AMEA 2019 Clinicians

Libby Hearn is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of Alabama where she serves as a graduate teaching assistant working in music education, teacher education, choral conducting, and as a research assistant. She is also serves as the accompanist and show choir director at Tuscaloosa County High School. Before moving back to Alabama in 2016, Ms. Hearn was the founder and director of Knight Fusion Singers at Marian University in Indianapolis. As an assistant professor of music, she taught courses in music theory, aural skills, vocal pedagogy, and choral/vocal music education. She also conducted the University Choir. Ms. Hearn taught for seven years as a choral educator at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Alabama. While at Hueytown, her choirs consistently received superior ratings at state assessment and earned numerous awards and honors at contests and festivals across the southeast, including a memorable performance at the 2010 AMEA State Conference. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Catherine and Andrew.

Dr. Tim Heath is the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Samford University, where he also serves as the Assistant Director of the Samford Wind Ensemble and serves as a conducting faculty member.

BethAnn Hepburn teaches general music and elementary and junior high choirs in Streetsboro, Ohio and Ph. D. Candidate at Kent State University in Music Education. She has the distinction of Master Teacher from the Ohio Department of Education. She is a teacher education instructor for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is on faculty for orff certification courses at Trinity University in Texas, The University of Hawai’i, The University of the Arts Pennsylvania at Villanova, and New York City ETM. BethAnn is a frequent presenter for Orff chapters throughout the United States, and has trained teachers in China, Scotland, Singapore, and India. She is the past PD chair for AOSA, and current PD chair for General Music for OMEA. BethAnn is on the Board of Trustees for the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement. She is the co-author of Purposeful Pathways, Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom Books I-III.

Lori Hetzel is the Associate Director of the School of Music, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Full Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Kentucky where she conducts the UK Women’s Choir and the ever-popular a cappella group “Paws and Listen”. In addition to her conducting duties, Dr. Hetzel supervises student teachers and teaches undergraduate methods and choral conducting courses where she has pioneered a unique partnership program with area high schools and middle schools allowing undergraduate students to begin classroom teaching early in their curriculum and gain true ‘hands on’ experience. Hetzel is a contributing author to the new textbook Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success. Among her many academic accomplishments, she was the recipient of the University of Kentucky “Great Teacher of the Year” award in 2000, a finalist for the Provost Awards for Outstanding Teaching in both 2009 and 2010, and the winner of the Robert K. Baar Choral Award in 2011 “given to one choral director in the state who exhibits outstanding leadership in choral music and promotes music education in the state of Kentucky.” Lori Hetzel received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin/Green Bay, the Master of Music from the University of Missouri/Kansas City and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.

Matthew Hoch is Associate Professor of Voice and Coordinator of Voice Studies at Auburn University, where he teaches applied voice, diction, and vocal literature courses. Prior to coming to Auburn in 2012, he spent six years as Assistant Professor of Voice at Shorter College, where he taught applied voice, vocal literature, and served as Coordinator of Voice Studies.


Hoch is the 2016 winner of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, awarded jointly by the Voice Foundation and NATS. He is the author of three books, including A Dictionary for the Modern Singer (2014), Welcome to Church Music & The Hymnal 1982 (2015), and Voice Secrets: 100 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Singer (2016), coauthored with Linda Lister. He holds the BM (summa cum laude) from Ithaca College with a triple major in vocal performance, music education, and music theory; MM from the Hartt School with a double major in vocal performance and music history; DMA from the New England Conservatory in vocal performance; and the Certificate in Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech. In addition to his academic life, Dr. Hoch is also Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, Alabama, where he lives with his wife, Theresa, and three children: Hannah, Sofie, and Zachary.

Jeremy Howard received a BME in vocal music education and an MM with an emphasis in the Kodály philosophy from Morehead State University. He holds certification in all three levels of the Kodály teaching method. Additionally, he studied at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary during the summer of 2011. Mr. Howard currently serves as the 3 Year-Old through 8th Grade General Music Teacher and Choir Director at Christ the King Cathedral School in Lexington, Kentucky. He is active as a conductor for Honor and Festival Choirs, a clinician for several music educator workshops and conferences, and teaches Kodály certification courses in Alabama and Kentucky. He is the president of the Kentucky Association of Kodály Educators (KAKE), and a member of Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).Jeremy resides in Lexington with his wife, Laura, also a music educator, and their son,Michael Rhys.

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