Guest presenters for the 2018 Summer Reading Session


Dr. Joshua Oppenheim is Associate Professor of Music/Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University. He received his B.M. from Western Michigan University, his M.M. at the University of Mississippi, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas.  His choirs have been selected to perform at state conferences (2009 Concert Choir; 2012 Men's Choir); regional conferences (2012 Concert Choir; 2016 In A Chord); 2018 Concert Choir) national conferences (2104 Men's Choir; 2015 In A Chord; 2017 Concert Choir) and international conferences (2018 Concert Choir) He has been engaged as guest conductor and clinician in Carnegie Hall (2014, 2016) ) the National Cathedral (2018) Singapore (2015), and Dubai (2015); and had done additional study at Trinity College Cambridge, England.  He has been engaged as presenter, judge, and conductor in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Western and Southwestern division ACDA conferences.

MeMe Hagers’ love for music began when she was just a baby.  Her mother said she started singing before she started talking and never looked back!  MeMe teaches elementary music at Vandergriff Elementary school in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

She is currently in her 17th year of teaching elementary music and loves it! 

MeMe received her Bachelor’s of Music in 2000 and her Master’s of Music in 2006 both from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  She is Level Three Orff Certified and received her certifications from the University of Memphis and the University of Las Vegas.  She earned her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music in 2007 and renewed her certification in 2017.  She currently runs a Candidate Support Center in Fayetteville for teachers pursuing their National Board Certification. 

MeMe has presented workshops both in Northwest and Central Arkansas and has served on the state committee to write Arkansas’ Music Standards (Frameworks).  She produced a musical called Down Home in the Arkansas which is full of songs from our wonderful state! 

MeMe was recently nominated for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award. She has been married to Jeff for 16 years and is the proud mother of her ten-year old son Josiah.