Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Artie Almeida

Dr. Artie Almeida
Dr. Artie Almeida

Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired from 37 years of teaching in the public schools. She was the music instructor at Bear Lake Elementary in Orlando FL, where she taught 1200 K-5 students. Her dynamic student performing groups have performed for AOSA, NAfME, Walt Disney World, Florida Music Educators Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, many general education conferences, and on the NBC Today Show. 

Artie’s accolades include Florida Music Educator of the Year, International Educator 2006 (Cambridge UK Biographical Society), school level Teacher of the Year 6 times, Seminole County Teacher of the Year, and University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie is included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.

Artie’s 29 publications celebrate innovative delivery systems for K-6 music instruction. Heavy Academics: Delivered Joyfully!

Dr. Artie Almeida recently retired from 37 years of teaching in the public schools. She was the music instructor at Bear Lake Elementary in Orlando FL, where she taught 1200 K-5 students. Her dynamic student performing groups have performed for AOSA, NAfME, Walt Disney World, Florida Music Educators Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, many general education conferences, and on the NBC Today Show. 

Artie’s accolades include Florida Music Educator of the Year, International Educator 2006 (Cambridge UK Biographical Society), school level Teacher of the Year 6 times, Seminole County Teacher of the Year, and University of Central Florida Alumni of the Decade. Artie is included in the publications Who’s Who in American Education, and Great Minds of the 21st Century.

Artie’s 29 publications celebrate innovative delivery systems for K-6 music instruction. Heavy Academics: Delivered Joyfully!

Artie was an adjunct professor of music education at the University of Central Florida for 34 years, the saxophone instructor at Valencia State College, the Music & Movement instructor at Seminole State College and a saxophone performer and teacher. Additionally, she performs early music with the Halifax Consort. 

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Denise Gagne

Denise Gagne
Denise Gagne

Denise Gagne is a music specialist with 40+ years of experience teaching band, choir and classroom music from pre-school to College levels.  Her choirs and bands won many awards at Music Festivals and performed for local and national sporting events, on national radio and even for the Queen.  Denise has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria,  a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, a Diploma in Music from the University of Auckland (pending), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts (Kodàly Level 3) from the University of Calgary with Lois Choksy.  She has completed Orff Level 3 and additional Orff training with Cindy Hall, Jay Broeker, Jos Wuytack and Donna Otto.

Denise has served on the boards of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and served for eight years on the board of the Kodàly Society of Canada.  Denise is currently managing editor of Themes & Variations, preschool music teacher and frequent visitor to Red Deer elementary school music classrooms. 

Denise is the author or editor of more than 100 publications for K- 6 music teachers.    She has been a workshop presenter in every Canadian province and territory and all 50 states.  She presents regularly for Orff and Kodaly workshops, preschool and kindergarten conferences in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Australia!   

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Guest Presenters

Greg Gilpin

Greg Gilpin
Greg Gilpin

Greg Gilpin began piano lessons at the age of four and while continuing his music study in piano, trumpet, French horn, and voice, he became an accomplished accompanist in middle school, high school, and college. By the time he attended university, he had also directed a church choir for four years. His first choral works were published while attending Northwest Missouri State University, where he received his degree in Vocal Music Education.

Mr. Gilpin resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and since 1986, his career has been and continues to be musically diverse. In addition to his work in music education, he has traveled internationally as a back-up singer for various artists, in-demand studio musician, and producer and is a well-known ASCAP award-winning composer and arranger. He is a highly respected choral conductor throughout the United States and internationally including the respected and historic venues of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland. Mr. Gilpin also enjoys conducting educational choral tours for singers of all ages to various locations, including Washington DC, Ireland, and Hawaii, learning and appreciating culture and history while making beautiful music together as a choral ensemble.   He is currently Director of Educational Choral Publications for Shawnee Press, a well-known and respected choral publisher and is a member of ACDA, NAfME, SAG-AFTRA, and is a Life Loyal Member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.              

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Katie Grace Miller

Katie Grace Miller
Katie Grace Miller

Katie Grace Miller is an elementary school music teacher in Orange County in Orlando, Florida.  She has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches at Lake George Elementary School.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and received her Masters degree in Teacher Leadership with a focus on curriculum development from the University of Central Florida.  She teaches before and after-school musical groups named “Lake George Jammers” for 3rd – 5th graders.  She was named Teacher of the Year at Bonneville Elementary in 2008. Katie is also one of the children’s choir directors at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.  She has presented clinics to music teachers in various states and has conducted various all county choirs and Orff groups in the state of Florida.  She is a regular contributing author to the teacher resource, Activate magazine.  She published the book “Get to the Point” with her aunt, Artie Almeida and has 3 published teacher resources of her own.  Katie enjoys singing and spending time with her husband Jesse, her 2 children, Jackson and Emily, and her dog Moose.

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Stacy Werner

Stacy Werner
Stacy Werner

Stacy Werner is an elementary music specialist with Rocky View Schools in Chestermere, Alberta.  She has a Bachelor of Education Degree, specializing in elementary music from the University of Alberta.  She has also completed training in both Orff and Kodaly at the University of Kentucky and University of Alberta. In her first year of teaching, Stacy was a nominee and finalist for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award.  During her teaching career, her school choirs have been very successful in local festivals.  Stacy has assisted in the development of many projects and worked as an editor for Themes and Variations for over 10 years.  Stacy is blessed to be inspired and taught by some of the best music educators, including Denise Gagne her mother.  Stacy currently resides in Chestermere with her husband Curtis, and two young children Elle and Pryce.

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Kathleen Theisen

Kathleen Theisen
Kathleen Theisen

Kathleen Ann Theisen splits her time between teaching and performing as a pianist, organist, soprano and conductor. Theisen is a core music teacher and choral director in the Darien (Connecticut) Public Schools, where she also co-directs the district-wide Elementary Honors Chorus.  In the summer, she directs the Junior Musical Theatre Workshop through Darien Summer School.  Kathleen is also the Interim Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational Church, Ridgefield, CT, and she is the conductor and Music Director of The Village Singers of Westchester (New York.) 

Theisen earned the B.Mus. (Piano) magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and the Master of Music (Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy) summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with additional graduate work in piano at the University of Michigan. A recipient of many piano, vocal, and teaching awards, she won the University of Wisconsin Beethoven Competition for her performance of his monumental Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, op. 106 (Das Hammerklavier) and was the Wisconsin state winner of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition. In the past several years, she has performed as a pianist in The Mozart Ensemble, Waterbury Symphony, and Bridgeport Symphony.  She is the principal pianist with the Ridgefield Symphony.  As a soprano, Theisen has appeared as a soloist with numerous regional opera companies and symphonies, including Dubuque Symphony, Worcester Chorus and Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony, Taconic Opera, DiCapo Opera and Boston Academy of Music.  She has also sung in the Metropolitan Opera Chorus. An active composer, she performs her own works throughout the NY metro area. A commissioned composer, her recent solo piano piece, “Separated,” was commissioned for #45Miniatures project in 2018. It is available on 45miniatures.com and can be heard on YouTube. 

She is the founder and admin of over 30 Facebook groups, including GoogleClassroom for Music Teachers, Professional Voice Teachers, Professional Piano Teachers, Teaching Music Theory, and many others.

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Dan Fee

Dan Fee
Dan Fee

Dan Fee taught music in Wisconsin for 34 years, the last 26 as an elementary music specialist in his hometown of Fond du Lac. He has presented movement sessions at the Wisconsin, Michigan, Alaska, Illinois, Minnesota, Wyoming, Kentucky, and Iowa State Music Conferences. He has also presented sessions for summer workshops in Las Vegas, Nashville, and Branson, MO with Artie Almeida and Denise Gagne. Additionally, Dan has led Orff chapter workshops in Greenville, NC; St Louis, MO; and Detroit, MI. 

His book, Listening Fun! features rhythmically expressive movement routines to classical music using scarves and tennis balls. His second book, MORE Listening Fun, uses paper plates and parachutes in a similar fashion. Mr Fee has taught Elementary Music Methods for Classroom Teachers at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Lakeland College, and at Silver Lake College since 2001. He also taught music theory and applied voice as an adjunct instructor at Marian University and Lakeland College. Dan annually adjudicates solo and ensemble music festivals. Dan sings with the South Shore Chorale and plays trumpet and is a vocal soloist with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. Dan has directed handbell and vocal choirs at various churches in Fond du Lac.

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Amy Burns

Amy Burns
Amy Burns

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for over 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored four books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. Her newest book titled, Using Technology with Elementary Music Approaches is due out on September 1. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including four keynote addresses in TX, IN, St. Maarten, and AU. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards.

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Jeanette Shorey

Jeanette Shorey
Jeanette Shorey

Jeanette Shorey is an Arts Integration Specialist with over 2 decades years of experience teaching general music, choir, and music ensembles from PreK to 8th grade.  She has her certification in music, as well as a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Literacy.  She is National Board Certified in Elementary Music K – 6 and has Level 1 training in Orff.  She has studied Arts Integration at The Kennedy Center through their CETA program (Changing Education Through the Arts) and at workshops through FAAE (Florida Alliance for the Arts).  She has presented workshops at the county and state level at general music, literacy, and arts integration workshops.  Jeanette has written a book of storybook lessons with Denise Gagne, entitled, Stories That Sing and is in the process of writing a new book of lessons called, Stories That Sing Too!

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Kerry Heisler

Kerry Heisler
Kerry Heisler

This is Kerry Heisler’s 23rd year teaching concert band, choir and guitar programs, as well as directing musicals.   Kerry has presented at Artie and Denise, J.W. Pepper and Alberta Teacher’s Conventions. Kerry holds a Vocal Performance Diploma from MacEwan, B.A. in Cultural Arts Administration and Bachelor of Education – Music After Degree. Currently, Kerry is pursuing her Masters in Music Education at Acadia University.  

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Christie Noble

Christie Noble
Christie Noble

Christie Noble, recently retired, is a Music Specialist as well.  She developed and implemented a music/literacy program for the Early Education Program at Mayfield School for over 10 years.

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Email: noblec@telusplanet.net

Tracy Stener

Tracy Stener
Tracy Stener

Tracy Stener is a Music specialist, who completed her Master’s Education focusing on music, literacy and movement for Early Education. She is presently a Teacher Consultant with Edmonton Public Schools.

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Email: tstener@shaw.ca

Both educators are dedicated to providing the best Musical experiences for the students they teach, with a dominant interest in Literacy.  They have published four resource books for educators in the area of music and literacy, and do numerous presentations and workshops with children, educators, and parents of children ages 2-12.

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