Jamey Aebersold has been teaching jazz education for 54 years in colleges, private lessons and at his Summer Jazz Workshops which have traveled to 8 countries. Jamey has pubished 133 play-a-long book/CD sets and is a pioneer in jazz education. Jazzbooks has also published many supplemental books and CDs and are available at jazzbooks.com. Jamey is an author, educator and performer.
Alice Basinger, as an Elementary Music teacher of nearly six hundred K-5 students in a rural school, has been collecting information 28 years to co-author a book of engaging lessons, quizzes and activities that scaffold music concepts into a useful curriculum. An under-graduate of Ohio Northern and masters graduate of Bluffton University, she enjoys organizing the class environment so students can be evaluated more easily and efficiently.
Lorelei Batislaong taught elementary music for 14 years in San Antonio and Austin, Texas. She serves on the National Board of Trustees for AOSA as Region III Representative. Along with presenting sessions and clinics at the state and local level, Lorelei is in her first year of the Ph.D. Program in Music and Human Learning at the University of Texas. In her spare time, Lorelei gigs around Austin playing the bass ukulele in an all-girl folk band.
LeslieAnne Bird is a music and movement educator in North Olmsted, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College in New York. In addition to teaching general music for grades K-1 and 4-6, LeslieAnne teaches 5th and 6th grade band and orchestra as well as 4th-6th grade choir. LeslieAnne earned her Orff Certification from Baldwin Wallace University in 2014, and has completed Level One World Music Drumming training.
Lucas Borges is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ohio University and holds a Doctoral degree from University of North Texas, Masters degree from Indiana University and Bachelors degree from Universidade de Brasília (Brazil). He held teaching positions at Escola de Música de Brasilia, UNT and international music festivals. Dr. Borges performs and teaches nationally and abroad with appearances in South, Central and North Americas.
Dr. Thomas Bough serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Northern Illinois University, where he also conducts the Wind Symphony. A former high school band director, Bough is also a Yamaha Performing Artist on Tuba. His music is published by Alfred Publications and Cimarron Music. He is a frequent contributor to educational magazines, the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series, and an active speaker at music conferences.
Judy Bowers is the Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, and conducts the Womens Glee Club. She is an active conductor and clinician, and to enrich teaching has established university partnerships in public school settings and within a correctional facility. Research interests include developmental choral groups and community learning partnerships.
Sharon Burch is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Shes the bestselling author of the Freddie the Frog Book series, teaching resources, musicals, and jazz education teaching strategies for the classroom setting. Sharon serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center and chairs the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Education Committee, receiving the Presidents Service Award.
Larry Clark’s music is some of the most performed by ensembles at all ability levels, appearing on many contest/festival lists. Clark has over 200 publications already in print and is in demand to write commissions across the country. Clark is Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Carl Fischer Music and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Ed. from Florida State University and Masters Degrees in Conducting and Composition from James Madison University.
Manju Durairaj teaches Pre K-4 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is past president of the GCAOSA. She is a Professor at VanderCook College of Music. She is on the AOSA Diversity Commission and EGM Council of IL Music Education Association. She has presented at state, international and national conferences. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, and Technology in Todays Music Classroom.
John Feierabend is one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. Dr. Feierabend advocates building community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through two research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogical methods; First Steps in Music, and Conversational Solfege.
Kate Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. is associate professor of music education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a prolific researcher, specializing in urban music education. Her book, Urban Music Education: A Practical Guide for Teachers, was released in 2015 with Oxford University Press. An avid supporter of public school music programs, Fitzpatrick is the former director of instrumental music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Stephen L. Gage is Director of Bands & Orchestra at YSU’s Dana School of Music where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Dana Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches graduate conducting. Dr. Gage is conductor of the W. D. Packard Concert Band and is the Edward Zacharias Memorial Chair/Conductor of the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. Stephen is an active wind band and orchestral guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of international repute.
Denise Gagne has taught instrumental, choral and classroom music from babies and preschool to College levels . She has degrees in music and education, as well as Level 3 certification in both Kodaly and Orff. Denise has authored or edited many publications including the Musicplay K-6 elementary music curriculum.
Michael Hopkins is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has served as guest conductor at orchestra festivals throughout the United States and is the founding director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. He has composed and arranged over 50 published works for orchestra, has published numerous articles, and is the author of the online String Pedagogy Notebook at stringtechnique.com.
Galen S. Karriker is currently Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at The University of Akron. He conducts the Symphonic Band and coordinates the entire band program. Dr. Karriker also teaches courses in advanced instrumental conducting and a graduate conducting seminar. The University of Akron Symphonic Band performed at the 2016 OMEA Conference and he has also appeared as a clinician at the conference in 2015 & 2002 – 04.
Kelly Langenberg (M.M.- De Paul University, B.M., B.M.E.- Baldwin Wallace College) A ferociously powerful performer (ITG Journal), Ms. Langenberg is the Horn Instructor at University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Wesleyan University, North Park University, and Elgin Community College. Kelly Langenberg is a Hans Hoyer USA Concert Artist and a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician.
Cheryl Lavender is a master music educator, composer and clinician. Her music resources are published through Hal Leonard Corp. In 2016, Cheryl received an Honorary Doctor of Music Ed. from VanderCook College of Music. She is a composer for Spotlight on Music and Music Express. In 2005, she received the WMEA Distinguished Service Award and the CMU Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1993, Cheryl received her schools Outstanding Teacher Award.
Frank Lestina started teaching orchestra in Danville, IL and later taught at Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools. Highlights include performances at the ILMEA All-State Conference, the MENC National Conference, and the Midwest Clinic. Mr. Lestina is currently on the faculty of DePaul University and is active as a guest conductor and clinician conducting the ILMEA All-State Orchestra in 2014 and the Ohio SW Regional Orchestra in 2015.
Lauren McDougle is the program director of the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland. She has taught for 12 years ages three to adult in both public and private schools. Lauren received her Level I Orff-Schulwerk Certification from the Eastman School of Music, was trained by John Feierabend in Conversational Solfege and First Steps, and has degrees from Bowling Green State University and Loyola University Maryland.
Dr. Willie Morris, III, teaches at the University of Dayton. His duties include teaching saxophone and saxophone quartets and directing the Dayton Jazz Ensemble. He serves as coordinator of the Performance degree program and the Jazz Studies concentration. He holds a DMA in saxophone performance from the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music, a MA degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a BME from East Carolina University.
Sam Morrison is a saxophonist/flutist/composer formerly with Miles Davis in the mid-1970s. He has also played with Woody Shaw, Buster Williams, Billy Hart, Al Foster, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans. His most recent album release is “Howl Revisited” on Brown Bag Records. Morrison is a Dakota Sax artist/clinician.
Roger Sams retired from the music classroom in 2013 after 31 years of teaching children. He has been an active clinician and Orff instructor for over two decades and has taught in China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Scotland, Canada, and throughout the US. He is co-author of “Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Room and a composer of choral music for young children.
Leyla Sanyer has degrees in music education from UW Madison, retiring from orchestra & music comp classrooms in 2015. She has been CMP committee chair, WI Challenging Content Standards Task Force member, WSMA Honors Music coordinator, and WMEA president. She is president for the NAfME NC Division, violinist in the Oakwood Chamber Players and Camerata String Quartet. She was honored as 2004 Elizabeth A.H. Green Public School Educator by ASTA. Her sessions will include a focus on Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) and feature the Cleveland School of the Arts Orchestra, Dianna Richardson, director, as the demonstration group.
Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music. At MSU, Professor Sedatole serves as administrator of the entire band program totaling over 700 students, which includes the Wind Symphony, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Campus Bands, Spartan Marching Band and Spartan Brass. He also guides the graduate wind-conducting program in addition to conducting the MSU Wind Symphony. Prior to joining MSU, he was director of bands and associate professor of conducting at Baylor University. Previous to his appointment at Baylor he served as associate director of bands at the University of Texas and director of the Longhorn Band, and as associate director of bands at the University of Michigan and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Dr. Ryan D. Shaw is assistant professor of music education at Capital University, where he oversees the undergraduate music education program. Prior to coming to Capital, Dr. Shaw taught middle school and high school band in Michigan.
Dr. Robert L. Sinclair serves as Director of Choral Activities for VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He is an active clinician for junior high and high school students across the nation and abroad including Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan. He has presented sessions for the Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Texas Music Educators Associations as well as the Central, Southern and Southwest divisions of ACDA.
Jason Sulliman maintains a studio of 50+ brass students ranging from beginners through college. He is the music manager of the show Blast! and Instructor of Brass at Vincennes University. He plays in the Carmel and Terre Haute Symphonies and also performs with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Jason is finishing his DM in brass pedagogy and his MS in kinesiology from Indiana University.
Daniel Tembras serves as the Director of Instrumental Studies at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. His duties include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, teaching courses in conducting and music education, and coordinating woodwind, brass, and percussion areas. Dr. Tembras holds a DMA degree in Wind Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin and taught eight years in the public schools of Michigan.
William W. Wiedrich is in constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician nationally and abroad. He is currently Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he conducts the USF Symphony Orchestra and maintains a large conducting studio. Wiedrich is also Music Director of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. His youth orchestras have appeared twice in Carnegie Hall and have maintained an active commissioning program of music for young orchestras. He frequently serves as an All-State Orchestra conductor, most recently in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. He has also conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Summer Music Festival.
Lindsey Williams joined the music education faculty at West Virginia University where he teaches courses in music education and conducting. He is an active performer, conductor and clinician for music educators and musicians throughout the lifespan in the United States and Southeast Asia. His research interests include life-long learning, focus of attention, music complexity, music perception, and music teacher training.
Christopher Woodside serves in the National Association for Music Education’s Reston-based headquarters as Deputy Executive Director heading the Association’s Center for Advocacy, Policy and Constituency Engagement. In this capacity, Christopher manages NAfME’s advocacy, policy and membership staff, directs, controls and oversees all issues with relation to the development and implementation of the Association’s large-scale advocacy and public affairs agendas, and serves as NAfME’s primary lobbying presence on Capitol Hill. Previously, Christopher served as the Policy Coordinator for The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, in his first tenure with MENC, as the Director of Government Relations and Outreach, and as a Legislative aide to Representative Chris Van Hollen from Maryland’s 8th district. Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University.
Dr. Craig Woodson is an Applied Ethnomusicologist and percussionist with a PhD from UCLA. His company Ethnomusic, Inc. (1976) is a world music education consultancy specializing in the development of programs and simple instruments for young people. He has worked in Ghana, Iraq, Morocco, Indonesia and Europe. He presents family concerts, is the author of Roots of Rhythm and is a consultant to Remo, Inc. and the Percussion Marketing Council.