Officers 2012-2014

 ACDA Eastern Division Officers, 2012-2014

Robert Duff President – Robert Duff
Robert Duff is on faculty at Dartmouth College, where he conducts the Handel Society of Dartmouth College and Concertato Singers and teaches courses in music theory.
David Fryling President-Elect and Membership Chair – David Fryling
David Fryling is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Hofstra University, where he oversees the choral department, conducts the select Hofstra Chorale and Hofstra Chamber Singers, and teaches beginning and advanced studies in Choral Conducting, as well as graduate level workshops in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature.
Bob Eaton Vice President – Robert Eaton
Bob Eaton is Artistic Director of the Assabet Valley Mastersingers and Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Lexington, MA.  He is retired from 35 years as Director of High School Choral Music at Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA.
Vincent Rufino Treasurer – Vincent Rufino
Vincent J. Rufino taught high school for 40 years before retiring in 2010. During his tenure at West Morris Central, the select Concert Choir was chosen three times as one of the outstanding high school choruses in New Jersey. For the past nineteen years he has been one of the guest conductors for the annual Messiah Sing-In at Avery Fisher Hall, NYC. He has been a member of the Masterwork Chorus of Morristown since 1991.
Judith Nicosia Division Secretary – Judith Nicosia
Judith Nicosia is Associate Professor at Rutgers University, where she teaches voice, voice pedagogy and voice literature. She is Secretary for the Eastern Division and editor of Troubadour, as well as serving as Registrar and a member of the Board of Directors for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association.
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Mentorship Program – Amanda Quist, Duane Cottrell,

ACDA Eastern Division R & S Chairs, 2012-2014

Michael Sanflippo Boychoirs – Michael Sanflippo
Michael Sanflippo directs several choruses in northern New Jersey: The Apprentice Chorus of the Newark Boys Chorus School, Concord Singers (Summit), and Harmony Singers (Wayne). In addition, he is the Director of Music at Community United Methodist Church in Roselle Park.  
Joy Hirokawa Children’s and Community Youth – Joy Hirokawa
Joy Ondra Hirokawa is the founder and Artistic Director of The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus. She earned a Bachelors degree with honors in Music Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and a Masters degree in Choral Conducting, also from Temple University. She has completed postgraduate work in children’s choral conducting and is looking forward to finishing her DMA in Music Education at Boston University (anticipated July 2012.) Mrs. Hirokawa is a frequent guest conductor and clinician, presenting regularly at ACDA, MENC and PMEA conferences and conducting numerous honors choirs, including the Middle School Treble Alabama All State Chorus (2012), the ACDA-PA All State Middle School Honors Choir, and the ACDA-PA All State Women’s Honor. Under her direction, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus has performed locally, nationally and internationally, and has appeared at ACDA, MENC, and PMEA conferences. Mrs. Hirokawa is also a published arranger, specializing in authentic jazz arrangements for treble voices. Mrs. Hirokawa is currently Instructor of Music Education at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, following 20 years of public school teaching.
Heather Buchanan College and University Choirs – Heather Buchanan
Australian born conductor Dr. Heather J. Buchanan is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, where she conducts the 160-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “heartfelt conviction,” “vibrant sound,” and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” Dr. Buchanan earned her Bachelor of Music (Education) degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), a Master of Music degree in choral conducting and music education with distinction from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and her PhD from the University of New England (Australia). A licensed Andover Educator since 2002, Dr. Buchanan specializes in the teaching of Body Mapping and somatic pedagogy for musicians. Her publications include the landmark GIA choral series Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (Vols. 1 – 3), a DVD Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals, and choral octavos in the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA). A vibrant teacher and dynamic performer, Dr. Buchanan is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician & adjudicator in the US and abroad.
David Hodgkins Community Choirs – David Hodgkins
Recipient of Chorus America’s 2012 ASCAP/Alice Parker Award, conductor David Hodgkins is the Artistic Director of Coro Allegro in Boston, which Boston Globe critic Michael Manning deemed “one of Boston’s most accomplished choruses”. He is also Artistic Director of The New England Classical Singers in Andover, Director of Music at The Commonwealth School in Boston, teaches advanced conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music through the Kodaly Music Institute, and is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician.
With Coro Allegro, he has released two critically acclaimed compact discs entitled “In the Clearing” and “somewhere i have never traveled”. Upcoming releases with Coro include “Awakenings” in June 2012, which features Shofar by Robert Stern and Why I Wake Early by Ronald Perera, and a CD comprised entirely of works by Patricia Van Ness in October 2012. Both will be released on the Navona label.
Mr. Hodgkins received his BM in voice, piano and harpsichord from the University of Massachusetts, an MM in choral conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, and Fellowships in choral and orchestral conducting at both the Aspen and Sandpoint Music Festivals.
Elisa Macedo Dekaney Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives – Elisa Macedo Dekaney
Dr. Elisa Macedo Dekaney is dual appointed by the School of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in choral music, research, world music, and music and genocide. An active researcher, clinician, and choral conductor in the United States and abroad, Elisa has published her research in several journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, The Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and Update. Her book, “Travel On and On: Interdisciplinary Lessons on the Music of World Cultures” was published in 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield and NAfME.
Lon Beery Jr. High and Middle School Choirs  – Lon Beery
Dr. Lon Beery teaches vocal music at Spry Middle School in Webster, NY.  He has also composed or arranged over 75 choral pieces, many written especially for choruses with adolescent voices.
Lon Beery, 263 Vollmer Parkway, Henrietta, NY 14623, 585-520-6949
Chris Kiver Male Choirs – Chris Kiver
Dr. Christopher Kiver is Director of Choral Activities at Pennsylvania State University where he directs the Concert Choir and Men’s Glee Club, oversees the graduate choral conducting program and teaches classes in choral conducting and choral literature. He is founder and director of The Orpheus Singers and serves as Director of Music at the University Baptist and Brethren Church in State College. Kiver is a graduate of the University of London, Florida State University and the University of Michigan where he received the D.M.A. in choral conducting.
Choirs under Kiver’s direction have performed at state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He has taught at the Westminster Choir College Summer and Saturday Seminar programs, and appeared as guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the United States, Australia, China and New Zealand.
Kiver is Vice President of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and Choral Content Area Representative for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)  
Music in Worship – Dr. Peter Stickney
Dr. Stickney is the President of the Maine chapter of ACDA, the Secretary of the Portland AGO, the Editor of the UCCMA Journal of Music, and the Commissioned Minister of Music, First Parish in Saco, ME.
Jana Ballard High School Choirs – Jana Ballard
Jana Ballard has been on the music faculty at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts in New York, New York since the fall of 2007. At LaGuardia High School, Ms. Ballard conducts both the Senior Chorus and Women’s Choir and teaches group voice classes and music history. Ms. Ballard conducted the 2010 Baltimore County High School Honors Chorus and the 2011 Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State Junior High Treble Chorus. In addition, she has served as a clinician and guest pedagogue with the Metropolitan Opera Education Program. Ms. Ballard also conducts the New York City Labor Chorus.
Prior to teaching in New York City, Ms. Ballard taught in Kentucky for eight years where she was a high school choral director and private voice instructor. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Ballard was very involved in professional leadership and organization on the state level such as the Kentucky Choral Directors Association and Kentucky Music Educators Association (MENC). Ms. Ballard received both undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education from Western Kentucky University.
Randi Carp Show Choirs – Randi Carp
Dr. Randi Carp was involved in public school choral music in Southern California since 1985 including 16 years at Los Alamitos High School where the choirs participated in traditional choral festivals and many show choir competitive activities and tours, the highlight of which was a trip with 100 students to Shanghai and Beijing during her last year.
After earning a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music Education at the University of Southern California, Dr. Carp also taught courses music education at California State University, Fullerton and the University of Southern California and was active in the California Music Educator’s Association most recently acting as the choral representative for the state. She has been the recipient of numerous education awards at USC and in the public schools including being named the Teacher of the Year for the Los Alamitos Unified School District.
Since relocating to the east coast, Dr. Carp has begun leading the choral program at Phoenixville High School, serves on the editorial board at JW Pepper Sheet Music and is the Show Choir R & S Chair on the PA State ACDA Board. She is a sought after adjudicator and clinician.
Alice Cavanaugh Two-Year College Choirs – Alice Cavanaugh
Alice Cavanaugh is the Director of Choral Ensembles and Coordinator of Applied Music at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. She directs the 90-voice College Choir and 25-voice Suffolk Singers and teaches courses in music history. Prior to joining the faculty of SCCC, she taught at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY and at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. An active conductor on Long Island, Dr. Cavanaugh has directed the Babylon Chorale, the Chorale Society of the Hamptons, and currently directs the Camerata Singers of Stony Brook University.
She has published in The Choral Journal and has presented at the 2013 ACDA National Convention and for the Suffolk College Women’s Week Symposium. She holds a D.M.A in choral conducting from Stony Brook University, an M.M. in choral conducting from the Jacob School of Music at Indiana University, and a B.A. in music from Smith College.    
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Mary Jane Pagenstecher Women’s Choirs – Mary Jane Pagenstecher
Mary Jane Pagenstecher has been an arts educator for 30 years. She directs four choral ensembles at Holton-Arms School and is Director of Fine & Performing Arts. She is past president of the Maryland Choral Educators Association and former Women’s Chorus Chair for MD/DC ACDA. Pagenstecher has presented widely on the use of movement in the choral rehearsal process. She also presented a workshop/demonstration on developing treble sound at the 2011 MENC Eastern Division Conference and participated in the High School Soundtable at the 2012 Eastern Division ACDA Conference. Pagenstecher is active as a choral festival adjudicator and guest conductor. Her guest conducting includes Delaware and Maryland All State Choruses and numerous county, district, and regional honor choruses.
Rollo Dilworth Youth and Student Activities – Rollo Dilworth
Rollo Dilworth teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education and serves as conductor of the University Chorale. His scholarly and creative interests include composing for developing voices; choral pedagogy (elementary and secondary); analysis and performance practices in African-American choral music; and teaching choral music in urban settings.
Prior to his appointment at the Boyer College, Dilworth was on faculty at North Park University in Chicago for 13 years where he was Director of Choral Activities and Music Education. Before teaching at the college level, he taught choral and general music at the middle school level in his native town of St. Louis, MO. During his pursuit of graduate degrees, Dilworth was accepted into the composition studios of Robert Harris, Pauline Oliveros, Marta Ptaszynska, and Robert Ray.
Dilworth holds a B.S. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the D.M.A. in Conducting Performance from Northwestern University.