Joy Anderson, a 29-year veteran music teacher and conductor, has worked with children from infancy through high school in public and private, rural, suburban, and urban schools.
She is currently Assistant Director of the acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir in Harrisonburg, VA and teaches K-5 music and choir at Eastern Mennonite School, also in Harrisonburg. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Richmond, VA., a Master of Music in Music Education and Level I Orff certification from James Madison University, and Kodály certification from Capital University in Columbus,Ohio. Her level III instruction through Capital University was at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.
A frequent guest conductor and clinician for local and regional school systems and music educator organizations, Mrs. Anderson has also presented at the national conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and has taught in Kodály courses at James Madison University, the University of New Mexico, and Midwestern State University in Witchita Falls, TX. Her writing has appeared in state and national music educators' journals and websites.
David Gadberry is currently pursuing a variety of music education opportunities. Previously, he held the positions of Assistant Professor of Music Education at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. Before returning to school for doctoral studiesin 2007, he was a music specialist for Plano Independent School District in Plano, TX, where he taught grades K-5. Gadberry holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kansas, and he has earned certification in both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk. His research interests include pedagogical use of folk music, music in early childhood, inclusion of students with special needs in music classrooms, and behavior management in music education.
Georgia Newlin , DMA, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Adelphi University as well as director of the AU Vocal Ensemble. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for fifteen years and at the collegiate level for eleven.
Georgia is Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and is a member of The VoiceCare Network. Currently she serves on the Music Educators Journal Advisory Committee for the National Association for Music Education.
She has had articles and choral octavo reviews published in the Choral Journal, The Orff Echo, Kodály Envoy, and Southwestern Musician. Her arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros’ ‘entsprungen” is part of the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series (Colla Voce), and The Crooked River Choral Project includes her collaborative sets of lesson plans for the choral octavos, “Where Go the Boats” and “The Erie Canal”.
Julia Shaw is a doctoral candidate in music education at Northwestern University. She also serves on the artistic staff of the Chicago Children's Choir, where she conducts the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Choirs. She holds a Master of Music in choral conducting from Butler University, a Bachelor of Music Education with high distinction from Indiana University, and Kodály certification from Indiana University. Her teaching experience includes ten years working in diverse school and nonprofit settings in Indianapolis and Chicago. As the choir director at Zionsville West Middle School, Mrs. Shaw was honored as Teacher of the Year for the Zionsville Community Schools and Boone County in 2007. Her school choirs have performed at the Indiana Music Educators Association State Convention and on subscription concerts with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. She has worked extensively with children's choirs, having served as Neighborhood and In-School Conductor for the Chicago Children's Choir, Associate Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and musicianship teacher for the Indiana University Children's Choir.An active choral clinician, Mrs. Shaw has served as guest conductor for numerous festival and honor choirs. She has presented sessions for state and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She has taught vocal pedagogy courses at the University of St. Thomas and Northwestern University and at the summer Kodály institutes of DePaul University and the University of Central Missouri . She is published in Music Educators Journal and her current research interests include child and adolescent vocal development, music teacher education, urban education, and socio-cultural issues in music education.