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Women in Music

Women in Music Series

The Women in Music in Speaker Series has developed into the hallmark of the Sorority's National Programs. An integral component of District and National Conventions, this program engages our members by providing the opportunity to meet women who work in various aspects of the music profession, including professional performers, music therapists, and educators. This program attempts to connect members with our mission statement by giving women in music a face.

For more information about this program, see the WOMEN IN MUSIC PROGRAM GUIDE


2016 Speakers

Southeast District Convention
Jamie M Honea Howell

Jamie M Honea Howell, a native of Albany, Louisiana, received her Bachelor's of Music Education and Master's of  Science in Education Degrees from Troy University, Troy, Alabama.  Mrs. Howell is in her 21st year as a Music Educator in Alabama and is finishing her first year as Band Director at Carver Magnet School in Dothan, Alabama.  At Carver her Concert Band recently received Superior Ratings at State Music Performance Assessment; the first time in 4 years.  Prior to Carver, Mrs. Howell spent 13 years at Excel High School in Excel, Alabama where her Bands consistently received Superior Ratings in both Marching, Jazz and Concert Bands.  Under Mrs. Howell's direction the Excel Band marched in two Governor Inaugural parades and numerous students participated in District and All State Bands.

Mrs Howell is a member of the Alabama BandMasters Board of Directors currently serving as Vice Chairman of District VIII.  She is President of the Troy University Band Alumni; the largest Alumni Chapter of Troy University.  Mrs Howell is a member of the Southeast Alabama Community Band serving in her 14th year as Principal Flutist.  She is a member of Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Women Band Directors International, AMEA and NAfME.  Mrs. Howell resides in Dothan, Alabama with her husband Jason and her 14 year old son Hunter who plays Alto Sax in the Carver Magnet Band.

Midwest District Convention
Jaqueline Mattingly

Dr. Jacqueline Mattingly currently serves as a Lecturer of Music at UNL where her duties include teaching Arts: 1945 - Present. Prior to arriving at UNL, Mattingly served as Director of Instrumental Activities at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she directed the String Ensemble, Concert Band and Pep Band, and taught applied horn . Previous teaching positions also include Lecturer of Music at Western Carolina University and Assistant Professor of Music at Dickinson State University.

Mattingly earned a Doctorate of Music in Horn Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Master of Music in Horn from the University of Calgary, and Bachelor of Music from Brandon University in Canada. She has also studied horn at the Banff Centre of the Fine Arts. Mattingly has served as a horn instructor at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, has taught at UNC Greensboro's Summer Music Camp, and has given master classes throughout the US and Canada. Her performance venues range from playing professionally with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo performances. She currently serves as the Nebraska Representative to the International Horn Society.

North Central District Convention
Dr. Andrea Brown

Dr. Andrea E. Brown is a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan serving as the assistant director of bands. In this position, she is the conductor of the Campus Bands and director of the Campus Band Chamber Ensembles, associate director of the Michigan Marching and Athletic Bands, director of the Men's Basketball Band, guest conductor with the Symphony Band and Concert Band, teaches conducting, and a faculty sponsor of a College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Project team researching conducting pedagogy technology in support of which she was awarded a 2015 Transforming Learning for Third Century Quick Wins/Discovery grant. Previously Brown was the director of orchestra and assistant director of bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where she also lead research in conducting pedagogy technology and was a member of the Oxford Program faculty. She is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in the US, Europe, and Asia. 
Brown completed a DMA in instrumental conducting at UNC Greensboro where she was a student of John Locke and Kevin Geraldi. She was named 2010 Outstanding Teaching Assistant at UNCG and was both guest conductor and principal horn on UNCG Wind Ensemble's fireworks! and finish line! CDs released on the Equilibrium label. Brown has also had six rehearsal guides published in the popular GIA Publications series, "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" and has a presented at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Yamaha Bläserklasse in Schlitz, Germany, the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the College Band Directors National Association National Conference. She currently is the Assistant Brass Caption Head of the Drum Corps International World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois, where she has been on the brass and conducting instructional staff since 2004. Brown has also been a member of the instructional staff for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. She has been the recipient of a CBDNA grant for summer conducting, the Sigma Alpha Iota Conducting Scholarship and Doctoral Study Grant, as well as the Chi Omega Graduate Education Grant.  

While at UNCG, Brown was a member of the AA Brass Quintet, which won the 2001 International Brass Quintet Competition hosted by Fred Mills at the University of Georgia.  As principal horn with the UNCG Wind Ensemble during her doctoral and master studies, she performed at both the 2009 National CBDNA Conference and at the 2000 Southern Division CBDNA Conference. She performed as a guest artist at the 2010 Focus on Piano Literature at UNCG as well as with the horn sections of the Boston Brass All Stars Big Band, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Brown has studied brass performance and pedagogy with Abigail Pack, J.D. Shaw, Jack Masarie, Freddy Martin, Dottie Bennett, Randy Kohlenberg, Richard Steffen, and Ed Bach.
Originally from Milan, Tennessee, she is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where she was named "Outstanding Student in Music." Brown earned a master of music degree in horn performance and a master of music education degree with a cognate in instrumental conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, Brown was the assistant director of bands at Austin Peay State University and taught public school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Dallas, Texas. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, NAfME, and CBDNA. She was awarded the Rose of Honor as a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Women's Music Fraternity and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Western District Convention
Dr. Carlene Brown

Dr. Carlene J. Brown has been a musician, music educator, music therapist, and arts manager for over 25 years. Her early training began in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied music, taught in the Boston Public School system, earned her certification in music therapy, and worked several summers at Tanglewood, for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Brown earned a master's degree and doctorate in Systematic Musicology, with a focus on the Psychology of Music, from the University of Washington.

Dr. Brown is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Seattle Pacific University. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and director of the SPU Music Therapy Program, the first music therapy program in the state of Washington.

Her clinical and research interests are in the use of music for the management of pain. In addition to teaching core courses in music therapy, such as Introduction to Music Therapy, the Psychology of Music, and Music and Medicine, Dr. Brown teaches the first-year curriculum of music theory. She has been honored and recognized twice by the University for her teaching. She is an organist for St. Brendan's Parish in Bothell, Washington.

Southwest District Convention
Dr. Debbie Rohwer

Debbie Rohwer serves as Professor and Chair of the Division of Music Education. She received her Bachelors degree at Northwestern University, her Master's degree at the Eastman School of Music, and her Ph.D. degree at the Ohio State University. Dr. Rohwer teaches the research and statistics courses, and pedagogy courses at the graduate level. In 1998, Dr. Rohwer founded the Denton New Horizons Senior Adult Beginning Band. She currently serves as conductor, administrator, and arranger for the band. In her research, Dr. Rohwer has concentrated on skill learning of musicians at various experience levels. She has been published in numerous research journals, and serves on state and international research review boards.  Currently, Dr. Rohwer serves as the lead editor for Update: Applications of Research in Music Education and she assists as an Academic Affairs Fellow in the Office for Faculty Success at UNT. In 2016, Dr. Rohwer participated in the Women in Education Leadership program at Harvard University, and she also helps facilitate the Women's Faculty Network at UNT.


2015 Speakers

Northeast District Convention
Jessica Craft

Jessica Craft is the founder of Rock to the Future, an innovative non-profit organization that provides contemporary music education for underserved Philadelphia youth at no cost to the families. In 2010, Craft won the $15,000 Turning Point Prize from Women for Social Innovation and left her job at a prestigious financial services firm to start Rock to the Future, working on a volunteer basis for the first two years of programming. Now, in the program's 5th year, they have grown from serving 13 students to more than 300 annually, and continues to rapidly grow. Jessica and her organization have been featured on iHeartRadio, NBC, CBS, and KYW, and in The New York Times. She also performs regularly with her surf-rock band Conversations, has toured twice to the SXSW music festival, and has recently opened for the legendary Beach Boys.

Midwest District Convention
Kelley Harness

Despite having started piano lessons at the age of seven, University of Minnesota musicology professor Kelley Harness never played any music composed by a woman until she reached college, when she discovered the music of nineteenth-century prodigy Clara Wieck Schumann. Harness has devoted much of her scholarly career to investigating women’s contributions to music history, with a particular focus on their role as patrons in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, research that culminated in her book entitled Echoes of Women’s Voice: Music, Art, and Female Patrons in Early Modern Florence (Chicago, 2006), as well as in numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on the seventeenth-century Florentine horse ballet, a topic at the core of her chapter on “Pageantry” recently published in the Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture (2014).  She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music

Harness is also currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Music, where she also teaches various music history courses, including the Music of J. S. Bach, Baroque Opera, and Music, Gender, and Sexuality. In 2013 she received the CLA Arthur “Red” Motley Award for Exemplary Teaching.

Southwest District Convention
Janet Knighton
North Central District Convention
Margi Peterson
Western District Convention
Dr. Debbie Rohwer
Southeast District Convention
Connie Frigo

2014 Speakers

Northeast District Convention, Storrs, CT
Dr. Barbara Hopkins

Award winning flutist Barbara Hopkins enjoys national recognition for her performances. She has released several CDs including Telemann Methodical Sonatas, Vol. 1, and Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano and Andersen Etudes, opus 15.

Flute Talk magazine recommends her Andersen CD, writing, “Hopkins plays these virtuoso etudes with taste and a technical ease that many students work for years to never achieve.” The Flute Network praised her Telemann recording as, “full, rich, and highly musical,” and the best selling Short Concert Pieces disc is in its third printing. She has appeared as soloist in New York, Boston, Albuquerque, Seattle, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Alaska, Florida, Connecticut, and throughout her home state of Pennsylvania. Composer Edward Diemente has written several works for her, and she has also worked with Joan Tower, Kenneth Fuchs, Chinary Ung, and Shirish Korde.

A cousin of nineteenth century Connecticut flute maker Asa Hopkins, Barbara is very interested in early flutes and music. She has acquired several flutes by Asa Hopkins, and has had them restored to playing condition. This led her to found The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble with guitarist Judy Handler, which specializes in performances of early music performed on historical wooden flutes with nineteenth century guitar.

The Greater Boston Flute Association Gazette wrote of their Boston concert, “The pieces were played with style and joy, resulting in a captivating performance.” They have just recorded their first CD, Songs and Dances of Early America, which was funded in part by a Dean’s Grant from the UConn School of Fine Arts.

Barbara has been a top prize winner in the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, was first prize winner in the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, and was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood Music Center, where she had the honor of playing principal flute under Leonard Bernstein. She has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 1993, and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra.

Dr. Hopkins teaches flute at the University of Connecticut and also taught Community Division students at The Hartt School. It was while teaching at The Hartt School that she conceived the idea for her first CD, Short Concert Pieces for Flute and Piano, when she realized her students needed to hear the repertoire that she was teaching and that much of it had never been recorded.

Dr. Hopkins received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She earned her Master of Music from The Mannes College of Music under Thomas Nyfenger, and her Bachelor of Music at The Hartt School with John Wion. Always seeking to refine her skills, she has also studied piccolo with Geralyn Coticone of the Boston Symphony, new music with Robert Dick, and Baroque flute with Na’ama Lion.

More information about Dr. Hopkins is available at

North Central District Convention, Dayton, OH
Dr. Heather MacLachlan
Heather MacLachlan is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on music-making among Burmese populations - both inside Burma and in the diaspora - and on American popular music. She has conducted fieldwork in Yangon, Burma, on the Thai-Burma border, and in refugee communities in Indiana. She has presented her work at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, at the Universite de Provence in France, and at numerous other universities in the United States and Canada. Dr. MacLachlan has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in a variety of scholarly sources includingAmerican Music and Asian Music. Her book, Burma's Popular Music Industry: Creators, Distributors and Censors (2011), is published by the University of Rochester Press. Currently, Dr. MacLachian is researching the international LGBT choral movement. Prior to commencing her academic career, Dr. MacLachlan spent a decade teaching music in the public school system in her native Canada. She speaks English, French and Burmese, and has taught in each of these languages at various times. Before coming to the University of Dayton, Dr. MacLachlan taught at Cornell University and at Syracuse University. You may contact Dr. MacLachlan directly by
Western District Convention, Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Carolyn Bremer

Carolyn Bremer has been dubbed a composer "driven by hobgoblins of post modernist cant." Bremer came to composition on the heels of intensive training as an orchestral bassist. Her catalogue contains works based on feminist symbolism (Athene), baseball (Early Light), and popular culture (It Makes Me Nervewracking). Recently, Bremer has incorporated her photography and music into multimedia works. Bremer has had recent performances of her works at Carnegie Hall; in Germany, Norway, and Sweden; and for the gala 150th anniversary concert at West Point. Her commissions include the Symphony for WindBand, premiered by Ray Cramer at Indiana University; Returns of the Day, premiered by Thomas Dvorak at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Pieces of Eight premiered by the California State Honor band, and Spark, premiered by Adam Brennan at Mansfield University. CDs released since Spring 2002 include the El Paso Wind Symphony on Summit Records, the Heritage of American Band of the US Air Force, the Towson University Symphonic Band, and the Monarch Brass Ensemble. Her work Early Light is a mainstay in the wind ensemble repertoire, receiving hundreds of performances each year. The original version for orchestra has been performed by professional orchestras including the Houston Symphony, California Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and Waco Symphony Bremer studied at the Eastman School of Music, CalArts, and received the Ph.D. in composition from UCSB. She was Chair of Composition at the University of Oklahoma from 1991-2000 where she held the O’Brien Presidential Professorship. Currently, she is a Professor of Composition/Theory and Chair of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach

Southeast District Convention, Atlanta, GA
Deborah Bradley
Deborah J. Bradley, a native of Okaloosa County Crestview, Florida received her Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Troy University. She also received her Master’s of Science in Education and the Education Specialist Degree from Troy University. Ms. Bradley has been a High School Band Director in the state of Georgia for Cook High School, Valdosta High School, Clarke Central High School-Athens and Calhoun County High School. In Alabama, she was High School Band Director for Clarke County High School and Patrick Henry Junior College. While at Valdosta Junior High, her bands performed at two World’s Fairs. She was a Staff Director for the Lowndes High School Marching Band, “The Georgia Bridgemen”, and Middle School Band Director for Lowndes Middle School. In 2008, she was inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame in Columbus, Georgia. She also had the honor of being Festival Director for the Destin Music and Beach Festival. Currently, Ms. Bradley is Professor of Music for Georgia Military College, Valdosta, GA and continues to perform in community ensembles on the saxophone.

Ms. Bradley has served as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the Southeastern United States. For over thirty years her bands have received Superior and Excellent Ratings in many state and national events. In 2010, Ms. Bradley had the distinct honor of serving as an adjudicator for the National St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Bradley has received many professional awards and recognitions. At Troy University she was the founding President of Epsilon Xi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma 1974. She is a Past- President of the “Sound of the South” Alumni Band. In 1986, she received the Sudler Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation. She has earned Teacher of the Year at Valdosta Junior High, and Teacher of the Year for Cook High School and System-wide for the entire Cook County School System in Georgia. She was also a Disney Teacher nominee in 2000. In 2001 she received the Outstanding Service to Music Award (OSMA) from the National Board of Tau Beta Sigma.

She has served as an officer for the Women Band Directors International (WBDI) for over ten years. She has received the Scroll of Excellence from WBDI and in 2002, the Silver Baton. Ms. Bradley was the President of Women Band Directors International 2006-2008. She has been selected Who’s Who of American Women 2008. Ms. Bradley has been an active member of ASBDA, GMEA, MENC, Kappa Delta Phi, and the Troy University Alumni Association and on the board of the SEUS Concert Band Clinic at Troy University. Deborah Bradley was inducted into the National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame 2008 in Columbus, Georgia. Ms. Bradley was selected by the Board of Directors into the nation’s most prestigious hall of honor for America’s high school band directors. Ms. Bradley is a charter member of The National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D. C.

Southwest District Convention, Waco, TX
Speaker bio
Midwest District Convention, Columbia, MO
Dr. Julia Gaines

Dr. Julia Gaines joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies. She conducts the University Percussion Ensemble, the World Percussion Ensemble, coaches the Graduate Percussion Ensemble, and applied percussion lessons for approximately 16-18 music majors. She is also the Faculty Advisor to the MU Percussion Society – a student organization that promotes percussion performance and education on the MU campus and throughout the mid-Missouri region. Dr. Gaines received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, her Master’s degree as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor’s degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. She has performed in the percussion sections of the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony, and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. She also has a history in drum corps culminating as a member of the 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble.

She was selected to perform at PASIC 2004 in Nashville, the 2005 International Hawaiian Conference on Arts & Humanities held in Honolulu, and the 12th Annual Puerto Rico Percussion Festival held in San Juan in August of 2005. She gave her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March of 2007 performing a work she commissioned for marimba and electronic sounds. In the summer of 2008, she spent two weeks in Londrina, Brazil teaching at the 28th Festival of Music. Her current research on the objective grading of four-mallet marimba literature has led to presentations at the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the 2009 and 2011 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy.

Dr. Gaines has been a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for twenty+ years. She has been the Vice-President and President of the Missouri Chapter of PAS and hosted the MOPAS Day Of Percussion in 2003 and 2012. She has served on the PAS International Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Executive Committee. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for Percussive Notes, the scholarly journal of PAS, with the primary responsibility of Review Editor.

Her interest in commissioning new, intermediate four-mallet marimba music as well as her passion for helping teachers recently led her to another stage in her career. In 2007, she began the process of creating a matrix from which to objectively analyze the technical and musical attributes of a four-mallet marimba piece. After three years of revising this matrix, she now has a large number of pieces organized into ten pedagogically sequential levels. Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 is Dr. Gaines’ first book published as a result of this research. She is currently working on Book 2 of this series. More information about these books and research can be found at

Dr. Gaines proudly endorses Vic Firth Mallets and Sticks, Pearl/
Adams Drums and Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.


2013 Speakers

Northeast District Convention, Amherst, MA
Nikki Stoia
Coach/accompanist, piano soloist, singer and conductor NIKKI STOIA is known for her musical versatility, with repertoire that encompasses traditional and contemporary classical and popular music. Her concert work has taken her to many U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, San Francisco and Honolulu, and as accompanist for the Smith College Chamber Singers, she appeared in concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm, among others. Ms. Stoia's performance as piano soloist with the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra of Gerhswin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and her duo-piano recital with conductor Raymond Harvey (Kalamazoo Symphony) have been aired by National Public Radio. She has also appeared in performances at various U.S. and Canadian venues as a member of the "Bob Becker Ensemble" and has performed in concerts at International Tuba and Euphonium, International Trumpet Guild and Percussive Arts Society conferences.

Ms. Stoia is presently a Senior Lecturer II in the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Department of Music and Dance, Music Chief Undergraduate Advisor and Honors Program Director, and, as an Associate Dean, she is Executive Director of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advising Center. She is also a four-time Distinguished Teacher Award nominee and a 2006 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award winner at the University. From Fall 2003 through March 2005 she was the Music Director, conductor and pianist for all the premieres and subsequent performances of the opera "The Captivation of Eunice Williams" (music by Paula Kimper, libretto by Harley Erdman, conceived with Linda McInerney, Stage Director). Having served as accompanist for the Springfield (MA) Symphony Chorus for nineteen years, Ms. Stoia is now in her seventh year as Music Director/Conductor of this ensemble. In the summer of 2008, Ms. Stoia served as Head Vocal Coach and Chorus Master for the opera program, Italian Operatic Experience, in Urbania, Italy. She holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, acknowledged as a Phi Kappa Phi graduate, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Music and German.
North Central District Convention, Lexington, KY
Lori Gooding
Lori Gooding, Ph.D., MT-BC, earned her doctoral degree from Florida State University and joined the University of Kentucky as the Director of Music Therapy in July 2010. There she established the graduate academic program in music therapy, as well as the clinical music therapy program at UK HealthCare. She is actively involved in music therapy research, earning a grant from the National Institute on Aging in 2011 and from AARP in 2012. Dr. Gooding currently serves as an Assembly Delegate for the American Music Therapy Association and is a member of the Journal of Music Therapy Editorial Board.
Western District Convention, Boise, ID
Christi Green

Christi has been a professional guitar instructor since 1982. She has taught guitar, electric bass, and music theory at Boise State University, College of Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University, and Trevecca Nazarene.

She is the author of Fretboard Theory, A Chordal Approach, A Time Management Guide For The Practicing Musician, and has developed the curriculum for Christi Green Studios and Northwest Music School.

Christi holds a BM in Guitar Performance (jazz) and an MM in Guitar Performance and Pedagogy (classical) from Boise State University.

Since the late 1970’s Christi has been gigging as a guitarist, vocalist, and electric bassist and enjoys performing a variety of musical styles including Rock, Country, Latin, and Jazz. She as backed well known artists including Brain Hodel, Little Eva, and the Diamonds.

Christi is also an active composer for film and television. Some of her most recent works have been featured on America’s Got Talent, Can You Duet, and the Crafting of an Action Figure.

Southeast District Convention, Tallahassee, FL
Katarzyna Bugaj, Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Florida State University
Katarzyna (Kasia) Bugaj is Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the College of Music at The Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also has degrees from Western Michigan University, The Peabody Conservatory, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has a minor in writing from Johns Hopkins University and pursued a certificate of literary translation at Indiana University.

Prior to her appointment at Florida State University, Dr. Bugaj was the director of the Attica Violin Project, a curricular elementary school violin program in Attica, Indiana. She was also the assistant director of the Fairview and Highland Park string programs, and taught violin and viola on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy. She was adjunct faculty at Valparaiso University, a member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and also played with the Grand Rapids and Louisville Symphony Orchestras.

At FSU, Dr. Bugaj teaches string techniques and methods courses; she also teaches at the FSU Summer Music Camps. Her research interests include string pedagogy, working with underserved populations, and music teacher education. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences and—in addition to academic articles—has published articles about music for the general audience. She is an active translator of Polish musical texts.
Southwest District Convention, Huntsville, TX
Beth Bronk, Director of Bands at Texas Lutheran University
Beth Bronk, associate professor, director of bands; B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; M.M. University of North Texas. Prof. Bronk serves as TLU Director of Bands. She teaches conducting, instrumental music education classes, and conducts the TLU Bands. Ms. Bronk earned the University of Texas Performance Certificate and studied trumpet with Ray Crisara. While at the University of North Texas, she was a trumpet Teaching Fellow and studied conducting with Anshel Brusilov. Ms. Bronk taught instrumental music in Texas public schools for 18 years and most recently held the position of Director of Bands and music administrator for New Braunfels I.S.D. She currently serves as president of the Texas music educators Association Region 12. Ms. Bronk is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer.
Midwest District Convention, Lawrence, KS
Jana Fallin
Jana Fallin served as Division Chair for Music Education at Kansas State University for 24 years before taking the position as Interim Director for the Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

She has numerous graduates teaching in music education positions in schools in the South, the Midwest and various districts scattered throughout the United States.   Dr. Fallin has degrees from Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin.  Before coming to K-State, she taught at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Northern Iowa University.  She co-authored a book, Using Music to Enhance Student Learning, now going into the 2nd edition.   She has two sons, both graduates of K-State, and her husband David teaches marketing at K-State and is President of  Sunflower Consulting.
National Convention, Springfield, MA
Amy Mills

Amy Mills has distinguished herself as one of the few female conductor/composers active in American classical music today. For fourteen seasons she was Music Director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, where the La Crosse Tribune called her "a fireball of excitement and enthusiasm." Her improvements in the artistic quality of the orchestra brought unprecedented growth, including an addition of six subscription concert performances, a tripling of the budget, a quadrupling of season ticket sales, a concert opera production, a collaboration with a local Native American community, an annual outdoor pops concert, a pre-concert show on Wisconsin Public Radio, a concerto competition, and the release of the orchestra's first recording. 

Increasingly active as a composer, Ms. Mills conducted the world premiere of her orchestral work, Ha Shamayim, with the Aguascalientes Symphony in Mexico, in a concert broadcast on television and radio. Megumi Kanda, principal trombonist of the Milwaukee Symphony who commissioned the work, premiered Mills' trombone sonata, Red Dragonfly, at the 2013 International Trombone Festival. Journey One, Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra was commissioned by Dennis Najoom, co-principal trumpet of the Milwaukee Symphony, and will be premiered by him in 2014. Her Christmas Angels and Bells was premiered by the Tacoma Symphony in 2012 under the baton of Maestro Harvey Felder, and orchestras around the U.S. have performed her pops arrangements.

Ms. Mills founded and served as Music Director of the National Women's Symphony in Washington, D.C., a professional orchestra featuring the music of women composers along with recognized masters.  Since founding this ensemble in 1992, they performed world and American premieres of works by Libby Larsen, Pulitzer Prize winner Melinda Wagner, Jennifer Higdon and Augusta Reed Thomas. The orchestra has also collaborated with the Norwegian and Canadian embassies in presenting American premieres of women composers of their countries. The ensemble is now evolving into the new Symphonia Internationale, which will present concert programs featuring the music of contrasting cultures in cities throughout the world.  

Prior to her appointment in La Crosse, Ms. Mills was the youngest Music Director of the U.S. Air Force Band, Orchestra, and Chorus.  With these ensembles, she led a concert featuring Robert Merrill in a performance broadcast nationally on PBS every July 4th and commercially released as a video, and conducted other special performances featuring Wilford Brimley and Peter Graves.  She was the first woman to serve as Music Director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, conducting the 27 member full-time professional chorus in over 350 concerts around the country, and in a featured performance at the 1988 Chorus America national convention, broadcast by National Public Radio. 

Ms. Mills holds a doctorate in conducting from Catholic University, and a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Northwestern University, where she was the School of Music's 1995 commencement speaker. She continued her studies at the Conductors' Institute, Tanglewood, and the Oregon Bach Festival with Gustav Meier, Harold Farberman, Daniel Lewis, and Helmut Rilling. She has served on the faculty of the Conductors Institute at Bard College and frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician. Ms. Mills is the recipient of the "Outstanding Service to Music Award" and honorary membership from the Tau Beta Sigma national band sorority. She lives with her husband on a lake near Washington, D.C.



2012 Speakers

Northeast District Convention
Katherine Rodeffer, Instrumental Music Supervisor, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Kathy Rodeffer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.  She did graduate work in Music Education at the University of Maryland in music education and in 1992, received a Masters of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University.  Ms. Rodeffer is in her thirty-fourth year as a music educator in Prince Georges County and fourteenth as Instrumental Music Supervisor.  She taught instrumental music in elementary, middle, and high schools for twenty years.  Her middle and high school bands consistently received "Superior" at both county and state festivals and were invited to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage and the Rayburn Congressional Office Building. Ms. Rodeffer has served on the Executive Boards of Maryland Band Directors' Association and Maryland Music Educators' Association.  She is a member of National Association for Music Education, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Woman Band Directors International.  Ms. Rodeffer was awarded the Outstanding Service to Music Award from Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority in 2003 and The Corwin Taylor Music Education Leadership Award from Maryland Music Educators’ Association in 2009 and  is an active clinician and adjudicator in the region. 

North Central District Convention
Dr. Sarah Smith Waters, Professor of Applied Percussion, Steel Drum Band, Percussion Ensemble, Aural Skills, African Music, American Music and Music History at Ohio Northern University

Dr. Waters teaches Applied Percussion, Steel Drum Band, Percussion Ensemble, Aural Skills, African Music, American Music and Music History. She is also the Director of the Ohio Northern Summer Music Camp for students grades 7-12, which is currently in its 41st year of operation. Dr. Waters also organizes and performs in the celebrated Alumni Jazz Band which brings several outstanding musicians back to campus annually.  She received her Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the Ohio State University in 1995.  She also has a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Conducting from Western Michigan University (1991).  A native of Lima, Ohio, she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio Northern University in 1987.  She has taught at Muskingum College, Mississippi Valley State University, The University of South Dakota and was teaching at Holy Cross School for Boys in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina, August 2005,  forced her and her family back north when Ohio Northern hired both Sarah and her husband Robert (ONU History Department).  

An avid performer she has been the Principal Timpanist in the South Dakota Symphony, the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussionist for the Sioux City Municipal Band, Principal for the New Orleans Civic Symphony, a Substitute Percussionist for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and a percussionist for the New Orleans Concert Band.  Currently she performs with the Lima Symphony Orchestra.  She can often be heard or seen performing in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts on ONU’s campus for various events.

Waters received a prestigious J. William Fulbright Scholarship to Botswana, Africa for the school year 1999-2000.  While living in Africa she visited eight countries and did extensive research on indigenous musical instruments of the Tswana people, part of which was published in Percussive Notes “The Drums and Marimbas of Botswana,” Vol. 38, No. 3, June 2000, and also presented at a recent African conference held at Ohio University.  She has also done research on steel drums, presenting her research on Guyanese steel drum master Roy Geddes at several conferences and in Percussive Notes “Discipline is Love: Roy Geddes, Pan Man of Guyana,” Vol. 41, No.1, February 2003. In 1997 Waters received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to research and study Caribbean Literature and Art in Puerto Rico.  Her interest in Caribbean and African music has been presented in several invited lectures to area colleges and universities.  She has had several other articles published by Percussive Notes as well.

She has two boys, Donald, 8 and Robby, 6.

Western District Convention
Judith Cloud, National Composer

Composer Judith Cloud's gift for vocal writing originates out of her own rich experiences as an accomplished mezzo–soprano soloist. Performing throughout the United States, Cloud premiered many new works by young composers as well as her own music, including acclaimed performances at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra and the Rome Festival Orchestra. Highlights of her performing career include a performance of the Brahms Neueliebeslieder Waltzer with the acclaimed radio program Saint Paul Sunday Morning, as well as being the soloist for the American premier performance of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time with the Winston-Salem Symphony. She still remains active as a recitalist and soloist, and performed the mezzo solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Flagstaff Symphony, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, in the spring of 2009.

Cloud first began composing for the voice in 1974, and she has garnered a reputation as a "singer-friendly" composer. Her work has been described as "eminently singable, displaying a rich harmonic palate with an audience-entrancing sense of vocal line that is both dramatic and beautiful." Among her compositions are many choral pieces and works in a wide variety of other genres, including a woodwind quintet, solo works for flute and piano, trumpet and piano and violin and piano, and a piece for soprano saxophone, trumpet and horn entitled Variations on an Old Negro Spiritual.

Art song collections include Night Dreams (Margaret Atwood), The Secret History of Water (Silvia Curbelo), Awake On A Spring Night (Betty Andrews), and Three Songs from "Gleanings" a chamber work for soprano, clarinet and piano featured at the 2006 International Alliance for Women in Music International Conference in Miami, Florida.

Other choral compositions include her cantata Feet of Jesus, for soprano and baritone soloists, soprano saxophone, chorus and organ, and is recorded with BIS on a CD entitled "Spirituals," released in 1997 by the Saint Jacob's Chamber Choir and directed by Gary Graden. Words from an Artist's Palette, a recent commission for men's choir was recorded on the Clarion recording "First Day," by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Linda Mack, conductor. Three Spells (Kathleen Raine), for women's a cappella choir and Baroque flute has been presented in London by Psallite, under the direction of Nancy Hadden, world wide specialist on wooden flutes from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. Recently released by Centaur is "(In)habitation: Settings of Margaret Atwood Poetry by American Women Composers", by the Strempel-Beaudette duo, with her cycle Night Dreams included with works by some of the top female composers of our time, including Libby Larsen, Lori Laitman, Amanda Harberg, Elisenda Fábregas, and Tania León.

In May of 2009 singers and pianists came together to record selected solo vocal works by Cloud for a CD with Summit Records. Judith Cloud also participated in the recording singing Four Sonnets by Pablo Neruda, set 2. The CD, to be titled "Letting Escape A Song" includes Quatre Mélodies De Ronsard, for baritone, composed in honor of noted art song scholar, Carol Kimball and premiered by Tod Fitzpatrick and Robert Mills.

In October of 2009 she was awarded first place for the prestigious Sorel Medallion Composition Competition with her work Anacreontics for chorus and guitar.

Her most recently composed works include Four Songs of the Heart, to poetry by Kathleen Raine for soprano Jennifer Trost and pianist Arlene Shrut, and Three Dogs from Greek Mythology for brass quintet. She is currently working on revision of her Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Orchestra, composed in 1998 for Swedish saxophonist Anders Paulsson.

Cloud has been an honored composer in residence with the noted "Escape to Create" program sponsored by the Seaside Institute in Seaside, FL for two seasons.

Dr. Cloud received vocal performance degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Florida State University. Her first composition lessons were with Robert Ward, who advised her to keep singing—but to keep writing music, too. She has been a member of the music faculty for The North Carolina School of the Arts, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and Indiana State University. She is currently Coordinator of Voice at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she teaches studio voice and vocal pedagogy. Inspiring students with her teaching as well as her compositional talents, she was awarded "Teacher of the Year" for the College of Fine Arts in 2004.

The Composer is a member in good standing with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.)

Southeast District Convention
Robyn Wilkes, Director of Instrumental Studies at the State College of Florida in Bradenton

Robyn Wilkes is in her third year as the Director of Instrumental Studies at the State College of Florida in Bradenton where she conducts the wind ensemble, orchestra, and teaches classes in music appreciation, music history, and music theory. In addition to her responsibilities at the college, Ms. Wilkes is also the conductor of the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, former conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra Youth Symphony, conductor of the Advanced Band for the Sarasota Orchestra Music Camp, and performs at area churches on trumpet and percussion. She received her B.S. Degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 1997 and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a graduate assistant for the “Pride of the Southland” Marching Band, earning a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting in 1999.  She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at Boston University with a research emphasis on popular music in secondary education.

Ms.Wilkes is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Women Band Directors International, and the National Band Association. She served as Treasurer for the Seventh District of the Georgia Music Educators Association for five years and is currently President of the Women Band Directors International.  She has received the Silver Baton Award from that organization and has been recognized by GMEA for her outstanding contributions to music education in 2004 and 2006. In 2007, Ms. Wilkes was awarded the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in recognition of her band’s performance at the University of Georgia’s annual Janfest event.

Prior to coming to the State College of Florida, Ms. Wilkes was the band director at Ridgeland High School in Walker County, Georgia from 1999 to 2008 where her bands won numerous region, state, and national marching and concert band competitions.  During the 2008-2009 school year, she served as Instructor of Music at Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia where she conducted the jazz band and chamber orchestra and taught classes in music history, music appreciation, and symphonic literature.

Southwest District Convention
Dr. Jaemi Blair Loeb, Founder, Houston Heights Orchestra, Music Director of HaZamir Houston and Choir Director at Congregation B’rith Shalom

Jaemi Blair Loeb conducts orchestral, choral, wind band, chamber, and opera ensembles, advocating for new music and collaborating with composers at every opportunity. Jaemi recently founded the innovative Neighborhood Orchestra, the Houston Heights Orchestra, of which she is the Artistic and Music Director. She is also Music Director of HaZamir Houston and Choir Director at Congregation B’rith Shalom. Jaemi is a confident musical leader, equally at home with standard, 20th century, and brand new repertoire. Her technical knowledge extends from the particulars of orchestral instruments to the inner workings of synthesizers and she is dedicated to using this knowledge to integrate orchestral performance into the digital lives of players and listeners. Jaemi's previous positions in Houston have included Music Director of the jTunes, Music Director Lone Star College -Montgomery Symphonic Band, Assistant Director of the AURA Contemporary Music Ensemble, Assistant Conductor of the Moores School Orchestras, and Music Director of the Opera Vista Competition for New Opera. Jaemi is also an active guest conductor in the Houston area, and recently made her Lincoln Center debut with the HaZamir International Festival Choir.
Jaemi immigrated to Texas, in 2007 to pursue a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting at the Moores School of Music, under the direction of Franz Anton Krager, which she completed in May of 2011. From 2003 to 2007, Jaemi lived in North Carolina, where she earned an M.M. in 2005 in Orchestral Conducting from the UNC-Greensboro School of Music, under the direction of Robert Gutter. Her last position in North Carolina was as the Associate Conductor and General Manager of the Durham Youth Orchestra in Durham, NC. She also held conducting positions with: the Raleigh Symphony, the UNC-Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra, the UNC-Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble, the UNC-Greensboro Symphony, and the UNC-Greensboro Contemporary Chamber Players. As an undergraduate, Jaemi was assistant conductor of the Brown University Symphony Orchestra, the Brown University Wind Ensemble, and the Brown University Mainstage Theater. She graduated from Brown in May of 2003 with a B.A. in Music and Modern Culture Media (magna cum laude, with honors in music).

Midwest District Convention
Ingrid Stölzel, Internationally Renowned Professional Composer

Ingrid Stölzel (b.1971) is a composer whose music is being performed across the United States, Canada and Europe. She has written for ensembles such as newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, Noise/San Diego New Music, California E.A.R. Unit, Adaskin String Trio, Erato Chamber Orchestra, Octarium and Allegrésse, among others. She won the 2010 NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestra Composition Competition, the 2009 Cheryl A. Spector Composition Prize, the 2006 PatsyLu Composition Prize and was a finalist for the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011.

Stölzel is a frequent guest composer and her music was recently featured at the 2011 Festival of New American Music,  2011 Aries Composers Festival,  2011 International Alliance of Women in Music Congress,  IC[CM] International Conference on Contemporary Music, and the SoundOn Festival of Modern Music, among others.

Stölzel received her doctorate in composition at the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, where she studied with James Mobberley, Chen Yi and Zhou Long. She holds a Master of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. She teaches at Park University – International Center for Music and works with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and newEar contemporary chamber ensemble.  Ingrid is a native of Germany and has resided in the United States since 1991.


2011 Speakers

Northeast District Convention
Dr. Christine Ennis Carillo, Music Theory and Trumpet Professor, James Madison University

Dr. Christine Ennis Carrillo serves on the faculty of James Madison University where she teaches applied trumpet and music theory, performs with the Madison Brass Quintet and co-directs the JMU Trumpet Ensemble. She is also an adjunct instructor at Eastern Mennonite University where she teaches applied trumpet lessons, the brass methods class and works in the Preparatory Program.  Dr. Ennis Carrillo has previously served on the faculties of Texas A&M University-Kingsville (where she was a two-time recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award) and The Victoria College.

Dr. Ennis Carrillo currently performs as Repiano Cornet with the award winning Massanutten Brass Band and is the trumpet instructor for the Massanutten Youth Brass Band.  She has performed with a wide variety of ensembles including the Victoria Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, Keith Brion and his New Sousa Band, Audio Inversions Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Oratorio Society of Virginia and the Brazos Valley Symphony.  In 2005, Dr. Ennis Carrillo performed in the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 3: Circus Maximus at Carnegie Hall with The University of Texas Wind Ensemble.

As a clinician, Dr. Ennis Carrillo has given lectures at the International Trumpet Guild Conference (2010), Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities (2007), The University of Texas at Austin (2007) and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (2006).  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her primary trumpet teachers include Ray Sasaki, Ronald Romm and Dr. Michael Ewald.  Professional memberships include the International Trumpet Guild, the International Women’s Brass Conference and the Music Educators National Conference. 

Christine Ennis Carrillo is an artist/clinician for Conn-Selmer and performs on Bach trumpets.

North Central District Convention
Dr. Pamela Nave, Purdue University Associate Professor of Bands

Dr. Pamela Nave, Purdue University Associate Professor of Bands, serves as Purdue Bands’ percussion specialist and coordinates the Applied Music Program. Formerly on the bands faculty at Ball State University, she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University. At OSU, she won the graduate concerto competition as a marimba soloist, adding it to a list of undergraduate honors at Ball State that includes being a two-time recipient of the James L. Lane Percussion Award and winner of BSU’s Concerto Competition. Between degrees, Nave, a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, operated a private percussion studio in Noblesville and performed as a freelance percussionist throughout Indiana.

Western District Convention
Marcia Stevens, Director of Bands at the Cascade School District, Turner, OR

Marcia Stevens is presently the Director of Bands for the Cascade School District, Turner, Oregon, a position she has held for the last ten years. For the last five years her Symphonic Band has placed in the top three in the state competition for the 4A division, two of them state championships.  Her jazz groups frequently compete at the University of Nevada Jazz Festival at Reno where they have consistently placed in their divisions.  She has taught in the Mount Angel, Oregon, Lebanon, Oregon, and Middletown, Rhode Island school districts.  While living overseas she worked with the Department of Defense Schools as well as in the Public Affairs Office in the Marine Corps Headquarters Building at Camp Butler, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.  This gave her the opportunity to learn the Ryukyu Japanese dialect, customs, and travel extensively visiting school instrumental programs across Asia. 

Originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island.  During her undergraduate years she was active as a drill writer and arranger for URI’s That Ram Band ~ The Pride of New England marching band.  She earned her Masters of Music degree from Portland State University.  In addition to her recent intensive year of instrumental conducting study with Edward Higgins, she has studied conducing with Seiji Ozawa, Joseph Ceo, Frank Wickes, Marcellus Brown, Rodney Winther, Kirt Saville, Christopher Chapman, Jack Stamp and Linda Moorhouse. Organizational affiliations include the Oregon Band Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference and Oregon Music Educators Association.

Southeast District Convention
Zandra Bell-McRoy, Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at the University of Georgia

A native of Monroe, Georgia, Zandra Bell-McRoy received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Georgia. She is a doctoral candidate in Music Education at the University of Georgia under the supervision of Dr. Mary Leglar and Dr. Roy Legette where she also serves as a graduate assistant.  While serving as a graduate assistant Mrs. Bell-McRoy has received numerous honors and awards. She was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award which is a campus award that recognizes exceptional teaching from graduate teaching assistants.  She was also awarded the Gene M. Simons Fellowship which is awarded to a music education graduate student that has exhibited outstanding leadership and scholarship.  For the 2010-2011 school year Mrs. Bell-McRoy was the chosen nominee from the School of Music for the Excellence in Teaching Award, and was a member of the Future Faculty Program. This is an interdisciplinary Graduate school-sponsored organization which prepares graduate assistants for positions in higher education.  In previous years she was Director of Bands at Youth Middle School of Loganville, GA, Pointe South Middle School of Riverdale, Georgia, and LaGrange High School of LaGrange, GA. She also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Mount Zion High School of Jonesboro, GA and Monroe Area High School of Monroe, GA. Mrs. Bell-McRoy performs with Tara Winds Community Band. She is a member of College Music Educators National Conference (CMENC), National Bandmasters Association (NBA), and American Education Research Association (AERA). She has also served as the Education Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Walton County Music Guild, and as a clinician, adjudicator, and freelance flutist across the state. Other affiliations are Sigma Alpha Iota and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Southwest District Convention
Dr. Debra Traficante, Assistant Director of Bands, University of Oklahoma

Dr. Debra Traficante currently serves as the Assistant Director of University Bands at The University of Oklahoma.  Her duties include co-conducting the Symphony Band (fall), conducting the Concert Band (spring), teaching the visual components of The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, directing and coordinating the Sooner Showmen Basketball Bands, and teaching undergraduate conducting and instrumental education courses.

Dr. Traficante graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).  Upon graduation, she served as Director of Bands at New Smyrna Beach High School for five years, receiving Volusia County’s First Year Teacher of the Year Award. She returned to the University of Florida to pursue a Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting under Dr. David A. Waybright, while simultaneously serving as Assistant Director of Bands at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida. 

After receiving her Master’s degree, Dr. Traficante was awarded a Graduate Alumni Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in the Wind Band Conducting program under Dr. William K. Wakefield.  Her dissertation is “An Analysis of John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music.”

Dr. Traficante frequently judges, guest conducts, and clinics ensembles across the United States, and has conducted at the International World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Singapore in 2005.  As an active percussionist, she co-presented a clinic at the 2009 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention on “How to Inspire a More Musical Percussion Section within the Wind Band.”

She is an Honorary Member of the Delta Chapter and Beta Xi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, as well as the Delta Chapter and the Alpha Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. In 2007, she was awarded the Martha Starke Memorial Scholarship for Women Conductors.  Additionally, she was awarded a Distinguished Membership in Sigma Alpha Iota.  Her professional memberships include the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, The College Music Society, and The Percussive Arts Society. 

Midwest District Convention
Tin-Shi Tam, Hong Kong, Cownie Professor of Music (University Carillonneur) and Chair of the Keyboard Division

Tin-Shi Tam, a native of Hong Kong, is the Cownie Professor of Music (University Carillonneur) and the Chair of the Keyboard Division. She is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and a fellow of the Trinity College of Music (London). She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ from The University of Michigan, Master of Science in arts management from Durham University, England, Master of Arts in organ performance from The University of Wales, Cardiff and a Bachelor's degree in music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the dean of the American Guild of Organist, central Iowa chapter, and a member of the board of directors of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. At present, she is a committee member of the Franco Composition Fund and the Examination Committe of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

A celebrated artist on carillon and organ, TAM has given recitals in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States. She was a featured carillon recitalist at the Festival International de Carillon en Côte d'Or in France, the Twelfth International Carillon Festival at Bok Tower Gardens in Florida, and the Congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at Princeton University, The University of Michigan, Ball State University, and Grand Valley State University. In 2008, TAM represented the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America to perform at the World Carillon Federation Congress in Groningen, The Netherlands. As an organ soloist, TAM has collaborated with Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at the Opening Festival of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. It was followed by a performance at National Concert Hall in Taiwan, R.O.C. She also appeared as a guest soloist with the Central Iowa Symphony, and was a featured artist at organ dedications.

As an active clinician, TAM has given master classes, lectures and education programs extensively. Her recent invited lectures include bells and bell music in China, music for carillon and orchestra, and organ: the king of the instrument. Her carillon compact disk "The Bells of Iowa State" was released in 2004.


2010 Speakers

Northeast District ConventionBangor, ME
Dr. Laura Artesani, Assistant Professor in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine

Dr. Laura Artesani is an Assistant Professor in the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine, teaching courses in the areas of music education, music history, and Women and Music.  She serves as piano accompanist for two choral ensembles at the School of Performing Arts: the University Singers and the Athena Consort, and performs frequently in faculty and student recitals.  She is the faculty advisor for the UMaine Collegiate Chapter of MENC, and is a member of the Executive Board of the Maine Music Educators Association.  She has also served as secretary of the Maine Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Artesani graduated summa cum laude from Barrington College in Rhode Island, and received a M.M. in piano performance from the University of Maine.  She earned a D.M.A. in piano performance from West Virginia University, where she was the recipient of the Swiger Teaching Fellowship for four years.  She has taught at the Lincoln School in Providence, RI; Center Drive and North Orrington Schools in Orrington, ME; and the Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, ME.  Dr. Artesani has completed Levels I-III of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training, and was recently awarded a Junior Faculty Research Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine to support her research on Gunild Keetman and Doreen Hall.  In addition to her duties at the University of Maine, Dr. Artesani is the Music Director at the Old Town United Methodist Church, where she directs the Adult, Youth and Handbell Choirs.

North Central District Convention, Deerborn, MI
Dr. Kate Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Michigan

Kate Fitzpatrick is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Michigan. In addition to holding BME and MA degrees from The Ohio State University, Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, where her dissertation focused on the experiences of inner-city instrumental music teachers in the Chicago Public Schools.  
Before coming to Michigan in the fall of 2008, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, Dr. Fitzpatrick conducted the UofL Symphonic Band, an ensemble composed of undergraduate and graduate music majors who perform standards of the wind band repertoire. At the University of Louisville, Dr. Fitzpatrick also taught courses in music education, graduate quantitative and qualitative research, and conducting.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is an active and prolific researcher, specializing in urban music education, mixed methods research, and music teacher education. Her research has been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education and presented at numerous state and national conferences. Dr. Fitzpatrick also serves as a frequent clinician and guest conductor with bands across the United States.

An avid supporter of public school music programs, Dr. Fitzpatrick is the former Director of Instrumental Music at Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio, where she spent five years directing the district’s largest band and orchestra program. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the 2003 God and Country Award, presented by the Salvation Army and the Brass Band of Columbus for her “outstanding, sensitive leadership of young people.”

Western District Convention,Tucson, AZ
Dr. Elizabeth Schauer, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Arizona

Dr. Elizabeth Schauer accepted an appointment as associate director of choral activities and associate professor of music at the University of Arizona in fall 2004. An award-winning educator, Dr. Schauer directs the Symphonic Choir and University Community Chorus, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, literature and methods. In addition she serves as Chancel Choir director at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, and on the summer faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Before coming to Tucson, Dr. Schauer was director of choral activities at Adams State College in Colorado, and also taught at Centenary College in New Jersey. 

Dr. Schauer has conducted college, community,  church, honor and public school choirs, and has served as music director of community and university theatrical productions as well. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and presenter throughout the United States. She has presented sessions at the national conventions of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and College Music Society (CMS), and will be presenting at the March 2010 Western Divisional Convention of ACDA to be held in Tucson. Her choirs have been invited and selected by audition to perform at local, state and regional events of Music Educators National Conference (MENC), ACDA and CMS. 

Dr. Schauer has held state and regional leadership positions with ACDA, CMS and MENC, and currently serves as youth and student activities chair for the Western Division of ACDA. She received her DMA in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, her MM in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and her BM in music education with distinction from the University of Michigan. She has studied conducting with Patrick Gardner, Thomas Hilbish, Joseph Flummerfelt, Frauke Haasemann, Allen Crowell, Elmer Thomas, Earl Rivers, John Leman and Dale Warland.

Southeast District Convention, Gainesville, FL
Dr. Leslie Odom, Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida

Originally from Indiana, Dr. Leslie Odom is Associate Professor of Oboe and Music Theory at the University of Florida.  Her teachers include Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music), James Lakin (University of Iowa), Malcolm Smith, (Butler University), and Marion Gibson (Principal Oboe, Louisville Symphony Orchestra).

Dr. Odom received her Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance from Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana; her Master of Music in Music Theory and her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.  She also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate during her doctoral work.  Dr. Odom was Principal Oboe on the CBS Masterworks recording (1988) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  She was awarded first runner-up in the Graduate Performance Competition during the Sigma Alpha Iota Convention held at Tucson, Arizona in 1988.

Prior to moving to Gainesville, Dr. Odom performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Quad Cities Symphony (Davenport, Iowa) and as Principal Oboe with the Cedar Rapids, IA, Symphony.  Since moving to Gainesville in 1989, Dr. Odom has performed with the Jacksonville, FL, Symphony, as Principal Oboe with the Flagler (Florida) Symphony, and is currently Principal Oboe of the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Odom is an active performer in Europe, South America, and Canada.  She has also presented recitals and master classes throughout the United States, including the Eastman School of Music, the University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana, the University of Missouri at Columbia, the University of Georgia, Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.   Dr. Odom has attended both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals and was a Guest Artist in Residence at the Banff, Canada, Centre for the Arts.  She has also worked as a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

A member of the International Double Reed Society, Dr. Odom has performed at conferences held in Tallahassee, Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Along with performing, Dr. Odom writes reviews of music and compact disks for the Society’s Journal.  She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society.  She is sponsored by Carlos Coelho Woodwinds.

Southwest District Convention,Waco, TX
Dr. Jean Boyd, Department Chair of the Baylor University School of Music

Dr. Jean Boyd is the current Department Chair of the Baylor University School of Music.  Dr. Boyd earned her PhD in Musicology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 where she evaluated Phillip Hale, a Boston Music Critic. Dr. Boyd also teaches classes in Music History.

Dr. Boyd is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Society for American music, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, and the Kansas Western Swing Society Hall of Fame.  Dr. Boyd has been involved in numerous research projects focusing on the history of swing.  Her current research is called “Dance All Night, Those Other Western Swing Bands, Past and Present”

Midwest District Convention, Boulder, CO
Heidi Brende Leathwood, certified teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique

Heidi Brende Leathwood has been a certified teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) for 15 years.  She received her training at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, and currently teaches at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado.  She gives numerous talks and workshops on the Alexander Technique at colleges, universities, and music camps, and has been a presenter at the MTNA national convention, the International Horn Symposium, and the AmSAT national convention.  As a pianist, she is an active performing member of The Playground, a Denver-based contemporary music ensemble.


2009 Speakers

National Convention, Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
Jill Sullivan, Professor of Music at Arizona State
Jennifer Judkins, Associate Director of Bands at UCLA
Wendy Rees, MTV Music Award Winner
Anne McGinty, Composer and Arranger
Anne Parker, Music Therapist

Southeast District Convention, Columbia, SC
Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina

Northeast District ConventionAmherst, MA
Dr. Laura Rexroth, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Southwest District Convention, Baton Rouge, LA
Professor Jeannie Little, Professor of Trombone at Louisiana State University

Western District Convention, San Luis Obispo, CA
Dr. Alyson McLamore, Music History Professor at California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo

Midwest District Convention, Manhattan, KS 
Dr. Jacqueline Fassler-Kersetter, Professor of French horn and Music Theory at Kansas State University

North Central District Convention
Julie Giroux, Composer


2008 Speakers

Women in Music Speakers for 2008 

Southeast District Convention, Tallahassee, FL 
Jayne Standley, Professor of Music Education and Music Therapy at Florida State University

Northeast District Convention, Blacksburg, VA
Dr. Esti Steinberg, Professor of Musicology, history, and theory at Virginia Tech University

Southwest District Convention, Nacogdoches, TX 
Suzanne Ray, Assistant Band Director for the Nacogdoches Independent School District

Western District Convention, Boise, ID
Ellen Burnell, Music Therapist, Boise, ID

Midwest District Convention, Cedar Falls, IA
Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt, University of Northern Iowa, Music Director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director of the UNI Lyric Theatre

North Central District Convention, Indianapolis, IN
Janice Schreibman, Music Therapist at Methodist Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN


2007 Speakers

National Convention, Orlando, FL
Captain Michelle Rakers, Assistant Director of The President's Own Marine Band

Captain Michelle A. Rakers of Aviston, Ill., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in May 1998 as a trumpeter/cornetist. She was appointed Assistant Director and commissioned a first lieutenant in July 2004 and promoted to her current rank by the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Michael W. Hagee on Jan. 1, 2006. She is both the first female Assistant Director and first female commissioned officer in the history of “The President’s Own.”

With the Marine Band, Capt. Rakers has performed at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. She has served as a conductor and coordinator for the fall and winter Chamber Music Series, and was nominated for her current position in 2003. On June 13, 2004, she conducted her first band concert, at the U.S. Capitol.

Capt. Rakers, a 1986 graduate of the Marian Heights Academy in Ferdinand, Ind., received a bachelor’s degree in music management from the University of Evansville in Indiana in 1990. She continued her studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she earned a master’s degree in music performance in 1991. She is currently pursuing a doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she is studying with Harlan Parker. Her trumpet instructors include James Bursen of the University of Evansville, Vincent Cichowicz ofNorthwestern University, and Chris Gekker from the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Her conducting instructors include Mallory Thompson of Northwestern University and Kate Tamarkinof The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she received the University ofEvansville’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and she was granted an honorary induction into Tau Beta Sigma, a national music sorority.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Capt. Rakers performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony inMichigan, and the Evansville Philharmonic in Indiana.

Capt. Rakers, the daughter of the late Rita and Aloysius Rakers of Aviston, currently resides inWoodbridge, Va.

Northeast District Convention, Clarion, PA
Dr. Marian T. Dura

Dr. Marian Dura joined the music faculty at Clarion University in 2005. She teaches courses in music education for music majors and elementary education majors, and supervises field experiences in elementary music. In 2007, Dr. Dura became conductor and music director of the Clarion University Community Symphony Orchestra and head of string studies.

Dr. Dura has 13 years of experience teaching public school general music and strings in Arizona,Illinois, and Connecticut, and she has served on the faculties of Illinois State University,Northwestern University, Texas Tech University, Central Connecticut State University, theUniversity of Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dr. Dura's publications include a book, Music Education and the Music Listening Experience, a chapter in Musical Understanding, and reviews and articles in Music Educators Journal and other professional venues. Her areas of interest include music teacher education, philosophy of music education, music cognition and psychology, and research methods in music education. She is active as both clinician and violin and viola soloist, and is a member of Music Educators National Conference, American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. She is the faculty advisor for Clarion's collegiate chapter of MENC and for the Music Department's Music Student Advisory Council.

Southeast District Convention, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Andrea DeRenzis Strauss, Director of Bands, Georgia Institute of Technology

Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology, holds the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in clarinet performance, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with a minor in conducting from the University ofSouthern Mississippi where she studied conducting with Dr. Thomas V. Fraschillo. At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Strauss supervises the band program and music minor degree program, conducts the Symphonic Band and wind chamber ensembles, teaches wind literature, music theory, clarinet, conducting, and assists with the Marching Band. Under her leadership, the Symphonic Band and wind chamber ensembles have performed for the Southern Division College Band Directors National Association and National Band Association Conference, and the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences. In 2001, the Symphonic Band performed in Dublin,Ireland with the Dublin Institute of Technology Wind Ensemble. Recently, the wind chamber ensembles performed for the 2005 Shanghai International Arts Festival in Shanghai, China. In addition, the chamber groups performed collaborative concerts with the Sino-Canadian College inBeijing and the Shanghai Music Conservatory and Children’s Palace in Shanghai.

Dr. Strauss has presented her dissertation research, “Intonation Communication” at the 2004 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and has had articles published in the Music Educators Journal, The Podium (the official publication of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi), and the National Band Association Journal. Recently, Dr. Strauss presented “Conducting is Good for Your Health” for the 2006 GMEA In-Service Conference.

Dr. Strauss is a member of the 2006-2008 Board of Directors for the National Band Association (NBA). She has served as chair for the NBA Music Education Research Committee and as the NBA Mentor Director. In addition, she has served as state chair and national representative for the NBA, the College Band Directors’ National Association, and on the Board of Directors for Phi BetaMu.

Professor Strauss is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States,Ireland, and Canada, and has conducted in Italy for the III Stage Internationale per DirettoriD’Orchestra di Fiati. Recently, Tau Beta Sigma has presented Dr. Strauss with the 2006 Outstanding Service to Music Award. She has received the NBA Citation of Excellence and the Women Band Directors’ National Association Scroll of Excellence. Dr. Strauss has been a recipient of the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture Outstanding Faculty for Education and Practice Award and was selected into Omicron Delta Kappa.

Having taught instrumental music at the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels inGeorgia, Dr. Strauss continues to teach all ages and is currently the part-time band instructor for Christ the King School in Atlanta, GA. In addition to sustaining a career in public school teaching, Dr. Strauss served as the Associate Director of the 1992-1996 Atlanta Olympic Band. Professor Strauss continues to be a clarinetist and assistant conductor of the Cobb Wind Symphony, and the Tara Winds Community Band, both of which have performed for the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Ill.

North Central District Convention, Cincinnati, OH
Catherine Keener Booth
Director of Bands, Valley View School in Germantown, OH

Currently, Catherine Keener Booth is director of bands for Valley View Local Schools inGermantown, Ohio, where under her direction the Valley View High School Symphonic Band has earned consistent Superior “I” ratings at district and state adjudicated events sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). In addition, for several years Catherine Booth has established her reputation as a highly respected private music teacher throughout the Dayton-Cincinnati metro area and surrounding Southwest Ohio region. Specializing in flute, piano, and vocal instruction, her students have themselves garnered numerous recognitions as accomplished flutists in various youth orchestras, honor bands, collegiate ensembles, and scholarship competitions. Mrs. Booth is a magna cum laude graduate of Wright State University where she earned the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and was granted teacher certification for the State of Ohio. During her student years she served as principal flutist for the WSU Wind Symphony and Chamber Players, and in Akron, Ohio competed and won the coveted 2001 Tuesday Musical Gertrude Sieberling Woodwind Competition prize. In more recent years, she has performed regularly for various events such as weddings, church services, and has appeared twice as featured soloist on the Dayton Art Institute’s Recital Series. She is the founder and director of Flutopia, a summer and winter music camp experience for flutists.

Midwest District Convention, Kearney, NE
Dr. Valerie Cisler
Professor of Music and Chair
Department of Music and Performing Arts
University of Nebraska at Kearney

Valerie Cisler is an active performer, author, clinician, and adjudicator. Conference performances include the MTNA National Conference, Washington, D.C.; Festival of Women Composers - International, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and the College Music Society International Conference, University of Costa Rica-San Jose; with numerous performance premieres at state, regional, and national conferences in Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. She is on the roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Touring Artist Program and was selected to perform at the American Composers Alliance Conference in New York City in June. Dr. Cisler has written numerous journal articles, coauthored the Composition Book series for Alfred's Basic Piano Library, and recently published Technique for the Advancing Pianist, with Maurice Hinson. Her books are distributed internationally through Alfred Publishing, with sales of more than 50,000 world-wide. As a professional clinician for Alfred, she has presented numerous pedagogy/performance workshops for piano teachers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Cisler was elected as Fellow to the Center for Great Plains Studies for her scholarly work and lecture-recital performance tour featuring the works of Grammy-Award winning composer Libby Larsen on texts ofNebraska author Willa Cather. In 2005, Dr. Cisler received the Pratt-Heins Foundation Award for Scholarly Research.

She received the DMA from the University of Oklahoma in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, where she studied with Edward Gates, E.L. Lancaster, and Jane Magrath. Her DMA Document, The Piano Sonatas of Robert Muczynski, was selected for inclusion in the permanent collection of The Center for American History at the University of Texas-Austin. Currently, Dr. Cisler is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts, where she teaches applied and class piano, and directs the piano pedagogy program. She is a member of the Society for American Music, the College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, and holds national certification with MTNA. She is the recipient of the 2006 UNK Creative Teaching Award and the 2007 University of Nebraska system-wide Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.

Western District Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Eugenie Burkett, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Music Professor

Eugenie Burkett, PhD is the Coordinator of Music Education programs at UNLV. She was awarded her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a masters in percussion performance from Manhattan School of Music, and her bachelors degree in music education from Baylor University. Recent presentations have included the College Music Society (CMS) conferences in Atlanta, GA ('96), Kansas City, MO ('03), and Miami, FL ('04), the WEDELMUSIC 2002 and 2003 International Conferences on the Web Delivering of Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and Leeds (UK), as well as the MENC National Conference in Minneapolis, MN ('04). Dr. Burkett has published research in National Association of College, Wind and Percussion Instructors, and Percussive Notes. Her most recent article, "Eugene E. Davis: Musician, Music Educator, and Entrepreneur" was published by the Journal for Historical Research in Music Education in April, 2005. She is the author of Music Education for Elementary Music Majors, Music Education for Elementary Music for Non-Majors, and Music for Special Learners published by Connect4Education of Reston, VA. Burkett has more than 15 years of experience teaching music education in the public schools and colleges throughout the United States.

Western District Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. D. Gause
Music Discipline Advisor, Community College of South Nevada

Dr. D. Gause teaches clarinet, piano, and theory, and is the coordinator of the Music Theory Program. She is multiyear recipient of grants from the Nevada Arts Council, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. These grants partially fund CCSN'sInternational New Music Festival, of which she is the Founder and Director. This annual event is held at CCSN the last weekend of September. D is co-founder of the New Music duo, Clarion Synthesis, and is a member of the CCSN Faculty New Music Ensemble Synchronix.

Western District Convention, Las Vegas, NV
Anne Parker, Music Therapist, Miraval Resort, Tucson, AZ

Anne B. Parker, MA, MHSA, MT-BC, FAMI has been a music therapist since 1977. She holds degree in music therapy, counseling psychology, and health services administration and completed a post-graduate fellowship in music centered psychotherapy. She has also completed post-graduate studies in expressive arts therapies and sound healing. Anne has professional experience in general, rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals as well as addiction treatment and cancer recovery programs. Since 1994, Anne has been in private practice in Tucson, AZ where she focuses in the area of wellness, living well with chronic illness and psycho-spiritual growth. She is also adjunct faculty to the Master of Arts program in Expressive Arts Therapy for Prescott College, Prescott, AZ and with the International School of Interdisciplinary Studies – Southwest (ISIS – SW) certificate and masters degree programs in Expressive Arts Therapies. She is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and for community groups. Anne is also a vocalist with an active performance schedule.

Southwest District Convention, Stillwater, OK
Lanette Compton is Assistant Professor of Horn
Oklahoma State University

Lanette Compton earned her Bachelors of Music Degree in performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a student of Allen French and her Masters of Music Degree in performance from the University of North Texas as a student of Dr. William Scharnberg. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Lanette was an active horn performer and teacher in the Dallas area. She performed regularly with the Texas Wind Symphony, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Flower Mound Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Chamber Winds and the Myriad Brass Orchestra. Lanette has performed on more than a dozen CD’s, including the critically acclaimed CD The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited featuring the Steve Houghton Quintet, and the University of North Texas Two O’clock Lab Band. She has performed as soloist with the Camerata Chamber Winds, North Central Texas College Singers and the University of North Texas Wind Ensemble. Lanette has extensive chamber music experience in both brass and woodwinds quintets, including being a finalist in both the Coleman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Lanette is presently a member of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with ensembles across Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

Southwest District Convention, Stillwater, OK
Dr. Zarina Melik-Stepanova is Assistant Professor of Piano
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Zarina Melik-Stepanova received her Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music and the coveted Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with NatalyaAntonova. Before beginning her post at Oklahoma State, she held a position of the Assistant Professor of Piano at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. A native of the former Soviet Union, Dr.Zarina Melik-Stepanova began her music studies at the age of four at the Azerbaijan National Conservatory in Baku, USSR. She continued her musical education with Nellie Egiazarova in a special music school for gifted children. In 1990, Dr. Melik-Stepanova’s family was forced to fleeBaku due to religious persecution and moved to Moscow. She continued her musical studies in theMoscow music school system. In 1992, Dr. Melik-Stepanova moved to the United States and began performing throughout the Midwest. Appearances included Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha,Rochester, MN and Sioux Falls. She has won first prize at the South Dakota Symphony Piano Competition, the South Dakota MTNA Piano Competition, the Schubert Club Piano Competition and St. Paul, MN, the J. Earl Lee International Piano Competition, and was a top prizewinner at the Crane Festival of New Music at SUNY Potsdam, NY. She has also been a guest performer at the Eastman School of Music Young Artists International Piano Competition and Festival. In 2002, Dr.Melik-Stepanova participated and performed concerts at the Moulin d’Ande Music Festival in Ande,France, and was featured as a performer in a Live at Hochstein radio show in Rochester, NY. In August of 2003, Dr. Melik-Stepanova won first prize at the National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Piano Competition, which rewarded her with two years of professional management for the federation. During the next two years, she was featured as a guest artist at the National Federation of Music Clubs Conventions in Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa, Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and others. Dr. Melik-Stepanova is an active soloist and collaborator. She is a member of the piano duo,Solaris, founded in 2004 with her friend and Eastman graduate, Alexandra Nguyen. Besides receiving degrees in piano performance, Dr. Melik-Stepanova pursued a minor in Vocal Repertoire and Coaching, and specializes in Russian Diction and Repertoire.



2006 Speakers

Midwest District Convention:
Dr. Sonja Giles, Lecturer of Flute, Iowa State University Bio

Southeast District Convention: 
Dr. Linda Dzuris, Music Professor, Clemson University Resume 

North Central District Convention: 
Sue Sergi, President & CEO of Clay Center of Performing Arts & Sciences, Charleston, WV Bio

Western District Convention: 
Dr. Joan de Albuquerque, Associate Director of Bands, California State University, Long Beach Bio

Southwest District Convention: 
Dr. Sarah McKoin, Director of Bands, Texas Tech University Bio

Northeast District Convention: 
Johnnella L. Edmonds, Assistant Professor of Music, Virginia State University Bio


2005 Speakers

2005 National Convention Women In Music Speaker & Performers:

Diva Jazz "A spirited new quintet has arrived in the music world. It is a group steeped in the history of jazz but infused with the progressive harmonies of today. Like the Benny Goodman Quartet, Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats, Tommy Dorsey and the Clam Bake Seven, and Woody Herman's Woodchoppers, Five Play is also derived from a larger aggregation. The critically acclaimed jazz orchestra Sherrie Maricle and DIVA has selected five of its "all-stars" to carry small group jazz into the next century."

2000 Speakers

Midwest District Convention:
Denise Grant, Doctoral Student in Conducting, University of Minnesota "Women band Directors and Role Models"

Southeast District Convention: 
Debbie Baker, Vice Chair TBS Board of Trustees

North Central District Convention: 
Carl Dary Dunevant, Director of Bands, Northern Kentucky University

Western District Convention: 
Dr. Kathryn Bumpass, Music History Instructor, Fresno State University

Southwest District Convention: 
June Bearden, SWD Counselor, Middle School Band Director

Northeast District Convention: 
Lynnette Jackson, MS in Music Education from WVU



Recommendations for future speakers
should be submitted to the National Vice President
for Special Projects.

For more information about this program, see the Women in Music Program Guide.



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