Dr. Andre Thomas, the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Thomas received his degrees from Friends University (B.A), Northwestern University (M.M.), and the University of Illinois (D.M.A).
Dr. Thomas is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits include conductor/clinician for the International Federation of Choral Musicians, summer ersidency of the World Youth Choir in Europe, and the premier performance by an American choir in Vietnam.
Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development. He is a professor of Music and the Director of Music Education at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the American Kodály Educators. A music educator for over thirty years, he continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and to using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music.
In addition to serving as the lead scriptwriter for the Van Cliburn Foundation's "Musical Awakenings" program of classical concerts for children, Dr. Feierabend promotes music education through frequent presentations in the United States and abroad. He is the author of more than 60 books, recordings and DVDs including the popular "First Steps in Music" series and the "Conversational Solfege" curriculum materials. Founded in 2012, the Feierabend Association for Music Education works to preserve Dr. Feierabend's research and pedagogical techniques through teacher training and certification in both First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege.
Dr. Robert G. Hasty is the Music Director of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra and the conductor of the Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he also serves as the Associate Dean of Orchestras.
A noted researcher in music cognition, Dr. Hasty authored the book "Critical Listening While Conducting" and has been invited to speak on this topic internationally. As a conductor, Dr. Hasty has performed with the All-American College Orchestra at Walt Disney World, Beijing Youth Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Irvine Youth Symphony, Merit Symphony Orchestra, National High School Music Institute Orchestra, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, NU Opera Theater and the NU Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is sought after as an honor orchestra conductor, and is a member of the conducting and music education faculties at the Bienen School of Music.
Scott Shuler, NAfME Immediate Past President for 2012-214, is the Arts Education specialist in the Connecticut Sate Department of Education. He has served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Simsbury Public Schools, taught 3 - 12 instrumental and general music and conducted church choirs in Michigan, Delaware, and Wisconsin. He has taught music education courses at several unniversities including the Hartt School, Eatsman School of Music, and New England Sonservatory, and served as Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education at California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Shuler has authored many publications, served on NAfME's UPDATE editorial board, and presented countless workshops on topics such as music program development and assessment, teacher preparation, advocacy, and the role of the arts in middle schools. He was a member of the task force that developed America's National Standards in music, helped design and interpret the 1999 federal arts education survey and 1997 National Assesssment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the Arts, co-chaired the Council of Chief State School Officers SCASS multi-state arts assessment consortium, and served as president of the National Council of State Supervisors or Music. He earned his . Mus. at the University of Michigan, his M.S. at the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D at the Eastman School of Music.
Mary Corriea served for more than thirty years as a music specialist in the Billerica, MA public schools, teaching elementary, middle and high school students. As the current coordinator of the Embracing the New Music Educator Program, she oversees an innovative mentoring network which pairs master music educators with new teaching professionals in the Northeast District of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. At Gordon College, Mrs. Correia teaches music education courses on elementary methods, in addition to serving as supervising practitioner for undergraduate music education majors and graduate licensures students who are fulfilling student teaching practicum experiences.
Eve Montague is Director of Creative Arts Therapies, Chair of the South Shore Conservatory's Music Therapy Department, and a member of the voice faculty. She is a board certified music therapist who has worked for over 25 years with both children and adults in educational and vocational settings, implementing a diverse range of programs. She is skilled in instrumental adaptation and modification, as well as adapted technology and access. She is Director and Conductor of the South Shore Conservatory Community Voices, a performance ensemble serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
Lillie Feierabend is known for her work with young children and instilling a love of music within them. This is her twelfth year as faculty at the University of Hartford Magnet School and her thirteenth as a director for the Connecticut Children's Chorus. She received the 1998 Teacher of the Year Award from her district for her innovative and inclusive music programs.
In 2008, Lillie again received her district's Teacher of the Year Award and Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Lillie is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences, speaking on many aspects of early childhood music.
Sean Hagon was recently named chair of Berklee College of Music's Professional Music Department. Hagon, a Berklee alumnus and an accomplished educator, composer, and conductor with years of experience in the film, television, video game, and advertising industries, succeeds Kenn Brass, who served as chair of the department for 14 years. Hagon most recently served as director of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory from 2009 to 2014, where he taught courses in music technology, introduced online curriculum, and increased enrollment in certificate programs.
Prior to his time at NEC, he was director of music and Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, where he directed jazz and chamber music ensembles, and launched the school's first music technology lab. He has composed music for Fox Sports Net New England, PBS, the History Chanel, and other major TV networks. He recently scored the German independent filmLuminosity. He also serves as creative director for Sound Advice, a company that produces radio jingles. Born and raised in Centerville, MA, Hagon plays trumpet, violin, piano, and sings. Hagon has a degree in professional music from Berklee, where he focused on music technology, education, and composition. He also received a diploma in media composition from the London School of Creative Studies, where he studied with noted composer and orchestrator Chares Fernandez (Band of Brothers, 101 Dalmations). He also received a master's degree in music technology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.