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Tanja Dorn

TANJA DORN

First earning a diploma in piano from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Tanja Dorn went on to achieve a master’s degree in music from the Free University of Berlin. Cultivating her expertise as a music executive and officer manager, she spent the early days of her career as the artistic director of Klavierhaus and as an associate manager at Columbia Artists Management Inc. She became the senior vice president and the director of artist management for IMG Artists in 2007, positions she held until 2015. In 2016, she founded Dorn Music, where she continues to excel as the owner, chief executive officer and president. In her day to day work, Ms. Dorn finds and manages new talent, produces

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SUSAN E. BASALIK

Susan E. Basalik knew that she wanted to be a teacher by the time she reached second grade, inspired by her own teachers and several relatives who were also teachers. After achieving her bachelor’s degree, she joined the Methacton School District in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where she has worked for the last four decades, teaching music to third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Specializing in string instruments, Ms. Basalik’s primary instrument is the cello, but she also holds proficiency in 12 other instruments, including the violin, viola and bass, as part of the teaching requirements for the state of Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has furthered her expertise with a Master of Education from Temple University in 1987 and

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Wendy Dio

WENDY DIO

Wendy Dio emerged into the entertainment world in 1981, when she became president of the Niji Entertainment Group, which she formed alongside her husband, the legendary heavy metal singer, songwriter, composer, and former front man of both Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, who she’d married in 1978. During this time, Ms. Dio made a name for herself as a woman manager in the very male dominated entertainment industry, acting as a manager for such Los Angeles-based rock bands as Rough Cutt, NuHaven, Cold Sweat and Hellion. She was notably one of two women working in the role of manager during those early years, and her pioneering work paved the way for women in the industry. Serving as the

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NADINE SHERRY “VIC” GUCKEISEN

A musician all her life, Nadine Sherry “Vic” Guckeisen first began playing the piano and organ when she was three and a half years old. Predominantly self-taught, she began by teaching herself how to imitate the songs she heard on TV. After earning a diploma from Kiel High School in 1969, she joined Lakeland University, where she graduated with a degree in business administration in 1973. Subsequently discovering her love of education while volunteering with local schools, she entered the field of education as the volunteer director with the Kiel Area School District from 1998 to 2004 and as a teacher’s aide with the Holy Rosary School from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, Ms. Guckeisen accepted a position teaching at

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Carol Modesitt

CAROL ANN MODESITT

Carol Ann Modesitt is a professor of music and former chair of the department of music at Southern Utah University, where she has taught voice, opera, diction and vocal pedagogy for more than three decades. She joined the faculty at Southern Utah University in 1993, helping establish and develop the school’s voice program into one of the best in the region, and guiding her students to win more than 200 state- and national-level awards for performance. Currently, she is the head of Southern Utah University’s voice department and director for the school’s award-winning musical theater and opera productions. During her time with the university, Ms. Modesitt has directed more than 40 student productions of repertory classics including “La Boheme,” “Don

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RANDI STROH

Born with an innate talent for music, Randi Stroh, MM, started studying and playing piano at the age of 5 and began her advanced music education in high school at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where she graduated with “Honor and Distinction in Music.” After completing a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, at Smith College in Massachusetts in 1971, she subsequently enrolled at the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor of Music, with honors, in 1975 and a Master of Music in 1982. Ms. Stroh brings a creative approach to everything she does and attributes her success to many excellent teachers, as well as her own perseverance and ability

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Kim Martin, Mary Ellen Marth

KIM MARTIN

Kim Martin, also known as Mary Ellen Marth, is a writer, entertainer, and band leader who has found acclaim recording and touring the United States and Canada since the 1960s. Born and raised on a farm in Minnesota, Ms. Martin discovered her musical gifts at a young age and some of her earliest memories are of practicing by singing to the birds and squirrels outside her bedroom. By the age of 5, she had been singing and taking tap dancing lessons for several years and had already developed a strong stage presence and a love for performing. She got her start not long after, when her mother took her to Minneapolis to audition for the backing band on “Slim Jim’s

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Sharon Radashaw

SHARON LEE RADASHAW

Sharon Lee Radashaw, BME, MM, is a lifelong educator and entertainer specializing in vocal music and musical theater, acting, and dance. Precociously talented, she began tap dancing at the age of four and continued to develop her performance skills with the support of her family. She earned a Bachelor of Music in music education at Eastern Michigan University in 1959 and a Master of Music at Michigan State University in 1962, and holds teaching credentials in both California and Michigan. Dedicated to perfecting her craft, Ms. Radashaw continued to pursue postgraduate coursework at the University of California and the University of San Diego until the late 1990s. She began teaching music in Mason Public Schools and Waverly Schools near Lansing,

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Joyce Priess

JOYCE MARIE PRIESS

A gifted teacher, singer, and multi-instrumentalist with a lifelong passion for keyboard instruments, Joyce Marie Priess is now retired, having concluded her career as a piano and theory teacher for Friends University. Born and raised in rural Saint John, Kansas, she began playing the piano as a young child and added the organ shortly after. She soon recognized her talent for music and her love for all aspects of performance and theory, and spent most of her free time practicing the piano as a teen. Ms. Priess sought to turn her enthusiasm into a career, and she attended Bethany College to study music with the aid of a Presser scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Music in applied piano in 1955,

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Marilyn Immoos

MARILYN SUE IMMOOS

First studying at the New England Conservatory and California State University, Marilyn Sue Immoos, PhD, concluded her early education at Mozarteum University Salzburg in Austria, and embarked on her career as a concert singer in Vienna in 1974. Fascinated with the human voice and the effects of music on human emotion, she decided to involve herself in psychology and joined the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center as a part-time assistant psychologist and trainer and the Fischhof Institute of Managerial Psychology as a part-time managerial psychologist in 1979. This work overlapped with her time as a mezzo-soprano with the City Theater in Luzen, Switzerland, from 1981 to 1984. In 1986, Dr. Immoos worked as a music therapist at the Psychiatric University Clinic in

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