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IN THIS ISSUE... georgia music news / winter 14-15


Farewell Savannah Celebrating 40 years!



Association News

Division News

06 The President Speaks 08 Historian

24 Musings on the Future of Music Education After A Cold Ballgame: Dr. Kerry Bryant

Read about what is coming up for your division in the 2014-2015 school year.


Guitar: Celebrating the life of John Sutherland



President Frank Folds

Vice-President of All State Events Dr. Kerry Bryant Vice-Presidents of Performance Evaluation Events Carl Rieke


Recording artist, Adam Sams, based in Augusta, Georgia shares on the impact of music education in children and how it has shaped his artistry, his intelligence, and his humanity.

President-Elect Dr. John Odom

Past Presdients Representative Dr. Bernadette Scruggs

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There and Back Again: A Songwriter’s Tale

Executive Director Cecil Wilder


Band Division Chair Neil Ruby Choral Division Chair Jeff Funderburk

General Session Speaker: Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White,

Elementary Division Chair Karen Leamon

NAfME Southern Division President

College Division Chair Carol Benton Orchestra Division Chair Nicole Thompson Piano Division Chair Donna Dasher

34 Featured Clinicans & Performing Groups 34

Featured Clinicians


Performing Groups

District Chairs 1 - Kenza Murray 2 - Andrew C. Bell 3 - Jonathan Carmack 4 - D. Alan Fowler 5 - Carolyn Landreau 6 - Richard Prouty 7 - Bob Steelnack 8 - Catheryn Shaw 9 - Pat Gallagher 10 - Gene Hundley 11 - C. Lloyd McDonald 12 - Paula Krupiczewicz 13 - Lee Newman 14 - Dion Muldrow Editor, Georgia Music News Victoria Enloe for the complete list of Board Members please visit:

60 All State & All College 60 All State Jazz Ensemble 61 All College Chorus and All State Reading Chorus

GMEA Staff Brandie Barbee Ryan Barbee Cindy Reed Aleta Womack Š Copyright 2014 by the Georgia Music Educators Association Printing by Priority Press, Stockbridge, GA All pieces reproduced in this issue are under prior copyright of the creators and publisher by the contractual arrangements. Nothing shown may be reproduced in any form without obtaining the permission of the publisher and any other person or company who may have copyright ownership.

Select featured photos in this issue were provided by Andy Edwards of Ace of Photos.


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DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Dr. Kevin Hibbard, Director of Choirs Dr. Dawn Neely, Director of Opera Workshop


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PREVIEW DAYS ········································· Saturday, September 27 – Arts & Humanities students Sunday, November 2 – All students Thursday, February 26 – Arts & Humanities students Sunday, April 12 – All students UWG Department of Music (678) 839-6516 • • An Accredited Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Music

This issue of the Georgia Music News marks the beginning of a new era for the magazine. Dr. Mary Leglar served as editor for over thirty years before retiring after the last issue. Everyone in GMEA owes Dr. Leglar a tremendous debt of gratitude for her stewardship, leadership and guidance during that time. Her accomplishments during her career are well known and documented. The magazine will now be laid out and assembled by Ryan Barbee, our Director of Publications. Ryan has worked long and hard in preparation for the time when this task would be added to his duties and I believe he has done an admirable job of making the magazine as visually appealing and well organized as it has always been under Dr. Leglar’s guidance, but with a new look we hope will be well received by all our members.



FEATURED CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Cecil Wilder The Executive Director shares some insight about some of the changes being seen with the Georgia Music News. (Page 5) In addition, Mr. Wilder shares his reflectiongs regarding the many years GMEA has spent in Savannah. (Page 10)

Derik Clackum The GMEA Historian recollects the journey to and from Savannah. (Page 8)

President Frank Folds will appoint someone to that position as called for in the GMEA Constitution, Article VII, Section D, number 1. We will announce that appointment as soon as it has been made. When you vote for new state officers in January there will be a proposal for an amendment to our Constitution in the same section as the one listed above. The current wording is as follows: The Editorial Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the editor of the Georgia Music News. The membership shall consist of twelve members, six of whom shall begin their term during odd numbered years, and six beginning during even-numbered years. The only scheduled meeting shall be during the annual In-Service Conference. You will be asked to vote to change the wording to read: The membership shall consist of the immediate past state division chairs who shall serve for a period of two years, commencing immediately after the end of their term as division chairs. The editorial board will meet once annually at a time and placed to be determined by the editor. The reasons for this proposed change have to do with the fact that the annual In Service Conference schedule makes it difficult for meetings to be scheduled and the fact that, in today’s world, committees as large as twelve members are unwieldy. The hope is that members who have just completed a term serving a division will have a vision for what the needs and desires of the membership are and will be able to provide the best possible advice to the editor. For the time we will continue the current practice of publishing four issues per year, all of which will be published electronically and two of which will also be paper copies, mailed to all members. We welcome your comments about the magazine as we move forward and hope to continually improve it in both content and visual appeal.

The Division Chairs Read up on all of the information that the division chairs wish to share with the GMEA membership. (Page 12)

Adam Sams Recording artist, Adam Sams, of Augusta, Georgia shares on the impact of music education in children and how it has shaped his artistry, his intelligence, and his humanity. (Page 22)

Dr. Kerry Bryant The GMEA Vice-President of All State Events offers readers a candid perception at the future of music education. (Page 24)

Kristin M. Pugliese Kristin Pugliese, founder of Note Knacks Music, gives an honest and sincere response to the question, “What is the Point?” (Page 28)

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Come to Savannah! I want to personally invite each of you to the 2015 In-Service Conference in Savannah. It is our final excursion to this beautiful coastal city for the foreseeable future. Let’s make it a great one. Weather permitting (no snow or ice, please!) we will crank up at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 29 in the big ballroom upstairs. We will recognize our 25 and 40 year teachers and special award winners. That will be followed by some special words from our NAfME Southern Division President, Maribeth Yoder-White. Then we will be entertained by Back in Time, a classic rock band made up of retired GMEA members and friends. It promises to be a fun way to kick off our conference. We had so many excellent clinic sessions proposed that we have added an extra clinic session time on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Please make every effort to support your division by attending these sessions and performances. The division chairs have done an outstanding job of preparing the conference. This should be an awesome opportunity to grow professionally and personally. I hope you have all had a chance to peruse the National Music Standards. You can locate those on several different websites. Check out to see

these important additions to our curriculum area. These standards were researched and developed by music educators from around the country. They are arts standards developed by arts teachers. Though the standards have not been adopted by our state as part of our state curriculum, they can still be a very useful tool in our yearly and daily planning. In addition to the rollout of the standards there has been a major effort to develop an appropriate evaluation measure for music teachers as well. I have attended the pre-conference sessions on these topics at the NAfME In-Service in Nashville. I hope to report on these more in the next issue. It is election time again. Please make sure you look out for information on candidates for state-wide elections. Everyone will be considering candidates for the two Vice-president positions and there will be divisional candidates as well. Be actively involved and take part in the election. The candidates will be announced in late fall or early winter and voting will be open during the month of January until midnight on January 28, 2015. I hope your year has gotten off to a great start. Please know your efforts to teach this important subject to the children of Georgia is greatly appreciated. I am in the classroom everyday like you. It is daunting sometimes, especially in trying times such as these. Press on. What you do IS important. Keep up the outstanding work you do and let me or one of the other officers know if you have questions or need help. See you in Savannah!

CNAfME students between sessions at last year’s In Service Conference.

Dr. Bernadette Scruggs




The 2014-15 academic year is off to a great start, and CNAfME chapters across our state are up and running and are deeply involved in music activities on their respective campuses. There will be many events and activities scheduled for this year, but already our college men and women are more involved in their profession than ever before. “CNAFME

CHAPTERS ACROSS OUR STATE ARE UP AND RUNNING AND ARE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN MUSIC ACTIVITIES ON THEIR RESPECTIVE CAMPUSES.” Individual chapters of CNAfME are planning a wide range of locally designed projects that will have positive impact on music education programs at all levels of public school instruction. Students are assisting with marching band programs as adjunct instructors, they are organizing and assisting with choral and band festivals on respective campuses, sectional rehearsal assistance is being provided to bands and orchestras, private instruction clinic and programs are in place in a number of schools, and in-service clinics are being planned and presented in various settings across our state. In short, our CNAfME men and women are heavily involved in the music education programs of Georgia, and are very focused on their college preparation for a career in teaching music.

As we all know, a tremendously important part of the undergraduate preparation of our music education programs is our GMEA In-Service Conference each year. In fact, our yearly conference is the most significant professional growth opportunity for all our music educators, both current and future. Plans are being developed for another year of truly exceptional clinics at the 2015 conference, and our CNAfME men and women will again be heavily involved in organizing and assisting with them. This year’s conference will feature eight CNAfME-track clinic sessions, each of which will present invaluable ideas and information for our soon-to-be music educators. These clinics also will be of tremendous help to experienced teachers in that they possibly will offer new and different insights into teaching strategies and methodologies. I encourage everyone to make plans to be present for as many of these terrific sessions as possible. The clinics scheduled for the CNAfME track are as follows: With Every Breath You Take (J.D. Burnett, clinician), Becoming A Professional (Martha Shaw and David Gregory, clinicians), Finally It’s Here (Susana Lalama, clinician), I Never Learned That In College (Charles Laux, clinician), Non-Negotiables of Superior Rehearsals (Alfred Watkins, clinician), Little Things, Big Differences, All Levels (David Gregory, clinician), A Beginning Teacher’s Survival Guide (John Wayman, clinician), and New National Standards (Martin Norgaard, clinician). Additionally, the CNAfME general membership meeting will be held Friday afternoon at 4:45. With a schedule of clinic offerings such as the one presented above, it is a certainty that our attendees will have tremendous opportunities for professional and personal growth. I look forward to seeing everyone in Savannah in January, our final visit to that wonderful convention city. Be sure to check your conference schedule and make arrangements to attend as many of the terrific CNAfME clinics as possible. Have a great fall, and let’s meet this January in Savannah for one more time.


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President Frank Folds welcoming conference attendees at the 2014 General Session.


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HISTORIAN DERIK CLACKUM, GMEA HISTORIAN As we plan for the big final hurrah, before we bid adieu to Savannah and move our annual In-Service Conference site to Athens, I thought a little stroll down memory lane, through the many sites we have used over the years would be appropriate. With this 26th year in Savannah approaching, I realize that many of my younger colleagues have never known another In-Service site, but there were many. And, 2016 won’t be our first time in Athens. Now that we call our ingathering an In-Service Conference, some don’t remember us using the term “convention.” Our organization began life in 1922 as the Department of Public School Music (DPSM), within the Georgia Education Association (GEA). We were a part of the GEA district organization and were included in the Annual GEA Convention, held in Atlanta. Then in 1930, the DPSM reorganized under a new constitution. We became the Association of Public School Music Teachers (APSMT). But, we were still considered a department of the GEA, and as such, we continued to participate in the Annual GEA Convention in Atlanta. In 1937, the APSMT voted to affiliate with the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and in 1938, we wrote a new constitution re-naming our organization the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). However, GMEA also continued their affiliation with GEA and continued to participate as a part of the Annual GEA Convention in Atlanta, often supplying performing ensembles for selected sessions. GMEA initiated a three-year rotation plan for the All State Band, then All State Chorus, then All State Orchestra to perform for one GEA session each year, so each All State group only met every third year. During the 1950’s, GMEA continued nominal participation in the GEA Convention, but we began to separate our sessions from the GEA, eventually having the All State Band, Chorus, and Orchestra performing every year for our sessions. In 1952 and 1953, our President, Douglas Rumble, was the Band Director at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta. During his second year as President, he hosted the GMEA Convention at Grady High, at the same time the GEA Convention was going on at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. This separate but simultaneous format was used for many years, with GMEA supplying a “Night of Music” program for one of the GEA evening sessions. The first totally independent GMEA Convention was held in Athens, Dec. 6-7, 1963, at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education It was hosted by GMEA President, Roger Dancz,. Professionally, this worked well for a couple of years, but financially, our independent convention format just didn’t make enough money to pay the expenses. This changed when Boyd McKeown became president. Boyd attended a national meeting of State MEA Presidents and discovered the convention format we are still using today. In 1967, Boyd moved the convention back to Atlanta, to combine it with the Southern MENC Convention. It was both a professional and a financial success. Atlanta became the preferred site once again. After a six year run in Atlanta, in 1973 the convention was held in Macon, which launched a series of experimenting with other sites, such as Jekyll Island and Columbus, before landing in Savannah in 1989. Many members in our organization were concerned with the

selection of the Savannah site, because they felt not enough members would drive that far. But as history has shown, the Savannah site became very popular. As GMEA continued to grow (and adopted the term In-Service Conference), we soon outgrew the original Savannah facilities, but then Savannah built a new convention center on Hutchison Island. The new facilities, combined with the old ones, enabled Savannah to continue to host us for many more years. But, as our growing numbers continued to demand more and more space, we were forced to spread our sessions out over many buildings in the downtown Savannah area, causing numerous challenges with scheduling and transportation. It became apparent that we needed a larger venue where we could house all our sessions under one roof. So here’s to Savannah, the beautiful lady on the coast. We’ve outgrown you, but we still love you as we look forward to larger and more inclusive facilities in Athens.



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One of the many water taxis crossing the river. Photo provided by Andy Edwards of Ace of Photos

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In March, 1973, GMEA hosted our first statewide event in Savannah. The event was High School All State Band and Orchestra. At that time there was one all state band and one all state orchestra and the event was housed in the Savannah Civic Center. There were about two hundred students, plus teachers and chaperones involved. The Civic Center was relatively new at that time and Savannah had not yet become a major tourist or convention destination. The Port of Savannah was not as large a, part of the Savannah economy as it is today, and there were more than enough reasonably priced hotels in the area to house our attendees and enough restaurants to feed us. The Oglethorpe House, next door to the Civic Center, which is now a SCAD dormitory, was then a motel, and there was a rush to try to get your students housed there for the sake of convenience. The person most responsible for bringing us to Savannah was Ed Caughran. Ed was the Coordinator of Music for the Savannah/Chatham County Schools and lobbied hard to get us to come there. He also did much of the work involved in securing facilities and housing for us during those early years. Over the next 10-15 years as our statewide events grew in size and number, we brought more of them to Savannah. The Jr. High School All State Bands and Orchestras joined in the mid 1980s followed by All State Chorus. In the late 1980s the In Service Conference was added to the list. During that same time period Savannah became a major tourist destination, due largely to its scenic beauty, its history from the American colonial period, and, not in small measure, from the notoriety brought to the city by the novel “Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt, which was published in 1994. The Savannah College of Art and Design was founded in 1978 and, as its enrollment grew, it began to buy up property in downtown Savannah to use as classrooms, libraries, and, most importantly to GMEA, inexpensive hotels to be used as dormitories. Since our events were growing at the same time, this made it more difficult to find sleeping rooms and rehearsal spaces (some of the hotels had ballrooms which we rented for rehearsal space for all state groups). These things all caused us to have to expand our search

for meeting space for conference sessions as well as sleeping rooms and rehearsal spaces over a wider area of the city, in some cases outside the historic district. At different times we used the Desoto Hilton Hotel on Liberty Street, the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Bay Street, and facilities at Atlantic Armstrong State University on Abercorn Street. By 1990, Savannah had come to seem like home for not only our membership but for their students and parents as well. They had discovered the beauty of the city, the restaurants, and the tourist attractions. Many of them began to schedule spring family vacations to coincide with our all state events and, in some cases, they seemed to almost develop a sense of entitlement that placed an added importance to their child making all state so as to have a reason for the vacation. The River Street area had been built back up during that time and, on any evening during one of our events it would seem as if there were more GMEA members, students and parents strolling there than all other tourists combined. The revelry emanating from Kevin Berry’s late at night could be heard all the way across the river and well into the Historic District as some of the senior citizens of the Band Division held court there. Many of our members came to know all the best places to eat and to take students during their off hours during the all state events and you got the sense that the trip became almost a rite of passage for high school musicians. Teachers would make their hotel reservations a year in advance so that the experience would be the same from year to year.


11 Benny Ferguson, and Brandon Tucker (Savannah/Chatham County Schools Arts Coordinators) who made it possible for us to always have the music stands, choral risers, and equipment we needed for our events. I must also thank all of the hotel and meeting facility employees who have done such a magnificent of serving as our hosts. There is also Kevin Padgett of Savannah Piano and countless others too numerous to mention. I have personally made many friends in Savannah during my time as Executive Director that I will keep for the rest of my life. I am probably one of the very few GMEA members who can say that I remember the time before we went to Savannah and I say with great pride that I have attended at least one event in each of the years we have been there. Neither Savannah nor GMEA bears very much resemblance to what they were in 1973. Savannah has helped us grow and we have helped Savannah grow. Each of us is grateful to the other and each of us wishes the other well as we continue to grow and embrace our respective futures. Let us hope that in both cases, our best days are ahead of us. And let us make our final conference in Savannah the most glorious going away party possible even as we look forward to growing the same friendships and memories in our new home, the Athens Classic Center. Cecil Wilder GMEA Executive Director

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Sometime around 2001, the International Trade and Convention Center and Westin Resort were built on Hutchinson Island across Herman Talmadge Bridge and our events were strained for space in the Historic District. In 2003, after much negotiation and discussion among the GMEA Executive Committee members, President Randall Coleman made the wise and courageous decision to move our In Service Conference there. That was a big commitment for us financially and none of the leadership breathed easy until after our first successful conference there. The move gave our conference the room it needed to grow and we swore at the time that it would be our final resting place since we would not ever outgrow such a facility. Of course, our events have continued to grow and we have had to be increasingly creative to find the space we needed. As a result our all state events, especially Instrumental All State, have had to use spaces not especially conducive to ensemble rehearsals, not to mention the logistical issues of getting students delivered and picked up to and from their rehearsals. So here we are, about to say goodbye to our familiar conference home - the only one most of our members have ever known. I would be remiss if I did not thank all the people in Savannah who have helped make our time there easier and more pleasant. I wish to especially thank Ed Caughran, Ken Hudlow, James Thompson,

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I hope everyone is off to a great start to the year! I have already seen tremendous music education taking place all over the state and have been impressed with the engaging instruction and performances taking place in our classrooms, concert stages, and football fields. The students in Georgia are very blessed to have the best teachers in our country working with them on a daily basis.

“THE STUDENTS IN GEORGIA ARE VERY BLESSED TO HAVE THE BEST TEACHERS IN OUR COUNTRY WORKING WITH THEM ON A DAILY BASIS.” Please make plans to attend this year’s In-Service Conference, our last year in Savannah. We have many outstanding clinics and performances planned, and I know you will be impressed. ISC can serve many purposes. It’s a chance for us to recharge our batteries, learn new and exciting teaching techniques and strategies, listen to outstanding ensembles, and visit and share stories with old friends and colleagues. The band director world is a tight knit group of individuals who share a common love for music education. I know we will all miss attending the ISC in Savannah and hope we can make this last visit our best yet. I want to thank everyone who submitted session and performance applications. We had a record number of applicants in both areas and the material submitted was quite remarkable. I also want to thank the selection committee for the very difficult job they did. The task of going through so many outstanding applications and recordings was not easy but was done with the upmost professionalism and care. I do hope everyone will submit session proposals and performance recordings for next year, our first year in beautiful Athens, GA! I am very excited about the Georgia All-State Band this coming February. Athens proved to be a wonderful site last year to host the event, and the performance hall was magnificent. Our conductors for the middle school bands will be Sam Hazo (Composer/Conductor McMurray, PA) and Robert Herrings (Artie Henry MS- Cedar Park, TX). The 9th and 10th grade band conductors will be Greg Bimm (Marion Catholic HS - Chicago, IL) and Alfred Watkins (Retired, Lassiter HS Marietta, GA). The 11th and 12th grade band conductors will be Col. Michael Colburn (United States Marine Band-Washington DC) and Kevin Sedatole (Michigan State University). I know the students will have a great experience learning from these outstanding conductors and educators.

As we approach the upcoming auditions for different state wide events, I want to take a moment to encourage all directors to do their part to provide our students with the best experiences possible. The life of a band director can be quite hectic this time of year and the last thing most want is another added responsibility on a seldom seen off Saturday. With that said, I think it’s important for us to remember that the strength of GMEA and the opportunities we provide our students are entirely dependent on our members. It will take the combined efforts of all of us to take GMEA to the next level and provide our students with an education experience that will stay with them forever. Our students will practice numerous hours preparing for these auditions, all in hopes of being selected to these prestigious performing groups. The process of preparing for these auditions, no matter the final outcome, will ultimately improve the level of all our students. Don’t they deserve the best audition experience possible?

“THE STRENGTH OF GMEA AND THE OPPORTUNITIES WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS ARE ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON OUR MEMBERS.” Imagine a year of Honor Band and All-State Auditions where EVERY director, or their qualified substitute, with students registered to audition are available to serve in some capacity and a year where every audition panel is filled with the best possible adjudicators. It is our professional obligation to do this. Our association needs this. And most importantly, our students deserve this. Music Education in Georgia is alive and well but we can be stronger and we can do more for our students. I strongly believe that if better is possible then good is not enough. The opportunity we have been given to serve our students through music education is great and the impressions we will leave in their lives are ongoing. Thank you in advance for doing your part making our events the best possible. Thank you for making our organization stronger than ever. And most importantly, thank you for your help making all of our students a top priority.

The students from South Central Middle School prepare to perform.

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As I sit down to write this article, preparation for All State Reading Chorus and All State Chorus is fully underway! Many people have been putting forth numerous hours planning for the auditions and events. Thanks to all of you, including every teacher preparing students for the auditions. Here’s hoping for decent weather for our annual In Service Conference in January! We have a great line-up of interesting sessions and choirs again this year. There will be sessions on new music, old music, concert programing, sight singing, and vocal technique to name a few. Nine choirs from across the state, including our All College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist from Westminster Choir College, are preparing for our concert hours. Dr. Quist will also lead a Conducting Masterclass. Looking over their repertoire lists, I am sure something from each concert will resonate with you, whether it is a brilliant choral moment or a new selection to study with your choirs.

We are expecting another great All State Reading Chorus event this year with Dr. Stanley Roberts from Mercer University conducting the sessions and choir event. I hope you have registered your students for this rewarding experience that will be held in Savannah during our annual In-Service Conference. I am looking forward to seeing you in Savannah. It will be a time of renewal, learning new things and embracing the future of music education.


Don’t forget that the Choral groups will be performing at Christ Church in Downtown Savannah during the In Service Conference!

A lobby group performing in the atrium of the Trade Center.

2014 Elementary headliner, Doug Goodkin, presenting one of his entertaining sessions.


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ELEMENTARY DIVISION Karen Leamon Fall is my favorite time of year. The colorful leaves, the crisp, cool air, the smells of spice and pumpkin, and of course, my October birthday are just some of the reasons. The arrival of fall also brings GMEA events like Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus, where I have the opportunity to reconnect with my music colleagues around the state, which is always a pleasure and an encouragement. By the time you receive this, our 2014 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus will be one for the history books. I would like to thank the many teachers from around the state, who made the long trek to Tifton, GA in order to provide this wonderful experience for their students! We continue to host this event for the mutual benefit of you and your students. Thank you to Vicky Knowles and Jenny Chambless for serving as our Organizing Chairs for the Allegro and Vivace choirs. I couldn’t have done it without your help! I appreciate Merideth Drake and her mother, Pam Turner, for conducting and playing for our Teacher Reading Session. I also want to thank our district elementary chairs for their help on site, and the teachers who stepped up to the plate to play instrument parts for the concert. I’m thrilled we were able to have Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White and Mr. Joshua Pedde with us this year. What a truly awesome experience for our students and teachers!

“WE CONTINUE TO HOST THIS EVENT FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS.” Our 2015 GMEA In-Service Conference will be one of the best the Elementary Division has hosted in a while. You will not want to miss Artie Almeda (author of Mallet Madness and many other wonderful publications) and Chris Judah-Lauder (current American Orff-Schulwerk president) along with many other fine clinicians from around our state and beyond. Michael and Jill Gallina will be with us again this year (weather permitting) along with Andy Beck, Bradley Bonner, Graham Hepburn, Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White, Myra Wheat and friends, Mindy Krejci and company, Debbie O’Shea, Dave Holland, Chelsea Cook and Laura Stambaugh. (Check out all the details of their sessions in this issue.) The Ford Elementary School Tone-Chimes and Orff Ensemble and the Murdock Elementary School Minstrels will perform a choral concert Thursday evening, and on Friday evening the High Meadows School Music Ensemble will perform followed by a “Dance, Drum and Switch” session with Chris Judah-Lauder! I can’t wait for all the fun. Make sure your membership is up to date and get registered NOW! Savannah, GA, here we come. Elementary sessions at the conference are always fun!

GUITAR DIVISION Dr. Luther Enloe It is with deep sadness that I write to inform readers of guitar pedagogue John Sutherland’s passing on October 4, 2014. Over the course of his career, Mr. Sutherland made significant contributions to classical guitar instruction and performance. It is quite likely that, if you teach or have studied guitar in Georgia, he has influenced you directly or indirectly. Early in his career, John Sutherland studied with Andrés Segovia, Christopher Parkening, John Marlow, Evanelos Assimakopoulos, and José Thomás. Described by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution as “Dean of Guitarists,” he initiated guitar programs throughout Georgia’s colleges and universities, including Dekalb College, Columbus State University, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta College, Atlanta Baptist College, Young Harris College, Emmanuel College, and Mercer University. He taught at Georgia State University from 1978-2003 and at the University of Georgia from 1971-2012, where, after his retirement, he was granted professor emeritus status. His friend, virtuoso guitarist Christopher Parkening, said that John Sutherland was “one of the finest teachers in the United States.” Mr. Sutherland taught with Parkening in master classes at Montana State University from 1978-2009. Parkening selected Sutherland’s transcriptions (published by Sherry Brener Publications), for his Angel recording of “Simple Gifts.” Additionally, Mr.


I first met Mr. Sutherland in Bozeman, Montana, during the summer of 1993, and subsequently moved to Georgia to study with him at UGA. In the spring of 2011, I finished my third, and final, degree, a D.M.A., under his guidance. Now, 21 years after that first meeting, I continue to develop artistically and technically, thanks to his instruction. This continued development was fostered by John Sutherland’s extraordinary musical mind and poignant teaching style that utilized proverbs, axioms, and stories to cultivate both immediate and long-term results in his students. In fact, most of John’s former students whom I have met say that it is often years later before the full implication of something that he said in a lesson becomes apparent. John Sutherland not only taught the guitar, he taught how to live life, and how to live it well. Recently, I re-watched a video of him teaching a student how to shape a phrase. While watching, I marveled at how easily his instruction applies to navigating a difficult musical passage or a difficult life event. Apart from teaching students how to play the guitar, he taught them to be honest with themselves, to think critically, to think artistically, and to accomplish their goals. John Sutherland was a major force in the guitar world and he is dearly missed by his students, colleagues, family, and friends.

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Sutherland produced numerous publications for the FJH Music Corporation, including a highly successful classical guitar method, served as an adjudicator in prestigious competitions, taught master classes throughout the United States, and served as a consultant on recordings. Today, many of John Sutherland’s students maintain successful performance careers as well as careers teaching in higher and secondary education. His students have been prizewinners in numerous competitions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Music Teachers National Association, and the American String Teachers Association. Three of the twelve students at the final Segovia Master Class studied with John Sutherland at the University of Georgia.


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ORCHESTRA DIVISION Nicole Thompson Happy Fall! I hope your school year is going well so far and your students are practicing hard! I hope you were all pleased with your initial concerts and your students continue to grow under your leadership. As you read this article, District All-State auditions have been completed, final auditions are soon and our In Service Conference will be here before we know it. These events could never take place without the tireless efforts of many volunteers. Thank you to all of the GMEA District Chairs, event organizers, and hosts. As always we are especially thankful for the wonderful teachers and staff for going out of their way to accommodate us at Westminster for the final All-State auditions. They are wonderful hosts and I can’t thank them enough for all they do to help the auditions run smoothly. Our In Service Conference promises to be one of the best ever! I have spent this last year planning some exciting sessions for you. As you are filling in your busy calendars please add January 29-31 for our last conference in Savannah. The conference will open with a “New Music Reading” session. A big thank you to Georgia Ekonomou for presenting this session for so many years. This year, Georgia is passing the responsibilities to James Landreau. Thank you, James, for stepping up so that this popular and informative session will continue. Other sessions include: Nathan Lambert’s Conducting Workshop, Charles Laux’s Intonation improvement, Gail Barnes’ workshop on School Orchestra Literature, Christopher Selby- Habits of a Successful String Musician, Seth Gamba- Bass, and a workshop on Collaboration! Performances include: Dodgen Middle School,

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Johns Creek High School, Hillgrove High School, Creekland Middle School, and Lost Mountain Middle School. There was a record number of high quality applicants this year. Be sure to line up your substitutes early.


We will continue the tradition of the ASTA Luncheon on Friday, so please get your tickets early to ensure you will be included in the event. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait. Speaking of ASTA, the fall workshop with Richard Meyer was incredibly inspiring. His presentation on “Giving Bach” was very uplifting and sent many teachers running to make a difference in their students lives and the lives of others by using music to give and show love to others. If you missed his wonderful workshop, I encourage you to talk with someone who was there or research his “Giving Bach” presentations online. I’ve already heard several stories from orchestra directors around town that they are putting his ideas into practice and their students are loving it. Keep up the great work! In closing, I would like to encourage you to read your GMEA handbook very carefully as you plan your events this year. It is very easy for any one of us to miss a slight change in rules, procedures, or LGPE lists (plus, who doesn’t like to read the handbook!). Thank you for making me proud to be an orchestra teacher in the State of Georgia. Please feel free to contact me anytime at I look forward to seeing you in Savannah in January!

Welcome back to a new school year. We have exciting news to share! First, the upcoming All-State Piano Auditions will be held on December, 6, 2014 at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Susan Tusing for making those arrangements. We are excited to have a new venue that is easily accessible for everyone. Changes to the GMEA handbook have already been emailed to all teachers so you should be aware of those changes. If you haven’t looked at the handbook recently, please go to OPUS and make yourself aware of the Piano Division section, which begins on page 60. Now, for more exciting news about our upcoming and last GMEA Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Gail Berenson from Ohio will be our headliner. She will be presenting sessions on Strategies for Coping with Performance Anxiety, The Art of Communication: Nurturing Resourceful and Spirited Students (keeping that magic spark alive that encourages students to strive for a higher level of musicianship), The Teacher’s Roll in Keeping Our Students Healthy and Injury Free (ensuring an efficient and healthy practice environment), and finally, Not Your Momma’s Music Lessons: Piano Instruction in the 21st Century (Teach as we were taught? Or NOT! Pedagogical changes in the last half century). We will also have sessions presented by our Georgia teachers. We look forward to hearing Dr. Jennifer Huang of Darton College discuss technique and expression of Baroque music on a modern piano, performing many of Bach’s 24 Preludes. We will have two dual choral/ piano sessions this year. Dr. Stephanie Tingler and Dr. Martha Thomas of the University of Georgia will present a session on Singing and Accompanying, highlighting vocal repertoire for middle and high school students and presenting strategies for accompanying during the rehearsal. Dr. Joanna Kim and Dr. Benjamin Schoening from the University of North Georgia will present a session on what makes a good accompanist from the conductor’s viewpoint. Also, Dr. Peter Jutras of the University of Georgia will be presenting a session on the latest research and strategies for reaching and inspiring your pre-college students, known as Generation Z. And last, but certainly not least, Dr. Sooyhun Yun of Kennesaw State University will present a detailed discussion of tempo, dynamics, and expression (to name a few) on “Mirrors,” the music of Benjamin Lee, an American composer, performing selected movements.

Again, this year, our Piano Division Luncheon will be off site. We will plan again this year to all ride together on a Savannah trolley to the restaurant location. Last year we went to The Pirate’s House and had a great time. This year we plan to venture our way to a new Savannah restaurant. Don’t forget the Piano Concerto Competition will be held on January 17, 2015 at Georgia State University. Dr. Geoff Haydon is the Concerto Chair and will gladly respond to any questions or concerns. This year’s selected repertoire is Concerto in C Minor, No. 2, 1st movement, by Sergei Rachmaninoff. I certainly hope you made the October 28 deadline, as that probably has passed by the time this newsletter is published! Lastly, more news regarding the work your Piano Council has been doing. The Piano Council is working to add to theory, sight reading, and scales to the All-State Auditions. This is, again, in keeping with the All-State guidelines, and will better serve our students educationally, whether pre-college or college. Also, new sight reading material WILL be used this year for the spring Performance Evaluations! Teachers are encouraged to use the spring Performance Evaluations to give their students the experience of performing for adjudication. There is also talk of adding new piano events, such as District piano recitals, so get involved with your district now and become an active part of GMEA! Your District Chairs are listed on page 60 of the GMEA Handbook. Only YOUR participation will make it better!



Donna Dasher

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AROUND THE STATE DISTRICT NEWS • The Ebenezer Middle School Eagle Winds Honor Band, under the direction of Kenza Murray, has been selected to perform for the 24th annual UGA Middle School Festival. The Eagle Winds will perform in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall on Friday December 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm. • The Collegiate Chapter of NAfME at Georgia Southern University received a Collegiate Chapter Growth Award for 2013-2014. • Southwest Elementary School is happy to announce that they are partnering with Savannah Music Festival with regard to Music Explorers K-2. • The Richmond Hill Middle School Band is proud to announce that they have commissioned a piece of music for middle school band by David Gillingham for Spring 2015. Dr. Gillingham will also be joining RHMS Band students rehearsing. the band for a residency in May. • The Savannah Children’s Choir, a community children’s choir with students from over twenty-nine schools throughout the low country, is excited to announce the addition of Assistant Director, Michael Ray, Chorus Teacher at Savannah Country Day, and accompanist Timothy Hall, Christ Church Savannah Organist/Choirmaster, to meet the needs of the growing organization which now consists of three choirs and 100 students. • On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Georgia Southern University will host the 2014 Southeastern Georgia Horn Workshop. The workshop, directed by Assistant Professor of Horn, Dr. Stephanie Furry will feature guest artists in solo and chamber music performances, instructional clinic sessions for students and music educators, Master Classes, and group participation in a mass horn choir. There will be exhibits featuring several of the new models of horns from C.G. Conn, as well as merchandise from Pladd Dot Music. The Workshop is sponsored by the Conn-Selmer Corporation, Pladd Dot Music, and the Georgia Southern University Department of Music. Registration and information regarding the workshop can be found at professionaldevelopment/hornworkshop/

• Educator Sara Payne of Roswell High School in Roswell, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Sara was nominated by student Nikolai Sidon for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Student members of NSHSS have the opportunity to nominate an educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career. The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award recognizes role models who have made a lasting diffrence in their classroom by encouraging students to strive for excellence. “Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve our highest praise and appreciation,” said NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We’re excited to provide an ongoing means to do so, and we encourage our student members to nominate teachers and counselors who have contributed to their academic success.” Formed in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. Currently, there are more than one million Society members in 160 countries. NSHSS provides scholarship opportunities for deserving young people and offers lifetime membership to support the transition from high school to college and from college to career. For more information about NSHSS visit .

Sara Payne with nominating student Nikolai Sidon.

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DISTRICT NEWS • The Adairsville High School Symphonic Band has been invited to perform as a guest concert band at the 2015 University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic in Tuscaloosa. The AHS Symphonic Band will take the stage on Friday, February 6, 2015 to play for all clinic attendees. The Adairsville High School Symphonic Band is under the direction of Dr. Kerry Bryant. • The Woodland High School Band Program was recognized at The Midwest Clinic last December as Regional Winner and National Finalists of the National Band Association “Blue Ribbon” Program of Excellence Award. In addition, the Woodland Marching Band will be traveling to California this winter to perform in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. • David Yun, a senior at Heritage High School in Ringgold will perform with the U.S. Army All-American Band on January 3, 2015 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. He is one of 125 high school seniors selected nationwide. Sean Kwak, Matthew Paynter and David Yun from Heritage High School in Ringgold have been selected to the NAfME National Honor Band. This band will rehearse and perform at the NAfME In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN. The concert is October 29 at the Grand Ole Opry House. The Heritage Wind Ensemble will be performing at the 2015 UGA Janfest. • The Ridgeland High School Band will be marching in the 2014 New York City Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th. They will also perform in the mass Band of Pride Tribute on November 10th with the USMC Band Quantico VA.

Dr. Kerry Bryant conducting the Adairsville High School Symphonic Band.


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THERE AND BACK AGAIN: A SONGWRITER’S TALE The importance of music education for the student, but more importantly, the human being as a whole. by Adam Sams

Music for me has always been about communicating a deeper idea. I remember writing my first song when I was 14, riding in a van across Kenya. I was accompanying my dad on a medical trip and becoming fully immersed in a rural farming community for two weeks. The song I wrote there was called “African Skies.” It was way too wordy and my rhymes were cheesy, but it was my means of conveying the unfiltered Great Rift Valley sunsets and the genuine contentment of folks in rural Mukeu. It was me coming to grips with my contrasting materialism and wanting something more. A year later, my family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. I had been homeschooled up to this point and was eager to give public school a shot. When I picked my 10th grade classes at Fleming Island High School, I chose drama as my elective. Still not sure why I made that decision; I quickly realized that acting is not my strong suit! By the end of my first week of drama class, I was back in the guidance counselor’s office seeking an alternate music-related elective. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - I chose chorus over band because I figured learning to sing might complement my already developing pursuits as a guitar player. Little did I know how deeply that decision would impact the trajectory of my life journey. These days, I get to pursue music as a career - writing, recording and touring for a living. As I reflect back on the three years I spent in high school chorus, they stand out as the most formative period for me both personally and musically. More than merely learning how to sing, I began to find my voice. I brought a guitar along on trips and shared my earliest songs on bus rides and in hotel lobbies. When I started playing shows at local venues around Jacksonville, my classmates were the ones showing up to encourage and support me. Chorus was like a tightly knit family, and in that nurturing environment I was able to discover a sense of belonging and purpose.

Last month I had the opportunity to perform in high schools around Florida and connect with current chorus students. This endeavor began in 2012 when my former chorus teacher invited me to come share my songs and stories with his classes, and each year we’ve added more schools to the schedule. I talk with students about how we can use our musicial abilities to communicate ideas that matter and strengthen the communities we live in. I believe music is as much personal as it is communal: it reaches within us individually while subsequently breaking down barriers and drawing all people together. Quoting modern visual artist Makoto Fujimura, ”Good art can mediate deeply engaged dialogue that wrestles with the core issues of humanity” (Refractions). Every time I talk with music students about why we’re doing this - why we’re singing, playing, writing and pursuing this artistic craft - I’m again reminded that the purpose of music is communication. The songs we create and perform have the power to shape people and impact culture.

Adam performing for some students at Arrow Institute of Art of Augusta.

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I see an unfortunate divide between this idea and the general view expressed by our culture. We live in a time where music education is continually de-valued, under-budgeted and neglected. All too often, it’s parents themselves who discourage their children from pursuing music as a career or hobby. As a former chorus student, I am a huge proponent for music education and its preservation in our schools. I strive to promote music as more than merely a form of entertainment. In the words of Leo Tolstoy, “Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement; art is a great matter. Art is an organ of human life, transmitting man’s reasonable perception into feeling” (What is Art?). When I look students in the eyes and listen to their stories, I see hopeful dreamers, deep thinkers and passionate believers like myself. We’re all on a search for belonging and purpose. I sing my songs in the hopes of inspiring them and encouraging them on their own journey. At the end of the day,

those of us who continue to pursue music writers, performers, teachers and lovers of the craft - stand as a testament to the generations following us. Let us continue to share this passion and communicate well through our songs, that we may benefit all who listen.

Purchase Adam Sams latest release “Tightwire” on iTunes and Amazon.

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by Dr. Kerry Bryant It’s 1:46 a.m. I just got in from a very cold football game in the north Georgia mountains, then the return trip on a school bus of about an hour and a half (maybe longer? I dunno… fell asleep…not sure…a band-mom woke me up at school), and the inevitable late-night parking lot babysitting I provided, once again, to the ever-present kid with no ride- at 12:30 a.m.! Finally, a mega-truck rumbles in, and the student jumps in the cab, the truck speeds off…no thanks, no apology…off into the darkness they go. I suspect this kind of scenario plays itself out time and again in many places. Now it’s time for my 24-hour drive-thru mobile supper, because at the interstate exit that’s all that’s open, though technically it’s almost breakfast time again. I just couldn’t bear another stadium supper tonight. Nacho cheese served at concession stands has to be the last remaining hold-out for the liberal use of trans-fats, and I don’t even want to know what goes into a Sam’s Club hot dog. So now I sit, watching the replay of the World Series game I’d missed, peanut shells and empty mug at my side. Though I’m tired to the bones, having been awake since 6:00 a.m. yesterday morning, oddly I don’t sleep yet. I never can after 16-hour days like this for some reason. I begin to muse: Where is this crazy music education business headed? Being one of the “older generation” now (I’m in year 26, not including 2 years off for a masters degree in the 90s), I wonder what the near - and distant - futures hold for bands, which is what I do, and for music education in general. Disclaimer: I do not pretend for a second to be some kind of guru, someone who knows all the answers. I’m not even sure I know the questions. I do not preach. I endeavor here to simply observe and find relevant patterns and logical connections between events during a career that started in ‘86, during my time as a high school band director (obviously), a college band graduate assistant, an all-state jazz organizer, district chair, division chair and VP for GMEA, an elementary music teacher for a year, a graduate student again, and then again, and a district fine arts coordinator in some very different situations with vastly disparate demographics. Along the way I’ve been lucky- blessed really- to have amazing mentors and advisers, folks I consider to be giants in the band biz: David Gregory, Jim Copenhaver, Cecil Wilder, and in an indirect but

profound way, Boyd McKeown. These generations of true gurus have made an indelible mark on my perspective, second in effect only to the dozens (maybe hundreds?) of days-then-nights-then-days-again like I find myself having as I write this. I wish not to feign ultimate wisdom here, but simply call it like I see it. Music educators must be mentors first. Don’t get me wrong…I appreciate the fact that mishandling thousands of dollars in band fees, candy money, trip money, tux money, flags and poles money, meal money, reed money, etc. can sink you in a hurry. Indeed, that has led to the demise of some pretty talented folks I’ve known. Also, our roles in marshalling armies of parent volunteers, playing travel agent, counselor, accountant, repair tech, logistics expert, public relations officer for the school and system sometimes, and the myriad other non-musical hats one must wear to be a successful music educator in any field are inarguably important. Painful truth be told, that is the stuff (“administrivia” I call it) your bosses want done right “irregardless” (my favorite non-word used by many) of the first-place trophies, superior ratings, or the fact your concert band can do a reasonable job at playing Lincolnshire Posy. Administrating the music program correctly, fairly and efficiently is essential. So why do we subject ourselves to all this other stuff? Why do we wade through mountains of tasks, email, receipts, budgets, field trip requests, fundraising envelopes, and purchase orders in the course of a day? What motivates us to spend such an inordinate amount of time on things most of us were very poorly or insufficiently trained to handle (see other heading below)? Lest we forget, I submit this six-word reply: love of music, love of kids. Period. There’s nothing like seeing a student catch fire for music. I’ll come back to that well over and over again, paying some pretty significant tolls in other areas just to experience that. There are also some fairly significant “life-direction stories” from many former students that continue to buoy my professional satisfaction. Those stories, those relationships, are pure gold to me- things I’ll treasure for a long time. My point here is I fear too many middleand-younger generation music educators are in-it-towin-it, as they say. They seek the less intrinsic rewards of the job (sorry if I’m stepping on toes here). Many

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are gifted in administrating a music program, and in the usage of technology (Excel, Charms, Finale, Smartmusic, etc.) to assist with that. That’s commendable as these things certainly improve efficient administration and, in some cases, improve learning. But they fall short on the “human touch,” in what is essentially one of the most human of all pursuits- educating young musicians. Do they substitute these things for the human, one-to-one relationship? Are we being cognizant of imparting to students a true love of our craft, our art? Are we modeling musicianship and musical-based behavior in how we conduct ourselves? What do they hear when they come in the office or classroom? Are we personally investing in their lives and well-being, realizing we have an opportunity to do so that, plain-and-simple, no other teacher can? My observation and experience in “resolving problems” for GMEA and in other administrative roles has revealed to me that many music educators prioritize the climbing of career ladders, winning trophies, and basically “looking out for number one” (i.e. themselves or their reputations). I don’t mean to over-generalize, but it seems to be especially prevalent in music educators in a particular career stage, and by and large not so much those who’ve “put a lot of miles on the career odometer.” Certainly, thank goodness, there are many notable exceptions. I’m painting with a broad brush here. Climbing the corporate career ladder, building a resume, if you sell securities or stocks is commonplace…expected even. But that paradigm, applied to educating young people, is a self-centered approach and one with sometimes tragic educational consequences for students. The old cliché is so true: They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Music competition. This topic has been rehashed time and again, and in itself is the subject of thousands of other articles, educational research, Facebook posts, etc. I have only my own experience upon which to base my views. In a nutshell, “too much of anything is poison” (I must attribute that to one of my mentors already mentioned, David Gregory). Yes, one could find my wife, Kelly, and me hugging and jumping up and down like little kids on

Christmas when my current marching band, in my second year here, won its first-ever first-place recently. I was so excited for the kids, that sweet bunch of wonderful young folks who’ve worked so hard. The kids and the band parents assembled were beyond silly-giddy. That is powerful stuff, no one can deny, even if you acknowledge the process is fraught with many inherent biases, lack of oversight, and questionable-at-best comparative practices. How do you truly objectively compare different music, different demands, and then rank them, without extensive and on-going adjudicator training? There is a reason, when auditioning all-state bands or professional orchestras, that we make everyone play the same repertoire, right? The whole competitive ideal in music has itself spawned robust travel, fundraising, and “pseudo-educational” industries. I fear there are many wolves in professorial clothing walking around there. My stance is that music competition is a great motivator, a wonderful school memory for kids and a worthy pursuit if experienced appropriately and modestly. The rub is: what is appropriate and modest? I can’t answer that explicitly here, because there are so many variables, different situations with different resources, unique histories, etc. I can answer, though, what is not appropriate and modest. It is my opinion that many programs violate these vital tenants. That concerns me, and I fear for the future and musical purity of our educational mission because of it. What is not reasonable is a vast majority of available resources, monetary or human, being spent on these things. What is not logical is an almost perverse obsession with a disjunct, patchwork array of evaluative systems, hastily assembled at Saturday morning marching band contests, slick profit-motivated businesses masquerading as clinics or seminars, or the unholy alliance of the tourism industry and education. I am admittedly somewhat hypocritical here, as I’ve spent or gained many hours and dollars participating in, judging, or serving as a clinician for these kinds of events. But I would like to think I’ve managed to keep the sum total of that time and money in proper proportion, in line with an overall focus on training young musicians, on “raising” young adults in our midst first.

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One might evaluate the wisdom of spending resources on competitive events by asking a simple question: How much good could this money, effort or expertise do if it were invested in, say, a private lesson subsidy program, or hiring a worthy guest clinician or sectional/master-class teacher, or taking a trip to go hear the A.S.O. (which sadly as of this writing is not possible, but that’s another article topic), or the Marine Band, or the Atlanta Opera, or any other high-quality ensemble? Providing these kinds of experiences at least as much as the time and money spent on band camps, drill writers, color guard stuff, field props, tractor trailers, trips to “adjudicated festival/contest XYZ” coupled with “amusement park ABC” sends the message that musical performance is paramount. Those other things are fun and memory-making, and are great “hooks” for getting or keeping kids in the program. Many are indeed educational to an extent. But an inordinate amount of money spent on these things is not wholly musical or educational. Competition can, and in many places does, become “the tail that wags the dog” if it’s allowed to do so by the directors of music programs. Music educator training. As I’ve “risen” to this point in my career (i.e. gotten old), colleges and universities have, for quite a few years now, sent me field experience and student teachers. I am grateful for these hopeful, bright, young music-educators-to-be to show the ropes to, all the while staying “chest-deep in the pool of practicality” (again, a Gregory-ism). But it seems music education majors often show up particularly well-versed in the grade 6 or 7 literature they’ve played in their college “wind orchestras” (Copenhaver-ism: “I am a band director- nothing ‘orchestra’ or ‘ensemble’ about my job), but sorely lacking in crucial pragmatic skills and information. It’s fine and dandy to love and have played the latest, greatest, impossibly difficult wind-band piece, or to know a German or a French Neapolitan sixth chord, or to have really impressive stick-waving skill. Those are technicalities inherent to our jobs (well- maybe not the sixth chords). Knowing music history, theory, orchestration, etc. are part and parcel of a basic music education. But for future music educators, that alone is not enough. The reality is we must have an instructional toolbox and the real-life knowledge that undergirds it so we may provide actionable experiences for students in Smallville, or Inner City, or any of a variety of settings. There is an imperative need for practical knowledge: things such as knowing how many seats are on a charter or school bus (including hanger bags and hat boxes), or what size wrench tightens a music stand, or how to build a workable, reliable travel itinerary, budget, etc. Musically, it means being well-versed in all the instruments you’ll be expected to teach, with common issues with and fixes for how they play, what their intonation tendencies are, etc. New music educators must know basics of tone production and quality, and the reasonably difficult literature and methodology that will give all our students a worthy experience, even the ones who can’t play or sing a grade 6 piece. I find a solely performance-based approach for music education majors to be wholly impractical, and maybe even irresponsible, for those who aim to teach the type of students you’ll find in most places in Georgia. It gives the newest generation music educa-

tors the false impression they are in fact equipped with essential knowledge and skill, and in turn heightens the profound disillusionment they often experience when confronted on their first gig with teaching Hot Cross Buns to students with barely enough money to rent a plastic Bundy, and likely a school system with any money (or interest) to help out either. As a result, many new music teachers drop out, change careers, or go back to grad school for a few more years, as the result of an unfulfilling and frustrating new teaching experience. Young music educators have to know how to be resourceful, how to lean on parents and the community for help, how to make their programs essential to the kids they teach. Parents will always stand for something that makes their kid want to go to school, to do something they can’t wait to experience every day, that makes them feel worthy and valued. For many it is band, chorus, orchestra, a club, or athletics. Effective music educator training can only come from those who’ve lived that experience successfully for a significant portion of their own professional livesnot dabbled in it, but really lived it. Evidently, it does not come from a music education curriculum that is largely conservatory-based. To me, there is a profound disconnect from reality in how we train future music teachers that needs to be addressed. The future. Now that I’ve thoroughly angered enough people, let’s all circle around the campfire, join hands and sing Kumbaya. Seriously, I cannot emphasize enough that I don’t wish to appear omnipotent here. I only write these things as frank, personal observations and obviously-biased personal opinion. I do not claim the inherent rightness or ultimate truth of any points contained herein, but only offer them as fodder that I hope will somehow spark beneficial discussion and maybe- just maybe- positive action. I believe that as an organization, GMEA is in fact stronger when it’s united. The various divisions will always have their unique needs, specialized and justified wants, and invariably different perspectives to bring to the table. The sometimes impassioned discussions that are had in the end lead to a common truth: we are all musicians, lovers of music, all here to provide the best experience possible for our stake-holders, namely the teachers, parents and most importantly, kids that we serve as an organization. I only hope we never lose sight of the fact that our organization is of, by, and for music education- and ultimately, the music students in our state (my apologies to President Lincoln).

Dr. Kerry Bryant is the GMEA Vice-President of Performance Evaluation Events. He is currently the band director at Adairsville High School.

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When educators think about a well balanced language arts program, writing is always included. Why don’t we think about this in the music classroom? Are we so intimidated by the greats? There is evidence to suggest this. (I wonder what Bach and Mozart would think about teaching composition to all, even if students did not show themselves to be musical geniuses.) Frequently workshop facilitators will tell me how their participants are reluctant to improvise on various instruments….and the participants are all music teachers! How can we encourage our students to take risks if we cannot ourselves? I do not, however, blame them. I get it!!

Isn’t this the point? Isn’t this why we do what we do? I would imagine that very few, if any, became music educators to only teach the “Mozarts and Beethovens” of the group. If that were the case, we would have left years ago. From speaking to thousands of music educators across the country, I know that most of us got into this field because we want to share our love of music with others. So share. Believe in what we do. Music is meant to be created by all. By destroying our own limiting beliefs about the kind of music we make, we will be able to make a greater difference in the world around us!

Music in our society has been elevated to an elite art. All are encouraged to enjoy it, but only the “talented” should be encouraged to create it. This limiting fundamental belief needs to be obliterated before we can move forward on bringing quality music instruction into every school in the US and beyond. After all, how can we justify it, if we ourselves believe that one needs “talent” to proceed? This change in perception MUST start with us. We MUST believe that music making is for everyone, not just the elite few. So what is music making? Simply put, it means to make music. Period. This in no way implies that everyone must teach it or perform it, rather everyone should feel the freedom to sing or play or compose regardless of their perceived level. It is a form of expression that can be shared by one or many in various settings.


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MUSIC PROVIDED BY BACK IN TIME Back in Time is a 9-piece rock-n-roll band featuring a 4-piece horn section based out of Gainesville, GA, which is about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Members hail from cities and towns all over North Georgia including Marietta, Gainesville, Athens, Duluth, and Braselton. They range in age from 30 to 60, but are all young at heart and have a passion for playing classic rockn-roll, soul, and East Coast beach music. Prolific performers at public and private events, Back in Time welcomes the opportunity to entertain at weddings, reunions, corporate events, private parties, or any other occasion.

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nician, and conductor. A choral and general music education specialist, Yoder-White serves as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University (ASU). She previously taught fulltime at ASU, where she served as Coordinator of Music Education, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, where she conducted the Women’s Glee Club, taught graduate and undergraduate music education courses, and supervised student teachers. Yoder-White received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in choral/general music from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, graduating summa cum laude. Following completion of a Master of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Yoder-White taught middle school choral and general music in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools before returning to UNCG to complete doctoral studies. A frequent clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for choral workshops and festivals throughout the country, Yoder-White is editor of the Hinshaw Music choral series “Accent on Young Voices.” Yoder-White has conducted state honors choruses in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida, as well as various regional choral festivals in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia, including Spivey Hall and the 2014 Middle Level Girls’ Choir of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She has conducted ensembles in numerous summer choral camps, including the North Carolina Institute for Choral Arts, Hill Country Choral Camp (Texas), and Baptist State Youth Choir (North Carolina). As choral adjudicator, Yoder-White has judged in various sites nationally and internationally, including Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Pigeon Forge, Columbia, Williamsburg, and Myrtle Beach. Yoder-White serves as adjudicator for the North Carolina Middle School and Elementary School Honors Choruses and composed sight-reading material for North Carolina Middle School Choral Festivals. In 2005, Yoder-White received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service in choral music in North Carolina from the North Carolina ACDA. Yoder-White is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff-Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and in metro Atlanta, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She served as keynote presenter at the 2003 and 2005 Hawaii Music Educators Association Conferences in Honolulu and traveled to Thailand and Hong Kong in 2004 to present at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Conference. Yoder-White frequently works in international schools in Asia, teaching demonstration lessons and leading professional development workshops for teachers. Active in many professional organizations, Yoder-White is President-Elect of the Southern Division of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). She previously served as President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Yoder-White resides in Banner Elk, North Carolina with Mark, her husband of 33 years.


Maribeth Yoder-White is a freelance educational consultant, cli-

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Dr. Martha Shaw

-Choral Public Domain Library A User’s Guide

-Becoming Professional: A Plan for Success

Mr. Bauman has been the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Young Harris College since 1992. He directs the Young Harris College Chamber Choir, teaches applied voice and conducting and serves as co-coordinator and music director for the musical theatre program. Mr. Bauman has Bachelor of Arts degrees in music education and music performance from Spring Arbor University and Master of Music degrees in choral conducting performance and vocal performance from Bowling Green State University. As a choral conductor, Mr. Bauman is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with school music programs and directing high school honor choirs throughout the state. He has recently led choral groups from Young Harris on two European tours, including a week spent in residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. His choral compositions and arrangements have been heard at GMEA events, ACDA conventions and in churches, and are frequently performed by the Young Harris College choral groups. A former NATS winner, Mr. Bauman has performed leading roles in opera and musical theatre with Opera South Carolina, Atlanta Lyric Theater, Toledo Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera and Opera Lenawee. Orchestral appearances include performances with the Jackson Symphony and the Cleveland (OH) Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his YHC responsibilities, Mr. Bauman is the Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

Dr. David Gregory -Becoming Professional: A Plan for Success -Little Things, Big Differences... All Levels -If This Were My Final GMEA Clinic, What Would I say to My Profession? David Gregory is Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Reinhardt University. He conducts the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble, teaches classes in Conducting, Orchestration and Arranging, Secondary Instrumental Music Methods, Music Technology, and oversees the Student Teacher Program of the Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts. Bands under Dr. Gregory’s direction have received invitations to perform at 42 conventions of state and national significance, including 12 GMEA appearances, three concerts at the American Bandmasters Association National Convention, and three invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic. He is the recipient of the NBA “Citation of Excellence” in each of the past five decades, the first coming in 1974. Dr. Gregory is a member of the PBM “Georgia Bandmasters Hall of Fame,” the recipient of the Georgia “Outstanding Bandmaster Award,” the GMEA “Distinguished Career Award,” the Kappa Kappa Psi “Distinguished Service to Music Medal,” and the Reinhardt University “Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award,” one of the highest awards given by the University. He has received invitations to serve as clinician, speaker or adjudicator in virtually every state in country and has appeared internationally as a conductor and adjudicator in Great Britain, Canada and throughout the European Continent. His professional affiliations include the National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu, NAfME, CBDNA, GMEA, Florida Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the American Bandmasters Association.

Dr. Martha Shaw is the founding director of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program and Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. Under her direction, the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and Spivey Hall Tour Choir have been featured in performances for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, for the national conference of the Orff-Schulwerk Association, and for the 2010 national conference of Chorus America. Because of the artistry and mature vocal sound exhibited by her choirs, Dr. Shaw has received numerous invitations as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the United States, in Canada and in Korea. For thirteen years, Dr. Shaw served on the faculty at Shorter University, which honored her as the 2008 recipient of its President’s Award for Teaching and Scholarship. She also taught at the University of South Carolina, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting with Larry Wyatt. Prior to her collegiate teaching, she was a music specialist for Atlanta’s Fulton County for 15 years. Studying with Donald Neuen, she earned a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Shorter College.

Dr. Susan Wharton Conkling

-The Promises and Perils of Evaluation: How are We Preparing Pre-Service Music Teachers? -Cooperating Teachers as Music Teacher Educators Susan Wharton Conkling is Professor of Music, Music Education at Boston University and Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education. As a teacher and scholar, Conkling has led efforts to develop a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the field of music, beginning with a Carnegie Fellowship in 1999. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, methods, and curriculum, and she has designed and implemented courses to prepare DMA candidates for their roles in higher education. She is also well known for her efforts to create professional development partnerships between public schools and collegiate schools of music. As a conductor, Conkling has been praised for sensitive and expressive performances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and MENC: National Association for Music Education. She is known as an advocate for Women’s Choirs and contemporary women composers, and she has conducted honor choir performances throughout the United States. Conkling has served the profession as a board member of the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, the International Society for Music Education’s Commission on the Education of the Professional Musician, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.

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Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White

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-Music and Math: Making Meaningful Connections Dr. Maribeth Gail Yoder-White freelances as a choral/general music education specialist and serves as adjunct professor at Appalachian State University. Yoder-White is a certified Orff-Schulwerk specialist and frequently presents workshops featuring her compositions and arrangements. She teaches Orff-Schulwerk certification courses at Appalachian State University and in the Atlanta Metro Area, and serves as clinician and author for Silver Burdett Making Music and Silver Burdett Interactive Music. Additionally, Yoder-White maintains active participation in music education research and has presented papers and authored articles in international, national, regional, and state arenas. She was a presenter at the Spokane (2010) and Pittsburgh (2011) National American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Conferences and has presented workshops to AOSA chapters in Washington, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, and Hawaii. Yoder-White has served as a lead trainer and instructional specialist at ArtsNow: Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum since 2006.A frequent clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for choral workshops and festivals throughout the country, Yoder-White is editor of the Hinshaw Music choral series for young voices “Accent on Young Voices.” In 2005, Yoder-White received the Lara Hoggard Award for distinguished service in choral music in North Carolina. Active in many professional organizations, Yoder-White is President-Elect of the Southern Division of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and previously served as President of North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the North Carolina Music Educators Association. A former Georgia resident, Yoder-White currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and 15-year-old miniature dachshund.

Emily Threlkeld -Music and Math: Making Meaningful Connections

Emily Threlkeld is a music specialist at Garden Lakes Elementary School in Rome, Georgia, where she teaches classroom music and conducts the Garden Lakes Elementary School Chorus, and she is a music consultant with ArtsNow. Mrs. Threlkeld received her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Alabama. She has taught all ages from babies in Kindermusik, to high school. She has directed adult and children’s choirs in church music, has taught at the college level, and has maintained a private voice studio. She has her Level III Orff Certification and is a member of several professional organizations, including The National Association for Music Educators, The American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and The American Choral Director’s Association. Mrs. Threlkeld has had the honor of receiving several different teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year at Starkville Academy in Mississippi and more recently Garden Lakes. She has been chosen as a Star Teacher, and was the Walmart Area Teacher of the Year in Starkville, MS for her work with the school and community. Mrs. Threlkeld is passionate for her work as a consultant for ArtsNow, where integrating the arts with education in a meaningful and authentic way is a part of every child’s success.

Dr. Artie Almeida -Singing Fun’n Games -Moovin and Groovin! -Big Bang THEORY! Dr. Artie Almeida has taught for 35 years and is the music specialist at Bear Lake Elementary school in the Orlando FL area, where she teaches 1150 K-5 students. Her dynamic performing groups have performed for NAfME, AOSA, and on the NBC Today Show. Artie was chosen as Florida Music Educator of the Year, and was also selected as an International Educator 2006 by the Cambridge England Biographical Society. She was a Teacher of the Year at the school level 6 times and was a runner-up for Florida Teacher of the Year. She was recently chosen as a University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. In addition to her public school teaching duties, Artie is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, teaches applied saxophone lessons and performs on historical winds with the early music ensemble Ars Antiqua.

Glen McCarthy -Teaching Guitar! Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask -Find Your Inner Rock Star -What Do You Do with the Guitar Player in Your Jazz Band -Guitar Ensembles Glen McCarthy retired from Fairfax County after 30 years as the director of the multi-level guitar program at Robinson Secondary School. Under his direction, the Robinson Guitar Ensemble was consistently awarded superior ratings at adjudicated festivals. Robinson was the first recipient of the Guitar & Accessories Manufacturers Association’s award to recognize innovative guitar programming in the United States. Mr. McCarthy has taught guitar methods, required for all music education majors at George Mason University, for over 20 years. He has been a guest clinician and adjudicator at festivals, conferences and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. He also continues teaching as a clinician for Teaching Guitar Workshops; a program cosponsored by GAMA, NAfME, and NAMM. He is presently the Chair of the Guitar Council of NAfME and the Chair of the ASTA Guitar-in-the-Schools Committee. In 2013 he was a top ten finalist chosen by the Grammy Foundation for its Music Educator Award..

Dr. Johanna Royo

-Peer Feedback and its Influence on Student Motivation and Self-Efficacy -21st Century Skill in Music Teacher Education: A Panel and Audience Discussion

Johanna Royo received her BM and MM in Vocal Performance from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM and PhD in Music Education with a minor in Musicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. She is a member of the music education faculty at the University of Georgia specializing in choral music education. In addition to voice and choral instruction, Dr. Royo has taught music appreciation and university-level music education methods classes to non-music majors, intending to utilize musical expression and skill to expand student self-concepts and encourage unique music-making experiences. As a student teacher supervisor, she actively aids student teacher socialization and professional development in public school systems. Her research interests include self-efficacy, mind-body approaches, self-concept, flow theory, and motivation in music education.


Dr. Gail Barnes

-Peer Feedback and its Influence on Student Motivation and Self-Efficacy -21st Century Skills in Music Teacher Education: A Panel and Audience Discussion -Preparing Music Pre-Service Teachers to Teach in Pre-K Settings

-Easing Your Workflow: Technology Tips -Measures of Success for STRINGS! Unlock the True Potential of Your Beginning String Students! -The “It” Factor in School Orchestra Literature

Roy Legette is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where he specializes in Elementary/General Music Education. He has served as chair of the research division of the Georgia Music Educators Association, chair of the Research Advisory Review Panel of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, a member of the editorial committee of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and he is a current member of the editorial board for Southern Music Education Research. Dr. Legette has presented his work at national and international conferences in the United States, Europe, and Canada. His work can be found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, and Music Education Research. His research interests include music instruction and student self-concept, student motivation and achievement, and factors that influence teaching effectiveness.

Dr. Dawn McCord

-Preparing Music Pre-Service Teachers to Teach in Pre-K Settings Dawn Harmon McCord is Associate Professor of Music Education and Organ Studies at the University of West Georgia. She is a frequent adjudicator for piano competitions; conductor for school, church, and honor choirs, and is president of GMTA.

Dr. Amanda Quist -Conducting Masterclass As a member of the Westminster Choir College faculty, Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Chapel Choir, Westminster Kantorei, and teaches conducting. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she collaborated with artists Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. Dr. Quist recently served as chorus master for the North American premier of the opera Matsukaze for Spoleto Festival USA and Lincoln Center. Dr. Quist is director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and was previously Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Dr. Quist earned her DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas, and has received numerous awards as a teacher and conductor. These include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Fellowship, the Texas Choral Directors Association Professional Scholarship and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. She has held positions on the faculties of Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and the University of North Texas. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in the choral setting. An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Quist regularly conducts honor choirs and presents at music conferences. Upcoming guest appearances include the ACDA Southwestern Division SSAA Honor Choir, the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir, and the New York ACDA Honor Choir. Dr. Quist serves as the National ACDA R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities.

Gail Barnes is Professor of Music Education and Director of the USC String Project at the University of South Carolina where she has prepared over 70 teachers for string and orchestra classrooms and studios. She edited Applying Research to String Teaching and Playing for American String Teachers Association and has published in many of the major music education journals. In addition, she has conducted student orchestras throughout the country and presented clinics at national and international conferences. She is also the administrator for a Facebook group for several thousand orchestra teachers at groups/OrchestraTeachers/cShe is co-author of Measures of Success® for Strings, published by The FJH Music Company Inc.

Dr. James Skipper -I’ve Got Rhythm (How To Teach Sight Reading) Dr. James Skipper is a retired music educator. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Music Education and EDS Degrees from the University of Georgia. He received a PhD from Pacific Western University. Dr. Skipper taught music for 32 years including one year at the University of Georgia, one year as a band director in Henry County, four years in DeKalb County and twenty six years in Rockdale County. He currently teaches private trumpet in Rockdale County and performs concerts on the piano as well as playing trumpet in a local community band. Dr. Skipper is a member of Rockdale Baptist Church in Conyers, GA.

Kenneth F. Beard -I’ve Got Rhythm (How To Teach Sight Reading) Mr. Beard is currently in his seventh year at Woodward Academy, in College Park, Georgia, where he serves as the Middle School Band Director. Mr. Beard taught for 30 years in the Georgia Public Schools including 26 years in Fayette County, at the elementary, junior high, middle school and high school levels (17 years at Fayette County High School). Before that, Mr. Beard taught at Forest Park HS and Newton County HS. A native of Georgia, Mr. Beard earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Georgia State University in 1976 and a Master of Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 1978, with Clarinet as his primary instrument. Mr. Beard was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Donald Hunsberger, while working on his Master’s Degree. Mr. Beard has received the “Citation of Excellence” from the National Band Association on eight different occasions and has been listed several times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. His bands have been selected to perform at GMEA State Conventions, Southern Division NAfME Conventions, the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the Southern Division of the National Band Association Conference, the Lord Mayor of London’s New Years Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and were chosen to participate in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Mr. Beard is a member of GMEA, MENC, NBA, Phi Beta Mu and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and served in the past as the GMEA State Band Chair and as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Band Chairman. Mr. Beard is the Orchestra Director at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA.

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Dr. Roy Legette



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Shelley Sanderson

Myra Wheat

-Give’em the Old Razzle Dazzle: Making a Successful Transition from Choir Directors to Music Theatre Director

-Quality Music Instruction for the Difficult to Engage Student/Teaching in the Real World

Shelley Sanderson, a native of Warner Robins, Georgia, is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Music Education at the University of Florida. While at UF she has taught classes in the Humanities department and assistant directed the UF Women’s Chorale. Mrs. Sanderson is also a part of the faculty of Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida as an adjunct Professor of Music. Mrs. Sanderson has taught in the Georgia public and independent schools, as well as a private voice and piano instructor. While in Georgia she taught chorus for grades 5-12, Music Theatre, Class Piano and Music Appreciation. She has musically directed and conducted multiple musicals including some of her favorites, Les Miserable, South Pacific and Cinderella. She recently received the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education from the University of Florida.

Dr. John B. Wayman

-Teaching Voice to InstrumentalistOne of These is Not Like the Other or So I Thought -EdTPA - Making Sense of the Growing Beast -Survival Guide: Band Directors in the Choral Classroom -Hand in Glove: Integrating Service-Learning Into Music Teacher Education Curricula Dr. John Wayman is the Coordinator of Music Education and Conductor of the YHC Concert Choir. Dr. Wayman earned his bachelor of music education from Wayland Baptist University, masters in music education and Ph.D. in fine arts – music education from Texas Tech University. As a choral director, Dr. Wayman brings a wealth of information having taught all levels (elementary-college) in a variety of settings. He is in great demand as an adjudicator and clinician, regularly working with school music programs and directing honor choirs throughout the nation. Dr. Wayman’s research areas consist of the male changing voice, music as an educational tool for the traditional classroom and the development of the preservice teacher. His research has been presented regularly at professional conferences in state (Texas Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association & Georgia Music Educators Association), national (National Association for Music Educators, Society of Research for Music Education, Society of Music Teacher Educators) and international venues (Pan African Music Educators conference [Uganda], International Society of Music Education [Greece] , and Research in Music Education [England]). His work can found in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Teaching Music, Georgia Music News and Symposium on Music teacher Education: Enacting Shared Visions. Most recently Dr. Wayman was named research chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association and appointed as scholarly reviewer for the national advisory board to the editor for the Music Educators Journal.

Myra E Wheat retired from a 30 year music education career from Fulton County School System, but still teaches part time for the county. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in vocal music education from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1980 and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership in 1989 from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Myra has been the recipient of four Fulton County Arts grants and one Quest grant. She was one of the authors of a successful “Schools of Excellence “ application for which her school was chosen in 1995 and served on the “Schools of Excellence” and “Blue Ribbon Schools’ reading/judging panel from 1996-2000. She has been a member of the Fulton County schools elementary music advisory bord and served on the Fulton County, Myra began the Fulton County Elementary School Choral Clinic and served as chairperson as well as clinician. She was GMEA District V elementary chairperson from 1988-2002. In 2005 became a National Certified Teacher and was chosen for Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher in 2003 and 2005.

Toni Jové -Quality Music Instruction for the Difficult to Engage Student/Teaching in the Real World Toni Jové received her Bachelor of Arts degree Music degree from Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and her master’s degree in music education from New York University, NY. In 2005 she received her Specialists degree in Curriculum Development. She has taught vocal music for 25 years at the secondary middle, secondary and college level in Georgia. Before entering the teaching profession, she spent two years working for High Museum of Art and the Georgia Council of the Arts as an assistant administrator for The Georgia Art Bus Program, a traveling art exhibition. Eight years ago she became an elementary music specialist in the Fulton County school system. She received her level one Orff certification from George Mason University.

Erik Herndon -Teaching Contemporary Music: A Little Kids Rock Perspective -Warm Up Exercises for Classroom Guitar Erik Herndon is an educator and guitarist in Atlanta, GA. Erik is currently the Orchestra Director and Guitar Instructor at Centennial Place Academy, Atlanta Regional Coordinator for Little Kids Rock, and contributor to In addition, Erik is the guitarist and vocalist with the rock group the Expats. Erik’s foundational studies on guitar were with Lyster Bass, studying Classical music, and with Dave Frackenpohl, studying Jazz guitar. Erik was recently featured in the book American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.


Clinicians Nathan Lambert is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Violin/Viola professor at Berry College. He previously served as Instructor of Orchestras and Upper Strings at Fort Lewis College and Assistant Conductor and Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO.

Dr. Lynn A. Corbin -Assessment of Professional Dispositions Lynn A. Corbin is professor of music at Valdosta State University. On the faculty since 1996, she coordinates the Music Education program and teaches courses in choral/general music at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also serves on the voice faculty. Corbin became the Music Director for the Valdosta Choral Guild in 1998 and has conducted major works with that ensemble. She is active as a clinician at conferences at the state and national levels and several of her articles on teaching effectiveness have appeared in national journals. She has served as a guest conductor for honor choirs and as a festival adjudicator in Georgia and Ohio. Corbin has consulted with several groups on the development and assessment of standards-based learning outcomes and continues to be active in this area. She has sung professionally with the Cantari Singers of Columbus, Ohio (10 years) and with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France (1988, 1994) and Carnegie Hall (1995, 1996). Her public school teaching experience includes junior high general, choral, and instrumental and senior high choral. She holds degrees from Otterbein College (B.M.E.) and The Ohio State University (M.A., Ph.D).

Tom Johnson

-Getting the Most Out of Your Finale -Scanning Sheet Music with Finale -Finale and Percussion Tom Johnson, Finale Product Specialist for MakeMusic, Inc., has one of the most extensive backgrounds in the Music Technology Industry. Since joining MakeMusic in 1987, he has been the primary Finale Specialist giving product training and demonstrations throughout the world. His unique blend of enthusiasm and deep product knowledge make him the most sought-after presenter and trainer of Finale products anywhere.

Kevin Lane -GarageBand Projects for the Elementary Music Classroom As a musician, educator, songwriter, and recording artist, Kevin Lane brings to his work a wide variety of experiences all fueled by a passion for creativity in music and music education. His teaching experiences include elementary instrumental and general music, high school choral music, and college general music. He was a graduate teaching assistant under the tutelage of Pierce Arant at the University of Georgia, where he was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. For eight years he directed choral music at LaFayette High School in Walker County, Georgia, where his choruses consistently earned superior ratings. Currently Dr. Lane is the music teacher at Woodstation Elementary School in Catoosa County, Georgia. His integration of music technology and creativity was given as one of the reasons he was named as Woodstation Teacher of the Year in 2006. He has degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Atlanta Christian College, Georgia State University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Georgia. His first album of original songs, Autumn Sky, was released on CD in October 2009, and a new album is set for release later in 2014.

Alfred L. Watkins -Building Blocks to Developing the Comprehensive Band Program -The “Non-Negotiables” of Superior Rehearsals Mr. Alfred L. Watkins was Director of Bands at Lassiter High School for 31 years. For six years prior to joining Lassiter, Watkins served as Director of Bands at Murphy High School in the APS. Bands under Watkins’ direction have performed four times at the Midwest Band Clinic, six performances at the BOA National Concert Band Festival and five performances at the GMEA In-Service Conference. The Lassiter Marching Band was the 1998 & 2002 Bands of America Grand National Champion and has the band also won nine BOA Regional Championships and having won 104 0f 112 competitions entered. The band has also participated in four Tournament of Roses Parade, two Orange Bowl Parades and three times in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band program is one of only fourteen high bands in America to have received both the Sudler Flag of Honor for concert and the Sudler Shield for marching. Mr. Watkins was selected as a member of the Florida A & M Gallery of Distinguished Alumni, the Bands of America Hall of Fame, the American Bandmasters Association and the Georgia Chapter of the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame. He has received fifteen Certificates of Excellence from the National Band Association, the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the Band World Magazine Legion of Honor. Mr. Watkins is Co-Founder, Conductor and Musical Director of the Cobb Wind Symphony, an alladult community band based in the Atlanta area.


-Use the Force! Utilizing Gravity to Improve Clarity in Conducting

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Dr. Nathan Lambert




Dr. JD Burnett

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-Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make J.D. Burnett enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he conducts the Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs and the Collegium Musicum, and teaches courses in choral literature and conducting. He is also Artistic Director of the Kinnara Ensemble, a choir of professional singers based in Princeton, New Jersey. Formerly, he served as Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, conducted New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, was Associate Conductor of the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, and was Acting Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University. His earlier posts include Interim Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, Music Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Founder of Men’s Consort Houston, and member of the choral music faculty at Kingwood High School in suburban Houston. He also served as Choral Editor at McGraw-Hill, Inc. Burnett did undergraduate study at Stanford University and Oklahoma State University. He holds a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, where he sang in the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Kantorei, and served as Assistant Conductor of the renowned Westminster Choir. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he conducted the Concert Choir and taught undergraduate conducting.As a professional choral singer, Burnett has performed seasons, concerts, and recordings with the Stillwater Chamber Singers, Cantare Houston, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Fuma Sacra, the Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and Conspirare.

Brian Wesolowski

-21st Century Skills in Music Teacher Education: A Panel and Audience Discussion Dr. Brian Wesolowski is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He earned his Ph.D. in music education from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education and jazz performance as well as a Master of Music Education from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. In addition, he holds a Master of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He has toured internationally with Natalie Cole, The Pussycat Dolls, Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, and Jane Monheit, and has recorded national spots for Carnival Cruise Lines, Sandals Resorts, and Hardrock Casinos, among many others. He has studied jazz improvisation principally with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Riggs, Gary Bartz, and Don Walden. Wesolowski is former associate band director at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs, FL, a Grammy Signature, Mark of Excellence, and National Wind Band Honors program. Dr. Wesolowski’s research interests include educational assessment and the cognition, action, perception, and pedagogy of improvised jazz performance. He has recently presented research papers internationally and nationally and has articles published in Psychomusicology, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Saxophone Symposium, Florida Music Director, and Georgia Music News.

Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger -Every Breath You Take, Every Move You Make -Instilling Musicianship within the Beginning Band Class Jaclyn Hartenberger serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting. Dr. Hartenberger received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Jerry F. Junkin. While serving as a graduate conducting associate, she conducted various ensembles, wrote transcriptions, and arranged and charted for the Longhorn Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, where she performed and recorded with the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony. Dr. Hartenberger’s public school teaching experiences include developing award winning band programs as the Associate Director of Bands at both Forestwood Middle School in Flower Mound, TX and Centennial High School in Frisco, TX. Jaclyn Hartenberger has served as a visiting conductor for the West Point Band in New York, the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble in St. Louis, and the Festival International de Inverno da USFM in Brazil. Dr. Hartenberger has presented at professional workshops/clinics that focused on ensemble concepts for the developing performer at the Missouri State Music Educator’s Annual conference, for Texas Independent School District In-Services, and at the National Association for Music Education– Southwest Division Conference. In the summer of 2014, she instituted an international undergraduate-conducting workshop in Alessandria, Italy, comprised of students from the United States and Italy. Her professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Skip Taylor -21st Century Skills in Music Teacher Education: A Panel and Audience Discussion Clinton (Skip) Taylor is associate professor of music in string education. Prior to his appointment at UGA, he taught middle school and high school orchestra in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. He was the conductor and director of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony from 1997-2001 and was the founding conductor and director of the Greensboro Symphony Junior Strings from 2000-2001. At UGA, he teaches secondary instrumental music education courses and string methods, supervises student teachers, conducts the University Philharmonia, and serves as director of the UGA Summer Camps Program. Taylor has contributed articles to The Journal of String Research, Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, The Instrumentalist, and Georgia Music News. His compositions and arrangements for string orchestra and percussion ensemble are distributed by C. Alan Publications, Greensboro, NC. An active clinician and adjudicator throughout the southeast, Taylor has conducted numerous all-state and all-county orchestras. He is a member of ASTA, NSOA, NAfME, GMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha.



Andy Beck received a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and a Masters degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University. Following his nine year appointment as Vocal Music Director at Johnson City High School in New York State, Andy joined the editorial team of Alfred Music where he currently serves as Director of School Choral, Classroom, and Vocal Publications. A successful composer and arranger, he has authored several top-selling chorals and children’s musicals for Alfred Music, as well as co-written the highly regarded method book, Sing at First Sight, Foundations in Choral Sight-Singing. Andy is in demand as a guest conductor, choreographer, and clinician for music educators and students throughout the country. A fine tenor voice, he enjoys performing in and directing musical theater, singing with the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir, and has been an Alfred Music studio singer since 1992.

Steve Campbell -Drumming Up World Music: New Orleans Rhythms and Songs -Drumbeat for Success: Teaching Good Character Through Rhythm, Song and Dance! Steve Campbell is a drummer, educator and musical director of Dancing Drum. Since 2002, he has conducted drumming programs in hundreds of schools across the country. His 20 years of drumming experience combined with his education degree led him to develop a highly effective approach to successfully integrate drumming

Patrick Wright -iPad Ensemble Patrick Wright teaches music with Paula Williams at High Meadows School in Roswell, GA. He is also on staff at Pope High School in Cobb County. He resides in Powder Springs, GA with his wife Autumn and their two children, Ryan and Brooklyn.

Dr. Stephanie Tingler -Hand In Glove: Integrating Service-Learning Into Music Teacher Education Curricula -Singing and Accompanying in the Real World Stephanie Tingler has presented papers, sessions or served as a featured performer at meetings of the College Music Society, Society of American Music, Georgia Music Teachers Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, and Women and Girls in Georgia Conference. Dr. Tingler has authored articles and reviews that have appeared in the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal, Journal of the Society of American Music, Florida Music Educator, Georgia Music News, The Grove Dictionary of American Music and American National Biography. Her research relating to vocal pedagogy, musicians’ health, service-learning and pre-service music teacher training has been presented the national biennial meeting of the Music Educators National Conference, National Association of Music Educators, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Symposium (University of Illinois), Gulf South Summit Conference on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education, and the Georgia chapter of American String Teachers Association. Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Association of Music Educators, Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Teachers National Association, Georgia Music Teachers Association, College Music Society, and Society for American Music. Stephanie Tingler was appointed to the Hodgson School of Music faculty in 1992, where she is currently Associate Professor of voice, teaching undergraduate and graduate voice, vocal literature, and vocal pedagogy and service-learning.

Dr. Jean Martin-Williams -Mystery Solved! 10 Steps to Stellar Horn Playing

Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Horn in the Hodgson School of Music, also directs the Lilly Teaching Fellows program at the University of Georgia. Her degrees are from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the first brass player to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She is active as an orchestral and chamber performer and has taught in the summers at the Brevard Music Center and the Chamber Music Conference of the Northeast. Graduates of the UGA Horn Studio have gone on to graduate study at The Eastman School, Manhattan School of Music, Yale School of Music, Indiana University, UM-KC Conservaotry, and the University of Maryland. Two graduates have received grants from the Fulbright Foundation. Martin-Williams has performed in a variety of settings and ensembles, from the Metropolitan Opera to background music for “soap” operas. She has performed in seventeen countries. At UGA, she has hosted the Southeast Horn Workshop in both 2001 and 2006, the Paxman Young Horn Player national competition and, in 1999, the week-long conference of the International Horn Society. Her discography includes recordings with the Atlanta Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, the New York Pops, and the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. She is on the Board of Advisers of the International Horn Competition of the Americas and each Spring she presents an invited seminar at the Juilliard School on the role of the performer on a university faculty.


-Sing in Harmony! What’s New for 2-Part Choirs -How Can I Keep From Singing? A Reading Session for Mized Choirs -Best Song Ever: Chart Toppers and Classics for Choirs

winter issue / novermber 2014

Andy Beck




Charles Claiborne

georgia music news / winter 14-15


-Later 20th Century Music for Today’s Choral Classroom Charles E. Claiborne taught high school choral music at Druid Hills High School in DeKalb County, at Campbell High School and finally, at North Cobb High School in Cobb County until his retirement from the school system in 2002. His groups consistently received Superior ratings at district choral festivals. In 2003, he and his wife moved to Knoxville Tennessee where, for 4 years, he served as director of choirs for the Knoxville Area Home School Co-op. He has also served as director of music at Cumberland United Methodist Church in Smyrna, Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Kennesaw, and Kodak United Methodist Church in Kodak, Tennessee. He has previously been conductor of the Smyrna Community Chorus and assistant conductor of the Choral Guild Of Atlanta. He has served two terms as Georgia Music Educators Association State Choral Chair, and edited the festival sight reading book for many years. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and has served as President of the Georgia chapter. He presently serves as head adjudicator for GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He presently lives in Woodstock, Georgia with his wife, Nancy.

Susana M. Lalama -Finally, It’s Here! Making the Most Out of Your Student Teaching Experience Susana M. Lalama is Assistant Professor of Music Education and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Converse College. She received her degrees from the University of Miami and serves as an active band clinician, adjudicator, and mentor to new teachers.

Jessica Lawson -WebQuests: A Differentiation Strategy for the Music Classroom Jessica Lawson is a music instructor at Norton Park Elementary, a Title I school in the Cobb County School District. She earned her B. Mus in Music Education and M. Ed in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia. While working on her Masters, Jessica began to focus on gifted education in the music classroom and obtained the Gifted In-Field Endorsement. Her music lessons and research incorporate intervention and enrichment methods that can be effectively used in the music classroom.

Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory -To Theme or Not to Theme: Choral Concert Programming Guidelines Dr. Jennifer Morgan Flory has been Director of Choral Activities at Georgia College in Milledgeville since August 2005. She conducts the University Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, and the auditioned Max Noah Singers and teaches choral and vocal music education and conducting courses. In December 2009, she was appointed Graduate Coordinator for the MME program. In August 2010, Flory was promoted to Associate Professor and tenured. Since August 2006, Flory has served as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville. She also performs as a mezzo-soprano soloist, in such works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mendelssohn’s Hymne, Corigliano’s Fern Hill, Schubert’s Ständchen, and Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth.” Flory has commissioned a number of new choral works from composers such as Emma Lou Diemer, David Hamilton, David Johnson, and John Hennecken, and premiered them with Georgia College ensembles. In November 2013, Flory published her dissertation as a book, A Conductor’s Guide to the Choral-Orchestral Word of Emma Lou Diemer. Flory’s most recent articles index the choral music of prolific New Zealand composer, David Hamilton, and are featured in the Research Memorandum Series, a Journal of The American Choral Foundation, published by Chorus America. “David Hamilton’s Music for Unaccompanied Choir” is the No. 204 Winter 2013/14 issue, “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Keyboard or Solo Instruments” is the No. 203 Summer 2013 issue, and “David Hamilton’s Music for Choir and Instrumental Ensemble” is the No. 202 Winter 2012/13 issue. Flory was also compiler for the Spring 2008 and 2009 issues of RMS; the first article details the choral-orchestral music and the latter article indexes the choral music of Emma Lou Diemer. She has presented four day-long workshops for the Georgia RESA (Regional Educational Service Agency) organizations in Pelham and Lenox. Flory has presented technology sessions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) and the North Carolina Music Educators Association and a Sight-Singing Session for GMEA. Flory also serves as an adjudicator for GMEA LGPE, GMEA Solo & Ensemble, and GHSA Literary. She also conducted the GMEA District 11 High School Mixed Honor Choir in January 2008 and conducted the Newton County Fifth Grade Honors Choir in March 2012. Flory holds both a Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Education Degrees from Otterbein College; and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Flory is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Georgia Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, and The College Music Society; in fall 2011, she was inducted as an Honorary Life Member of Tri-M Music Society. In spring 2014, Flory was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society. Flory was chosen as a Fellow for the Summer 2014 Symposium of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program.


Clinicians Chris Judah-Lauder teaches middle school music and is the Fine Arts Director at Good Shepherd Episcopal School in Dallas. She is the President of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, has served as past National 2009 AOSA Conference Chair in Milwaukee, regional representative, local conference chair, chair of the AOSA Executive Search Committee and has presented at eight National AOSA Conferences. She is an active clinician for in-service staff developments, Orff Schulwerk chapters and State Music Education Conferences. Chris has sixteen publications and is published in The Echo, Reverberations, and the MENC journal. Chris will be teaching Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Level III this summer at Trinity University in San Antonio and Vander Cook University in Chicago.

Graham Hepburn -Do Recorders & Technology Play Well in the Classroom? QK-5 Curriculum Overview Graham Hepburn has a passion for igniting a love of music in the hearts and minds of young kids. He has served as an elementary music teacher in Illinois and his home country of England, is an accomplished musician, and is the heart and energetic force behind the Quaver character.

Dr. Bernadette Scruggs -Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut Dr. Bernadette Scruggs received her Bachelor of Music in Education and her Master of Music in Education from Columbus State University. She earned both an Ed.S. and a Ph.D. in music education from Georgia State University. Prior to teaching in the Gwinnett County School System, Dr. Scruggs taught for both the Floyd County and the Clayton County School Systems. While teaching in Clayton County, Dr. Scruggs was a director of the Clayton County Honor Orchestra. Under her direction, this middle school string ensemble performed at the Southern Division Music Educator’s National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Scruggs has also been a director for the Clayton County Youth Symphony, which was invited to perform for the Georgia Music Association Educators Conference. At Pointe South Middle School, where she taught for eleven years, the orchestra performed at several festivals, receiving First Place Awards as well as consistently receiving superior ratings at yearly performance ensemble events. Over her career, five of Dr. Scruggs’s groups have been invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association annual In-Service Conference. Dr. Scruggs was voted the 1995 Pointe South Teacher of the Year and the 1999 Hull Middle School Teacher of the Year. Currently, she is an orchestra director at Peachtree Ridge High School. Dr. Scruggs has served as state secretary for the Georgia chapter of the American String Teachers Association and as both the Performance Evaluation Vice President and President for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). She currently serves on the GMEA Executive Board as the Past Presidents’ Representative.

-Determining Music Teacher Effectiveness -The Accurate and Meaningful Assessment of Music Classrooms Edward Asmus is Professor of Music Education in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at The University of Georgia. His research has centered on affective response to music, music motivation, non-musical outcomes of music instruction, quantitative methodology, and arts assessment. This research has resulted in numerous publications including books, tests, measures, computer programs, and articles in the major research publications of music education. Dr. Asmus has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update, Journal of Music Therapy, and has been an advisor to Psychomusicology and Psychology of Music. He is a past editor of the Journal of Music Teacher Education a publication of The National Association of Music Education. He has been cited as one of the most published authors in the refereed publications of his field and is cited in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education. The Music Education Search System, an online database of more than 30,000 journal article titles, the Music Researcher’s E-­Mail Directory that contains more than 900 music researchers from around the world, the Music Research Web Site, and the Music Assessment Web Site were all created and continue to be maintained by Dr. Asmus. Dr. Asmus has been an evaluator and consultant to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, the Music Educators National Conference, state offices of education, school districts, and private corporations. He has made numerous presentations to state, regional, national, and international meetings of music education organizations. He received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University and the Master of Music Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Kansas.

Andrew Edwards

-Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut Andy Edwards is in his seventh year of teaching band. This is his fourth year at Peachtree Ridge High School, while his first three years in education were spent as band director at Seneca High School in Seneca, SC. Mr. Edwards graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Music Education and in the summer of 2014, he completed his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. His primary instrument is the saxophone and he has a passion for guitar. Mr. Edwards has also worked as a marching band drill designer for Marching Show Concepts, where he conceived and created shows for several area high schools. Mr. Edwards is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and National Association for Music Education (NAfME).


Dr. Edward P. Asmus

winter issue / novermber 2014

Chris Judah-Lauder

-Engaging the Older Student! -In the Modes -Dance, Drum and Switch -Sweet Sixteen

georgia music news / winter 14-15





Victoria Enloe

Courtney Ondre

-Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut

-Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut

Victoria Enloe has been teaching orchestra in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 13 years, and is currently one of the orchestra directors at Peachtree Ridge High School. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and later earned a Master of Music Education from UGA. Mrs. Enloe served on the committee to revise the Gwinnett County Academic Knowledge and Skills for orchestra and has acted as the Performing Arts Collaboration representative at Peachtree Ridge since 2011. She has worked as a sectional coach for the Gwinnett County Kendall Youth Orchestra and the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras around Gwinnett. This year, Mrs. Enloe is the organizer for the All-State 9-10 String Orchestra. Mrs. Enloe is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association.

Kathryn Wyatt -Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut

Kathryn Wyatt currently serves as Director of Choral Activities at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA. In her six years of teaching there, the Choral program has doubled in number and her students regularly participate in GMEA District 13 Honor Chorus and All-State Chorus. She also directs the music in the spring musical each year, working with theatre director, Dean Feldman, and a cast of 80 or more students. She holds a BA in Music from Truett-McConnell College and an MA in Teaching from Piedmont College. In 2008 she was named Outstanding Young Alumnus by Truett-McConnell College, and in 2011 and 2014, she served as accompanist to GMEA District 13 Honor Choirs.

Dean Feldman -Collaboration: A Rescue from Your Rut

Dean Feldman is a graduate of Indiana University with a undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Theatrical Directing. Mr. Feldman has been teaching theatre for the past twenty years, from Barton Peveril College in Southampton England, to Gwinnett County’s Meadowcreek High School, Collins Hill High School and currently Peachtree Ridge High School. Besides teaching theatre, Mr. Feldman also heads the Arts Academy as its Department Chair. In the summers, he has organized and directed performing arts camps for elementary and middle school students, incorporating acting, dancing and singing. During his career, Mr. Feldman has been teacher of the year three times and has won regional as well as state One-Act play competitions. Mr. Feldman has directed over 90 plays throughout his career, ranging from comic farce to historical dramas to both modern and classic musicals. His former students have appeared on American Idol, in Hollywood movies, and on Broadway as well as local theatres across the United States and Canada.

Courtney Chitwood Ondre hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. She has her Masters of Arts in Story Telling Performance from ETSU and her Educational Specialist in Leadership from LMU. She teaches dance and musical theatre at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia. She has had several dance pieces adjudicated for National High School Dance Festival, her students have performed at Disney Theme Parks, Parades along with several Disney promotional videos. She enjoys working with theaters around the South East as a director and choreographer.

Michael McCallie -Teaching Suzuki Guitar in the Classroom Award-winning guitarist Michael McCallie has distinguished himself as one of the most promising young performers and teachers working within the classical guitar community today. As a performer, Michael has garnered several awards including a prize in the 2004 Stetson University Concerto Competition and top prizes in both the Chattanooga, TN and Cleveland Young Artists’ Competitions. He has performed in concert halls throughout the United States, including Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, Historic Town Hall in Milford, CT and the Cohen-Davison Theatre at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 2003, Michael was given the distinct honor of being chosen by the eminent guitarist and composer, Roland Dyens, to perform the composer’s own Songe Capricorne for an audience of guitar luminaries at the Stetson University International Guitar Workshop. Michael holds a Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance from Yale University where he was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Florida State University, where he is a scholarship student of the world-renowned pedagogue, Bruce Holzman. In 2004, Michael was one of fifteen young guitarists chosen from around the world to perform for acclaimed guitarist Manuel Barrueco in a week-long summer masterclass at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his skill as a performer, Michael has earned a substantial reputation as a teacher of young children using the Suzuki Method. From 2006-2011, he transformed the fledgling guitar department at The Talent Education Suzuki School in Norwalk, CT from a studio of six students into one of the largest studios in the state of Connecticut. For his outstanding teaching at Talent Education Suzuki School, Michael was awarded two prestigious career development grants, for 2008 and 2009, from Home Box Office in New York City. Michael’s students have received numerous accolades and several have been selected performers at the Hartt School of Music’s Suzuki Institute. Michael currently maintains a studio of select students in Tallahassee, FL and is Adjunct Professor of Guitar at both Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA and Darton State College in Albany, GA.


Clinicians Sarah Grant is currently the Music Educator at Pine Grove Elementary School in Valdosta, Georgia. Her past teaching positions include Music Educator, Daniel Pratt Elementary School (Prattville, AL); Director of Bands, Forrest County Agricultural High School (Brooklyn, MS); Director of Bands, Iroquois High School (Louisville, KY); and Director of Bands, J.T. Alton Middle School (Vine Grove, KY). She has two degrees from the University of Louisville, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education. While serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at U of L, she taught undergraduate conducting lessons, assisted with the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, and led the Volleyball and Basketball Pep Bands. Mrs. Grant holds the Orff Schulwerk Level I Certification and participates in the Atlanta Area and North Florida Orff Chapters. For 2013, she was the only educator in the state of Georgia to achieve certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She is a member of NafME, GMEA, and Delta Omicron. Mrs. Grant lives in Valdosta with her husband, Jeff Grant and two young children.

Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang -Baroque Music On A Modern Instrument: 24 Preludes from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I A native of China, Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang has performed numerous recitals and concerts as a pianist and harpsichordist in solo performances and chamber music ensembles in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Dr. Huang started to play the piano at age four. After graduating from The Xi’an Conservatory of Music, she attended The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She received the Advanced Diploma in Piano Performance, under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok, and was the second-prize winner of the 1996 Hong Kong Open Piano Competition for Asian Musicians. At Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, Dr. Huang studied under Professor Monique Duphil and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. She was awarded the Oberlin Alumni Scholarship and The Conservatory Dean’s Special Award. As a recipient of a full graduate scholarship from Mannes College of Music of Stony Brook University in New York, Dr. Huang earned a double Master’s Degree in Piano Performance under Professor Jerome Rose and in Harpsichord Performance under Professor Arthur Haas. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance at Stony Brook University, New York, studying with the well-known harpsichordist and teacher Arthur Haas. As a concert pianist, Dr. Huang has performed at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center. She was also invited as a visiting lecturer by both the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. As a concert harpsichordist, Dr. Huang has performed solo harpsichord concertos as well as other Baroque vocal and instrumental works with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque Orchestra, and Mannes Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In a New York Times review, Allan Koznin noted, “Jenny (Jennifer) Huang performed with a rhythmic fluidity that conveyed (the) essential characteristic” of the piece. Dr. Huang is the co-founder of Ensemble Solaire, which is a group dedicated to historically informed performance of music in different genres. The ensemble has performed at The New York Early Music Series, New York Midtown Concerts, New York Historical Society, and other events. Dr. Huang currently teaches as an assistant professor of piano at Darton. She is also the coordinator of the keyboard area.

Dr. Jeff Grant -Elementary to College: Technology Strategies for ANY Music Classroom Dr. Jeff Grant is in his first year as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Grant holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in performance and music theory from The University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Columbus State University and the University of Louisville respectively. He has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Spirit of Atlanta and Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, the Lagrange Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Atlanta Symphonic Band. Dr. Grant has served as a marching percussion consultant at many schools including Bands of America, St. Louis Regional Champion Male High School (KY), 2005 Class A Indiana State Champion Paoli High School (IN), and on the university level at Auburn University, The University of Louisville, and The University of Tennessee, and in 2005 with the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. While at Prattville High School, both of the Prattville indoor percussion ensembles won Gold Medals in 2010 as well as medaling every year at SCGC Championships . Dr. Grant is an active arranger, adjudicator, and clinician. His articles have appeared in Percussive Notes, and he has presented clinics at the University of Louisville Percussion Symposium, Northwest Missouri State University music camps, National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy, Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference and the Mississippi Bandmasters State Convention. Dr. Grant is also the co-founder of the Southeastern Percussion Festival (SEPF). Dr. Grant has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC) and is the former President–Elect of the Alabama Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a member of Delta Chi, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, The Percussive Arts Society, NAfME, and BMI. Dr. Grant is proud to endorse and support Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Sabian cymbals, and Yamaha drums.

Charles Laux -Improving the Intonation of Your String Students Through Sight, Sound, and Touch -I Never Learned That in College Surviving and Thriving in the First Years of Teaching -Essential Elements Interactive: Your Method Book in the 21st Century -Audio Recording in the Classroom, Studio and Concert Hall Mr. Charles Laux is Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Kennesaw State University where his duties include teaching string techniques and pedagogy, music education technology, supervising student teachers, conducting the KSU Philharmonic and serving as director of the KSU Summer Music Intensive and the KSU String Project. He is a Ph.D. candidate in music education at The Ohio State University, conductor of the Georgia Youth Symphony Camerata Orchestra, and an Essential Elements contributing editor for Hal Leonard Corporation, and a D’Addario-endorsed artist educator. For over 16 years, Mr. Laux directed award-winning school orchestras in Nevada, Florida, and Ohio. In 2006, the Winter Park High School Philharmonic was selected to perform at the 60th annual Midwest Clinic. Mr. Laux has presented educational sessions for the Midwest Clinic, ASTA, TI:ME, ATMI, and many state conferences. He remains in frequent demand across the nation as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.


-Elementary to College: Technology Strategies for ANY Music Classroom

winter issue / novermber 2014

Sarah Grant




georgia music news / winter 14-15


David Hawley

-Best Practices for Implementing SmartMusic in Your Program -Using SmartMusic to Help You Meet Georgia’s SLO Documentation Requirements David Hawley has been the SmartMusic Product Specialist for the past 20 years. His diverse background includes over 20 years of multi-level studio, public school and college teaching as well as an extensive professional music performance career. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota.

Jeff Scott -Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director Jeff Scott has served as the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant since 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Scott received National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. Prior to his arrival at Cario in 2001, Mr. Scott served twelve years in the Berkeley County school system, first as Director of Bands at Sedgefield Middle School, and later as Director of Bands at Goose Creek High School. In 1992, Mr. Scott was named national winner of the Stanbury Award for “Young Director of the Year”. He is also listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. Bands under Mr. Scott’s baton have consistently received Superior ratings at state, regional and national competitions, and have received the SCBDA’s Outstanding Performance Award consecutively since 1989. Mr. Scott’s symphonic bands have received Superior Ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival every year since 1989. His Sedgefield Middle School Band was honored to perform at the 1992 SCMEA In-Service Conference, and his Cario Middle School Band enjoyed that same distinction in 2005. Mr. Scott is active as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching events throughout the Southeast, as well as a sought after clinician for teaching middle school music. Mr. Scott is a co-author of the successful teaching text “Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director”, published by GIA Publications. Mr. Scott maintains professional affiliations with the National Band Association, NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. He also received an appointment as a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Governor of Kentucky for his contributions to education.

Emily Wilkinson -Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director Emily Wilkinson is thrilled to join the Cario Band program. As a product of East Cooper schools, she is honored to be teaching back home in this community. Prior to joining the Cario team, Mrs. Wilkinson served as the Band Director at Fort Johnson Middle School on James Island from 2009-2011. During this time, the Fort Johnson Band program received the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Outstanding Performance Award for two consecutive years. Wilkinson’s students earned Superior ratings at SCBDA State Concert Festival and SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival. Many were chosen for the All-County, Region, and State honor bands. In 2010, Mrs. Wilkinson was chosen as a Fort Johnson “RAM” Teacher of the Month and was also nominated for Teacher of the Year. Before teaching at Fort Johnson, she was the Assistant Band Director at Bates Middle School in Sumter, SC. Under her direction, the Bates Concert Band received the same awards of success in SCBDA events. She also conducted the Bates Jazz Band for numerous school and community performances. Mrs. Wilkinson has served as an instructor for the Sumter High School Marching Band and the Pickens High School Band. She has been working with the Wando High School Band program since 2003, serving as a marching instructor, clinician, and chamber winds coach. Mrs. Wilkinson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2006, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, and a Performance Certificate on euphonium. In 2008, Mrs. Wilkinson was invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL with the Palmetto Concert Band. During that year, she also served as the guest conductor for the Region 5 Junior Alternate Band. She is an alumnus of the world renowned Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, performing in the 2003 Drum Corps International World Championships. In 2006, she was selected as an inaugural member of Bands of America’s INergy, a nineteen member performing troupe that functioned as the musical ambassador for Indianapolis, IN. She was selected as a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for her music and service commitments at the University of South Carolina. Mrs. Wilkinson was a soloist with the USC Marching Band and principal euphonium player in the USC Symphonic Band. Mrs. Wilkinson is a co-author of the successful teaching text, “Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director”, published by GIA Publications. Emily Wilkinson’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, the Charleston County Band Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and she is an alumnus of Sigma Alpha Iota. She is married to Eric Wilkinson, and they happily reside in Mount Pleasant, SC.


Clinicians Alan Armstrong is the Director of Bands at Northgate High School. He has served for 26 years in the public schools of Alabama and Georgia including 19 years at Northgate where he established the band program in 1996. The Northgate Band has a strong reputation for its outstanding visual program.

Ginger Armstrong -Flags and Rifles and Sabres; Oh My! Managing a Colorguard Program in Today’s High School Band Ginger Armstrong is the Guard Director at Northgate High School. She has 32 years of experience in dance and colorguard. Her guards have appeared in the 1996 Olympics and won championship honors on the regional and national level including two appearances as a WGI World Championship Finalist.

Dale Duncan -S3 ! Successful Sight Singing for Middle School Teachers and Their Students Dale Duncan is the creator and developer of S-Cubed: Successful Sight Singing program for Middle School Teachers and their Students. In 2002, after moving to Georgia from New Jersey and seeing the very high level of requirement in the Sight Singing room at LGPE, Dale realized he needed to create a system to help his beginners be successful! So, in August of 2013, Dale began videotaping himself teaching his own beginning 6th grade group and placing the lessons on YouTube along with numerous teaching tips specifically designed to help Georgia teachers improve their performance in the sight singing room at LGPE. He also began blogging about his experiences. Dale Duncan leads over 300 students in the choral program at Henderson Middle School in

Amy Pollard -Effective Integration of iPad Technology in the Applied Music Studio Amy Pollard is the assistant professor of bassoon at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She has performed with orchestras across the country, and performed as a soloist and chamber musician nationally and internationally.

-Rehearsal Technique: Training Musicians to Apply the “Tools” of Music Dr. R. Tad Greig is the Director of Instrumental Activities, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Westminster College. As the Director of Instrumental Activities, Dr. Greig is the founder and conductor of the Wind Ensemble. He is the founder of the college Jazz Ensemble. He also directs the Symphonic Band and “Titan” Marching Band. In Music Education, Dr. Greig co-supervises student teachers, teaches Secondary Instrumental Methods, Instrumental Conducting, Advanced Conducting and Band Literature. Dr. Greig is also the faculty advisor to the Westminster College Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association and the past Collegiate Representative for Curriculum and Instruction for District Five PMEA. He is responsible for maintaining and evaluating all music for the PMEA Assessment Performance list and is an advocate for Musical Performance Assessment in Pennsylvania. Dr. Greig is an active Guest Conductor, Clinician and Adjudicator throughout the Eastern United States, most recently having been the guest conductor for the Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Wind Ensemble in 2012. His ensembles at Westminster have earned guest appearances at the PMEA State Conference on numerous occasions. He has given numerous lectures and presentations on ensemble rehearsal techniques, literature selection and various topics regarding music education. Dr. Greig has studied conducting with Dr. Leslie Hicken (Furman University) and Dr. Wayne Gorder (Kent State University) as well as participating in the renowned University of Colorado Conducting Symposium with Allan McMurray and Craig Kirchhoff. As a Trombonist, Dr. Greig currently performs with the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass, (Quintet) as well as being a free-lance musician throughout the Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas. Prior to his hiring at Westminster, Dr. Greig was a music educator in the public schools in Greene County, Warren County and Mercer (Pennsylvania) and Struthers (Ohio) for twelve years. He was also hired to re-establish the band program at Thiel College and has taught Brass Methods at Grove City College. Dr. Greig received his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from Grove City College, Masters Degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University and his Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent State University. Dr. Greig is the past president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and a member of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu (past President), International Trombonists Association, National Brass Society, Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He was also nominated and accepted into the “Who’s Who in American Education”, Who’s Who Distinguished Professionals, Montclair Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty and was awarded the “Citation of Excellence” award in Music Education presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Keystone Salute award given by the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs. In 2013, Dr. Greig was nominated for the United States Professor of the Year award given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


-Flags and Rifles and Sabres; Oh My! Managing a Colorguard Program in Today’s High School Band

Dr. R. Tad Greig

winter issue / novermber 2014

Alan Armstrong




Dr. Josh Byrd

georgia music news / winter 14-15


-Repercussion Methods: A Review of Concert Percussion Techniques

Josh Byrd is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia.His primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, teaching music education classes, supervising student teachers, and administrating all aspects of the UWG band program. Prior to his appointment he served as Director of Bands for Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin and Assistant Director of Bands at Lanier Middle School and Norcross High School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Dr. Byrd received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Georgia where he studied conducting with John Lynch and minored in Music Theory. He received his Master of Music degree in Conducting while studying with Tom Dvorak and his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia where he studied saxophone with Kenneth Fischer.

Dr. Shannon Lowe -Be Not Afraid! Double Reeds Made Accessible: A Quick Start Session for Music Educators Shannon Lowe is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Valdosta State University. She has also served as Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at the University of Florida. She received her D.M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook and M.M from the University of Florida.

Greg Gilpin -Choral Expressions for Middle School and High School -What Do We Do the Most? REHEARSE! Practical Tips and Simple Suggestions for a Better Choral Rehearsal Originally from the “Show-Me” state of Missouri, Greg Gilpin resides in Indianapolis, IN. He is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Music Education, K-12. Greg is a well-known ASCAP-award-winning choral composer and arranger with hundreds of publications to his credit. He is also in demand as a conductor for choral festivals, all-district and all-state choirs and is a member of MENC and ACDA. As Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, Greg oversees creation of the educational music products for this distinguished publisher. At home in Indianapolis, Greg is busy as a studio musician and producer in the recording industry. These projects include commercial jingles, CD projects, Broadway and Disney. He has worked musically with Ray Boltz, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Sandi Patty, David Clydesdale as well as principal pops conductor, Jack Everly and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Michael & Jill Gallina -Singin’ and Swingin’ at K-4 Chorale -Building Choral Excellence in Beginning Choirs Dr. Michael and Jill Gallina have achieved national prominence as award winning composers of musical plays and choral music for youth in elementary, middle, junior, and senior high schools. Their clever creations in story and song have consistently won awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, American Library Service and ASCAP. Their music has been featured and performed on the Disney Channel, The World’s largest Concert, PBS, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sing for the Cure, The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Pops, and in a documentary on children’s rights for the United Nations. In addition, the Gallinas are recipients of the Stanley Austin Alumni Award from the College of New Jersey for their many accomplishments in the field of composition. Both Michael and Jill received B.A. degrees in music from the College of New Jersey. Jill was an elementary school music teacher before becoming a full time composer. Michael completed a Masters degree in music from the College of New Jersey as well as a Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. In addition to his writing collaborations with Jill, he is the former elementary principal of the Angelo L.Tomaso School in Warren, New Jersey and author of “Making the Scene”, an illustrated “how to” book for building sets, props and scenery, etc., for musical productions. They both collaborated on the book “Puttin’ on the Kidz.” and Jill has written three volumes on the history of Christmas Pins. The Gallinas are inspiring teachers all across the english speaking world with their music and educator workshops. They have presented workshops and clinics at numerous state Music Educator conferences such as TMEA, OMEA, NJMEA, GMEA, CMEA, NCMEA, VMEA, FMEA, KYMEA as well as colleges and universities including, Villanova, LSU, College of NJ, Concordia College, Westminster Choir College. Their chorals have sold millions of copies and their musical plays have thousands of performances across the globe each year. They are educating, enlightening, and engaging youth of today with their consummate talents and creativity.

John Mlynczak -iPads for Music Notation and Recording -Free Music Technology Curriculum -Efficient and Effective Recorded Practice Techniques John Mlynczak offers a broad range of experiences in music education. Mr. Mlynczak is the Education Market Manager for PreSonus Audio and provides music education technology professional development and training resources for educators. John taught music and music technology at both the elementary and secondary levels, is an adjunct instructor for the Music Business program at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, is an active performer, maintains a steady clinician schedule in music technology, and is Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee for the Technology Institute for Music Educators. He also served as Chairman of the Creative Arts Assessment Committee for the Louisiana Department of Education from 2011-2013. John Mlynczak lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife Nicole.


Clinicians Rob Pethel is a guitarist, music educator, and doctoral student based in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his academic study of music at Georgia State University, earning a B.Mus. with a concentration in classical guitar under renowned pedagogue John Sutherland in 2002. Rob is involved with guitar education on many levels. He initiated a classroom guitar program at Sutton Middle School of the Atlanta Public Schools where he continues to teach. Rob received a M.Ed. from Auburn University in 2010, with research focusing on guitar pedagogy, ethnomusicology, and public education. Currently, Rob is a Ph.D. student at Georgia State University, where his research interest is guitar education. In addition to coursework, Rob has taught undergraduate courses focusing on guitar and general music. Rob is in demand as a clinician, having conducted workshops for Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the Teaching Guitar Workshop. Though entrenched in the study of music and music education, Rob still maintains a personal passion for music mastery and performance. He performs with various groups and boasts a range of styles including bluegrass, Latin, rock, and classical. Rob can also be found making music at home with his wife Syra, daughter Eva, and son Levi.

Dr. Michael Alexander

-Bands and Orchestras Working Together: Re-imagining Instrumental Performance Ensembles Through Collaboration and Creativity in the 21st Century Michael Alexander serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at Kennesaw State University and Interim Director of the KSU School of Music. Additionally, he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted performances with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Maikop Symphony Orchestra and the Novgorod String Orchestra in Russia, the Bacau Philharmonic in Romania, and the Catania Music Festival in Italy. During his ten-year tenure with the GSO, the ensemble presented many critically acclaimed performances, added to its core of professional musicians, removed its debt, expanded its budget, and created a comprehensive youth orchestra and chorus program with approximately 400 students from across the region. Dr. Alexander founded the orchestra program at Kennesaw State University, and under his direction the KSU Orchestra has performed at the 2009 Georgia Music Educators Association Annual In-Service, hosted and performed at the 2010 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference, and completed a three concert tour of Beijing and Xian, China in January of 2011.

-Technology Solutions for the Non-Musical Side of Your Life! -Creating a Culture of Success as a Young Teacher

William Pitts is a composer, conductor, and educator from Atlanta, Georgia. He has served on the staff of Duncanville HS (Texas) and now currently serves on the faculty of Pace Academy in Atlanta.

Dr. David Kehler -Bands and Orchestras Working Together: Re-imagining Instrumental Performance Ensembles Through Collaboration and Creativity in the 21st Century Since 2009, David Kehler has served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University where he oversees all aspects of the University’s band program while serving as Music Director and Conductor of the KSU Wind Ensemble. During his short tenure, the KSU Wind Ensemble has been featured several times on 90.1 FM (WABE- Atlanta public radio), and has garnered praise from composers including Steven Bryant, Jennifer Higdon, Karel Husa, David Maslanka, Scott McAllister and Joel Puckett. Under professor Kehler’s guidance, the KSU Wind Ensemble continues to lead in composer consortiums, which have included the creation of new works by Steven Bryant, Michael Markowski, Joel Puckett, James Stephenson, Christopher Theofanidis, and an upcoming commission by Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwanter. In 2012, Kennesaw State University hosted the Southern Division CBDNA/NBA Conference, and the KSU Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble, and won the American Prize for Best Wind Ensemble/Concert Band performance in the United States. Previous teaching appointments were at Southern Methodist University, The University of Rhode Island, and Bay City Western High School, in Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Kehler received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure in Texas, Dr. Kehler also served America’s Premier Windband; The Dallas Wind Symphony as Associate Conductor. In addition, from 1999-2009, Dr. Kehler was Founder and Conductor of the GDYO Wind Symphony, an ensemble affiliated with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc. Serving as its music director for ten years, the GDYO Wind Symphony established itself as one of the premier youth wind ensembles in the United States. They were a featured ensemble at the Texas Bandmasters Association/National Band Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, and were heard internationally on From the Top, a syndicated radio program featuring the finest young classical musicians in the country. In addition, the GDYO Wind Symphony participated in exchange concerts with the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and performed with Jeff Nelson, former horn of the Canadian Brass. In the summer of 2008, the GDYO Wind Symphony embarked on an extensive two-week tour of China, performing at the music conservatories of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and Hong Kong.


-Guitar Education Research and Roundtable Discussion

William Pitts

winter issue / novermber 2014

Rob Pethel

georgia music news / winter 14-15





Dr. Andrew Nevala

Dr. Stefanie Cash

-Latin Jazz Techniques for the Music Educator

-Choral Exercises that Facilitate Healthy Vocal Technique

Andy Nevala currently directs Jazz Ensembles I, II, and III, The Latin ensemble, three combos, the Annual Jazz Festival (in it’s 3rd year), and teaches several private jazz students. He was formerly the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he conducted the Jazz Ensemble, Combos I-V, the Latin Ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and taught courses including Jazz Pedagogy for the Music Educator, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Jazz Piano, Jazz Arranging, and private lessons to the upper-division Jazz Studies Majors. Dr. Nevala has been recognized by Downbeat magazine on nine different occasions, winning individual Downbeat Music Awards for composition (2002), arranging (2003), and performing/directing (2000, 2001, 2002). He also maintains an active performance schedule in the San Francisco area and across the United States and Europe. He is widely in demand as guest conductor and clinician, conducting the 2010 Campbell Union District Music Festival Jazz Ensemble in San Jose, CA, serving as a clinician at the Delta College Jazz Festival (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), the Folsom High School Jazz Festival (2008, 2010), the CMEA Hanford Jazz Festival (2009), the Sacramento State University Jazz Festival (2008, 2009), the Manteca High School Combo Festival (2010), The Boise State University Gene Harris Jazz Festival (2003, 2008), the Casper College Jazz Festival (2007), the Rome, GA District 7 Jazz Festival (2012,2013), and was the 2013 Alabama Music Educators Association Gold All-State Jazz Ensemble Director. While at the University of Northern Colorado he performed and recorded with UNC Lab I under the direction of Dr. Gene Aitkin, performing with Conrad Hertwig, Brian Lynch, Louis Bellson, Peter Erskine, and Pete Fountain. He opened for Kurt Elling, Russell Malone, Poncho Sanchez and McCoy Tyner. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, he performed and recorded with Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Dr. John Davis, and Combo I, directed by Chip Stephens, and performed with Chris Potter, Jiggs Whigam, and James Carter. Professionally, Dr. Nevala has performed/ toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (US Touring Orchestra 1 Tour of Japan, 2 tours of Canada), Steve Lippia (2 US tours, Fresno CA Symphony, Las Cruces NM Symphony, Corpus Christie TX Symphony), Eddie Turner (3 tours of Europe), The ProJazz Trio (Bassist Gonzalo Teppa, Drummer Tyer Hornby; two Venezuelan tours, tour of Canada), Mazacote (San Francisco, CA), Orquesta Borinquen (San Francisco, CA), Conjunto Colores (Denver, CO), Orkestra MaCuba (Atlanta, GA); Nelson Rangell (Denver, CO), Mart Avant and Nightflight (Birmingham, AL), and many more. He maintains an active performing schedule in the Southeastern US Region. Dr. Nevala has also been commissioned to arrange for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Steve Lippia Big Band, The Maltz Theater, Conjunto Colores, several San Francisco Bay Area groups, Atlanta’s Orkestra MaCuba, and has recorded on over 20 CDs released in the US, Japan, and South America. Most recently, he recorded on San Francisco trombonist Jamie Dubberly’s “Orqestra Darma”, which was selected Next Generation Latin Jazz Artist for 2011 and featured Sam Bevan, Larl Perazzo, Omar Ledezma Jr., and Carlos Caro, among others. Having studied under Dr. John Davis, Chip Stephens, Art Lande, and Pat Bianci, Dr. Nevala holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Piano Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Boise State University. His professional affiliations include ASCAP, JEN, AMEA, and AMA.

Stefanie Cash is an associate professor at Shorter University where she serves as Director of Choral Activities. She is director of the Shorter Chorale, Chorus, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus. She is also responsible for teaching conducting, choral techniques, choral pedagogy and methods courses. Dr. Cash also frequently serves as a guest clinician for various honor choirs. Prior to joining Shorter, Dr. Cash taught both middle and high school in Kentucky and Georgia. Choirs under her direction have performed for KMEA and GMEA In-Service conferences as well as the 2008 ACDA Southern Division Convention. Her choirs also received multiple superior ratings at KMEA and GMEA performance evaluations and regional music festivals. Dr. Cash received her Ph.D. in Music Education with a choral conducting emphasis from Florida State University, M.M. from the University of Kentucky and B.M.E. from Morehead State University. Dr. Cash studied conducting and music education with André Thomas, Jefferson Johnson, Richard Miles, Judy Bowers, Lori Hetzel and Larry Blocher. She currently holds professional membership with the American Choral Directors Association, where she serves as state chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives, National Association for Music Education and the Georgia Music Educators Association. Dr. Cash resides in Rome, Georgia with her husband Courtney, daughter Caroline and cat Ryleigh.

Dr. Deborah Popham -Choral Exercises that Facilitate Healthy Vocal Technique Dr. Deborah Popham is an Associate Professor of Music at Shorter University, where she serves as the Opera Director and Coordinator of Vocal Studies. She was selected to participate in the 2014 NATS Intern Program, as well as the recipient of the Emerging Leader award for the Southeastern Region of NATS. Dr. Popham has performed internationally as a soloist throughout Italy and Switzerland, including the soprano solo of Fauré’s Requiem, as well as the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. An active recitalist, she has been a guest recitalist throughout the United States including South Carolina, Arizona, and Missouri, and has performed with Arizona Opera, Rome Symphony, and was selected for the Emerging Artist program with OperaWorks. Dr. Popham is sought after as a master class clinician as well, and has given master classes at the Classical Singer Convention in Boston and San Antonio. Her students have won numerous awards including first place at State and Regional NATS auditions in both classical and musical theatre categories, and have been accepted into numerous universities, summer programs and summer stock around the country. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Dr. Popham attended the University of Akron, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and with honors, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy. After finishing undergraduate studies, she remained at the University of Akron, studying Music Theory. She concluded her studies at Arizona State University, where she earned a Master of Music in Music Theater Performance (Opera) and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance as she was a student of Dr. Jerry Doan. She has served on the faculties of University of Akron and Northeastern State University (Oklahoma), before joining the faculty at Shorter University.


Dr. Peter Jutras

-Movement Disorders in Musicians

-Teaching Generation Z

Amedeo Tritto has taught publicly and privately in New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Education degree in Music Education at the University of Georgia.

Eric Willoughby -Recruitment and Retention: Getting ALL Stakeholders to Get On (and Stay On) the Band Wagon! Mr. Eric Willoughby has been a music educator in Georgia for twenty years and is in his seventh year as Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Georgia. The band program consists of the marching band, four concert bands, jazz band, and multiple chamber ensembles. The marching band has received multiple Grand Championships during the last six years and was voted “Best Band in Georgia” in 2008 by WSB-TV. The Woodland marching band has performed in the World Showcase Parade in Epcot, Orlando (2009), the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade (2011), and the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando (2012). The Woodland High School Wind Symphony has been featured recently at the GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia (2011), the University of Georgia High School Music Festival “Janfest” (2013), and the University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic (2014). Mr. Willoughby holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. His professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Educators, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is active as a clinician and judge through the southeastern United States. Mr. Willoughby is a multiple recipient of the Citation of Excellence, awarded by the National Band Association and his bands at Woodland High School are recipients of the Exemplary Performance Award given by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association. Most recently, the Woodland Band Program was also recognized as one of eight Regional Winners nationwide of the National Band Association Program of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award. Prior to teaching in Bartow County Schools, Mr. Willoughby founded the band program at Peachtree Ridge High School in Gwinnett County. The band performed in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington D.C., and at the Waikiki Holiday Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii, in memory of the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Before teaching in Gwinnett County, Mr. Willoughby taught in the Cobb County School System at Wheeler High School for eight years and Lost Mountain Middle School for one year. Mr. Willoughby and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1993 and have three beautiful children: Sarah - age 16, Stephen - age 13, and Hannah - age 6. His family serves and worships at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia.

Peter Jutras, Ph.D., NCTM, is an Associate Professor of Piano and the Piano Pedagogy and Group Piano Specialist at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Clavier Companion magazine, a leading national piano pedagogy publication. Jutras also served as Editor-in-Chief of Keyboard Companion from 2007-2008. Jutras has published articles and research in The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Scientia Paedagogica Experimentalis, American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, Keyboard Companion, Music Matters, and Georgia Music News. Dr. Jutras is a frequent presenter at conferences across the country and around the world, and recent presentations include the ISME World Conference and national conferences of CMS, MENC, AERA, and MTNA in locations such as Albuquerque, Atlanta, Beijing, Bologna, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Ottawa, Portland, Thessaloniki, Toronto, and Vancouver. He has conducted extensive research on adult music study, specifically on the benefits of adult piano study and the benefits of participation in New Horizons Bands. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Jutras holds the B.M. degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music, the M.M. degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, and the Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in piano pedagogy from the University of North Texas. His pedagogical training included work with Tony Caramia, Sam Holland, and Fred Kern. Dr. Jutras lives in Athens, GA, with his wife Kristin, a professional violinist, and their two sons, James and Andrew.

Dr. Carol Benton -Metacognitive Skills for SelfRegulation in Independent Music Practice Carol Benton’s book, Thinking about Thinking: Metacognition for Music Learning, is published by NAfME and Rowman-Littlefield Education. Additionally, Dr. Benton’s article entitled Promoting Metacognition in Music Classes appears in the December 2013 issue of Music Educators Journal. Carol Benton holds the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) and Master of Music (M.M.) degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Music Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

winter issue / novermber 2014

Amedeo Tritto






Kyle J. Weary

georgia music news / winter 14-15


-Teaching Music Literacy Through Choral Repertoire

Recognized as a leader in teaching music literacy and contemporary commercial music, Kyle J. Weary has been invited to present educational sessions in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Texas. Kyle has had articles on teaching music literacy and vocal pedagogy in the choral rehearsal have appeared in Choral Director Magazine. In 2013, Kyle had the honor of being nominated for the new GRAMMY music educator award. Kyle is the Lead Teacher of the Vocal Music Department at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Kyle also maintains a private studio teaching voice, as well as serving on the faculty at Shepherd University in West Virginia. As guest conductor, Kyle has conducted honor choirs in Allegany County (MD) Washington County (MD), Vermont, and with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra.The Barbara Ingram Choral ensemble had their first Carnegie Hall appearance singing under the direction of Eric Whitacre in the premiere of his new opera: “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” in 2010. In 2010 they also had the opportunity to sing as the backup choir for Todd Rundgren’s fall tour. Kyle’s choir has also been invited to sing at the 2011 inauguration of Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland. In 2013 the choir will perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in their holiday concert in December. Kyle’s students have been selected as members for Maryland All State Junior and Senior choirs, All Eastern Choir, and All National Choir. Kyle’s choral ensembles are consistently rated superior at District and State choral festivals. Kyle has a Bachelor of Music Education (vocal emphasis) and Master of Music in Conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. Kyle is also a graduate of the Contemporary Commercial Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy Institute - Level III Certified Somatic™ Voicework - The LoVetri Method. Kyle has completed additional graduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Westminster Choir College. As a performer Kyle has appeared on stage with Marvin Hamlisch, Julie Andrews, Elaine Stritch, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dana Reeves, Barbara Cook, Sam Freed and David Masenheimer. Kyle has appeared on stage and in the pits of numerous musicals including: Follies in Concert (starring David Masenheimer and Sam Freed), Starmites, Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Guy and Dolls, The Baker’s Wife, My Favorite Year, and Pirates of Penzance among others. Music and stage direction credits include: Beauty & the Beast, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Night of Broadway - a Musical Revue, Willy Wonka Jr. (central PA premier), The Last Five Years, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Legally Blonde, and The Wizard of Oz.

Dr. Laura A. Stambaugh -How to Lead the Way for EdTPA -Create A Class Composition Book! Laura A. Stambaugh is Assistant Professor/Director of Music Education at Georgia Southern University. She teaches courses in music education and music cognition and supervises Field Experiences. Her research has been presented and published nationally and internationally.

Trey Wright

-Introducing Jazz Improvisation into the Guitar Classroom Trey Wright is a jazz guitarist, composer, and recording artist based in Roswell, Ga. Initially inspired by the blues, Trey was exposed to jazz early in his development by a private instructor. While studying Sociology at the University of Georgia, Wright furthered his study of jazz improvisation with pianist and composer Steve Dancz. In 1994, he co-founded the Athens/Atlanta based jazz band Squat. The group is a six-time winner of Best Jazz Band at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards and has been a featured artist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Bel Chere, the Twilight Athens Jazz Festival, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Harvest Midtown, and Athfest. Several of Trey’s compositions with the group have received international airplay and have been featured on Sirius radio and NPR’s All Things Considered. Trey also performs freelance in the Athens and Atlanta area and has performed with Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Corey Christiansen and Darmon Meader of the New York Voices. Trey has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the World Sacred Music Festival in Bangalore, India. As a solo guitarist and with his trio, Trey has been a featured performer at the Athens Music and Arts Festival, the Lake Oconee Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. In early 2008, Trey began playing with the Georgia Symphony Jazz Orchestra. In December of 2002, Trey completed a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Georgia State University and he currently teaches Applied Jazz Guitar, Jazz Theory and Composition, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation and The History of Rock at Kennesaw State University. Trey has also taught at LaGrange College, Gainesville College, the Atlanta Institute of Music and was a Jazz Artist in Residence at the University of Georgia. In addition, Trey writes a column on Jazz Harmony for the Guitar for the quarterly print magazine Just Jazz Guitar. In 2006, Trey released his first CD Where I’m Calling From, receiving rave reviews and airplay throughout the United States, New Zealand, England, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, Scotland, and the Netherlands. The Trey Wright Trio released Thinking Out Loud in the summer of 2009 on Blue Canoe Records. In 2010, The CD was included in the first round Grammy Nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. In the Fall of 2012, the Trey Wright Trio’s version of Thom Yorke’s “Analyze” was included on the compilation Head Radio Retransmissions: A Tribute to Radiohead on the German label ESC records. Trey’s long awaited collaboration with Grammy winning saxophonist Mace Hibbard The Hibbard/Wright Project was released in May 2013.

Mindy Krejci -Gear Up for the Future with Games! Mindy has been teaching elementary music in the Macon, GA area since 2010. She spent two years in Bibb County Public Schools. She has been the elementary music teacher at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon since 2012. Prior to moving to Macon, Mindy worked with a campus ministry at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and taught 7th-12th grade music classes in Melbourne, FL. She holds Level III Orff Certification and is a past presenter at the Georgia Music Educator’s Conference (GMEA) and the GISA Conference. In fall of 2013, her script “Children of Bethlehem” was published in the book Holiday Scripts published by Themes and Variations. Mindy is originally from central Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E.) from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She also holds a M.S. in Christian Psychological Studies from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA.


Clinicians Gary D. Gribble has been the Director of Bands at Pope High School since 1987. Mr. Gribble earned his BMuEd from Georgia State University. Mr. Gribble has served as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, and Florida. Under his direction, the Pope HS Band has earned over 400 awards of excellence and has been a Bands of America Region champion, a regional finalist 19 times, and a Grand National semi-finalist twice. The Pope Band received the prestigious “Sudler Shield of Marching Excellence” from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The band has marched in parades across the continental U.S., in Hawaii, and in London, England. The Pope Symphonic Bands have performed in state, regional, and national concert events. Mr. Gribble is a member of GMEA, MENC, NBA, ITG, PAS, Tri-M Music Honor Society, ASBDA, and Phi Betu Mu Band Fraternity. He was cited in 1987 as an “Outstanding Young Man of America,” was selected for inclusion in the 1989-1990 edition of “Who’s Who in American Education,” and was Pope’s “STAR Teacher” in 1989-1990. In 1996, Mr. Gribble choreographed a portion of the opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games in Atlanta. Mr. Gribble has been awarded the National Band Association “Citation of Excellence” on four occasions. In 1999, Mr. Gribble was named a member of the Bandworld Legion of Honor. He was selected an “11-Alive Class Act” Teacher for 2000-2001. In May 2001, he was featured on the cover of “School Band and Orchestra Magazine.” In 2006, Mr. Gribble was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Honors. Mr. Gribble has served as GMEA District 12 Band Chairman on two occasions and as the State Band Chairman for 2007-2008. In 2008, Mr. Gribble was named a “Claus Nobel Educator of Distinction” by the National Society of High School Scholars. Mr. Gribble is currently on the Executive Board of the National Band Association and was also selected for inclusion in the American School Band Director’s Association.

Alicia Canterbury -Gear Up for the Future with Games! Alicia Canterbury is the elementary choral and general music specialist at Skyview Elementary School in Lizella, Georgia. She has taught elementary general music for 11 years. She was the director of the Bibb County Honor Choir, a district-wide auditioned ensemble of students for 5 years. She was the Bibb County Teacher of the Year for the Department of Fine Arts in 2007. In the past, she has presented at GMEA and the national ACDA Conference. She holds the M.M. degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University and the B.M. degree in Music Education from Mercer University.

Ruth Rhodes -Clarinet Tone Production & Intonation: How the Two Go Hand in Hand Ruth A. Rhodes is Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Music Education at” VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. As Dean, she is responsible for the full range of activities pertaining to the academic and musical life of the students enrolled in the graduate program, which is one of the largest in the U.S. She currently teaches woodwind courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and served as professor of clarinet at VanderCook College for 18 years. She is very proud to have served her alma mater for over 40 years as a faculty member and administrator. Ms. Rhodes received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and her Master of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. She is a clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra; co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord (which performed live on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT); performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons; and has performed with the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has had great fun performing with the Moody Blues, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Mannheim Steamroller, Cherish the Ladies, Itzhak Perlman, Leon Fleischer, Marilyn Horne, Frank Sinatra Jr., Shirley Jones, Pete Fountain, and Tony Bennett to name a few. Her articles have been published in Bandworld Magazine and in The Instrumentalist; she served as a woodwind consultant on the Essential Elements Band Method DVD for the Hal Leonard Publishing Co., and was an adjudicator for the Boosey & Hawkes Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Competition.

Bradley L. Bonner -Playing Instruments in the Primary Grades Bradley L. Bonner holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida where he served as an adjunct in the Education Department for over twenty-five years. He retired in August of 2009 from a 34-year position as an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake County School System. Mr. Bonner holds a Level Three certification in Orff Schulwerk. Brad has directed music programs in local churches for over 35 years, and he is the president of BLB Studios. His current work focuses on developing animations that teach the elements of music. Mr. Bonner serves as the Music Education Specialist for the Fort Worth company, Rhythm Band Instruments and has presented sessions and workshops throughout the USA.

Dr. Christopher R. Selby -Habits of a Successful String Musician: Rehearsal Warm Ups, Exercises and Strategies for Improving the Accuracy and Artistry in Upper Level String Orchestras-- Focus: Rhythm, Reading and Ensemble Skills Dr. Selby is an active clinician, adjudicator and conductor, and is a co-author of Habits of a Successful String Musician, published by GIA. He is the NAfME Chair of the Council for Orchestra Education and currently teaches high school orchestra.


-Making Your Travel Efficient and Fun

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Gary Gribble

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Dr. Andrew F. Poor

Dr. Julie Hobbs

-Copyright! Are You in Compliance? An Overview of Important Issues for All Music Educators

-Fixing the Front Row: Troubleshooting Your Flute and Oboe Sections

Andrew F. Poor is a member of the part-time music education faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He also currently serves as the Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. Previously, he served as Associate Director of Bands and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Dr. Poor holds the Doctor of Music Education, as well, as Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio, and he previously received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (High Honors) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Furthermore, he has been recognized in six editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, as well as, the 2002 and 2003 Who’s Who in America. In providing service to music education, Dr. Poor has served Georgia Music Educators Association as an honor band organizer, All-State Band Organizer, a member of the Band Adjudication Committee, and adjudicator for middle school and high school Large Group Performance Evaluation events. In addition, he has served on music curriculum committees for the Cobb County School District and for the Polk County School District (Lakeland, Florida). Dr. Poor has also presented/co-presented sessions at the GMEA State In-Service Conference on six occasions covering a range of topics from block scheduling to brass pedagogy. His professional affiliations include: ASCAP, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association and the International Trumpet Guild. Dr. Poor has been composing and arranging for concert bands and marching bands for many years with over 80 compositions and arrangements to his name. His published arrangements and compositions appear in the catalogs of C.L. Barnhouse, Northeastern Music Publications, and Eighth Note Publications. He has also served as a composer-in-residence at Samford University and at the University of Alabama for the joint premiere of one of his most recent works, Letter to Mom. Dr. Poor is in demand as a clinician/consultant in the areas of curriculum development, student leadership, block scheduling, in-service teacher training, and brass pedagogy. In addition to his presentations for GMEA, he has given presentations at other state and national conferences, including the 2009 Midwest Clinic, as well as, the Ohio Music Educators Association and Florida Music Educators Association. Furthermore, he has written articles for the Journal for the International Trumpet Guild, Florida Music Director, and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Additionally, he served for six years (2000-2005) as the Brass Caption Chair for the Drum Corps International Judge Administration Team, and worked as an adjudicator for DCI for 18 years, including ten World Championships. In 2011, Dr. Poor served on the instructional staff of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and has served on the Phantom Regiment brass staff since 2012. He has also previously served on the summer faculty of the Spirit Music Camps, where he worked with in-service teachers on a variety of professional development topics.

Julie Hobbs is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Kentucky, where she teaches Studio Flute and is a member of the McCracken Wind Quintet. She also performs regularly with the chamber trio Tresillo and Unbridled Flutes. As an educator, Dr. Hobbs has presented and performed at major conferences throughout the United States, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as conventions for the National Flute Association, MENC, American Bandmasters Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, the Chicago Flute Club, and the Wisconsin Flute Fair. Her dynamic presentations and energetic teaching style make her quite in demand as a teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Dr. Hobbs holds a Doctor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University as well as degrees from Baylor University and the University of Iowa.

Harry Bergwall -Band Instrument Emergency Repair

Harry is currently an Educational Representative for Ken Stanton Music. He is an accomplished saxophone player who has been in the music industry for over 40 years. He served as a member and president of the Advisory Board for Minnesota State College Southeast Technical School of Band Instrument Repair for seven years in Red Wing Minnesota.

Dr. Martin Norgaard -How the New National Arts Standards Can Help You Pass the edTPA Martin Norgaard is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta where he is collaborating with faculty in mathematics, computer science, and physics to investigate the cognitive processes underlying improvisation. He was the guest editor of a recent theme issue of Psychomusicology based on papers from the Improvising Brain Symposium held at GSU in April 2013. His research also appears in the Journal of Research in Music Education and the interdisciplinary journal Music Perception. He is the author of ten jazz string method books for Mel Bay Publications including Jazz Fiddle Wizard and Jazz Fiddle/Viola/Cello Wizard Junior and the composer of several string orchestra pieces for The FJH Music Company and Alfred Music Publishing.


Robert Ivey -Choosing Quality Choral Literature with Just A “Few Good Men”

Chelsea Cook is a graduate of Clayton College and State University and Georgia State University and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in vocal performance. Towards the end of her graduate studies, she discovered her passion for teaching and decided to go into elementary music education. Her students the Dynamic Dolphins have been featured on several events including the holiday tours at the White House, Dekalb County Board of Education’s State of the System of Address and the Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman Hank Johnson.

Vanessa Bradley -Hip-Hop Hooray: A Journey Through Current Genres and Its Applications in the Classroom Vanessa Bradley is the Choral and General Music teacher in the Fulton County School system since 1997, with experience on the high school as well as elementary school levels. Prior to teaching in the public schools system she served as music therapist with varying populations including in & out patient psych, geriatrics and with ADD/ADHD teens and youth. Mrs. Bradley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy also have a Master’s Degree in Music Education as well as a Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction. Additional experiences include playing for and directing church choirs and serving as a private instructor of piano and voice, at the South West Arts Center through the Fulton County Arts Council as well! It is with the Arts Center, churches and through the various schools that Mrs. Bradley has served that has been able to also put together various musical and dramatic performances with young people of all ages. She has a wonderful husband and two beautiful children, all of which hold my primary dedication! Mrs. Bradley love to sing, play piano, read, relax with friends & family, attend plays, concerts, crochet, and travel and also serve as a Youth Leader with the church.

Brandon Tucker

-SLO: I’m Supposed to Do What?!? Brandon Tucker is a native of Stockbridge, Ga and has served as band director for Taylor, Miller, and Atkinson Counties. He currently is employed by the Chatham County Board of Education as Teacher Specialist for Performing Arts, coordinating all performing arts programs in Chatham County. Mr. Tucker holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership.

Bobby Ivey is an Assistant Professor of Music at Brenau University where he conducts the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers. He also directs the music education program which has grown in numbers since joining the Brenau music faculty in 2008. Before going to Brenau, Mr. Ivey was the choral director at Habersham Central High School for 25 years where his choirs consistently earned superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation in both performance and sight reading. He had groups perform at GMEA In-Service Conferences in 1988 and 2008, and served as GMEA 9th District Chair as well as organizer for many District Honor Chorus and Solo/Ensemble events. He was instrumental in beginning and organizing the 5th Grade Honor Chorus for Habersham County Schools and Gainesville City School System which are now annual events. Often invited to be a clinician for a district honor chorus or serve as a literary meet judge, Mr. Ivey enjoys visiting schools to do workshops and choir clinics as a resource and support to music educators throughout Georgia. He earned a BME degree from the University of Montevallo and MMEd and Specialist in Education degrees from the University of Georgia. Bobby resides in Cornelia with his wife Tammy and is a proud dad of two married daughters and “Papa” to Emma Kate.

Dr. Andrew Santander -Critical Listening and the Music Appreciation Experience Dr. Andrew Santander was born in Valencia, Venezuela, but has spent most of his life living in the Atlanta area. He was always fond of music and began studying the piano in the third grade. From that point music became a primary focus and source of enjoyment for him. After high school he went to study piano at the Indiana University School of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Sebok and Lev Vlassenko, as well as acquiring an interest in early music and the harpsichord. Two Masters Degrees in Piano and Harpsichord/Early Music were also earned at Indiana University. He returned to Georgia to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Georgia. The change in schools reflected an interest in focusing on twentieth century piano repertoire, an area that his primary instructor, Richard Zimdars, was actively involved in. Upon graduating, he took a job as Director of Instrumental Music at Gainesville State College (now The University of North Georgia), Gainesville, Georgia. He is currently Assistant Head of the Music Department. He also is Director of the Jazz Band and Jazz Combo on the Oakwood campus. His musical interests run the gamut from early music to the avant-garde. His collaborations in new music have led to several new piano works written specifically for him. He continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals both nationally and internationally, has won awards in several national and international contests and has recorded several CDs. In addition to his performing activities, Dr. Santander is also an active adjudicator for several piano competitions, and has served as a contributing editor for the Forney & Machlis The Enjoyment of Music textbook.

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Chelsea Cook -Orffrageious!!! Breaking Out of the Box with Old School Jams






Dr. Luther Enloe

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-Multi-Level Classical Guitar Master Class Classical guitarist Luther Enloe possesses a distinctively resonant sound quality, lyrical phrasing, and technical finesse. John Sutherland, his teacher at the University of Georgia, has said, “His performances are wonderful. His sound is one of the best I have ever heard, and his knowledge and musicianship I pay attention to.” The expressive command of his live performances has received acclaim from concert presenters and audience members alike. An active recitalist, recording artist, and clinician, Dr. Enloe has recorded for Sonic Grapefruit Records and has appeared in the southeastern and northwestern United States. Recent solo recital engagements include performances at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Fickling Hall, in Macon, Georgia, Ramsey Concert Hall in Athens, Georgia, Frost Chapel in Mount Berry, Georgia, the Susan B. Harris Chapel in Young Harris, Georgia, Hoag Auditorium in Dahlonega, Georgia, and Max Noah Recital Hall in Milledgeville, Georgia, to name a few. Luther Enloe has appeared as a guitar soloist and chamber musician with numerous ensembles, including Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, the U.S. premier of Enjott Schneider’s oratorio Klange des Lichts in collaboration with the Vega String Quartet and the Glenn Chancel Choir at Emory University; as well as performances with the Berry Singers, the Montana State University Chorale, the Dekalb Choral Guild, and the Peachtree Symphonic Winds. In 2011, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia under the guidance of John Sutherland and David Starkweather. His dissertation, The Technique and Artistry of Melodic Phrasing in the Spanish Classical Guitar Tradition, elucidates four hundred years of melodic aesthetics and techniques found in the writings and music of Spain’s most prominent guitar composers. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Enloe holds the positions of Part-Time Instructor of Guitar at Georgia State University and Artist Affiliate in Guitar at Emory University. His students have performed in master classes with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, David Tanenbaum, John Sutherland, Dieter Hennings, and Rovshan Mamedkuliev. Additionally, students from Luther Enloe’s studio were finalists in the 2013 International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, and the Finger-Style Guitar Division of the 2013 Georgia State Fair Fiddlers’ Convention Competition. In 2010, Luther Enloe was an advisor in the development of performance standards for middle and high school guitar classes for the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Music Educators Association. In 2012, he was appointed the first Guitar Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association and in 2014 Luther Enloe was appointed as a board member to the ASTA Guitar-in-the-Schools Task force. He lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Cole.

Adrian Gibson -Why Do They Stay and Why Do They Go: The Retention and Attrition of Band Students As They Transition from 8th to 9th Grade Adrian Gibson is Director of Bands at Hiram High School in Paulding County, Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama and his master’s degree from Auburn University. He is currently a doctoral student in music education at Georgia State University. Under his direction, his bands have received numerous superior ratings at festivals, and competitions attended by the program. Mr. Gibson’s research focus is the transition and retention of band students from middle to high school.

Seth Gamba -Taming the Bass Beast - Strategies for Great Bass Playing in the Heterogeneous Classroom Seth Gamba grew up in Cobb County Georgia where he began playing the bass in the 6th grade public school orchestra. He is a graduate of Walton High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a double major in Doublebass Performance and Civics. He has a Master of Music Education from the University of Georgia. Seth Gamba is currently the orchestra director at Elkins Pointe Middle School in Fulton County. He is well known as a composer and adjudicator. Mr. Gamba’s orchestra performed at the GMEA conference in 2010 and his compositions have frequently been featured by groups performing at the conference. He currently has two compositions on the GMEA LGPE list for level 3 Orchestra.

Soohyun Yun -Benjamin Lees’ Musical Reflection On Mirrors (1992-2003) for Piano Solo Pianist, Soohyun Yun, born in Korea, has explored solo and chamber music from baroque to contemporary and performed in venues throughout Germany, Korea and the US. New York Concert Review said “Yun unleashed much passion and color along the way..” at her solo debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, NY in 2008. Again, Yun was invited to perform at the same hall in April, 2009 upon her winning First Prize of 2009 American Protégé International Piano Competition. Her numerous awards include Pro-Mozart Scholarship Competition Award, Artists International’s Special Presentation Award, 21st Century Piano Commission Award, NY Dorothy MacKenzie Award and prizes of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition. Yun’s enthusiasm for contemporary music brought her to perform a piano solo, Cloches d’adieu, et un sourire... in memoriam Olivier Messiaen by Tristan Murail, who was a pupil of Messiaen, at the composer’s presence at Krannert Center in Illinois in 2002. Yun received DMA and MM in Piano Performance under Professor Ian Hobson and MM in Piano Pedagogy under Professor Reid Alexander from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and BM in Piano Performance under Myung-Won Shin from Yonsei University, Korea. Yun extended her summer studies at Mannes School, NY and at Hochschule “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,” in Leipzig, Germany. As an educator, clinician and adjudicator, Yun has been actively involved in local MTNA chapters while she has taught in venues. Previously, she taught at University of Idaho at Moscow, Millikin University in Decatur, IL, coordinated Piano Laboratory Program in University of Illinois. Since 2010, Yun has served as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Kennesaw State University where she teaches applied lessons, piano literature, piano pedagogy, small chamber groups and accompanying classes, oversees class piano and coordinates the piano area.



Dr. Joanna Kim -What Makes You A Good Accompanist? A Conductor’s Wish Dr. Joanna Kim, director of Keyboard Studies at the University of North Georgia, Gainesville campus, is a nationally certified teacher of music in piano performance. Dr. Kim maintains an active career as a concertizing artist both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Throughout her career she has performed in Korea, France, Austria, Germany, Australia, and the United States. She has appeared with many orchestras including the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, UGA Symphony Orchestra, WVU Symphony Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), and North Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia). Dr. Kim has won many piano competitions including the Yamaha High School Piano Performance Competition -National Finalist, McDonald’s Young Artist Music Festival- winner of the Chopin Division in Sydney, Australia and National Young Artists’ Competition – first place, Seoul, Korea. She attended prestigious St. Scholarstica’s College in Sydney, Australia where she studied with Elizabeth Powell at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Upon receiving a prestigious Herman Godes scholarship from West Virginia University, Dr. Kim moved to the United States and studied with Dr. James Miltenberger. While at WVU, she was named a state winner for three consecutive years and received an Honorary Performance Diploma from the West Virginia University, Division of Community Music. She then continued her musical education at the University of Georgian where she received Master’s & Doctoral degree, majoring in Piano Performance, minoring in Collaborative Musical Art under the guidance of Dr. Evgeny Rivkin. Dr. Kim maintains an active private piano studio and her students have won numerous awards on regional and national level. Her recent student, JaeYoon Lee received a full scholarship to the Julliard School of Music in fall, 2013. She is an active clinician and an adjudicator around the state.

-Singing and Accompanying in the Real World Dr. Martha Thomas, pianist, has been praised for the “lyrical beauty of her playing” and “her mastery of rhythmic and textural complexities”. Dr. Thomas maintains an active career as recitalist and collaborative artist, giving concerts across the United States and in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Africa. Appearances at conferences and festivals include those of the American Liszt Society, College Music Society, Festival of Women Composers, and Music Teachers National Association. Recent performances include those at the World Piano Conference in Serbia, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference at the University of Southern Queensland, the Michael Joseph Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. Busy as a recording artist, Dr. Martha Thomas is now featured on eight compact disc recordings on the ACA Digital, Centaur, and Albany labels. Her CD of the solo piano music of George Rochberg garnered excellent reviews and a citation in the New York Times. Dr. Thomas’s newest recording released in May 2013, Max Reger: The Forgotten Romantic, features music from five of Max Reger’s solo piano collections in a two-CD format. These recordings are available on iTunes and A native Texan, Dr. Martha Thomas holds degrees through the doctoral level from the Universities of Texas (BM and DMA) and Wisconsin (MM). Her major piano professors were William Race, Danielle Martin, and Howard Karp. She studied with Lee Luvisi at the Aspen Music Festival and participated in the Birch Creek Chamber Music Festival (Wisconsin). Additionally, she has performed in master classes and coached with many nationally renowned pianists including Jack Radunsky, Marylene Dosse, Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Ronald Turini. Dr. Thomas studied piano pedagogy with Verna Harder, Jeanette Ross, and Amanda Vick Lethco and credits them with fostering her love of teaching. Having begun her teaching career at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dr. Martha Thomas is Professor of Piano and Associate Director for Academic Programs at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. Active in professional music organizations, Dr. Thomas has served as President of the Georgia Music Teachers Association, State Piano Chair of the Georgia Music Educators Association, and MTNA Southern Division Director. In 2012, she was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year Award from the Georgia Music Teachers Association.


Although gifted with a rare and beautiful lyric baritone voice, Benjamin Schoening chose to begin his musical career as a conductor; thus he began his singing career later than most singers do. However, his combination of talents and unusual abilities has allowed him to gain a unique insight into the music he performs and has caused immediate success as a singer. Benjamin has enjoyed much success as a recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. His particular area of interest as an Art Song Recitalist is songs in the English language. His love for and understanding of poetry inspires his work in that area. Benjamin is also a successful instrumental and choral conductor. He is presently the conductor of the UNG Chorale and UNG Men’s Ensembles at the University of North Georgia – Gainesville Campus. Benjamin has previously held conducting positions with the Northland Master Chorale (AZ), White Mountain Symphony Orchestra (AZ), and Red Cedar Choir (WI). He has also had guest conducting appearances with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra, University of Illinois Opera, Washington Park Concert Choir, and the Student Orchestra of Provenance in Aubagne, France. In addition to performing and conducting, Benjamin is a devoted teacher. He has served as a guest clinician for many events in the Midwest and Southwest United States and served as conductor of the 2007 Arizona Northeast Regional Honors Orchestra. He has held teaching positions are Northland Pioneer College (AZ) and the University of Wisconsin – Barron County. Benjamin is presently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Georgia.

Dr. Martha Thomas

winter issue / novermber 2014

Dr. Benjamin Schoening

-What Makes You A Good Accompanist? A Conductor’s Wish




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Dr. Gail Berenson -Not Your Momma’s Music Lessons: Piano Instruction in the 21st Century -Healthy Practicing Strategies: An Injury-Preventitive Prescription -Strategies for Coping with Performance Anxiety -The Art of Communication: Nurturing Resourceful and Spirited Students Gail Berenson is Professor Emerita of Piano at Ohio University, Athens, where she was awarded the “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” Award in 2000. Prior to coming to Ohio, she was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Urbana. An active performer and passionate chamber music collaborator, she performs with flutist, Alison Brown Sincoff, as a member of the Ohio University Lyric Duo. As a result of her distinguished work as a piano pedagogue, along with her reputation as an expert on musician wellness issues, she is much in demand as a performer, clinician, master class artist, adjudicator, author, reviewer and pedagogy consultant. She has performed and lectured in over thirty states and ten countries. She was a presenter at the European Piano Teachers Conference in Manchester, England and in Funchal, Madeira, and at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association in National Conference in Halifax, Canada, and presented sessions at three World Conferences of the International Society of Music Education in Beijing, China, Thessaloniki, Greece and Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has also served as a piano instructor in Yamaha’s Passport to Music program, in cooperation with Crystal Cruise Lines. Ms. Berenson began to build a reputation as a performing artist early when at age eleven she began accompanying the forty-member male chorus conducted by her piano teacher, appearing in concert throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, she continued her education

at Northwestern University, completing degrees in piano performance, studying piano with Louis Crowder and Guy Duckworth. She also performed in master classes with world-renowned accompanist Gerald Moore, baritone Pierre Bernac, duo-pianists Vronsky and Babin and, at the Lucerne International Music Festival, with pianist and accomplished chamber musician, Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Ms. Berenson is one of the co-authors of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop Mind and Body for Optimal Performance and, as a member of the Lorenz Advisory Board she contributed to the innovative piano method, Piano Discoveries, and is co-author of “Ask the Professor“. She has also authored three chapters for the fourth edition of the Lyke, Haydon, Rollin book, Creative Piano Teaching, published in spring 2011. Ms. Berenson has also written articles for Keyboard Companion, the on-line journal, Piano Pedagogy Forum and served as a contributing editor to Piano & Keyboard. She is a Past President of Music Teachers National Association, an association of over 22,000 members. She has also held the position of President-Elect and President, Vice President, Chair of the 2002 and 2003 MTNA National Conference Committees, has served on the 1996 and 1997 Conference Committees and was one of the founding members of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. She represents the United States and the piano area as a member of the International Society of Music Education’s Forum on Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and chairs the Musicians’ Health and Wellness Special Interest Group. She has held several national posts with the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy and the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and has chaired the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy’s Wellness for Pianists Committee. A past president of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, she holds MTNA’s Master Certificate in piano and piano pedagogy and was the recipient of the 1999 OMTA “Certified Teacher of the Year” award and the 2004 OMTA “Collegiate Teacher of the Year” award. In recognition of her significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession, she was awarded an MTNA Foundation Fellow Award in 2007. Her students are performing and teaching in independent studios and on college faculties throughout the world.


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ALL STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE DEAN SORENSON Dean Sorenson (b. 1963) is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota as well as a prolific and highly sought-after composer, arranger, trombonist, educator, and clinician. He received his bachelor’s degree in trombone performance from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in jazz arranging and composition from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Sorenson’s most recent publication is STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FIRST JAZZ PERFORMANCE, a collection of jazz charts for elementary bands and jazz bands. He is the co-author of the STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE JAZZ ENSEMBLE METHOD and ADVANCED JAZZ ENSEMBLE METHOD, an innovative and comprehensive series for middle school and high school jazz ensembles. He is also the author of STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE JAZZ COMBO SESSION, and composer of numerous pieces for concert band and jazz ensemble published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. As an advocate of jazz education and the expansion of the repertoire, he continues to develop creative materials and methods to help students and teachers better understand the art form. An outstanding clinician, conductor, and soloist, he is frequently featured at festivals and conventions around the country and abroad. He also maintains a full schedule of concert and recording dates as a Yamaha performing artist. Mr. Sorenson has composed and arranged for numerous ensembles including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is active as a commissioned composer and arranger for jazz ensemble, concert band, and chamber ensembles, and has also written several sacred choral pieces.


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As a member of the Westminster Choir College faculty, Dr. Amanda Quist conducts the Chapel Choir, Westminster Kantorei, and teaches conducting. During her work with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she collaborated with artists Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, and composers Ola Gjeilo and Tarik O’Regan. Dr. Quist recently served as chorus master for the North American premier of the opera Matsukaze for Spoleto Festival USA and Lincoln Center. Dr. Quist is director of the Westminster Vocal Institute, and was previously Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Dr. Quist earned her DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of North Texas, and has received numerous awards as a teacher and conductor. These include the prestigious James Mulholland National Choral Fellowship, the Texas Choral Directors Association Professional Scholarship and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. She has held positions on the faculties of Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and the University of North Texas. Her research focus is voice science and pedagogy in the choral setting. An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Quist regularly conducts honor choirs and presents at music conferences. Upcoming guest appearances include the ACDA Southwestern Division SSAA Honor Choir, the Southern California Vocal Association Honor Choir, and the New York ACDA Honor Choir. Dr. Quist serves as the National ACDA R&S Chair for Youth and Student Activities.

ALL STATE READING CHORUS DR. STANLEY L. ROBERTS Stanley L. Roberts is in his nineteenth year of teaching in the Townsend School of Music of Mercer University, where he is the Arthur Lowndes Rich Professor of Choral Conducting and Associate Dean. In this position, he conducts the Mercer Singers, the Mercer Women’s Chamber Choir, and the University Choir while teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature and techniques. Choirs under his direction have sung on numerous programs for the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Southern Division ACDA, and the Southern Division of NAfME. With the Mercer Singers, he has completed six highly successful international tours of England and Wales, Italy, Austria & Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, & Hungary, Japan, and Russia. A passionate educator, Dr. Roberts was chosen as Mercer University’s Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year, Professor of the Year by Mercer’s Student Government Association, and the Townsend School of Music Professor of the Year (2009, 2010, 2012). Highly regarded as a conductor and clinician he has conducted All-State Choirs, Honor Choirs, and Festival Choruses throughout the United States, England, and Europe, as well as workshops in universities, colleges, churches, and schools. In 2013, the PBS special, A Grand Mercer Christmas, was released with much acclaim. The program featured the Mercer Singers and the McDuffie Center for Strings under the baton of Dr. Roberts. An energetic member of the NAfME and ACDA, he has served in numerous leadership capacities for both organizations and is Past President for Georgia ACDA. Also active as a church musician for over 30 years, he is an editor of the hymnal Celebrating Grace and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Macon, Georgia—a position he has held for 22 years. In 1994 he became the founder of jubilate! -- a mass-choir experience for church youth choirs. Dr. Roberts is a proud alumnus of Mercer University and is married to performer/teacher Marie Jarriel Roberts.


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Whitewater Middle School Symphonic Band The band program at Whitewater Middle School serves 200 students. The Symphonic Band has been invited to perform for the GMEA In Service Conference, the University of Georgia Mid-fest, the Southeastern United States Middle School Clinic and the Southern Division MENC Conference. The Whitewater Band has also been awarded the Sweepstakes trophy at the Southern Star Music Festival on five separate occasions. The theme of the Symphonic Band’s In-Service performance will be to celebrate world cultures through wind band music. The band will perform the North American premiere of a selection played at the 2014 Laulupidu festival from the country of Estonia.

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Director: Bill Melton

Reinhardt University Wind Ensemble Director: Dr. David Gregory

The Reinhardt University band program began full time operation under the current director in August of 2005 with thirteen college students at the first rehearsal of the Reinhardt Winds. Today the program consists of an eighty-five member Symphonic Winds, a fifty-eight member Wind Ensemble, the newly formed “Screaming Eagle Marching Band,” and the University Jazz Band. The majority of students in the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble are Music Education and Music Performance majors. The Reinhardt College Music Department became the Reinhardt University School of Music in 2009, and the Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts in 2013. The last decade has seen the number of music majors at Reinhardt grow from seventeen to more than one hundred sixty-five. The student population of the University is slightly over 1400. The bands of Reinhardt present numerous concerts each year for the university, the community and for professional conferences and activities. This year (2013-14) the ensembles will present eleven concerts for campus and area events. One of the highlights of the concert season for the bands is the annual Christmas Concert series, which has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Through popular demand and community involvement, the three-night series of programs, featuring all the major performing ensembles of the university, grew from three shows five years ago to four shows, and then two years ago the event was expanded to five shows in four days. Each concert is performed to a “sold out” house, and there are always extensive waiting lists for tickets. The shared vision of the Reinhardt University band program is that of preparing future music teachers who are committed to the art form of music and are dedicated to the profession of music making and music teaching. The smaller student population of Reinhardt University permits, and encourages, faculty to work more closely and personally with students of a chosen major, thereby giving students a better opportunity for developing musical, academic and social skills needed to become successful in the teaching profession.




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East Hall High School Wind Symphony

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Director: J. Craig Cantrell

East Hall High School is located just outside Gainesville, Georgia, in northeastern Hall County, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. East Hall High School is the smallest of seven high schools in Hall County with approximately 990 students in grades 9-12. However, being the smallest of the high schools has not been a disadvantage as the East Hall High School Band has been the standard bearer for high school bands of Hall County. Averaging nearly 20% participation of the student body in the band program, the East Hall High School Band has won innumerable superior ratings and has performed in some of the nation’s most prestigious events. The East Hall High Viking Marching Band has routinely received superior ratings in marching festivals and competitions. On two different occasions the band has won 1st place in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In 2007, the Viking Band won “Best In Class” in the Cotton Bowl Parade in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, the Viking Band placed 1st in Open Class competition and received the Gene Shadburn Salute to Marching Band at the 2013 Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands. In addition to winning placements and ratings at all marching contests, the Viking Marching Band has performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Cotton Bowl Parade, the Orange Bowl Halftime and Parade Performances, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Nations Day Parade in New York City, the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Orlando, Florida, the Outback Bowl Halftime Performance and Parade, the Macy’s Egleston Christmas Parade, and the King Orange Jamboree Parade. The Viking Band has also performed halftime shows for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves and performed several times at Walt Disney World. In addition, the East Hall High School Band was proclaimed “Ambassadors of Good Will” from the state of Georgia by Governor Joe Frank Harris. The marching band is divided into three concert organizations and all are entered in concert festival (LGPE) each year sponsored by the Georgia Music Educators Association. Since 1971, the East Hall Concert Bands have made 71 superior ratings and 9 excellent ratings in concert festival. Additionally, the East Hall Bands performed at such prestigious events as the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Annual Conference, the University of Georgia’s January Music Festival, and the Southeastern United States Band Clinic (SEUS) at Troy University. Most recently, the East Hall Wind Symphony performed and received rave reviews at the 2014 Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational.

Mabry Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Symphonic Band Director: Jill Barnocki

Mabry Middle School is located in Marietta, Georgia. The Mabry Band Program consists of 383 band students in grades 6-8 under the direction of Jill Barnocki and Kimberly Snyder. Students in the 7th and 8th grades are placed by audition into Symphonic or Intermediate Band. Mabry Band students consistently earn positions in the GMEA District 12 Honor Band and the GMEA All-State Bands. The Mabry Symphonic Band has previously performed at UGA Mid-Fest (2012, 2009), Georgia Music Educator’s In-Service Conference (2011), College Band Directors National Association/ National Band Association Southern Conference (2012) and the Southeastern United State Bands Clinic at Troy University (2011).


performing groups Milton High School Wind Ensemble

Cobb Wind Symphony Director: Alfred L. Watkins

Formed in September 1999, the Cobb Wind Symphony is comprised of adult musicians from all over the Atlanta area. The group is under the batons of Co-Founding members, Alfred L. Watkins, retired Director of Bands at Lassiter High School and Robert J. Cowles, former Director of Bands at Walton High School. CWS was created to provide a musical outlet for musicians of Cobb County and the Atlanta area and to further the development of band music. Members benefit from the positive musical experiences brought about by music making in the spirit of camaraderie, and from the opportunity to serve the community through a lifelong love of music with concerts in local schools and outdoor venues. The band rehearses twice a month on Sundays at Lassiter High School in Marietta and perform three major concerts per year in the Lassiter Concert Hall. The group has grown from its initial 77 members to over 100, and includes musicians from all professions including current and former high, college and military band directors, private teachers, education, medicine, law, engineering, management and technology. The charter members include many Lassiter High School Band alumni and past students of Co-Founder Alfred Watkins. The Cobb Wind Symphony has performed: GMEA In-Service Conference - 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2015; Midwest Clinic - 2004 and 2011; NBA/CBDNA Conventions - 2006 and 2008; University of Georgia’s JanFest – 2010. The annual concert schedule includes a Veteran’s Day Concert, Holiday Concert, Winter Concert and Children’s Concert. In 2009, the Cobb Wind Symphony earned the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll Award, which recognizes community bands that demonstrated particularly high standards of excellence in concert activities over a period of several years, and played a significant and leading role in the cultural and musical environment in their respective communities. Previous guest conductors and soloists include Harry Begian, David Gregory, Mark Camphouse, John N. Culvahouse, David Holsinger, Richard Clary, Andrew Cole, Ben Dubose, Michelle Richard, Otis Murphy, Chris Martin, Colin Williams, Cecil Welch and the late Fred Mills. For several years, Dr. Andrea Strauss, conductor the Tara Winds, was a former clarinetist and assistant conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony.

Berry College Jazz Ensemble Director: John David

The Berry College Jazz Ensemble is renowned for its tight and energizing performances, outstanding soloists and talented student arrangers. Directed by John David, the ensemble performs music ranging from exciting new contemporary jazz works to swinging classics.

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Founded in the fall of 2000, the Milton High School Wind Ensemble is the top performing wind band at Milton High School. Nearly half of the group was selected to last year’s GMEA District V honor band, and students also consistently earn membership into the GMEA all-state band, AYWS, EYSO, MAYWE and other honor groups in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Previous invitational performances for the ensemble include the University of Southern Mississippi (2002, 2005), the Southeastern United States Band Clinic (2003), The University of South Carolina Band Clinic (2003, 2007), the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival (2004), the GMEA In-Service conference (2004), the MENC national conference (2006), Columbus State University (2010), the University of Georgia (2003, 2007, 2011), the University of Alabama (2012), and the Georgia State University Bands of Distinction Clinic (2014).


Director: Chris Shumick



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CHORAL DIVISION Liberty Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus

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Director: Karen Graffius

Liberty Middle School is located in north Forsyth County, Georgia. It opened in 2002 and was named to honor the lives of those lost in the al-Quaeda attacks on the United States in 2001. The school currently has a population of around 900 students. About 26% of those students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Chorus is open to all students at Liberty Middle School. Students who register for Chorus attend class once a day the entire year and are not required to audition. There are three choruses offered throughout the day, Eighth Grade Chorus, Seventh Grade Chorus and Sixth Grade Chorus. Additionally students may audition for the Honor Chorus, an extra-curricular group. Liberty choruses consistently receive superior ratings in both performance and sight-reading at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations. The Honor Chorus has received the overall Junior High/Middle School award at the Music in the Parks festival at Six Flags for the last four out of five years.

Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus Director: Brent Whitaker The Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus is the premier vocal group at Southeast Bulloch High School. Southeast Bulloch High School, located near Brooklet, GA is a smaller, rural school with approximately 800+ students. An ensemble requiring top-notch team spirit and dedication, advanced Chorus is only accessible by audition, and it is our competition level chorus, often traveling around the state to festivals and competitions. For the past 4 years SEBHS Advanced Chorus rated straight Superior, level A, in both prepared pieces and sight-reading at LGPE. Among it’s other achievements the SBHS advanced chorus was rated “Gold Standard” and took the overall sweepstakes trophy at the Southern Star Music Festival in Atlanta, rated straight superiors at Disney’s National Festival, performing Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep” and Sydney Guillaume’s “Twa tanbou.” SBHS Chorus was well represented by our many students who took part in the world-wide production of the Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, “Sleep.” Our program has grown from approximately 20 students, when it first became a full-time program in 2006, to approximately 150 at our current count. Our students have consistently represented SBHS Chorus at All-State and frequently attend state literary competition, this year tying for first for Boy’s Solo and placing second for Boy’s Quartet. The Southeast Bulloch High School Choral Program strives to enrich our community and surrounding communities with vocal music and an overall appreciation for music. Our philosophy of music education is to give students the knowledge, the discipline, and the drive to deliver a quality musical product for others and themselves. We stress the importance of not settling for a “generic” sound, effort, or performance, but to constantly strive to achieve the superb so that the experiences of great performances will stay with them throughout their lives. Dedication to the craft is a pivotal point of our teaching, and students are encouraged to not “surface” sing and play, but to dive deep into all aspects of music, including: theory skills, musical expression, improvisation, sight-singing and reading, harmonic structure, and performance skills. We strive to turn out student musicians that have not only had a great high school musical experience, but who will carry this experience with them into adulthood. This hard work and dedication is something that we hope students will take into every aspect of their lives, whether that focus is in music or some other career field.


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North Forsyth High School Chamber Singers Director: Gene Seese

The North Forsyth High School Chamber Singers is the premier select mixed chorus for students in grades 9-12 at North Forsyth. Entry for this chorus is by audition only and highly competitive. It is one of four choirs offered at NFHS. Students selected to this ensemble are frequent participants in Honor and All State Choruses, as well as the Governor’s Honors Program and Solo & Ensemble events. The Chamber Singers are dedicated to performing the most challenging literature for mixed ensembles. The Chamber Singers consistently receive Superior ratings & Outstanding in Class Awards at LGPE, regional and national festivals. The Chamber Singers will present the third in a series of our Bi-Annual Masterwork Concert Series in the fall of 2014. Selections will include contemporary works featuring Randol Bass’ “Gloria” and the Georgia premier of Raymond Torres-Santos’ “Requiem”. Previous Masterworks have included Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” (2010) and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (2012). Select members of this chorale also performed John Rutter’s “Mass for the Children” at Carnegie Hall under Mr. Rutter’s direction, at the inaugural “Sunshine Processional” at Disney World under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong and, most recently, Disney’s Candlelight Processional. The Chamber Singers are always in demand to perform at various events and venues throughout the greater Atlanta Metro area.

Georgia Southern University Southern Chorale Director: Dr. Shannon Jeffreys

Southern Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble of Georgia Southern University and is directed by Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Southern Chorale’s membership draws from the most talented vocal students to provide a professional foundation for performance and choral music education majors and a meaningful musical experience for those University students who wish to continue to sing in an elite ensemble. The ensemble performs literature from all styles and periods with an emphasis on a cappella repertoire and masterworks with orchestra. In addition to numerous campus and community performances, Southern Chorale has appeared at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Under Dr. Jeffreys’ direction, the chorale won significant prizes in the Anton Bruckner International Choral Competition in Linz, Austria in 2013, and, months later, earned the highest score given in Sing ‘N’ Joy International Competition and Festival, winning the Spiritual Category.

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The Sequoyah High School Singers Women are the most advanced choral ensemble at Sequoyah High School, located in Canton, Georgia, in Cherokee County. The choral program at Sequoyah consists of five curricular choirs and one extra-curricular vocal ensemble. The Singers Women are all members of the mixed ensemble which rehearses with the Singers Men outside of the regular school day. Many students come into the choral program with no previous choral or vocal experience. The Sequoyah Singers Women have received straight superior ratings at LGPE in performance and sight-reading each year under Mr. Markham’s direction.


Director: Josh Markham



performing groups Woodward Academy Middle School Treble Choir Director: Suzanne Woodruff

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The Woodward Academy Middle School Treble Choir is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th grade girls. The group meets daily and rehearses as part of the school day. The Treble Choir consistently earns Superior ratings at GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation in performance and sight-reading. In addition, the Treble Choir received Superior ratings at Festival Disney and won the Gold Award.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts School Chorale Director: Dr. Timothy M. Powell

The Davidson Chorale, the premiere choir at the John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, performs regularly at prestigious events and venues in their home state of Georgia, across the nation, and internationally. Maintaining a long history of impressive accolades, under the direction of Dr. Timothy M. Powell, the Chorale has received invitations to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in 2010 and 2012. In 2010, the Chorale received an exclusive invitation to sing for Easter Sunday services at the historic St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the home church of J. S. Bach. The choir followed up this honor with a world-premiere performance at Lincoln Center in NYC in 2011, and an invitation in 2012 to appear at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, home of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a performance in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in 2013. In 2014 they were honored with an invitation to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Convention in Jacksonville, FL, and travelled to Lincoln Center to premiere Saint George and the Dragon, a collaboration between lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri and Dr. Powell. They are the 2012 Winners of the American Prize in Choral Performance.

Reinhardt University Chamber Singers Director: Dr. Martha Shaw

The Reinhardt University Chamber Singers is the select choral ensemble of the School of Performing Arts. Membership is selected from the student body and includes vocal and instrumental majors. The Chambers Singers was formed in the fall of 2012 and performs as part of the university performing arts series and in churches throughout Georgia.


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ELEMENTARY DIVISION Murdock Elementary School Minstrels The Murdock Elementary School Minstrels are under the direction of Charlie Tighe. The unauditioned group is open to all fourth and fifth grade students interested in choral performance as an extension of the general music classroom. The group incorporates the Orff approach and incorporates movement, speech, and instruments throughout its performances. Repertoire ranges from traditional folk songs to classical pieces to playground chants. The Minstrels have performed at the AOSA National Convention, GMEA State Convention, and at the PTA State Convention.

Ford Elementary School Chorus, Tone-Chimes & Orff Ensemble Director: Craig Hurley

Ford Elementary School, located in Acworth, GA, is proud to have 3 music ensembles comprised of 4th and 5th grade students. Ensembles meet once a week before or after school. They regularly perform around the Acworth community, often in collaboration with other area school ensembles.

High Meadows School Music Ensemble Director: Paula Williams and Patrick Wright

The High Meadows School Music Ensemble is an extra-curricular, performance-based group created for students that want to take their music making to the next level. Highly motivated fourth and fifth graders meet twice weekly before school to learn numerous instrumental selections that are eventually woven into a theme-based musical production. Children bring their talent and ideas to the ensemble and, together with Directors Paula Williams and Patrick Wright, work to design and create a performance that’s entertaining and inspirational for both performers and audience.

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Director: Charles Tigh

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GUITAR DIVISION North Gwinnett Middle School Eighth Grade Guitar Ensemble Director: Caryn Volk

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North Gwinnett Middle School Guitar Ensemble is one of the first middle school guitar performance ensembles in Gwinnett County. The guitar ensemble focuses on a classical playing approach, with exploration into alternative styles of blues, jazz, rock, and classical solo performance. North Gwinnett Middle School is located in Sugar Hill, Georgia. School enrollment is over 2000 students, with over two-thirds of the population involved in both traditional and non-traditional music ensembles. The guitar ensemble has over 200 students participating in six separate ensembles in grades 6-8. The guitar ensemble continues to grow, thanks to active community participation as well as the on-going support of the faculty, staff, and administration of North Gwinnett Middle School.

St. Pius X Catholic High School Advanced Guitar Ensemble Director: Brion Kennedy

The St. Pius X Catholic High School Advanced Guitar Ensemble is one of the premier guitar ensembles in the state of Georgia. Started in 1996, and consisting of beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, the St. Pius X guitar program promotes the study of classical repertoire, as well as rock, pop, and jazz. Under the direction of Brion Kennedy, the ensemble has performed at a variety of venues in and around Georgia, such as Alliance Theater and Reinhardt University, and has been featured on GPTV. The Advanced Guitar Ensemble will be performing a program consisting of college-level guitar repertoire, and will showcase works for both large and small ensembles.

Knepp and Miller Duo Dr. Richard Knepp received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia College & State University and completed his Master’s degree at Georgia State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Georgia under the direction of acclaimed guitar instructor John Sutherland. Dr. Knepp has also performed in master classes with some of the world’s leading classical guitarists, including Scott Tenant, Antigoni Goni, and Pepe Romero. He was also selected to study and perform for Manuel Barrueco in his annual master class at the Peabody Conservatory, and with Christopher Parkening in his annual master class at Montana State University. As a performer, Dr. Knepp has presented recitals throughout the south and has been a featured artist during the annual North Georgia Guitar Summit and the University of Texas-Pan American Guitar Convention. He has also performed with ensembles such as the Atlanta Guitar Trio, the Macon Civic Chorale and the North Georgia Chamber Symphony. Dr. Leigh Miller received her B. M. degree from Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) and her M. M. and D. M. A. from The Ohio State University. Her primary teachers have included James M. Pyne and Kim Ellis. She performed as a soloist on the PRISM concert during the 2013 GMEA conference. Other solo performances include the Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI conference (2012), a guest recital at Eastern New Mexico University (2012), and a solo performance with the Toccoa Symphony Orchestra (2013).


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Director: Ashley Culley

The Dodgen Middle School Chamber Orchestra is a select group of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Students audition in August for this morning ensemble. The Chamber Orchestra rehearses twice a week for performances at the school and in the community. The Dodgen Chamber Orchestra performed with the Dodgen 8th Grade Orchestra at the 2011 GMEA In-Service Conference. This is the Chamber Orchestra’s first solo concert at GMEA. The Dodgen Middle School Orchestra program has 350 students enrolled in grades 6-8. Students begin string instruction in sixth grade. Members of the orchestra audition and participate in GMEA sponsored events at the district and state level including Solo and Ensemble Festival, Honor Orchestra and All-State Orchestra. Many students also participate in youth orchestras around the metro Atlanta are. The Sixth Grade Orchestra students participate in the spring “Jamboree”, a combined schools concert held each March. The 8th Grade Orchestra performs annually at the State Capitol in December and Walt Disney World in March. Both the Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestras consistently earn superiors at the annual GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation. In addition to the Chamber Orchestra, orchestra students can participate in Cello Choir, Viola Choir, Wire Choir and Bass Ensemble. These groups meet weekly before school and perform at events for the school and community.

Johns Creek High School Orchestra Director: Young Kim

The Johns Creek High School Orchestral program, only in its sixth year, has already performed in several prestigious performance venues. Some of the venues include invitational performances at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia (2011), music festival at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida (2011), the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., for its Centennial Celebration, and at the prestigious Midwest Clinic—an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois (2012). This Spring (April 3-12, 2014), the orchestra performed in Italy (Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice.) The Johns Creek High School Orchestra received the “Community Service Award” twice from the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce (2010 and 2011) for its services to the community. Some of its community-related services include performing at the “Johns Creek Arts on the Creek” and “Annual Korean Fall Festivals.” Several members of the orchestra perform regularly at various assisted living homes in the Atlanta area through a club called “Notes of Joy,” which was founded by two of its own students. Individual members of the Johns Creek High School Orchestra have participated in the Georgia High School All-State Orchestra, Governor’s Honors Program, Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Johns Creek High School Orchestras have received straight “Superior” ratings at the GMEA District V Large Group Evaluation every year since the opening of the school in August 2009.




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Director: David R. Doke

Hillgrove High School was opened in 2006 and is a part of the Cobb County School District. During the past eight years, the Hillgrove Orchestra Program has established a tradition of excellence, consistently earning “Superior” ratings at the GMEA LGPE every year. In 2008, Hillgrove performed at the Heritage Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia, receiving the top score and the Outstanding Orchestra Award. In 2010, Hillgrove performed at the GMEA State Conference in Savannah. The following year, Hillgrove performed at the Heritage Invitational National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2012, Hillgrove performed at the Heritage Festival of Gold at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and in 2013, Hillgrove received the highest score at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. This year Hillgrove will again perform at the National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall. Students in the Hillgrove Orchestra Program regularly perform in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Georgia Youth Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, All-State and District Honor Orchestra. The success of the Hillgrove Orchestra Program is due in large part to the support of the Cobb County School District, Fine Arts Supervisor Christopher Ferrell, the Hillgrove administration, and the outstanding feeder programs at Lovinggood Middle School, under the direction of Barbera Secrist, and Lost Mountain Middle School, under the direction of Linda Stephens.

Creekland Middle School Honor Orchestra Director: Gregory Pritchard, Ryan Robertson, and Michelle Ragan

The Creekland Middle School Honor Orchestra has existed as a string orchestra since the inception of Creekland Middle School itself in 1996. During that inaugural year, the group performed as a featured ensemble at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago under the direction of Ken Billups and Terry Shade. Other previous directors include Linda Pinner, Kim Craft, Bo Na, and Na Seo. Currently, with almost 600 string students in the orchestra program, Creekland has a long tradition of Superior ratings from Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluations as well as several other festivals throughout the region. The Creekland Honor Orchestra has performed twice at the GMEA In-Service Conference, most recently in 2011. In August 2012, current directors Gregory Pritchard and Ryan Robertson reorganized the group by permanently adding woodwinds, brass, and percussion students as regular members. In 2013, Creekland added Michelle Ragan as their third orchestra director. In the short two years since the group became a full orchestra, the CMS Honor Orchestra has received straight Superior ratings from the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluations in 2013 and 2014. They also received straight Superior ratings and a First Place prize at the Music in the Parks competition in 2013. 2015 marks the first GMEA In-Service Conference performance of the Creekland Honor Orchestra as a full orchestra with a program entitled “Contemporary Music for Middle School Full Orchestra.

Lost Mountain Middle School Orchestra

Director: Linda Stephens

The orchestra program at Lost Mountain Middle School has been in existence since the opening of the school in 1992 and boasts over 300 members in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The program offers orchestral instruction for beginning, intermediate, and advanced performers. The course is taught on a daily basis throughout the school year. The program is also enhanced by before school programs – the violin and cello choirs, advanced chamber ensembles, and an electric bass class. These groups meet once a week and perform for community outreach programs. The orchestras have received numerous awards. The eighth grade orchestra has performed at the GMEA conference in 2011. The seventh and eighth grade orchestras have received consecutive Superior ratings at the Cobb County Middle School Large Group Festival in both performance and sight-reading. They have also been accepted to perform for Walt Disney World’s Magic Music Days for the past eleven years. The seventh and eighth grade orchestras have also performed at the State Capitol with Governor Sonny Perdue conducting! The eighth grade orchestra has also performed at Atlanta Braves games. We have had numerous students receive Superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festival, place into the Cobb County Middle School Honors Orchestra, and GMEA All-State orchestra. Lost Mountain Middle, a Cobb County School, is located in Kennesaw and opened in 1992. The principal is Mrs. Candace Wilkes. The Music Department at Lost Mountain Middle School is the home to over 800 band, chorus, and orchestra students. The bands are under the direction of Suzanne Tingle and Brittany Mori. The choruses are directed by Jay Champion. Our music department chairperson is Theresa Bennett. The LMMS band, chorus, and orchestra have earned recognition as being among the best in the state of Georgia, regularly scoring superior ratings at large group performance evaluations and being invited to perform. Current and former members of the music department have played and sung in All-state ensembles and community ensembles in the metro-Atlanta area. Lost Mountain inherits wonderful music students from Larry Drawdy at Vaughn Elementary, Cindy Morrison at Due West Elementary, and Judy Beale at Ford Elementary. Lost Mountain currently feeds Harrison High School, orchestra director Angela Baddock, Hillgrove High School, orchestra director, David Doke, and McEachern High School, orchestra director, Jennifer Floyd.


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