Internationally-Renowned Faculty includes the following:
Faculty includes the following: Katherine Athanasiou, Kathryn Bach,
Valerie Becker (accompanist), Charlyn Bethell, Margaret Callaghan,
Karrie Chan-Lam, Susan Cleveland, Joanne Crowell, Mary Epstein, Elizabeth
Higgins, Betty Hillmon, David Hodgkins, Martha Holmes, Brian Michaud,
Tom Morris, Susie Petrov, Elaine Quilichini, Jonathan Rappaport, David
Richardson (accompanist), Wendy Silverberg, Gabór Virágh,
Katalin Virágh, Pamela Wood.
Katherine Athanasiou flautist, is a solfège teacher
for Vocal Vacation. Ms. Athanasiou is a K-4 music teacher for the
Cambridge Public Schools, and previously taught at the
Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, where she developed a model
Kodály daily music program that also included integration of
music across all subject areas. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory
(BM) and the Hartt School of the University of Hartford (MM).
Kathryn O. Bach - flautist, is a solfège teacher for
Vocal Vacation. Ms. Bach holds a Bachelor's degree from the Hartt
School of Music and a Master's of Music degree in Music Education
with Kodály emphasis from Holy Names University. She is experienced
in teaching early childhood music education and elementary music education
in Northern California and Massachusetts. Ms. Bach presently participates
in the Cambridge Kodály Project where teaches primary music
a daily musical literacy program in grades K-2 at the Peabody Elementary
School, Cambridge MA
Charlyn Bethell oboist, teaches Level II Pedagogy and
Materials at KMI. She is a graduate of Cambridge College (M.M.) and
the Kodály Center of America (Certificate), teaches general
music (K-5) in the Concord Public Schools and private oboe at the
Phillips Academy, Andover. An active freelance oboist in the Boston
Area, Ms. Bethell has commissioned works by several composers including
Andy Vores, Hayes Biggs, and Thomas Oboe Lee. As a founding member
of the New Art Winds, she performed in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985.
Stephen Buck Stephen Buck teaches choral and
general music grades pre-k to nine at the Fay School in Southborough,
MA. He received a BM in Vocal Performance and Music Education from
Ithaca College, Kodály Certificate from KMI, and an Advanced
Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Kodály Institute in Kecskémet,
Hungary. He has worked with the Ithaca Children's Chorus, Berkshire
Choral Festival, and is currently a cantor at St. Stephen's Church
vocalist, Co-Director of the KMI Summer program, and teaches
Level I Pedagogy and Materials. She teaches general music (K-6) and
directs the choral program at the Blanchard Memorial Elementary School
in Boxborough, MA. She holds a B. Mus. Ed. from Central Michigan University,
a M. Ed. with Kodály music emphasis from Anna Maria College,
and Kodály certification from the Kodály Music Institute
Karrie Chan-Lam - Canción solfège faculty at
Vocal Vacation, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in voice performance
and music education at Asbury College and earned a master's degree
in music education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University.
A professional music educator of all ages - kindergarten through college
level, Ms. Chan-Lam has presented workshops at MENC, SGMM, OAKE, BAKE,
and universities and churches in the United States, China, and Malaysia.
An accomplished singer, Ms. Chan-Lam has received awards in vocal
contests in San Francisco.
Susan Cleveland vocalist, is a KMI mentor and teaches
Level I Pedagogy and Materials. She graduated magna cum laude with
a B.A. in music from Barnard College of Columbia
University and received her M.M.Ed. from the University of Bridgeport.
She was a 1975 Ford Foundation Fellow, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest;
has taught in the New Haven Public Schools, and taught Pre-K-6 music
at St. Johns School, Wellesley, 1993-2004.
Joanne Crowell - Artistic Director of Vocal Vacation, is also
co-founder of Carlisle Children's Choir and KMI's Vocal Vacation.
She studied Music Education at University of New Hampshire and earned
a Master's of Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis from Holy
Names College, Oakland, California. She is committed to public school
teaching and choral conducting, currently teaching in the Weston (MA)
Public Schools and prior to that in the Brookline (MA) Public Schools.
She is ex-president of the Boston Area Kodály Educators. Member
of OAKE and IKS, most recently attended IKS Conference in summer of
2006, Leicester, England, the Holy Names University Reunion, 2008
and trekked to Scotland in 2012 for music studies.
Mary A. Epstein - Dr. Mary A. Epstein, President Elect of the
Organization of American Kodály Educators, holds a DMA from
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. She is the Co-founder/Co-director
of the Kodály Music Institute and directs its year-round academic
program. A pianist, vocalist, and conductor Dr. Epstein has embraced
the Kodály teaching principles since 1971 when awarded a Kodály
Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts to study the Hungarian
Music Education System and by U.S. Office of Education's 1972-73 to
teach daily music in the New Haven Public Schools. In 1973-75 she
founded the Park School, South Brookline MA Kodály music program.
She is 2006 recipient of the Lowell Mason Award, Massachusetts Music
Educator's Association. Dr. Epstein advises daily music instruction
in the brain-music research project, Cambridge Public Schools. She
has published articles in the Kodály ENVOY and the Australian
Kodály Journal and books by Pro Canto Press and University
of Michigan. In 2010 she produced and directed the film From Classroom
To Choir, a three-year picture of inner city children in grades
K-2 achieving musical literacy.
Carol Toth Forward has been a clinician, general music and
choral educator since 1996, teaching students at all levels from pre-school
through post-graduate. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Music
Education/Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, and her Master's Degree in Education from University of New
England in Biddeford, Maine, where she is also currently pursuing
her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership.
She received her Kodály training at the New England Conservatory
and at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.
Ms. Toth is currently the Choral Director at East Longmeadow High
School and the Springfield Singers/Children's Chorus of Springfield.
She has served in many local and national leadership roles for National
Association for Music Education, the Massachusetts Music Educators
Association and the American Choral Director's Association.
directs the Jamaica Plain Children's Chorus, an arm of the Boston
City Singers. She is also piano accompanist for Vocal Vacation. During
the year she teaches music in the Marshfield Public Schools. She received
her Bachelor's Degree at Oberlin Conservatory and her Master's Degree
in piano performance at New England Conservatory. Ms. Higgins earned
her Kodály Music Teaching Certificate at the Kodály
Music Institute at New England Conservatory.
Betty Hillmon Head of Music at the Park School, Brookline,
MA; Founder and Executive Diretor of the Boston City-Wide String Orchestra;
and Head of Music Education at the National Center for African American
Artists. She has lectured at Brandeis University and UMass Boston;
chaired the music education department at the Elma Lewis School of
Fine Arts; and served on the faculty of the Kodály Music Institute
and the Kodály Center of America. Ms. Hillmon is a much sought-after
clinician for workshops locally and nationally. Ms. Hillmon studied
with Dr. Eileen Southern, published in Dr. Southern's journal, Black
Perspectives in Music, and continues working as a music researcher
specializing in the music of African Americans. As a cellist, she
has performed in several orchestras and ensembles in MA
David Hodgkins (KMI Chorus Conductor) is the Artistic Director
of Coro Allegro in Boston which Boston Globe critic Michael Manning
deemed "one of Boston's most accomplished choruses", the
New England Classical Singers in Andover, and is Director of Music
at the Commonwealth School in Boston. Mr. Hodgkins has conducted world
premiere performances of works by Patricia Van Ness, Daniel Pinkham,
Charles Fussell, Alan Fletcher, Kenneth Fuchs, Richard St. Clair,
Aaron Rosenthal, and Ruth Lomon, and Boston premieres of works by
Marianne Martinez, Rebecca Clarke, Arvo Pärt, and William Grant
Still. Mr. Hodgkins has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory,
University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Temple University, and Clark
University. Hodgkins is the winner of the 2012 Chorus America/ASCAP
Alice Parker Award and the 2013 Coro Allegro / Daniel Pinkham Award.
James RF Holmes - solfège teacher, Vocal Vacation. B.M.,
University of Rhode Island; M.M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary
Music Education with Kodály Emphasis, Cambridge College; certification,
Kodály Center of America; certification, Kodály Music
Institute, New England Conservatory. He has presented workshops for
the Society for General Music of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts
Music Educators Association, the Community Partnerships for Children
Programs, and the Elementary Music Department of the Weymouth, MA
Public Schools. Over the years, he has held several positions on the
Executive Board of the Boston Area Kodály Educators. Mr. Holmes
currently teaches general music (k-5) and conducts the chorus at Fisher
Elementary School in Walpole, MA.
Martha Sandman Holmes
- KMI Faculty teaching Level I Pedagogy is president of the Boston
Area Kodály Educators. She has also coordinated Vocal Vacation
choirs and taught folk dance, recorder and solfège;. In 2008
she published an SSA arrangement of a Bulgarian Folk Song, "Rumjana"
with Boosey and Hawkes. She maintains her professional singing performance
career as a longtime member of the Cambridge Madrigal Singers. Mrs.
Holmes has nearly 30 years experience as a music teacher and choral
conductor in public and private schools. She recently retired from
teaching music in the Newton Public Schools and since has developed
daily music programs in the Cambridge Public Schools. She is a regular
music column writer for the periodical Kodály ENVOY
(published by the Organization of American Kodály Educators).
Brian Michaud Dr. Brian Michaud is a Director of the
KMI Summer Program. During the academic year, he teaches grades K-4,
chorus, folk dance team, and bell choir for the Dighton-Rehoboth Public
Schools. He holds a DMA from Boston University, Master's Degree from
the University of Connecticut, and his Bachelor's Degree from Berklee
College of Music. Dr. Michaud has taught at Boston University and
has performed professionally on percussion, guitar, piano and voice
in a variety of settings from classical and jazz to rock and country.
He has presented both at the state MMEA and national OAKE conferences
and, in 2004, was a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the
Year. Dr. Michaud is currently the webmaster for both the Kodály
Music Institute and the Boston Area Kodály Educators. Outside
of the music education field, Dr. Michaud is also the author a young
adult book series called The Tales of Gaspar.
Philip Montgomery is Arts Department Chairman of the Fay School
in Southborough, MA. He holds a Master's Degree in Organ Performance
from The Boston Conservatory and a Master's Degree in Music Education,
with Kodály emphasis, from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. Mr. Montgomery is a certified instructor in both the Orff-Schulwerk
and Kodály methodologies of music education. He has also served
as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark's Church, Episcopal, in
Southborough, MA. He is currently Interim Artistic Director of the
Worcester Children's Chorus where he conducts the "Young Artists"
and "Concert" choirs.
Susie Petrov - Director
of KMI Summer Program, teaches KMI Level III Materials and dancing
to Vocal Vacation students. Ms. Petrov holds a Bachelor's degree in
piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory, a Masters in music
theory from Temple University and a Kodály Teaching Certificate.
She gives workshops each year for national and regional Kodály
music teacher associations. She has ten recordings and two books of
Scottish music to her publication credit. She currently teaches music
in Winchester, MA public schools and spends weekends and holidays
teaching and performing Scottish music across the USA and in Europe
with her ensembles, Local Hero and A Parcel of Rogues. On the web
Elaine Quilichini - Vocal Vacation Conductor, is a vocalist
and pianist, founder/director of the Calgary Girls Choir, and directs
the University of Calgary's Women's Choir. Making her debut at Carnegie
Hall in 2003, she has conducted her choirs at three National ACDA
Conferences, conducted the Texas All-State Women's Choir, and was
twice the National OAKE Conference Choir Director. In Chicago, she
was a key presenter at the 2008 OAKE Conference while her Calgary
Girls Choir was the Choir-in-Residence. Other recent recognitions
include conducting the International High School Honor Choir in Osaka,
Japan, and guest lecturing at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.She
will be directing the National Chamber Choir in Atlanta at the 40th
anniversary of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
The Elaine Quilichini Choral Series is published by Alliance Music.
She and her choirs have recorded extensively http://www.singers.com/choral/director/Elaine-Quilichini/.
Global Television recently recognized Ms. Quilichini, as a Woman of
Vision. This award celebrates women whose passion, talent and commitment
is reflected in their achievements. A perfect fit for Ms. Quilichini's
Jonathan C. Rappaport - Co-founder/Co-director of KMI, teaches
pedagogy, conducting, and directs the Canción Choir of Vocal
Vacation. Rappaport is a conductor, educator, composer and author.
He has published 18 choral works and 5 books, and is the recipient
of several awards from MMEA, MAEA, MAAE, and New England Theatre Conference.
He has taught music, trained teachers nationally, and directed choruses
for over 35 years. Currently Rappaport is the Executive Director of
Arts|Learning in Natick, MA; he is the past Executive Director of
the Conservatory Lab Charter School (Boston) and the Performing Arts
Curriculum Liaison of the Worcester (MA) Schools. Rappaport served
on the panel that wrote the MA Arts Curriculum Framework (1999) and
currently serves on numerous boards and committees, including co-chairing
the Arts Education Advisory Council for the MA Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education. Jonathan was appointed by MA Governor Deval
Patrick to serve on a Commission to develop the Creative Challenge
Index (2012), and served on the STEM advisory board which rewrote
the revised MA STEM plan (2013). Jonathans biography appears
in the International Who's Who in Music and Who's Who in America.
Graduate study has included work towards a PhD at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst (ABD), M.M. from New England Conservatory (with
honors), and a Kodály Certificate from the Franz Liszt Academy,
Wendy Silverberg - founder/artistic director of the Cambridge
Children's Chorus is a vocalist and pianist, Vocal Vacation solfège
instructor. Ms Silverberg recently retired after 41 years as a master
Kodály teacher for grades K-2 (frequency of instruction per
child is four 30-minute classes per week) in the Cambridge Public
Schools. Ms. Silverberg has appeared as part of the Boston Cecilia
chorus since 1972 and she serves on the board of the Boston Area Kodály
Educators. Ms. Silverberg has presented her Cambridge Public School
children in demonstration classes at national and state conferences:
2008 National School Board Association, 2008 Massachusetts Music Educators
Conference, and 2009 Music Educators Eastern Division Conference.
Jill Trinka - Dr.
Jill Trinka noted performer, music educator, has written a Folk Music
Series published by GIA. She is music professor at Coastal Carolina
University. Formerly she was Director of Graduate and Undergraduate
Programs in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas in St.
Paul, MN where she taught methods, musicianship, and American folk
music. She holds Kodály Certification as a Ford Foundation
Ringer Fellow from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr Trinka has taught in Kodály teacher education programs throughout
the United States, and served as director of the Kodály Institute
of Texas and the Kodály Certificate Program at Portland State
University in Portland, OR. She is a Past President of the Organization
of American Kodály Educators and received their Outstanding
Educator Award in 2003. Dr. Trinka plays guitar, dulcimer, autoharp,
and banjo and has recorded and written four volumes of folksongs for
kids of all ages. She is an author and recording artist for the Silver
Burdett amd Ginn/Scott Foresman music series textbooks and is a frequent
lecturer, clinician, and performer at national, regional, and local
conferences and workshops where she presents workshops on such topics
ranging from music literacy pedagogy to folk music performance practice.
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Supervisor of Ear Training
at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, is a trumpeter,
teaches Level III Solfège and Level II Conducting at KMI. He
is classical-Jazz musician with a 5-year diploma graduate of the Franz
Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary, and an M.M. from the Berklee School
of Music, Boston, as well as studying at the Academie Musicala Ottorino
Respighi Festival of Assisi, Italy. Mr. Virágh performs trumpet
in both classical and jazz idioms. He is a revered solfège
Professor (tenured) at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut
and guest lecturer in courses in Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado. His
seven publications include an English translation and Edition of The
World of Sounds and Living Harmonies: Anthology of Renaissance &
Early Baroque Vocal Works. Mr. VIrágh is a featured soloist
of the New England Jazz Ensemble and other big bands as well as Musica
Mundi (Classical Hits) and Toodle-e labels ("Let's Fall in Love"
June Bisantz Evans sings Chet Baker).
Artist Teacher of music theory at the Hartt School of the University
of Hartford, is also a violinist, and teaches Level I Solfège
at KMI. She completed her study in the Béla Bartók Conservatory
of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. As a
violinist, she was a member of the Hungarian National Opera when she
had invited to the Orchestra Symphonica Tenerife in Canary Island,
Spain. Since 1990 she is a resident of United States and is currently
a member of the Hartford Symphony, and an adjunct professor of theory/ear-training
at the University of Hartford/The Hartt School. Mrs. Virágh
is a frequent guest clinician at Nebraska Wesleyan, the State University
Wichita, New England Conservatory, and the University of Colorado.
Mrs. VIragh won the Second prize of the International Violin Competition,
Chechoslovakia, was four times the First Prize Winner of the Hungarian
National Violin Competitions. Among her teachers were the famous Russian
violinist Semyon Snitkovsky and the outstanding master pedagogue of
the Kodály movement, Melinda Kistétényi.
Pamela Wood - Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT. M.M., University
of Massachusetts; Advanced Certificates, Kodály Musical Training
Institute and Kodály Center of America. Ms. Wood has appeared
as soprano soloist with the New York, San Francisco, London and Israel
Philharmonic Orchestras, and has concertized throughout Europe, Canada,
the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has been recorded on the Angel, ECM,
Nonesuch, and Revels labels. Ms. Wood has been acclaimed for her performances
of monodramatic operas including Argento's Miss Havisham's Wedding
Night and Van de Vate's A Night in the Royal Ontario Museum; recognized
by MIT as a Black Achiever; hailed for her solo performance at Tech
Night at POPS. In demand as a workshop clinician in the areas of voice,
solfege, and folk song research, Ms. Wood has gained recognition among
music educators and classroom teachers nationwide. She serves as a
member of the Boards of Directors of the Kodály Center of America
and Arts|Learning, and on the faculty of the Kodály Music Institute
(KMI) at Anna Maria College.
Please note: The Kodály Music Institute at New England Conservatory
reserves the right to substitute instructors.