Clinics

The following clinicians will be presenting at the 2019 In-Service Workshop. Click on each button to view their profile and any hand-out files they have provided.
Sey
Ahn
Sey
Ahn
Sey
Ahn

Sey Ahn
2019 KMEA All-State Orchestra Conductor

A recent fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Sey Ahn is an emerging young conductor already on the way to a brilliant career. The recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, she also earned two Master of Music degrees from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, one in piano and, subsequently, a second in orchestral conducting. A graduate of Larry Livingston's orchestral conducting program at the Thornton School of Music, Ms. Ahn has worked individually and/or in master class sessions with such renowned conductors as Gustav Meier, Victor Yampolsky, Larry Rachleff, Robert Spano, Nicolas McGegan (opera), Federico Cortese, Carl St. Clair, Jorge Mester, Helmuth Rilling, and Kurt Masur. Widely in demand as a guest conductor of professional and youth orchestra around the country, she has led All-State orchestras of Colorado, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, and Iowa. Ms. Ahn currently serves as the Assistant Conductor of the IdyllwildARTS Summer Music Festival, a thriving international music program for gifted high school music students set in Southern California. In addition, she is Assistant Conductor of the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America held annually in Indianapolis. Recent highlights include performances in Benedict Music Tent at Aspen (Colorado), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), Alice Tully Hall (New York), and Hilbert Theater (Indianapolis).

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.

Bob
Buckley
Bob
Buckley
Bob
Buckley

Bob Buckley

Bob (Robert) Buckley was born in Brighton, England – he now divides his time between Vancouver, Montreal and Holland. He has a diverse career as a composer, arranger, performer, producer, recording artist and conductor. In the pop world, he created several albums and hit songs with labels such as CBS and A&M. The number one single Letting Go won him a gold record. He conducted and arranged for major artists such as Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan and Aerosmith, to name a few. In the film and television world, he scored numerous award-winning shows for Disney, Alliance, ABC, FOX, CBS, PBS, CBC and the Cartoon Network. In the live stage world, he composed music for contemporary dance, musicals and large-scale worldwide television events including the Calgary Olympics, the Victoria Commonwealth Games, the Vancouver Olympics and the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony with Cirque Du Soleil. He composed This Is My Home for the Canadian Pavilion at the World Expo – a song that has been performed at every Canada Day since and has become a Canadian tradition. In the concert world, he has composed and conducted for major symphony orchestras and his symphonic wind band compositions are being performed worldwide. Bob was invited to be composer-in-residence at Troy University in Alabama where a CD of his symphonic wind music was recorded called Continuum. Recently, he had the honour of recording a CD called Undercurrents with the renowned Naden Band of the Canadian Navy. His concert music is published by Hal Leonard.

Bob and his wife, choreographer and show designer Marlise McCormick, are creating live stage shows combining music, dance, circus-arts, magic and story telling. They have created several opening ceremonies and large scale events in Canada, the United States and Europe – working with such major companies as Cirque Du Soleil, Microsoft and Wattsmedia.

Allen
Carter
Allen
Carter
Allen
Carter

Allen Carter
2019 KMEA All-State Jazz Band Conductor

Allen Carter has a diverse background as a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist, and educator. Born and raised in Ellinwood, Kansas, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Kansas State University. His Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees are from the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout his school years, he won numerous awards in the areas of performance and composition/arranging. A member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, Dr. Carter's work as a composer/arranger includes CBS Television's Motown Records specials, the cable television series Humonos, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Miss America pageant, commercials, and documentaries for the department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In addition, he has written extensively for instrumental and vocal jazz groups at all levels. As a drummer/percussionist (he began "gigging" with local groups at age 11), Dr. Carter has performed with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Les Brown's Band of Renown, the Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, and Glenn Miller tribute (ghost) bands, Pat Longo's Big Band, Steve Speigl's Big Band and numerous other Los Angeles area big bands. He has worked with such vocalists as Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Marilyn Maye, Anita O'Day, Ray Charles, Melissa Manchester, Harry Connick Jr., Maureen McGovern, and Glen Campbell and has been involved in numerous recording sessions for records, films, and commercials. Appearances as featured artist have taken Dr. Carter across the United States as well as to concert stages and jazz clubs in several foreign countries. Allen has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs as band leader; "Gifts" and "Time On My Hands" featuring some of the finest studio/jazz musicians in Los Angeles playing his compositions and arrangements. Both CDs are available through iTunes and cdbaby.com. At the current time, Dr. Carter serves as Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he coordinates the music theory curriculum and where he created their new undergraduate degree in Commercial Music, blending traditional coursework in jazz/commercial theory, arranging, and improvisation with additional learning opportunities in live and studio audio, music business, and entrepreneurship. He has lectured internationally to educators and students on a wide range of jazz education, composition/arranging and percussion topics and was a member of the resource team for the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) during its existence. Performing groups under his direction have been awarded recognition at the national level and he has directed numerous honor groups for music educator associations in several states.

Cristina
Castaldi
Cristina
Castaldi
Cristina
Castaldi

Cristina Castaldi

Lirico-spinto soprano Cristina Castaldi specializes in bel canto, early Verdi and verismo repertoire. She has performed with numerous opera companies and orchestras. Her most recent performances as soprano soloist was with East Texas Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and with Wichita Symphony in Haydn’s The Creation. Dr. Castaldi is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Wichita State University. She is also a sought-after movement teacher in Essential Somatics (based on the teachings of Thomas Hanna and Moshe Feldenkrais) and gives master classes, workshops and individual sessions for singers. Her new course, “Essential Somatics for Singers” at Wichita State University will begin in Fall 2019. It’s the first Essential Somatics college course in the nation! Dr. Castaldi earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at The Mason Gross School of Music at Rutgers University. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance (with distinction) from The New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Erin
Cole
Erin
Cole
Erin
Cole

Erin Cole

Erin Cole has had a very successful career as a music educator for the past 24 years. She served as the band director at Tapp Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia from 1995-2017 and was named "Teacher of the Year" in 2016. Under her leadership, the Tapp Band honors included being selected to perform at the 58th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois in December of 2004. The band has been a featured performing group at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in 2015, 2008, 2003, and 1999. Additionally, the Flute and Percussion Ensemble have performed at the Georgia Music Educators Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The Tapp Band was also selected for the National Adjudicators Invitational Dixie Classic Festival in 2006 where they received all superior ratings. Ms. Cole commissioned four pieces of music for the Tapp Band in the past 12 years. In 1999, Robert W. Smith wrote "The Great Locomotive Chase", in 2002, Frank Ticheli wrote "Simple Gifts - Four Shaker Songs". and in 2004, Samuel R. Hazo composed "Ascend" for the Tapp M.S. Symphonic Band's performance at The Midwest Clinic. Most recently, Ms. Cole and the Tapp Middle School Band was part of a consortium of directors to commission the Eric Whitacre piece "The Seal Lullaby".

Erin Cole earned her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Georgia in 1995. While at the University of Georgia, she played cello, flute, and piccolo in the University Symphony Orchestra, chamber groups, Symphonic and Concert Bands, and the Redcoat Marching Band. She has studied cello with Christopher Rex, David Starkweather, and Alice Williams and has studied flute with Ronald Waln and Martha Lynn Volman. Ms. Cole's professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, National Band Association, and the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Erin has written articles for The Instrumentalist magazine and has been a contributing editor for the publication. She has also served as a clinician for the Music for All Summer Symposium and is currently on the teaching faculty at The Conn Selmer Institute. She has presented several sessions at the Midwest Clinic and many state conventions. In 2007, 2010, and 2014 Erin has written chapters for the popular GIA publication series Teaching Music Through Performance. Ms. Cole is also currently a contributing editor for Hal Leonard's Essential Elements method book and interactive website team. Ms. Cole now works as an educational clinician and consultant for Conn-Selmer and the Hal Leonard Corporation. She has been a guest conductor for numerous honor and all state bands, has taught several years at the "Encore" Music Camp, and was the founder and administrator of the Cobb County Summer Band Camp. She was awarded the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence in 2015, 2008 and 2003. She was the middle school band conductor for the Youth Band of Atlanta from 2011-2017.
Clinic Files
Make Me A Match.pdf - 673 KB
Building the Bridge.pdf - 50 KB

Chase
Crispin
Chase
Crispin
Chase
Crispin

Chase Crispin

Chase Crispin is currently a senior Music Education major and Spanish minor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. Originally from Blair, NE, Chase plans to teach middle school instrumental or vocal music after graduation. Born with a visual impairment, Chase has been involved in music-making activities most of his life. After beginning collegiate studies, he noticed a lack of knowledge about how to best teach musicians with visual impairment, and he became interested in learning more about why that is and finding solutions for practicing music teachers. Chase is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Blue Key Honors Society. At NWU, Chase is a member of the University Choir and Symphonic Band. His major instrument is bass clarinet. He also regularly plays organ for church services in Lincoln.

Rachel
Dirks
Rachel
Dirks
Rachel
Dirks

Rachel Dirks

Rachel Dirks is Director of Orchestral Studies at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. In addition to her responsibilities with the orchestra program, she teaches string methods and applied cello. She holds a Masters of Music in cello performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelors of Music from Bethel College, and she is currently working towards her Ph.D. in music education and orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas.

Ms. Dirks is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. As a conductor, she has been invited to conduct ensembles throughout the United States, including recent performances in New York, Oregon, Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Kansas. As a featured clinician, she has presented at the Midwest Clinic, the Oregon and Colorado Music Educators Conventions, as well as many state and regional conferences.

Prior to her work at the collegiate level, Ms. Dirks served as Director of Orchestras for Lawrence High School in Lawrence, KS and Newton Public Schools in Newton, KS. Her orchestras from these programs performed in a wide range of venues and locations including Ireland, Italy, Austria, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York's Carnegie Hall. Her ensembles consistently received first division ratings at state festivals and were frequently invited to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Convention. Currently, a large number of students from these programs now teach orchestra, private strings, or perform throughout the United States.
Clinic Files
More Bridges Fewer Walls.pdf - 967 KB
Highways and Byways.pdf - 236 KB

Kevin
Fenton
Kevin
Fenton
Kevin
Fenton

Kevin Fenton
2019 KMEA All-State Mixed Choir Conductor

Kevin Fenton, professor of choral conducting and ensembles, and director of the FSU University Singers and the Chamber Choir. He has conducted the Virginia Tech Meistersingers (1998), the University Singers (2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2013), and the Festival Singers of Florida (2012) in performances at regional and national conventions of ACDA and NAfME. A champion of new music, Dr. Fenton has conducted over thirty premiere performances–most recently Skip Stradtman’s “Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table” and “Amazing Grace” (2015); Troy Robertson’s “In Meeting We are Blessed” (2015) and “This Mystery” (2012); Eric Barnum’s “In Paradisum” (2010); Sydney Guillame’s “Au-Déla du Chagrin” (2010); Clifton Callender’s “Reasons to Learn to Sing” (2010); and “The Soul’s Passing” (2008) by Dominick DiOrio. Dr. Fenton has conducted choirs in 35 states, including twenty-six all-state choirs and ACDA Divisional Honor Choirs. Internationally, Kevin conducted the Beijing International Choral Festival Choir with China’s People’s Liberation Orchestra and the Dublin International Choral Festival for Music Celebrations International. He taught choral conducting and conducting pedagogy at the Kenya Conservatory of Music as a part of the Fulbright Scholar program and at the National Youth Choir Symposium in South Africa. Dr. Fenton has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral literature and choral conducting at Florida State University since 2000, and his textbook Foundations of Choral Conducting is used in beginning conducting classes throughout the country. He is a recipient of the Florida State University Teaching Award for Excellence, the Delta Omicron Music Professor of the Year award, and the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Florida Service Award. Additionally, Dr. Fenton is the Artistic Director of the Festival Singers of Florida and a founder of the AVoice4Peace initiative (AVoice4Peace.org).

Greg
Gilpin
Greg
Gilpin
Greg
Gilpin

Greg Gilpin

Greg Gilpin began piano lessons at age four and while continuing his music study in piano, trumpet, French horn, and voice, he became an accomplished accompanist for choirs in school and his family’s church. By the time he entered college he had developed a strong knowledge of choral music and had directed a church choir for over four years. His first choral works were published while a senior at Northwest Missouri State University, where he received his degree in Vocal Music Education. After graduation, he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he now resides.

Since 1986, Mr. Gilpin’s career has been and continues to be musically diverse. In addition to his work in music education, he continues his work as a studio musician working in the recording industry in Indianapolis. Today he is a well-known ASCAP award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit and is a highly respected choral conductor conducting throughout the country and internationally including the respected and historic venues of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

He is currently Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press and is a member of ACDA, NAfME, SAG-AFTRA, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Jennifer
Hall
Jennifer
Hall
Jennifer
Hall

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall graduated from Wichita State University with a BME in 1997 and from Kansas State University in 2008 with a MS in ESL. She has spent her entire career teaching music in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She has a passion for cultivating ways to use time more productively, to make teaching less stressful and to provide a high quality music program for all her students.
Clinic Files
End of the Year Checklist.docx - 40 KB
Concert Checklist.docx - 77 KB
Beginning of the Year Checklist.docx - 65 KB

James
Hollingsworth
James
Hollingsworth
James
Hollingsworth

James Hollingsworth

James Hollingsworth has taught instrumental music for 14 years in El Dorado, Rose Hill, and Wichita. James is currently serving as Director of Instrumental Music at Dean Ray Stucky Middle School in Wichita. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Kansas, and his master’s degree from Emporia State University. As a band and orchestra director, his students regularly achieve high honors at regional and national festivals and competitions. Ensembles directed by "Mr. H" have received superior ratings at the Alamo Bowl Concert Band Festival in San Antonio, the Winter Park Ski Music Festival in Colorado, and the College of the Ozarks Music Festival in Branson. While with Rose Hill, Mr. Hollingsworth’s 8th grade band was named Grand Champion at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival in Kansas City. James is proud to be a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association, United Teachers of Wichita, the National Educators Association, and the SCKMEA district representative for the Kansas Bandmasters Association.
Clinic Files
Teaching from 10 Textbooks.pdf - 129 KB

Emily
Hopkins
Emily
Hopkins
Emily
Hopkins

Emily Hopkins

Emily Hopkins graduated from Belmont University with a BM in Vocal Performance. She went on to teach music to Pre-K through 4th grade students for 11 years. In addition to teaching Music, Emily also taught 4th grade Social Studies. She completed her MEd in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University in 2014. She is a regular clinician at music and general education conferences across the country. Emily currently serves as the Training Program Administrator at QuaverMusic, where she is able to fulfill her passion for connecting students and teachers with engaging music resources. She’s also a member of the Nashville Opera Association, where she can be heard singing in chorus and comprimario roles.

Kyle
Hopkins
Kyle
Hopkins
Kyle
Hopkins

Kyle Hopkins

Kyle Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at McPherson College. In his short time at McPherson College, the band program has experienced unprecedented growth and success, including being selected to perform at the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention for the first time in the history of McPherson College. Kyle holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Washburn University and Kansas State University. Before accepting his position at McPherson College, he was Director of Bands in the McPherson public schools for 12 years and before that he taught in Topeka and Shawnee Mission. He is the recipient of McPherson College's 2015 Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award. In 2011 he was named USD-418 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being a sought-after clinician and adjudicator, Kyle has performed French horn with a wide range of groups such as Manheim Steamroller, Celtic Women, the Topeka Symphony, and the Kansas City Philharmonia. Currently he performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera as substitute horn, and regularly with the Salina Symphony Orchestra as principal horn. He has performed and/or conducted in 38 states as well as in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
Clinic Files
Uncoiling the Mystery.pdf - 243 KB
Horn scales.pdf - 127 KB
Horn warm-ups.pdf - 124 KB

Kathy
Jones
Kathy
Jones
Kathy
Jones

Kathy Jones



Bio pending...
Clinic Files
Trauma Informed Student.pdf - 758 KB
Jeff
Jordan
Jeff
Jordan
Jeff
Jordan

Jeff Jordan

Jeff Jordan serves on the faculty of Fort Hays State University where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and assists with the Tiger Marching band. In addition, Dr. Jordan teaches courses in conducting and music education, instructs the horn studio and oversees student teachers. Prior to arriving at FHSU, he served as the opening Band Director and Music Department Chair for Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Jordan's public school teaching experience includes sixteen years at all levels in central Florida and Kansas. During his tenure at Seminole High School, he was elected to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, was selected as Teacher of the Year and was a Top Ten Finalist for County Teacher of the Year. Dr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Florida Southern College, a Master's in Composition from the University of Kansas and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have included James Slutz, Gary Hill and Sarah McKoin (conducting), as well as John Pozdro, James Barnes, Jack Stamp and Paul Rudy (composition).

Dr. Jordan's recent publications include Empowered from Knightwind Music and The Healing Sword from C. Alan Publications. Recent premieres include Sure Stars Shining, commissioned by the Pine View High School Wind Ensemble (Sarasota, Florida), A Song for Autumn, In Our Time (for Choir and Wind Ensemble) and In Spirit. His work, Salute! (for brass choir) was selected as a winner in the Dallas Wind Symphony's Fanfare Competition and was performed as a concert prelude at the Meyerson Symphony Center by the Fort Hays State University Brass Choir, Dr. Lane Weaver, conductor. Psalms, Praises and Gifts for SATB Choir and Chamber Winds was commissioned by the Fort Hays State University Concert Choir, Dr. Terry Crull, conductor and premiered at the 2016 KMEA convention. Dr. Jordan's work and a time is profiled in Volume Six of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band from GIA publications. His compositions may be found at http://www.jeffjordanmusic.net.

Shawn
Knopp
Shawn
Knopp
Shawn
Knopp

Shawn Knopp

Shawn M. Knopp, Associate Professor of Music, is Director of Bands at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. At Tabor he oversees all aspects of the instrumental music program and directs the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Faculty Jazz Combo, Football Band, Basketball Band, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he teaches courses in music education, conducting, instrumental methods, serves on the teaching faculty of the Tabor Music Preparatory School, and advises Tabor's collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

Knopp earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting degrees from Kansas State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Music Education cognate at Kansas State. In 2012, the Kansas Bandmasters Association recognized Shawn with the Outstanding Young Band Director Award.

Prior to his appointment at Tabor College, Shawn was Director of Bands for the Smoky Valley Public Schools in Lindsborg, Kansas from 2005-2016, where he taught grades 5-12. Under Knopp's direction, the Smoky Valley High School Concert Band earned First Division-Superior ratings from 2007-2016 at the State Large Group Music Festival and solos and ensembles under his direction consistently received top ratings at regional and state festivals. The Smoky Valley High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Convention in 2009, 2013, and 2014 and the Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform in 2015.

Additionally, Shawn has taught clarinet, saxophone, and woodwind methods courses at McPherson College, Central Christian College and Bethany College and was Director of Bands for USD-393 Solomon Public Schools.

Shawn currently serves as High School Honor Band Chairman for the Kansas Music Educators Association-South Central District and previously served as Middle School Honor Band Chairman, as well as President and Vice-President. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Sandy
Lantz
Sandy
Lantz
Sandy
Lantz

Sandy Lantz

Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg have taught elementary music in Florida for over 38 years. For nearly 20 years, they have taught Orff-Schulwerk Level I teacher training courses sponsored by the Central Florida Orff Chapter, Stetson University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida International University. They have co-taught workshop sessions at National Orff Schulwerk conferences as well as numerous state music conferences throughout the US. Together they have written the books "Drum It Up", "Creative Bits with Children's Lit", "Strum It Up" and "S'more Bits with Children's Lit".
Clinic Files
Kids With Autism notes.docx - 178 KB
Uke Part I notes.docx - 1.39 MB
Uke Part II notes.docx - 1.17 MB

Henry
Leck
Henry
Leck
Henry
Leck

Henry Leck
2019 KMEA All-State Elementary Choir Conductor

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children's Choir where he served for 30 years. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western, Eastern and Northwest Honors Choirs. In 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children's Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions, he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. Mr. Leck conducts extensively throughout the world, including festivals in Brazil, England. Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Mexico, China, Latvia, Japan, Spain, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Malta and Canada. As Founder and Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir he has toured every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the Lowell Mason Fellows Award which is the highest award given, by the National Association for Music Education. He was named Outstanding Hoosier Musician in 2016 by IMEA. He is a recipient of the NUVO Lifetime Achievement Award and the Indiana Historical Society Indiana Living Legend Award. He recently was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Chorus America. Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, the child's voice, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban and the boy's changing voice.

Marcus
Lewis
Marcus
Lewis
Marcus
Lewis

Marcus Lewis

Marcus Lewis graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance and continued on to receive a Master's Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marcus currently lives in Kansas City, MO and continues to tour with The Marcus Lewis Band and the Grammy Nominated vocalist, Janelle Monáe. He is the Artistic Director of a non-profit dedicated to jazz education called Future Jazz KC. Marcus is also an adjunct professor of jazz at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). Some notable artists that Marcus has performed and or recorded with are Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, B.o.B, Prince, Musiqsoulchild, Avery Sunshine, Jidenna, The Barkays, Confunkshun, and Sugarfoot's Ohio Players. In addition to an active touring and recording schedule, Marcus stays busy writing, arranging, teaching and leading clinics and master-classes worldwide.
Clinic Files
How to Improvise.pdf - 57 KB

Peter
Lillpopp
Peter
Lillpopp
Peter
Lillpopp

Peter Lillpopp

Peter Lillpopp is the Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Fort Hays State University. In addition to teaching applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba, Dr. Lillpopp conducts the FHSU Symphonic Winds and Brass Choir. He is also the Director of Athletic Bands at FHSU including the Tiger Marching Band and Basketball Pep Band. Prior to his appointment at FHSU, he was the Interim Director of Bands at the University of South Dakota. An active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor, Lillpopp has presented at numerous state and regional conferences including the 2016 College Band Directors National Association, Southwestern Division Conference. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, University of North Texas, Hartt School of Music, and the University of Colorado Boulder where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Wind Conducting and Pedagogy. He has studied conducting with Donald McKinney, Glen Adsit, and Edward Cumming. He has studied tuba with Chester Schmitz, Donald Little, and Tommy Johnson. Dr. Lillpopp's secondary school teaching experience includes seven years at all levels in Texas and Connecticut.

Sarah
McKoin
Sarah
McKoin
Sarah
McKoin

Sarah McKoin
2019 KMEA All-State 56A Band Conductor

Sarah McKoin is the Director of Bands, Professor of Conducting, and Chair of the Conducting area at Texas Tech University. Her responsibilities include Conductor and Musical Director of the TTU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, administrating the graduate program in wind conducting, conducting pedagogy and wind literature, while overseeing all facets of the university band program which includes 5 concert bands, the 400-member Goin’ Band and other athletic bands. Under Dr. McKoin’s direction, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed at the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, multiple times for the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and has twice been featured at the College Band Director’s National Association Southwest Conference. Her ensemble has performed world premiere recordings of the wind music of Chen Yi and Narong Prangcharoen, and production is currently underway for a world premiere recording of Avner Dorman’s wind music. Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Dr. McKoin has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She has worked in Canada, Thailand, China, Israel and Taiwan. Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech, Professor McKoin was the Director of Bands at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and held appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, McKoin previously served on the conducting faculty at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina, and has taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. McKoin holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin as well as degrees from Wichita State University and Michigan State University. She has served as President of the Southwest Division of the College Band Director's National Association as well as President of the Big 12 Band Director’s Association. She is a member of TMEA, TBA, Phi Beta Mu, Pi Kappa Lambda and holds honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Marcia
Neel
Marcia
Neel
Marcia
Neel

Marcia Neel

A veteran of 36 years in public school music education, Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She received a Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas specializing in 20th Century Labor History. Marcia served as the Supervisor of the Secondary Music Education Program of the Clark County School District (CCSD), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1994 through 2007. During the course of those years, she led the Secondary Music Education Program to a total class count of over 50,000 in 56 middle and 38 high school music programs and over 100,000 in Secondary Fine and Performing Arts overall. Her greatest pride was in knowing that all of the students in each of the district’s secondary schools were provided with an equal opportunity to study music. In conjunction with the National Association of School Boards, VH1 and NAMM awarded the National Distinguished Service to Music Education Award to the CCSD Board of School Trustees in 2007. The district employs approximately 500 elementary and secondary music educators. Elected to numerous leadership positions, Marcia has served as Western Division President of MENC; President of the Nevada Music Educators Association (two separate terms); and President of the Nevada Choral Directors Association. She was appointed by two Nevada governors to sit on the Goals 2000 Panel and in that capacity, co-chaired the team responsible for the writing of Nevada's Content Standards in Arts Education. In 1993, The Disney Channel selected Marcia as their National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and in 2013, she was inducted into the Conn-Selmer Institute’s Hall of Fame. Marcia is president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals working with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts to foster the growth and breadth of school-based music education programs for all children. She currently serves as a consultant-on-retainer with numerous school districts across the country and internationally to assist these organizations in the development of a variety of facets of their Music and Arts Education Programs. Among others, specialty areas include curriculum development and expansion, professional development, teacher induction programs, and the providing of conductors and adjudicators for honor ensembles and music festivals. She has taught graduate music courses at Duquesne University, the Hartt School and Villanova University and continues to each at VanderCook College of Music. In April, 2016, Marcia was named Senior Director of Education for the Band and Orchestral division of Yamaha Corporation of America and will serve in this capacity as an independent consultant while continuing her efforts to ensure equity and social justice for music education programs nationwide.

David
Newell
David
Newell
David
Newell

David Newell

David Newell taught music for thirty years in the public schools of Berea, Ohio. Additionally, he taught part-time in the Music Education Department at Baldwin-Wallace University for fifteen years. During his tenure as Director of Bands at Ford Middle School, Mr. Newell developed one of the exemplary band programs in the state and served as Chair of the Music and Art Departments. In 1979, Mr. Newell received the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation's "Master Teacher" Award for Excellence in the Classroom. He also received the "Alumni Achievement" Award from Baldwin-Wallace University in 1987.

Mike
Olander
Mike
Olander
Mike
Olander

Mike Olander

Mike Olander has partnered with schools across the country for over two decades as a trusted advisor for music programs and technology implementations, working for MusicFirst, Wenger Corporation, MakeMusic, Music Prodigy, JAMF Software, and Edmentumm. He has led teacher workshops and trainings, staff development sessions, and has served as a consultant for schools across the country.

Now, as an Education Manager with MusicFirst, he continues to advocate for music programs and education with technology solutions designed to save time, simplify tasks, and drive student engagement and growth.

Jim
Papoulis
Jim
Papoulis
Jim
Papoulis

Jim Papoulis
2019 KMEA All-State Middle Level Choir Conductor

Jim Papoulis composes in many genres and is known for work that combines contemporary, classical, and world sounds. Papoulis has made significant contributions to choral music by revitalizing the choral repertoire with songs whose roots are classical and world, with voicing that incorporates lead vocalists with choirs, vocal percussion, and world rhythms. His choral work often is sung from the perspective of the singer, and is constantly inspired by the work he does through the foundation for small voices. He firmly believes that music can heal, educate, celebrate, and empower the lives of children. Through the Foundation for Small Voices he has conducted songwriting workshops with choirs from the United States, China, Japan, Tanzania, Mexico, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Haiti, England, Norway, Canada, Spain, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, France, Ireland, Bosnia, Jordan, Australia, Holland, Dubai, and Greece. He has worked with choirs and ensembles on all continents and from all walks of life, and has also worked with: Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Beyonce, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Boys Choir, London Symphony, Beijing Children's Choir, Faith Hill, Natalie Cole, Snoop Dogg, Tokyo String Quartet, Moscow Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, New World Symphony His music has recently been featured at: Beijing Olympics; Give Us Hope exhibit at the 9-11 Museum in New York; 9-11 10th Anniversary Concerts throughout the world including New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, London, Oslo, Paris, Shanghai, Rio, Rome, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Dubai, Delhi, Oslo, Paris; 2008 Presidential Inauguration; Pope visit televised nationally at Yankee Stadium; World Cup South Africa 2010.

Beth
Richey-Sullivan
Beth
Richey-Sullivan
Beth
Richey-Sullivan

Beth Richey-Sullivan

Beth Richey-Sullivan is a native of Kansas City, Missouri where she completed her undergraduate degree in both Choral & Instrumental Music Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance. She received her Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting at UCLA with the world renowned Donald Neuen.

Currently Beth is the Choral Conductor at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, KS. Her choirs receive consistent superior ratings at festivals both nationally and locally. Her choirs have been featured at the Kansas State Music convention. She is active in ACDA & KMEA.

Beth began her professional teaching and performing career in Los Angeles. She conducted the Towne Singers, a 100 voice community choir where she performed 7 successful seasons and commissioned Eric Whitacre’s "Seal Lullaby."

She also taught at Hoover High & Toll Middle Schools in Glendale, CA where she conducted Choral Music, grades 6-12. Her students received multiple outstanding music rankings at local, district & national festivals. She grew the program from 8 to over 200 singers.

In addition to Music, Beth is very passionate about helping children in foster care. In CA, she was influential in founding "One More", a foster care support system that helped recruit, train and retain great foster parents. Do you have room around your table for "One More"?

Matthew
Schloneger
Matthew
Schloneger
Matthew
Schloneger

Matthew Schloneger

Matthew Schloneger is Assistant Professor of Voice at Friends University where he coordinates the voice area and teaches Voice, Opera Workshop, Diction, Vocal Literature and Vocal Pedagogy. He was a Rotary Scholar at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano and has a certificate in French language from the Sorbonne (Paris). He has performed principal operatic roles with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Operafestival di Roma, Wichita Grand Opera, Opera Kansas, Sorg Opera, Whitewater Opera and others. Dr. Schloneger is co-winner of the 2017 Van Lawrence Fellowship of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Voice Foundation. He was also awarded Best Research Poster at the 2014 NATS National Convention and Best Student Presentation at the 2015 Voice Foundation Symposium. His research has been published in the Journal of Voice, the Journal of Research in Music Education and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. In the last eight years, he has had 15 finalists in the West Central Regional Competition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, including first-place winners in classical and musical theatre categories, with many students moving on to successful graduate degrees and careers in the performing arts.

Education:
A.A., Hesston College; B.A., Goshen College; M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; Ph.D., University of Kansas

David
Shaffer
David
Shaffer
David
Shaffer

David Shaffer
2019 KMEA All-State 1234A Band Conductor

David Shaffer was born in Columbus, Ohio and attended Grove City High School, Grove City, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master of Music Degree from Miami University (Ohio). Mr. Shaffer has taught in the Hamilton, Ohio; Northridge, Ohio; and Wyoming, Ohio schools. Mr. Shaffer has been associated with the Miami University Marching Band for 30 years as Graduate Assistant Director (1978-80), Assistant Director (1980-97) and as Director (1997 – 2009). The Miami Band has performed for seven regional Bands of America Contests. In 2003 the Miami Band was selected as the “Santa Band” in the 77th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. In addition to his involvement with Miami University, Mr. Shaffer has over 450 compositions and arrangements in print. His compositions have been used at clinics and music festivals around the world and have been placed on contest required-performance lists in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Mr. Shaffer has been the recipient of the ASCAP Standard Award in Music Composition for 26 years. Under the direction of Mr. Shaffer, the Wyoming High School String Orchestra performed as the opening group at the 1984 Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Director's Clinic in Chicago. Additional Mid-West conducting appearances were in 2000 and 2001 when Mr. Shaffer guest conducted his compositions with the Robinson School Band, Fairfax, Va., and the South Central Middle School Band, Carterville, Ga. Currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Shaffer is in demand as a conductor for honor bands, new music reading clinics, music festivals, and music education seminars. During the summer of 1986 and 1992, he served as instrumental director for the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts. In February of 1997 he conducted a program of his music, with the China Youth Corps Band in the National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan. In April of 2011 Mr. Shaffer premiered his composition At The Red Creek with the Musikkapelle Roethenbach, at Roethenbach, Germany.

Pearl
Shangkuan
Pearl
Shangkuan
Pearl
Shangkuan

Pearl Shangkuan
2019 KMEA All-State Treble Choir Conductor

Pearl Shangkuan is a highly sought after conductor, lecturer and clinician all across the United States and internationally. Director of Choral Activities and professor of Music at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she is also chorus master of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a Grammy-nominated professional orchestra. Her conducting and teaching engagements have taken her to Australia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Austria, France, Switzerland and all across Asia. Shangkuan has a signature choral series with earthsongs and is the music editor of the Calvin Choral series, published by GIA. In 2013, Michigan ACDA honored her with their Maynard Klein Choral Award for "artistic excellence and lifetime leadership in choral music." Her choirs have performed at American Choral Directors Association national, division and state conferences and for other professional music organizations. She has conducted ACDA division honor choirs, all states, honor choirs and festivals in numerous states and internationally, and has headlined several ACDA state conferences. She has also served on the jury of several international choral competitions in Europe and Asia, and has been a guest faculty for programs in the US such as the Chorus America conducting masterclasses, the University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium among many others. She served as president of ACDA Central Division and Michigan ACDA, and has commissioned and premiered numerous choral works by composers performed in concert halls around the world. A student of pre-eminent American choral conductor Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, she received a Bachelor of Music in Church Music (summa cum laude) and Master of Music in Choral Conducting (with distinction) from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Pam
Smith Kelly
Pam
Smith Kelly
Pam
Smith Kelly

Pam Smith Kelly

Pam Smith Kelly is the daughter of Claude T. and Maureen F. Smith. After receiving her BME from Central Missouri State University (1980) and her MME from the University of Kansas (1986), she taught 35 years in the Ft. Zumwalt (MO) and Blue Valley School District (KS). Kelly has taught as an adjunct at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Ottawa University. She served as chair at the district and state levels for Kansas Music Educators Association. Mrs. Kelly received the NEKMEA Outstanding Music Educator in 2010. She was the founding conductor of two prominent wind ensembles in Kansas City, the Kansas City Wind Ensemble and Midwest Winds. For the past 39 years, she was the founding conductor of the Village Presbyterian Church Wind Ensemble, the Presbyterian Church of Stanley Wind Ensemble, and currently the Grace Covenant Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as guest director, clinician and judge for bands, choirs, and orchestras around the country and abroad. Kelly has presented, and guest conducted recently in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Louisiana at the 2018 Phi Mu Alpha National Convention as the guest conductor of the PMA Convention Symphonia Winds. She is a bassoonist and is the President of Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc., which publishes the instrumental and choral works of her late father. Pam is a member of ACDA, ASCAP, Association of Concert Bands, National Association of Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon (Patron) and P.E.O.
Clinic Files
Effective Networking Tips.docx - 20 KB
Lessons on Musicianship.docx - 20 KB

Dean
Sorenson
Dean
Sorenson
Dean
Sorenson

Dean Sorenson

Dean Sorenson is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota as well as a prolific and highly sought-after composer, arranger, trombonist, educator, and clinician. He received his bachelor's degree in trombone performance from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree in jazz arranging and composition from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Sorenson has composed and arranged for numerous ensembles including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is active as a commissioned composer and arranger for jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra, concert band, and chamber ensembles.

Amy
Spears
Amy
Spears
Amy
Spears

Amy Spears

Amy Spears is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Arizona State University. Her previous teaching experience includes secondary school instrumental and general music classes in Alabama and Arizona, and music education courses at Florida Atlantic University and Arizona State University. Dr. Spears is a regular presenter at national and international conferences including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its various state affiliate conferences, Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Instrumental Music Teacher Educators' Colloquium (IMTE), Association for Popular Music Education (APME), and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Visions of Research in Music Education and The Woman Conductor. She also has published chapters in Women's Bands in America (Scarecrow Press) and Marginalized Voices in Music Education (Routledge).

Robin
Thompson
Robin
Thompson
Robin
Thompson

Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson is a native of Missouri and received her BME from Central Missouri State University (1980) and Master's in Elementary Administration from William Woods University (2008). Thompson taught for 35 years in Missouri at Sherwood Cass R-VIII, Savannah, Center, and Belton BSD #124 at the elementary and middle school level in band, general and choral music and conducted children's choirs at church. She was a member and candidate for Elementary Vice President of MMEA and clinician through the Heart of America chapter of AOSA. Ms. Thompson was a member of the Missouri Lions Band her senior year of high school then served as a member of the staff in 1986. She is a clarinetist and plays in the Grace Covenant Orchestra and UCM Alumni Band. Thompson works part time as assistant to Pam Smith Kelly with Claude T. Smith Publications. As a retired teacher, she is co-president of the Belton unit of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and member of the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Clinic Files
Effective Networking Tips.docx - 20 KB
Lessons on Musicianship.docx - 20 KB

Frank
Tracz
Frank
Tracz
Frank
Tracz

Frank Tracz

Frank Tracz is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Kansas State University. He earned the B.M.E. from The Ohio State University, the M.M. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Ph. D. from The Ohio State University. He has public school teaching experience in Wisconsin and Ohio and has also served as Assistant Director of bands at Syracuse University and Director of bands at Morehead State University. Dr. Tracz has served as an adjudicator, clinician, speaker in various schools and conferences and has conducted All-State and Honor bands across the United States as well as in Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand. At Kansas State he directs the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band, teachers graduate and undergraduate conducting, advisor to Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Band Ambassadors, and administers and guides all aspects of a large BIG XII comprehensive band program. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at numerous State conferences, MENC, two CBDNA regional conferences, The Larry Sutherland Wind band Festival at Fresno State, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The marching band was awarded the prestigious Sudler Trophy in 2015. The Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the International Convention of the American Bandmasters Association in 2019 in Loveland, CO Dr. Tracz is on the faculty of the Conn-Selmer Institute, adjunct faculty of the American Band College, past member of the Music Education Journal Editorial Board, contributor to the Teaching Music Through performance In Band series, and was recently appointed Chair of the Sudler Trophy Project of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. His honors include the Stamey Award for outstanding teaching, Kansas Bandmasters Outstanding Director award, Wildcat Pride Alumni Association award, the Tau Beta Sigma Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director award, named a Lowell Mason fellow, and Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. He has also received the Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame award, the Kansas State Professorial Performance award, and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.

Jill
Trinka
Jill
Trinka
Jill
Trinka

Jill Trinka

Jill Trinka is Professor of Music Education at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate ear training and sight-singing, elementary music methods, and classroom instrument courses. She has directed Kodály Institutes at The University of Texas (Round Top), University of North Texas, DePaul University (Chicago), Portland State University (OR), and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN). She currently directs the West Chester University (PA) Kodály Certificate Program. She has taught in Kodály programs at Texas Tech (TX), Holy Names University (CA), Fresno State (CA), and The Hartt School (CT). A past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and 2003 recipient of their Outstanding Educator Award, Dr. Trinka is internationally known by children, parents, and music educators as “a dynamic, winsome, and energetic teacher and performer.” Her performances bring new life to the musical and cultural treasures of American folk music as she accompanies herself on the dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo. Jill’s publications – My Little Rooster, Bought Me a Cat, John, the Rabbit, and The Little Black Bull; Jill Trinka: The Bass Hall Children’s Concerts DVD (Ft. Worth, TX); and recordings Had a Little Rooster, There’s a Hole in the Bucket, and Old Joe Clark (with John Feierabend) – are published by GIA Music.

Connie
Van Engen
Connie
Van Engen
Connie
Van Engen

Connie Van Engen

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary in the North Kansas City school district. Connie has an M.A. in music education with a concentration in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. In 2013 Connie was named "Teacher of the Year" for the North Kansas City schools. She has served as AOSA Region III Representative and Recording Secretary. She is a National Conference Chair for the 2020 AOSA Professional Development Conference. Connie is an active presenter and teaches Orff Schulwerk Pedagogy at Trinity University in Texas and at Baker University in Kansas.

Garrett
Viets
Garrett
Viets
Garrett
Viets

Garrett Viets

Garrett Viets is a second-year teacher currently working in Lawrence at Billy Mills Middle School. He has received multiple certifications in both youth and adult mental health first aid and is experienced in trauma-informed care and suicide prevention. He earned his BME with voice emphasis from Wichita State University as well as a minor in Physics, and is certified to teach both. Garrett has directed kindergarten through college and taken high school choirs to multiple "I" ratings at regional and state, small and large ensemble festivals. Two of his current students are All-State choir members this weekend.
Clinic Files
Step Across the Line.docx - 24 KB

Gretchen
Wahlberg
Gretchen
Wahlberg
Gretchen
Wahlberg

Gretchen Wahlberg

Sandy Lantz and Gretchen Wahlberg have taught elementary music in Florida for over 38 years. For nearly 20 years, they have taught Orff-Schulwerk Level I teacher training courses sponsored by the Central Florida Orff Chapter, Stetson University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida International University. They have co-taught workshop sessions at National Orff Schulwerk conferences as well as numerous state music conferences throughout the US. Together they have written the books "Drum It Up", "Creative Bits with Children's Lit", "Strum It Up" and "S'more Bits with Children's Lit".
Clinic Files
Kids With Autism notes.docx - 178 KB
Uke Part I notes.docx - 1.39 MB
Uke Part II notes.docx - 1.17 MB

Carolyn
Watson
Carolyn
Watson
Carolyn
Watson

Carolyn Watson

A major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest, Carolyn Watson was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with David Zinman. She has conducted orchestras throughout Europe including the Brandenburg Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kodály Philharmonic, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Operetta Theatre, Bulgarian State Opera Bourgas and in Russia, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. In 2017, Carolyn was one of six conductors selected for the elite Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors. Carolyn currently serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Kansas whilst continuing to enjoy an active freelance career throughout the US, Europe and Australia. Prior to this appointment she served in the same role at Texas State University, where she received a Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative activities. Since moving to the US in 2013 Carolyn has conducted the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Austin Symphony, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and World Youth Symphony Orchestra. From 2013-15 she held the prestigious position of Music Director of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, with whom she was awarded the 2015 American Prize for Orchestral Performance. Carolyn is also a member of the summer conducting faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp. Carolyn is the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international awards for young conductors. She is the recipient of the 2013 Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors, the coveted Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize via the Australian Music Foundation in London, Opera Foundation Australia's Bayreuth Opera Award and Berlin New Music Opera Award and the Nelly Apt Conducting Scholarship. In 2013-14 Carolyn held a Dome Centenary Fellowship from the State Library of Victoria and was in 2012 a Churchill Fellow. Carolyn has been a guest lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she enjoys an ongoing association. Her research forms part of conducting curricula at Indiana University and the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. She has presented internationally at Oxford University's Conducting Studies Conference, The First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, International Kodály Symposium, International Conference on the Arts in Society and at national conferences of The Conductor's Guild and College Orchestra Directors Association, as well as the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Texas Orchestra Directors Association. Dr. Watson holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney where the subject of her doctoral thesis was Gesture as Communication: The Art of Carlos Kleiber. Carolyn is also in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator, presenter and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.

Marla
Weber
Marla
Weber
Marla
Weber

Marla Weber

Marla Weber is in her 37th year of teaching instrumental music in the state of Kansas. She teaches all aspects of the public school instrumental experience including concert band, orchestra, marching band, pep band, jazz band, music theory, solos and small ensembles. Throughout her career she has attended various jazz camps, concert band workshops. Marla has judged many solo/small ensemble regional and state festivals as well as directed honor bands for all levels of band and orchestra. She was the brass caption head for the Quad City Knights of Illinois, Drum Corps Midwest and Drum Corps International judge. Marla has taught public schools in the Wichita Public Schools for 9 years and the Goddard Public Schools for the past 28 years.


Wichita Adaptive Music Team

Wichita Adaptive Music Team

Wichita Adaptive Music Team

Wichita Adaptive Music Team



Dirk Cushenbery
BMA K-State 1986
K-12 Music Teaching Certification Wichita State University 1990
MME University of Kansas 1999
20 years board certified music therapist including Richmond State School; Sam Houston State University; Shafallah Center for children with special needs in Doha, Qatar, 2005-2015
USD 259-Adaptive Music Educator, 2016-Current

Rebecca Gobel
BME Wichita State University 2001
MME Wichita State University 2004
USD 259-Adaptive Music Educator, 2002-Current

Gabrielle Longfellow
BME Wichita State University 2016
Catholic Diocese, 2016-2017
USD 490, 2017-2018
USD 259-Adaptive Music Educator, 2018-Current

Kenny Underkofler
BME Wichita State University 2001
USD 259-Adaptive Music Educator, 2001-Current

Todd
Wilkinson
Todd
Wilkinson
Todd
Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson is an Associate Professor of Music at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He is currently performing weekly at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansas City, MO, with the Tim Whitmer Quartet, and bi-weekly there with his own quartet. Dr. Wilkinson holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Doctor of Arts in Saxophone Performance from the University of Kansas. His past tenure includes a board membership with the Topeka Jazz Workshop, the Artistic Director for the Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival, the Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Saxophone at Washburn University, the President of the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, and owner/operator of the Drum Room Jazz Club. Todd has conducted Honors Jazz Bands throughout the Midwest and has worked as a clinician/adjudicator in Washington State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, and Missouri. Todd has led two successful Kansas City bands, Bokomaru and the Goombahles, and he spent five years performing nightly with the legendary K.C. Bottoms band at the Tuba in Kansas City. Todd has appeared as a sideman with scores of major performers, most notably Mel Tormè, Joe Williams, Patti Page, Kevin Mahogany, the Kansas City Chiefs T.D. Pack Band, the Topeka Symphony, the Temptations, Diane Schurr, Karrin Allyson, Natalie Cole, the Royal Crown Revue, Debbie Boone, Mark Pender, Najee, Harry Allen, Grant Stewart, Under the Streetlamp, Michael Feinstein, Bob James, Kelley Hunt, and Wayne Newton.

Blair
Williams
Blair
Williams
Blair
Williams

Blair Williams

Blair Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include supervising string student teachers, teaching courses in string music education, instruction in instrumental/orchestral conducting, and directing the Texas Tech University String Project. During the summers, Dr. Williams is active with the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp Academy for beginning students, and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp. Additionally, she serves on the editorial board for American String Teacher, on the National String Project Consortium Board, on the ASTA Collegiate Committee, as a Member-at-Large for NAfME-Texas, as the TMEA Region 16 College Chair, and as an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the TTU Student Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Williams has presented clinics regionally and nationally including invited sessions at the National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, the annual American String Teachers Association conference, the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop, Texas Music Educators Association, and Colorado Music Educators Association. Her research interests include: rural string music education, music teacher education, secondary music teaching, and viola. She has been published in The American String Teacher and SmartMusic. Additional conducting engagements have included: youth, regional, and all-city ensembles in Kansas, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon; Graduate Conductor/Section Coach-Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, Chamber Strings; Graduate Conductor-Kansas State Orchestra; Assistant Director/Administrator of the Gold Orchestra (Manhattan, KS) including an invited performance at The Midwest Clinic in 2010; and Associate Director/String Coordinator of the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. After earning her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor, Dr. Williams served as Director of Orchestras and the Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams' ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students. Dr. Williams also continues to enjoy working with public school students as a guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. She is a member of ASTA, NAfME, TMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Clinic Files
Preparing for Your Student Teaching Experience and Beyond.pdf - 111 KB
More Bridges Fewer Walls.pdf - 967 KB
Highways and Byways.pdf - 236 KB

KMEA In-Service Workshop
February 21-23, 2019
Century II Convention Center
Wichita, KS