Kodaly Faculty

Evan Bruno

Born and raised in Williamsburg,Virginia, Evan Bruno began his professional music career at the age of ten, joining The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Music with a concentration in choral music education from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Mr. Bruno holds a Kodàly Certificate from Midwestern State University in Texas. Evan is in his fourth year with Chicago Children’s Choir where he conducts the Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir and numerous In-School Choirs. Mr.Bruno is Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn. He also has taught General Music for Chicago Public Schools at the STEM Magnet Academy. Evan believes that music is a means for all people to reach across cultural, social, and racial barriers. He is devoted to helping singers find in music a powerful force for peace and unity. He considers himself a lifelong learner and is passionate about maintaining a familiarity with new trends, research, and quality repertoire.

Elizabeth Camozzi

Elizabeth Camozzi earned a Master’s in Music Education with Kodály emphasis from the University of St. Thomas. Additionally, she is trained in Orff-Schulwerk and Eurhythmics. Ms. Camozzi teaches elementary music, swing dance, and choir in Chaska, MN. She serves on the Minnesota Public Radio advisory board for music education and serves the Minnesota Orchestra in planning their Young People’s Concerts.

Her experience in Hmong charter schools has fostered a love of collecting world music. Ms. Camozzi is active with the local Kodály chapter and has led workshops on the Kodály approach as well as movement in music. She has danced in Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and brings to MSU the love of American folk music through song and dance.

Dr. Alice Hammel

Dr. Hammel is a leader in the field of students with special needs and music, and currently teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. She also has a large independent flute studio in Richmond, Va. Dr. Hammel has widely presented research and is in great demand as a clinician and guest teacher. She has published two books through Oxford University Press and is a contributing author to several other resources available through Oxford, NAfME and Connect for Education.

Dr. Hammel serves in many concurrent, state and national professional leadership positions and is a multiple award recipient, honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education. She received her Kodály Certification through James Madison University.

Dr. Susan Harvey

Dr. Harvey is Interim Music Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Music at Midwestern State University. She teaches music education courses, ear training, and has directed the Oratorio Chorus. Prior to teaching at MSU, she taught instrumental and choral music for 20 years in public schools.

Dr. Harvey has presented sessions at state and national music education conferences, educator in-services, and university methods classes. Topics for presentations have focused on the use of Kodály methods in the instrumental classroom, intonation in band, and teaching practice strategies in the ensemble rehearsal. Dr. Harvey is conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra and is an active clinician, guest conductor, judge, and freelance trumpet performer.

Berta Hickox

Ms. Hickox has been teaching with the Kodály philosophy for more than 20 years, including as a musicianship teacher for the acclaimed Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Ms. Hickox has taught workshops on creative movement, singing games, folk dancing, differentiation, and improvisation in the elementary classroom at the local, state, and national level.

She has taught in the summer Kodály courses at James Madison University, the University of New Mexico, and currently at Midwestern State University. She received a Master’s in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University. Ms. Hickox currently teaches K-5 music in the Halifax Area School District in Halifax, Pa.

Niki Miragliotta

Niki Miragliotta teaches elementary music and serves on the steering committee for an Arts Infusion program in Harrisonburg City Public Schools, VA. As clinical faculty, she mentors music education majors from James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Bridgewater College.

Ms. Miragliotta earned a Master of Music Education from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, as well as Orff Level I Certification from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed Kodály Certification at JMU and Indiana University. Ms. Miragliotta presented workshops at James Madison University’s Content Teaching Academy regarding the Kodály philosophy in a K-12 program. She is also an active freelance trombonist.