Faculty & Instructors
- Colleen Hughes, Administrative Assistant
- Ruth Boshkoff, Director Emerita
- Brent Gault, Allegro Choir, Program Director
- Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti, First Voices
- Sarah Miller, Chamber Choir
- Maggie Olivo
In 1998, Ruth was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award at the national meeting of the Organization of American Kodály Educators in New Orleans. This award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to Kodály-based education in the areas of scholarship, musicianship, and contributions to teaching.
Ruth holds a Bachelor's degree in Organ from Oberlin College and a Master's degree in Music Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She received both Kodály and Orff certification at Indiana University and has completed advanced work in both methods.
Throughout her career, Ruth has generously given her time and energy to children. She taught music at St. Charles School in Bloomington for 22 years, where she chose to teach the younger children so she could "get them off to a good start" in the curriculum she developed.
Alyssa Hunsucker Avenatti is a Ph.D. student at Indiana University specializing in Elementary Music Education. She is currently course coordinator and associate instructor for the class Teaching Music in the Elementary School. She has seven years of experience teaching elementary music and choir in public schools. Her professional development experiences include Kodaly certification and Level 1 training in both World Music Drumming Curriculum and the Orff approach. Alyssa has presented numerous workshops to music educators at school district in-services, Kodaly Educators of Texas (KET) events, and the Texas Music Educators (TMEA) Conference.
Sarah Miller is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in conducting in 2012. She has experience working in both general and secondary music settings. While at IU she was a part of the Singing Hoosiers and as a part of this ensemble, she was able to travel around the world singing and performing. Sarah has experience singing many genres of music and has developed different approaches for incorporating these styles into her teaching.
Maggie Olivo holds an MAT in music education and a Bachelors of Music in composition from IU. She has composed for various IU ensembles and musicians, the Institute for European Studies, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. While studying at IU, she studied violin, viola, and voice; performing both in the International Vocal Ensemble and IU Symphony Orchestra.
Presently, Maggie is teaching music at University Elementary School. Previously, she has taught music at St. Charles Elementary School and the Bloomington Montessori School. She has served as an associate instructor at IU, teaching general musicianship to future elementary teachers. She is trained both in Kodály and Musikgärten. Upon completion of Musikgärten certification, she has been teaching early childhood music classes for the past four years.