Following is a comprehensive list of Instructors from 2008-present. Look within each bio to see if his or her course is being offered in the current year.
Bios have not yet been updated with 2014 course offerings.
Jimmy Amadie, Author of Harmonic Foundations for Jazz and Popular Music, recording artist, performer with Coleman Hawkins and the Woody Herman Band. Mr. Amadie passed away in December of 2013.
Justin Binek – Assistant Professor of Vocal Music, University of the Arts; Performer/Arranger
Chris Bluemel – Luthier, owner of The Instrument Doc, LLC, Charleston, SC
Peter Boonshaft, DMA – Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Hofstra University.
Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. He holds Bachelor of Music (Summa Cum Laude), Master of Music Education in Conducting, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Boonshaft was also awarded a Connecticut General Fellowship for study at the Kodály Musical Training Institute, from which he holds a Certificate. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He is Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, professor of conducting and music education, and Director of the graduate wind conducting program. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Boonshaft was on the faculty of Moravian College and the University of Hartford. He was Founder and Music Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Honors Concert Band and the Connecticut Valley Youth Wind Ensemble. In addition, he held the post of Music Director and Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony of Boston.
Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise, as well as his first book for all educators, Teaching with Passion, Purpose and Promise. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new beginning method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings, as well as Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Intermediate Concert Band and Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development for Advanced Concert Band. In addition, he is the author of Vaclav Nelhybel: His Life and Works, the only authorized biography of the composer, a contributing author of The Music Director’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, and author of articles for Instrumentalist Magazine, the National Band Association Journal, Teaching Music, and Band Director's Guide. Dr. Boonshaft also holds the post of Band/Wind Ensemble Editor for the School Music News. Active as a proponent of new literature for concert band, he has commissioned and conducted over forty world premieres by such notable composers as Eric Ewazen, W. Francis McBeth, Johan de Meij, Fisher Tull, H. Owen Reed, Vaclav Nelhybel, David Gillingham, Philip Sparke, Satoshi Yagisawa, Rossano Galante, Sam Hazo, Andrew Boysen, Brian Hogg, Robert W. Smith, David Holsinger, Stephen Melillo, Roland Barrett, and Jared Spears. Among the soloists who have appeared in performance with Dr. Boonshaft are John Marcellus, Maynard Ferguson, Harvey Phillips, Marianne Gedigian, Ed Shaughnessy, Lynn Klock, Don Butterfield, Dave Steinmeyer and the United States Air Force "Airmen of Note," Chester Schmitz, and the Vienna Schubert Trio.
Dr. Boonshaft was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education," and has been awarded membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and Alpha Chi, as well as twice receiving the University of Hartford Regent's Award and that University's Outstanding Music Educator Award. He has received official proclamations from the Governors of five states and a Certificate of Appreciation from former President Ronald Reagan, as well as performing for former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton, and for Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His honors also include being selected three times as a National Endowment for the Arts "Artist in Residence,” three times awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and being selected for the Center for Scholarly Research and Academic Excellence at Hofstra University.
Parris Bradley – Production Manager, The Villanova Theatre
Ernest Cantu – Head Band Director, Manzano Middle School, Brownsville, TX; 2012 Conductor of SLBDA District III Symphonic Honor Band and the LMEA District II M.S. Honor Band. Learn more about Ernest at manzanomsband.com.
Lisa Collins – Marshall School, Harrisburg, PA
Fr. David Cregan – Department Chair; Associate Professor, Theatre, Villanova University
Andy Dabczynski – Professor of Music Education, Brigham Young University, Co–Author String Explorer
Matthew Decker – Co-Founder, Theater Horizon; Associate Producer, The Arden Theater
Craig Denison – Artistic Director of Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir. Previously served as the Music Director of the Colorado Children's Chorale and Associate Music Director and Conductor of The American Boychoir.
Anthony DeQuattro – Anthony has traveled to and studied in Ghana, Bali, Taiwan, and Puerto Rico and has studied with performers from India, Cuba, and Brazil. In addition to music, he has studied folkloric dance from Latin America, Ghana, and England. In 2007, Anthony was named Connecticut’s outstanding secondary school music educator by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He is a contributing author to the sixth edition of Cengage Publication’s Listening to Music for which he penned chapters on the music of Brazil, India, Japan, and Mexico as well as a chapter on Jazz. Anthony received his education from The Hartt School, Yale University, and the public library. He is a doctoral candidate at Boston University and is currently working on his dissertation which will examine dance as rhythm pedagogy.
Denis DiBlasio – Baritone saxophone and flute Artist Denis DiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan. With nine recordings of his own along with published texts, arrangements, and compositions, DiBlasio is known through out the world. After five years as Music Director with Maynard Ferguson along with touring on his own, DiBlasio continues to travel around the world performing and teaching. His approach of keeping things simple, informative and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy, booking dates sometimes three years in advance. His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special. Keeping things attainable and fun make up the foundation of his friendly approach. It's what some people have termed 'Edutainment'.
Marc Dicciani – Marc is the Director of the School of Music at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Professor of Drumset and Music Business. He's a very busy professional drummer and clinician with dozens of international concert tour dates and clinics throughout the year. He's played drums with jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Jon Faddis, Robin Eubanks, Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, Stanley Clarke, Al Vizzutti, and Christian McBride; singers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Ben Vereen, Tom Jones, Lou Rawls, Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick, and Natalie Cole; orchestras including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra; on countless record, TV, and film sessions; and clinics at universities and music conferences around the world. Learn more about Marc at http://www.dicciani.com.
Paul Droste – Founder and Director Emeritus of the Brass Band of Columbus, Emeritus Professor of Music Ohio State, and former Director of the OSU University Marching Band.
Larry Edwards – Coordinator of Choirs, University of Memphis; Musical Director, Memphis Symphony Chorus; Asst. Conductor, Memphis Symphony
Steven Estrella, Ph.D– Shearspire, Inc., Chief Information Officer, former Director of Computer/Media Services Temple University College of Music, TI:ME Certified Instructor
Lois Fiftal – Lois Fiftal has a B.M.E. in Music Education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Music from Western Connecticut State University, and a Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Connecticut. Throughout her career she has taught classroom and choral music in the Connecticut public schools, specializing in grades K-8, and is also active in children’s theatre, composing songs and musicals, as well as church anthems and pageants for elementary and middle school aged students. She has original materials published by the Silver Burdet/Ginn, Alfred, Shawnee Press and Lorenz publishing companies.
In her capacity as a music education consultant, Ms. Fiftal presents graduate courses, workshops, and convention seminars throughout the U.S. in music education. Specific courses include; K-5 classroom music, 6-8 classroom music, choral techniques, music theatre, Orff Schulwerk, and techniques in composing and creativity.
She also is a guest artist in residence for public school districts, and performs frequently as a guest conductor for elementary and middle school regional and district choral festivals in many states.
Robert Genualdi, Teacher, Conductor, Administrator, Bridgeport, CT
Chuck Hagler – Executive Director, AMERA The American Music Educator's Repair Association, Normal, IL
George Hattendorf – Band Director, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale, AZ
Phyllis Hentz, Clinician, Composer, Arranger, Schulmerich Carillon
BethAnn Hepburn, M.A.M.E. University of St. Thomas, MN. – BethAnn is an American-Orff Schulwerk Association endorsed teacher educator. She presents music workshops across the US, China and Singapore. She teaches frequent music methods courses at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. BethAnn is the past PD Chair for the Ohio MEA and the American Orff.Schulwerk Association. She has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. and teaches 4-6th grade music in Streetsboro, Ohio. She is the General Music Consultant for Music is Elementary.
Quincy Hilliard – Composer–in–Residence and Professor of Music, University of Louisiana–Lafayette, LA
Joy Ondra Hirokawa – Director, Bel Canto Children’s Chorus; Visiting Professor of Music Education at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
Eileen Hower – Assistant Professor of Music- Music Education, Bloomsburg University; Conductor, Clinician, Author. Ms. Hower passed away in December of 2012.
Ron Kerber – currently serves as chair of Instrumental Studies at The University of the Arts, is one of Philadelphia’s first call musicians, with a career that has crossed genres and style. As a saxophonist he has recorded and performed with artists such as Pieces of a Dream, Patti LaBelle, Melody Gardot, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Michael Bublé, Diana Ross and Tony Bennett. He has arranged for countless recordings and jingles, student ensembles as well as for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
Jeff Kern – Associate Professor of Vocal Music, University of the Arts; Director of the 'Voices of the Philly POPS'
Jim Kjelland, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Kathleen Krull – Artistic Director, Play On, Philly!; formerly New York Public Schools String Teacher.
Vince Leonard – Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard, Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers‚ Publishing Company and Educational Programs Publications.
He is co-author of: Recording in the Digital World, Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz, Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment, 3 IPS Studio and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On The Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, numerous theater pieces, and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabell and the Pretty Ugly Spell,and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weil, and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and beta tester for music software for Macintosh
Jimmy Leyden – Composer, arranger, performer, founded one of the first high school steel bands in the United States.
Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Author, The Creative Band Director Series, Past President of the American Bandmasters Association and the National Band Association
Mary Maliszewski – String Specialist, West Orange, NJ Public Schools. Adjunct Faculty Mason Gross/Rutgers University, Caldwell College
Kevin McChesney, Composer, Arranger, Conductor of the Pikes Peak Ringers, Colorado
Stephen McWilliams – Villanova University, Theatre Department
Michael Miles – Michael J. Miles is regarded as one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. The Chicago Tribune’s critic Howard Reich said that, “Everything Miles plays is worth savoring.” Pete Seeger described his playing as “the most beautiful I’ve heard...this is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”
Miles is a composer whose works include bold orchestrations with string quartet, vibes, flugelhorn, trumpet, banjo harmony, percussion, and voices. He has diverse musical influences and experiences-- classical music, blues, jazz, showtunes, folk songs--the most surprising tunes show up in his repertoire including JS Bach, Dave Brubeck, Lowell George, Richard Thompson, Robert Johnson. His recent collaborators included some of the country’s finest players... Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, the diPasquale String Quartet, Jackie Allen, the Newberry Consort, Corky Siegel and the Chamber Blues String Quartet.
For the concert & theatre stage, Miles produces his own distinct signature works--‘musical documentaries for the stage.’ From Senegal to Seeger: Stories of the American Banjo, Tin Pan Alley Times, and The American Songbag are all currently runnings show. These documentaries combine live music with politics, literature, humor and popular culture and some include visual projected imagery of art and photography. HIs works have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, Orchestra Hall, Royal Opera Theatre of Marrakesh, Ravinia Festival, American University in Beirut, The Sage Gateshead in UK, The Johnny Keenan Festival in Ireland, and the Harris Theatre in Chicago.
From 1984-1998, Michael served as the Program Director at the Old Town School of Folk Music bringing the school to international acclaim. Under his guidance the student population grew from 200 students to over 4000. From 2005-2007, Michael was honored as the school's first ever Artist-In-Residence. He remains as active member of the faculty teaching clawhammer banjo and fingerstyle guitar.
Miles is of a select group of Teaching Artists for the Ravinia Festival. He works each year with children in the Chicago public school classrooms, as well as classrooms all across the country. Miles arranged a cross-continent musical collaboration between students in Chicago, Casablanca, Beirut, London & Milan. He is also a guest grad-school professor for professional music educators at Villanova University and the VanderCook College of Music, and West Chester University.
Michael Miles is the Music Director of the Global Voices Initiative which in 2012 facilitated musical and compositional collaborations with students in Chicago, Beirut, Milan, London, & Casablanca. In the fall of 2012, Miles newest composition, “The Sundial Suite,” will be performed live on WFMT, Chicago’s Fine Arts Radio Station, and streamed across the world.
He grew up in Chicago in an Irish family where music was served like dinner—everybody had some. His blue collar father played the player piano and filled the house with singing. Everybody sang. Everyone read. Everyone argued politics. Miles still resides in Chicago
Counterpoint (1990), American Bach (1997), The Magic Banjo (1999), New Century Suite (2004) col•lage (2011).
Teach Yourself to Play Clawhammer Banjo (1984),
Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook published by Hal Leonard (1990 and 2006), Counterpoint published by Mel Bay (1995 and 2011),
Great American Songbook for Fingerstyle Guitar (2009)
American Fingerstyle Guitar (2010)
American Bach (2012);
Guitar Ensemble: American & Celtic Melodies for Duet, Trio or Quartet Format (2012)
Donald Nally, DMA – Donald is conductor of The Crossing, the internationally recognized professional chamber choir dedicated to new music in Philadelphia; he is also music director of VAE: Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble and chorus master of the Chicago Bach Project. His international career as an opera chorus master has included significant tenures at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, the Spoleto Festivals in Italy and the US, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. As Music Director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, that ensemble won Chorus America's top award, the Margaret Hillis National Award for Excellence in Choral Music. He held visiting professorship in conducting and choral music at Indiana University and the University of Illinois in Spring, 2012. He is Director of Choral Organizations at Northwestern University.
Marcia Neel, Clark County School System, Las Vegas, NV
Jerry Nowak – Jerry Nowak is Professor Emeritus of Bucks County Community College. He has over eleven hundred published pieces for instrumental and vocal ensembles. Jerry is a founding member of Philadelphia and New Jersey Saxophone Quartets and has conducted professional recording sessions in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D. C. and London, England. He is the co-author of Conducting the Music, Not the Musicians and The Art of Expressive Playing published by Carl Fischer. He is music director and principal conductor of the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony.
Linda O'Donnell –
Willie Owens – Composer, TRN Music, Fort Worth, TX
Peter Pauliks –
Tim Peterman – Former Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of the World Music Center, West Virginia University
Ken Peters – Haverford Township Schools, PA; TI:ME Certified Instructor
Michelle Fella Przybylowski, B.S., MMEd., NBCT. Michelle is currently a Music Teacher for Cheltenham School District, in Pennsylvania. Orff Schulwerk Certification, Choral Music Experience Teacher Education, and Kodaly Certification. Michelle serves as the Program Chair for the Philadelphia Area Orff Schulwerk Association, and is on The Orff Echo, Editorial Board for the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Kenneth Raessler, PhD – Director and Professor Emeritus, School of Music, Texas Christian University (TCU), formerly Director of Music Education, Williamsport Area School District.
Kevin Rawlings – Professional Make-up Artist, Metropolitan Opera
Erin Reilly – Co-Founder, Theater Horizon; Erin has directed over 15 productions, working with both professional actors and students. As an equity actress she has performed on numerous area stages including the Walnut Street Theatre and Wilma Theater. Theatre Horizon’s Education Department is near to her heart, and she draws on her experience teaching for education programs at the Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater, and Mum Puppettheatre, among many others. She serves on Creative MontCo and the Board of Theatre Philadelphia, and was named one of Philadelphia's 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.
Floyd Richmond – Professor, Valley Forge Christian College, TI:ME Certified Instructor
Stevie Rivers-Rawlings – Freelance Dancer, Choreographer
Tom Rudolph, Ed. D. – educator, performer, composer/arranger and author. His books include Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Sibelius Music Notation Software; Teaching Music With Technology; Finale, An Easy Guide to Music Notation; Recording in the Digital World; Finding Funds for Music Technology; and YouTube in Music Education. TI:ME Certified Instructor.
Elizabeth Sokolowski – Head of Music Ed Division, UArts; Assistant Professor of Graduate Music Ed Program, teaching Curriculum Design, Assessment, Music Pedagogy & Methodology, Music Technology
Janus Stefanowicz – Costume Shop Manager, The Villanova Theatre
Dorothy Straub – String Week Director, String & Orchestra specialist, Past president MENC, Bridgeport, CT
Marc Svaline – Department of Fine Arts, Washington School District, PA (retired)
Stanford Thompson – Executive Director of the El Sistema–inspired program Play On, Philly! Graduate of the Abreu Fellows program at NEC and the Curtis Institute. Founding Director of Operations for the Atlanta Trumpet Festival, President and Artistic Director for the Reading Summer Music Institute, Program Director of the Meru (Kenya) Music Project. Learn more about Stanford at http://www.StanfordThompson.com.
Janie Vance – BM, MM, MEd, Ed.D in progress Teachers College, Columbia University, NY. N/K and Lower School Music Teacher The Town School, NYC; National Workshop and Conference Presenter, AOSA approved Movement instructor; Singer and Percussionist; Former Performer with the Crossmen and Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. Orff Movement Specialist.
Hank Wajda – Music Educator, Performer, TI–ME Instructor, Keystone Technology Integrator Robert K. Shafer Middle School, Bensalem Township School District, Bensalem, PA
Dennis Waring – Dr. Dennis Waring is founder and owner of Waring Music. Dr. Waring is an ethnomusicologist, educator, author, instrument maker, collector, performer, and arts consultant. He teaches World Music, American Music, and Music Education courses on the university level, and is involved in public education in primary, middle, and high schools. Upon receiving a Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Kansas (`67), he taught in public schools in Missouri, New Jersey, Vermont, and Manitoba, Canada. After earning his doctorate from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut (`87), Waring taught at Wesleyan, Brown University, Trinity University, University of Connecticut, and other regional state universities. His World Music Teacher Institutes often take him from coast to coast. Dr. Waring has taken two four month journeys around the world as shipboard ethnomusicologist with the University of Virginia’s Semester At Sea program and was even on MTV’s Road Rules!
Scott Watson – Dr. Scott Watson (B.S., Music Education, West Chester University and M.M. and D.M.A., Music Composition, Temple University) has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for 26 years, is a regularly commissioned/published composer, and is a frequent music education technology presenter and writer (including Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity, Oxford University Press).
Nick Wild, The Juilliard School, NY. President of the New England Chapter of AOSA (the American Orff-Schulwerk Association); Elementary Music Teacher (Danvers Public Schools, MA); National Workshop & Conference Presenter; Member of AOSA Orff Echo Editorial Board; AOSA–Approved Recorder Instructor. Orff Recorder Specialist.
Debbie Wolf –