I.U. Children's Choir

I.U. Children's Choir

Faculty & Instructors


RuthRuth Boshkoff, a nationally recognized composer and music educator, has composed and published materials for children's choirs and led many workshops in her creative approach to teaching.

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.

 

TiffanyTiffany 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.  

 

Maggie OlivoMaggie 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.

 

  Price.jpgAmy Price graduated summa cum laude from Anderson University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Spanish. With double emphasis in flute and voice, she served as principal flutist of the AU Wind Ensemble and also toured domestically and internationally with the AU Chorale under the direction of Dr. Richard Sowers. Amy began her career as music specialist for two North Spencer County elementary schools, where she taught general music, upper elementary choirs, beginning bands and Spanish enrichment classes. During this period, she founded Kidspraise! Choir, a faith-based children’s chorus committed to community outreach. Amy completed Conversational Solfege certification with Dr. John Feierabend and earned Kodaly Certification from Indiana University’s Summer Kodaly Institute.

In recent years, Amy has turned her focus to private and small group music instruction for local students and schools. She also enjoys her work as the owner of Tuneful Tots, a growing early childhood music and movement program in Lawrence County. Amy lives in Bedford with her husband Seth and two children, Carleigh and Coen.

 

  Snell.jpgCharley Snell has just completed his final year of coursework towards a Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Prior to moving to Bloomington, Mr. Snell led the choral program at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia from 2008-2017 where his choirs performed across the nation as well as internationally, receiving superior ratings and accolades. Mr. Snell also served as the Assistant Choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church, and as an assistant director in the Atlanta Master Chorale. His earlier education included studies with Dr. Andre Thomas and Dr. Kevin Fenton at Florida State University and with Dr. Eric Nelson at Emory University. For the past two decades, Mr. Snell has worked with choirs of every age and level of education bringing his passion for the choral art to numerous singers throughout the country. As a tenor, Mr. Snell has performed across the United States and internationally, both as a soloist and as a chorister. Currently, he serves as a Choral Scholar at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington where he sings and conducts the adult choir. He resides in Bloomington with his wife, Jane, their two children, Nils and Elin, and their dog, Klaus.