Lawrence Scholars in Arts and Entertainment
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Matthew R. Arau '97
Kari Walton Engleson '92
Ruth Gurgel, Ph.D. '96
Bio: Dr. Ruth Gurgel has taught choir, band, general music, and orchestra in the large city districts of Denver, CO; Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI; and Kenosha, WI. She completed a Ph.D. in music education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, 2013. In her teaching, she focused on cultural relevance in musical instruction. She has experience teaching in non-traditional settings, including after school programs, before school programs, extended-year, and year-round school. In her doctoral studies, she focused on equity and diversity in music teaching and learning. Her research involves comparing and analyzing student perspectives in racially diverse music classrooms regarding pedagogy that engages them, behaviors that signal their (dis)engagement, and the results of (dis)engagement in classrooms. She is currently conducting a nationwide job search for a university position for the 2014-2015 school year.
Jay Kellner '83
Bio: Jay Kellner, in his 30th year teaching, is Choral Director at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, twice named the National Grammy Signature School (’05 & ’13), the Grammy Foundation’s top high school music program in the country. Neuqua also earned the Kennedy Center National School of Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts Education. Mr. Kellner is the Founder/Music Director of the Elgin Children’s Chorus (’86). His choirs regularly tour internationally and have worked with groups such as Chanticleer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the Vienna Boys Choir. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University ('83) and a Masters of Music Education from Northwestern University ('92). Mr. Kellner’s wife and two children are also educators.
Benjamin C. Zabor '99