The Wanda L. Bass Music Center on the OCU Campus

Summer Music Instructors

Oklahoma City University

Conducting and Teaching Symposium: Instrumental Music Education for Social Change

June 27-July 1, 2016 – Santa Fe High School, Edmond Oklahoma
                                       El Sistema Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

 

Dr. Matthew MailmanMailman

Dr. Matthew Mailman is Professor of Conducting in the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, a position he has held since 1995. Dr. Mailman has had extensive and diverse experience conducting operas, musicals, orchestras, choirs, bands, and chamber music. He serves as Music Director for the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company and Conductor of OCU's award-winning Wind Philharmonic.  

At OCU, Dr. Mailman has conducted thirty-six operas and musicals and has led the Wind Philharmonic in twelve world premieres, on five tours, at two OK Mozart Festivals, and at eight convention performances. He teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and coordinates OCU's Masters in Conducting program. Recent opera performances include Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, and Dialogues des Carmélites. Recent musical performances include Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Light in the Piazza, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods. For the 2013-14 season, he conducted Street Scene by Kurt Weill and Our Town by Ned Rorem, and for the 2014-2015 season he will conduct the musical Bonnie and Clyde and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

As Conductor/Artist in Residence at Opera in the Ozarks, he conducted Carlisle Floyd's opera Susannah in the summer of 2007 and Mozart's Cosí fan Tutte in 2008. He was a fellow for the 2014 Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Summer Conducting Seminar with Markand Thakar and Henry Fogel. He has conducted several performances of orchestral works by nationally acclaimed composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate with future collaborations in progress. 

Dr. Mailman has been an associate conductor with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Inc. (formerly Guy Fraser Harrison Academy) since 1997 and is the conductor and founder of the Oklahoma Youth Winds, which was selected to perform for the first time at the 2013 OMEA In-service. His work has been published in The Instrumentalist and Teaching Music, and he is a research associate and writer for 8 volumes in the series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Southern Music published his arrangement of Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 for Harmonie. For five years, Dr. Mailman hosted a weekly radio program, "No Strings Attached," on 90.1 FM KCSC Edmond-Oklahoma City/ 91.9 KBCW McAlester during which time he wrote and produced 180 new shows.

 Dr. Mailman is a native of Denton, Texas. His father, the internationally renowned composer Dr. Martin Mailman was Composer-in-Residence at the University of North Texas for thirty-four years. His mother, Mary Nan Mailman, a student of Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School of Music, was a concert pianist and teacher at the University of North Texas and is now retired.

 Dr. Mailman’s professional website is www.matthewmailman.com, and he can be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  

Dr. Michael Raiber
Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair in Music Education. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment in 2013, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his chief focus. His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

 In addition to his teaching, Mike serves at the Director of Teacher Support and Program Evaluation for El Sistema Oklahoma (ESO). In its inaugural year, this program serves the families of over 100 children in Oklahoma City. Modeled after the successful endeavors in Venezuela, ESO seeks to enable social action through music.

 Dr. Raiber is also an active researcher and author. He has co-authored a new text (released in 2014) titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher. This book is intended for use in introduction to music education courses.

 Mike is Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and is Southwestern Division President-elect of the National Association for Music Education. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education.

  

Ms. Sarah Neely Neely

Sarah Neely is currently the Director of Bands at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma. Prior to that appointment, she was Director of Bands at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Oklahoma for four years. A native of Oklahoma, Ms. Neely graduated summa cum laude in December 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Neely continued her education at OCU, studying conducting with Dr. Matthew Mailman; in 2009 she received her Masters of Music degree in Conducting.

While at OCU, Ms. Neely performed as a percussionist with many of the school’s ensembles, including the Wind Philharmonic, Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Steel Drum Band. She was assistant conductor for OCU’s Mainstage production of Urinetown. In 2009, Ms. Neely was selected as a member of the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Neely is a frequent percussionist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and performs with the Frontier Brass Band. In 2014, Ms. Neely was named the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Outstanding Young Music Educator and the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Young Bandmaster.

Ms. Neely is the current President of the Central Oklahoma Directors’ Association (CODA), Secretary of the Oklahoma Bandmasters’ Association (OBA), and serves on the OCU Alumni Band board.

 

Guest Clinicians Bios

Toye HarrisHarris

Mrs. Toye Harris currently teaches in Miami Public Schools serving as Director of Bands. After graduating from Owasso High School, Mrs. Harris earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Oklahoma Baptist University. She began her teaching career in Commerce, OK in August of 1995 and in the Fall of 1997, moved to the Miami Public Schools. Mrs. Harris continued her education, earning a Master’s in Music with an emphasis in Wind Conducting from Pittsburg State University in 2004. In 2007, Harris earned the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher.

Mrs. Harris is presently in her nineteenthyear serving Miami Public Schools. The first fourteen years she was the Director for Will Rogers Middle School. Under Harris’s direction at Will Rogers, the middle school bands constantly received superior ratings, having earned nine Outstanding Achievement Awards from the OSSAA. In 2009, the Will Rogers Middle School Band was selected as an OMEA Honor Group, and performed at the OMEA convention. In the fall of 2010, Mrs. Harris moved to her present position as Director of Bands for Miami Public Schools, where her responsibilities include directing the Miami High School Band, teaching beginning brass classes, and assisting with the WRMS Concert and Symphonic Bands. Under Harris' direction, the Miami High School band also enjoys consistently receiving superior ratings, for which the band has been recognized regionally and nationally. Most recently, Miami High School Band has been awarded the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award in both 2011 and 2013, and theOSSAA Outstanding Achievement Awardin 2012 and 2014. The Miami High School Band performed at the BCS National Championship in New Orleans in 2012 and in 2014, and served as the Oklahoma delegate for the tenth anniversary of the commemoration for the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. As a result of such noteworthy accomplishments, the Band’s motto is appropriately known as ‘Eyes with Pride.’

In addition to directing an award winning group of prideful musicians, Mrs. Harris serves as a clinician and adjudicator in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. She is a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Northeast Band Director’s Association, Oklahoma Music Adjudicator’s Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

 When the music stops, which is rare, Harris spends time with her husband Joel, and son Gage. They enjoy many activities including camping, hiking, watching Gage play soccer, and spending quality time with family and friends, usually around Toye's grill and her latest grilling sensation.

Alex ClaussenClaussen

Alex Claussen is currently the H.S. Band Director and Fine Arts Chair for the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Independent School District. He earned his BME from the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught at the middle School, high School, and university levels in Oklahoma. Mr. Claussen is a National Board Certified teacher who has been recognized as the Outstanding Young Band Director of the Year for the state by the American School Band Directors Association and Phi Beta Mu, an honorary Bandmasters Fraternity. His bands consistently experience a high level of success, earning several OSSAA Sweepstakes Awards and recognition in marching and concert competitions throughout the country. His bands have performed in Hawaii, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the Bruin Brigade has recently accepted an invitation to march in the 2017 New Year’s Day Parade in Rome, Italy. Additionally, Mr. Claussen is currently serving as the band coordinator and has been on staff since 2003 with the Oklahoma Ambassadors of Music, an honor group that tours and performs across 7 European countries in the summer. Mr. Claussen has been active in leadership roles with many professional organizations throughout his career and is currently serving as President of OkMEA, in which he represents nearly 1,000 music educators across the state of Oklahoma. Mr. Claussen is married to Amitia, a 5th Grade Teacher at Wayside Elementary in Bartlesville and they have 2 daughters, Abbie and Katie.

Charlie BartugBartug

Charles Bartrug recently retired after 33 years as a public school band director. The last thirteen years were spent as High School Band Director and Coordinator of Instrumental Music in Yukon, OK. Before coming to Yukon, Mr. Bartrug was band director at Midwest City HS, Guthrie High School, Owasso Junior High, and Collinsville Junior High. Bands under Charlie’s direction have earned twenty one O.S.S.A.A. Sweepstakes Awards and three Double Sweepstakes Awards. The Guthrie High School Concert Band performed as an honor group for the OMEA Convention in 1999, and the Yukon High School Wind Ensemble performed in 2014. Mr. Bartrug is a recent inductee into the Oklahoma Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame. He earned National Board Certification in 2004, was the 2005 Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Band Director of the Year, the 2005 Yukon High School Teacher of the Year, and a 2009 OMEA Exemplary Teacher. Charlie served as the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association Band Vice-President, and has presented clinics at the OMEA and OBA Conventions. He was twice named the A.S.B.D.A. Stanbury Award winner for outstanding young band director at the State and Region level, and was twice named Guthrie High School Teacher of the Year. Two highlights of Charlie’s career have been teaching band alongside his wife Nancy for 26 years and seeing his 19-year old son Josh develop into a great young man and an outstanding musician. Charlie now serves as store manger for the Oklahoma City location of Palen Music Center.

Scott HillockHillock

Scott Hillock began his tenure in Jenks as Head Director in 2006. Current duties include overseeing the entire band program, directing the Wind Symphony and the Trojan Pride Marching Band, as well as assisting with the middle school bands. Before coming to Jenks, Mr. Hillock served as Head Director for Blanchard Public Schools for fourteen years where his bands consistently earned the highest marks in both concert and marching bands.

A 1985 graduate of Elk City High School, Mr. Hillock holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Music Education from Southern Methodist University, where he was selected as the Outstanding Graduate Student for the Meadows School of the Arts.

In 1996, Mr. Hillock was chosen as the Southwestern Oklahoma Band Directors Association Director of the Year and the Blanchard Teacher of the Year.  In 1997, he was chosen as ASBDA Young Band Director of the Year for the State of Oklahoma and in 1999, he received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Directors Association.  In 2002, Mr. Hillock was selected as Runner-Up for the VFW’s Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and in 2006, the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Director of the Year. More recently, Mr. Hillock was named as an Exemplary Teacher by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association in 2015. 

Mr. Hillock stays active as a clinician, conductor, and adjudicator throughout the state, and is currently serving as Executive Secretary for the North Central Directors Association. Professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Music Education National Conference, Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, and Phi Beta Mu.

Robyn Hilger
Executive Director, El Sistema OklahomaHilger

Robyn Hilger, a native Oklahoman and clarinetist, attended Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude in 1999 with her bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. She completed her master’s degree in School Administration in 2010 at the University of Central Oklahoma.

From 1999 until 2007, she served as the Fine Arts Team Leader and Band and Orchestra Director at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City before joining the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools as Chief Programs Officer in 2007.

Hilger is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Young Adult Music with specialization in Band. She was honored as the Oklahoma City Public Schools District Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year 2006.

 

 


Bringing Multicultural Music Alive in Your Classroom

July 11-15, Wanda Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University 

Instructor Bios

Dr. Michael Raiber
Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City UniversityRaiber 

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.  His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus.  His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach.  Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.

 

Dr. Lani Aloha Garner
M.M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher
Creative Music Lead Teaching Artist, El Sistema Oklahoma

Garner

Lani Aloha Garner, M.M.Ed., a National Board Certified Teacher and doctoral student in Music Education at the University of Oklahoma, currently works as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Music at OU, as well as a Lead Teaching Artist at El Sistema Oklahoma. Prior to this, she worked with the K20 Center for Education and Community Renewal in providing coaching, mentoring and coordinating technical assistance and training across the state for grant schools and their partners. Ms. Garner also spent over eighteen wonderful years teaching elementary music in the Norman Public School District and continues to volunteer with these exceptional students as often as possible.

 As co-founder of the first elementary world-music ensemble in the state, Manyawi!, and founder of a second group, Zambuko, she plans on sharing her passion with undergraduate education majors interested in stepping “outside the box” of traditional elementary music instruction. Much of her passion for and success with world music as a cross-curricular tool stems from her own travels and first-hand research. Being chosen by the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program in May of 2001 as an ambassador for the United States provided her opportunities to learn from and work with local musicians and educators in Norway. Additionally, through the Fund for Teachers Grant, she and two other colleagues were able to spend two weeks in the small village of Mhondoro, Zimbabwe, where she became fully immersed in the rich culture and beautiful music of the Shona people. During the summer of 2014, Lani spent two weeks at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music learning about Chinese Traditional Music and cultural traditions. All of her world travels have contributed to her love for teaching children global connections, and she hopes to influence aspiring educators to develop authentic world music communities and creative classroom experiences.

 


Electronics for the Modern Music Program

July 6 – 8, 2016, Wanda Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University
                             Mustang High School

Instructor Bios

Dr. Michael Raiber
Busey Chair of Music Education, Oklahoma City University Raiber

Dr. Michael Raiber is a Professor of Music and holds the Busey Chair of Music Education at Oklahoma City University. For the sixteen years previous to his current appointment, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.  His public school teaching experience includes thirteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mike is native Oklahoman. He attended high school in the Tulsa area and then earned both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. Music teacher education is his passion and his primary focus.  His greatest desire is to help prepare quality music educators who will inspire the next generation of music students.

Dr. Raiber recently co-authored (David Teachout) a new text titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach.  Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing music education majors as they become quality professional music educators.

Dr. Raiber is the Immediate Past President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. He also serves as the National Association for Music Education Southwest Division President Elect.

 

Hines

Mr. Colton Hines

Colton Hines is a freelance electronic designer and sound reinforcement consultant in the marching arts. Mr. Hines has worked as an audio and electronics specialist for schools across the country. Notable clients include Harrison (GA), Claudia Taylor Johnson (TX), and Keller (TX).

Mr. Hines currently serves as Electronic Designer for The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and for Resistance Indoor Percussion. 

As a highly sought creator of Winter Guard Soundtracks, Mr. Hines has worked with clients such as Union (OK), Mustang (OK), Lake Hamilton (AR), Jenks (OK) and Eclectix Independent (OK). 

Mr. Hines earned dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Oklahoma City University. There, he is currently pursuing Master of Music degrees in both Percussion Performance and Composition, with a focus on electronic music and audio engineering.