Patricia Merrifield, who teaches the Ragazze singers, teaches elementary general music in the Appleton Area School District and serves Lawrence University's Conservatory frequently as a cooperating teacher. She is currently co-teaching a Lawrence class in recorder and guitar methods for music education majors. Merrifield holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Music Education with a Kodaly emphasis from Silver Lake College. Before entering the field of teaching, she worked in orchestra management for the Phoenix and Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestras. Merrifield is a past Board member of the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators (AWAKE), has co-chaired the AWAKE Singing Games Festival, and is a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association and Music Educator’s National Conference.