Joy Anderson is the Assistant Director of the acclaimed Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir in Harrisonburg, Va. and teaches and directs K-5 music and choir at Eastern Mennonite School, also in Harrisonburg. She holds a Bachelor of Music 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 in Harrisonburg, Va, and Kodály certification (levels I-III) 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 choral and music education organizations, Mrs. Anderson has also presented at the national conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and has taught or currently teaches Pedagogy, Music Literature, and Choral classes and ensembles 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. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Organization of American Kodály Educators and has served as President of the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators. Mrs. Anderson works on the staff of the summer Vocal Arts Camps at JMU, as well as co-coordinating JMU's Kodály teacher education courses.
A 29-year veteran music teacher and conductor, Mrs. Anderson has worked with children and young people from infancy through high school in public and private, rural, suburban, and urban schools throughout Virginia, including Norfolk, the Richmond area, and the Shenandoah Valley.
Bethany Houff has been the choral director at Harrisonburg High School since 2003. In addition to conducting four choral ensembles, she teaches an introductory musical theatre course and beginning piano classes. She served on the design team of the innovative Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy where colleagues in dance, drama, music, visual art, and creative writing teach collaboratively in a sequential and integrated arts curriculum. Ms. Houff received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from James Madison University. She received her Kodály Certification in 2014 having completed her studies at both Indiana University and James Madison University.
Georgia Newlin, DMA, is an Associate 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”.
Georgia considers herself most fortunate in that she has spent her entire life making music and actually gets paid for it.
Jamie Parker is the k-4 elementary music specialist at Troy Craughwell Elementary School, a position she has held since 2008. She also directs the Troy Craughwell fourth grade choir, teaches clarinet lessons privately, and teaches a music summer camp for pre-school children. Jamie received her Bachelor of Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2008 and her Master of Music in Music Education from Capital University in 2012. She also received her Kodály certification in 2012 from the Kodály Institute at Capital.
Mrs. Parker currently serves as the President of the Chicago Area Kodály Educators. She teaches in the Kodály levels program at James Madison University, and she has presented workshops for Northern Illinois University, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, the Chicago Area Kodály Educators , and the Midwest Kodály Educators of America Conference.