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President: Katherine Gould

Katherine is a senior Music Education major from Glens Falls, New York. At Ithaca College she has sung with the Ithaca College Chorus and Women's Chorale, and is in the studio of Deborah Montgomery-Cove. In addition to her voice concentration, Katherine has a passion for African drumming and dance. She is now in the West African Drumming and Dance Ensemble,  after spending part of the summer in Ghana with Dr. Whitehead. Outside of the school of music, Katherine is a student supervisor at Campus Center Dining Hall and is a member of Colleges Against Cancer and VIC Radio. 


President-Elect: Miggy Torres

Miggy is a sophomore Music Composition major from South Windsor, Connecticut. At Ithaca College he has sung with the Ithaca College Chorus and the Ithaca College Choir, and studies voice with the acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Ivy Walz. He also studies music composition with Dr. Dana Wilson and Dr. Jorge Grossmann. Though he composes for a variety of media, Miggy particularly enjoys writing for choral ensembles. He regularly composes and arranges original choral and chamber works which have been performed by many groups throughout central Connecticut and Ithaca including the Ithaca College Chorus and Ithaca’s VOICES Multicultural Chorus. Miggy’s most recent choral work, Heart-Fire, for unaccompanied mixed choir, took first runner-up in the First Annual Ithaca College ACDA Student Choral Composition Competition. Besides his passions for choral conducting, writing music, and singing, Miggy enjoys acting, playing video games, the Seattle Mariners, and loving life in general.


Secretary: Rachel Mikol

Rachel Mikol is a senior vocal performance and music education major from Orchard Park, NY.  At Ithaca College, she has sung with the Women's Chorale, Choir and Madrigal Singers, and currently studies voice with professor Dawn Pierce.  This spring she will be featured in IC's opera, "Suor Angelica."  In addition to ACDA, Rachel currently serves as the treasurer of the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women.  Upon graduating from Ithaca College, Rachel plans to attend graduate school to study opera performance.  In addition, Rachel enjoys playing the piano, clarinet and many other instruments, photography, and traveling.


Treasurer : Rebecca Saltzman

Rebecca is a sophomore music education major from Princeton, New Jersey. Studying with Carol McAmis, she has sung in the Ithaca College Chorus and Women’s chorale. Along with ACDA at Ithaca College, Rebecca is also the treasurer of “IC Spit That!” -Ithaca’s poetry and spoken word group as well as being an active member of “Mu Phi Epsilon”- IC’s co-ed professional music fraternity.  During the summer, Rebecca is the music director and coordinator of “Camp Medolark- The Fine Arts camp of Maine” and also teaches Music at the “Boys and Girls Club” in Melbourne Florida. Rebecca enjoys rubber ducks, the color purple, understanding politics, driving in her car “Rodrigo”, and hugs.


Webmaster and Public Relations: Joe Pellittieri

Joe is a junior Music Education and Vocal Performance major from Rochester, New York. Joe has been singing since he was five years old. Joe sang with the Chorus, Choir, and Madrigal choir at IC. He currently studies with Dr. Brad Hougham. Joe is a proud member of the Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Joe enjoys exercising, not exercising, watching the Bills lose and the Yankees win.


Special Events Coordinator: Kim Hawley

Kim is a senior Vocal Performance and Music Education major from Binghamton, New York. At Ithaca College, she has sung with the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale and Chorus, and is currently studying with Patrice Pastore. In addition to ACDA, Kim is a member of the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. This past summer she spent in Ithaca as the student intern for the Ithaca Children’s Choir, and Dr. Janet Galván. In the Ithaca community, Kim is a choral intern at the First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca. She enjoys college football, traveling, and attending many concerts. Kim is looking forward to serving as the Special Events Coordinator this year, planning some great events for our outstanding chapter!


Chapter Adviser: Dr. Janet Galván
Dr. Janet Galván, Professor of Music at Ithaca College, conducts the Ithaca College Women's Chorale and the Ithaca College Chorus. She is Artistic Director for the Ithaca Children's Choir. Her New York colleagues recognized Dr. Galván’s contribution to choral music in 1995 when she received the ACDA New York Outstanding Choral Director Award. Dr. Galván has conducted national, regional, and all-state choruses throughout the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Constitution Hall, Minneapolis’ Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She has conducted her own choral ensembles in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in concert halls in Ireland, Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Spain. She has conducted the chamber orchestra Virtuoisi Pragenses, the State Philharmonic of Bialystok, Poland, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra, and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in choral/orchestral performances. Galván was the sixth national honor choir conductor in the history of ACDA, and was the conductor of the North American Children’s Choir which performed annually in Carnegie Hall from 1995-2007. She was also a guest conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Dr. Galván has been a guest conductor and clinician in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Brazil as well as national and regional choral and music education conferences and the World Symposium on Choral Music. She has two choral music series with the Roger Dean Publishing Company and is the author of chapters in two books, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 2 and The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching. She is also the series advisor to Latin Accents, a series with Boosey & Hawkes. Her article on the changing voice was published in the International Federation of Choral Music Journal in August of 2007 and was reprinted in La Circulare del Secretariat de Corals Infantils de Catalunga. Galván has been recognized as one of the country’s leading conducting teachers, and her students have received first place awards and have been finalists in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the American Choral Directors biennial National Choral Conducting Competition. Dr. Galván was a member of the Grammy Award-winning Robert Shaw Festival Singers.