I.U. Children's Choir
Faculty & Instructors
- Ruth Boshkoff, Director Emerita
- Tiffany Bowen, Descant Choir
- Dylan Fixmer, First Voices
- Brent Gault, Allegro Choir, Program Director
- 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.
Tiffany Bowen is a Master of Music Education student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and also teaches with the IU Musical Beginnings program. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Tiffany completed Kodály training at Southern Methodist University and is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. Prior to coming to study at IU, she taught elementary (K-5) music for four years in Denton, Texas. In addition to teaching general music classes, Tiffany also directed two 4th and 5th grade choirs on her campus and directed students for the Denton ISD 5th Grade Honor Choir and the North Texas Children’s Choir.
Dylan Fixmer, is a current Masters of Music Education student at the IU Jacobs School of Music. After receiving his bachelors degree from the University of Colorado- Boulder in 2010, Dylan spent five years working at Highland Elementary School in Rifle, Colorado. While teaching at Highland, Dylan taught general pre-K through 4th grade music classes, wrote and directed a musical production for each grade level (K-4) each year, and directed a community outreach after school choir program for 3rd and 4th graders. He has spent much of his time outside of school singing and playing in local performing groups including the Symphony in the Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, The Boomtown Players Theatre Company in Rifle, Colorado, and the Grizzly Pears gypsy/dance band in Hotchkiss, Colorado.
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.