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Graduate Teaching Assistants in Choral/Vocal Pedagogy

2009 -2010 Academic Year


KU was well represented at the 2009 International Phenomenon of Singing Academic Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Presenters included Drs. Daugherty and Hedden, Melissa Brunkan (current Ph.D. GTA), Dr. Mary Cohen, University of Iowa (former  KU choral pedagogy GTA), Jeremy Manternach (current Ph.D. GTA), Kathy Price (current Ph.D. GTA), and Dr. Marvin Latimer,  University of Alabama (former KU choral pedagogy GTA).

KU was well represented at the 2009 International Phenomenon of Singing Academic Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Presenters included Drs. Daugherty and Hedden, Melissa Brunkan (current Ph.D. GTA), Dr. Mary Cohen, University of Iowa (former 
KU choral pedagogy GTA), Jeremy Manternach (current Ph.D. GTA), Kathy Price (current Ph.D. GTA), and Dr. Marvin Latimer, 
University of Alabama (former KU choral pedagogy GTA).

Melissa Brunkan (Ph.D. program, Choral Pedagogy)

Melissa BrunkanMelissa Brunkan holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (B.M., music education, choral conducting) and Northwestern University (M.Mus., vocal performance/pedagogy). Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy at the University of Kansas. Prior to her work at the University of Kansas, she served as the Vocal Music specialist at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School near Minneapolis, MN, teaching vocal music, sound art and choral music to students in grades 4 through 8. Other experience has included pre-K through college level music, choir, voice teaching as well as conducting, musical theater directing and workshop facilitation. 

Melissa has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies and churches throughout the United States, including the Minnesota Chorale, the Florentine Opera, Stages Theater Company and the Twin Cities Womens' Chorus. Vocal performance has taken her to places such as Denver, CO, New York, NY and Chicago, IL. Melissa has also conducted choirs in schools, churches and the community. Her choirs have sung with artists from places such as China, Venezuela and Indonesia, performing in various venues from the Minnesota State Capitol to the Kennedy Center. Conducting instructors have included Dr. James F. Daugherty, Dr. Axel Theimer, and Dr. Claire McCoy. Refereed research presentations to date include the International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, the Voice Foundation Symposium, and the National Association for Music Education-MENC.

A member of MENC, ACDA, NATS and the VoiceCare Network, Melissa is a member of the VoiceCare Network Mentorship Apprentice Program. She currently resides in Lawrence, KS with her daughter, Madi, and black lab, Sirius Black. 

Jeremy Manternach (Ph.D. program, Choral Pedagogy) 

Jeremy ManternachJeremy Manternach is a 2000 graduate of Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. He received his master's degree in Choral Pedagogy from the University of Kansas in 2009 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy at KU. Previously, Jeremy was a choir director and performer in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He spent four years as the Vocal Music Director at Andover High School and two at Apple Valley High School. He also served for two years as the Assistant Artistic Director for the St. John's Boys' Choir in Collegeville, MN. 

In addition to conducting, Jeremy is also a choral scholar at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka, KS. He has been a hired tenor soloist or section leader with the Phipps Oratorio Society (WI), Exultate, the Voices of Vienna, the Macalester Chorale, The Saint John's Abbey Schola, and spent four years with the Westminster Presbyterian Church Senior Choir. He spent five years with Kantorei Chamber Choir as a singer, which included a stint as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. In addition, he spent six years as a section leader with the Minnesota Chorale, and one year with The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists. 

In the 2005-2006 school year, Jeremy was honored as a recipient of the TOP (Teacher Outstanding Performance) Award from the Anoka-Hennepin School District #11. He was also one of three selected to participate in the Minnesota Chorale Emerging Conductor program. His refereed research presentations to date include such venues as the International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference (PAS 4), the International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, the Voice Foundation Symposium, the Southwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Kansas Music Educators Association. His choirs have given invited performances at conventions of the Minnesota Choral Directors Association. He is currently a member of the VoiceCare Network Mentorship Apprentice Program. His conducting instructors include Dr. James F. Daugherty, Br. Paul Richards, OSB, and Dr. Axel Theimer. He is a member of MENC, ACDA, and the VoiceCare Network. He currently lives in Lawrence, KS with his wife, Anna, and his dog and cat, Bubba and Koshka.

Kathy K. Price (Ph.D. program, Vocal Pedagogy) 

Kathy K. PriceKathy Kessler Price, soprano (B.A., M.M.), has performed as soloist in such distinguished venues as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and in a solo concert tour of the Czech Republic. For twelve seasons, Ms. Price performed with the Washington National Opera, the last six being under the artistic direction of Placido Domingo. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras on both coasts and in Kansas City where she currently resides, as well as at Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida. She may be heard on the Vehicular Vocalizes recording, and as soloist and director of the acclaimed ensemble, Philomela, on the recording Sweet and Strange. 

Her operatic roles include "Marenka" in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, "Miss Silverpeal" in Mozart's The Impresario, "Lucy" in Menotti's The Telephone, Mrs. Which in Larsen's A Wrinkle in Time, title roles in both The Merry Widow and Naughty Marietta, "Josephine" in Gilbert and Sullivan'sH.M.S. Pinafore and "Yum-Yum" in The Mikado. In American Musical Theater she has enjoyed such roles as Anna in The King and I, Guenevere inCamelot, Fiona in Brigadoon, Carrie in Carousel, Marian in The Music Man, and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. 

As a founding member of the Washington Vocal Consortium, she has pioneered team-teaching techniques in voice, has led vocal workshops throughout the United States, and presented at the bicentennial meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Philadelphia. Current research interests include aging voices, 19th century female voice scientists, singing voice assessment procedures, and the role of voice teachers in interdisciplinary voice habilitation and rehabilitation. Refereed presentations to date include the International Physiology and Acoustics of Singing Conference (PAS 4), the International Phenomenon of Singing Symposium, the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference, the Voice Foundation Symposium, the national convention of the Music Educators National Conference, the Southwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Kansas Music Educators Association. The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Foundation presented her with its 2010 Vocal Pedagogy Award.

Ms. Price has taught public school music, grades K-8, and has many years' experience as a voice teacher on the college level. As a Ph.D. student in Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Kansas, she teaches voice pedagogy courses in the Division of Music Education & Music Therapy, undergraduate voice lessons in the Division of Voice, and coordinates the School of Music Vocology Lab. She maintains private studios in Kansas City, Missouri, and McLean, Virginia. 

Matthew Schloneger (Ph.D. program, Vocal Pedagogy)

Matthew SchlonegerMatthew Schloneger received his B.A. from Goshen College and a M.Mus. degree in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinatti. He completed post graduate studies at he Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano in Milan, Italy, and holds a certificate in French language from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Mr. Schloneger has performed principal roles with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Operafestival di Roma, Wichita Grand Opera, Opera Kansas, Whitewater Opera, Sorg Opera, Opera for the Young, Opera Theatre of Lucca, University of Cincinnati CCM Opera Theatre, and Concert Artists AB. As a concert artist, he has performed as tenor soloist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah Festival of Music and Art in Lindsborg, Kansas, the Coro Bach di Milano, the University of Cincinnati CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Lucca Festival Orchestra (Italy), among others. He has most recently taught voice at Hesston College, where he serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department. Refereed research presentations to date include the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference, the Voice Foundation Symposium, and the National Association for Music Education-MENC.


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