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KMI's Internationally-Renowned Faculty includes the following:

KMI’s Internationally-Renowned 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 in Providence.

Margie Callaghan – 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 at NEC.

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. John’s 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.

Elizabeth Higgins 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
and CA.

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 at www.susiepetrov.com.

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 contributions.

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). Jonathan’s 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, Budapest, Hungary.

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.

Gábor Virágh – 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).

Katalin Virágh – 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.