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Ann Eisen resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she is the owner and manager of Sneaky Snake Publications. Together with Lamar Robertson, she is co-author of An American Methodology, Yearly Plans, Directions to Literacy, and My Music Book Series. She received her undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, her masters from McNeese State University, and her Kodaly Certification from the Kodaly Musical Training Institute at the University of Hartford and attended the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Hungary for two summers. She has taught summer courses/workshops at McNeese State University, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Stephen F. Austin University, Milliken University, and most recently at University of Central Missouri. She has been a frequent presenter at workshops during the school year in Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Presentations at the national OAKE Conference have included New Orleans, Louisiana, Norman, Oklahoma, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina as well as the 1999 IKS Symposium in Kecskemet, Hungary. She is retired as a visiting professor in the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where she taught classes in vocal music education methods and undergraduate ear training.
Dr. Daniel Todd is currently an associate choir director at Blalack Middle School in Carrollton, Texas which serves over 300 choral students in 9 choirs. While pursuing a Ph.D. of Fine Arts in Music he taught aural skills, music theory, and music education courses at Texas Tech University. Dr. Todd also holds a Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Texas Tech, and Level 4 Kodaly training from the West Texas Kodaly Initiative. In 2010, Daniel performed in Carnegie Hall with the Texas Tech University Choir under the direction of Richard Bjella, and was a featured tenor soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Dr. Todd has presented sessions for the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Texas Music Educators Association, and in 2008 the Cantare Treble Choir from Hutchinson Middle was invited to perform for the OAKE National Conference. He conducted research pertaining to Kodaly's Bicinia Hungarica for his doctoral dissertation and is currently working on publishing his own bicinia.
Susan Tevis, Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the
five choirs of the Children's Choir of Chico, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in
piano pedagogy and music education from California State University, Chico. She
completed a Kodaly Certificate at the Kodaly Institute at McNeese State
University (Lake Charles, Louisiana) and completed advanced studies both at the
McNeese Institute and at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary.
Ms. Tevis has been an adjunct faculty member at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, Louisiana), CSU Chico, Capital University Conservatory of Music (Columbus, Ohio), and the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. For a number of years, Susan was on the faculty at the Kodaly Institute at McNeese and the Kodaly Institute at Capital University, teaching in summer courses for professional music educators. In June 2009, Susan joined the faculty at Wichita State University's Kodaly Certification Program in the School of Music, and continues to teach there each summer. In 2010 Susan conducted the 5th grade Honor Chorus for Calcasieu Parish in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and returned to Louisiana to conduct the Kodaly Institute at McNeese's Children's Choir Camp in June 2009, continuing in that capacity through June 2011.
Susan has been a music educator since 1970, working in public schools, community choir programs and churches. These teaching positions have included responsibilities for instrumental, choral, and classroom music classes and ensembles. During these years Ms. Tevis has served on numerous regional, state and national boards, including Louisiana Music Education Association and Organization of American Kodaly Educators. From 1999-2004, Susan was Vice President of OAKE, and presently sits on the OAKE National Conference Choir Committee.
As a choral specialist, Susan is active as a guest clinician and conductor for treble choirs, conducting honor choruses in Texas, Louisiana and California, and is frequently invited to present music education workshops for various state and national music organizations, and at regional, state & national music conferences. In addition to clinics, honor choirs, and workshops, she also presented a scholarly paper, in conjunction with two colleagues, at the 1999 Symposium of the International Kodaly Society. The Classroom Music Project, founded by Ms. Tevis at Citrus Elementary School in Chico, provided classroom music instruction to 550 K-5th grade students and a field studies opportunity for music education majors at CSU, Chico for 5 years.
Founded in 2001, Children's Choir of Chico has served over 1,500 children, young people and women in the greater Chico area, performing for numerous organizations and community events each year. Bel Canto and Cantiamo have traveled to central and southern California, performed in Disneyland, delighted audiences in Petaluma, Santa Rosa and San Francisco, and Bel Canto members have sung on the historic stage at Carnegie Hall. Participation in the Sing A Mile High Choral Festival (2009, Denver) with Rollo Dilworth and the Crescent City Choral Festival (June 2011, New Orleans) with Bob Chilcott provided yet additional performance opportunities for the members of Bel Canto.
In October 2009, Susan and the Children's Choir of Chico were awarded the City of Chico Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts for their service to the children, young people and women who sing in the choirs of CCOC and the greater Chico community.
Dr. Royce Tevis. For thirty years, Dr. Royce S. Tevis has earned national recognition for quality performances of both high school and university bands under his direction. Currently as the Director of University Bands at California State University, Chico, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and guides all aspects of the University Band Program. Presently, Dr. Tevis teaches courses in conducting, wind literature, and instrumental education. Professor Tevis maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant of concert, marching and jazz bands throughout the United States. With diverse experience demonstrated at all grade levels in the Midwest, South, and West, his conducting and clinician appearances have received resounding acclaim from his peers, musicians and audiences. A nationally recognized music education authority, Dr Tevis is at the leading edge of innovations in the art of band directing.