Guest clinicians for the 2016 Summer Reading Session


Judy Bowers, Keynote Speaker

JUDY BOWERS, Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education, as well as conducting the Women’s Glee Club, a performing group that also provides Adopt-A-Choir and Study-Buddy partnerships with area secondary public school choirs.

She has received multiple university Excellence in Teaching awards at FSU. As a choral educator, she is an active conductor of all-state and honor choirs across the United States and Canada, and in 2014 conducted the East African Middle School Choral Festival in Tanzania, Africa. Bowers frequently presents workshops and clinics for teachers, and her research interests include developmental choral groups and community learning partnerships. She has been awarded the Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award from the state ACDA Chapter of Florida. Professor Bowers holds music degrees from Louisiana State University (Ph.D.) and Texas Tech University (B.M.E.).

From 1990-2000, she led the Capital Children’s Choir program at FSU and subsequently developed a community service partnership between university music students and an urban middle school. This collaboration has provided additional music ensembles for the middle school while also enriching the teacher preparation experiences of the university students.

In June 2014, Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.


Joshua Block, Elementary Presenter

JOSHUA BLOCK teaches movement and music at Madison Simis Elementary in Phoenix, an International Baccalaureate School.

He has a BS in Music Education from Grand Canyon University and a ME in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.

He teaches classes on music, creativity, and imagination at Arizona State University. He is Past-President of AZ Orff and teaches movement classes for Orff-Schulwerk certification courses. He has also completed his Kodály certification and is President of Arizona Kodály Teachers Society. He is a member of the AOSA Board of Trustees.

He is a frequent presenter at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Conference and at Orff Chapters. He presented sessions on Composing Using the Laban Effort Actions at the 2015 American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s National Conference.

He is director of the training choir for the Phoenix Boys Choir. He also teaches private piano and voice lessons.


Raynard Brown, Treble Honor Choir Conductor

RAYNARD BROWN received his Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University and his Masters of Education from Lindenwood University. 

Raynard completed 31 years of teaching and recently retired at the end of May 2015. His career was spent at Lebanon Junior High School in Lebanon, Missouri where he taught for 16 years before going to Parkways Northeast Middle, where he spent the last 15 years.

 Besides teaching at the middle and junior high school levels, he has also served as adjunct professor for Maryville University where he taught choir and choral conducting. 

Raynard conducts clinics and honor choirs throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Florida. 

He is presently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis. His greatest blessing is being the husband of Ann and the father of their son Simeon.


Kevin McBeth, Church and Community Honor Choir Conductor

A native of Houston Texas, KEVIN MCBETH is Director of Music at Manchester United Methodist Church in suburban St. Louis. He serves as administrator for their 18 choral and handbell ensembles involving nearly 500 participants, as well as conducting the 150-member Chancel Choir.

He also serves as Associate Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, leading both the IN UNISON Chorus and the Holiday Festival Chorus. McBeth is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, and has done graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston. He has conducted honor and festival choirs in 15 states, as well as a tour of Great Britain.

Previous appointments include Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Adjunct Professor in Choral Music at Webster University and Music Director of the St. Louis Metro Singers. He has also served as guest lecturer at the Westminster Choir College. Most recently, he was appointed as the National Community Choir Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for the American Choral Directors Association. McBeth has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. Choirs under his direction have performed at state and division ACDA conventions. Professional affiliations include ACDA, MMEA, MCDA & TCDA.

Mr. McBeth has shared in performances with Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Garrison Keillor, John McDaniel, Andy Williams, Billy Porter, Jennifer Holliday, Larnelle Harris, Jenifer Lewis, Take 6, Patti Austin, Oleta Adams, Christine Brewer, Sam Harris and Debby Boone. In 2002, the National Religious Music Week Alliance named him one of the top 10 church Music Directors in the country. His church music collaborations include work with Mark Hayes, John Leavitt, Hal Hopson, Allen Pote, Joseph Martin, Howard Helvey, Philip Stopford and Jackson Berkey of Mannheim Steamroller. His orchestral conducting credits include performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Civic Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble.