Clinics

The following clinicians will be presenting at the 2018 In-Service Workshop. Click on each button to view their profile and access clinic files (if provided).
Jennifer
Antonetti
Jennifer
Antonetti
Jennifer
Antonetti

Jennifer Antonetti

Jennifer Antonetti is the Assistant Director of Bands at Topeka High School, the Director of Bands at Robinson Middle School, and the Band Director at Meadows Elementary School (Topeka, KS). She received her Master of Music Education (MME) from The University of Kansas and Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from The University of Kansas.
In her current position, Mrs. Antonetti teaches several ensembles at three schools and sees over 350 students per day. Prior to becoming a band director, Antonetti taught elementary general music also in Topeka. Additionally, Antonetti is a regular performing member in several local community ensembles including Marshall’s Civic Band and the North Topeka Community Band, and she has been a presenter at district, state, and national conventions.
Jennifer’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, and the National Association of Professional Women. Antonetti is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Clinic Files
Creating NEW Music.pdf - 789 KB

Christopher
Aspaas
Christopher
Aspaas
Christopher
Aspaas

Christopher Aspaas
2018 KMEA All-State Choir Conductor

Christopher Aspaas serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Texas Christian University and most recently served as Associate Professor of Choral/Vocal Music at St. Olaf College. Christopher received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education at The Florida State University in Tallahassee, his M.M. in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, his B.M. in Voice Performance from St. Olaf. Christopher has served on the faculties of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. At St. Olaf, Aspaas conducted the Viking Chorus, a 90-voice ensemble of first-year student men, as well as the Saint Olaf Chapel Choir, a 100-voice ensemble specializing in the performance of oratorio and larger multi-movement works. He has conducted All-State Choruses in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin. Christopher has produced more than forty arrangements and compositions for mixed, men's and women's choirs. Aspaas is also active as a tenor soloist.

David
Becker
David
Becker
David
Becker

David Becker
2018 KMEA All-State Orchestra Conductor

David E. Becker was invited by The Ohio State University beginning August, 2017 to serve as a Visiting Professor-Interim Orchestra Conductor for 2017-18.

Professor Becker was appointed Interim Director of Orchestral Studies for 2013-14 at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and he accepted the permanent position beginning September, 2014. The TTU Symphony Orchestra was the featured University Orchestra at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2015, and the TTU Chamber Orchestra and University Choir will be performing in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in May,2017. He also served as the Interim Conductor of the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra for 2014-15.

Professor Becker, Professor Emeritus, was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (WI) from 2005-2012. He was the recipient of the Lawrence University 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award and received the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in recognition of meritorious achievement in 2012. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Fox Valley Symphony (WI) for his work as the Interim Conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra (Appleton, WI) during 2011.

Awarded Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, he was Director of Orchestras and Professor of the Graduate Orchestral Conducting Program from 1984-2005. Maestro Becker and the UW Symphony Orchestra received critical acclaim for their international tours to Central Europe (1998) and Spain (2001). He was the Associate Conductor of the Madison Symphony (1985-1992), Music Director/Conductor of the Racine Symphony (WI) (1989-1993), and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of ASTA.

Before moving to Madison in 1984, Professor Becker was Director of Orchestras and Graduate Conducting at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. He went to Miami in 1980 from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he was Associate Professor of Applied Viola and Conductor of the String Arts Ensemble. During the 1980-82 seasons, Mr. Becker was appointed Assistant Conductor for Maestro Rainer Miedel and the Florida Philharmonic (Miami). Other resident conducting appointments have included the Northern Ohio (Oberlin), Greater Miami (FL) Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Brevard (NC) Summer Music Festival.

Mr. Becker's career as an artist violist has included the Atlanta, Syracuse, Savannah, Louisville, Memphis, and Madison Symphonies, the Santa Fe and Miami Operas, the Sewanee (TN), Brevard (NC), and Peninsula (WI) Summer Music Festivals, the resident faculty string quartets at the Universities of Miami, Georgia, Memphis State, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Eduard Melkus String Quartet touring in the U.S. and Europe.

Mr. Becker is widely recognized for his dedication to teaching student musicians which has resulted in high school/university orchestra clinics, and guest conducting Regional and All-State Honor Orchestras in 45 states. Professor Becker was invited to guest conduct the Zhuying Symphony Orchestra in China, the MENC All-National Honors Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the New England Music Festival Orchestra, and serve as a clinician/conductor for the ASTA National Orchestra Conference, Ohio State University Summer String Teacher's Workshop, Texas Orchestra Directors Association Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Manhattan Concert Productions Symphonic Series.

Sean
Boller
Sean
Boller
Sean
Boller

Sean Boller

Sean Boller is the 6-12 Choral Music Instructor for the Holcomb School district in Southwest Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Vocal Performance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting at Kansas State University. Along with his duties as a choir director he is also the Middle School KAY Club Sponsor, Assistant Play Director, and Southwest KMEA High School Choral Chair.

James
Bowyer
James
Bowyer
James
Bowyer

James Bowyer

James Bowyer is Associate Professor of Music at McPherson College where he teaches courses in music education, choral studies, voice, and ear training. In addition, he serves as the music director for McPherson College’s main stage musical productions. His textbook, Creative Sightsinging (Santa Barbara Music Publishing), has been adopted by high schools and colleges across the United States and Canada. An active choral composer and arranger, seven of Dr. Bowyer’s works have now been published through Lorenz and Colla Voce publishing houses. He recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as conductor of the Indiana University South Bend choirs on their New York City choir tour. A Kodály and Orff specialist, Dr. Bowyer’s research agenda focuses on music literacy, movement, and music education pedagogy. He has written articles for Choral Journal, Orff Echo, and Music Educators Journal in addition to contributing to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir II and III (GIA Publications). He recently began a four-year term on the editorial advisory board of Music Educators Journal.
During the summer he is on the faculty of the American Kodály Institute, Loyola University Maryland’s graduate music education degree program. He recently relocated from Indiana where he was Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University South Bend. He previously taught on the music faculties of the Brooklyn College, the University of Wyoming, the University of Puget Sound, and Gonzaga University. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Voice Performance & Pedagogy, and Music Education from Westminster Choir College. Dr. Bowyer has taught music for nine years in public, private, and charter school settings in Indiana, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Washington. He frequently adjudicates at regional contests and competitions and serves as guest conductor at clinics and choral festivals. As a lyric tenor, he has presented numerous recitals and has appeared as a soloist with a range of orchestras, most recently Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Clinic Files
Anatomy of the Choral Rehearsal.pdf - 309 KB

Eric
Bradshaw
Eric
Bradshaw
Eric
Bradshaw

Eric Bradshaw

Eric Bradshaw is the Director of Bands at Topeka High School (Topeka, KS). He received his Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL). Bradshaw began his secondary education at West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) following his graduation from Buckhannon-Upshur High School (Buckhannon, WV).

At THS, Mr. Bradshaw oversees all aspects of the band program. Ensembles include the Trojan Marching Band, Concert Band, Freshman Band, Stage Band, and Advanced Jazz Ensemble.
Prior to his appointment at Topeka High School, Eric was the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA) from 2002 – 2016 and taught grades 6-12 in the Carroll County school system (Carrollton, GA) from 1997 – 2002. While living in Georgia, Bradshaw regularly served as a clinician for high school honor bands and adjudicator for marching and concert festivals. He also remained active as a tuba performer in several regional orchestras and chamber groups.

Eric’s professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, and College Band Directors National Association. Bradshaw is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Tau Beta Sigma.
Clinic Files
College Prep 101 - Student Handout.pdf - 111 KB
College Prep 101 - Clinic Outline.pdf - 58 KB

Benjamin
Bricker
Benjamin
Bricker
Benjamin
Bricker

Benjamin Bricker

Benjamin Bricker is currently in his fourth year teaching Elementary General music with USD 259. He has taught band, choir and elementary music in small and large schools in California, Missouri and Kansas for the past 14 years. He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education from Tabor College. He has completed mastership level workshops with the Gordon Institute of Music Learning in Instrumental Music level 1 and Elementary General Music level 1. In addition to school music, he teaches private lessons in percussion and guitar.

Marcia
Bricker
Marcia
Bricker
Marcia
Bricker

Marcia Bricker

Marcia Bricker is currently in her fourth year teaching Elementary music at Cessna Elementary School. A music educator for 14 years in the public schools of California, Missouri and Kansas, she has experience in elementary music, choir and assisting with bands. She is the chair for the SCKMEA Elementary Honor Choir and president of a newly forming Midwest States Chapter of the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML). She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Tabor College and her Masters of Education from the University of Buffalo. Her credentials include GIML mastership in Piano, Early Childhood Music level 1 and Elementary General Music level 1. She is also a private teacher of piano and Early Childhood music classes.

Debra
Brown
Debra
Brown
Debra
Brown

Debra Brown

Debra Brown teaches general music education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Ball State University in Indiana, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Education/Music Therapy at the University of Kansas as well as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
Dr. Brown’s degree work includes a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kansas, a Master’s from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (M.M.E.) and a Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas.
Prior to collegiate work, she taught elementary general music and chorus in the Olathe District Schools serving as a general music facilitator for several years. Dr. Brown has also taught elementary general music or secondary choral music in Missouri, Michigan, and Kansas and has conducted, accompanied, or sung in various church and community choruses.
Her scholarly activities include presentations of research concerning pre-service teacher preparation and general music curriculum practices, especially listening activities in elementary music. She has presented these subjects on the state and national level in conferences including National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conferences, the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA), and the Kansas Music Education Association (KMEA). Dr. Brown holds memberships in NAfME, AOSA, Heart of America Orff, The College Music Society, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Christopher
Burnett
Christopher
Burnett
Christopher
Burnett

Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old. Over the course of a forty-plus year career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective.

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years). Mr. Burnett directed the marketing and communications department, concurrent with other critical positions while working five years at the American Jazz Museum. He is the 1995 5-Star Award of Merit Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs as a Composer. The Missouri Arts Council appointed Mr. Burnett to serve on the Advisory Panel for Multidiscipline for one term – ending June 30, 2016. Mr. Burnett was the keynote speaker for the 2016 Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Fort Leavenworth and the 2017 Black History Month celebration of the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center’s CPAC. The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University invited Mr. Burnett to be its first speaker in their ‘Self-Employment in the Arts’ series for 2016.

Mr. Burnett has released three albums as a leader. His latest, ‘Firebird,’ is being released first as singles on the ARC label. Additional credits include performances, and a new recording with the Dino Massa Kansas City Quintet titled, “Echoes of Europe.” He is an in-demand woodwind instructor and jazz clinician, serving as festival adjudicator and conductor for honors ensembles on many occasions. Current publications include “Major Tetrachords for Band – Mastering Scales – Part 1” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard), “Harmonic Minor Scale and Jazz – Applying jazz theory to the ii-V-i progression in any minor key” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard) and “Villages, BMI Work #25869956 – Jazz Ensemble Score and Parts Bundle” (Sheet Music Plus/Hal Leonard).

In addition to actively performing, composing and teaching privately, Mr. Burnett is currently a teaching assistant for Leavenworth Unified School District 453 working with Dr. Jared Prost in the instrumental music department teaching woodwind students and jazz band.
Clinic Files
Inculcating the Practical Factors of Applied Music Performance.pdf - 1.58 MB
Student Practice Schedule Matrix.pdf - 160 KB

Richard
Canter
Richard
Canter
Richard
Canter

Richard Canter

Richard J. Canter serves as a band director for Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he directs all junior high bands, the Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble. Throughout his eighteen year career as an educator, Mr. Canter has been an advocate for music education, serving four years as District President of the Ohio Music Education Association. He has a passion for helping students reach their highest goals in music. This passion led to creating the Scale & Rhythm Chunks program, a teaching tool that is used by bands throughout the United States and internationally. The Chunks program is endorsed by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser as "exactly what is wanted and needed... an idea whose time has come." Mr. Canter's awards and honors include Educator of the Year and winner of the Music Educator’s National Conference Music Composition National Competition.
Mr. Canter is an active composer and is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the Ohio Music Education Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Canter has presented clinics throughout the United States, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the University of Oregon Band Director Academy, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, the Indiana Music Educators Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Missouri Music Education Association, the South Dakota Bandmasters Association and the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. Mr. Canter holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Music Education from Miami University.
Clinic Files
Scale & Rhythm Chunks.pdf - 2.56 MB

Logan
Caywood
Logan
Caywood
Logan
Caywood

Logan Caywood

Logan Caywood is a recent graduate of Kansas State University, receiving a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education. At Kansas State, Logan has served as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Music Education Department, has sung in several university choirs, and has assisted in directing choirs. Prior to attending Kansas State University, Logan earned Associate degrees from Butler Community College (AA Music) and Hutchinson Community College (AS Liberal Arts).

David
Cook
David
Cook
David
Cook

David Cook

David Cook is E-flat Clarinet/Fourth Clarinet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Bass Clarinet/Third Clarinet of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and clarinetist for the Appian Duo (with Emily Grabinski, piano), the wind quintet Fiati Five, and the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. He also performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Norman Philharmonic, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, the Comic Opera Guild (Ann Arbor, MI), the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble (Oklahoma City, OK), the From the Edge Chamber Music Series (Norman, OK), the Kemp Concert Series (Oklahoma City, OK), and at Chamber Music Campania (Varano, Italy).

David was a winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the 2010 Betty J. Hixon Saxophone/Clarinet Award, and the 2010 Dora Dawson Music Award. He also received honors in the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival Solo Competition.. Upcoming appearances include the Texas A&M University-Commerce Clarinet Colloquium and the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest as well as publications in The Clarinet, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, and The Instrumentalist.

David is currently Instructor of Clarinet at Wichita State University. He previously served as Clarinet Mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and taught at Central Michigan University’s Summer Music Camp. David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance and the Master of Music degree in music theory from the University of Oklahoma. David’s principal teachers include Suzanne Tirk, Chad Burrow, Theodore Oien, and Kennen White.
Clinic Files
Auxiliary Power! Tips for Selecting and Developing Your E-Flat Clarinetists and Bass Clarinetists.pdf - 1.16 MB

Sheri
Cook-Cunningham
Sheri
Cook-Cunningham
Sheri
Cook-Cunningham

Sheri Cook-Cunningham

Sheri Cook-Cunningham is the Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Central Arkansas where she teaches courses in choral methods, graduate music research, conducts the University Chorus, and supervises music interns.

Dr. Cook-Cunningham earned her Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy at The University of Kansas. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (B.M. and M.M., Piano Performance) and received her teaching license from Avila University. She has taught General Music, grades Kindergarten-5, Junior High Music, and High School Choral Music. She is a member of NAfME and ACDA.

As an active researcher, Dr. Cook-Cunningham has presented her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Sheri’s research interests include adolescent voices, hearing dosage and hearing conservation in choral settings, and historical choral diction practices.

Rollo
Dilworth
Rollo
Dilworth
Rollo
Dilworth

Rollo Dilworth
2018 KMEA All-State Middle Level Choir Conductor

Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Dilworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and Music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).

During his doctoral program at Northwestern University, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, and Marta Ptaszynska. Throughout his career, he has written or arranged African American spirituals, gospel songs, Broadway selections, art songs, vocal exercises, and a musical—all of which are frequently performed by school, church, community, university and professional choirs in the United States and abroad. The majority of Dilworth’s choral scores are works commissioned by community and professional ensembles. In 2009, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus commissioned and premiered his choral-orchestral work entitled Freedom’s Plow, which is based on the text of a Langston Hughes poem bearing the same title. In 2011, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia commissioned a three-movement choral-orchestral work entitled Rain Sequence, featuring the writings of Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Over 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and many are part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also an established author and contributor for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).

In addition, Dilworth has conducted 43 all-state choirs ranging across various levels, 6 regional honor choirs, and 4 national honor choirs. For the 2015-2016 season, Dilworth has been invited to conduct all-state choirs in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Arizona and Massachusetts. International festival and clinic invitations include Canada, Singapore, Austria and France.

Dilworth is currently National Board Chair for Chorus America. He is an active life member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He also holds memberships with several other organizations, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Theresa
Fischer
Theresa
Fischer
Theresa
Fischer

Theresa Fischer

Theresa Fischer is originally from Oberlin Kansas and attended Decatur Community High School. She is a graduate of Emporia State University with her bachelors in instrumental and vocal music education. Theresa has been teaching music for 11 years. She has taught all grade levels and is currently teaching part time 6-12 vocal music in Fredonia. Theresa is this year’s recipient of the SEKMEA High School outstanding music educator.
Theresa is an avid performer as well as teacher and has performed with the chorus of the Wichita Grand Opera for the past two seasons in operas including Don Pasquale, William Tell and Tosca. She also has sung with the Kansas City Opera Institute and Opera Kansas as well as choral ensembles in the KC area.
Clinic Files
Small School Doesn't Mean Small Music Program.pptx - 3.74 MB

Randall
Frye
Randall
Frye
Randall
Frye

Randall Frye

Randall Frye is in his fourth year as the Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Lawrence High School. At Lawrence High School, Randy works directly with all of the choral students and is the founding director of ROAR, Lawrence High School’s vocal pop a cappella ensemble. Other duties include working with the theater director on the musical, training staff and administration on LGBTQIA+ equity work, and being a coordinator for Link Crew, which guides freshmen to discover how to be a successful student in high school.
Hailing from Polk, Pennsylvania, Randy completed a Master’s degree in vocal performance at Kansas State University in 2014. His music education degree (Fall 2011) comes from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA where he studied voice, organ, piano, and musical theater and was an active member and officer of Delta Omicron. While attending IUP, Randy was fortunate enough to receive scholarship support from the Carol Teti Memorial Organ Scholarship. Randy is an active member of Kansas Choral Director’s Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, American Choral Director’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Randy is involved in the Lawrence community as an active accompanist and organist. Currently, Randy is the organist at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, KS, which houses a 2014 Reuter instrument. He makes his home in Lawrence, with his cat, Tiberius.

Nathan
Gay
Nathan
Gay
Nathan
Gay

Nathan Gay

Nathan Gay is currently Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri Western State University. He is one of the new forces in euphonium performance and has won honors at the most prestigious solo and chamber competitions including the Ern Keller Memorial International Soloist Competition, Leonard Falcone International Solo Euphonium Competition, Music Teacher's National Association National Solo Brass Competition, North American Brass Band Association Solo Competition, U.S. Open Brass Band Championships Solo, and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference Quartet Competition, to name a few.

Gay completed graduate work at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and undergraduate work at Missouri State University. He also performs with the Fountain City Brass Band, is an active soloist and clinician, and is in high demand as a studio instructor. Gay has also taught in the public school system and has a strong commitment to music education and young students. He often performs and works with public school programs.

Nathan Gay is a Buffet Group USA Artist performing on a Besson euphonium.

Eli
Gillespie
Eli
Gillespie
Eli
Gillespie

Eli Gillespie

Eli Gillespie is a senior in music education from Wichita, KS. During his time at Kansas State University he has taught and played in numerous school ensembles and community ensembles. He enjoys teaching his private students, travel, and learning about culture and people. Recently, his research team had the opportunity to present their work at an international conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. This experience was so meaningful to him he went back two months later and spent an entire month living with a local family. He will be student teaching in the spring of 2018. Afterwards he hopes to teach secondary band, or music, internationally.

Stephanie
Goering
Stephanie
Goering
Stephanie
Goering

Stephanie Goering

Stephanie Goering is a recent graduate of Kansas State University, receiving a Bachelor degree in Vocal Music Education. Originally from Ellinwood, KS, she has always loved being a part of anything music-related. As a sophomore, Stephanie became the project manager for a research project focusing on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the music classroom. This project has benefited her as a music educator, and she believes that the results will continue to be a benefit to her and her students throughout her career.

Shelby
Goss
Shelby
Goss
Shelby
Goss

Shelby Goss

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Shelby Goss is a Senior studying Elementary/Instrumental Music Education at Kansas State University. She plays principal bassoon in the Kansas State Wind Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and Bassoon Ensemble. She also plays tuba in the Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band and Basketball Cat Band. Shelby is the Vice President of Service of the Delta Kappa chapter of Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Band Sorority. Shelby plans to graduate in May 2018 with her Bachelors degree in music education. Upon graduation, she would like to teach elementary general music and band in the Wichita area.

Melissa
Grady
Melissa
Grady
Melissa
Grady

Melissa Grady

Melissa Grady is assistant professor of music education at The University of Kansas. She received her Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy from The University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) and both her undergraduate degree in Music Education and Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas).

At KU, Dr. Grady teaches undergraduate courses in choral methods, choral conducting, diction for music educators, student teaching and conducts the University Singers. Her graduate teaching duties comprise choral methods, history and philosophy of music education, musical values and aesthetics, and adolescent voices. An active researcher, Dr. Grady’s research interests include effects of choral conducting gestures on choir sound, choral warm-ups, adolescent voices, choir spacing, and hearing dosage and hearing conservation in choir contexts.

Before her appointment at KU, Grady served as assistant professor of music education at Valdosta State University where she taught courses in choral and general music at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Lake Forest College. During her eleven-year public school teaching career in Kansas, Grady taught at all levels of music education; elementary general music, middle school choir and general music, and high school choir.

Grady is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Midwest for middle school and high school choirs. She is a member of the NAfME and ACDA.
Clinic Files
College Prep 101 - Student Handout.pdf - 111 KB
College Prep 101 - Clinic Outline.pdf - 58 KB

Otto
Gross
Otto
Gross
Otto
Gross

Otto Gross

Otto Gross is a cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Education. He has taught General Music, Band, Chorus, Jazz Band, Percussion and private lessons in Massachusetts, Maryland and Tennessee. He has performed with artists including Bobby McFerrin & The Marsalis Brothers. Otto has also toured internationally with EMI artists as a music director, pianist, bassist and drummer. Otto is currently a Training Representative, songwriter, and appears as Austin Otto in online video segments for QuaverMusic.com. He has a passion to teach and see children excited to learn about music!
Clinic Files
Projects for Every Process.pdf - 6.03 MB
World is Your Oyster.pdf - 4.01 MB

Ruth
Gurgel
Ruth
Gurgel
Ruth
Gurgel

Ruth Gurgel

Ruth Gurgel, Assistant Professor of Music Education, is a specialist in Elementary Music Education at Kansas State University. Her research interests include methods for integrating culturally relevant pedagogy with music education to create challenging and engaging school music experiences for students. Dr. Gurgel continues to present her research with students in a multiethnic music classroom at national and international conferences. Dr. Gurgel began her career teaching elementary music in large urban school districts both in Colorado and Wisconsin, instructing students in the areas of general music, band, choir, and orchestra.

Lani
Hamilton
Lani
Hamilton
Lani
Hamilton

Lani Hamilton

Lani Hamilton is Assistant Professor in Music Education at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where she teaches string techniques and undergraduate and graduate music pedagogy courses. Hamilton completed her doctoral work in Music and Human Learning at The Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. An active performer, teacher, and researcher, Hamilton also conducts research and presents on topics related to music learning, classroom education, and music practice. She has been invited to present her work at numerous meetings of regional, national, and international organizations, including The International Symposium on Performance Science, The Neurosciences and Music Conference at Harvard Medical School, The American String Teacher’s Association Conference, and The National Association for Music Education Conference.
Prior to moving to Missouri, Hamilton was a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony and served as principal second violin of Opera Naples. She has performed at festivals throughout the United States, including the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center as a chamber music fellow. An active teacher, Hamilton taught elementary and middle school strings in Lee County, Florida and Manor, Texas. Additionally, she served on the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin String Project, one of the finest programs for the training of teachers and the development of young string students within the U.S., where she taught ensemble classes, private lessons, and early childhood classes. She also served as coordinator for the UT String Project outreach program at UT Elementary School, and co-founded the Suzuki violin program at Austin Montessori School in Austin, TX.

Elise
Hepworth
Elise
Hepworth
Elise
Hepworth

Elise Hepworth

Elise Hepworth is associate professor and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at Missouri Western State University in Saint Joseph. She teaches choral literature, choral conducting, K-6 and 7-12 music methods courses, and conducts the MWSU Concert Chorale and the MWSU Renaissance/ Chamber Singers, who recently performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference/In-Service in January 2018. She is a member of Kantorei of Kansas City, and is the founding director of the Robidoux Chorale, a semi-professional chamber ensemble in Saint Joseph.

Dr. Hepworth is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (B.S.Ed.), The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (M.M.E.), The University of Mississippi (D.A.), and the New Zealand School of Music (G.Dip.). Additionally, she is nationally certified in the pedagogies of Orff Schulwerk and Zoltan Kodaly.

Dr. Hepworth was recently awarded the Foundation for Teaching Excellence by Missouri Western State University, the Mayor's Award for Arts Educator of the Year and the Shine On Award for the community of Saint Joseph, and the MCDA Northwest District Outstanding Director for the year 2016. She is an avid performer and presenter at state, national, and international conventions.
Clinic Files
Developing Community Within Your Choral Ensemble.pdf - 80 KB

Alicia
Jackson
Alicia
Jackson
Alicia
Jackson

Alicia Jackson

Alicia Jackson is a Senior in music education at Kansas State University with a primary in piano. She is a proud student staff member of the K-State Marching Band and a clarinetist for Concert Band and Woodwind ensemble. She currently serves as President of NAfME Collegiate at K-State. Alicia is presently a student teacher in the Junction City area. She has enjoyed every minute at K-State but looks forward to spreading her wings as an international elementary music educator in the near future.

Ernest
Jennings
Ernest
Jennings
Ernest
Jennings

Ernest Jennings

Ernest Jennings serves as Assistant Professor of Music/Assistant Director of Bands, Music Education at the University of Central Missouri. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa, Drake University, and Limestone College. He has held positions at Mahidol University College of Music (Thailand), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in the Des Moines (Iowa) public schools. An advocate of music education, Jennings is active as an clinician/ensemble coach and adjudicator. As a guest conductor, Jennings has lead ensembles at regional and international band conferences on three continents including Australia, Asia, and North America. He is published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and has presented at music conferences throughout the midwest. As a percussionist, Jennings has over 26 years of experience as an instructor and performer, including bands of the U.S. Navy, the Iowa Army National Guard, and in drum corps (Florida Wave). Currently, he holds a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Clinic Files
Basic Techniques for the Beginning Drummer.pdf - 121 KB

Jim
Johnson
Jim
Johnson
Jim
Johnson

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty at Kansas State University, he earned his D.M. in Trumpet Performance from The Florida State University under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Moore, his M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Kansas State University with Dr. Gary Mortenson and his B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Kevin Eisensmith. As an active performer, Dr. Johnson currently serves as the Principal Trumpet of the Salina Symphony Orchestra in Salina, Kansas and performs with the Kansas State University Faculty Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Fountain City Brass Band (Kansas City, MO), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Tallahassee, FL), Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA), and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra (Destin, FL). Dr. Johnson is also a founding member of Conspiratus Brass: a trumpet and horn duo with his wife. Dr. Johnson is also an accomplished arranger as well, having his music performed at the National Trumpet Competition, the William Adam International Trumpet Festival, the Kansas Music Educators Association All-State Conference, and at the Haus Marteau Brass Chamber Workshop in Lichtenberg, Germany.

Kiirsi Maunula
Johnson
Kiirsi Maunula
Johnson
Kiirsi Maunula
Johnson

Kiirsi Maunula Johnson

Kiirsi Maunula Johnson, Adjunct Instructor of Horn at Bethel College has performed with orchestras throughout North America, including the Wichita Grand Opera, Tallahassee Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, and Orchestra London (ON). She has been featured as a guest clinician, adjudicator, lecturer and chamber musician at numerous colleges and conferences including the Southeast Horn Workshop, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Horn Society Conference, and the Canadian MusicFest National Conference. Dr. Johnson is also an active chamber musician and promoter of new works. Recently co-founding the Conspiratus Brass Duo to bring the music of new North American composers to the newest generation of musicians through clinics and recitals at both high schools and colleges across the United States and Canada.
Dr. Johnson holds her Doctorate of Music from the Florida State University. Along with her Master of Music degree and a cognate in Arts Administration from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario.

Jeremy
Kirk
Jeremy
Kirk
Jeremy
Kirk

Jeremy Kirk

Percussionist, educator, and composer Jeremy Kirk is Assistant Professor of Music at Southwestern College (Winfield, KS). Recipient of the 2016 Southwestern College Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, Kirk is deeply committed to providing students the skills necessary to excel in today's world as an educator and/or performer. He combines his traditional training in Western percussion with his extensive knowledge in world percussion to create a unique global perspective in his teaching and performing. Kirk is an artist and clinician with Majestic Percussion, Mapex Drums, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads & World Percussion, and Black Swamp Percussion

Renata
Knox
Renata
Knox
Renata
Knox

Renata Knox

Renata Knox is currently in her eleventh year of teaching. This is her 6th year at Pike Valley Schools, USD 426. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5th grade general music, 6th through 12th grade choir, and 5th through 12th Grade band. She also teaches private woodwind lessons as an adjunct instructor for Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas.

Mrs. Knox earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Washburn University in Topeka, KS in 2007. She earned her Master’s Degree in 2014 in conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. In this program, she had the opportunity to work with some amazing people in the field of teaching; Anthony Maiello, Peter Boonshaft, Paula Crider, Johan de Meij, Col. Arnold Gabriel, Col. Mike Bankhead and Col. Lowell Graham, just to name a few. In, 2015 (for choir) and 2016 (for band) she was the guest conductor for the annual Youth for Music, hosted by Cloud County Community College.

Renata also performs in several community ensembles in the north central Kansas area including: the North Central Kansas Community Band, the Concordia Community Chorus, the Cloud Kicks Jazz Band, the Bent Wind Saxophone Ensemble, and a local Clarinet Quartet.

Jessica
Koebbe
Jessica
Koebbe
Jessica
Koebbe

Jessica Koebbe

Jessica Koebbe is Instructor of Piano at MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU). She is an active soloist and collaborative pianist, performing frequently with the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and with internationally recognized instrumentalists including those from the Fort Worth, Kansas City, Omaha, Topeka, and Santa Fe Symphonies as well as with singers from the Fort Worth, Nashville, and Cincinnati opera companies.

A proponent of new music, Jessica has premiered and recorded works by several US and Taiwanese composers, recordings of which have been released on the albums Collage by Harbor House Records and Voices From the Middle: New Music from Kansas City by BRC Audio Productions.

In addition to her position at MNU, Jessica maintains a private piano studio, and is the founder of Mindful Music Pedagogy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas (summa cum laude), a Master of Music degree from Texas Christian University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Clinic Files
Student Worksheets.pdf - 620 KB

David
Littrell
David
Littrell
David
Littrell

David Littrell

David Littrell is a university distinguished professor of music at Kansas State University where he conducts the K-State Orchestra and teaches cello, double bass and viola da gamba. As a reflection of his interest in the music education of young people, he is the director of String Fling, an annual event at K-State that attracts 650 string students from Kansas. He also founded the youth Gold Orchestra in 1989, which performed at Carnegie Hall in 2001 and 2006. Dr. Littrell was the national president of the American String Teachers Association from 2002-2004. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him the 2007 Kansas Professor of the Year. He performed a lengthy cello solo with the K-State Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall in 2015.

Marci
Malone DeAmbrose
Marci
Malone DeAmbrose
Marci
Malone DeAmbrose

Marci Malone DeAmbrose

Marci Malone DeAmbrose is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She has enjoyed a career as a vocal music teacher at the middle and high school levels for Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska, the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, and the Northside Independent School District in Texas. She was invited to present at the National Association for Music Educators national conference in November 2017. Mrs. DeAmbrose also enjoys a performing career, including opera, music theatre, oratorio, various concert works, recitals, and master classes. In May 2017, Mrs. DeAmbrose was a semi-finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre national competition. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Baker University and her Master of Music and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is looking forward to using all of her different experiences to further the profession and promote making music by all.
Clinic Files
DeAmbrose NAfME presentation.pdf - 1.25 MB
Story Starter Labels.pdf - 40 KB
Grade 5 GenMus Responding MCA.pdf - 523 KB
Respond Worksheet to Angel Down.pdf - 9 KB
Grade 8 GenMus Performing MCA.pdf - 412 KB
Grade 8 GenMus Responding MCA.pdf - 447 KB

Michelle
Meyer
Michelle
Meyer
Michelle
Meyer

Michelle Meyer

Michelle Meyer is a Kansas native in her twelfth year of teaching and fourth year at Colby Community College. She is responsible for directing three bands, teaches classes in applied studies and ear training, and serves as a CCC mentor teacher. Michelle is also an active clinician and adjudicator for the tristate area.

Her experiences include working with concert, marching, and jazz bands in rural areas and high poverty schools. She was also a director for the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts. While at Colby Community College, she has helped facilitate professional development opportunities for local music teachers and reestablished the Colby Community Band that performs during the summer.

Under her direction, the CCC Jazz Ensemble opened for the Flatland Big Band in 2017. Her students have performed with visiting military bands such as the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus, and in March 2018 will take the stage with the U.S. Navy Band in Colby.

Ryan
Olsen
Ryan
Olsen
Ryan
Olsen

Ryan Olsen

Ryan Olsen has been conducting choirs for over twenty years and is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Baker University where he oversees the choral program, directs three choirs, and teaches conducting, aural skills, choral music education courses, and supervises student teachers. Prior to teaching at Baker he served as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Colorado State University and as Director of Choral Activities at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. He received his doctorate in choral conducting with a cognate in music education from Arizona State University where his primary teachers were Dr. David Schildkret and Dr. Gregory Gentry. He received his Masters and Bachelors degrees in music education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where his primary teachers were Dr. Charles Robinson, Dr. Eph Ehly, and Dr. William Frederickson. He has taught at all levels of choral music education from middle school through college and is frequently sought as a clinician and conductor of honor festival choirs. He also regularly presents pedagogical and interest sessions at state, regional, and national conferences for music educators and choral conductors. Research interests include: the use of early music as instructional and performance repertoire, teaching audiation to choirs, encouraging mindfulness in music education and ensembles, choral/vocal pedagogy - particularly with changing voices, conducting pedagogy, and promoting music by living composers.
Clinic Files
Tonicization and Intervals.pdf - 73 KB
Scales & Patterns.pdf - 83 KB
Audiation Slides.pdf - 4.50 MB
Audiation Cheat Sheet.pdf - 72 KB
Tonal Vocabulary Patterns.pdf - 82 KB
Adolescent Voice Slides.pdf - 2.83 MB
Rounds.pdf - 78 KB

Steve
Owen
Steve
Owen
Steve
Owen

Steve Owen
2018 KMEA All-State Jazz Band Conductor

Steve Owen (composer. conductor, saxophonist) is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Music and Director of the University of Oregon’s Jazz Studies Program. Under his leadership, the UO Jazz Studies Program has garnered the reputation as one of the finest and most innovative programs in the Pacific Northwest. In 1991 Owen was one of two winners of the Ersted Award, the University of Oregon's top faculty award for distinguished teaching and in 2007 was likewise honored with the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He directs the Oregon Jazz Ensemble (the first of three large jazz ensembles at Oregon) and two of the school's ten jazz combos. Under Owen’s direction, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble has performed at every major jazz festival and educational conference in the Pacific Northwest and has been selected the “Outstanding College Big Band” at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that the group has attended over the past 15 years. The group also performed at the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educator’s Convention in Long Beach, California and was a 2008 Downbeat Award Winner in the College Big Band category.

Steve has presented clinics at MENC conventions across the nation and has directed All-State jazz ensembles in Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Minnesota as well as Oregon. A composer and arranger of international prominence, Owen's works have been performed by Bobby McFerrin, Dave Weckl, Anne Marie Moss, among others with recent commissions and performances by the Hessischer Rundfunk Big Band (Frankfurt, Germany) and the Taipei Jazz Orchestra. Steve’s own CD, Stand Up Eight, was released by Origin/OA2 Records in February 2013 featuring nine of his works for large jazz ensemble. Steve’s music is published by UNC Jazz Press, Heritage JazzWorks, and Sierra Music.

Sophia
Papoulis
Sophia
Papoulis
Sophia
Papoulis

Sophia Papoulis
2018 KMEA All-State Elementary Choir Conductor

A conductor, choral clinician, and music educator, Sophia Papoulis serves as Creative Director for the Foundation for Small Voices (FSV), a Boston-based not-for-profit organization dedicated, through music, to crossing cultural, generational, and ideological boundaries to raise awareness and funds for national and international music and mentoring programs for children. Together with her husband Jim Papoulis, composer and founder of FSV, she seeks to align her passion for sparking joyful and meaningful musical experiences with Jim's founding vision of providing access to these artistic endeavors to young people from all walks of life. Their work often takes them to schools and communities that lack music and arts education, offering them the opportunity to create, fundraise, and advocate for choral music programs and opportunities for children and youth.
Sophia is also honored to serve as Conductor-in-Residence on the staff of the Savannah Children’s Choir in Georgia, and as an adjunct conductor for the award-winning Young People’s Chorus of New York City, with whom she worked full-time for several years, directing choruses in its core after-school program and teaching within its Satellite School program in NYC public schools. She has conducted at a number of NYC’s venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, and Symphony Space. She has prepared choruses for national and international radio and television appearances, recording sessions, collaborative performances with such ensembles as the New York Pops, Meredith Monk, the Kronos Quartet and the Stephen Petronio Company, and for performances not only in New York City, but also in major venues throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Sophia also worked as Director of Choirs for the renowned Boston Children’s Chorus, conducting choruses at the advanced, intermediate, and beginning levels, overseeing the artistic staff and programming for the organization at-large, and leading the BCC Professional Development Workshop Series for music educators in the Boston Public Schools. She had the honor of conducting BCC choruses in several notable Boston venues, and also conducted BCC choruses at London’s Southbank Centre, home to the world-famous Royal Festival Hall, as part of the International Youth Choral Festival 2017.
Sophia studied music education and conducting at Ithaca College, where she is a member of the Choral Music Experience artistic faculty.

Bruce
Pearson
Bruce
Pearson
Bruce
Pearson

Bruce Pearson

Bruce Pearson has taught elementary, middle, and high school music students for over 40 years. In 1998, Dr. Pearson was awarded the prestigious Midwest Clinic Medal of Honor in recognition of his outstanding contributions to music education. Dr. Pearson continues to serve as a guest lecturer, conductor, composer and author.

Frank
Perez
Frank
Perez
Frank
Perez

Frank Perez

Frank Perez is director of bands at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where he conducts the Baker Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band. In addition he teaches applied trombone lessons, supervises student teachers and overseas all aspects of the university’s band program. Previous positions include director of bands at Graceland University; graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas and director of bands at Ganesha High School in Pomona, California. He enjoyed eight years of successful high school teaching in Southern California, where his groups earned numerous awards and superior ratings at both district and state festivals. As a freelance trombonist, he has performed with ensembles such as the La Jolla Symphony, L.A. Guild Opera, Des Moines Big Band, De Soto Brass Band, Freestate Brass Band and his trombone quartet, KC Bone Connection.

Harold
Popp
Harold
Popp
Harold
Popp

Harold Popp

Harold Popp (Music Professor Emeritus, Wichita State University and Adjunct Professor, Indiana University) has spent a lifetime involved in the world of the arts—as an author, composer, conductors, editor, educator, trombonist, and administrator. His desire is to share the world of creativity, encouraging individuals to discover their unique voices to express their inner selves in reaching an increased level of fulfillment. His five degrees in music and fifty+ years in higher education have been marked by an insatiable drive to share the creativity of the arts with others.
Clinic Files
Selected Quotations.pdf - 10 KB

Jodi
Reese
Jodi
Reese
Jodi
Reese

Jodi Reese

Jodi Frisbie Reese currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Bethany College, where she teaches voice lessons, Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, and Voice Literature courses. She also serves as the Middle School Choir Teacher in Scott City, KS teaching 5-8 vocal music. Ms. Frisbie Reese received her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Iowa State University. She is an active adjudicator and clinician in Kansas and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association. She currently serves as the President Elect on the Executive Board for the SW District of the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Kristi
Reneberg
Kristi
Reneberg
Kristi
Reneberg

Kristi Reneberg

Kristi Reneberg is a native of western Kansas, graduated from Decatur Community High School, in Oberlin and earned the Bachelor’s of Music Education from Fort Hays State University. Currently, in her 31st year of teaching music in Kansas, she teaches K-12 Music for USD-110, Thunder Ridge Schools. Previously, Mrs. Reneberg taught in Atwood, Ell-Saline, Eastern Heights and West Smith County in instrumental and vocal music in all grades, K-12. Kristi has held NWKMEA Executive Board positions and was named Outstanding Middle School Music Educator for Northwest District KMEA in 2013.

Paul
Schapker
Paul
Schapker
Paul
Schapker

Paul Schapker

Paul Schapker is in his 2nd year as the Assistant Band Director at Shawnee Mission South High School. In this capacity he teaches over 200 5th/6th grade band students in the SM South attendance area, assists at Indian Woods Middle School, and conducts the second concert ensemble at the high school. Prior to this position, Mr. Schapker held a similar role at Shawnee Mission North, but got his start teaching 5th/6th grade band in Goddard, KS. A Kansas City native, he attended Bishop Miege High School, the University of Kansas (BME), and Oklahoma State University (MM).
Clinic Files
30 Minutes to Teach Everything.pdf - 1.82 MB

Zachary
Seckman
Zachary
Seckman
Zachary
Seckman

Zachary Seckman

Zachary Seckman is a first-year elementary music teacher for Geary County USD 475, after earning his BME from Kansas State University in 2017. Mr. Seckman is an active teacher and musician in the Manhattan region. In the area, he oversees the Handbell and Chancel choirs at First Christian Church, performs and directs music at local theaters, and manages a private studio. Since 2011, Zachary has been teaching private piano, voice, and percussion, with an average of 7 lessons per week. During his time at K-State, he served many leadership positions through NAfME-C, both at the local and state levels, and remains an active participant of KMEA and KOC events.
Clinic Files
BYOS Note Sheet.pdf - 52 KB
Go Beyond The Walls.pdf - 131 KB
Go Beyond The Walls Note Sheet.pdf - 30 KB
BYOS Presentation.pdf - 225 KB

Emily
Threinen
Emily
Threinen
Emily
Threinen

Emily Threinen
2018 KMEA All-State 56A Band Conductor

Emily Threinen serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota. She conducts the acclaimed Wind Ensemble, guides the graduate wind band conducting program, instructs undergraduate conducting, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of University of Minnesota Bands.

Prior to her appointment at Minnesota, Threinen served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music, and Instrumental Division Chair (2010-11) at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; Director of the Duke University Wind Symphony in Durham, North Carolina; Director of the Concordia University Wind Ensemble in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Conductor of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award.

Threinen consistently works with composers, arrangers, and performing artists of varied disciplines. Residencies and projects with composers and new compositions are integral to her creative work. Threinen is published in multiple volumes of the GIA Teaching Music Through Performance in Band book series where she has been recognized as a strong scholarly contributor. She is an active guest conductor, clinician, and conference presenter.

Significant invited professional engagements in the past five years include: Temple University Wind Symphony Chamber Winds performance "Homage to Mozart" at the 2015 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California; Temple University Wind Symphony performance "Philadelphia Stories" at the 2015 College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee; Conductor of the 2016 Pennsylvania All-State Band, 2015 Vermont All-State Band, 2015 West Virginia All-State Band, and 2015 TMEA All-State 5A Symphonic Band; Conductor of La Banda Primitiva of Llíria, Spain in 2014; Guest Conductor with the US Army Field Band in 2014; Temple University Wind Symphony performance "Crossing Over" at the 2014 Eastern Division College Band Directors National Association Conference in Boston, Massachusetts; Conductor Residency at Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia in 2013; Conductor Residency with Projeto Guri in Sao Paulo and Bauru, Brazil in 2013; Guest Conductor with the West Point Concert Band of the United States Military Academy in West Point 2012 & 2013; Conductor Residency at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2012; and Co-presenter at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in 2012.

In 2016, the dual compact disc recording "Wind Concerti: Temple University Wind Symphony with Soloists from The Philadelphia Orchestra and Faculty" was released; Threinen is the conductor and co-producer.

Threinen received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan under Michael Haithcock; a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University under Mallory Thompson; and a Bachelor of Music dual degree in Clarinet Performance and K-12 Instrumental Music Education from the University of Minnesota with mentorship of Craig Kirchhoff. After undergraduate studies, Threinen was the Director of Bands at Harding High School for three years and performed as a clarinetist in the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and semi-professionally in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Threinen currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild and was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 2016. She is an active member of these organizations: World Association for Symphonic Band and Ensembles (WASBE), College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Band Association (NBA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Pi Kappa Lambda, and Kappa Kappa Psi as an honorary member.

Wendy
van Gent
Wendy
van Gent
Wendy
van Gent

Wendy van Gent

Wendy van Gent is Associate Professor of Music Education at Northern State University, in Aberdeen, SD where she teaches Music Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervises student teachers, and conducts the vocal jazz ensemble. Dr. van Gent is a music education specialist with extensive experience in music teacher education, choral music, vocal jazz, private vocal instruction, musical theater, and dance. Her interest in Music Learning Theory (MLT) began at Michigan State University through Dr. Cynthia Taggart, and has developed extensively through her association with the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML). She is currently the Vice President of the emerging Central Midwest Chapter of GIML.
Dr. van Gent earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership (with cognates in Music Education and Teacher Leadership) at Oakland University. Her research interest is focused mainly in the area of student teachers as they transition into the first few years in the classroom. Before beginning her career as a music educator, she spent ten years traveling throughout the United States and Europe as a performer on the stage, radio, and television not only as a singer/dancer/actor, but also as a producer and director. For 16 years, Dr. van Gent was the Choral Director and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA. She is the current Collegiate Chapter, Research, SMTE, and New Music Teachers Partnerships Representative on the Board of Directors of SDMEA and is a member in good standing of NAfME, SDMEA, ACDA, SMTE, and AERA.
Clinic Files
Intro to Music Learning Theory.pdf - 1.06 MB

Kirsten
Votaw
Kirsten
Votaw
Kirsten
Votaw

Kirsten Votaw

Kirsten Votaw is a current fifth year at Kansas State University studying Music Education, with plans to graduate in May of 2018. Kirsten is involved and active with the Percussive Arts Society, NAfME Collegiate Chapter, the KSU Marching Band, and Sigma Alpha Iota. Kirsten is currently student teaching in the Riley County schools and conducting a statewide research on music education students' preparedness to teach those with disabilities and special needs in the music classroom. She taught as a music teacher at the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp and found a true passion for reaching out to students with special needs or disabilities in the music classroom. Through this research, she hopes to publish a journal article, and help universities better prepare their attendees to teach students with special needs and/or disabilities.

W. Dale
Warren
W. Dale
Warren
W. Dale
Warren

W. Dale Warren
2018 KMEA All-State 1234A Band Conductor

W. Dale Warren is Senior Wind Band Conductor and Professor of Music in the University of Arkansas Department of Music. Professor Warren's primary responsibility is conducting the UA Wind Symphony. He also teaches music education courses and is actively engaged in the Graduate Instrumental Conducting Program. From 1991-2000 Professor Warren was the Director of the UA Razorback Marching Band. Professor Warren is also the director of the highly successful UA Summer Music Camps.

Born in Greenville, Kentucky, Professor Warren played euphonium while attending Muhlenberg Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Warren is a former conducting student of Edward A. Knob, John Larkin, George Mabrey, W. Harry Clark, Skip Gray, Dennis Johnson, John Paynter, John Whitwell, and Larry Rachleff. He also served on the music department faculty as Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky from 1986-1991. Professor Warren taught at Kentucky high schools Bremen and North Hardin from 1980-1986. His bands received numerous awards and Division I ratings. He has guest conducted all-district, all-region, and all-state honor bands, as well as university bands in 35 states. Professor Warren has completed a faculty residency with the Kasetsart University Wind Symphony in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thailand residency included conducting rehearsals, teaching master classes and guest conducting a full concert program of American composers. Professor Warren is a computer clinician/designer for Advantage Showare, Inc. and Arrangers' Publishing Company.

For 20 years he served as an adjudicator/clinician for Musicfest Orlando. During Mr. Warren's affiliation with Music for All/Bands of America he served as a member of the Educational Advisory Board and for the past 29 years as an adjudicator and chief judge. In addition to serving as chairman of the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Shield Award Committee, Mr. Warren is a John Philip Sousa Foundation Board Member, a Past President of the Southeastern Conference Band Directors Association, and for the past 15 years has been a member of the Institutional Review Board at Washington Regional Medical Center. Since Professor Warren arrived at the University of Arkansas, the UA Wind Symphony has made six guest appearances at College Band Directors National Association Conventions.

In 2000 the UA Wind Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The UA Wind Symphony performed at the Arkansas Music Educators Convention/All-State Conference on two occasions under Professor Warren's baton. During Professor Warren's tenure as Director, the Razorback Marching Band performed numerous times for former President Clinton, including the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. Under Professor Warren's leadership, the Razorback Band performed at the SEC Championship, the Cotton Bowl, the Citrus Bowl, the Carquest Bowl, and the Independence Bowl. The Razorback Marching Band appeared as the Grand Finale Band at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Professor Warren's affiliations include: National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Conductors Guild, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

KMEA In-Service Workshop
February 22-24, 2018
Century II Convention Center
Wichita, KS