Fred Meads is enjoying his seventh year on the staff of the American Boychoir School in Hopewell, New Jersey where he serves as the Director of Vocal Studies. In this position, he conducts daily rehearsals of the Training Choir, teaches private voice lessons and leads ear-training classes. He also serves as Assistant Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, a community choir of 250 singers in Princeton, NJ.
Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. From 1999–2009, he was Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir in Fort Wayne, IN. Mr. Meads has been invited to conduct various regional and All-State honor choirs in Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Ohio. In 2014, he conducted the Northwest ACDA Division Children’s Honor Choir in Seattle, WA and in 2011 he conducted the OAKE Children’s Honor Choir in Phoenix, AZ. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present workshops for music educators and the Yip Children’s Choir. Mr. Meads has presented choral sessions for conferences of Indiana Music Educators Association, ACDA and OAKE as well as music literacy sessions for students at Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue University in Fort Wayne and Westminster Choir College. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association.
Mr. Meads received the BM degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, NY and the MM degree in Choral Conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH where he was the recipient of several scholarships.
Lynnel Joy Jenkins
Lynnel Joy Jenkins is the Artistic Director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, New Jersey. Ms. Jenkins’ varied conducting and teaching experience ranges from the elementary to collegiate level. She has served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.
Ms. Jenkins is a choral conductor and music educator of international stature, having lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland, and South Africa. She has served as guest conductor for numerous Honor Choirs, All-States, and Choral Festivals in the United States and a clinician for several professional music conferences. She currently serves on the conducting faculty for the Vocal Arts Camp of the James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Ms. Jenkins has earned degrees from Temple University and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and at both institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award. Westminster’s Music Education Department inducted Ms. Jenkins into the Westminster Music Education Alumni Hall of Fame and the Alumni Association presented her with an Alumni Merit Award. She is pursuing a D.M.A. degree at the University of Arizona. She holds a certificate in Kodály pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and level two Orff-Schulwerk certification.
Rollo Dilworth is Professor of Choral Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Education and Therapy at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. He has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to his position with Boyer College, he taught music education and was the director of choral activities for 13 years at North Park University in Chicago, where he prepared and conducted numerous extended and choral-orchestral works. Before teaching at the college level, Dilworth also taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Dilworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education and Music from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO) and a Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
Over 150 of Dilworth’s choral compositions and arrangements have been published, and many are part of the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Choral Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is also an established author and contributor for the Essential Elements for Choir and the Experiencing Choral Music textbook series. He has authored 3 books of choral warm up exercises intended for elementary and secondary choral ensembles, entitled Choir Builders: Fundamental Vocal Techniques for General and Classroom Use (2006); Choir Builders for Growing Voices (2009); and Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 (2014).
His research interests are in the area of adolescent vocal development, African American choral music, social-emotional learning, community engagement, culturally responsive teaching, diversity, inclusion, access and equity in choral settings. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a life member of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and is Chairman for the Chorus America Board of Directors.
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Dr. Susan Glass has had a rich career as a music educator, having taught children and adults in many diverse settings. Early in her career, she taught music at Little Red School House/Elisabeth Irwin High School, where she developed a Kodály based program, pre-K-8, and founded four choruses, including an adult chorus called the Glass Menagerie – she remains its artistic director. The Glass Menagerie, which began as a Parent/Teacher chorus at her school, with 7 members, is now a flourishing avocational choir in New York City, 50 members strong. They perform a wide-ranging repertoire and are acclaimed for their creative programming and their ability to “pack the house.”
Dr. Glass is a member of the Music Education faculty at New York University, and is a long time member of the faculty at the NYU Summer Kodály Institute, where she teaches musicianship, conducting, and chorus. She has recently returned to Little Red/Elisabeth Irwin as a Middle school and High School vocal teacher and choral director. She also taught for several years at the Gateway School of New York – a special setting for children with learning disabilities.
Dr. Glass is a frequent clinician throughout the United States, presenting on a myriad of topics, such as artistry and musicianship in Kodály-inspired teaching, Kodaly strategies in a choral setting, and the use of movement to improve musical performance. She has guest conducted many festival choruses in New York State.
She is co-founder of the Kodály Organization of New York and has served two terms on the national board of OAKE. She was honored to receive the 2015 OAKE Outstanding Educator Award. She holds a doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She sang and recorded with the Robert DeCormier Singers for many years, and currently sings with Cerddorion vocal chamber ensemble in New York City.