Meet the Conductors

Children’s Choir Director

Gemma Arguelles has taught music learners of all ages as music educator and choir director in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Philippines. She is a frequent presenter at local and national professional conferences and workshops for music organizations including OAKE, ACDA and NAfME. Currently, she teaches PreK-5 music and directs three choirs at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, serves as adjunct music lecturer at the world-renowned Kodály Center at Holy Names University in Oakland and conducts the Vivo Chorus of Young Women’s Choral Projects in San Francisco.

Gemma earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of the Philippines and her Master’s degree in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. She has completed all course work for PhD in Music Education at the University of Oklahoma. Recognized for excellence in teaching and service to music education, she was honored with the 2017 OAKE Outstanding Educator Award.

Youth Choir Director

Georgia A Newlin, DMA is an independent Music Education Consultant. She has taught in early childhood and public school music positions for sixteen years and at the collegiate level for fifteen. Currently, Georgia is called upon as a conductor for choral festivals, as a clinician for choral workshops, reading sessions, and intermediate grade methodology, as well as a consultant for curriculum planning. She teaches musicianship, conducting, and ensemble in Kodály programs at Indiana University, University of Hawai’i, and James Madison University.

Georgia holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Pedagogy from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University. She has two daughters, Eliza and Sylvie, both named after American folk song characters.

Chamber Ensemble Director

Dr. Franklin Gallo (b. 1977) is the Director of Choral Activities at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Patrick Church in Urbana, Illinois, and an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis degree program at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Dr. Gallo has held faculty positions at DePaul University (IL), The Hartt School (CT), and at Shepherd University (WV), teaching courses in musicianship, choral conducting, choral literature, and choral pedagogy and has served as conductor of various choral ensembles. Gallo has also served as a conducting and musicianship instructor in numerous Kodály certification programs.

Dr. Gallo holds a B.S., from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Oderzo, Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, a Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Kecskemét, Hungary), studying with Péter Erdei and Éva Vendrei, and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School – University of Hartford under the guidance of Edward Bolkovac.

Concert Women’s Choir Director

Eva Floyd is an associate professor of choral music education at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she teaches Choral Methods, Literature for School Choir, History and Philosophy of Music Education, and Kodály Musicianship classes for music education graduate students. Dr. Floyd supervises student teachers, choral internships, advises graduate research, and is an academic advisor for undergraduate vocal/piano music education majors. Floyd is founder and conductor of the CCM Community Women’s Choir and is a musicianship teacher for the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Choir.

Dr. Floyd studied two years at the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary earning an advanced diploma in Choral Conducting, studying with Peter Erdei. Floyd also worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the Kodaly Institute, tutoring international students in solfege and assisting graduate students with thesis projects. Floyd received a Ph.D. in Music Education and Master of Music in Music Education with choral conducting emphasis from University from Kentucky and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University. Floyd completed Orff-Schulwerk certification at the University of Kentucky and Kodály training from Capital University, where she also completed the Kodály apprentice teacher-training program.