2016 Clinicians and Directors

William R. Bauer, Ph.D. (Dalcroze) Current president of the Dalcroze Society of America, Dr. Bauer teaches music full-time at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, where he also serves as Director of the Dalcroze Atelier at CSI. Dr. Bauer earned his Ph.D. and MA in Composition from the CUNY Graduate Center and Columbia University, respectively, and his Dalcroze License and Certificate at the Manhattan Dalcroze Institute in studies with Robert Abramson and Ruth Alperson. He has led classes at International Dalcroze Conferences in Vienna, Geneva, Tokyo, Coventry, and Pittsburgh, and in Dalcroze Teacher Training Institutes at Carnegie-Mellon University and The Longy School, at numerous DSA national conferences and chapter workshops, and in many other settings. Dr. Bauer's writings on the Dalcroze Approach have appeared in the pages of American Dalcroze Journal and Dalcroze Connections.

Rosalie Keddington (Violin) Rosalie Keddington has performed with the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Chamber Orchestra (soloist, assoc. concertmaster), Utah Chamber Orchestra (assoc. concertmaster), Utah Chamber Artists, Intermountain Chamber Orchestra (soloist, concertmaster), as a soloist and chamber musician for music festivals (Moab Music Festival, Bear Lake Music Festival), as an orchestral recording artist, and  with a variety of other chamber ensembles and orchestras. Mrs. Keddington also freelances in contemporary and other violin styles – including folk music and fiddle.  Mrs. Keddington runs a large private studio, teaches at Music Workshops and Institutes across the country and teaches on the Music Faculty for the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. 

Rosalie studied with with her father– violinist, professor and conductor Dr. LaVar Krantz in addition to Zaven Melikian, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Simon Kim, Barbara Williams, and Gerald Elias, and has received coaching from Charles Castleman, Donald McInnes and Eduard Melkus. Rosalie earned a BMus. in Violin Performance from the University of Hawaii, and spent many years receiving extensive teacher training through the Suzuki Association of Americas, and the American String Teachers Association. She has served on the Board of SAU (Suzuki Association of Utah), and served for many years as VP-Strings for the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. 

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Mrs. Keddington currently resides in Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania.

Kathy McHugh (Violin) Kathy McHugh attended Ithaca College. It was during that time that she was first introduced to the Suzuki method and began her training with Sandy Reuning. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, Kathy continued her studies with Sandy Reuning and began teaching for Ithaca Talent Education. She had additional teacher training with Teri Einfeldt, Linda Fiore, Mark Bjork and participated in teachers’ workshops with Dr. Suzuki.

A family move created an opportunity for Kathy to establish her own studio and bring Suzuki method violin and viola instruction to Morristown, NJ. During her 10 years in Morristown, Kathy taught many students, began a string program in a private school, founded a training orchestra for area students, taught strings in the local public schools, and was an active freelance performer.

In 1988, Kathy returned to ITE as a full-time faculty member. She accepted a position as strings instructor in the Lansing Central School district in 1993. Currently Kathy is the Lansing Middle School library media specialist and teaches violin, viola, and the Paganini repertory class part-time for ITE. She is on the faculty of the Ithaca College Suzuki Institute and has been a guest clinician at many workshops.

Teaching music for Kathy is a treat. It is lots of fun and doesn’t feel like work. “I love teaching and am fortunate to work with so many wonderful students, families, and colleagues. I have been teaching using the Suzuki method for 30 years and hope that I can continue for another 30!”

Abigail McHugh-Grifa (Cello)
Abigail McHugh-Grifa began her Suzuki training at age two, as her mother's violin student.  She later switched to cello because (1) a friend of hers started playing cello and it seemed cool, (2) she wanted to sit down while playing, and (3) studying with one's own mother can be tough.  Eventually, she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in cello performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron and began teaching students of her own.  She has a second Master's degree in Human Development from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music.  Her dissertation research focused on how social relationships influence musical development, which confirmed her belief that every performance should be followed by an opportunity to eat cookies with fellow musicians.       

Nancy Modell (Piano and Every Child Can! Course), an Ithaca College Music graduate in applied piano and instrumental education, is a certified Suzuki piano Teacher Trainer who, in the 1980s, pioneered the Suzuki approach in Israel. Since 1992, Nancy inspires students to reach their potential in her Springfield studio through innovative learning opportunities, including original composition, music events and field trips. Her students have earned highest honors in performance and composition at local and international festivals. Nancy has presented her innovative approach to introduce composition to students of all levels at various teachers’ forums, including the SAA, NAfME and NJMEA. Under a MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant, she studied how to employ the Taubman Approach to enhance Suzuki Piano Pedagogy. Nancy has trained Suzuki piano teachers in college courses, Suzuki Summer Institutes, and privately. She is an assistant director of the NJ Suzuki Workshop and is President of the MEA-NJ. Nancy relishes opportunities to share her love of music with students.

Aimee Morrill Briant, Director

Louise McClure, Assistant Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy Modell, Piano Coordinator & ECC Coordinator

Accompanist Ikumi Hiraiwa

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