Current Faculty & Staff
Anne Laskey, Director of Kodály Center and Professor of Music
Anne Laskey, Professor of Music at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, is director of the Kodály Center for Music Education where she teaches pedagogy, practicum and folk music and supervises student teaching in neighboring schools. Anne holds an M.A. in music from Claremont Graduate University, and a Kodály Specialist Certificate from Holy Names. Her previous positions include 12 years as Music Specialist at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco and five years as Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. She has served three terms on the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) board, most recently as Higher Education Representative, and was the national program chair for the 2004 OAKE Conference in San Francisco. Anne received OAKE’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2008, and HNU’s Faculty Award in 2011.
Janos Horvath, Visiting Associate Professor
Janos Horvath is an internationally known clinician who has given master classes in Hungary, Taiwan, Australia, Canada and the United States, including at West Chester University, New York University, Silver Lake College and the Liszt Academy’s Teacher Training Branch in Budapest Hungary. Recent guest conducting engagements include the University of California, Chico, CA, Calgary Girls Choir, the Regional All State Festivals in Harrisburg, PA, SUNY, NY, and Sufferen, NY and OAKE’s National Youth Choir in Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall.
Born and raised in Hungary, Mr. Horvath received his training in conducting and cello teaching at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He also studied cello at Boston University and orchestra conducting at the Monteux School in Hancock, Maine under Maestro Charles Bruck.
He taught at the Kodaly Institute in Wellesley Massachusetts and the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 1980, after emigrating from Hungary, he accepted an offer from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where he was the director of the Kodaly Musical Training Institute. Also in Hartford he was principal cellist of the University Community Orchestra and founded the Kodaly Institute Singers.
In 1987, he was appointed associate professor of music at the University of Calgary, where he taught courses in music education, musicianship and conducting. He became director of the Kodaly Summer Diploma Program at the University of Calgary in 1996. During his tenure there, he founded the University of Calgary Chamber Choir. The choir has an impressive record of achievements under his leadership including several recordings, CBC radio broadcasts and extensive touring in North America and Europe. Mr. Horvath was also the director of the Calgary Civic Orchestra, founder and director of the Musica Viva Chamber Choir, and assistant conductor of the University of Calgary Orchestra. Mr. Horvath received the Student Union’s Teaching Excellence Award, and the title of Professor Emeritus of Music in 2011. The same year, he was invited to guest conduct the 60th anniversary concert of the Kodaly School & Conservatory in Kecskemet [his Alma Mater].
Since August 2011 he is Visiting Associate Professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where he conducts the Chamber Choir and teaches Conducting and Musicianship for the Kodaly teacher training program.
Dr. Steven Hofer, Chair and Associate Professor of Music
Steven Hofer received his BM in Music Composition with honors in 1992 from California State University, Northridge where he studied with Dr. Daniel Kessner. He continued at CSUN to complete his MM in Music Composition in 1994, when he was also named Outstanding Graduate Student in Music. He went on to study at the University of California, Santa Barbara with William Kraft, and received a Ph.D. in Music Composition in 2000. While at UCSB he received several Corwin Composition Awards. He taught for four years at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he was an Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Music, and Director of Instrumental Music. He is currently an Associate Professor at Holy Names University where he serves as Chair of the Department of Music, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music and is the Music Director of the HNU Orchestra.
Seth Arnopole, Coordinator – Arts & Humanities, Math & Science, and Music Divisions
Faculty from the Kodály Summer Institute
Judit Hartyányi – Diploma, Choral Conducting and Teachers’ Training, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary. Judit is Associate Professor of Music Education and Choral Conducting and Director of Girls’ Chorus at the Liszt Academy. She has served as juror for numerous international choral competitions, and has taught summer courses and workshops in Italy, Slovenia, Ireland, New Zealand, England, the Philippines and the U.S. She has taught frequently at Holy Names since 1995, in both summer and academic year programs. Judit serves as Vice President of the International Kodály Society, and as President of the Hungarian Kodály Society.
Helga Dietrich – Diploma, Choral Conducting and Teachers’ Training, Liszt Academy, Budapest. Lecturer, Teacher’s Training College of Budapest. Helga is an active teacher of preschool music and has taught Kodály courses in Scotland, England, Canada and the United States. She is a member of the Early Childhood Commission of ISME and has presented papers at conferences in Poland, England, Australia, Japan and Hungary. Since 1999, she has taught frequently in the Holy Names Kodály Summer Institute.
Gemma Arguelles – B.M., Music Education and Choral Conducting, University of the Philippines; M.M. in M.Ed., Holy Names University. Gemma is the K-5 Music Specialist at Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco. She has taught in the HNU Kodaly Summer Institute since 1997, and is on the faculty of the Training Division of the Piedmont Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs where she conducts the Girls’ Intermediate Choir. A member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, she currently serves as President of the Northern California Association of Kodály Educators.
Hélène Matters – M.Ed., University of Queensland, Australia; M.M.in M.Ed., Holy Names University. Hélène served as Interim Director of the Holy Names University Music Department from 2003-2005, and joined the Kodály Summer Institute faculty in 2005. She has taught graduate and undergraduate musicianship and theory classes, and piano. In 2004, she served as co-chair of the national OAKE Conference in San Francisco. Hélène lives near Brisbane, where she directs a woman’s vocal ensemble.
Fran Smith – M.M. in M.Ed., Holy Names University. Fran has taught undergraduate musicianship classes at Holy Names since 1997 and offers a music pedagogy class for preschool teachers at Contra Costa College each spring. She currently teaches pre-school and elementary school at the Renaissance School. She has served as coordinator of the HNU Kodály Summer Institute since 2004 and teaches the beginning musicianship class.
Lydia Mills –M.M.in Music Education, Holy Names University. Lydia has taught K-6 music for the past 10 years, and in 2009 authored a set of 30 songs and games in Spanish for children titled “Salta Conejo.” In the last four years, Lydia has traveled to Puerto Rico, Peru, Colombia and Mexico giving teacher trainer workshops in the Kodály philosophy for music teachers. In June 2011, she co-taught, with Dr. Carlos Miró from Chile, a Level One Kodály certification course at the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico and is currently planning the Level One and Two for June 2012 .
Ildikó Salgado - Diploma, Choral Conducting and Teacher Training, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary. Ildi taught solfége, conducting and chamber singers in Holy Names University’s MM in Music Education degree program from 2001-2011. She served as guest conductor of the 2002, 2005 and 2008 HNU Children’s Choral Festival, and has offered choral conducting and repertoire workshops for NCAKE and other OAKE chapters. Ildi has been part of the HNU Kodaly Summer Institute faculty since 2002.
Former Faculty & Staff
American Faculty: Sister Mary Alice Hein, Mary Helen Richards, Lois Choksy, Toni Locke, Scott McCormick, Ed Bolkovac, Ivy Rawlins, Rita Klinger, Betty Bertaux, Anne Laskey, David Xiques, Gemma Arguelles, Gail Needleman, Fran Smith and Judith Chan
Australian Faculty: Judith Johnson, Anne Comiskey and Hélène Matters
Canadian Faculty: Pierre and Margaret Perron, Vernon Ellis and Kathleen Dalton
Hungarian Faculty: (from the Liszt Academy, Budapest, Kodály Institute, Kecskemét and others): Emma Szerényi, Katalin Forrai, László Vikár, Erzsébet Hegyi, Maria Katanics, Helga Szabó, Miklós Szabó, Mari Farkas, Katinka Daniel, Lenke Igó, Gabriella Thész, Sarolta Platthy, Éva Vendrei, Ildikó Herboly, Judit Hartyányi, János Horváth, Helga Dietrich, László Matos, Bori Szirányi, and Ildikó Thész Salgado