FACULTY: Music Class & Ensemble

Doreen Alsen
- see Private Instruction: Voice

Kathleen Ballantyne

Kathleen Ballantyne is a composer, conductor, and editor. She made her debut as a composer with Women's Works of Ithaca in March 2014 with “Petition,” a choral work based on a 1874 petition to the US government in support of women's suffrage. Recently, she has guest conducted premieres of her own works with the Rochester Area All-State Junior High Women's Chorale and Siena College Chamber Singers. Her works have been published by Alfred Music and Heritage Music Press. Ms. Ballantyne is the owner/founder of Forte Music Editing, which provides music engraving, editing, and proofing services for major music publishers and independent composers. Previously, Ms. Ballantyne taught choral music and theater at Johnson City High School in upstate New York, which received repeated national recognition as a Grammy Signature School and a Best Community for Music Education during her tenure. She is an active guest clinician and voice teacher, and currently serves as a board member of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. A graduate of Ithaca College and the Irish World Music Centre, Kathleen Ballantyne holds degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as Chant and Ritual Song. Her website address is www.kathleenballantyne.com

Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum - see Private Instruction: Recorder

Caryn Christianson - see Private Instruction: Drums

Anna Coogan - see Private Instruction: Voice

Cookie Coogan (Lauri Robinson-Keegan)

Cookie Coogan (Lauri Robinson-Keegan) is a jazz vocalist/pianist/composer based in Ithaca, NY. and known for her swinging, soulful vocal work, creative improvisation, and excellent musicianship. She performs solo, leads her own bands, and frequently appears with many different bands throughout Central New York and the Southern Tier. She directed the Ithaca College Vocal Jazz Ensemble from 1998-2010. She also taught jazz singing at Cornell University and Syracuse University. She serves as a jazz education consultant, and currently teaches at Subcat Studios in Syracuse as well as her home studio in Ithaca.
Schedule and clips: http://cookiecoogan.com

Dr. Janet Galván

Dr. Janet Galván, Professor of Music at Ithaca College, conducts the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, the Ithaca College Chorus, and is Artistic Director of the Ithaca Children’s Choir. Her New York colleagues recognized Dr. Galván’s contribution to choral music in 1995 when she received the ACDA New York Outstanding Choral Director Award. In 2011, she founded the adult ensemble, UNYC (pronounced “unique”). The ensemble made its debut with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Galván has conducted national, regional, and all-state choruses throughout the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington's Constitution Hall, Minneapolis’s Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She has conducted her own choral ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in concert halls in Ireland, Italy, and Spain. She has conducted the chamber orchestra, Virtuosi Pragneses the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in choral/orchestral performances. Galván was the sixth national honor choir conductor for ACDA, and was the conductor of the North American Children's Choir which performed annually in Carnegie Hall from 1995-2007. She was also a guest conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Galván has been a guest conductor and clinician in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Brazil as well as national and regional choral and music education conferences and the World Symposium on Choral Music. She has two choral music series with the Roger Dean Publishing Company and is the author of chapters in two books, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 and The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching. She is also the series advisor to Latin Accents, a series with Boosey & Hawkes. Her article on the changing voice was published in the International Federation of Choral Music Journal in August of 2007 and was reprinted in La Circulare del Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunga. Galván has been recognized as one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and her students have received first place awards and have been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors biennial National Choral Conducting Competition. Dr. Galván was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers (Telarc Recordings).

Adam Good

is currently pursing a master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Ithaca College and is the graduate assistant to Dr. Janet Galván. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Before attending Ithaca College, Adam was the choral director at Monroe Township High School in Monroe Township New Jersey for four years. He is currently assisting with the Ithaca College Chorus, the Ithaca College Madrigals, and the Ithaca College Choir.

Emily Richards

Emily Richards is an Ithaca College graduate with a degree in Music Education and a concentration in voice. Her teaching experience includes work as the conductor of the Training Choir, an Ithaca Children's Choir ensemble, as well as with pre-K through 12th grade general music and chorus. She has experience performing various styles of music including opera, as a member of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and classical as well as folk music and ensemble work. She has performed with a variety of different choral groups throughout her life and has been a frequent soloist in many of those groups. She served as VP of the board for the VOICES Chorus as well as being a founder and board member of Finger Lakes Adventure Gaming. In addition to her musical background, Mrs. Richards has extensive management, promotional and marketing experience.

Lenora Brown Schneller - see Private Instruction Clarinet

Matt Taylor

Matthew (Sapience) Taylor is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and poet from Rochester, N.Y. Growing up in a family of artists, musicians and teachers, Matt developed a skill for all three at an early age. Raised on private voice and piano instruction from his grandfather, distinguished Rochester music educator Edward Taylor, Matthew cultivated a passion for sound and word. This passion was harvested into Sapience, Matthew’s MC moniker, who has since displayed poetry in art galleries, headlined concerts, and appeared on radio. Matthew spent much of his young adult life volunteering with youth. From counselor at summer children's programs to helping run a weekly teen gathering. Sapience looks forward to spreading love for hip hop to the next generation.

Karen Wyatte