Kodály Summer School 2019: Biographies
Lynne Clark is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. She first worked as a freelance violinist and instrumental teacher before becoming a full time teacher.
In 1997 Lynne gained her Master of Education degree through Nottingham University and was also awarded the Certificate of Kodály Music Education with distinction.
As Head of Music in Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Lynne re-wrote the Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work to incorporate Kodály’s approach into all aspects of the music curriculum, eventually underpinning all the aural components of the A Level course.
For the last fourteen years Lynne has worked for Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership as Leader of Music Development for NE Derbyshire. She has taken the lead in introducing Kodály-based musicianship into all the whole-class Wider Opportunities programmes through professional development days and short courses.
As principal conductor of The Derbyshire Singers for more than twenty years, she has worked in close collaboration with contemporary composers including Paul Patterson, Elis Pehkonen and the late David Fanshawe.
Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Teacher Training Instructor Naheed Cruickshank trained as a Colourstrings teacher in 2000 and runs her own classes (babies to 6 year olds) in the West End of Glasgow. Prior to this, she worked for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on education and learning projects throughout Scotland. She delivers CPD sessions for musicians and teachers using Kodály-based principles and her work regularly takes her to India, South Africa, Italy and Ireland. Since 2009 she has been training teachers at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai. She is founder and director of the Reel Kids Music Club (CIC) – an after-school provision for primary-aged children to access instrumental and musicianship lessons. She plays bassoon, whistle and saxophone.
Dr James Cuskelly
Dr James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodály Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music. He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000 – 2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching.
James has a very broad base in education, having taught in pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms as well as in tertiary institutions. His passion for music, and his ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages or abilities, is internationally recognized. James is committed to teacher training in music education, and consequently, is frequently asked to lead teacher in-service programs and workshops. James runs a variety of accredited teacher training programs including the Summer School Music Program (Brisbane) and programs in Malaysia and Thailand.
A talented musician in his own right, James is also a highly regarded choral conductor and clinician. He is founding Director of the Queensland Kodály Choir and conductor of the women’s performing ensemble, Valency Ensemble. He runs choral workshops and is frequently invited to lead choral festivals and workshops, and each year convenes a community choral festival in Brisbane, The Big Sing.
Welsh baritone Phil Gault has performed internationally, in roles ranging from Don Giovanni and King Roger, to the Count, Dandini, King Roger, Escamillo, and even Carmen in the critically acclaimed all-male CarMen.
He has performed with Scottish Opera, Opera North, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Northampton Festival Opera, and Secret Opera, is principal baritone for Opera on a Shoestring, co-founded Black Sheep Opera, and is a Samling and a Crear artist. Other rôles include Nabucco, Tarquinius, Junius, Nick Shadow, Angelotti, Morales, El Dancaïro, and Chao Lin (A Night at the Chinese Opera).
Phil has performed recitals in the Usher Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Riverfront Centre and Paxton House, and is an aLuMNus of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme. His song repertory includes Dichterliebe, Chansons Gaillardes, Songs of Travel, Italienisches Liederbuch, and A Shropshire Lad, and his oratorio repertoire ranges from Carmina Burana and A Sea Symphony to the Bach Passions and cantatas, in venues from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, to the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
TV includes live broadcast recordings of the title roles in the award nominated Macbeth and Barbwr Sefil with Opra Cymru, and audio includes Breathe Freely (Wagstaff), A Brontë Mass (Wilby), and A Breathless Alleluia (Wilby), the latter two with the Black Dyke Band.
Lucinda Geoghegan graduated in music from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, completed a postgraduate teaching qualification at Moray House College of Education and trained with the Kodály Institute of Britain where she gained an Advanced Diploma in musicianship with Distinction. She worked as a secondary music teacher in Edinburgh before deciding to specialise in Primary and Early Years Music Education. She was also member of staff with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus for 16 years and was Director of the NYCOS West Lothian Choir for 8 years.
She is currently a theory and musicianship lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland working in both the Senior and Junior departments and in addition since 2011 has been delivering and assessing RCS accredited modules in Kodály Philosophy to external students. She is a regular tutor, member of the Trustees and Chair of Education for the British Kodály Academy and in 2017 Lucinda was elected as a Director on the Board of the International Kodály Society.
Lucinda is Creative Learning Director for NYCOS and her work involves Staff Development training across Britain presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology. Lucinda is a guest lecturer on the summer and yearly courses at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and in addition has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, Canada and USA.
Publications written by Lucinda for NYCOS include – Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots, Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years (Books 1 and 2), Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years (Books 1 and 2) and with Dr László Nemes Singing Games and Rhymes for ages 9 to 99. With Christopher Bell she wrote the musicianship programme Go for Bronze, Go for Silver and Go for Gold.
Wilma MacDougall graduated from Homerton College, Cambridge and was a member of Jesus College Chapel Choir. She then moved to Glasgow to study singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now RCS) with Patricia MacMahon and graduated with an M Mus.
Wilma works regularly as a soloist and has performed with many orchestras including the Scotiish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, Avison Ensemble and Edinburgh Quartet. She has worked for BBC Radio and Television and enjoys singing a wide repertoire in recitals and performances of oratorio in Germany, Denmark, Italy, Czech Republic and throughout the UK, working with conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Stephen Cleobury and Christopher Bell. Operatic roles have included Musetta in La Bohème, Michaela in Carmen, Grainne and Queen of the Night in Magic Flute.
Concert repertoire includes Poulenc’s Gloria with NYCOS and the RSNO in Edinburgh, a recital at the Festivale Internaçional in Pristina, the German premiere of Lament for Mary Queen of Scots by James MacMillan at the Potsdam Music Festival, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and Handel’s Messiah in the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.
Wilma is the Director of Vocal Inspiration and runs annual singing courses for amateur singers in Britain and the South of France and also enjoys a very busy singing teaching practice, currently teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
for more information – www.vocalinspiration.co.uk
After graduating Dip. Mus. Ed. from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now RCS), Anne taught music in Primary and Secondary schools in Central Region, becoming Principal Teacher of Music in St Modan’s High School, Stirling. She coached and accompanied choirs, wind bands and orchestras at school and regional level and has also worked with adult choirs, amateur operatic societies, solo singers and instrumentalists in Scotland and the North of England.
Moving to freelance work allowed Anne to pursue her interest in and love for choral singing. She has been on the staff of the RSNO Junior Chorus since 1995 and is currently Interim Chorus Director. Her work with RSNO has included coaching, accompanying, and deputising for the Chorusmaster, most notably at the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC Proms, London. She recently conducted the Junior Chorus in a proms performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. She has also occasionally deputised for the chorusmaster of the RSNO Chorus, of which she’s been a member for more years than she cares to admit!
From 1998-2003 Anne was Choral Animateur in Glasgow for a project begun by the British Federation of Young Choirs and followed up by Glasgow City Council. This involved working with young singers of all ages and delivering in-service training to Primary and Secondary teachers on Choral Skills and Use and Care of the Voice. She has also worked with organisations such as Making Music (Scotland), delivering workshops across the country for both adult and young singers. For several years she was also a Choral Assistant with the Ulster Youth Choir.
Work for NYCOS includes directing NYCOS Stirling Choir, working as a section coach for the National Girls Choir and National Youth Choir of Scotland, and delivering training on Kodály methodology to staff of Nursery schools, Primary schools and other children’s choirs, as well as on the NYCOS Summer School. Anne also delivers modules in Kodály Musicianship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Dr László Nemes
NYCOS is proud to have László represent NYCOS Education as Patron, following the 2011 NYCOS Education Conference at which he was keynote speaker.
Dr. habil. László Norbert Nemes, choral conductor and music pedagogue, is currently professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy. Since September 2014 he has been Artistic Director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, artist-in-residence choral ensemble of the Liszt Academy. In 2018 he founded the National Youth Choir of Hungary. For twelve years he worked as the associate conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir.
His main areas of expertise are choral conducting, choral music education, as well as the theory and the practice of the Kodály Concept. His most recent publications include a chapter on choral music education according to the Kodály concept in the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy published by Oxford University Press in 2017.
As a choral conductor and music pedagogue, László Norbert Nemes has conducted, taught, held workshops, master classes and seminars all across Europe, in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Japan, the Korean Republic, Malaysia, The Philippines, Republic of China/Taiwan, Singapore and the United States of America several times.
In recognition of his artistic activities he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005. In March 2017 he was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Hungarian Cross of Merit. He is Vice President of the International Kodály Society and Honorary member of the British Kodály Academy.
Professor Géza Szilvay is a violin pedagogue who has had a huge impact on musical education in Finland and worldwide. He is especially known for his promotion of children’s musical culture. Géza Szilvay studied violin at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and pedagogics at the Budapest Music Academy. He also studied law and political science at the ELTE University in Budapest and took his doctorate in 1970. Géza Szilvay and his brother Csaba developed the internationally renowned and successful Colourstrings approach to violin teaching in the early 1970s and have won several awards for recognition of their work. Szilvay has taught the violin at the East Helsinki Music Institute since 1971 and at the world-renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki since 1978. From 1984 – 2013 he was Principal of the East Helsinki Music Institute and in 2009 named as Professor by the President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. In 2013 Szilvay was awarded a Knighthood by the President of Hungary, János Áder.
Dr Árpád Tóth has been a lecturer of methodology, solfège, chamber music and choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest since 2012. He also delivers University training at the High School of the Hungarian University of Arts. He is Artistic Director of Csíkszerda, Hungary’s largest community choir and of the Night of Choirs – Hungary’s largest one-day choral festival. He is an award winning choral conductor and internationally recognised teacher who has taught for many years in Europe, but also South Korea, Australia, China, Philippines, Mexico and Malaysia.
Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Teacher Training Instructor Yvonne Wyroslawska studied MA (Hons) Music at the University of Glasgow. Her postgraduate studies in Kodály pedagogy have taken her to Hungary, London, New York, and California, where she completed the Organisation of American Kodály Educators Specialist Certificate at Holy Names University, Oakland. Yvonne has a Licentiate in Music Teaching (LRSL) with distinction and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Yvonne began her Colourstrings training in 2006 and has run Colourstrings Music Kindergarten classes in Glasgow since 2007. In 2015 she also took on the role of Colourstrings Music Kindergarten Administrator. Yvonne was responsible for developing Gaelic Colourstrings. She delivers CPD courses for teachers and professionals working in Early Years, and is an Early Years Music and Story Specialist for the Scottish Book Trust. Additionally, Yvonne is a ballet teacher, holding a Diploma in Dance Instruction (Cecchetti Ballet) with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.