|Fred Meads (Instructor for Musicianship I & Conducting I) is Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School in Hopewell, NJ. In this role, 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. Mr. Meads has been director of choirs in public and private schools, churches and at the collegiate level for the past twenty-five years. He has conducted regional and All-State 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 and in 2011 he conducted the OAKE National Children’s Honor Choir. Internationally, he traveled to Hong Kong to present workshops for music educators. Mr. Meads has presented choral and music literacy sessions for conferences of IMEA, ACDA and OAKE. He has served on the boards of both the Indiana Choral Directors Association and the New Jersey Choral Directors Association. Mr. Meads has degrees from Ithaca College and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He completed his Kodály training at Capital University in Columbus, OH.|
|Christopher Roberts (Instructor for Level I Pedagogy & 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 is a Lecturer and Coordinator of Music Teacher Preparation 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 immediate Past-President of the Western Division for the Organization of American Kodály Educators.|
|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.|
Amy Carter (Instructor for Kodály Level III Pedagogy and Song Literature) holds an MME with Kodály Emphasis from Capital University and a BM in Music Education from Westminster Choir College where she also completed her four levels of Kodály certification. As part of her graduate studies, Amy attended the International Kodály Summer Seminar at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary in 2003. She taught Levels I and III for the Kodály levels course at West Chester University and has been a guest lecturer and presenter of Kodály inspired workshops at both the national and local level. Amy has served on the OAKE National Board and is a Past President of both the Eastern Division and Kodály New Jersey. She received the OAKE Outstanding Contributions Award in 2003. Having previously taught in the Pennsbury School District in PA, Amy currently teaches elementary general music and choir in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District where she was voted the 2014 Governor’s Teacher of the Year. She and her husband Ken direct the children’s choirs at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church.
Ken Carter (Instructor for Musicianship II & III) The son of two professional musicians, Ken Carter was trained in piano and singing from an early age. He holds a B.M., summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition and theory from Rutgers University. Previous music faculty positions include Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University (Mason Gross), the American Boychoir School, and Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Ken currently serves as Choral Director at West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. North. His choirs have toured in Germany and Italy, and his Chamber Choir recently performed at the OAKE National Conference in Philadelphia. Ken has been featured as a presenter on the national, regional, and local levels of OAKE. He has taught Level I and III Musicianship, Conducting, and Choir in the Kodály levels program at West Chester University. As a composer, Ken has enjoyed numerous commissions and publications. Two of his pieces have been performed by the OAKE National Children’s Choirs at conference. He was the winner of OAKE’s inaugural Ruth Boshkoff National Composition Competition. Ken and his wife Amy are the proud parents of three sons. Together, they direct the children’s choirs at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church.