VOKE Board of Directors

Congratulations to your 2019-2020 VOKE Board (effective June 1) 

Click on the Board Member's name to send them an e-mail! 

Miranda Lansberry - President

Lauren Carpel - Past-President

Ashley Cuthbertson - President-Elect & VCCF Co-Chair

Miriam Capellan - Treasurer

Kristen Jorde - VCCF Co-chair & Member at Large

Felix Polendey - Librarian 

Ginger Albertson & Victoria Schubert: Members at Large


Miranda Lansberry: President

Miranda Lansberry teaches chorus at Glasgow Middle School. Ms. Lansberry is also a youth chorus conductor and musicianship teacher for the Fairfax Choral Society at the Vienna Campus. She is a graduate of George Mason University (BA in Music) and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (BA in Middle School Education with an emphasis in Math and Science). Ms. Lansberry is currently working on her Kodály certification through George Mason University and is certified in Conversational Solfege. 

Ashley Cuthbertson: President-Elect and VCCF Co-Chair 

Ashley Cuthbertson currently teaches general music and chorus at Island Creek Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance from James Madison University and a Master’s of Education in Kodály Music Education from Loyola University of Maryland.  Prior to teaching in Fairfax County, she taught general music and band in Washington, DC, early childhood music throughout northern Virginia, and served as a woodwinds instructor in Loudoun County, VA.  She has performed in a variety of groups including the Capital Wind Symphony, the Stonewall Brigade Band and Flute Choir, and the Pickwick Players.  Ashley is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators where she served as the chapter treasurer.  When not making music, Ashley enjoys traveling, food, and relaxing on the beach.

Miriam Capellan: Treasurer

Miriam Capellan is a PreK-5 vocal/general music teacher in Arlington, Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s in music education from Boston University, a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, and is currently working towards a master’s in music education with a Kodály emphasis at Silver Lake College in Wisconsin. Miriam has been a vocal music specialist for 16 years, teaching in Massachusetts, Maryland, and now Virginia. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a Kennedy Center Changing Education through the Arts (CETA) certified educator. Miriam is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity @composerproject founded by Rob Deemer, professor of music at Fredonia State and is member-at-large of the NAfME Composition Council. She is active on Twitter using the handle @mrscapellan, loves figs, and contra-dancing.

Victoria Schubert:  Member-at-Large

Victoria Schubert is an FCPS General Music and Chorus teacher at Westgate Elementary School in Falls Church,

VA. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Marshall University, a Masters of Theater Education

from Catholic University, and her Kodály Certification from the Hartt School. She has been a member of OAKE

and VOKE since 2009 where she has served as the secretary, president-elect, president, and now past

president for the chapter. Being a member of VOKE has been a privilege and she is looking forward to the

many more great opportunities and learning she will receive in the years to come.

Kristen Jorde: VCCF Co-Chair 

Kristen Jorde is currently the Campus Coordinator and Youth Chorus Conductor for Fairfax Choral Society's Centreville Campus choirs and is a musicianship teacher at the Annandale Campus. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University, her Kodály certification and Master in Music Education in Kodály Music Education from the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University, Maryland, and she holds a Level One certificate in Music Learning Theory Early Childhood Music from Temple University. She taught for Fairfax County Public Schools as an elementary music educator and 5th- and 6th-grade Choral Director, and has also served Trinity Christian School as the Lower School Music Educator and Choral Director. She is the founder and former conductor of the Sovereign Grace Church Home School Co-op’s 3rd- through 6th-grade choral ensemble and conducted the co-op’s 7th- through 12th-grade choral ensemble. Kristen enjoys her life with her husband and their four children. When she has a rare free moment, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Felix Polendey: Librarian

Ginger Albertson: Member at Large

Ginger Albertson teaches a Kodály inspired program at Eagle View Elementary, part of the Fairfax County Public School system.  She teaches Kindergarten through 6th grade General Music, and directs a 5th grade and a 6th grade Chorus.  Ginger holds a BS in Music Education from West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she was a voice major.  She earned her MA in Music Education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.  Ginger earned her Kodály certificate at George Mason University.  She is currently completing an internship to join faculty of  the George Mason summer program, and will teach Level 1 Methodology this summer.  Outside of her teaching, Ginger is an active member of Sweet Adelines International, and sings with the Vienna-Falls Chorus in Fairfax.  She is the Associate Director for her barbershop chorus, and sings in a competing quartet.  Ginger is married and the mother of three grown children.  She enjoys spending time at the family beach house in the Outer Banks.

Lauren Carpel:  Past President

Lauren Carpel has taught middle school and high school choir as well as general music in Falls Church, Virginia for the past 11 years. After completing her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Northwestern University, Lauren taught for a few years before attending George Mason University, where she received her Master's Degree in Secondary Choral Education as well as her Kodály levels, which completely transformed her teaching. Lauren has been involved in VOKE for four years, serving as historian and newsletter editor as well as the President and VCCF co-chair/President-Elect. 

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