AMEA 2019 Clinicians

Alison Allerton is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she conducts the Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorus and teaches courses in choral methods, secondary general methods, and aural skills. Prior to her collegiate career, Dr. Allerton spent twelve years as a public school choral music educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, CT. She was named a recipient of the Greenwich Public Schools Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010 and the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2007. In 2011, her 50- voice middle school boys select choir gave an invitational performance at the Connecticut Music Educators Association State Conference. Dr. Allerton holds a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University, a Master of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University.

Nancy H. Barry is Professor and Program Coordinator of Music Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Auburn University. She earned the Master's degree and Ph.D. in music education, and certificates in Electronic Music and Computers in Music from Florida State University. Barry has published in such journals as Arts and Learning, Psychology of Music, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, UPDATE, and Bulletin of Research in Music Education, and is a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences. Barry is an active member of professional organizations such as NAfME and the College Music Society. She served as National College Music Society Secretary from 2016 – 2018, and currently chairs the CMS Committee on Academic Careers.

Franklin Bell is a practicing attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University, School of Law. He is also an active musician in the Birmingham area performing with multiple ensembles and as a soloist. His practice frequently involves representing musicians in dealing with a variety of legal issues. Mr. Bell has been a presenter on legal issues for music educators at The University of Alabama, Samford University, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Deanna Bell is the music teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary East, conductor of the Birmingham Wind Ensemble, and an adjunct music professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has worked in Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia teaching elementary music, choir, and band in all grade levels from kindergarten to college. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from The University of Alabama and her Master of Music Education from Samford University. In 2010, Deanna was awarded National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Deanna received Orff Levels I, II, and III Certification from Samford University and Kodály Levels I, II, and III Certification from The University of Montevallo. She serves on the Alabama Kodály Educators Board, the Executive Board for the Alabama Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is a District 3 Chair for the Alabama Music Educators Association. Deanna is the 2016-2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Vestavia Hills City Schools, and a 2019 Quarterfinalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

Joe Brennan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Temple University studying violin and trumpet. Joe works in the Haverford Township School District located in suburban Philadelphia. He is the Co-Chair of the Music Department, and is the director of the string program at Haverford Middle and High Schools, a position he has held for the past 32 years. He has presented sessions for NAfME, ASTA, MidWest, and state conferences. Joe continues to be a guest conductor and clinician for string festivals. He has twice been chosen to attend the Juiliard School’s “Conductors Workshop for Music Educators”

Jennifer Canfield is a graduate of Troy University (BME and MS in Education) and Auburn University (PhD in Choral Music Education). Her teaching experience spans over 17 years in grades K-12, both in public and private schools. Dr. Canfield has recently retired from Huntingdon College, where she served as Department Chair, and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education. Since her “retirement”, she is an adjunct professor at Auburn University, where she enjoys teaching elementary education majors how to incorporate music in their general classroom.

Dr. Stefanie Cash is Director of Music Education at Berry College. Dr. Cash is responsible for teaching methods and techniques classes, conducting the Berry Women’s Choir as well as supervising student teachers. She has previous experience conducting multiple collegiate choirs and also taught classes in conducting, choral techniques, choral pedagogy and choral methods. Dr. Cash also frequently serves as a guest clinician for various district and All-State honor choirs. Prior to joining Berry College, Dr. Cash served at the collegiate level as both Director of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities. Cash taught at the middle school level in Kentucky and both the high school and collegiate level in Georgia. Choirs under her direction have performed for KMEA and GMEA in-service conferences as well as the 2008 ACDA Southern Division Convention. Dr. Cash’s research interests include world music usage in choral ensembles, partnerships between music education programs and public schools and performance practice techniques.

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