Kimberly Carballo, (2012. 2013 team) presently Coordinating Opera Coach for Indiana University’s Opera and Ballet Theater, is also an active international performer and educator. She has previously worked as the mainstage and young artists’ program coach for the Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica, and music theory instructor and vocal coach at the Conservatorio Musical de Alajuela, the Escuela de Artes Musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica. She is also founder and director of Roundabout Opera for Kids, a music eduation and outreach program based in Bloomington, Indiana, and is part of the inaugural and ongoing team for Tunaweza Kimuziki, a workshop for music, musicians, and music educators from the USA and Kenya.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman (2013 team) serves as the Associate Director of Bands and an Associate Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches courses in undergraduate music education and repertoire and graduate conducting. Previously, he served as the Director of Instrumental Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce. In constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States, Singapore, Australia, and Africa, Dr. Gershman holds degrees from Indiana University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Diana Smith Nixon (2012, 2013 team) is a performer, teacher, and scholar. She has performed in several orchestras, has soloed with David Baker’s big band at Indiana University, and is a regular guest artist at the Honeywell House, having played there with Dean Emeritus Charles Webb. As a teacher, she brings over twenty years of private music teaching experience to her students, including having taught at the DePauw University School of Music. She is an active clinician, giving performances and master classes at institutions at both pre-college and college levels, nationally and internationally. In addition to the United States, she has performed and given master classes in Costa Rica and Kenya. Recently she was granted a Fulbright Specialist grant, promoting the collaboration of leading U.S. academics and professionals with their counterparts overseas.
In addition to her musical talents, Dr. Nixon brings expertise in business, computer science, technology, and multimedia productions to the table; she earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Purdue University summa cum laude in 1987 and founded Catspaw Studios, a multimedia production company based in South Bend, Indiana, in 1993. She is certified in online teaching, and is a co-founder of the Nixon Room, a technological resource room in Wabash, Indiana. She teaches business computer courses at Ivy Tech Community College and has developed a hybrid in-person and online music school, Mpingo Studios (www.mpingostudios.com).
Elizabeth Nixon, (2012, 2013 team) is currently pursuing a B.A. in International Studies at the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies, with minors in African Studies, Swahili, Political Science, Non-profit Management, and Music. A section leader and soloist for the St. Charles Catholic Church choir in Bloomington, Nixon has also performed with the IU Opera & Ballet Theater, University Chorale, and University Singers. An active advocate for local music education and performance, Nixon has experience teaching flute, piano, and voice to younger members of the local community, and has primarily worked with the young musicians of St. James Primary School in Nairobi during the course of the Tunaweza Kimuziki program. She is also the able photographer and videographer for the TK team. Nixon is a recipient of the Edward L. Hutton International Experiences Program Grant, the IU Excellence Scholarship, the Elena Veach Award, and the Elizabeth O. Wooley Scholarship, and was selected last spring for the highly competitive Hutton Family Study Abroad Scholarship.
Dr. Cleniece Gesare Owino is a Lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at Kenyatta University, Kenya where she teaches Music Education courses including the recorder and flute. Dr. Owino’s research interests are in Music Teacher Education and classroom teaching with a particular interest in aural musicianship teaching in secondary schools and universities. Dr. Owino has been a choir director at her local church (Nairobi South SDA Church) and is currently involved in going around churches training potential choristers and choir directors in music theory and aural skills. She is also one of the directors of the Vacation Bible School (VBS) program organised annually by her church where she participates in training children on how to sing. She is a member of the Pan African Society of Musical Arts Education and International Society for Music Education (ISME).
Andrew Pham is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Collaborative Piano program at the University of Oregon where he accompanies student rehearsals, lessons, and recitals. He has enjoyed many diverse musical experiences throughout the United States and abroad as a performer and advocate for the arts. For two summers, he has worked at the internationally acclaimed Interlochen Arts Camp performing with young instrumentalists, coaching chamber ensembles, and accompanying musical theater. During the past two years, he also coached and accompanied rehearsals and performances for Roundabout Opera for Kids, an outreach organization that performs commissioned children’s operas for elementary and high school age audiences. Last spring, he had the honor of playing Synthesizer/Celesta in Indiana University’s premiere performance of Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, and he also toured with the IU Opera Theater to perform in collaboration with Indianapolis Opera. In the past, he also served as the music director for Luray Opera Scenes Workshop, ballet pianist for IU’s pre-college ballet department, and a music theory tutor at James Madison University (JMU). In 2011, Andrew traveled to Freiberg, Germany where he accompanied student and faculty singers in opera and art song through JMU’s summer study abroad program. He has also performed solo and collaboratively at the Staunton Music Festival, MasterWorks Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and Bay View Festival as well as in numerous recital performances at Indiana University and James Madison University where he respectively received his M.M. in Piano Performance and B.M. in Piano Performance and Music Composition.
Dr. Wilson Shitandi (2012, 2013 team) is a lecturer at Kenyatta University in the Department of Music and Dance, where he teaches courses in ethnomusicology and African music, including dance, traditional instrumental music, and vocal music. Dr. Shitandi has earned an international reputation as an expert in classical drumming and Kenyan vocal music. He is an active choral conductor and is a strong advocate of community-based music making as a vehicle for social change in and around Nairobi. To that end, he has initiated weekly music therapy programs at Boma Rescue Centre (BRC) for children who live in the wasteland trash dump in Nairobi. Dr. Shitandi has published in book chapters and peer reviewed journals with research interest in the areas of African music, ethnomusicology, musicology, hymnology, and choral music. He also sings, composes, and arranges African indigenous and national songs, and Euro-American classical music. Among his choral compositions are ten masses for mixed chorus in Kiswahili and English. He is the director of St. Cecilia Holy Cross Choir in Nairobi, on the boards of MUZIKI for Africa and of the Utafiti Foundation, and a member of Tunaweza Kimuziki Team (TKT). He is also a member of Pan African Musical Arts Education, International Council of Traditional Music, Historische Töneträger Gesellschaft, and Nairobi Choral Music Society, and is a former DAAD scholar with research studies at the universities of Mainz and Hildesheim in Germany.
Lisa Wong (2013 team) is in her fifth year on the faculty of The College of Wooster, where she directs the Wooster Chorus, the Wooster Singers, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. In addition to her duties at the college, Dr. Wong is on the conducting staff of The Cleveland Orchestra as Assistant Director of Choruses. In this capacity, she assists in preparing the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Blossom Festival Chorus for performances throughout the season. She is also in her second season as Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.
Dr. Wong has worked with students of all levels, ranging from pre-kindergarten through college. Prior to her appointment at Wooster, she was active as a music educator for 16 years in public and private schools in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. She was an Associate Instructor in the Choral Department of The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she directed the All-Campus Choir and taught undergraduate conducting. In addition, she directed the Chamber Choir of the Indiana University Children’s Choir, leading the ensemble in performance at the 2008 Indiana Music Educator’s State Conference. A strong advocate for music education, Dr. Wong remains active as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. She has presented her work at several music conferences and is frequently invited to work with students and educators in clinics and workshops.
Dr. Wong has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from West Chester University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.
Intersession contributors and supporters: Brian Horne, Howard Klug, Charles Njoka, Moses Watatua, Nathaniel Olson, Virginia Crabtree, Michelle Stolper, Christine Beamer, and the Jacobs School of Music Spring 2013 Clarinet Pedagogy Class.