MUSIC | EDUCATION
Coming from a family of teachers, Rita R. Frady didn’t initially want to pursue education. She loved music, particularly piano, and wanted a career in that realm. Her husband suggested she combine the two, so Dr. Frady went back to school and found she loved it. She began as a K-6 music teacher for the Cherokee County Board of Education in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. After 14 years in that role, Dr. Frady became a music teacher for the Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy of the Cherokee County Board of Education in 2005. She continues in that capacity to this day. During this time, she also served as an adjunct professor at Piedmont College.
Dr. Frady prepared for her endeavors by earning an EdD in teaching and learning education and an EdS in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College, a master’s degree in early elementary education from Brenau University, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of West Georgia. She attributes her success to ensuring she stays current in her profession by reading forums and articles and taking classes. Thus far, she had furthered her professional standing by earning a conversational solfege certification from John Feierabend, an educational first steps certification, a MIE certification, a P-5 teacher certification, a P-12 music educator certification T-7 from the state of Georgia, and a Microsoft in education certification. She also makes sure she never misses the Georgia Music Educator Conference.
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Motivated by her tremendous love of music, Marilynn J. Smiley has dedicated more than 60 years to advancing the field. She started as a public school music teacher in Indiana in 1954, and joined the staff of the Music Department at the State University of New York at Oswego in 1961. Over the years, she served the institution as a distinguished teaching professor and as a department chairperson, and was responsible for music history and literature courses for all eras and at all levels. Dr. Smiley’s area of expertise ranged from Ancient Greek to current music history and literature, which made her an invaluable resource for students. One of her favorite parts of the job was presenting subjects to students and watching them respond with their own concepts and ideas. She was also proud of having her department accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and of creating a diverse curriculum. In 2014, however, she accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus.
Besides teaching, Dr. Smiley was involved at the school through committees like the Library Council, the Graduate Council, the Women’s Caucus, the Task Force on the Future, and the Women’s Studies Advisory Board, and as the advisor of both Mu Beta Psi and Vega, the Junior and Senior Women’s Honor Society. She also conducted a great deal of scholarly research through grants obtained from the SUNY Research Foundation and the National Endowment for Humanities. Her main focus was Renaissance music and various types of American music, as well as women’s studies. Dr. Smiley loved the satisfaction of discovering new ideas, concepts, and correlations, all of which brought a greater understanding to her field. She shared her findings with her peers by writing articles for professional journals and by presenting papers at several musicology conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music.
Combining her love for music and traveling, Kathy Henkel is currently thriving as the owner and composer of Sign of the Silver Birch Music and as an educational consultant with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She mostly writes instrumental and chamber music, and decided to self-publish so that she could take her music out to the people personally. Over the years, her music has been performed at festivals in Gubbio, Italy, Montevarchi, Italy, and Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as at premieres in England, Austria, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Ms. Henkel attributes her success thus far to never giving up. Her company only consists of three people, but they all go above and beyond to keep everything running smoothly.
Previously, Ms. Henkel garnered experience as a liner note writer for Pro Piano Records, a visiting in-school classroom speaker and on-stage host of the Music Outreach Program at the Chamber Music/LA Festival Program, a program annotator for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and a program annotator and educational consultant for the Chamber Music/LA Festival. She has also been a scriptwriter and producer for KUSC-FM, a music reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, a music researcher for Paramount Pictures, a member of the administrative staff of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and a participant of the Dana School New Music Festival. Notably, Ms. Henkel wrote 300 broadcast scripts for the aforementioned radio station. Her professional designations include a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. In school, she studied under Frank Campo and Aurelio de la Vega.
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Involved with music for as long as she can remember, Linda F. Vaughn continues to lend her services as an organist to the St. Peters United Church of Christ and to the Zion Lutheran Church. She has performed with the former since 2017 and the latter since 2015, preceded by positions as an organist with the Community Church of Christ and the First Baptist Church, an accompanist with The Chorale, the choir director of the First Baptist Church of Urbana, and a performer with the Evening Etude Mozart Music Club. Additionally, Ms. Vaughn was a choir teacher for Urbana School District #116 for 25 years. She considers the highlight of her career to be having the ongoing opportunity to learn and grow.
Ms. Vaughn prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Arts and a Master of Music from the Illinois in 1979 and 1975, respectively, and both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music from Hope College in 1974. She also became a certified life insurance producer and a certified teacher in the state of Illinois, as well as a certified crochet instructor from the Craft Yarn Council. To keep in touch with her peers, she joined prominent organizations like the National Association for Music Education, Delta Omicron, Delta Phi Alpha, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Music | EDUCATION
Inspired by music, Nancy Cornish has spent nearly five decades sharing her passion with the younger generations. She started out as a music teacher at Leavenworth West Junior High School in 1970, and maintained that position at Chanute High School, Allen County Community College, and Neosho County Community College between 1972 and 2000. During that time, Ms. Cornish also served as the director of the St. Cecilia Choir, the music director of the First United Methodist Church, and the president of the Neosho Valley Arts Council. She joined the University of Kansas as a graduate teaching assistant from 2001 to 2003, the Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation as a secretary from 2003 to 2005, and the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir as a director from 2004 to 2012.
Now, Ms. Cornish is putting her experience to use as a music instructor at Laramie County Community College, an ordained minister, keyboardist, musician, and performer at the Community of Christ Church in Rhode Island and New York, and as the director of the Cranberry Coast Concert Corral. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Kansas in 1975 and 1969, respectively.
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A veteran in her field, Kathryn Hull has demonstrated continued excellence in her roles as an independent music teacher and composer, which she’s been since 1949, and as an arts consultant, which she’s been since 1986. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Pasadena City College in 1949 and by becoming a certified piano teacher, and she never looked back. Over the years, she has accrued experience as a teacher of music theory at the College of the Desert, the chief development officer at ArtScope, the executive director of the Glendale Regional Arts Council, the managing director of the Guild Opera Company, and a music teacher for Mount Olive Christian Elementary School. She has also been affiliated with Public Delos Publications, Pacific Finance, and the Stanford Research Institute.
Even when Ms. Hull isn’t working, she is involved with the arts community. She has been the president of Music Teachers of the Desert since 2014, and on the board of directors of Encore! Musical Moments in Salon Settings since 1994. Previously, she was the founder and president of the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance, the commissioner of the La Quinta Cultural Commission, and a member of the board of directors of the La Quinta Open Air Museum, the Pasadena Boys Choir, the Glendale Youth Orchestra, and the Glendale Chamber Orchestra. Other notable roles include fellow of the National League of American Pen Women, president and secretary of the Steinway Society of Riverside County, and vice president of the Music Teachers National Association, among others.
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Coming from a family of musicians, Patricia Rinkenberger decided to follow in their footsteps and pursue her gift. She earned a Bachelor of Music at DePaul University with highest honors in 1970 and a Master of Science in music education from the University of Illinois in 1977, as well as a certification from the VoiceCare Network. Ms. Rinkenberger also completed coursework at Illinois Wesleyan University. To keep in touch with her peers and professional community, she joined prominent organizations like the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Educators), the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and the Beta Beta Chapter of DKGSI.
Over the years, Ms. Rinkenberger used her expertise in vocal, choral, and general music methods to serve as a performer, voice teacher, choral director and coordinator, music educator, adjudicator, and musical producer and director. She is a former senior vocal staff director for the NightBlue Performing Arts Company, a singer in numerous musical projects, and a consultant in Illinois and Michigan. Her main goal is to make the world a better place by identifying talent, developing it, and helping people follow their dreams. She tried to model the behavior she wanted her students to emulate, and would advise the younger generations to set the bar high, try new things, and be respectful and honest in interactions with others. Her achievements were featured in the 27th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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“Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” This quotation by Ernest Boyer, the president of the Carnegie Foundation, represents exactly what Gail S. Phillips hopes to pass on to her students. Combining her love of children with her passion for music, she has been a band and orchestra teacher in the Music Exploratory program in the Central Valley School District since 2017. There, she sets a high standard for her students while also allowing them to learn and grow in a fun environment. Her goal is to help kids realize the connective power of music.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Phillips was a teacher and the director of bands at Chase Middle School, an orchestra director at Bowdish Middle School of the Central Valley School District, a member of the strategic planning committee of the West Valley School District, a substitute teacher in the Coeur d'Alene School District, and a band director for the Medical Lake School District, Kalles Junior High, Totem Middle School, Rainier Junior High, Cascade Junior High, and Gonzaga Preparatory School. She was also an elementary band director for Mead School District 354 and the Medical Lake School District, a teacher for Federal Way High School, and a brass and marching band instructor for the Imperials Summer Band Program. Further, Ms. Phillips held positions like teacher of the Student Mentoring Program, PTA faculty adviser of Totem Middle School, vice president of the Eastern Washington chapter of the National Association for Music Education, and secretary of the student chapter of the National Association for Music Education. She prepared for her endeavors by earning a Master of Arts in music education, a Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from Eastern Washington University and an Associate of Arts from Spokane Falls Community College.
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Motivated by a desire to make music collaboratively, Ann McFarland has spent her life pursuing her goal. She was first introduced to the field by her parents, who encouraged her to become a successful musician. Heeding their advice, she earned a Bachelor of Music from Susquehanna University in 1975, a Master of Music from Temple University in 1978, and a PhD in music education from Temple University in 2006. Additionally, Dr. McFarland was certified as a music and movement teacher level III by the American Orff Schulwek Association and as a movement teacher by High Scope. She is particularly proud of receiving a doctorate, as she was the only person in the music department to do so with children. She attributes her success to her perseverance and compassion.
Now, Dr. McFarland remains dedicated to sharing her passion. She was an associate professor of music education at West Chester University from 2010 to 2015, an assistant professor of music education at West Chester University from 1991 to 2010, a teacher at the Conestoga Valley School District from 1992 to 1999, and a teacher in the Hempfield School District from 1991 to 1992. Dr. McFarland has also participated in numerous international presentations, including at annual conferences for the International Society for Music Education in Melanesia, Italy, China, Greece and Brazil. Further, she was a pianist with the McFarland Piano Trio and a contributor of articles to professional journals.
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Born in Paris in 1930, Delphine Brownlee grew up following her dad, an opera singer, as he toured around the world. Some of her fondest childhood memories were being backstage with him at venues like the Metropolitan Opera in New York; it was there that she first became interested in entertainment as a profession. Today, Ms. Brownlee is proud to have turned that interest into a booming career. She remains committed to the field, and is currently offering her lifetime of experiences as a valuable resource for younger generations through her private studio. She has worked there since 1977.
Over the course of her journey, Ms. Brownlee has held numerous other positions as well. She was part of the original cast of “Man of La Mancha” on Broadway in the lead role of Aldonza, and was a cast member for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Fade-Out, Fade-In,” “Here’s Love,” and “Carnival.” She also accepted voice-over opportunities for television and radio commercials, held recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, and performed opera at Singers Theatre. On the academic side of the spectrum, she was faculty at the Conservatory Hackley School, adjunct professor at Montclair State University, and faculty at Mount Kisco School of Music.