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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
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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 Kodály Certification from the Kodály Musical Training Institute at the University of Hartford and attended the Kodály 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. W. Bryce Hayes maintains an active career as a conductor, teacher, church musician, pianist, accompanist and singer. As a choral conductor Bryce is currently assistant professor of Choral Music Education at James Madison University where he works with the Treble Chamber Choir, The University Men's Chorus, and Kor, a select men's ensemble of 14. In addition to his choral conducting responsibilities at JMU, Bryce teaches graduate choral literature, undergraduate conducting, and music education classes.

He is an active adjudicator and clinician, recent and upcoming appearances include conducting honors choirs and workshops in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. As a baritone he has performed in the professional ensemble, The Princeton Singers, and most recently as a founding member of The Valley 7. Dr. Hayes serves as the Virginia ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities. Dr. Hayes is a certified Kodály educator, and his current research interests include strategies for improving musicianship with secondary and collegiate choirs, the role of gender in the choral ensembles, and creativity in the choral classroom.

A New Jersey native, Dr. Hayes hails most recently from Minneapolis, Minnesota where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from The University of Minnesota. Prior to his time in Minnesota Dr. Hayes received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. His career began with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College following which he served as the Director of Upper School Choral Music at Princeton Day School.

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