14 years. He recently stepped into the Executive Director role over the past two years. Michael is a strong supporter of arts integration and has been pursuing excellence in the field for over 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance and in Composition from Westminster Choir College at Princeton, with advanced studies, certificates and degrees from New York University, Julliard School of Music and Non Profit Management certification from TCC. Michael maintains his career as a classical vocalist, composer, and poet.
This partnership exposes many students to orchestral music through concerts, small ensemble assemblies, and master classes. In addition, NJSO provides professional development for teachers focusing on instructional and performance pedagogy. This year, high school students will perform side-by-side with members of the orchestra. After nine years, the program has broadened and expanded based on the needs of the district, while staying focused on providing orchestral experiences for students.
New Brunswick Public Schools — Lee Neamand
Lee Neamand is the Supervisor of Fine, Visual and Performing Arts for the New Brunswick Public Schools in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has been in public education for over 19 years and has maintained an active performance schedule. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and volunteers as an arts advocate in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She has presented workshops at State and National music conferences as well as local professional development. She believes that all students should have access to high quality arts programs as part of their core academic instruction.
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra — Marshell Jones Kumahor
Marshell Jones Kumahor’s tenure as the Vice President of Education & Community Engagement for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) began in July 2009. She has dedicated nearly 20 years to the field of arts education in various roles including administrator, grantmaker and educator, and now extends her expertise to the orchestra field. Prior to joining the NJSO, Mrs. Kumahor served nearly six years as Associate Program Director of Grantmaking at The Center for Arts Education in Manhattan. In this capacity, she oversaw the grantmaking division, which awarded nearly $10 million to hundreds of New York City public schools and nonprofit organizations to fund arts education partnership programs. Mrs. Kumahor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Created through the Link Up program designed by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, this program provides teacher training and support to implement a curriculum in recorders that culminates in an interactive performance in which the students perform with the orchestra. This standards-based curriculum for all third graders is designed to develop music vocabulary, understand orchestral music, read and play music, and follow directions of the conductor.
Central Unified School District — William McKee
Mr. McKee graduated Fresno State University in 1983 with a BA in Music and a mathematics minor, and immediately began his teaching career as a high school band director at a private school in Fresno. In 1987 he established a Parochial Elementary program and taught 5 elementary schools. He joined Central Unified in 1988 and taught middle school for 10 years. His experience includes students from K-12. He is now teaching grades 4 – 6 instrumental music and 3rd grade recorder. For the past two years he has participated in the partnership of the Fresno Philharmonic and Central Unified to begin using the LinkUp program for recorder students.
Fresno Philharmonic — Stephen Wilson
Stephen Wilson was appointed Executive Director of the Fresno Philharmonic in July 2012. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York State for 12 years. In Fresno, he serves on the advisory board for Fresno Unified School District’s Any Given Child arts education initiative and is a board member of the Valley Cultural Coalition. Stephen is a professional member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and the League of American Orchestras. He is a recipient of the Broome County Arts Council’s Heart of the Arts Award.
This intensive, nine-month program introduces students to opera, the arts, and creative thinking. Through a collaborative process, students write, produce, and perform an original opera based on the core curriculum of the district. The Opera staff work in collaboration with classroom teachers, providing teaching training, classroom instruction, and materials for sets. In addition, students see a live performance of touring educational operas, and participate in a workshop with the cast.
Escambia County School District — Mary Holway
Mary holds two Bachelor degrees from the University of West Florida: Music Education/Voice and Psychology. She is Kodály Level 2 certified and teaches K-5 general music at Pensacola Beach Elementary School. She has partnered with Pensacola Opera Education Director, Amanda Cook for three years, implementing their From Words to Music program. She is a member of the opera chorus with the Pensacola Opera and has performed with them since 2008. Mary is the children’s choir Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church where she also sings with the adult choir and plays in the handbell choir. She also sings with and is the Past President of the Board of Directors for the Choral Society of Pensacola. Mary teaches private voice in her home at Mary’s Music Studio in Gulf Breeze.
Pensacola Opera — Amanda Cook
Amanda Cook is currently in her fourth season as the Director of Education for Pensacola Opera in Pensacola, Florida where she oversees all of the community and outreach performances, including the Young Artist program. She received her B.A. of Music Education from the University of West Florida and immediately began teaching elementary and middle school music. After a seven-year teaching career, Amanda accepted her first position with Pensacola Opera as a teaching artist with the company’s From Words to Music program, which involves students composing an original opera based on a story they are reading in class. Amanda continued in that position until 2010 when she was hired as the Education Director. Prior to her employment there, Amanda spent ten years as a volunteer and performer for the company. Amanda spends much time on the beach with her three daughters and plans to pursue her Master’s degree next fall.
A Sound ExChange string quartet made seven visits to a second grade classroom in the fall of 2013. The quartet worked closely with the classroom teacher to create musical activities that complemented the teacher’s existing teaching plans. The program was designed to showcase the similarities between the artists and the students. While the students did learn about string quartet music, they also experienced communication skills, problem solving, and cooperation through the presentations in the classroom. This pilot program is the basis for future collaboration in the district.
East Irondequoit Central School District — Lynn Grossman
Lynn Grossman specializes in elementary general music education. She has collaborated with arts organization, Sound ExChange to create musical partnerships between professional musicians and primary school students. Ms. Grossman has a B.M. and M.A. from the Eastman School of Music. She has taught K-2 music in the East Irondequoit School District (Rochester, NY) for seven years. Ms. Grossman is also a lead teacher at the El-Sistema-inspired after school music program, ROCmusic, and is president-elect for the New York Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. Ms. Grossman is co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming Envisioning Music Teacher Education (Rowman and Littlefield). She has also presented her work at the Society for Music Teacher Educators, the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting and the Research in Music Education Conference.
Sound ExChange Project — Emily Wozniak
Emily Wozniak is actively realizing a vision to make classical music vital and relevant to contemporary culture. Emily studied horn performance, music education and arts leadership at the Eastman School of Music and completed her master’s degree in 2013. As the founder and executive director of Sound ExChange, Emily leads variety of projects to transform the way music is presented and experienced on stage and in the classroom. Sound ExChange has been recognized with awards from Eastman’s New Venture Challenge, the New York State Business Plan Competition and Digital Rochester. An advocate for music education, Emily taught extensively in Houston public schools and focused on designing partnerships between ensembles and school programs for her graduate research at Eastman. Most recently, her collaborative work was accepted into the 2015 Research in Music Education Conference at the University of Exeter, UK. Currently, Emily teaches in the Arts Leadership Program at Eastman.
As the JAS application describes, the demographics of the Aspen area are very different from what outsiders may perceive, and the initiative helps struggling school districts to collaborate with local teaching artists, receive instruments, participate in a regional jazz festival, begin composition study, and other activities based on the needs of the school and the music teacher.
Aspen School District — Steven Heldt
Steve Heldt is currently the Instrumental Music Director and IB Music instructor for the Aspen School District in Aspen, Colorado. He hails originally from the Chicago suburbs, where he attended Northern Illinois University, earning bachelor’s degrees in music education and trumpet performance as well as a Master of Music degree studying with the likes of Mark Ponzo, Brett Mitchell, Ronnie Wootenand Ronald Carter. Before moving to Colorado, he was a member of the 6-time national champion Illinois Brass Band on solo cornet and soprano cornet. Since Steve moved to Aspen, the music program has quadrupled in size and continues to grow. Looking ahead, Mr. Heldt hopes to, with the help of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, develop the music program in the Aspen School District into one of the premier music programs in the state.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass — Chris Bank
Chris was the 5th of 10 children and all of them studied music from a young age. The schools had very strong programs and the community was very supportive of the arts. When his two children were growing up they took lessons but the band programs were fading fast so they lost interest. That’s when Chris got involved, first with other parents and then the administration. That led to his current position with JAS Aspen helping schools rebuild programs with assistance both in the classroom and with purchasing much needed equipment that wasn’t in the budgets. He oversees the education programs for the last 15 years along with 5 other staff in the schools.
Now in its 50th year, this partnership focuses on providing string classes for all elementary string students who wish to participate while also following the “feeder” patterns to middle school and high school. The orchestra also uses several ensembles that visit schools and further musical instruction beyond performance. The MSO provides 195 hours of instruction at 19 schools, and has built a program that complements string instruction throughout the district.
Jackson Public School District — Marlynn Martin
From Kentucky to other states and abroad, Dr. Marlynn Martin has been afforded vast experiences in education and particularly in the realms of the arts and arts education. Her degree accomplishments in the arts coupled with curriculum and gifted education have allowed her to not only be a musical performer, but also teach in K-12 music settings and serve as an arts integration specialist, trainer and advocate. Furthermore, the arts have presented opportunities for her to provide innovative instruction and curriculum writing for English as a Second Language and Gifted education students. Dr. Martin continues to share her passion for the arts and education by being a mentor and instructor to new teachers through her adjunct professorships. Her dedication and advocacy for the arts continues to be a vitally integral part of her professional and personal careers. Dr. Martin currently is the Principal and Arts Director of Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex, the only 4th -12th grade school of its’ type in Mississippi. Under Dr. Martin’s leadership, Power APAC was recognized as a 2011 John F. Kennedy School of Distinction in Arts Education, a 2014 Arts Schools Network Exemplary School of Distinction and has maintained “High Performing” academic status as recognized by the Mississippi Department of Education for seven years.
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra — Carla Briggs
Carla Briggs originates from New Orleans, Louisiana and developed her music studies with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in the 9th through 12th grades. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. From 1994-2003 Mrs. Briggs taught in the Tupelo, Mississippi Public Schools, conducted the Tupelo Symphony Youth Orchestra and performed in the Tupelo, Mississippi Orchestra, the Columbus, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the University of Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra. She is a past conductor of the Premier Orchestra Institute and the Jackson Public Schools All City Orchestra. Carla is a member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, is Minister of Music at Christway Church, serves on the Mississippi Music Committee of the Church of God, teaches classes for the Church of God Ministerial Internship Program and volunteers at various community churches. She also leads music classes and choirs at Summer Youth camps.
Performance Partners is designed to develop lifelong interest in music while identifying musical opportunities. Included in the program are sectional rehearsals, coaching sessions, interaction with professional musicians, and a final side-by-side concert. This concert is created in partnership with the school district, so that it connects with the core curriculum, and allows students to enhance their musical abilities while understanding the relationship of orchestral music to the broader culture.
Uniondale Union Free School District — Beatrice Flipse
Beatrice Flipse has served as the orchestra director of the Uniondale High School orchestra program since 2007. Her students participate in a diverse range of performances each year and have been recognized internationally in adjudications and competitions. She received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Manhattanville College and a masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Hofstra University. Miss Flipse serves on the board of the Long Island String Festival Association, most recently working as the Chamber Music Festival Vice President. She also performs regularly as a free-lance violinist across Long Island and is a member of the Prima Quartet.
Long Island Philharmonic — Jane Park
Jane Park is the Arts-in-Education Coordinator for the Long Island Philharmonic. She works with numerous school districts, private schools, and homeschool groups across Long Island to bring a variety of music presentations to schools, libraries, and concert halls. Jane is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she was a member of the highly acclaimed Westminster Choir under the baton of Joseph Flummerfelt and performed with some of the finest orchestras and conductors in the world. She has appeared as a chorister at Spoleto Festival USA and has sung with the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus, Long Island Masterworks, and Frances C. Roberts & Company. Jane is currently a member of the eVoco Voice Collective and also serves as the pianist for the Men’s Choir at Arumdaun Presbyterian Church in Bethpage, NY.
This partnership has four components: private lessons, team teaching, afterschool orchestra, and a side-by-side concert. The program has been in existence for five years, and has grown by grade level and offering through a strategic plan and carefully crafted curriculum. The culminating concert takes place each year at the Wortham Center Cullen Theater in downtown Houston.
Yes Prep Public Schools — Timothy Maynard
Tim Maynard is entering his third year as orchestra director at Yes Prep West. He is also an active percussionist and frequent clinician in the Houston area. Prior to his current position he served on the faculty at Lone Star College, Houston Community College, and Sam Houston State University.
Mercury — Andres Gonzalez
Andres Gonzalez has performed as a solo violinist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe. His playing has earned him many opportunities to appear as a soloist with several distinguished ensembles. Andrés holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Miami and a Master in Music from Rice University. His teachers include Sergiu Luca, Thomas Moore and Tibor Varga. Andrés resides in Houston where he is a member of Mercury, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, among others. In addition, Andrés is a Violin Professor at Bridges Academy and the Education Manager at Mercury, where he leads the partnership between the orchestra and Yes Prep West.
This program is designed to encourage students in the district to get interested and excited about playing string instruments. In this small district, the MSO perform concerts, present master classes and workshops, offer instrument exploration, and partner in a program to get instruments for the students. The success of the elementary program has begun to “spill over” to middle school and even high school, as more students continue their studies in strings.
Worcester County Public Schools — Lisa Adams
Lisa Adams has taught in Worcester County, MD for 15 years. During her tenure she has had the opportunity to have her students perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She has also been instrumental in starting and maintaining the orchestral strings program in the county. Lisa is a freelance flutist in the Salisbury, MD area. She performs as principal flute with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and with “Flutopia”, a flute duo. Lisa is a graduate of Indiana University of PA and Salisbury University. She enjoys life with her husband, son and daughter on their farm.
Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra — JoFran Falcon
JoFran Falcon is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and is Vice President of Education and Outreach. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but was raised in Iowa. Coming from a musical family, she played the violin in school orchestras, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and spent two summers at the Interlochen High School Music Camp. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa. There she met her husband James Falcon. They have two children, William and Jenanne. She was a teacher and librarian/media specialist for over 25 years, mainly in the Montgomery County, Maryland, school system. In 1988 they retired to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As a representative of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, she enjoys working with dedicated music teachers like Lisa Adams, our school partner for this Yale Symposium.
The Residency program provides exposure to string literature played by professional musicians for K-8 students. The program begins with small ensemble performances and sectional coaching. These run parallel with teaching in the public school program, and include volunteers from Music for Youth who help the classroom teacher with tuning, accompanying, and other needs. The Exchange portion of the program involves teaching at both the urban Bridgeport school and a suburban school district. This culminates in a joint performance that develops friendship and respect between culturally diverse communities.
Bridgeport Public Schools — Ivamary Bradham
Ivamary Bradham is a music teacher in the Bridgeport Public Schools. She received her Bachelor degree in Music Education from UConn and her Master degree from the CCSU in Music Education. She is also the founder of her company Ivamary Music LLC, where she self-publishes songs that are in the form of childrens’ musicals that she has composed over sixteen years for children pre-K through third grade. This new resource works with students in regular education as well as students will special needs. Currently, she is working on a musical about trains. Ivamary plays double bass in big bands and orchestras and gives private lessons and is working on becoming a certified Suzuki Violin teacher and is a NAfME state adjudicator and is a member of the Iva and JJ Duo with professional violinist and cellist Mr. Jen Jen Hsu.
Music for Youth — Misty Beyer
Misty Beyer received her BSN from University of Colorado. Her passion for the performing arts and music brought her back to school to continue her studies in music and early childhood education. She received her certificate in a number of early childhood music programs including Kindermusik® and Music for Young Children®. In 2010 she completed the Montessori Teacher Certification Program. Serving as a volunteer for a number of Community Arts Organizations in Santa Cruz California, she helped launch chamber music and performance-based programs for youth. Beyer initiated the popular Musical Mondays program in Santa Cruz and started a successful after-school music program at her elementary school. After moving to Connecticut, Ms. Beyer opened a private piano studio in Fairfield and helped facilitate and organize a number of music series programs in her community. She took on the role of Executive Director of Music for Youth in 2014.
For 56 years, the public schools and the symphony of Great Falls have collaborated on many activities that benefit the community and the students. Music is Core brings nine “core” musicians (string quartet and woodwind quintet) into the instrumental classrooms in grades 5–12 to enhance the instruction available to music students. This includes master classes, sectionals, and private lessons. The core musicians work with the music teacher carefully to develop appropriate programs and activities.
Great Falls Public Schools — Dusty Molyneaux
Dusty Molyneaux is the Music and Art Supervisor for the Great Falls Public Schools. Before taking on this position, he was the band director at Great Falls High School, where he taught for 15 years. The GFHS Symphonic Band was invited to perform at the NW-NAfME festival twice during his time there. He also taught instrumental music in the Shepherd, MT Public Schools for three years. He is a past-president of the Montana Music Educators Association, is a past president of the Montana Bandmasters Association, and is an active trumpet player in the region. In January of 2014 he was awarded the National Federation of High Schools Outstanding Montana Music Educator of the Year by the Montana High School Association. Dusty has earned degrees from the University of Montana (BME) and VanderCook College of Music (MME), and holds a supervisory license from the University of Montana.
Great Falls Symphony — Megan Karls
Violinist Megan Karls performs in the Cascade String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence with the Great Falls Symphony. She also travels across the West as a member of the Billings, Bozeman, and Festival Amadeus orchestras and with the Yellowstone Chamber Players. A Wisconsin native, Megan has previously held positions with orchestras across the country, including the Des Moines Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and others. In addition to her duties in Great Falls, Megan maintains an active touring schedule premiering works by living composers, both as a soloist and as a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble, the Enid Trio. Megan holds degrees in Music Performance and Political Science with honors from Lawrence University, and a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Iowa.
The Cliburn’s signature music education program, Musical Awakenings, is presented in elementary schools with diverse student populations where it serves to bridge the cultural gaps and give students the opportunity to hear classical music. The program is interactive, and teaches basic elements of music through live performance and classroom preparation in advance. The curriculum allows students to approach music from concepts of “multiple intelligences,” and it reinforces the school district’s core curriculum.
Fort Worth Independent School District — Christina Walk
Christina Walk was named Executive Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Fort Worth ISD in July 2014. Starting in 1991, she served the district for 23 years as a teacher (band director), music specialist, and as the Director of Instrumental Music. Ms. Walk is an avid advocate for the arts, works closely with community partners and is active in professional learning for young teachers. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.
The Cliburn — Shields Bray
Shields Bray has been Principal Keyboardist in the Fort Worth Symphony since 1986, and has hosted its pre-concert discussions since 1993. He is Artistic Consultant at The Cliburn, where he developed its Musical Awakenings initiative with John Feierabend. The Cliburn produces 250 Musical Awakenings performances annually, and reaches 48,000 students.
This partnership arose from the desire to create an El Sistema-inspired program in western North Carolina thanks to funding from a private foundation. An after-school program, it is led by individuals from both symphony and the school district, and includes students in K–1, which will expand each year. The school in which it is based was chosen because of the multitude of socio-economic issues for students in the school. After school, students receive a healthy snack followed by homework assistance. The program is being built over multiple years, and this year string instruction will begin. For the first two years, classes included bucket drumming, Orff, and choir.
Asheville City School District — Melody McGarrahan
Melody has shared her talents with students all over Asheville as a local TAPAS artist (Teaching Artist Presenter for the Asheville Schools). In her spare time Melody has sung at the Biltmore Estate, with the Asheville Symphony Chorus and with the Asheville Choral Society. Melody is currently the music specialist for Hall Fletcher School and the Site Administrator for MusicWorks, an El Sistema-inspired music enrichment program. Melody was voted, Teacher of the Year for Hall Fletcher School as well as District-Wide Teacher of the Year first runner up winner. In 2013 Melody was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Scholarship, an Innovation grant and a two-time Forte grant winner. In 2014 Melody received a Fellows Grant to initiate STEAM learning opportunities. As a mentor teacher she enjoys sharing best practice teaching strategies focused on integrating literacy with music at workshops throughout the East Coast.
Asheville Symphony — Emily Talley
Emily Talley recently graduated from Western Carolina University with her Masters in Music Performance where she served as a graduate assistant and principal clarinetist of the WCU Wind Ensemble. In 2013 she was chosen as a winner of the 2013 Concerto Competition. Emily completed her Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Western Carolina University in 2004 and since then has performed with HART Theater, Asheville Community Theater, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and Spartanburg Philharmonic. She is currently the assistant band director at Asheville High School as well as a teaching artist at MusicWorks! At Hall Fletcher Elementary. Emily also teaches private clarinet lessons and has had numerous students selected for All-District and All-State. Her clarinet choir at Asheville High School recently performed at the Vandoren Clarinet Choir Festival at the University of South Alabama. She currently resides in Candler, NC with her husband, Will, and two sons, Braeden and Billy.
ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) connects professional artistic and creative elements of opera with classroom curricula. In close collaboration with teachers on curriculum, the program has three overall principles: a multi-step collaboration between teaching artists and teachers, a high level of flexibility, and professional development at a high level. Designed for K–8, it develops programs that connect SF Opera resources to specific needs in a school.
San Francisco Unified School District — Ra Price
Ra is a 4th grade teacher in San Francisco, California. She has been involved with the San Francisco ARIA Network Program for the past three years. With this program, she collaborates with the S.F. Aria’s teaching artists to bring the world of opera to her students. Additionally, she enjoys working with the San Francisco ARIA because it gives a chance for students to thrive musically, make connections, and reinforce curriculum through arts integration. Ra has a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She is a California native who currently lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, Geoff.
San Francisco Opera — Charles Chip McNeal
Charles Chip Mc Neal is the Curriculum & Program Specialist for San Francisco Opera where he researches and writes curriculum and leads pedagogy and professional development endeavors. Mc Neal also serves as senior faculty and advisor for Alameda County Office of Education. Mc Neal is the award-winning former Director of Education for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE), which he established. CDE provided arts education experiences to over 30,000 children, youth, and families every year. His performing credits include dramatic stage work, film, television and live musical theater. He works as an actor, dancer, singer, director, lecturer, and educator – conducting artist/teacher training; creating & evaluating arts and education programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mc Neal is an experienced administrator, arts educator and civic leader with undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology. He earned his Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University.
OrchKids is a year-round, during- and after-school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City. It is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to expand its relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, and meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities. Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, currently OrchKids works with five public schools in Baltimore City, serving close to 825 children from Pre-K through 9th grade.
Baltimore City Public Schools — Jared Perry
Jared Perry has had the pleasure of working with students at Booker T. Washington Middle School for the Arts as the Band Director and General Music Teacher. In that time, he began working as an Assistant Conductor with OrchKids, an organization through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra that brings music to inner city youth. He received his B.A. in Music and his MAT from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, he has worked with Baltimore City youth for several years through various organizations and summer camps as a coordinator and music counselor. Currently, he plays the trumpet with the praise and worship team at Living Waters Ministries in Towson, Maryland. He has played with Gospel artists such as William McDowell, Daniel Johnson, and more.
Baltimore Symphony — Dan Trahey
Dan Trahey is a musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids” where he is Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program “Tuned In” at the Peabody Conservatory where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. Dan plays Tuba for the Archipelago Project, the Austria based RET Brass Band, and the education troupe, Creative Connections, and has performed world wide for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. Dan is a consultant for programs desiring to use music as a vehicle for social change. In addition to founding two El Sistema programs in Baltimore, Dan has helped start El Sistema inspired programs in Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Innsbruck, Allentown, Waterbury, Alexandria, Kalamazoo, and others. Baltimore City awarded Dan the Most Valuable Player in the Arts last year.
The partnership between the NSO and the Fairfax County Public Schools serves 18,000 students, including a Youth Fellowship program, the Visiting Conductor program, and the In-School Ensembles program. In addition, all 4th grade students attend a Young People’s Concert at the Kennedy Center, and teachers use study guides created by the orchestra to prepare the students for the performance. The Youth Fellowship program provides lessons and many other activities for talented students from the Fairfax County Public School System.
Fairfax County Public Schools — Jennifer Himes
Jennifer Himes is an Educational Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), in Fairfax, Virginia. She oversees the county’s elementary and secondary summer arts enrichment programs, the Institute for the Arts and Elementary Institute for the Arts. In addition, she coordinates the annual FCPS field trip to the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts at the Kennedy Center which are attended by 12,000 4th grade students from 139 elementary schools. Ms. Himes also works on K-12 cross-curricular projects and helps support over 1,000 FCPS fine and performing arts teachers. Ms. Himes received a B.A. in violin performance at The University of Kansas, a Diploma of Merit from The University of London, National Centre for Orchestra Studies and an M.A. in arts management from The American University. She maintains an active freelance career in the Washington D.C area. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her two rescue cats Raz and Gibbs.
National Symphony Orchestra — Carole Wysocki
Since 1981, Carole has led the NSO Education Program and built it into what it is today – a multifaceted program focusing on performances for young audiences (offering a continuum of performances starting with age 3 to grade 12) and training opportunities for aspiring professional musicians using the resource of the NSO. She created the Teddy Bear and Kinderclassic concerts for small children and the In-School Ensembles program and expanded training opportunities for young artists. Carole led the education efforts in all NSO American Residencies from 1992-2011. She created and directs the NSO Summer Music Institute, now in its 22nd year. She holds a bachelor’s from Smith College and a master’s from the University of Illinois. She studied at the University of Hamburg and Hochschüle für Musik in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007 she served as a consultant to the Ural Philharmonic in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The partnership is based on a comprehensive planning process including kindergarten teachers and musicians and staff from the PSO. During planning, the key objectives were related to social skills development, literacy and numeracy understanding, and school readiness. The PSO’s musical skills align well with these curricular based needs, and allow the partners to create programs that use musical activities to accomplish these goals.
Portland Public Schools — Alyson Ciechomski
Alyson Ciechomski is an elementary music specialist in the Portland Public Schools, Portland Maine. Alyson received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. She also received the Orff Schulwerk certification Level I-III from the University of Massachusetts. Alyson has maintained an active playing career with various orchestras in Maine and New England as a double bassist. Recently, Ms. Ciechomski was a guest lecturer at the Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education at the University of Southern Maine ~ School of Music. She was also selected to teach English in Shinagawa Tokyo during the summer of 2012. Currently, Alyson is partnering with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and kindergarten teachers to expand the math and literacy curriculum with a variety of music based programs and is part of a team working with Side by Side, an arts integration program.
Portland Symphony Orchestra — Norman Huynh
Now in his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine, Norman Huynh is responsible for conducting and programming numerous concerts, as well as supporting the work of Music Director Robert Moody. One of Norman’s greatest passions is educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers. With an extensive background in music education, Norman scripts and develops the PSO’s education programs to provide a deep and meaningful experience for Maine residents of all ages. Norman received his Master’s Degree in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Edward Polochick and Marin Alsop. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Alabama and studied euphonium with Demondrae Thurman.
There are four major components to this partnership: ensemble performances, coaching by members of the orchestra and conductor, Discovery concerts at the performance hall, and attendance by teachers at RSO performances. The relationship has also expanded to include special projects. For example, next year, the Symphony will present a program on the Holocaust for seventh grade students, and detailed study guides will be presented to all appropriate classrooms.
Roanoke City Public Schools — Cari Gates
Cari Gates has served as the Fine and Performing Arts Supervisor for Roanoke City Public Schools since July, 2012. In partnership with the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Cari has facilitated nine grants leading to the complete rebuild of elementary instrumental music programs. The NAMM Foundation has recognized Roanoke City Public Schools as a Best Community for Music Education in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Cari has also served as music teacher and band director in Virginia and New Mexico. Cari holds a Master of Education in educational leadership from The College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Ashland University. Cari serves on various committees including the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Roanoke Symphony Education committee.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra — David Stewart Wiley
David Stewart Wiley is an acclaimed and energetic conductor, educational collaborator, concert pianist, film composer, and recording artist. Wiley is Music Director & Conductor of Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic (NY), conducts major symphonies throughout the U.S. and Europe, was Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony. Among his diverse and creative activities, Wiley conceived and leads a program with business executives and musicians together titled “Conducting Change”. Other innovative events include “RSO Rocks” and the new “Destination” series. The RSO just produced its first live TV/Web broadcast. Winner of the Aspen Conducting Prize, Assistant Conductor for the Aspen Music Festival, Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood. D.M & M.M. in Conducting from Indiana University, B.M. in Piano from the New England Conservatory, B.A. in Religion, summa cum laude, Tufts University. Perry F. Kendig Prize, Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International, NAACP “Citizen of the Year”.
The concept of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive and intensive introduction to the skills and collaboration required to compose and produce an opera. The program celebrates opera as a multifaceted art form that offers a unique opportunity to engage all types of learning styles and multiple intelligences. Students who participate in the residency also attend the full dress rehearsal of the season’s first opera. By that time, students will have studied the opera, written a dramatic poem and then composed a mini-aria, worked with a professional opera singer, and learned about set design, lighting, costuming, and production.
San Diego Unified School District — Christopher Mena
Christopher Mena is Director of Bands at Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, California. He holds both a B.M. in Music Education and teaching credential from San Diego State University where he graduated Cum Laude with distinction. He is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society. His academic interests include musical transmission practices of indigenous cultures and the effects of culturally responsive curriculum on the self-efficacy of urban students. Mr. Mena also performs in the son jarocho group Son de San Diego who recently finished a year-long collaboration with the pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Mr. Mena was also recently accepted into the University of Washington for graduate study in Music Education.
San Diego Opera — John Gabriel
John Gabriel holds a B.A. degree in Music from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. degree in Musicology from San Diego State University, where he also served as Lecturer in Music. He has conducted ethnomusicological fieldwork in Mexico, Ghana, and Indonesia, and has served on the board of Resounding Joy, a San Diego-based music therapy organization. Active in arts administration since 2008, he is currently Director of Education for School Programs at San Diego Opera, where he is assessing and designing the organization’s educational programming.
The programs include the elementary Young Person’s Concert performed by the Sarasota Orchestra with free transportation and an elementary curriculum guide for attending students created in partnership with the Sarasota Orchestra’s Education Department and elementary music teachers from Manatee County; middle school Young Person’s Concert performed by the Sarasota Orchestra; free sectionals and master classes provided by professional musicians for Manatee County students participating in middle and high school music programs; and weekly discussions to address the school system’s music education needs.
School District of Manatee County — David Pope
David Pope currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at Manatee High School, the Associate Conductor for the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, and the co-director of Florida State University’s String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state and regional orchestras and served as a guest clinician for various orchestra programs. Previously, Dr. Pope taught for Maryville City Schools and served as the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras. Dr. Pope has presented pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, and national conferences. His research has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, String Research Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and Florida Music Director. Dr. Pope currently serves on the Florida Orchestra Association’s Executive Board. In 2009, he was the recipient of Tennessee’s Outstanding Young Music Educator award.
Sarasota Orchestra — Alyson Rozier
Alyson Rozier is the Director of Education for the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, FL. In this position, she manages the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, the Summer Music Camp, Young Person’s Concerts and all outreach activities to the schools. During her tenure, she has increased participation in the Sarasota Youth Orchestras by 65% and the Summer Music Camp by 53%. The Young Person’s Concerts annually reach 10,000 local 4thand 5th grade students. Ms. Rozier’s children’s programming and curriculum materials have been praised consistently by donors and state grantors as “some of the best materials they have ever seen.” Proud of the ongoing relationship she has with the local schools, the Sarasota Orchestra provides professional musicians to coach and performing in the schools as part of the numerous outreach activities. She is a member of the Sarasota Arts Task Force and Sarasota County’s Community/Schools Partnership for the Arts Steering Committee.
Sonido Musica is a middle school instrumental music program collaboration between the Community Music School and Springfield Public Schools. The director of this program designed it in conjunction with the principals from six of the Springfield Middle Schools and involves over 30 students from each of the six schools studying weekly violin, viola, cello as well as a variety of band instruments. It has resulted in the creation of at least one full-time public school music position that did not exist before the program.
Springfield Public Schools — Julie Jaron
Julie Jaron, B.M.E., M.M.E., C.A.G.S. is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts. For over thirty years Ms. Jaron has dedicated herself to a full spectrum of music and arts programming that enhances the academic achievements of students Pre-K – 12. Among her many current duties as fine arts director, she provides professional support to arts teachers, advocates for and manages resources for arts programming, serves as an arts-focused liaison between the school district and the Springfield community, writes and implements grants benefitting students’ arts education, and facilitates professional development that enhances or develops arts instruction, curricula and assessment. At the core of all her work is the desire to inspire and create arts education opportunities, and to empower educators to instill in children the love of learning both in and through the arts.
Community Music School of Springfield — Eileen McCaffery
Eileen has served as Executive Director of Community Music School of Springfield since 2014, and served as Interim Executive Director from 2012-14. Prior to serving in nonprofit management, Eileen was a partner in San Francisco based Montgomery Asset Management where she was responsible for marketing and client services for Emerging Markets and global investments. She is is married, the parent of 15 year old twins, and lives in Massachusetts.
Founded in 1996, Special Music School (PS 859) represents a unique public/private partnership between Kaufman Music Center and the New York City Department of Education. The curriculum is creatively cutting edge and yet practical, as it emphasizes the development of the student as a musician for the 21st century. With the establishment of the high school extension, Special Music School is the city’s only K–12 school that teaches music as a core subject. Special Music School is intended for children who exhibit strong musical potential and whose parents feel that music should be a primary component of their children’s education.
New York City Public Schools — Katherine Banucci-Smith
Katherine Banucci-Smith is currently the Principal of the Special Music School, a public school in New York City for musically gifted students. The school currently serves grades kindergarten through tenth grades but will expand to grade twelve in the next two years. Katherine is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, and graduated with a double major in voice and music education. She taught for several years in the White Plains school district and also directed several choirs for the Children’s Aid Society. After receiving her Ed.M from Teachers College she worked in several New York City public schools programs.
Kaufman Music Center — Sandra Noreen
Pianist Sandra Noreen debuted with orchestra at age 14. Studied at the University of British Columbia, Yale University, the California Institute of the Arts, and UC San Diego. While completing her PhD, she performed with SONOR and Sirius ensembles. Premiered of over 200 new works, many of them written for her. Coaches include Harvey Sollberger, Gilbert Kalish, Gyorgy Sebok, Pierre Boulez, Vinko Globokar, and The Arditti Quartet. On faculty at Diller-Quaile for 8 years, teaching piano and theory, as well as leading adult chamber music courses, faculty concerts, and “Explorations” concerts, an interactive series which explored connections between music, art, architecture and culture. Many years of private piano teaching to all ages. Currently Dean of Music for Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, New York’s only K–12 public school that teaches classical music as part of the academic school day.
This program has three components: an annual 4th grade concert, ensembles in schools, and community music lessons for students with financial need. All of the activities are developed to match the curricular needs of the music program. For example, the 4th grade TSO concert is focused on encouraging students to choose a musical instrument since student instruction begins in the following year.
Toledo Public Schools — Melissa Mason
Melissa Mason, Music Educator at Toledo Public Schools (TPS), Toledo, Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio University and a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University. She has worked for TPS for 30 years and is currently on a 3-year assignment as an Intern Consultant, overseeing first year teachers. She is a certified evaluator for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. Melissa has served TPS as an assistant band director and elementary music specialist. Melissa coordinates programs with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and The Toledo Ballet for TPS. She is also the cite coordinator for Artist In Residence programs through grants from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). She facilitated OAC grant writing workshops and recently served on its grant review board for Artist in Residency grants. Melissa is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Ohio Music Educators Association, and the Toledo Federation of Teachers.
Toledo Symphony — Felecia Kanney
Felecia Kanney, Event Sales Manager at the Toledo Symphony, obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Business Administration degrees from Bowling Green State University. She currently serves as the coordinator for the Young People’s Concerts, Neighborhood and Regional Concerts, and Ensemble Performances. Felecia previously managed patron loyalty initiatives in the marketing department of the Toledo Symphony and taught elementary music and strings at Fremont City Schools in Fremont, Ohio.
The Conservatory in the Schools program provides the school district with composers who can teach theory, composition, and music appreciation; ensembles who work with instrumental and vocal groups; and Musical Bridges that provide private lessons for advanced students. In each of these programs, the focus is flexible, designed to meet the specific musical needs of each student, each teacher, and the school as a whole. The program also helps UMKC students and faculty to become outstanding community leaders through these efforts.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools — Jodie Lin
Jodie Lin graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters of Music in instrumental conducting. Ms. Lin was a band director in the the public schools for 11 years, served three years as a middle school assistant principal and currently holds the position of Fine Arts Coordinator in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She is an avid bassoon teacher and has enjoyed performing with various artists and groups including the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., Mannheim Steamroller and the Moody Blues. Ms. Lin is also the conductor of the Midwest Winds, a civic wind ensemble based in the greater Kansas City metro area.
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance — Mara Gibson
Composer Mara Gibson is originally from Charlottesville, VA, graduated from Bennington College, and completed her Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo. She has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, and the John Hendrick Memorial Commission. Internationally renowned ensembles and soloists have performed her music throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Asia, and Europe. Dr. Gibson teaches at the UMKC Conservatory while leading the Conservatory’s Community Music and Dance Academy as director, where she is founder of the UMKC Composition Workshop and co-director/founder of ArtSounds.
Since 1976, the North Carolina Symphony has presented educational concerts for students. In recent years, the Arts Education Department of the schools and the symphony’s education department have worked together to develop programs focused on grades 6–12, including master classes, advocacy discussions for students, humanities-themed concerts, concerto competitions, open rehearsals, pre-concert opportunities for young performers, and Young Strings in the Triangle — a program of private lessons for students with financial need.
Wake County Public Schools — Anita Hynus
Mrs. Anita Hynus is celebrating her 16th year of teaching music in the Wake County Public School System with a total of 34 years teaching. She graduated with a B.A & M.A. in Music Education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Mrs. Hynus is presently teaching Strings at Martin GT Magnet Middle School in Raleigh, NC. She has a wide variety of teaching experiences in music education and is accomplished in the field of Literacy in the Arts. An energetic, dedicated teacher leader who is well respected by her colleagues and was a finalist for the Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator. Her students create and perform a wide range of music, complete interdisciplinary projects, and integrate literacy strategies in their daily music instruction. Recently her students performed in a Pre-Concert for the NC Symphony and at the Pieces of Gold Performance for the WCPSS.
North Carolina Symphony — Sarah Gilpin
Sarah Gilpin is Director of Education for the North Carolina Symphony, which conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra. Her duties include planning and administering 40 plus education concerts around the state each year and working with North Carolina music educators to provide orchestral experiences for students from pre-school through high school. She pursued degrees in music education and clarinet performance at the University of Northern Iowa and had the unique experience of student teaching at Millais School in England and the American School of The Hague in The Netherlands. Her interest in arts management was sparked after working at the Interlochen Arts Camp and Bowdoin International Music Festival. After graduation, she began with Orchestra Iowa playing a key role in the expansion of the Music in the Schools program and enhanced youth concerts with multi-media visual presentations to engage students on a deeper level.
What’s the Score? combines an introduction to and appreciation of the rich history of American music with the skills to perform it. A series of ongoing workshops is held at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, NY, during the school day, in the periods of regular music and ensemble class meetings of the Honors Wind Ensemble and the String Orchestra, as well as during other specially-designated non-music class periods. The Teaching Artists from the Copland House lead sectional coaching sessions and group lessons in 45-minute increments, broken out by specific instrument. These clinics help build students’ technical proficiency, while honing communication, teamwork, and performance skills. The culmination of these rehearsals and sectionals is a final public concert featuring American works that were focused on during the year.
Lakeland Central School District — Paul Mesches
Paul Mesches began his formal music education at Berklee College of Music. For the past seven years, he has been the Band Director at Lakeland High School, Shrub Oak, N.Y. where he directs the Concert Band, Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. As Band Director he developed the Copland House Music Workshops, connecting professional musicians with students to study and perform the music of Aaron Copland and his contemporaries. Paul recently helped create, “What’s the Score?” a Copland House program that commissions American composers to write original compositions for student ensembles. Prior to his high school tenure, he taught band at Lakeland Elementary and Middle School. For over thirty years Paul has worked as a composer/arranger for film, commercials and musical theater. He is also a Jazz guitarist and private instructor. Paul continues to be committed to his exploration of music education through an interdisciplinary approach.
Copland House — Rebecca Sayles
Rebecca A. Sayles has a distinguished career in arts management. Currently Director of Development for Copland House (Cortlandt Manor, NY), she served for many years as Director of Development at Hoff-Barthelson Music School and at the Emelin Theater for the Performing Arts, and as Grants Officer at ArtsWestchester. Earlier in her career, she held positions as Arts Program Officer at the Institute of International Education; Executive Director of Bang on a Can; and Operations Manager at Young Concert Artists. She holds a B.A. with honors in Sociology from Harvard College and an M.A. in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. An accomplished flutist, she plays in community orchestras throughout the New York metropolitan area and is a player-participant and board member of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East.
The program begins each spring with a musical docent from the CCO going to each 2nd grade classroom with an instrument, to introduce that year’s core theme and music. A month or so later, a quartet of CCO musicians goes to the classrooms to build on the initial visit, introduce additional instruments, and expand on the year’s theme. Finally, all the 2nd graders hear the high school orchestra perform for them. Each teacher gets a Teacher’s Guide with a CD of all the music at/before the docent visit. The Guide contains age-appropriate information about the composers and music, the theme for the year, and related classroom activities. In the Ithaca school district, students choose whether to play an instrument in 3rd or 4th grade, so this series of carefully-designed interactions from the CCO helps support the school’s instrumental program at a key time in these children’s education.
Ithaca City School District — Samantha Hecht
Samantha Hecht currently directs the string, symphony, and chamber orchestras at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY, where she also teaches music theory and string lessons. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Samantha holds a bachelors degree in music education from Ithaca College. She taught grades 5-12 strings in Ilion, NY before returning to Ithaca. She will complete her graduate studies in music education at Ithaca College this summer. She serves as concertmaster of the Ithaca Community Orchestra and teaches private violin and viola lessons. Samantha is also an avid fiddler and seeks to incorporate a variety of traditional music into her teaching.
Cayuga Chamber Orchestra — Sarah Cummings
Sarah Cummings is a violinist and teacher from Ithaca NY. As a violinist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, she is actively involved in the Willard Daetsch Youth Outreach program which brings music into the lives of over 800 second graders in the greater Ithaca area. Sarah is a passionate Suzuki teacher and performs regularly as a freelance musician.