Guest Faculty

Guest faculty for Kodály Music Institute include:

2017~ Dr. Alyson Shirk, Artistic Director of the American Kodály Children’s Chorus also serves as Director of Music for the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD.  Earning her doctorate in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2009, Alyson was awarded the Dean’s Graduate Scholar Award for excellence in scholarship for her dissertation “Mad Women in Opera: An Investigation of Madness and Selected Mad Scenes for Soprano”. In 2009, Alyson taught master classes and performed the Brahms’ Requiem with the Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam. In 2010, she traveled to Buenos Aires to research and perform the music of Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino. Her Bryn Mawr and Children’s Chorus choirs have performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The US State Department, and The Blair House. Alyson’s choirs toured internationally to perform at the International Kodály Symposium in Budapest and Kecskemét, Hungary in 2013. In addition to her work as a regional choral clinician and adjudicator, Alyson serves as the founder and Artistic Director of the American Kodály Children’s Chorus, newly formed in 2013 as an outreach of the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. She holds a Kodály Choral Track certification from Southern Methodist University.

2016~  Dr. Susan Brumfield – is Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University, and holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. She is known throughout the United States and Europe as a clinician, consultant, author, composer, arranger and choral conductor. Dr. Brumfield is the author Jean Ritchie’s Kentucky Mother Goose, a book and CD memoir with American folk legend Jean Ritchie, which features rare and never-before-seen illustrations by Maurice Sendak.

Other publications include Hot Peas and Barley-O: Children’s Songs and Games from Scotland and Over the Garden Wall: Children’s Songs and Games from England. Dr. Brumfield is currently working on Giro Giro Tondo: Children’s Songs and Games from Italy. She is a contributing author for John Jacobson’s Music Express Magazine and McGraw Hill’s Music Studio.

An internationally recognized expert in the Kodály approach, Dr. Brumfield is the author of First, We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching in the Music Classroom (Hal Leonard), a set of Kodály-based of curriculum and resource materials for K-5 music. This comprehensive series includes the Teacher’s Guide, Teaching Strategies for Primary Grades, Teaching Strategies for Intermediate GradesPractice Activities for Rhythmic and Melodic Elements and First, We Sing: Songbooks One and Songbook Two. Forthcoming volumes include Songbook Three, Active Listening in the Music Classroom and Songs for Reading and Writing. Other ancillary materials include applications for interactive whiteboard, student workbooks and classroom materials.

Founder and Artistic Director of The West Texas Children’s Chorus, Dr. Brumfield is also in frequent demand throughout the world as a commissioned composer and guest conductor. Her choral music is published with Hal Leonard Music, Colla Voce Music and BriLee/Carl Fischer, and includes more than forty titles. With four choirs consisting of singers from Kindergarten through college, the West Texas Children’s Chorus organization serves children throughout the South Plains area, and serves as a teaching lab for TTU Music Education students. In addition to performances with the Texas Tech University Choirs, the Lubbock Chorale and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the choirs have performed at the Texas Music Educators’ Conference, national conferences of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and the Amerian Orff Schulwerk Association, and has been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues in NYC. The choir travels throughout the US on its bi-annual tours.

Dr. Brumfield was honored in both 2012 and 2014 with the Texas Tech University College of Visual and Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Research, and as a two-time finalist for the President’s Book Award. In 2015, Dr. Brumfield was the recipient of the Louisiana Tech University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

2015~ Peter and Mary Alice Amidon –  are master teachers of traditional dance and singing games, prolific collectors, composers, and publishers of great songs for children and children’s choirs, inspired leaders of harmony singing with adults, and dynamic storytellers for all ages.  They are in demand throughout the United States and are founding members of New England Dancing Masters, publishers of dance materials for children and teachers.  They are both former elementary school music teachers.

2014~ Dr. Jill Trinka – Dr. Jill Trinka noted performer, music educator, has written a Folk Music Series published by GIA. She is music professor at Coastal Carolina University. Formerly she was Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where she taught methods, musicianship, and American folk music. She holds Kodály Certification as a Ford Foundation Ringer Fellow from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. Dr Trinka has taught in Kodály teacher education programs throughout the United States, and served as director of the Kodály Institute of Texas and the Kodály Certificate Program at Portland State University in Portland, OR. She is a Past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators and received their Outstanding Educator Award in 2003. Dr. Trinka plays guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, and banjo and has recorded and written four volumes of folksongs for kids of all ages. She is an author and recording artist for the Silver Burdett and Ginn/Scott Foresman music series textbooks and is a frequent lecturer, clinician, and performer at national, regional, and local conferences and workshops where she presents workshops on such topics ranging from music literacy pedagogy to folk music performance practice.