Now in his 20th year as professor of music education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, FRANK ABRAHAMS holds degrees from Temple University and New England Conservatory. In addition to his work in music education and administration, he enjoys an active career as a pianist, choral conductor and in music theater. For 17 years he served as Program Supervisor of Fine Arts for the Stoneham, Massachusetts public schools where he taught general and choral music. He also was a former music specialist in the Malden, Massachusetts public schools where he taught for six years. For four years, he served as chair for music education at New England Conservatory.
Abrahams is co-author of Case Studies in Music Education, published by GIA, now in its second edition. He has authored several articles on Critical Pedagogy for Music Education which have been published in the Music Educators Journal, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy and Review, International Journal of Community Music, Journal of Music Teacher Education and Visions of Research in Music Education. He is the senior editor of Visions of Research in Music Education, is on the editorial board of the Music Educators Journal and serves as editor for the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale Jewish Music Series published by Transcontinental Music Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard.
Abrahams is the former chair for music education at Westminster where he now directs the Center for Critical Pedagogy.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential conductors in America, JAMES JORDAN, through his 40 books, recordings and DVD’s, has brought about far-reaching pedagogical and philosophical changes not only in choral music, but also in the worlds of orchestral conducting, wind conducting, piano and music education. The Choral Journal has described his writings as “visionary.” One of the country’s leading choral artists, Dr. Jordan is a senior conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he conducts the Westminster Williamson Voices and the Westminster Schola Cantorum, and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting.
Dr. Jordan also conducts Anam Cara (www.anamcarachoir.com), a professional choral ensemble that has received critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for its recordings. The American Record Review wrote that Anam Cara “is a choir to please the fussiest choral connoisseur” and called their inaugural recording, Innisfree, “skillful and shining,” “glowing,” “supremely accomplished” with a “tone that produces a wide range of effects from vocal transparency to rich, full-throated glory.”
Dr. Jordan is one of the country’s most prolific writers on the subjects of the philosophy of music making and choral teaching. His trilogy of books: The Musician’s Soul, The Musician’s Walk, and The Musician’s Spirit—have made a deep and profound impact upon musicians and teachers around the world. Dr. Jordan is also executive editor of the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA), which now includes over 100 published works. He delivers over 30 workshops and keynote addresses each year in addition to an extensive conducting and guest conducting schedule. Dr. Jordan also serves on Panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Jordan’s lecture/teaching schedule and writings are detailed on his website, http://www.evokingsound.com and his publisher’s website, http://www.giamusic.com/bios/jordan_james.cfm.
SCOTT McCOY is Professor of Voice Science and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he serves as director of the Swank Voice Laboratory, director of graduate programs in voice pedagogy and director of OSU’s pioneering interdisciplinary program in singing voice health. His multimedia voice science and pedagogy textbook, Your Voice: An Inside View, was introduced in mid-2004 and has since been adopted by well over 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. Information about his text may be found online at www.voiceinsideview.com. Deeply committed to education, McCoy is a founding faculty member in the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA) professional development program, teaching classes in voice anatomy, physiology and acoustic analysis.
McCoy maintains an active singing career. To date, he has performed more than two dozen leading operatic roles and over 60 concert and oratorio solo roles with professional music organizations in the United States and abroad. In addition, he is a specialist in the song cycles of Schubert and Schumann, frequently concertizing with pianists Claude Cymerman and J.J. Penna.
A long-time member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), McCoy served as President of the Association from 2008-10, and currently is the director of the NATS national Intern Program. Additionally, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing for voice pedagogy, a member of the NATS Voice Science Advisory Committee, and was selected as a Master Teacher for the 2005 and 2009 NATS Intern Programs. In 2003, he was elected to membership in the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing. Prior to joining the OSU faculty in 2011, he was Professor of Voice and Director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. McCoy was named a University of Iowa Fellow in the fall of 2007.
PHILLIP GRECO holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in music education from the Crane School of Music – SUNY Potsdam. For 13 years, he has been teaching general music to children in grades K-8 in the Farmingdale Public School, Farmingdale, New York. He has developed a unique and original approach to general music that encourages children to make connections on their own and to connect those experiences to their lives in meaningful ways. He has presented his ideas in sessions at the New York State School Music Association ( NYSSMA) and at the meeting of the Society of Music Teacher Education, a auxiliary of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.