Jo Kirk, Level 1 Pedagogy
Jo Kirk, nationally known educator and expert in Kodály based early childhood music education and methodology, holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Akron and a Kodály Music Education Certificate from Silver Lake College. She has completed early childhood studies at the Hartt School of Music and the Westminster Choir College. Her teaching experience spans from “little ones” to Kodály graduate level adults at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Colorado State University, California State University Long Beach, Wichita State University, and Morehead State University. As an adjunct faculty member of Muskingum College, Jo instructed the elementary music education courses, directed the College’s Children’s Choir, and developed and instructed the Kodály-based early childhood music and movement enrichment program. Jo is founder, President and CEO of WeJoySing studio which provide music and movement based learning programs for parents and their children ages prenatal through early elementary grades. She maintains an active conference, workshop, and public speaking schedule. She has been a guest clinician and speaker for the New Jersey, Kansas, Colorado, and Kentucky Music Educators Associations (NJMEA, KMEA, CMEA, KMEA), the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association (ECMMA), the Organization of American Kodály Educators Association (OAKE), and The Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC). Kirk has authored Lullabies to Circle Games-An Early Childhood Music and Movement Curriculum.
Lisa Simmelink, Level 2 Pedagogy
Lisa Simmelink is currently a PreK-5 Music Educator in McPherson, KS. She is Director of Bell Choirs and Youth Choirs at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, KS. Lisa has 15 years of experience teaching music students of all levels; from 3yr old Music & Movement classes, to college music methods, to graduate music educators. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in K-12 Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Bethany College and her Master’s degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. She holds a Kodaly Certificate from Colorado State University. Lisa is co-founder and past-president of Kodaly Music Educators of Kansas and serves as the Membership Committee Chair. She is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America. In addition, Lisa serves as the SW Regional Representative for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. Lisa has been the Level II Pedagogy and Folk Song Research instructor in the Wichita State University Kodaly Program since it began. She is an active presenter at local, state and regional levels.
Susan Tevis, Level 3 Pedagogy
Susan Tevis, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the five choirs of the Children’s Choir of Chico, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in piano pedagogy and music education from California State University, Chico. She completed a Kodály Certificate at the Kodály Institute at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, Louisiana) and completed advanced studies both at the McNeese Institute and at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Ms. Tevis has been an adjunct faculty member at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, Louisiana), CSU Chico, Capital University Conservatory of Music (Columbus, Ohio), and the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. For a number of years, Susan was on the faculty at the Kodály Institute at McNeese and the Kodály Institute at Capital University, teaching in summer courses for professional music educators.
Susan has been a music educator since 1970, working in public schools, community choir programs and churches. These teaching positions have included responsibilities for instrumental, choral, and classroom music classes and ensembles. During these years Ms. Tevis has served on numerous regional, state and national boards, including Louisiana Music Education Association and Organization of American Kodály Educators. From 1999-2004, Susan was Vice President of OAKE, and presently sits on the OAKE National Conference Choir Committee.
As a choral specialist, Susan is active as a guest clinician and conductor for treble choirs, conducting honor choruses in Texas, Louisiana and California, and is frequently invited to present music education workshops for various state and national music organizations, and at regional, state & national music conferences. In 2010 Susan conducted the 5th grade Honor Chorus for Calcasieu Parish in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and returned to Louisiana to conduct the Kodály Institute at McNeese’s Children’s Choir Camp in June 2009, continuing in that capacity through June 2011.
Gabor Virágh, Level 1-3 Solfege
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Shawn Chastain, Choir Director & Conducting
Shawn Chastain is in his 13th year as Executive Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Wichita Public Schools. Prior to this position, he spent 15 years in the choral classroom at Wichita’s Charles Curtis Middle School and Heights High School. Chastain received his BME and MME from Wichita State University where he was a Presser Scholar and Senior Honor Man. In addition to his educational responsibilities, Shawn is the Music Coordinator/Adult & Youth Choir Director at Wichita’s Calvary United Methodist Church, Director of the Wichita Choral Society, ARISE (African Americans Renewing Interest in Spirituals Ensemble) and WSU’s Kodaly Adult Choral Ensemble. Shawn is past president of the Kansas Choral Director’s Association, WSU’s Fine Arts Advisory Board, and immediate past chair of NAfME’s Music Program Leaders Advisory Council. In the Summer of 2005, Chastain was selected as one of 15 educators in the United States to participate in the Fulbright German-American Teacher Linkage Program. Shawn has also received the Outstanding Administrator Award from the Kansas Art Educators Association and the Midwest Kodaly Music Educators of America.
Elaine Quilichini, Treble Choir Artistic Director
Internationally recognized choral conductor Elaine Quilichini has conducted across Canada, the United States, Australia, Japan, Argentina, and the Canary Islands. Ms. Quilichini founded the well-known Calgary Girls Choir in 1995 and conducted the University of Calgary Women’s Choir for over ten years. She has served as Artistic Director of summer youth choir programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Wichita State University, and the New England Conservatory. Ms. Quilichini has a successful choral series published by Alliance Music and was recipient of the Alberta Choral Federations’ ‘con spirito’ award for her contributions to the choral arts. Global Television also recognized Ms. Quilichini as a Woman of Vision.