Faculty - Master of Music in Music Education (Kodály Emphasis)
Maree Hennessy - Director, Kodály Center
Maree Hennessy – Master of Music Studies (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Education (Queensland University of Technology), Australian Kodály Certificate (KMEIA). Board member, NCAKE chapter of OAKE. Vice-President, KMEIA Australia.
Maree oversees the renowned Masters in Music Education (Kodály) program at Holy Names University. Maree has worked in music education across sectors and age groups - in early childhood, school, university and community settings. She is involved in teacher training in California, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Maree has been instrumental in the development of curriculum materials and resources designed to assist teachers in the implementation of effective music programs in schools. She enjoys working in mixed ability contexts when developing musicianship and has particular expertise and commitment to teacher development. Her work explores how reflective practice and collaboration can contribute to professional growth of teachers.
Ildikó Thész Salgado - Lecturer in choral conducting
Ildikó Thész Salgado - Diploma, Choral Conducting and Music Education, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary.
Ildi has taught solfége, conducting and chamber singers in Holy Names University’s MM in Music Education degree program since 2001. 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 is on the faculty of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, as intermediate choral director. She has worked with Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and has led workshops in choral and musicianship workshops in Washington, Utah, and throughout California.
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.
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 Kodály 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.
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.
Gemma Arguelles - Children's Vocal Pedagogy
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. She is completing her PhD studies in Choral Conducting.
Dr. Steven Hofer - 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, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music and is the Music Director of the HNU Orchestra.
Anne Laskey - Emeritus Professor of Music
Anne Laskey, Professor Emerita of Music, immediate past Director, Kodály Center, Holy Names University.
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.
Faculty from the Kodály Summer Institute
Dr. László Norbert Nemes - Choral Conducting, Musicianship, Choir, Special Sessions (Choral Pedagogy)
Dr. László Norbert Nemes - Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music.
Dr. Nemes received his degree from the Department of Music Education and Choral Conducting at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in 1992. A student of Prof. Péter Erdei, he was the recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic. In 1999 he obtained a doctoral degree from the University of Alberta (Canada) under the supervision of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. He took part in several international master classes held by distinguished choral conductors such as Frieder Bernius, Michael Brewer, Eric Ericson, Simon Halsey, Robert Sund and Jon Washburn.
Between 1997 and 2009 he worked as the Associate Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children's Choir. He conducted the choir at numerous concerts in Hungary, made recordings and toured in many European countries and twice in Japan. In recognition of his artistic activity with the choir, he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005. For two years he was Artistic Director of the Győr University Philharmonic Choir.
At the Liszt Academy and the Kodály Institute he lectures in Kodály’s educational philosophy, teaching methods and materials. As a music pedagogue and conductor, he has held workshops, master classes and seminars in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Korean Republic, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom several times. In 2012 he was appointed as guest professor and academic consultant in China’s most prestigious music educational institution, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.
László N. Nemes is Vice President of the International Kodály Society, Honorary Member and Patron of the British Kodály Academy and Patron of Education at the National Youth Choir of Scotland. He is a member of the board of the Friends of the Liszt Academy Foundation. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at the AGAPE Joy of Music, Joy of Life Foundation established for the promotion of the Kokas-pedagogy. He actively participates in the charity activities of the Ari S. Kupsus Salon Concert Society helping young musicians of the Liszt Academy to achieve their various professional goals. He is a member of the Lajos Bárdos Society.
Helga Dietrich - Musicianship, Special Sessions (Early Childhood)
Helga Dietrich is a graduate of the Liszt Academy (Budapest) and became a certified teacher of solfège, singing and violoncello in 1972.
Helga Dietrich is one of the world’s foremost experts in early-years music education. She has been a Lecturer in Pedagogy on the Faculty of Primary and Pre-School Education of the Music Department of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest since 1986, teaches regularly for the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, and has offered demonstration lessons at the International Kodály Symposium 2013. She has travelled extensively abroad and taught on a variety of courses and workshops around the world, including for: the Kodály Centre ofAmerica; the Organization of American Kodály Educators; the Holy Names Kodály Summer Institute (California); the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia; the Kodály Institute of Britain; the British Kodály Academy; the National Youth Choir of Scotland; and Dogs and Birds (UK).
Gemma Arguelles - Pedagogy, Practicum, Folk Music, Conducting
Maree Hennessy - Pedagogy, Practicum, Folk Music
Hélène Matters - Pedagogy, Practicum, Folk Music, Musicianship, Conducting
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, Australia, where she directs a woman’s vocal ensemble.
Ildikó Thész Salgado - Lecturer in choral conducting and musicianship
Staff - Kodály Summer Institute
Fran Smith - Co-ordinator, Kodály Summer Institute
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.
Robert Lee - Accompanist
Robert Lee - MMus in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland, and a BMus in Piano Performance with distinction from the University of Calgary.
Robert comes from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and is a renowned pianist and music educator. Robert's work focuses on collaborative piano repertoire, specifically vocal and chamber music. Robert has taught and accompanied with private studios, choirs, professional musicians, and ensembles throughout Alberta and the San Francisco East Bay. With a strong interest in collaborative piano and music education. Robert works with the San Francisco Boys Chorus as administrator, accompanist, musicianship Instructor,and Director of the Marin Intermediate Chorus. Robert also works as adjunct faculty in the Music Department at Holy Names University during the academic year.
Sarah Hawley-Snow - Administrative Assistant, Kodály Summer Institute
Sarah Hawley-Snow holds a MMus in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. Sarah also studied studied vocal performance during her undergraduate studies at Holy Names University. She has played cello and harp since childhood. Sarah has performed in musical productions, community orchestras, and private recitals throughout the Bay Area.
Sarah is the Apprentice and Junior Rehearsal Director & Theory Teacher with the San Francisco Boys Chorus. She also teaches for the Oakland Youth Chorus, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and Cantare Con Vivo of Oakland. She is committed to providing high quality Music education for all children in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
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, Hélène Matters and Maree Hennessy
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, Dr. László Norbert Nemes, János Horváth, Helga Dietrich, László Matos, Bori Szirányi and Ildikó Thész Salgado