Bach sometimes expressively improvised hymn arrangements, as a child Martha Alford fell asleep every night listening to her mother play piano. She always found ways to join the music; her green singing bear had to be left behind at concerts because she'd wind him up to participate! Her parents nurtured her love for music as she competed in both flute and piano throughout high school. Since they deemed teaching more practical than performance, Martha earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College. Later, to prove to herself that she could, she earned a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Idaho.
Once she started teaching, however, pedagogy became a passion. She authored a beginning flute method book and developed a general music theory and history curriculum using handbells as practical application. Martha serves as adjunct professor of Woodwind Methods at Eastern University. She taught muusic history, Basic Experiences in Music and flute at Lancaster Bible College, directed the concert bands at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA and the orchestra at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She taught general and instrumental music at Westminster Academy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL and in the South Colonie School District in Albany, NY.
Love of performance continued: Martha played principal flute with the Washington Idaho Symphony, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops, the Florida Wind Symphony andthe New York State Band Director's Association Intercollegiate Band. Winning a Northwest collegiate orchestral competition, she soloed with the Spokane Symphony. She studied with Gary Schocker, David Cramer, Kimberly Reighley, Christine Nield, John Oberbrunner, Richard Hahn and Joanna Bassett, and has performed in masterclass with Bonita Boyd and James Galway.
Dr. Timothy Dixon is Director of Orchestral Studies / Professor of Music at Messiah College (PA), where he conducts the symphony and chamber orchestras and provides leadership to the string area. He is also the lead teacher of the M.M. in Orchestral Conducting program, a graduate conducting program designed specifically for music educators. He has also served as the Music Director / Conductor of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (PA) and has been a regular conductor of the Harrisburg Opera Association. Active nationally and internationally, Dixon has conducted numerous festival orchestras, as well as professional orchestras in the United States, Germany and Ukraine.
Before moving to Pennsylvania, Dixon served as conductor of the University of Iowa Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Preucil School String Orchestra, an ensemble which has been featured on public radio and television as well as in international festivals and tours. Timothy Dixon has also served as the Music Director/Conductor of the Middletown Youth Symphony (OH), the Saginaw Bay Youth Orchestra (MI), the Michigan State University Musical Theater Department, and the Michigan State University Campus Orchestra. Dixon also served as string educator, grades 4-12, in the Middletown City School District (OH).
Timothy Dixon holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa, the M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, and a B.A. and B.M. in Music and Music Education, respectively, from Miami University (OH). Timothy Dixon lives in Camp Hill, PA with his wife, Roxanne, a K-5 music educator in the Camp Hill School District, and his children Delaney and Alex.
Benjamin Harding serves as Dean of the School of Music at Cairn University. From 2012-2014, Harding served as Associate Professor of Piano at Cairn, Director of Outreach Programs, and Director of the Cairn Community Arts Academy. Prior to being at Cairn, he served on staff at the Hartt School of Music and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was awarded Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the Graduate Arts and Sciences School.
A proud alum of Cairn University (B.Mus. and B.Sc., 2002), Dr. Harding earned graduate degrees from Manhattan School of Music (M.Mus., 2005; Professional Studies Certificate, 2006) and from the University of Maryland, College Park (D.M.A). Already making a mark at Cairn, Harding was instrumental in the merger of Cairn’s Community School of Music and the Hilltown Creative Arts Academy, forming the Cairn Community Arts Academy – a program serving over 120 students in a variety of arts and music programs. As Director of Outreach programs at Cairn, he initiated a residency with the Ying String Quartet and developed the Cairn Choral Festival alongside the Cairn Choral Music Educators’ Collective.
Benjamin Harding began his study of piano at the age of five, competing in a variety of festivals and competitions from an early age. He completed the performance requirements for the Associateship Degree of the Royal Conservatory of Music while in high school and has appeared on CBC radio. Inhis home province of New Brunswick, Canada, he has been awarded numerous arts awards. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and recently in Europe. He has collaborated with cellists Michael Katz and Kangho Lee, violinists Anthea Kreston and Benjamin Shute, and violist Clark Potter. His primary piano teachers include Juanita Spragg, Carol O’Neil, Samuel Hsu, Nina Svetlanova, and Bradford Gowen.
Dr. Harding has a passion for the church and its music. Since 2008, he has been Director of Music Ministries at Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Newark, DE. In addition to serving as organist, he oversees the entire music program which includes choirs, bell choirs, worship band and ensemble, an extensive concert series, music ministry internship program and musical educational opportunities for the community. Prior to coming to Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Benjamin served at Grace Church in Hartford, CT, as Director of Music and Youth Pastor.
Benjamin serves on the piano and conducting faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician for high school choir, band, and orchestra festivals, as well as a featured conductor at the recent Fanwood Choral Festival. He is married to the former Marji Manz. They have four children: Karsten, Jonathan, Micah, and Clara.
A versatile musician, conductor Adam Potter is the Director of Choral Activities at Roberts WesleyanCollege in Rochester, New York, where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Music. At RWC, heconducts the Roberts Chorale, administers the college choral program, mentors choral music education majors, and teaches coursework inconducting and aural skills. He earned a PhD in choral conducting andmusic education from the Florida State University College of Musicand Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education andchoral conducting from the Greatbatch School of Music, HoughtonCollege, where he was a Presser and Presidential Scholar. His choralmusic mentors include Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, BrandonJohnson, and André Thomas.
Prior to his appointment at Roberts, Dr. Potter enjoyed positions asDirector of Choral Activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and Director of Vocal Music at Dansville High School(NY), overseeing thriving and growing vocal music curricula. He isalso an active church musician, having previously served Presbyterian congregations in Florida andMississippi. During the summers, he conducts choirs and teaches voice at the Csehy Summer Schoolof Music. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp and Houghton College.
Dr. Potter is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs, choral-orchestralperformances, and at high schools and colleges and an active adjudicator of choral performancefestivals. He has guest-conducted and presented on program building for new teachers, group vocaltechnique, and the joys and challenges of teaching music in rural school communities at colleges, community chorus retreats, and music education conferences in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. He has also been a guest lecturer at theKenya Conservatoire of Music and a guest artist with the Nairobi Chamber Chorus in conjunctionwith the “AVoice4Peace” worldwide peace awareness project. His research interests include sight- singing pedagogy and applications of the servant-leadership model to conducting music ensembles.
Dr. Potter is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, having served as arepertoire and resources chair at the state level in Mississippi and New York, and maintainsmemberships in Chorus America, the College Music Society, the National Association for MusicEducation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the New York State School MusicAssociation. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi KappaLambda, the American honor society for musicians. In 2010, he was named a Claes Nobel Educatorof Distinction and he was honored to be the ΣΑΕ fraternity’s “professor of the month” in October2015.
A native of western New York, baritone Floyd Rawleigh received his undergraduate training in music education, voice and piano at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. He earned a Master of Music from Temple University where he studied voice with Christine Anderson, music education with Edwin Gordon and music theory with Stimson Carrow. In his 34 years of teaching, Floyd has taught more than 10,000 students how to sing. For the past 27 years, he has served as a middle school choral director in the Downingtown Area School District. His program currently involves 400 seventh and eighth grade singers in four different, award winning choirs. Prior to teaching in Downingtown, he also taught in Lake Luzerne, New York and at Valley Forge Christian College. He has also taught music theory, voice and choral conducting classes at Lancaster Bible College. In addition to his choral and music theater responsibilities at Downingtown Middle School, Floyd has been the music director for Downingtown High School’s music theater program. In his tenure in Downingtown, he has directed more than 30 music theater productions. He has been involved in church music for 25 years, recently accepting a position to serve as the choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA where he directs both the Senior and Matins Choirs and oversees the youth choir program. Floyd served formerly at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Quarryville, PA where he directed the choir and a cappella singers for 20 years. He is also the artistic director of the Csehy Summer School of Music, a Christian music camp which meets on the campus of Houghton College in Houghton, New York. There, he teaches voice, music theory and often directs the choir. Floyd’s performance credits include numerous appearances as a sacred soloist throughout the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas. He lives in Strasburg with his wife, Janet, also a music educator. Together, they consider it a great joy to have been instrumental in bringing the love, joy and discipline of music to so many students.
Brian Reichenbach is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois where he directs the Symphonic Band and teaches trumpet and classes in music theory, aural skills, and brass techniques. He is a member of the Elmhurst Symphony and has performed with ensembles including Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, and Millar Brass. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Reichenbach is a member of the International Chamber Artists and founding member of the Lincoln Park Brass. Before coming to Trinity he taught trumpet at Olivet Nazarene University, North Central College, and College of DuPage. Mr. Reichenbach holds degrees in trumpet performance from DePaul University and Wheaton College and is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has participated in wind conducting master classes with Mallory Thompson, Michael Haithcock, Craig Kirchhoff, and Paula Crider, and his trumpet teachers include Charles Daval, Ronald Romm, John Hagstrom, Stephen Burns, and Terry Schwartz. Since 2003 Mr. Reichenbach has been active in musical worship at Wellspring Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois.
Dr. Paul Shewan, Professor Conducting and trumpet at Roberts Wesleyan College, conducts the Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra, and teaches trumpet, brass ensembles, and instrumental conducting. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan and a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 1983, where he was a trumpet student of Charles Geyer. He completed the doctoral degree in conducting at the Eastman School of Music in 2004.
At the Eastman school Dr. Shewan studied conducting with Mendi Rodan, Neil Varon, Donald Hunsberger, and Mark Scatterday. He appeared in several concerts conducting the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Conducting Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. In the summer of 2004, he conducted the Eastman Wind Ensemble during its four-week tour of Japan, Taiwan and Macau. More recently at Eastman he has served as visiting professor of conducting.
Dr. Shewan has recorded as trumpet soloist, ensemble member, and conductor on several commercial CDs. For Mode Records he may be heard playing principal trumpet with the Opera Sacra Orchestra in Arthur Honegger’s Christoph Columb. He is featured in many recordings on the Albany label, including Stephen Shewan’s Suite for Trumpet and Piano (Troy 349-Albany Records) and Leo Sowerby’s Fantasy for Trumpet and Organ (Troy 238-Albany Records). His most recent recording as conductor features Randall Thompson's Frostiana for chorus and orchestra, and Ron Nelson's Te Deum for chorus and band with the RWC Chorale and Wind Ensemble (Troy 783-Albany Records).
Dr. Shewan is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet section and is a frequent guest conductor including the orchestra’s inaugural side-by-side concert with community members in February, 2014. In December, 2015, he performed with the RPO as trumpet soloist and conductor. He has also conducted the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria).
Dr. Shewan has conducted performances for live public radio broadcasts on the Music at Midday series from Roberts Wesleyan College and as soloist and conductor on the Live from Hochstein concert series. He performed J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He played often with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985-2002.
Dr. Shewan has guest conducted the Air Force Band of Liberty on three occasions, the Air Force Heritage of America Band, and several High School district music festivals. In May of 2009, he conducted the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra and was the guest conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in November, 2014. In the Summer of 2012, he conducted the wind ensemble, Concordia Santa Fe (New Mexico). He is also the conductor of the RWC High School Honors Band Festival. He and his wife Joy have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Kimberlee Strepka has been teaching music for more than twenty-five years, and has been pioneering Laban-based handbell instruction since 2000. She is the author of Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out: Laban Movement Theory for the Handbell Musician (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2012), a text that has been praised by college professors as a long-missing resource for handbells in academia.
Kim received a Bachelor of Music in choral music education from the Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT, a Master of Music in music education (research) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently a DMA Candidate in music education at Boston University.
Her youth handbell ensembles have toured extensively throughout the country, and have performed on a number of television networks. Her advanced teen ensemble, the Bronze Ambassadors, has most recently been invited by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to perform with them for their 2017 Holiday Pops concerts this December.
Kim is an associate member of the New England Ringers, and served on the Handbell Musicians of America Area 1 Board as the Education Liaison for a number of years. Kim is also a published handbell arranger, and works to bring the music of orchestral and choral composer, Dan Goeller, to the handbell community.