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 teaches primary music at the Henry E. Warren School
in Ashland, 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.
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. Johns School, Wellesley, 1993-2004.
Joanne Crowell - Director of Vocal Vacation at NEC, is also
Co-founder of Carlisle Children's Choir and KMIs Vocal Vacation
at NEC. 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 and Holy Names University Reunion,
Mary A. Epstein is the Co-Director of the Kodály Music
Institute and directs its year-round academic program. A pianist,
vocalist, and conductor 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 Educations 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.
Epstein advises daily music instruction in the brain-music research
project, Cambridge Public Schools. She writes articles for the Kodály
ENVOY and is recipient of a Lowell Mason Award.
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 Bachelors Degree in
Music Education/Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst, and her Masters 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 Kodaly training at the New England Conservatory and
at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. Ms. Toth
is currently the Choral Director at East Longmeadow High School and
serves as Clerk for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.
- piano accompanist for the Canción Choir of Vocal Vacation,
also leads museum treks for Viva Voce. 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 of
New England Conservatory.
Betty Hillmon Head of Music at the Park School, Brookline,
MA; 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
has presented workshop sessions for many organizations locally and
nationally. Ms. Hillmon studied with Dr. Eileen Southern, published
in Dr. Southerns 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 Bostons 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.
Martha Sandman Holmes - Coordinator for Canción Choirs
at Vocal Vacation, also teaches 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 school music. Currently
she teaches in Newton Public Schools, and she is vice-president of
the Boston Area Kodály Educators as well as is a regular music
column writer for the national periodical ENVOY (published by the
Organization of American Kodály Educators).
Brian Michaud Co-Director of the Kodály Music
Institute Summer Course and Vocal Vacation solfège instructor.
During the academic year, he teaches grades K-4, chorus, folk dance
bell choir for the Dighton-Rehoboth Public Schools. He currently is
a doctoral candidate at Boston Universitys College of Fine Arts
and is also the webmaster for Boston
Area Kodály Educators. Brian 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. Brian has presented both at the state MMEA and national OAKE
conferences and, in 2004, was a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher
of the Year.
Philip Montgomery is Music Department Chairman of the Fay School
in Southborough, MA. He holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance
from The Boston Conservatory and a Masters 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 is the Organist
and Choirmaster of Saint Mark's Church, Episcopal, in Southborough,
MA. He is also Associate Director of the Worcester Children's Chorus
where he conducts the Da Capo and Young Artists
Susie Petrov - Co-Director
for KMI Summer Program, teaches KMI Level III Materials and dancing
to Vocal Vacation students. Ms. Petrov holds a Bachelors degree in
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 Kodaly 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 QuilichiniVocal 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.
Jonathan C. Rappaport is the KMI Co-Director and 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 4 books, and is the
recipient of several awards including the distinguished Moss Hart
Theatre Award and the MMEA Distinguished
Service Award. He has taught music, trained teachers nationally, and
directed choruses for over 35 years. Currently Rappaport is the Executive
Director of the National Arts and Learning Collaborative in Natick,
MA; he is the past Executive Director of the Conservatory Lab Charter
School (Boston) and the Performing Arts Liaison of the Worcester (MA)
Wendy Silverberg - vocalist and pianist, currently teaches
Vocal Vacation solfège. Ms Silverberg is a master Kodály
teacher for grades K2 (frequency of instruction per child is
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.
violinist, 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.
Gábor Virágh trumpeter, teaches Level
III Solfège and Level II Conducting at KMI. He is a 5-year
diploma graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary, and
he earned the 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 publications
include an English translation and Edition of The World of Sounds
and Living Harmonies: Anthology of Renaissance & Early Baroque
Pamela Wood - Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT. M.M., University
of Massachusetts; Advanced Certificates, Kodaly Musical Training Institute
and Kodaly 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 Kodaly Center of America and Arts|Learning, and
on the faculty of the Kodaly Music Institute (KMI) at Anna Maria College.
Please note: The Kodály Music Institute at New England Conservatory
reserves the right to substitute instructors.