Updated 2014-2015 Workshops!

By | August 8, 2014

2014-2015 Workshops:

Workshops are held at the B.U. College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

(take the B line to the BU West stop)


Saturday, September 20, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Choral Reading and Strategies for Elementary and Middle School

Includes Choral Music Packet

Mary Ellen Junda

Presenter: Dr. Mary Ellen Junda

As Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Junda is known for her innovative concerts with the UCONN Women’s Choir.  She is the recipient of two Provost Grants to develop Earthtones, the new world music vocal ensemblethat performs the music of culturally diverse groups and Sing and Shout! a unique general education course that integrates history with communal singing and song-writing. Teaching these courses reaffirms her belief in the power of singing to create community and as means to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for cultural diversity. In 2012 she was selected as a Service Learning Fellow, and will add service learning to her courses in the coming years. She has shared her innovative pedagogy at the College Music Society National Conference, National Association for Music Education Conference, International Cultural Diversity in Music Education Conference, the International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium and International Arts and Humanities Conference.

Dr. Junda earned a B.M. from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, M.M.Ed. from Holy Names University and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Saturday, October 25, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Journey Through African-American Music, Jewish/Israeli Songs, and the context in which Americans first brought the Kodály Philosophy from behind the Iron Curtain

Betty Hillmon Martha HolmesMary Epstein

Presenters: Ms. Betty Hillmon, Ms. Martha Holmes and Dr. Mary Epstein

This workshop will feature a triumvirate of scholars from our own chapter. Betty Hillmon is considered a primary source for music of the African-American folk music tradition. Martha Holmes will share accessible choral music from the Jewish/Israeli tradition in multiple languages. Mary Epstein, President-Elect of OAKE and founder of the Kodály Music Institute in Boston (KMI), will speak about her dissertation regarding the fascinating beginnings of the American Kodály movement.



Saturday, January 10, 2015: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hidden and Lost Meaning in Children’s Folksong

Jeffrey Rhone

Presenter: Jeffrey Rhone

Jeff is currently a full-time doctoral student in music education at the Hartt School, where he teaches in the Kodály certificate program.  He is a performance expert and scholar on traditional American folk music and balladry.  Jeff uses his hand-made auto-harp, dulcimer and banjo to deliver astounding performances, and has taught all levels of pedagogy from pre-k through college.


Saturday, March 28, 2015: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Chapter Share

Couldn’t make it to the 2015 OAKE Conference? Let us bring highlights of the conference back to you as BAKE members re-present their favorite selections from the conference in Minneapolis. This is a Saturday *Afternoon* Workshop.