VOKE Board of Directors
Congratulations to your 2020-2021 VOKE Board (effective June 1)
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Ashley Cuthbertson (she/her) is a General Music and Chorus Specialist serving the Fairfax County Public School district in Northern Virginia. Additionally, she serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the American Kodály Institute of Loyola University Maryland where she teaches graduate courses in Kodály Pedagogy. A Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Ashley holds a Kodály Certificate from the American Kodály Institute and the Certificate of Study in Arts Integration from the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program. Ashley is a frequent workshop presenter on a variety of topics for the music classroom. She is an active member of the Virginia Music Educators Association where she serves as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council; the Organization of American Kodály Educators where she serves as Eastern Division President-Elect and on the OAKE Equity Committee; and the Virginia Organization of Kodály Educators where she serves on the board as President. Ashley is a passionate educator and lifelong learner dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to high quality, meaningful, and joyful music instruction.
Ashley previously served VOKE as Treasurer and co-chair of VOKE's annual Children's Choir Festival (VCCF). She is thrilled to be serving VOKE as President! Please reach out to her anytime with any questions, comments, concerns, or how VOKE can serve you better: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ginger Albertson: President-Elect
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.
Miranda Lansberry teaches chorus at Justice High 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.
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.
Beth Houff - Western/Charlottesville Member at Large
Bethany Houff has been the choral director at Harrisonburg High School since 2003. In addition to conducting four choral ensembles, she teaches an introductory musical theatre course and beginning piano classes. She served on the design team of the innovative Harrisonburg High School Fine Arts Academy where colleagues in dance, drama, music, visual art, and creative writing teach collaboratively in a sequential and integrated arts curriculum.
Beth received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from James Madison University. She serves the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a member of the Secondary Choral Committee, and spends her summers teaching in the Kodály Institutes at Indiana University and James Madison University.
Jordan Stehle - Tidewater Member at Large
Nicolas Leonard - Central Member at Large
Nicolas Leonard is currently the general music teacher at Greenfield Elementary School in Midlothian, VA. He teaches a Kodály inspired program to a Pre-K through 5th grade population, including students within a Center-Based Gifted Academy and an Autism Catchment Center. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Christopher Newport University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nick is currently in the process of completing his Kodály certification at MidWestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. He lives in Richmond, VA with his boyfriend Clayton and their French Bulldog, Coco.
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.
Brittany Gonzalez - Co-Librarian
Brittany Gonzalez is a K-6 general music and chorus teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in clarinet performance with a teaching certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) certified educator, and is also certified in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. Brittany has been a music specialist for 9 years and an active OAKE member since 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and three cats, and enjoys reading, working out and crocheting in her down time.
Jeff Ward - Co-Librarian
Jeff Ward teaches General Music and Chorus at Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, VA. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance/Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master’s of Music in Bassoon Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has taken Kodály levels I-III at George Mason University. Jeff is principal bassoon of the Tysons McLean Orchestra and is an active freelance musician in the DC area, performing with various local ensembles, including the Alexandra Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, WolfTrap Opera, Arlington Philharmonic, Washington Ballet, US Air Force Band, and the Cathedral Choral Society.
Lauren Carpel: Website & Publicity Chair
Lauren Carpel has taught middle school and high school choir as well as general music in Falls Church, Virginia for the past 13 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.