Wendy Bauer-Reeves is in her 27th year teaching in Dublin City Schools band program. Mrs. Reeves received her BME and MA from The Ohio State University School of Music, playing tuba and sousaphone. She is active as a clinician at music education conferences and presented this clinic at the Midwest Clinic in 2020. She is the state chair of the Women Band Directors International and a member of the American School Band Directors Association.
Larry Blank is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor who has worked in theatre, films, television and concerts. He has been nominated for a Tony Award three times, for his orchestrations of Catch Me If You Can (with Marc Shaiman), White Christmas, and The Drowsy Chaperone. In 2012 his orchestrations were performed in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in London. He has been nominated 6 times for the Drama Desk Award (White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, Catch Me If You Can, A Christmas Story, Honeymoon in Vegas and Fiddler on the Roof (in Yiddish) for Orchestrations. Most recently Larry orchestrated and conducted FX’s Fosse/Verdon for Arranger/Composer Alex Lacamoire. He is currently arranging, orchestrating, and conducting Dolly Parton’s latest project ‘Christmas On The Square’ for Warner Brothers/Netflix. Larry was the MD/Conductor for Jerry Herman’s Memorial at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre NYC Feb 3, 2020.
Kate Bright spends the school year teaching music to students at Lincoln Charter School in York, PA. For 14 years she has been using her Orff-Schulwerk training to create musically active students, from kindergarten all the way to fifth grade. Along with teaching general music classes, she is the lead teacher for the Specials department, and she runs three after-school clubs: Choir, Movers & Shakers (a drama/dance club), and Seniors & Students (where students have music class at a local nursing home). In 2017, she received the school’s first Staff Member of the Year award.
Marla Butke, Ph.D., recently retired from Otterbein University where she directed the Women’s Chorale and taught General Music and Choral Methods, holds degrees from Miami University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society and serves as the President of the Board of AES. Dr. Butke regularly presents Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops throughout the United States and internationally, including presentations in Spain, China, and England, and for national conferences including ACDA, OAKE, AOSA, and AES as well as other regional, state, and local conferences/workshops. Dr. Butke and co-author, Dr. David Frego, wrote Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, published by Music is Elementary and are currently writing Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom to be published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Justin Caithaml graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He currently teaches 7-12 choir at Midview Local Schools, serves as the state advisor for the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and is fully certified in Orff-Schulwerk. In addition, he serves as a board member at the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and also serves on the Collaborative for Arts Education in Ohio.
Dr. Jay Dougherty is the Director of Choral Activities at Marietta College in the Mid-Ohio Valley where he teaches all campus choral ensembles, a contemporary a cappella ensemble, the community Oratorio Chorus, choral methods, beginning conducting, and advanced choral conducting. His area of research is in choral intonation, and teaching strategies based on personality types. He lives in Vincent, Ohio with his wife and five daughters.
Dr. Scott N. Edgar is Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education, he taught K-12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity. He lives in Lake Forest with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, and their cats Elsa and Wolfie.
Jason Falkofsky is currently a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University. His teaching experience includes conducting choirs and coaching musical theatre with students from elementary through adult. He is active in community and youth theatre programs throughout northeast Ohio as a performer, music director, and adjudicator. Jason holds music education degrees from Baldwin Wallace and Kent State Universities.
Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has given presentations in all 50 states and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs, several of which served as the inspiration for the award winning PBS children’s television series Lomax: The Hound of Music.
Rachael Fleischaker teaches elementary band and choir in the Canton City Schools. Rachael is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at Kent State University. She has taught undergraduate coursework for the College of Wooster, Baldwin Wallace, Kent State University, and The Ohio State University Mansfield Campus.
Cheryl Floyd celebrated her twenty-fifth year as Director of Bands at Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas in May 2017 and retired after 35 years as a middle school band director/music educator. Mrs. Floyd is recognized nationally for her educational and musical achievements at the middle school level. In 1990 her Austin Murchison Middle School Band was the recipient of the coveted Sudler Cup Award presented to exemplary middle school band programs by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Hill Country Middle School Band presented performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2006, Music for All’s National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis in 2012, as well as the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle in November 2014. Her bands have been a finalist in the TMEA Honor Band Competition on 12 occasions.
Richard Floyd has been active as a conductor, music educator and administrator since 1962. He has enjoyed a distinguished and highly successful career at virtually every level of wind band performance from beginning band programs through high school and university wind ensembles as well as adult community bands. Floyd recently retired as State Director of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he coordinated all facets of secondary school music competition for some 3500 performing organizations throughout the state for 29 years. He now holds the title UIL State Director of Music Emeritus. He also serves as Musical Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphonic Band that is viewed to be one of the premier adult concert bands in America.
One of the elite brass soloists in the world, Adam Frey travels the globe sharing his talents as a performer and advocate for live music. He has performed all around the world with orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, and piano. As a major ambassador of the euphonium, Adam has more than one hundred and forty works that have been composed or specifically arranged for him. Most are published by Euphonium.com Publications or PinnacleBrass.com. For 16 years, Adam has hosted the International Euphonium Tuba (IET) Festival at Emory University. This event each June hosts more than 120 students and teachers from around the world in a week of playing, learning, and inspiration. He is also the artistic director and co-founder of schoolofbrass.com.
Antonio García is Director of Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and has performed as trombonist with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, and Phil Collins. A Bach/Selmer clinician/soloist and avid scat-singer, he is Associate Jazz Editor for the International Trombone Association Journal, Past Editor of the IAJE Jazz Education Journal, Past President of IAJE-IL, Board Secretary of The Midwest Clinic, Past Advisory Board Member of the Brubeck Institute, Past Network Expert for the Jazz Education Network, and is the only individual to have directed the Illinois All-State jazz combo, vocal jazz choir, and big band.
BettyAnne Gottlieb is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Cincinnati (CCM) where she teaches courses focused on string pedagogy, teacher preparation, and technology integration. Prior to her appointment at CCM, BettyAnne taught in the Solon City Schools and the University of Arkansas. She has been an active orchestral musician, Suzuki teacher, and clinician and has held leadership positions in ASTA, SAA and OMEA.
Rachel Grimsby is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Illinois State University. She is the co-author of two publications; First Steps in Music with Orff, and Feierabend Fundamentals: History, Philosophy, and Practice, and also has been published in the Orff Echo and Journal of Music Teacher Education. Rachel is fully certified in Feierabend, Kodály, Orff, and holds GIML Elementary I and II certificates.
David Hedgecoth is a member of the music education faculty at The Ohio State University where he leads courses in teaching methods and conducts the Collegiate Winds.
Dr.Benjamin C. Helton is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Spartan Marching Band. His other duties at CWRU have included teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, teaching in the SAGES program, and coordinating the student teacher seminar. His research interests include policy, assessment, and cognitive science applications in music pedagogy.
BethAnn Hepburn, M.A.M.E., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN & AOSA Endorsed Teacher Educator. She teaches grades general music and High School choir for Streetsboro City Schools. She serves as the OMEA PD Chair. BethAnn is co-author of Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom Books 1-4 and a frequent presenter for state and national music conferences. BethAnn is a doctoral student at Kent State University.
Shawna K. Hinkle holds a BA in Music Education from Muskingum University and a Masters in Music from Kent State University. She Has taught MS/HS Choir at Brunswick City Schools, Copley-Fairlawn City Schools and Dover City Schools and currently teaches K-5 Music at Dover City Schools.
Michael Hopkins is associate professor and chair of Music Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches courses in string techniques, orchestra methods, research methods, and the psychology of music. He has been a guest conductor at over 100 orchestra festivals and clinics throughout the United States, and has given over 60 presentations at national, international, and state music education conferences on various topics in string education and music technology. He is very active as a composer and arranger, and has composed and arranged over 70 published works for orchestra. His music is published by Alfred Music Publishing, Grand Mesa Music, Kendor Music Publishing, Inc., and J.W. Pepper’s MyScore. His works have been commissioned by many schools and ensembles throughout the U.S.
Alex Looney serves as the choral director for Hiland High School/Middle School (East Holmes Local Schools) where he teaches choral music grades 5-12, co-directs the high school theatre productions, and advises the National Honor Society. He also serves as the Director of Children’s Choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra. He holds a bachelor of music in music education from The University of Akron and is currently pursuing a master of music in music education at Capital University.
Michelle Marie is a speaker, coach, and entrepreneur. As the CEO and owner of MMB Music and Teaching With Orff, she leads a heart-centered team dedicated to serving educators worldwide. She received her Master of Music degree in violin performance from Duquesne University, and her Executive MBA degree from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in 2009. After creating Teaching With Orff, she soon realized that the Orff Approach is more than a teaching method; it is a paradigm that extends beyond the classroom. She has applied this philosophy of integrating the body and the mind to experience true transformation in her own life, and now brings this to others through workshops that utilize music and movement to foster cognitive shifts.
Alice Markiewicz is a bass player who has taught orchestra eight years in the Jefferson County Public School district in Louisville, KY. Alice has taught orchestra to grades five to twelve and has also taught humanities and music appreciation. She is currently completing a Masters in Music Education at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with an emphasis in string pedagogy and urban education under Dr. Betty Anne Gottlieb.
Dr. Sean McCarther serves on faculty at Westminster Choir College, teaching applied voice, voice science, and movement for performers. His current research interests include embodied cognition, motor learning, acquiring expertise, and movement as an expressive device. Publications include articles in the Journal of singing and contributions to two books with GIA Publications, INC.
Lena Miller serves as a general music teacher and department chair for Washington Local Schools in Toledo, Ohio. She has taught K-12 vocal music and oversees vocal direction for area high school musicals. Ms. Miller received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and graduated from Kent State University with her masters in 2020. Over the past four years, she has taught over a hundred students with Emotional Disturbance.
Kyle Phillips is a music educator in Cincinnati, OH. A graduate of Miami University (BME- 2010, MME- in progress), Mr. Phillips teaches band and jazz at Princeton City Schools (2013-present). Kyle is an active member of OMEA- Leadership Academy (2014), PDC Properties Chair (2016), Honor Jazz Event Chair (2015-present). Currently, Kyle serves as District XIV President. In his free time, Kyle enjoys cooking, and spending time with his wife Catlyn and their cats Louis, Cleo, Chester and Beetlejuice.
Edward F. Protzman is the Director of Bands at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. In this position, he coordinates the Mason City School District’s band program and directs multiple concert bands including the Mason HS Wind Symphony. Mr. Protzman’s education includes a Master’s of Music in Wind Conducting degree from West Chester University, and an Artist’s Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary.
Scott Rush is director of bands at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he received a master of music degree in French horn performance and studied with Boston Symphony principal hornist, Charles Kavalovski.
Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching music. He has been an active clinician and Orff instructor for over two decades and has taught in China, India, Indonesia, Scotland, Canada, South Korea, Poland, Spain, and throughout the US. He is co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room” and is currently Director of Publications at Music Is Elementary.
Conductor, educator and singer Jordan Saul has demonstrated compassionate rigor and social relevance in teaching and engaged programming in performance. Saul’s students at The Ohio State University experience collaborative artistry, culturally responsive pedagogy, and impactful community involvement in her choirs and classes. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Westminster Choir College.
Known for fostering community and inspiring action among people of all ages and abilities, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, educator, singer, and speaker. Phillip is the associate conductor and director of learning and engagement of VocalEssence where his most visible impact is seen through his visionary leadership as founding conductor of the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age and through his engaging Take 5 with GPS daily livestream and series of instructional videos.
Katie Silcott received her BME and MM from Ohio State University. She taught vocal and general music at Marysville High School and Middle School from 2002-2018. She is currently the vocal music director at Olentangy Shanahan Middle School. Mrs. Silcott specializes in school and ensemble culture and climate as well as large ensemble recruitment and classroom management. Her philosophy is “When it comes to music, everyone is invited!”
Dean Sorenson is a prolific and highly sought after composer, trombonist, and clinician. His most recent publications, the Standard of Excellence Jazz Ensemble Method, Advanced Jazz Ensemble Method, and Jazz Combo Session, are a “must-have” for developing jazz ensembles and combos. Dean holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Eastman School of Music and is Interim Director of Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
Formerly Director of Orchestras and Assistant Director of Marching Bands at Williamsport Area High School in PA for 26 years, Walt Straiton has taught both winds and strings at all levels, having also served as Director of Orchestras at Messiah College (PA). Rounding out his varied career also as instrumental music producer for HersheyPark for 17 years, Walt was honored to receive a coveted John F. Kennedy Center Fellowship for Teachers in the Arts, and also appeared as a finalist for “Teacher of the Year” in the nationally-televised Walt Disney Corporation’s “American Teacher Awards”. A graduate of Millersville University (PA) and the Eastman School of Music, he previously pursued Doctoral Study in music education at the Pennsylvania State University.
Jeff Theiss was the Music Director for the ten-time Tony and Grammy award winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit. He now serves as Assistant Professor/Music Director at Ithaca College and is the Resident Music Director at The Rev Theatre Company (formerly Merry Go Round Playhouse). Other Broadway credits: Lysistrata Jones and The Book Of Mormon; Off-Broadway: The Band’s Visit. BME – Baylor University; MM – Ithaca College.
Dr. Elizabeth Tracy received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. She is the director of the Community Music School at Heidelberg University and adjunct faculty in the School of Music and Theatre. Within the Community Music School, she directs the Musical Theatre Programs and the Heidelberg Youth Wind Ensemble.
Ryan Van Bibber is the Audio Production Instructor at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, OH. He also was an instrumental music teacher in the Columbus Public Schools. Ryan earned music degrees at Ohio University and The Ohio State University, and two certificates from the Berklee College of Music.
Originally from Gaithersburg, MD Mike Waddell is a musician currently based in the Northeast Ohio area. Mike has served as Director of Bands & Low Brass at Hiram College since 2018. At Hiram he directs the Wind Ensemble & Pep Band, teaches low brass lessons, and other courses such as music theory and entrepreneurship. Mike has also served on the faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and several K-12 schools. He is also the Director of Education for the Columbus Brass Academy, which he co-founded in 2015. Active as a performer, Mike’s euphonium playing can be heard on multiple recordings with the Keystone Wind Ensemble, Zach Collins’ Chronicle, and Rye’s Versatile Southern Rock and Roll. His debut solo album Cascades is due to release in January 2021. Mike is also the technical director and co-founder of schoolofbrass.com
Laura Wiedenfeld received her bachelor’s degree in percussion performance at Arizona State University and continued her education at Southern Methodist University while teaching privately in the Dallas area. She taught general music for grades PK3-8 in the Houston-area for 4 years. Most recently, she served as a graduate assistant at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where she is earning her PhD in Music Education.
For more than a decade, Franklin Willis has educated, mentored, and developed elementary and middle school students through the power of music. He specializes in providing musical instruction through authentic culturally relevant teaching experiences to empower and engage all children to achieve success. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music in 2009. In 2012, he earned the Master of Education Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. Most recently Willis completed the Education Specialist Degree with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University
Dr. Isaac Winland is originally from Sistersville, WV and holds degrees in trumpet performance from Marshall University, The University of Akron, and The Ohio State University. Isaac has been teaching music to all levels for several years and has a multitude of playing experiences from playing solo recitals to performing with orchestras and with a large jazz ensemble in Europe. Dr. Winland is Adjunct Professor of Music at West Liberty University, Hiram College, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University as well as the Video Specialist for SchoolofBrass.com.