Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on childhood development in music and movement. He is the chair of the Kodály Summer Music Program at Holy Family College, professor emeritis and former chair of music education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and 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.”
Dr. Feierabend has been honored as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); named University Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association; received the outstanding alumni award from Wayne State University; received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the James Bent Award for outstanding achievement in scholarship and creativity from the University of Hartford, and was the first U.S. recipient of the LEGO Prize, an international award given annually to “an individual who has made a distinctive contribution to the betterment of children.”
Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend’s creativity and research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method suitable for elementary through college-aged student.
Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build 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 research-based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature. In the summer of 2012, a group of dedicated and like-minded educators honored Dr. Feierabend’s 40-plus years of teaching and research with the formation of the Feierabend Association for Music Education. For more information, visit: feierabendmusic.org and giamusic.com/feierabend.
Dr. Franklin Gallo (b. 1977) was trained in piano, voice and trumpet from an early age. He holds a B.S. from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, and a diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Hungary), where he studied with Eva Vendrai and Péter Erdei, and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School, under the guidance of Edward Bolkovac.
Dr. Gallo has held faculty positions at Shepherd University, The Hartt School, and at DePaul University, as well as in numerous public schools. Dr. Gallo also served as summer faculty at DePaul University, Duquesne University, Holy Family College, and Westminster Choir College.
Dr. Gallo is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter and composer. The past recipient of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, Dr. Gallo's works are featured in the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, and in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation.
Dr. Brent Gault has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education and Kodály-inspired methodology. Dr. Gault also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.
He has presented sessions and research at conferences of the American Orff-Shulwerk Association, the Dalcroze Society of America, the International Kodály Educators, and MENC: The National Association for Music Education. In addition, he has served as a presenter and guest lecturer for colleges and music education organizations in the United States and China.
Articles by Dr. Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music today, the Kodály Envoy, the Orff Echo, and the American Dalcroze Journal.
In addition to his duties with the Music Education Department at Indiana University where he is an associate professor of music (music education) in the Jacobs School of Music, Dr. Gault serves as the program director for the Indiana University Children’s Choir where he conducts the Allegro Choir. He is a past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Sister Lorna Zemke, national and international clinician in the Kodály Approach to Music Education, is an emeritus professor of music at Holy Family College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Dr. Zemke earned her MM and DMA degrees in Music Education at the University of Southern California after spending several years collaborating with Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. She has taught on more than 100 college and university campuses and at many state, regional, national and international conferences. She has developed a program “Music for the Unborn” and directed a large early childhood music education program “Music for Tots” at Holy Family College. She has published several books many articles, and has spoken at international music education conferences in countries including Japan, Greece, Australia, England and Canada. In 2012, GIA Pub., Chicago produced a DVD with Dr. Zemke entitled, “Musical Motivators for Early Childhood.” Dr. Zemke has received many honors and awards for her professional service, leadership and performance in the field of music education.
Lillie Feierabend is known for her work with young children and for instilling a love of music within them. This is her 15th year at the University of Hartford Magnet School and 17th as a director for the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. In 1998, she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Canton Schools for her innovative and inclusive music programs. In 2008, she again received her district’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Feierabend is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences and a guest conductor for regional honors choirs. She also teaches at Holy Family College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Gordon College in Boston, Anderson University in Indiana, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She is past president of KESNE, and a member of NAfME, OAKE, CMEA and ACDA, for which she served as National Children’s Honor Choir Chair for the 2010 Conference.
Dr. Sharon L. Morrow is a retired associate professor of music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey where she was awarded the Rider University Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2017. She received her Masters in Music Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (minor in Communication Disorders) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Her public school teaching experience has included work with students from K-12 in choral music, general music, and string instruction in California, Montana and Wisconsin. She has completed Levels training in Orff-Schulwerk at University of Montana and University of St. Thomas, and brings an eclectic pedagogical approach to teaching that includes Comprehensive Musicianship, Orff, Kodály, Dalcroze, and Suzuki with a culturally-relevant curricular pedagogy that emphasizes active music-making at all levels. She has presented workshops at the local and state level for music educators in California, Montana, Wisconsin and New Jersey, and has been a vocal and choral adjudicator and clinician at the local and state level. She has served as co-president for the Wisconsin Orff Chapter (Greater Milwaukee Orff Dimensions). While teaching public school, her high school choral music program was selected to be a pilot program for the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance program in Wisconsin.
In addition to music education, Dr. Morrow is also a licensed medical technologist and has worked as a clinical instructor, bench technologist (generalist) and supervisor for hospital labs in Orange and San Diego counties (CA). Her research interest is in vocal health for music teachers and students.
Dr. Morrow has remained an active vocal performer, singing with the Orange County Master Chorale (California), San Diego Master Chorale (California), Pacific Camerata (California), Bozeman Chamber Singers (Montana), Bozeman Choral Union (Montana), Intermountain Opera Chorus (Montana), University of Wisconsin Madrigal Singers (Wisconsin), and Isthmus Vocal Ensemble (Wisconsin) and Princeton ProMusica (New Jersey).
Jeffrey A. Rhone holds a Master of Music Education (Early Childhood Emphasis), and a Kodály teaching certificate from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His independent research includes field and archival collecting at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, and The Archive of Folk Life Studies in Washington, D.C. As an educator, Rhone has collaborated with The Yale School of Music Graduate Student Composer Outreach Program and published articles on folklore in The Kodály Envoy. Rhone began his teaching career instructing grade 4–8 instrumental music in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, and subsequently with K–5 general/vocal music in North Haven, Connecticut public schools for more than 15 years. Currently, Rhone teaches courses in Folksong Research in the Kodály certification program at The Hartt School where he is enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in music education.
Stephanie Schall-Brazee is an elementary general music teacher for the Traverse City Area Public Schools where she also directs the select Women’s Choir, Bella Voce. As a choral director, Stephanie’s choirs have consistently earned first-degree ratings at festivals and have been invited to sing at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to her public school teaching, Stephanie is on the faculty of the Northwest Michigan College Children’s Choirs where she directs the Lyric and Prelude choirs.
Stephanie’s training includes a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Music Education from The Hartt School, where she was a graduate assistant to Dr. John Feierabend. Stephanie’s master’s thesis, entitled “The Effects of Song Accompaniment on First-Grade Children’s Ability to Sing Songs from Memory,” required an experimental study that continues to be a clear contribution to the knowledge base in song acquisition among children.
In addition to her teaching, Stephanie has served as a clinician presenting sessions on “First Steps in Music,” “Singing Development in Young Children,” “Music and Movement in Preschool” and “Conversational Solfege.” She also is an endorsed Teacher Trainer for First Steps in Music, and Conversational Solfege Levels 1 and 2.”
Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, assistant professor of voice and director of graduate and undergraduate music at Holy Family College, is an award-winning soprano who has performed on the operatic and concert stage. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College. Dr. Ware Carlton has taught vocalists at the collegiate, secondary and elementary levels. Her articles on vocal pedagogy, private studio management and other topics have appeared in national publications. Prior to joining the faculty at Holy Family College, Dr. Ware Carlton taught at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus.
Dr. Ware Carlton conducted a major survey of vocal pedagogues to assess the current use of science and imagery in vocal studios, and published her findings in the Journal of Singing. She has presented these findings at the CMS National Convention, the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Voice Foundation’s 40th Annual Symposium, the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium held in Newfoundland, Canada, and the Andover Educators Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Ware Carlton is a licensed Andover Educator and teaches the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.” She is an in-demand guest presenter on Body Mapping throughout the Midwestern United States.
As director of the graduate music program, Dr. Ware Carlton serves as advisor to students in the Kodály Certificate Program and Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program.
Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for more than 15 years to grades K-5. He earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff Schulwerk Levels training at the University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops locally, nationally, has presented numerous times at the AOSA national convention, and is an Orff Level I and II teacher trainer. Paul Lives in Minnesota with his wife and two kids where he spends his free time cooking, reading, biking, and drinking tea.
Dr. Loneka Wilkinson Battiste
Loneka Wilkinson Battiste is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She taught elementary general music, and elementary, middle and high school choir classes for four years. She is a frequent clinician and guest conductor for elementary and middle school honor choirs. Her scholarly interests include culturally responsive teaching in music education and multicultural education in music education.She currently serves as a member of both the Academic Citizenship Committee and the Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion of the College Music Society, and as Co-Chair of both the Education Section and the Crossroads Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. She recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil where she studied the musical genre coco. Her research interests include world music pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching in music education, and multicultural education in music education.
Lynne Zimmermann received both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music education with Kodály emphasis from Holy Family College. Her master’s thesis was published in ERIC’s online database. Currently, she teaches K-4 general music in Plymouth, Wisconsin, maintains a private voice and piano studio, and directs the traditional and concert choirs at the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church. Her community involvement includes accompanying students at district and state music festivals and she has been involved in a number of musical theater productions. She has been teaching online classes for Holy Family’s Graduate Music Program since 2009.