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Keith Kaiser

Keith Kaiser is the Charles A. Dana -- Professor of Music Education and has served as Chairperson-Music Education (for 12 years) and Associate Dean & Assessment Coordinator for the School of Music at Ithaca College. Dr. Kaiser holds degrees from the Florida State University (Ph.D.), the University of Redlands (M.M.), and the University of Wyoming (B.M.). As a faculty member at Ithaca College, he received a 2010 Faculty Excellence Award, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate music education courses, supervises junior and senior level student teachers, and conducts various instrumental music ensembles. Kaiser was recently recognized by the College with a (2011-2012) Student Affairs and Campus Life Faculty Appreciation Award for his commitment to and work on behalf of students. In addition, for over 11 years, he served as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (a community ensemble), and for 6 years, he served as conductor of the Signature Syracuse Concert Band (a concert band for inner-city youth).

Dr. Kaiser is active throughout the country as a guest conductor, presenter, clinician, adjudicator and consultant, and he was co-recipient of a highly-selective Sounds of Learning grant to study the functions of music education in American Public Schools. A Presser Scholar, he is published in Update: Applications of Research in Music Education , School Music News, Reverberations, Journal of Music Therapy, Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, and International Society for Music Education (ISME) Commission for Policy: Culture, Education, Mass Media, and his professional affiliations have included the Music Educators National Conference, the New York State School Music Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpa, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, the College Music Society, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, and the American Music Therapy Association. Kaiser has presented at National Association for Music Educators Conferences (national and regional), the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference, New York State School Music Association Conferences, the Southeastern College Band Directors Association Conference, the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, the New York State Band Director's Association Symposium, the American Music Therapy National Conference, the World Congress of Music Therapy, the College Music Society (national and regional), the American Education Research Association, and the Ithaca College Music Educator's Retreat; additionally, his research has been highlighted at the International Society for Music Education and the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education.

Recognized in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, in Great Minds of the 21st Century, and in several editions of Who's Who, Dr. Kaiser has taught elementary, middle, and high school in Wyoming, Florida, and California — where he was founder and conductor of the University of Redlands’ Wind Ensemble for Young Musicians. Among Kaiser's most gratifying honors are: being named a Charles A. Dana professor, receiving the Ithaca College Faculty Excellence Award in 2010 and the Student Affairs and Campus Life Faculty Appreciation recognition in 2011-2012, being acknowledged for his support of public school music programs with a named scholarship that provides needs-based assistance for area youth to attend a local music program, serving as founder and director of the Ithaca Concert ("community") Band's Adopt-a-Band Program that resulted in an Ithaca Foundation Award for Excellence, and having his Torrington (Wy) High School Band being recognized with a Community Service award for its extensive service and contributions to the local and surrounding communities.

Tim Lautzenheiser

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc.

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music. 

Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions.

Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child.

His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants).

He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).

Marcia Bornhurst Parkes

An insightful leader and music director, Dr. Marcia Bornhurst Parkes applies her experience as a music administrator, conductor, and teacher in higher education and community music schools, and teacher in k-12 schools to support the music and business communities. Through her consulting practice, Insightful Music Leadership, she focuses on four areas: leadership, engagement, musicianship, and performance anxiety. Marcia helps clients identify and address global needs. She provides innovative and creative solutions which lead to efficient systems and process improvement. Marcia is known for having created opportunities for students to uplift their communities during economic downturns, soften senior adults’ loneliness, offer hope to peers who suffered on 9/11, and build relationships with amateurs and professionals. She leads new initiatives that could transform communities through music and the other arts and inspire excellence in performance.

Marcia held administrative and conducting/teaching positions with the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Department of Music and the Eastman School of Music New Horizons Program where she conducted up to 28 concerts per year. Marcia has given national, state, and regional workshops and presentations on her research on creativity and comprehensive musicianship, as well as engagement, improvisation, composition, commissioning, and others for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the College Music Society (CMS), the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA), Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), and for colleges, public schools, and professional organizations. As an educational consultant for The Commission Project, she evaluated that organization’s mission and two core programs: Blues in Schools and Composers-in-Residence. She served as a collaborating teacher for three composers’ residencies.

A pioneer, she served NYSBDA for 15 years in key roles as a founder, steering committee and executive board member, 2nd vice-president, creator and manager of the state-wide Regional Workshop Program, and chair of the first band commission, which received a grant from Meet the Composer, Inc. At two symposia, her school bands gave concert-clinics. In 1982, elementary students’ portfolios illustrated success with the comprehensive musicianship approach to learning. In 1997, she discussed fostering creativity through composition. Select 8th grade students performed their works and shared their creative processes. In 1997, she received the first NYSBDA Distinguished Service Award.

For NYSSMA, she served as a contributor and writer for the NYSSMA and New York State Education Department’s “Music: A Resource Guide”. She has adjudicated NYSSMA All-State and Major Organization festivals and served as a guest conductor for honor bands. Currently she leads the Melody Masters Big Band in Rochester, NY and performs with the Alphorn Society of Western New York. Marcia holds three degrees in music education: the Ph.D. and M. M. from the Eastman School of Music and the B. M. from Ithaca College.

Karl Paulnack

Pianist Karl Paulnack is a keynote speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and national thought leader on the Power of Music. He has keynoted major national conventions such as Texas Music Educators Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Iowa Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Michigan Music Conference, and many others. His writings on music have been cited or excerpted in numerous publications, orchestra program books, and quoted in official testimony to the United States Congress.

Karl served as Director of the Boston Conservatory’s Music Division from 2002-2013 and Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College from 2013-2020. Previously, he held faculty positions at Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Round Top, and Madeline Island festivals, as well as the University of Minnesota and University of Southern California. His work in opera includes conducting and coaching positions at several universities and festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was a member of the team responsible for the historic 50th anniversary performance of Peter Grimes.

Karl concluded his seventh term as dean at Ithaca in June 2020 and officially retired from the faculty on January 1, 2021. He continues to serve in national leadership through several organizations. He was elected to the National Executive Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which honored him with the Signature Sinfonian award in 2011. He served for six years as an elected Commissioner of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation and works as a visiting evaluator and consultant for NASM. He is an associate and consultant with the Aspen Leadership Group.

Karl resides in Ithaca, NY with his husband Dave and their dog Mato. He is a volunteer peer mentor with the Cancer Resource Center of Ithaca and serves as Intern Chaplain at the Cayuga Medical Center, where is currently completing a 400-hour accreditation in Clinical Pastoral Education. He is also a passionate but inexperienced potter and spends several hours most days covered in mud.