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.

Julia Baumanis

Julia Baumanis is Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Central Missouri where she directs the UCM Symphonic Band, the UCM Marching Mules, as well as teaches courses in Music Education, including Fundamentals of Conducting and Marching Band Techniques.
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.

Ryan Beeken

Ryan Beeken serves as Director of Choral Activities at Wichita State University where he conducts the Concert Chorale and Women's Glee Club, teaches choral conducting, and oversees the choral area. He received bachelor's degrees in music education and vocal performance from Drake University and graduate degrees in choral conducting from Michigan State University.
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.

Sharon Cho

Sharon Cho is a Jazz vocalist, session artist and Instructional Coach from Chicago, IL. Cho grew up with deep cultural influences from Korean Folk music, which she applies to her Jazz studies and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy research. Since moving to Nashville, Cho received a Grammy for her Background Vocalist role in Tajmo, a collaborative album by Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’, which took home Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. She recorded lead vocals for two featured films with LoudMono Productions and sang Background Vocals for Hans Zimmer during the 2017 Hans Zimmer Live on Tour, providing background vocals for scores like Dark Knight, Inception, Lion King, Wonder Woman and more. In addition, she serves as a Vocal Pedagogy and Health Coach for professional Artists in Nashville. She combines her performance and instructional coaching background to bridge the relationship between academia and music. Cho currently serves as a Teacher Coach and Content Developer for Quaver, the world leader of PreK-8 Music Education. Previously, she served as an AP Music Theory, AICE Chemistry, and Piano teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Cho also served as an Instructional Coach and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher within that district working with their Gifted and Talented program.

Mike Christiansen

Mike Christiansen is Professor Emeritus in the Music Department at Utah State University. He founded the guitar program at USU where he was Director of Guitar Studies for 39 years. In 1994, he was selected as Professor Of The Year at Utah State University. In December of 2012, Mike was selected as a U.S. Carnegie Professor of the Year. In 2013, he was invited to be a TED speaker. He has authored/co-authored over 40 guitar and ukulele instruction books and appears on hundreds of instruction videos. Mike is currently the co-founder and Director of Curriculum for Consonus Music.

Cora Cooper

Cora Cooper has taught at Kansas State University since 1990, with violin, viola, chamber music and string pedagogy as her areas of focus. A life-long learner, since graduate school (degrees in violin performance from Eastman and Florida State) she has attended Juilliard's Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies three times, become certified in the Sassmannshaus Method, studied with Simon Fischer, and participated in the "Teaching Violin to Children" workshop with Darci Drexler and Mimi Zweig. Cooper's research interests in performing music by and lecturing on women composers eventually led to the creation of her four-volume graded anthology, Violin Music by Women, and the three-volume "sister" anthology, Viola Music by Women, both of which she compiled and edited (published by Sleepy Puppy Press). Her most recent publishing project is a chamber music series for intermediate players, Developing Contemporary Techniques, intended to serve as a gentle introduction to the language of the classical music of our time.

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.
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Manda Deegan

Manda Deegan is a violin and viola instructor and musician in Salina, Kansas. A graduate of University of Denver, Deegan spent a decade traveling, playing, and teaching lessons in locations from Korea to Kentucky during her husband’s Army career. She settled in Salina with her family in 2007 and has since played Principal 2nd Violin with the Salina Symphony, Principal 2nd Violin with the Lindsborg Bethany Oratorio Society and Messiah Festival Orchestra, and both violin and viola with the Hays Symphony, Lawrence Community Orchestra, and Hutchinson Symphony. Deegan currently has a private studio of 50 violin and viola students; is on the summer music faculty for High Plains Music Camp at Fort Hays State University, Midwestern Music Camp at University of Kansas, and Summer String Camp at Kansas Wesleyan University; adjudicates all over the region; has presented at Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop; is a volunteer Connect Champion for the new online community of the American String Teachers Association; and is an active member and former president of Salina Symphony Guild.

Liz Dinwiddie

Liz Dinwiddie is the Director of the Carolina Strings Academy and at Ashley Hall in Charleston, SC. At Ashley Hall she also teaches K through 12 violin, viola, and orchestra classes and private lessons. She is on the Editorial Board for the American String Teacher. Liz has presented at the National ASTA convention (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Colorado Music Educators Conference (2011, 2012, 2015, 2020), Indiana Music Educators Conference (2015) and Texas Music Educators Association (2018, 2019). Liz has assisted Dr. Brenda Brenner in the National ASTA state leadership workshop in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
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.
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Rachel Dirks

Rachel Dirks, Director of Orchestral Studies at Kansas State University, is an active conductor, clinician, and educator. Ms. Dirks holds cello performance degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Bethel College, and she is currently working towards her Ph.D. in music education and orchestral conducting at the University of Kansas. As a guest conductor Ms. Dirks has been invited to conduct orchestras throughout the United States, including recent appearances in Kentucky, Oregon, New York, and throughout Kansas. As a featured clinician, she has been invited to present at the National Convention of the American String Teachers Association, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and the state music education conferences of Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Kansas.
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.
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Maria Ellis
2020 KCDA Treble Honor Choir Conductor

Maria A. Ellis is a Music Educator, Choral Conductor, Wife and Mother of three. Maria has been referred to as a Master Educator and a Force of Nature from Dr. Jim Henry, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Maria holds a B.M. in Music Education emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for The St. Louis Symphony as well as an intern for the E. Desmond Lee Collaborative. Maria currently serves as the Community Engagement Manager for The St. Louis Children’s Choirs and is the Director of The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries City of Music All-Star Chorus. Maria has served as a guest clinician and adjudicator for multiple schools throughout the United States. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators and holds Level 1 Certification for Choral Music Education.

Lindsay Fulcher

Lindsay J. Fulcher is Assistant Professor of String Music Education at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to teaching music education courses, she conducts the Campus String Orchestra and serves as Director and Master Teacher of the UNC String Project. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin Wallace University and her Master's and Ph.D. in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University.
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.
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Dee Hansen

Dee Hansen (D.M.A. Music Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, B.M.E. and M.M Music History, Southern Methodist University), is a Professor of Music Education and Director of Graduate Studies at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT. She served as Chair of Graduate Studies in Music Education and Director of The Hartt Summerterm graduate program from 2006-2014. She authored The Handbook for Music Supervisors, in 2002 (MENC) after serving as Fine Arts Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1994-2002. Dee was president of the Kansas Music Educators Association from 2005-2006 and served on the executive board of the Connecticut Music Educators Association from 2006-2010. She is primary author of The Music and Literacy Connection, 2nd Edition (Rowan & Littlefield, 2014). Dee is a nationally active clinician specializing in curriculum and assessment development, music and literacy learning connections, and practical applications of learning theory. Dee is the 2006 recipient of the Governor's Arts Award for Arts Advocacy in Kansas, the 2007 University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music Alumnus of the Year, the 2010 Innovations in Teaching and Learning Award from the University of Hartford, and 2011 CMEA University Professor of the Year.
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Margaret Hempleman

Born and raised in Kansas, Margaret Hempleman is a senior music education student at Baker University, currently completing her student teaching semester in the DeSoto School District. During her time as a collegiate, Margaret served as a student conductor for the Baker Symphonic Band, served with the School of Education Ambassadors, and was an orientation leader. Margaret has served two terms as the KMEA Collegiate Vice President (2018-2020). Through this role, Margaret has headed a committee tasked with rewriting the collegiate chapter constitution. Most recently, Margaret attended the Collegiate Advocacy Summit in June 2019 to represent Kansas amongst 130+ collegiates to join the KMEA executive board in speaking with our state representatives about continuing to fund music education in our schools at NAfME’s annual Hill Day. Margaret is an active musician in her community, performing with her flute in many pit orchestras for theatre productions in and around her home town of Shawnee, KS. Upon graduation in May 2020 Margaret hopes to teach elementary music in the Kansas City area.
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Amy Hoffman

Amy Hoffman has been on the faculty at Friends University since 1995 where she is adjunct flute professor and flute choir director. She also instructs a performance anxiety class. Amy is a member of the faculty quintet (Tower Wind Quintet) and the pit orchestra for Music Theatre of Wichita. She frequently performs in the Wichita area and has played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
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.

Ed Huckeby
2020 KMEA All-State 1234A Band Conductor

Ed Huckeby is an arts consultant and freelance composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. His career has included roles in higher education and arts administration, most recently serving as President of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, until his retirement in 2014. Prior to his appointment at SCU, he was the Chief Academic/Operating Officer and Professor of Music for over a decade at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow (OK). Huckeby also served as an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc., and holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he served for over two decades as Director of Bands, Music Department Chairman and Dean of the Graduate School.
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.

Brett Janssen

Brett Janssen is the Music Department Chair at Central Christian College, where he has been on faculty for nine years while maintaining an independent piano studio. He serves as president of the McPherson Area Piano Teachers League and as a member of the KMTA board. Janssen adjudicates at area piano festivals and enjoys collaborating with local musicians. Brett holds a B.M. from Wichita State University in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, M.A. in Music from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.
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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

Marilyn Killian
2020 KMEA All-State Elementary Choir Conductor

Marilyn Killian, Founding Director, Emerita, of the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, was Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Friends University, 1991-2004, after retiring from the Wichita Public Schools. Marilyn holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. She demonstrated comprehensive musicianship in both choral and instrument genres during her long and successful career in the music education. The Kansas Arts Commission named Marilyn Killian the recipient of the 2005 Governor’s Arts Educator Award in recognition of the quality and significance of her work. She was inducted into the Kansas Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 1995, and in 1992 Marilyn became the first female recipient of the prestigious Harry Robert Wilson Award for outstanding work in choral music awarded by the Kansas Chapter of the America Choral Directors Association. The Wichita Arts Council named Marilyn the recipient of the 2012 Burton Pell Award for Individual Musicianship. Under Marilyn’s direction, the Wichita Community Children’s Choir was invited via recorded audition to perform in Phoenix (MENC), St. Louis ACDA, RPMDA, and Kansas City. Her Kensler Elementary School Choir performed at the 1977 MENC in Kansas City. The WCCC performed in Kansas City for MTNA. At KMEA, the WCCC performed 7 times and her Kensler choir 5 times. Students from her choirs were accepted to perform with National ACDA Choirs in Washington, D.C., San Antonio, New York City, and Los Angeles. They were accepted into Regional ACDA Choirs in Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Little Rock. The WCCC was asked to perform for the Dedication of the Governor’s Mansion in Topeka, 2001, and to perform with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in 1994, 2004 and to sing with Samuel Ramey in his Gala Concert in Century II in 2001. Marilyn and Don live in Wichita, Kansas. Don is Associate Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, Wichita State University. Their son Steve lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is a Consultant in Organizational Management.

Shawn Knopp

Shawn M. Knopp serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education, Director of Bands and Music Education Program Director at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. At Friends, he conducts the Concert Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and the Falcon Beat Basketball Band. Additionally, he teaches courses in music education, conducting, instrumental methods, and advises the collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Outside of his university duties, Shawn is in demand as an honor band conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the region.

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.

Bob Lark
2020 KMEA All-State Jazz Band Conductor

Bob Lark is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as a contemporary jazz educator and performer of integrity. His approach to pedagogy and rehearsal techniques has been noted by participation in professional conferences; publication of articles; compact disc recordings as both a performer and ensemble director; and the direction of numerous student honors ensembles. Down Beat magazine recognized Bob’s work in 2010 with their Jazz Education Achievement Award.

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.

Lawrence Markiewicz

Lawrence Markiewicz is in his second year serving as Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Independence Community College where he holds the rank of Associate Professor of Music. Prior to moving to Kansas, Dr. Markiewicz working in the New York metro area as a professional conductor of orchestras, wind bands and jazz ensembles. He also spent two decades in the classroom where he taught in both urban and suburban school districts. Between 2006-2013 his jazz bands won the NJAJE state championship three times and received the award for best sight reading five consecutive years.
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Elizabeth Maughan

Elizabeth Maughan is a former Kansan, now living in Oklahoma City. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University and taught K-12 music in north central Kansas for six years. While teaching, she pursued a master’s degree with an emphasis in Kodály from WSU. In 2010, Elizabeth moved to central Oklahoma to pursue a doctoral degree in elementary music education at the University of Oklahoma. Her research addressed elementary music educator’s work engagement. Elizabeth completed her doctorate in December 2013. After serving as interim professor at OU for a year, she worked in Norman Public Schools and Piedmont Intermediate School in Piedmont, OK. In January 2018, the Piedmont Intermediate Honor Choir was selected to perform at the Oklahoma State Music Educator’s Convention in Tulsa. The choir also earned consistent superior ratings at the Heartland Music Festival under her direction. In the summer of 2018, she began her new position as Director of Fine Arts with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Her main projects at the OSDE include creation of new standards in dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art, research concerning the history of PK-12 fine arts classes in Oklahoma, and building a strong arts community across the state.
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.

Charles Menghini
2020 KMEA All-State 56A Band Conductor

Charles T. Menghini is President Emeritus,of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Menghini served as President and Director of Bands from August of 2004 through May of 2017. Prior to that time, he served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. Menghini began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and along with being Director of Bands, taught instrumental conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.

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.

Paul Morgenroth

Paul Morgenroth began formal instrument repair study under master technician Judi Dietz of Judi’s Woodwind Shop (Leavenworth) in 1990. Paul continued this training while earning his music education degree from KU in 1993, and on into his teaching career. In 2008, Paul joined the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians (NAPBIRT) and officially opened his own shop, Wind Instrument Connections. Enjoying two independently successful careers, he teaches band at Lawrence West Middle School, and repairs for clients 7 days a week by appointment.
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Jacob Narverud

Jacob Narverud is an American composer, arranger/orchestrator, and conductor. A native of Meriden, Kansas, Narverud is now based in New York where he is the music director of the Molloy College Chamber Singers and professor of conducting. Dr. Narverud has taught at both secondary and collegiate levels, most recently as the Director of Choral Activities at Emporia State University where he conducted the A Cappella Choir, founded the Tallgrass Chamber Choir, and taught courses in secondary choral methods and conducting.
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.

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.
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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 Edmentum. He has led teacher workshops and training, 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.

Jung-Ho Pak
2020 KMEA All-State Orchestra Conductor

Jung-Ho Pak is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony Orchestra since 2006. He was past Artistic Director with Orchestra Nova San Diego and Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Director of Orchestras at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has also been Music Director of the San Diego Symphony from 1998-2002, guiding the orchestra's emergence from bankruptcy to financial success. Mr. Pak has been Music Director with the University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Colburn School of Music, University of California, Berkeley, Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. He has conducted in Europe, Soviet Union, South America and Asia. Mr. Pak is a frequent speaker on television and radio about the relevance of art in society and the importance of music education, and clinician and guest conductor at national music festivals.

Kim Pfeiffer

Kimberly Pfeiffer has been educating young instrumental music students since 1999. She holds both a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Education Degree from Wichita State University. She began her career in education at Wichita West High School, where she student taught for two years before moving to her own high school alma mater, Wichita Heights High School, where she would teach for twelve years. While at Heights, the Jazz Ensemble I performed at the 2007 KMEA State Convention among many other performances and festivals around the country. Kimberly has recently accepted the position as Director of Bands at Goddard High School, where she also directed the 5-12 Strings Program that has grown to over 230 students.

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.
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Rosephanye Powell
2020 KMEA All-State Treble Choir Conductor

Rosephanye Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier women composers of choral music. Dr. Powell serves as a Charles W. Barkley Endowed Professor and Professor of Voice at Auburn University. Recent commission and premiere highlights include: Love Will Make A Way (SATB) premiered by the Metropolitan Youth Chorale of New York at Lincoln Center, NY; Get Busy (SATB) premiered and conducted by the composer at Carnegie Hall, NY; A Christmas Medley (SATB), commissioned and performed by multi-Grammy award-winning Chanticleer, as their concert closer for "A Chanticleer Christmas" Tour 2017; When I Sing (SSA), commissioned by the American Composers Forum CHORALQUEST series; I Want to Die While You Love Me (SSAA), composed for the ACDA 2013 Women’s Choirs Commission Consortium; Gospel Trinity (SATB), premiered at the Lincoln Center, NY; Phenomenal Woman, composed for MUSE: Cincinnati’s Women’s Chorus; Friendship composed in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus; With What Shall I Come (SATB), composed for the St. Olaf Choir celebration of the 25th anniversary of Dr. Anton Armstrong, conductor, and premiered at Carnegie Hall; Why We Sing (TTBB), composed for Cantus Vocal Ensemble; The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation (SATB), composed for the NCMEA North Carolina Honors Chorus; and The Cry of Jeremiah, a four-movement sacred work for narrator, chorus, organ and orchestra, commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, premiered at the Lincoln Center, NY.
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).

Ashley Reichenborn

Ashley Reichenborn graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Music Education in Special Music Education with an emphasis in Percussion. She also received her Kodaly Certification from Wichita State University and has completed World Music Drumming levels I-III. Ashley currently teaches at the same building where she began her career in 2012: Buckner Performing Arts & Science Magnet Elementary. In 2019, Ashley was honored to receive the Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award in USD 259. At Buckner, Mrs. Reichenborn has an extracurricular group of drummers that perform throughout the Wichita community. She also has the pleasure of co-directing the percussion program at the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas. Additionally, Ashley is a performing musician with different groups around Wichita. Ashley believes that music is for everyone. She strives to give back to children, young adults, and grown-ups in a way that will inspire a lifelong passion for music.

Meredith Reid

Meredith Reid is the choral director at Girard Middle and High School in Girard, KS. Before teaching in Girard, Meredith taught middle and high school choir at Fort Scott. She began her career in Ellinwood, KS teaching K-12 vocal music. Mrs. Reid has adjudicated and conducted honor choirs in the Southeast Kansas area and given presentations at the KMEA In-Service Workshop, as well as served as the Southeast District Middle School Choral Chair and Assistant High School Choral Chair. She has directed musicals, show choirs, and festival choirs. Her students have consistently received ‘1’ ratings at Kansas Regional Solo and Ensemble Festivals and are often asked to perform in the community.

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.

Kelsey Scheuerman

Kelsey Scheuerman is the music specialist at William B. Travis Elementary in Baytown, Texas. She is proud to serve over nine hundred students in grades Kindergarten through 5th plus special seasonal programs specifically for Life Skills and Pre-K. In addition to general music classes, Scheuerman also directs two choirs, two percussion ensembles, a folk dance group and a ukulele ensemble. She strives to incorporate literature and folk dance into each lesson, while also focusing on multicultural music and socio-emotional learning techniques. Her presentation, "Multicultural Celebrations in the Elementary Music Classroom" will send elementary teachers home with tools to incorporate books, dances and songs from a variety of celebrations from Oktoberfest to Mardi Gras and beyond!
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.

Tim Seelig
2020 KMEA All-State Mixed Choir Conductor

Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues an extremely busy guest-conducting and teaching schedule throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years and served on the faculty at Southern Methodist University for 14 years.
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 Sheffler

SGM (R) Eric Sheffler retired from the United States Army in June of 2017 after over 34 years of service. He ended his career serving in the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, NY. While at West Point, he served as Drum Major of the Marching Band as well as Section then Element Leader of the Hellcats, a field music group comprised of piccolos, bugles, and drums. Under his leadership, the Hellcats performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Drum Corps International (DCI) Finals, the Highland Military Tattoo in Ft. George, Scotland, with the Boston and New York Pops, the New York Philharmonic, and on numerous local and national broadcast television programs. Eric stays active in the percussion communities by serving as an adjudicator with USBands and marching competitions across the country as well as solo and ensemble festivals throughout the Midwest. He also remains active as a performer with the Kansas City Wind Symphony and Kansas City Civic Orchestra.

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.
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Chris Sprague
President, Missouri Music Educators Association

Chris Sprague has been teaching for 28 years. The last 25 have been at Bradleyville, a small rural school in southwest Missouri serving 220 students in grades K-12. Her teaching assignments include Band 5-12, K-8 general music, and Vocal Music 9-12. During her tenure at Bradleyville her bands have received numerous accolades, including selection to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in 2014 and multiple years of "straight 1" performances at the MSHSAA All-State Large Ensemble Festival. Chris is currently serving as the President of the Missouri Music Educators Association and previously served as MMEA Band Vice President. She has also been heavily involved in the MMEA Mentoring Program for new teachers since its inception. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, and mentor.
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Sheree Stoppel

Sheree Stoppel taught music in Kansas for 36 years to students from kindergarten to college. She taught piano, voice, Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Roll, and many choirs. A graduate of Colby High School, she earned her BME and ESL Certification from Kansas State University and her MME from Emporia State University. She directed and accompanied church choirs for 35 years and sings with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. She has been published in the American Choral Directors Association Choralnet and the Kansas Choral Directors Association Choral Range. Sheree was a staff accompanist at the Butler Showchoir Showcase Summer Camp and was a staff member of the KSU Summer Choral Institute, designing and implementing the student accompanist program for the Institute. Sheree accompanies son Nick on their two CDs, Wanderin' and The Season of Light. Sheree has been a clinician for Kansas honor choirs, served as an accompanist for choir trips overseas, and directed Madrigal Dinners for community theaters and collegiate groups. She was named the De Soto District Secondary Teacher of the Year, the NE District KMEA Choral Director of the Year and was a semi-finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Bill Thomas

Bill Thomas was recently named as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Shawnee Mission School District while still serving as the Director of Bands at Shawnee Mission West High School. He was awarded his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Baker University in November of 2019. He completed his Masters of Music Education from Wichita State University in 2000, and a bachelors of Music Education from Pittsburg State University in 1989. Bill has taught his entire career in Kansas; fourteen years in Dodge City, three years in Wichita Public Schools and fourteen years in Shawnee Mission. He has directed honor bands and adjudicated marching bands in Kansas and Missouri. He has served on the staff of the Kansas Music Ambassadors on three occasions. While at Shawnee Mission West, the West Pride Marching Band has been selected to perform for the New Years Day Parade in London, England on five occasions. They will be returning again for the 2021 New Years Day Parade. The Shawnee Mission West Wind Ensemble will be performing in Helzberg Hall at the famed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Kansas City Symphony, in March of 2020.
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Blair Williams

Blair A. Williams is Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Texas Tech University and Director of the TTU String Project. She is the co-founder/conductor of the Lubbock Civic Orchestra. She has presented educational sessions and research as well as served as clinician, conductor, and adjudicator across the country. She currently serves on committees and boards for American String Teachers Association, National String Project Consortium, NAfME-Society of Music Teacher Educators, Tex-ASTA, NAfME-Texas, Texas Music Educators Association, and CREDO. Dr. Williams holds a BME from Baylor University, MM from Kansas State University, and a PhD from Ohio State University.
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Jacob Wrobel

Jacob Wrobel is a graduate assistant at University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in percussion performance. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Kansas State University, having performed as a soloist with the top percussion and wind ensembles.
Jacob taught throughout the Manhattan, KS area for six years and is currently teaching through REW Music in Lenexa and the UMKC Conservatory Academy.
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