Donna Gallo Donna Gallo (Kodály Program Coordinator, Instructor for Musicianship I and II) is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in critical pedagogy, philosophy, choral methods, and supervises student teachers. She is also the coordinator for the summer Kodály Certification program. Dr. Gallo completed her Ph.D. in music education at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Silver Lake College (MME) and Indiana University (BME). Additionally, she studied for two years at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kesckemét, Hungary where she was awarded the International Kodály Society Scholarship. Prior to joining the faculty at Westminster, Dr. Gallo served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and Silver Lake College where she taught research methods courses for summer graduate students. She has also worked for DePaul University as adjunct faculty where she taught Kodály Level III and Technology for Music Educators. Dr. Gallo taught K-6 general/choral music for eight years in Fairfax County, VA and in Simsbury, CT. Dr. Gallo has presented her research at numerous conferences including the AERA, NAfME, and ISME. Additionally, she regularly presents at national conferences for OAKE, AOSA, and NAfME. Dr. Gallo is currently an editor for the AOSA Echo.
Christopher Roberts Christopher Roberts (Instructor for Kodály Level I Pedagogy and Song Literature) 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.
Kristen VanOllefen Kristen VanOllefen (Instructor for Kodály Level II Pedagogy and Song Literature) 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.
Patricia Joyce (Instructor for Kodály Choral Pedagogy I and Choral Literature I) received her Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, in Music Education from Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and her Master of Music degree, With Distinction, in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She completed certification in Kodaly Methodology from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute, Hartford, Connecticut. Trish is the Founder and Artistic Director of the New Jersey Youth Chorus, now in its 24th season. NJYC is an auditioned choral program for children in grades two through twelve, divided into five ensembles. The heart of its mission is to provide exceptional choral music education and performance experiences, fostering expression, artistry and growth. Trish began her teaching career in the Pennsylvania schools, and taught in the Bernardsville schools in New Jersey. She has served as an adjunct teacher in the Music Education Department of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Trish has presented workshops, reading sessions, and adjudicated festivals for the New Jersey American Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Music Educators Association. She has conducted the New Jersey All-State Women’s Choir, the Central New Jersey Junior High Honors Choir, the Central New Jersey Elementary Honors Choir, the North Jersey Junior High Women's Honors Choir, and Children’s Choir Festivals in Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Virginia. Trish has served on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as President, Vice President, and as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Children’s Choirs. She is the Co-Chair for the American Choral Directors Association’s National Children’s Choirs Conductors Retreat, which will come to New Jersey in January of 2016. In addition, she has served as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at St. Bernard’s Church in Bernardsville, NJ, Interim Director of Music at Christ Church in Summit, NJ, and continues free-lance work at many other churches in northern and central NJ.
Tom T. Shelton, Jr. (Instructor for Conducting I & II and Choral Ensemble) is a native of Greensboro, N.C. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Choral Conducting. He is Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. Focusing on children’s and youth music at Westminster, he teaches classes in conducting, sacred music and music education. In addition, he is the Director of Children's and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church. Mr. Shelton has a passion for music education in all areas: church, school and community. He taught middle school choral music in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for 18 years. During that time he was selected Teacher of the Year for both Atkins Middle School and Kernersville Middle School. In 1999 the North Carolina Music Educators Association presented him with the North Carolina Middle School Music Teacher of the Year award. Mr. Shelton is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, currently serving as the National President-Elect. Mr. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs for elementary, middle school and high school students in 20 states and abroad. This past May, he conducted a Treble Choir Festival in Carnegie Hall, New York City. His compositions have been published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, GIA Publications, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Santa Barbara Music Press, and Walton Music. He is the Editor of the “Music for Young Voices” Choral Series with GIA Publications.