Our Faculty

 

Dr. Mary Epstein, Director Emeritus

Jonathan Rappaport, Director Emeritus

 

Katie Bach,

Vocal Vacation

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holds a Bachelors degree from the Hartt School, a MM in Music Education with Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University. Ms. Bach has served on the board of the Northern California Association of Kodaly Educators in charge of the newsletter and merchandise sales and is presently President of the Boston Area Kodály. On faculty with the Kodaly Music Institute, she has held various positions as pedagogy teacher with Vocal Vacation to Chamber Music Coordinator to Conductor. In 2011, Ms. Bach was recruited by Cambridge, Massachusetts Public School District to teach as part of their growing Kodaly program. Entering her fourth year of teaching at the Peabody School, she is the lead teacher in the enhanced music program for grades JK-2. The Peabody School in Cambridge is home to the pilot daily music program based on the Kodaly Vision of music education being researched by Dr. Martin Gardiner of Brown University. Peabody students will be featured in a documentary sponsored by OAKE called the Cambridge Kodaly Project. Ms. Bach has served as a presenter for Cambridge Public Schools Institute of Excellence, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, Boston Area Kodaly Educators, Kodaly Music Institute and Chorus America Conference 2015.

 

Valerie Becker,

Accompanist

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is an active soloist and collaborative pianist in the Boston area.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Boston University where she was a student of Anthony di Bonaventura.  Ms. Becker has been soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, rehearsal pianist for the Boston Symphony where she worked as collaborative pianist with many Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians, served on the faculty of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and was one of the rehearsal pianists for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for many years.  She is currently on the Performing Arts Faculty at the Winsor School in Boston, a faculty accompanist at The Rivers School Conservatory, Music Director for the Congregational Church of Needham, pianist for the Kodaly Institute of Boston’s summer program and on staff as an accompanist at New England Conservatory.

 

Charlyn Bethell,

Pedagogy

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has been using Kodaly Methodology in her Concord Public Schools K-5 classes for 28 years. She has been teaching at KMI since its inception and currently teaches Pedagogy and Materials to Level II students in that program.  Charlyn is also is the Music Director of her UU church in Watertown and she is a freelance oboist in the Boston area. She is the adjunct oboe teacher at Phillips Andover Academy and she plays with Solar Winds Quintet and Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble. She has performed with Monadnock Music, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Emmanuel Music, New Hampshire Symphony, the Opera Company of Boston. She was a founding member of the New Art Winds (woodwind quintet), which made its New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1985. She has recorded for CRI.

 

Stephen Buck,

Pedagogy

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teaches vocal and instrumental 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, an MM in Music Education from Boston University, and Kodály Certificate from KMI. Mr. Buck was the recipient of the 2012 International Kodály Society Scholarship to study in Hungary, where he received and an Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Kodály Institute in Kecskémet, working with Dr. Péter Erdei. He has worked with the Ithaca Children’s Chorus under the direction of Dr. Janet Galván, and has co-led and prepared singers at the Worcester Children’s Chorus on a tour to England. An accomplished singer, Mr. Buck has performed with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Canto Armonico, Ars Nova (Hungary), the Schola Cantorum at Saint Stephen’s Providence, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He made his Symphony Hall soloist debut in the Defiant Requiem in April 2015.

 

Joanne Crowell,

Vocal Vacation Director

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is the founder and visionary of KMI’s Vocal Vacation student choir program.  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, recently retired from teaching in the Weston (MA) Public Schools and prior to that taught in the Brookline (MA) Public Schools. She is past 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.

 

Carol Forward,

KMI Co-Director

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has been a clinician, general music and choral music educator for twenty years, teaching students at all levels from pre-school through post-graduate since 1996.  She received two Bachelors Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Vocal Music Education and Vocal Music Performance, and her Master’s Degree in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  She received her Kodaly training at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and spent a summer of study at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.

 

Mrs. Forward has been employed by the East Longmeadow, MA Public School District since 1998, and is currently the choral director at East Longmeadow High School.  In this position, she has expanded the program selection to include a general chorus, advanced chorus, a select women’s ensemble, a men’s ensemble as well as general classes in history of rock and roll and music technology.  Mrs. Forward enjoys collaborating with other educators, and has brought several prominent educators to do workshops and seminars for her colleagues and students.  Her high school chorus has collaborated with many other school and community choral ensembles throughout the state to promote music learning and enrich the choral experience for her students.

In addition to her position in East Longmeadow, Mrs. Forward was appointed as Assistant Director of the Kodaly Music Institute in 2016 and Co-Director in 2017.  Mrs. Forward has also served as adjunct faculty for various colleges in MA, NH and CT.  She has also served on the state MMEA board as well as at the Western District level.  Carol’s main goal in her career is to help her students find a love and appreciation of music that is as strong as hers is, and continue to love music not just when they are in her ensembles, but for the rest of their lives.

 

David Hodgkins,

KMI Choir, Conducting

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has delighted audiences in the greater Boston area for over 20 years with “creative programs, sung with enthusiasm and tonal beauty” (Ed Tapper, Bay Windows). Mr. Hodgkins is the Artistic Director of Coro Allegro in Boston, which Boston Globe critic Michael Manning deemed “one of Boston’s most accomplished choruses.” He is also Artistic Director of The New England Classical Singers in Andover, Director of Music at The Commonwealth School in Boston, and teaches advanced conducting at the Kodály Music Institute in Boston.

Mr. Hodgkins has conducted ensembles at the ACDA and GALA music festivals, was a featured performer with Coro Allegro for the 2015 Chorus America conference, performed as guest conductor with Chorus Pro Musica, Masterworks Chorale, and Emmanuel Music, been a frequent panelist at conferences, and made numerous festival appearances as guest conductor and conducting clinician. His ensembles have collaborated with the Boston Celebrity Series, Boston Cecilia, Handel and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, The New England String Ensemble, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Hodgkins has conducted numerous world and Boston premiere performances of works ranging from Marianne Martinez to Arvo Pärt, including over fifteen world premieres by contemporary American composers. In 2012, Mr. Hodgkins and Coro Allegro received the Chorus America Alice Parker/ASCAP Award for their collaborative performance with The United Parish Church of Brookline and Music Director Susan DeSelms of Kareem Roustom’s oratorio Son of Man, a work commissioned United Parish.

Mr. Hodgkins has been featured in Choral Director Magazine, The Voice of Chorus America, UMass Amherst Magazine and Haverhill Life. He has served as producer for three award-winning CDs by La Donna Musicale, Laury Gutiérrez, Artistic Director, a CD of 20th-century sonatas for Terry Everson, trumpet, and Shiela Kibbe, piano on Albany Records, and a CD of works for trumpet and wind ensemble featuring Terry Everson and the Boston University Wind ensemble, directed by David Martins. Mr. Hodgkins currently serves on the advisory boards of The Boston City Singers, and the UMass/Amherst Music Department.

David Hodgkins received his Bachelor of Music degree in voice, piano and harpsichord from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, and fellowships in choral and orchestral conducting at both the Aspen and Sandpoint music festivals. His mentors include Wayne Abercrombie, Fiora Contino, Alan Harler, James Roth, Gunther Schuller, and Paul Vermel. In addition to his teaching at The Commonwealth School, Mr. Hodgkins has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory, UMass/Amherst, Temple University, and Clark University.

 

Martha Holmes,

Vocal Vacation

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received her MMEd from Holy Names College in 1981, and taught elementary and middle school music and choir for 32 years in Alameda, CA, Brookline, MA and Newton, MA. Since 1999 she has been on the faculty of Vocal Vacation and the Kodály Music Institute, teaching conducting, solfège, pedagogy, recorder and folk dance, and was program director for Canción (grades 2-4). Martha is past president of the Boston Area Kodály Educators, sings with the Cambridge Chamber Singers and the Christmas Revels, and is a former member of Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble. She has published numerous articles in the Music Educators Journal and in the Kodály Envoy, as well as a choral arrangement, “Rumjana”. She has also edited a collection of Israeli children’s songs, “One, Two, Three!”, that will be published this year by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

 

Dr. Brian Michaud,

Taste of Kodály

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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 directed and been on the faculty of the Kodály Music Institute at both the New England Conservatory and Anna Maria College. Being a teacher and professional musician, Brian has performed on percussion, guitar, piano and voice in a variety of settings from classical and jazz to rock and country. He has presented workshops both at the state MMEA and national OAKE conferences and, in 2004, was a finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Outside of the music education field, Dr. Michaud is the author of a young adult fantasy book series called The Tales of Gaspar.

 

Philip Montgomery,

Vocal Vacation

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is the Arts Department Chairman of the Fay School in Southborough, MA, an independent school for students in Grades Pre-Kindergarten through Nine. He holds a Masters Degree in Organ Performance from The Boston Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie and was awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda. He holds an additional 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 also attended the 25th and 26th International Kodály Seminars at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. He completed levels 1, 2 and 3 of the “Creating Artistry Choral Conductors Workshop” with Henry Leck, founder and director of the Indianapolis Children’s Chorus. Mr. Montgomery has served as Assistant Organist at All Saints Church, Worcester, MA and as Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Mark’s Church, Episcopal, in Southborough, MA.
He is currently Associate Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus where he conducts the “Da Capo” and “Young Artists” choirs. Additionally, Mr. Montgomery is a faculty member of the Kodály Music Institute where he has been the summer choir director for Institute’s “Vocal Vacation” program. Philip now serves on the national board of OAKE (The Organization of American Kodály Educators) as Eastern Division I Representative.

 

Susie Petrov,

KMI Co-Director

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holds a Bachelors 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 taught Level III Materials and has mentored Level IV participants at KMI.  She is currently Co-Director of KMI.  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.

 

Jonathan Rappaport,

Conducting

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Co-Founder of KMI and Emeritus Director of KMI 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.

 

Gabor Virágh,

Solfège

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is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Supervisor of Ear Training at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, who performs on both trumpet and coronet. 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.  Virágh studied 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 at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, Connecticut and guest lecturer in Kodály 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.)

 

Kati Virágh,

Solfège

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teaches music theory at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and performs as a violinist. She completed her study in the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. 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, Czechoslovakia, 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.

 

Our Past Faculty and Staff

Peter and Mary Alice Amidon

Margaret Callaghan

Wendy Covell

Dr. Mary Epstein

Elizabeth Higgins

Martha Holmes

Eric Kamen

Tom Morris

Reka Peterson

Ivy Rawlins

Tímea Szijártó

Katherine Athanasiou

Karrie Chan-Lam

Sean Deibler

Lilla Gábor

Betty Hillmon

Libby Hunter

Dr. Katalín Kíss

Elaine Quilichini

Virginia Pohlmeier

Dr. Alyson Shirk

Dr. Jill Trinka

Dr. Susan Brumfield

Susan Cleveland

Adam Epstein

William Geha

James RF Holmes

Dr. Mary Ellen Junda

Judith Kotok

Frankie & Doug Quimby

Constance Price

Wendy Silverberg

Pamela Wood