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Molly Murdock - Project Supervisor & Co-Creator

molly@mtew.org

Molly is a music teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at Eastman School of Music.  She holds degrees from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy (Hungary), Michigan State University, The University of Virginia, and The University of Central Florida. She spent many years in the Washington, D.C. area as a musician with Fairfax County Public Schools, Temple Rodef Shalom and historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fairfax Choral Society and the Virginia Ambassadors of Music.

Molly’s primary research is in the music of female composers and in Béla Bartók’s choral works. Molly created the Women in Music Lecture Series at Michigan State University, an ongoing project which showcases extraordinary musical women.

Ben Parsell - Co-Creator & Webmaster

ben@mtew.org

Ben is general music teacher at Wayzata Public Schools right outside of the Twin Cities. He is currently serving as a youth choral director for Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and as a collaborative pianist in the metro area, accompanying vocalists in juries, recitals, and auditions. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education and Church Music and received a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Ben is currently pursuing his Kodály certification at Indiana University.

Ben is an active member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the National Association for Music Educators, and the Choristers Guild.

Dr. Eva Floyd - Editor of the Music by Women Journal

eva@mtew.org

Eva is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of music.  Her specialty area is secondary choral music education and she holds degrees from the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, the University of Kentucky, and Campbellsville University.  Eva is the founder and conductor of the CCM Community Women’s Choir and musicianship skills instructor for the Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus.

Eva’s research has been published in The Journal of Music Teacher Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. She has articles in The Choral Journal, Kodály Envoy, and the Bulletin of the Internal Kodály Society and authored chapters for Voices in Harmony and Kaleidoscope (both published by Alfred).  She has presented her research at NAfME’s national conference, state Music Educators Association conferences, American Choral Directors regional conference, Society for Music Teacher Education national conferences, and International Symposia in Hungary, Poland, Scotland, Australia, and Greece. Her DVD documentary “Soul-fege”: A Journey from Soulful Genres to the Classics” is published by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Trevor Nelson - Historical Consultant

Trevor is a Ph.D. student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. His doctoral studies are supported by a Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester. Trevor received a M.A. in Musicology and an Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women’s & Gender Studies from Michigan State University, and a B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Appalachian State University.

At MSU, he penned his thesis, The Dissident Dame: Alternative Feminist Methodologies at the Music of Ethel Smyth, which explored both suffrage- and non-suffrage-oriented feminisms across Smyth’s compositional output. In addition to feminist political campaigns, his research interests include queer theory, feminist/critical pedagogy, the performative body, and opera houses in colonial spaces.

When not in the library, Trevor enjoys curling up with a cup of coffee and a book, all while spoiling his cat, Figaro.

Katie Knudsvig - German Translator

Katie was born in Hof, Germany and moved to Fargo, North Dakota at the age of 8. She graduated from Davies High School and is now working towards a B.M. in Violin Performance at the Eastman School of Music. While Katie is primarily a classical violinist, she loves folk and jazz music and plans on playing more in these styles. Outside of music, Katie loves history, is a giant Latin nerd, avid swing dancer, and loves rock climbing and running.