Kodály Certification

Kodály Certification Program Levels I and II

Our Westminster Choir College Kodály levels provide unique experiences that support music educators in planning for an enacting practices relevant to K-12 educators.

July 20-31, 2015
Join us for two weeks of music making, pedagogical thinking, personal growth, collaboration, and fun! 


Al Holcomb - Music Education Faculty, Westminster Choir College

 Franklin Gallo - Director Choral Activities, High School South West Windsor-Plainsboro, NJ

 Lynnel Jenkins - Artistic Director, Princeton Girlchoir and teacher at the Timberlane Middle School

Christopher Roberts - Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington and music teacher at St. Joseph School in Seattle

Kristen VanOllefen - Teacher at the Equity Project Charter School


In this program, educators will:

  • Integrate traditional Kodály pedagogy with 21st century educational approaches that are student-centered and promote musical engagement and thinking outside of the classroom
  • Experience a range of music including folk music from various cultures, popular music, singing games, and choral repertoire
  • Develop vibrant lessons that promote students’ musicianship skills while incorporating broad musical styles/genres, technology, and creative thinking practices 
  • Complete assignments individually and in small groups, drawing from the rich knowledge of other participants in the course as well as the instructors
  • Improve personal musicianship and conducting skills
  • Sing in a combined choir of all levels with a highly accomplished, well-known choral director
  • Socialize with other teachers—both local and from across the county—to form strong professional relationships and friendships
  • All classes are held on the Westminster Choir College campus in Princeton, NJ from 8:00am - 4:45pm.  Pedagogy and folk song classes will be held in the new Marion Buckelew Cullen Center


$1,200 non-credit/$2,085 with 3 graduate credits

Housing and Accomodations:
Students of the program stay in air conditioned dorms on the Westminster Choir College campus.  Many wonderul food options are within walking distance.

Instructor Information

Al HolcombAl Holcomb is Associate Professor at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University where he is Chair of Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral methods. Dr. Holcomb has degrees from Texas Christian University and The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Dr. Holcomb taught middle and high school choir in Connecticut and Texas where his choirs consistently receive outstanding scores at regional events. He is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He has conducted honor choirs in Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Nebraska, and New Jersey and is a former conductor with the Singing Boys of Houston and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. He was formerly on the faculty of The Hartt School, University of Hartford and the University of Central Florida where he conducted collegiate ensembles. Dr. Holcomb served as the director of music at Winter Park Presbyterian Church in Winter Park, FL for seven years where he conducted children, youth, and adult choirs.

Lynnell JenkinsLynnel Jenkins is in her fifth season as artistic director of the Princeton Girlchoir and choral teacher at the Timberlane Middle School of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, N.J.  Her 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 and conductor of the Resident Training Choir at the American Boychoir School. She has lectured and conducted in China, Hong Kong, Iceland and South Africa. She also has served as guest conductor for numerous Honor Choirs, All-State Choirs and Choral Festivals in the United States and as a clinician for several professional music conferences. She has degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Temple University, and at both institutions was awarded the Elaine Brown Conducting Award. She is a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona.

Christopher RobertsChristopher Roberts holds a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Music Education from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in African History from Swarthmore College.  He received his Kodály Certificate from Seattle Pacific University, further studied the Kodály approach at the University of Calgary, and has given presentations for music educators throughout the United States and Canada.  Christopher teaches K-5 music at St. Joseph School in Seattle, and is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.  In addition, he has taught graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Idaho, Seattle University, and Kent State University.  He is the Western Division President-Elect for the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and currently serves as the Northwest Regional Representative for the Society for General Music.

Frank GalloFranklin Gallo is the Director of Choral Activities at High School South in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. He holds a B.S., from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, a Diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Hungary), where he studied with Eva Vendrei and Péter Erdei, and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School, under the guidance of Edward Bolkovac. Frank has been a public school vocal music teacher and choral director for the past 10 years serving students in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey.  He has also held faculty positions at Shepherd University, The Hartt School, and at DePaul University. Regularly, Frank is on faculty in the Kodály certification programs at DePaul University and at Silver Lake College.  Frank is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter, and composer Additionally, Frank was awarded the 2015 Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize.  His work, My Fairest Child, will be premiered in March by the OAKE National Youth Choir In Minneapolis.

Kristen VanOllefenKristen VanOllefen received a Bachelor of Music from the College of New Jersey and a Masters of Music with Kodály focus from Capital University. She completed her four levels of Kodály certification at Westminster Choir College, attended the International Kodály Seminar in 2003 in Hungary, and subsequently earned a diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Kristen served on the board of Kodály of New Jersey for over 8 years.  She was awarded a Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to implement a composition project that was featured on the television show, Classroom Close-Up NJ.  She taught instrumental pedagogy at the Northwest Texas Kodály Initiative and Pedagogy Levels I and II for the Kodály certification program at Westminster Choir College.  She has presented various workshops across the country on topics including dulcimer in the Kodály classroom, instrumental pedagogy, musicianship, composition, and multicultural singing games.  Kristen taught general music, strings, chorus, Orff ensemble, and hand chimes for various New Jersey public schools, grades Pre-K-8.  In the past five years, she worked at The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School in Washington Heights, NY where she designed and implemented general music curricula for grades 5 and 6, taught instrumental music lessons, choir, Orff Ensemble, Glee Club, and Show choir, and served as the school-wide state assessment coordinator.


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