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AMEA 2019 Clinicians


Ted Scalzo has taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Advanced Music Theory & Composition, and Multimedia for 36 years at Bay Shore High School, NY. In addition he has taught classes at SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Potsdam, C.W. Post and Hofstra University. Ted is a current member of Suffolk County Music Educators Association, NYSSMA, TMEA, TBA, TI:ME and NAFME. Ted also served on the New York State School Music Association Technology committee and has been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2005. Since retiring from teaching Ted is working with MakeMusic as a trainer, clinician and higher ed consultant.


Donna Smith is in her seventh year of teaching as the current Band and Choir Director at Fayette Middle School in Fayette, Alabama. She has previously taught 6-12 as well as 6-8 grade band programs in Thomasville and Tuscaloosa. Donna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Instrumental Music Education from Troy University in Troy, AL. Outside of her professional achievements, she also connects with music through service as a Province Officer for Sigma Alpha Iota and a member of the Black Warrior Winds Community Band. Donna is the proud wife of Kenny and mother of Cooper, their son.


Dr. Phillip Stockton, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Mississippi University for Women, received his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University, Masters of Music Education from Florida State University, and Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Mississippi. Before coming to MUW, Dr. Stockton was Director of Choral Activities at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at performance assessment. Dr. Stockton is in his fifth year at The W and has seen the program grow during that time. He remains an active clinician and judge for choirs throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. He is an active member of American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is currently the R&R for Student Activities for the Southern Region ACDA. His research focuses on the historical adolescent voice change as well as best practices for the choral classroom. Dr. Stockton is married to his lovely wife Amy and together have a son Lee and a daughter Molly.


Dr. Jason Sulliman is the assistant professor of trombone at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He teaches applied trombone lessons, brass methods, and coaches various trombone ensembles. He has previously taught at the University of North Alabama as well as Vincennes University in Vincennes Indiana. Jason has performed with several professional orchestras throughout the United States including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral paying, Jason has shown versatility in chamber music as a performer with the Dallas Brass Quintet, the River City Brass Band, and the Spark Brass Quintet. Throughout the past fifteen years Jason has been involved with the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show “Blast!” and has performed as a soloist on trombone, euphonium, and tuba during several national and international tours. From 2008-2014, Jason served as the company's music manager and conductor.


Viktoria Truesdail is currently in her sixth year teaching grades PreK- 6th in the Madison County School System. She holds degrees from Cleveland State University and University of Florida. Prior to teaching in the elementary classroom, Mrs. Truesdail has held various music positions including having her own private woodwind studio, Pre-K director, adjunct collegiate instructor and Assistant Director of Continuing Education at Georgia College. She currently instructs four extra-curricular clubs at her schools including: The Bucketing Blue Thunder, the Bucketeers, the Monrovia Music Makers and the Singing Cubs. In 2018, she received the “Super Citizen” award from Endeavor Elementary School for her dedication to always helping others and for excellence in leadership. Mrs. Truesdail also enjoys being a busy band, guard and track mom for her three children.


Kyle J. Weary is recognized as a leader in teaching music literacy and contemporary commercial music. Kyle has been invited to present educational sessions at the State, Regional, and National levels. Kyle has presented in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Texas. Kyle’s articles on teaching music literacy and vocal pedagogy in the choral rehearsal have appeared in Choral Director Magazine. Kyle has earned nominations for the GRAMMY music educator award in 2018 and 2016 where he advanced as a quarterfinalist both times. In 2015, Kyle was nominated for Washington County’s Teacher of the Year. As guest conductor, Kyle has conducted honor choirs in Allegany County (MD) Washington County (MD), Vermont ACDA, Cumberland County Honors Choir (PA), and with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Kyle currently teaches in West Shore School District as an Elementary Music Specialist and is the Director of Music at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg. Currently, a PhD Music Education student at Auburn University, Kyle attained a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Career Achievement.. Kyle is also a graduate of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute.


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