VITA 2001


2200 Hamill Avenue, Clarksburg, WV 26301
(304) 622-1975


I am an independent contractor of music and writing education services. I regularly do consulting and in-servicing work in both areas, as well as, in sacred music. I maintain a private studio of piano, solfege, and voice students. I am retired from the position of Coordinator of Music Education for Harrison County Schools, Clarksburg, WV. 


I attended Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA; Salem College, Salem, WV; Fairmont State College, Fairmont, WV; and hold a Masters in Special Supervision (Music) from West Virginia University. I have done post-graduate work at Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Dunakanyar Muveszeti Nyari Egyetem, Esztergom, Hungary; Orff Institut, Salzburg, Austria; Kodaly Musical Training Institute, Wellesley, MA; and I hold a Kodaly Certificate from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI. I currently hold 49 hours beyond a Masters in graduate study.


My conducting experience includes high school choral director, adult and youth church choir director, junior high school choir director, elementary school choir director, and director of a county teachers’ chorus and a county children’s chorus (both known as the Sol-fa Singers.) I am also a church organist, song leader, and cantor.

I have also had experience as a junior and senior high school English teacher, as a Language Arts teacher for 6 years and as a regular substitute high school English teacher for 6 years. I taught general music for 16 years and was a music supervisor for 15 years. I have also conducted writing workshops in "Writing Your Family History."

Over the past 25 years, I have served as an Adjunct Professor for West Virginia University, the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, and Salem-Teikyo University. I have also served as Regional Chairman of the West Virginia Vocal Association, as President of the Elementary/General Division of West Virginia Music Educators, and President of the County Directors Association of WVMEA. I have adjudicated at the county, regional, state and national levels and have written widely on the importance of music in the school curriculum.


I hold or have held membership in the following organizations: West Virginia Education Association, National Education Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Classroom Teachers Association, Music Educators National Conference, West Virginia Music Educators, Delta Kappa Gamma, Sigma Alpha Iota, American Association of University Women, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, and the West Virginia Music Teachers Association (Applied Music.)


In May, 1979, I served on the Ford Foundation Study Group to evaluate Kodaly Music Education in America. I have presented sessions on Kodaly Music Education at West Virginia Music Educators Conferences, Ohio Catholic Educators Conference, West Virginia Reading Conference, and at the National Conference of Kodaly Educators in Baltimore, MD.

I was appointed to the Council of the Society for General Music of the Music Educators National Conference as the West Virginia state representative in February, 1982. In March, 1982, as director of the Sol-fa Children's Chorus, I was the recipient of a gold medal which was awarded to the Sol-fa Children’s Chorus when they won first place in the Pennsylvania State Contest of the Great American Choral Festival. In November, 1985, I was elected as one of two Members-at-Large to the Executive Board of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.

In 1995, all 9 piano students from my studio who participated in the American College of Musicians adjudications received superior ratings.

On March 24, 2000, I was installed in the West Virginia Music Educators Hall of Fame.

On March 31, 2001, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the West Virginia Choral Arts Foundation.


In 1976, I wrote a competitive federal proposal for training classroom teachers in the art of teaching music. That proposal won the grant and was refunded each year for 7 consecutive years for a total amount of $92,000.00. In the summer of 1981, I had an article published in the International Bulletin of Delta Kappa Gamma entitled "Classroom Teachers Can, too, Teach Music." I also have an article published in the Clearing House of ERIC Search entitled "What d’Ya Mean, Project Sol-fa?" In the March, 1983 issue of Music Educator’s Journal, I have an article regarding the state of music education in Harrison County Schools. I also have an article in the March, 1984 issue of Midwest Kodaly Bulletin and a Point of View article in the November, 1985 issue of Music Educator’sJournal.

I have a piece in the National Story Project Anthology published by Henry Holt and Company in 2001 and edited by Paul Auster. The anthology is entitled I THOUGHT MY FATHER WAS GOD.

I also have a piece entitled A Frenchman in Clarksburg in the Summer, 2001, issue of Goldenseal, a magazine published by the Division of Culture and History of the State of West Virginia.

I have  arranged selections for: church congregations; church choirs; 2, 3, and 4 part adult choirs; and children’s choir. I have also composed selections for these same groups.

On the Internet, in addition to my own website where I have many stories and articles published, I have six pieces published in The HeartThread Journal.