The Board

2016-17 Board of Northwest Kodaly Educators:

President: Melissa Headrick

screen-shot-2016-09-03-at-10-45-22-pmMelissa Headrick has been teaching music to children for 10 years. In those 10 years she has taught in both New York State and Washington State with experience at every grade level K-12. For the past 6 years her job has been the K-5 Elementary Music Specialist at Wilder Elementary School which is a part of the Lake Washington School District. She also works for Bellevue Girlchoir directing the Intermediate Choir. She cantors at Holy Family in Kirkland and is the choir director for the 11am Mass. She completed her Kodály Certification coursework at Seattle Pacific University and is currently using her summers to pursue a Masters of Arts in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Conducting at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Melissa is thrilled to be president of Northwest Kodaly Educators and has some big dreams and plans for the organization.

When she is not teaching or conducting, Melissa is busy running the household and “mommy-ing”. She has wonderfully supportive husband, a 4-year old son, Jasper and a 2-year old daughter, Nora.

Treasurer: Chris Stroh


Chris Stroh is in his fourteenth year of teaching elementary music, band, and percussion. He currently teaches elementary music and private percussion lessons in the Kirkland, Washington area. He previously taught in Minnesota and South Dakota.
Chris has performed over 600 times with wind bands, orchestras, choirs, musical theater, school groups, rock bands, marching bands, and more. He has performed at Benaroya Hall, Safeco Field, Meany Hall, Columbia City Theater, The Crocodile, and The Tractor to name a few. He has been studying percussion for 25 years.
His pedagogical approach relies on the Kodaly Method, and he has served on the Northwest Kodaly Educators board since 2013. He earned his Master of Education Degree from Seattle Pacific University in 2016.

See more about Chris here.

Secretary: David Ferguson

David - Naturey Profile PicDavid Ferguson teaches middle school choral music in Tacoma Public Schools, and is an adjunct faculty member in the music department at Pierce College. He also serves as the Treble Choir director for Pacifica Choirs and an Assistant Director for Redmond Chorale. He loves to learn, teach, and make music. He holds a BA in Music and an MA in Teaching (K-12 Music) from Seattle Pacific University. He completed his Kodaly trainings at the Kodaly Levels Program of Seattle in summer 2016.

David has worked locally as a private voice and piano instructor, accompanist, teacher, collegiate teaching assistant, music education organization board member (for WMEA and Northwest Kodaly), and conductor. He is certified in world music pedagogy through the Smithsonian-Folkways WMP program. He is a 2015 National OAKE Jenö Ádám Scholarship recipient. In his free time he enjoys learning new things, hiking, spending time with friends, reading, and watching operas/musicals/other performances.

Past President: Alina Gibitz Stroh

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 11.22.43 PMAlina Gibitz Stroh is a Kodaly Educator located in the Seattle Area where she can be found teaching music all over the Puget Sound. She is a K-5 Elementary Music Specialist at Bell Elementary in Kirkland, Washington and is also a choral conductor with Columbia Choirs in Redmond. Alina is well known for her high-energy persona when working with young children and her dedication to high quality, in-tune singing.

Ms. Stroh graduated from The Ohio State University with a BME in Music Education and BA in Spanish. She holds a Level Three Certification in Kodaly Training and is currently the immediate Past-President of Northwest Kodaly Educators.

Alina is passionate about sharing the Kodaly methodology with others and has presented numerous times to other music teachers in the area. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her husband, who is also a musician.

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Member-at-Large: Catherine Freeburg

CatheriCat Freeburgne is excited to serve on the NKE board this year. Catherine currently teaches elementary general music and choir at Soos Creek Elementary in Kent. She completed her Kodaly certification and enjoys teaching her students using this method. Catherine grew up in rural Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Music from Western Oregon University. Her choral experience in college included two trips to Carnegie Hall. She received a Master in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Choir is her first love; She has performed in a choir every year since third grade! She currently sings soprano with the Seattle choir, Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble. For the last few years she has been a conductor of the kinder choir with Seattle Girls Choir. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and their sweet one year old.

Member-at-Large: Ursula Slover

Ursula Slover is an elementa_DSC7799ry school general music teacher at Campbell Hill Elementary School in the Renton School District. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory in May 2012, where she earned degrees in music education and oboe performance. Ursula completed her Level II Kodaly training this past summer at Seattle Pacific University, and has presented at Chapter Sharing workshops, as well as to her Renton music colleagues. She is also a certified Positive Discipline educator. Prior to teaching in Renton, Ursula worked as a Teaching Artist with the Seattle Symphony, a composition teacher with the Junior Bach program, a site coordinator with the Creative Access Outreach program, a section coach with the Peabody Youth Orchestra, and a private instructor. In addition to her role on the Northwest Kodaly Educators board, Ursula is also the education coordinator for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. Outside of teaching, she is an accomplished oboist, and enjoys playing board games, reading science fiction, and learning new skills.


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