The following clinicians will be presenting at the 2020 In-Service Workshop. Click on each button to view their profile and any hand-out files they have provided.
Dr. Baumanis is a graduate of The Florida State University College of Music, where she received her Bachelors of Instrumental Music Education, her Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting, and her PhD in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting. Prior to graduate school, she taught public school in south Florida as the Associate Director of Bands and Orchestras at J.P. Taravella High School, and the Director of Orchestras at Ramblewood Middle School.
An active performer, educator and researcher, Dr. Baumanis has presented her research nationally. Most recently, her research has focused on developing a conductor's baton that records data collected from a conductor's expressive gestures. She hopes to implement this technology in the conducting classroom as a technological tool to assist beginning conductors in developing their craft.
Beeken's choirs have performed at State, Regional, and National ACDA Conventions and for state and regional NAfME conferences. Beeken's engagements include over 50 All-States and Honor Choirs in nineteen states, the Czech Republic, and Austria, and many invited presentations for symposia across the United States and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2020-2021 Beeken will conduct All-States in Alaska, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Wyoming and international festivals in Dublin, Ireland, Muscat, Oman, and Tallinn, Estonia. Prior to his appointment at WSU, Dr. Beeken served as director or choral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, taught at Michigan State University, and taught elementary, middle school, and high school vocal music for sixteen years.
Cooper served on the violin committee for the 1997 and 2009 editions of the ASTA String Syllabus, and has been a contributor to both the AST Journal and GIA Publications' Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra. She presented sessions at the 2003, 2010, 2014, and 2020 national ASTA conferences, the 2017, 2018, and 2020 Kansas ASTA in-service, and adjudicated ASTA's Nagyvary Violin Competition in 2004.
Liz received her Bachelors in Viola Performance from Boston University, MM from the University of Boulder, Colorado, and is continuing doctoral work at Indiana University with a focus on Music Education and Community Music Schools. She has been a member of the viola section of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Philharmonic, and Boulder Philharmonic.
Along with her work as a conductor and clinician, Ms. Dirks has enjoyed performing as a cellist in a wide array of ensembles and venues. And, as an educator, she has been honored with awards from the Kansas Music Educators Association, the American String Teachers Association Kansas Chapter, the Lawrence Schools Foundation, and the Newton Public Schools. Throughout all of her work, her goal is to encourage musicians to seek and create community through music.
2020 KCDA Treble Honor Choir Conductor
Dr. Fulcher taught high school orchestra in North Carolina where her students earned high ratings at local, national, and international festivals. She is a frequent guest conductor and clinician and has worked with festivals in Colorado, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She has presented sessions for teachers at the National ASTA Conference, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference, and the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, in addition to a variety of national research presentations.
Amy maintains a large private flute studio for students of all ages. She has also served as chairman of the Tack Flute Foundation for the last 13 years. The Foundation administers the use of professional flutes to young students who have need of a better instrument and sponsors a flute festival and competition.
She graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis and has studied flute with Ruth Condon, Mary Karen Clardy, George Pope, Alexa Still, GoranMarcusson, William Bennett, and piccolo with Nicola Mazzanti and Lois Herbine.
2020 KMEA All-State 1234A Band Conductor
Huckeby’s early music education career included eight years in Oklahoma public schools, where his marching, concert and jazz bands won state and regional acclaim. His success in the public schools led him into the college ranks where he became internationally recognized as an outstanding music educator and composer of over 200 published works for concert and marching band. His outstanding contributions to the concert and marching band literature have played an important role in the development of the contemporary band repertoire, and his recently released sightreading and music literacy curriculum is receiving world-wide acclaim.
Huckeby's performance background and experience is very eclectic, having been a member of a symphony orchestra (horn), jazz band (trumpet), and contemporary Christian quintet (bass guitar, keyboards and vocals), as well as having served regularly as a church organist and pianist. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, a master’s in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in administration from Oklahoma State University with additional study at the University of North Texas. He has written music education articles for The Instrumentalist, The American Music Teacher, and The Journal of the International Horn Society, and has held memberships in Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu, where he served as a member of the national board of directors and state chapter president. Huckeby was selected as an "Outstanding Young Man in America," is listed in the "International Who's Who in Music," and was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" in 1996. He has created over 60 commissioned works and has served as a clinician, adjudicator and conductor for instrumental ensembles around the world, including Japan, Australia, Canada and across the United States.
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.
2020 KMEA All-State Elementary Choir Conductor
Prior to his appointment at Friends University, Shawn was an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Tabor College where he oversaw all aspects of the instrumental music program. He has also served on the faculties of McPherson College, Central Christian College and Bethany College. He has extensive public-school teaching experience which includes service as Director of Bands for the Smoky Valley Public Schools in Lindsborg, Kansas from 2005-2016, where he taught grades 5-12. He also served as Director of Bands for the Solomon Public Schools from 2003-2005.
Shawn 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. 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.
2020 KMEA All-State Jazz Band Conductor
In 2013, DePaul University honored Bob Lark as an ambassador for the DePaul Distinctions campaign. He serves as a Professor of Jazz Studies at DePaul University. Under his direction The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and has recorded albums with several legendary jazz artists, including Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, and Randy Brecker,
In speaking of Lark, jazz icon Clark Terry stated, "He's a very good trumpet player, a very good musician. He’s paid his dues." Recordings on the Jazzed Media label include those by The Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet,Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band, and Bob Lark and Friends, with Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, and Jim McNeely. He is an exclusive Yamaha Performing Artist.
Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor. He has served as host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, is the past-president of the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, and has chaired the International Trumpet Guild jazz improvisation competition. Throughout the 1990’s, Bob directed the Midwest GRAMMY High School Jazz Band. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas, having earlier earned a Master’s degree from that school, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University.
Elizabeth is President of the Oklahoma Kodály Educators (OKE), a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE). She has articles published in the Oklahoma Music, Kansas Music Review, Kodály Envoy, and Kronicle (OKE). She has presented sessions at various conferences in Oklahoma and Kansas.
2020 KMEA All-State 56A Band Conductor
Charlie brought with his appointment to VanderCook 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas. Bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the XV Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Menghini attended Northern Michigan University and the University of Missouri - Columbia where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. He earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Hill, Menghini recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being most-influential teachers in his growth and development.
Charles Menghini is co-author of the Essential Elements Band Method, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation. He also a frequent contributor to numerous professional journals and magazines.
Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all-state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Virginia, and Minnesota, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state and regional music educators in-services throughout the world.
In 2019 he was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Midwest Clinic for his life's work as a band director, teacher and educator. Menghini is a Lowell Mason Fellow and is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly achievement and is an honorary member of the Xi Kappa (VanderCook College) Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Charlie is a Senior Educational Consultant for both Hal Leonard of Milwaukee, WI and Conn-Selmer of Elkhart, IN. Dr. Menghini also serves as an educational member of the Music Achievement Council of the NAMM Foundation. An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons and served as the official trumpeter of the City Club of Chicago.
2020 KMEA All-State Middle Level Choir Conductor
With a background in musical theater, instrumental, and choral music, Narverud is a sought-after composer and an active guest conductor/clinician for All-State choirs across the country. He has been commissioned to write new works for ensembles in Mississippi, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, New York, Oregon, and Connecticut. Jake holds degrees from the Conservatory of Music & Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA, MM, Choral Conducting) and Emporia State University (BM, Vocal Performance). His compositions and arrangements are published by Santa Barbara, Alliance, Alfred, Carl Fischer, G. Schirmer, Wingert-Jones, Lawson-Gould, Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard.
2020 KMEA All-State Orchestra Conductor
Kimberly has been a guest adjudicator at several middle and high school festivals around Kansas. She has also had the privilege of working with twelve student teachers and four pre-student teachers within her career. She has been honored as a Wichita Distinguished Classroom Teacher Finalist in both the New Teacher and High School Teacher category. Her professional Affiliations include membership in the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Bandmasters Association and National String Teachers Association. She is also a certified AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program teacher and site coordinator.
2020 KMEA All-State Treble Choir Conductor
Dr. Powell travels the country and internationally serving as a composer-in-residence, workshop clinician, and conductor for honor choirs and All-State choral festivals. Recent commitments include: Tennessee All-State SSAA Choir; South Carolina ACDA SSA Honor Choir; Delaware All-State High School Mixed Choir; West Virginia All-State High School Mixed Chorus; Hillsborough County SSA Honor Choir (FL), conductor; Oklahoma All-State High School Women's Choir, conductor; KMEA All-State High School Women’s Choir (Kansas); North Carolina MEA High School SATB Honor Choir; Georgia All-State Senior Women Chorus; Middle Tennessee Vocal Association Treble Honor Choir; Boston Children’s Chorus (MA), conductor, composer-in-residence; Festival Disney Choral Festival, clinician and adjudicator (Orlando, FL); the World Choir Games (Cincinnati, OH), adjudicator; Melbourne International Singers Festival (AUS), conductor, composer-in-residence; the Italian Feder Gospel Choirs Workshop (Milan, Italy), conductor, composer-in-residence.
Dr. Powell holds degrees from The Florida State University (D.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M), and Alabama State University (B.M.E).
Meredith is a Girard native and graduate of Girard High School. She received both her Bachelor and Masters of Music Education from Kansas State University.
Scheuerman is a proud graduate of Kansas State University and holds certifications in Mariachi education and World Music Drumming. In addition to her day job, she is also the Director of Music at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galveston, Texas and oversees and directs six ensembles. Kelsey is a member of NAfME, TMEA, TCDA, and P.E.O.
2020 KMEA All-State Mixed Choir Conductor
Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored numerous books and DVDs on choral technique including best-sellers The Perfect Blend, and The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook, Quick Choral Fixes and The Music Within.
Dr. Seelig’s early training was as a singer. He made his European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland and his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He appeared as soloist in world premieres of composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schikele (P.D.Q. Bach).
Dr. Seelig has conducted annually at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for 25 years. Interesting facts include conducting the Guinness Book Of World Record's Longest Choral Concert and carrying the Olympic torch in 1996 as a community Hero.
His recordings have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. His choruses have been the topic of three documentaries. The PBS documentary about the TCC received the national Emmy award for best documentary. The latest documentary is making the festival rounds now (2019) and won the Audience awards at Tribeca and 11 other festivals thus far.
His groups have commissioned choral works for a variety of amazing organizations. Some of those are amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation featuring Dr. Maya Angelou and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring Marlo Thomas. Recent commissions "Testimony" by Stephen Schwartz, "Tyler’s Suite" for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, "New Year’s Carol" by Ola Gjeilo, "I Am Harvey Milk" by Andrew Lippa and "#twitterlieder" by James Eakin. "Tyler’s Suite" has nine composers including Stephen Schwarts, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty and more.
Known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor, Grammy Magazine says, "Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights." Fanfare Magazine says he raises singers from "the ranks of amateur choir to one receiving wide recognition for excellent performances of appealing, fresh repertoire." The New York Times calls Seelig an "expressive performer," and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, "Seelig slices a thick cut of ham."
Eric is honored to have been selected to present at the 2020 KMEA In-Service Workshop. The presentation, "Musical Marches: Percussion Performance Practices", will be supported by percussion section of the 312th Army Band, Lawrence, KS.
President, Missouri Music Educators Association
Jacob taught throughout the Manhattan, KS area for six years and is currently teaching through REW Music in Lenexa and the UMKC Conservatory Academy.