Meet the Faculty

John Feierabend

Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is the Chair of the Kodály Summer Music Program at Silver Lake College, a Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, and a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators. He has given presentations in all 50 states and many other countries. He is the author of over 70 books, recordings, and DVDs, several of which served as the inspiration for the award winning PBS children’s television series “Lomax: The Hound of Music.”

Dr. Feierabend has been honored as a Lowell Mason Fellow by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME); named University Educator of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association; received the outstanding alumni award from Wayne State University; received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the James Bent Award for outstanding achievement in scholarship and creativity from the University of Hartford, and was the first U.S. recipient of the LEGO Prize, an international award given annually to “an individual who has made a distinctive contribution to the betterment of children.”

Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend’s creativity and research has resulted in two music methods; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through elementary-aged children and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method suitable for elementary through college-aged student.

Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature. In the summer of 2012 a group of dedicated and like-minded educators honored Dr. Feierabend’s 40 plus years of teaching and research with the formation of the Feierabend Association for Music Education. For more information go to: and

Frank Gallo

Dr. Franklin Gallo (b. 1977) was trained in piano, voice, and trumpet from an early age. He holds a B.S. from Duquesne University, a Performance Certificate from the Ezio Pinza Council of American Singers of Opera (Italy), a M.M. from Shenandoah University, a Diploma from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music (Hungary), where he studied with Eva Vendrai and Péter Erdei, and a D.M.A. from The Hartt School, under the guidance of Edward Bolkovac.

Dr. Gallo has held faculty positions at Shepherd University, The Hartt School, and at DePaul University, as well as in numerous public schools.  Dr. Gallo also served as summer faculty at DePaul University, Duquesne University, Silver Lake College, and Westminster Choir College.

Dr. Gallo is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, conference presenter, and composer. The past recipient of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize, Frank’s works are featured in the Ruth Dwyer Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, and in the Henry Leck Creating Artistry Series with the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Brent Gault

Dr. Brent Gault has taught elementary and early childhood music courses in Texas, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He specializes in elementary general music education, early childhood music education, and Kodály-inspired methodology. Gault also has training in both the Orff and Dalcroze approaches to music education.

He has presented sessions and research at conferences of the American Orff-Shulwerk Association, the Dalcroze Society of America, the International Kodály Educators, and MENC: The National Association for Music Education. In addition, he has served as a presenter and guest lecturer for colleges and music education organizations in the United States and China.

Articles by Gault have been published in various music education periodicals, including the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music today, the Kodály Envoy, the Orff Echo, and the American Dalcroze Journal.

In addition to his duties with the Music Education Department at Indiana University where he is an Associate Professor of Music (Music Education) in the Jacobs School of Music, Gault serves as the program director for the Indiana University Children’s Choir where he conducts the Allegro Choir. He is a past president of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Lorna Zemke

Sister Lorna Zemke, national and international clinician in the Kodály Approach to Music Education, is an Emeritus Professor of Music at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Dr. Zemke earned her MM and DMA degrees in Music Education at the University of Southern California after spending several years collaborating with Katinka Daniel on a Kodály pilot program in Santa Barbara and six months collecting primary source materials on the Kodály Concept in Hungary. She has taught on more than one hundred college and university campuses and at many state, regional, national, and international conferences. She has developed a program “Music for the Unborn” and directed a large early childhood music education program “Music for Tots” at Silver Lake College. She has published several books many articles, and has spoken at international music education conferences in countries including Japan, Greece, Australia, England, and Canada. In 2012, GIA Pub., Chicago produced a DVD with Sr. Lorna entitled “Musical Motivators for Early Childhood.” Dr. Lorna Zemke has received many honors and awards for her professional service, leadership and performance in the field of music education.

Lillie Feierabend

Lillie Feierabend is known for her work with young children and for instilling a love of music within them. This is her fifteenth year at the University of Hartford Magnet School and seventeenth as a director for the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. In 1998 she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Canton Schools for her innovative and inclusive music programs.  In 2008, she again received her district’s Teacher of the Year Award and the Outstanding Elementary Music Educator Award from the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Lillie is a frequent clinician at local, state and national conferences and a guest conductor for regional honors choirs. She also teaches at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Gordon College in Boston, Anderson University in Indiana, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She is Past President of KESNE, and a member of NAfME, OAKE, CMEA and ACDA, for which she served as National Children’s Honor Choir Chair for the 2010 Conference.

Donna Gallo

Dr. Donna Gallo is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in critical pedagogy, philosophy, choral methods, and supervises student teachers. Professor Gallo completed her Ph.D. in music education at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Silver Lake College (MME) and Indiana University (BME). Additionally, she studied for two years at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kesckemét, Hungary where she was awarded the International Kodály Society Scholarship.

Before joining the faculty at Westminster, Professor Gallo served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and Silver Lake College where she taught research methods courses for summer graduate students. She has also worked for DePaul University as adjunct faculty where she taught Kodály Level III and Technology for Music Educators. Prior to her doctoral studies, Professor Gallo taught K-6 general/choral music for eight years in Fairfax County, VA and in Simsbury, CT.

Professor Gallo’s research agenda includes teacher learning and professional development for music educators, classroom assessment, and secondary general music. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the International Society for Assessment in Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the International Society for Music Education, the National Association for Music Education, and the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium. Additionally, she regularly presents at national conferences for practitioners sponsored by the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Professor Gallo is currently an editor for the AOSA Echo.



Jeffrey A. Rhone holds a Master of Music Education (Early Childhood Emphasis), and a Kodály teaching certificate from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His independent research includes field and archival collecting at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, and The Archive of Folk Life Studies in Washington, D.C.  As an educator Mr. Rhone has collaborated with The Yale School of Music Graduate Student Composer Outreach Program and published articles on folklore in The Kodály Envoy. Mr. Rhone began his teaching career instructing grade 4–8 instrumental music in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, and subsequently with K–5 general/vocal music in North Haven, CT public schools for over 15 years. Currently, Mr. Rhone teaches courses in Folksong Research in the Kodály certification program at The Hartt School where he is enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in music education.


Rachel Ware-Carlton

Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, Assistant Professor of Voice and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Music at Silver Lake College, is an award winning soprano who has performed on the operatic and concert stage. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Luther College. Dr. Ware Carlton has taught vocalists at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary levels. Her articles on vocal pedagogy, private studio management, and other topics have appeared in national publications. Prior to joining the faculty at Silver Lake College, Dr. Ware Carlton taught at Luther College in Decorah, IA and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus.

Dr. Ware Carlton conducted a major survey of vocal pedagogues to assess the current use of science and imagery in vocal studios, and published her findings in the Journal of Singing. She has presented these findings at the CMS National Convention, the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, the Voice Foundation’s 40th Annual Symposium, the Phenomenon of Singing Symposium held in Newfoundland, Canada, and the Andover Educators Biennial Conference in Portland, OR.

Dr. Ware Carlton is a licensed Andover Educator and teaches the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body.”  She is an in-demand guest presenter on Body Mapping throughout the Midwestern United States. 

As Director of the Graduate Music Program, Dr. Ware Carlton serves as advisor to students in the Kodály Certificate Program and Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis program.

Carol Stork.jpgCarol Storck holds a Master of Music degree with Kodály emphasis from Silver Lake College, and a Bachelor of Music degree in choral and general music education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently teaches at St. Francis Borgia School in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, where she teaches grades 5K-8 General Music, directs the SFB Chamber Singers, plans the music liturgies for the school masses and serves as pianist for masses. She also works for Saint Francis Borgia Parish, directing the SFB Youth Choir, singing in the SFB Adult Choir, and cantors for weekend masses. Storck has been teaching music to children of all ages in the areas of Milwaukee and Manitowoc for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching in public and parochial schools, she also has taught early childhood music through the Music for Tots program at Silver Lake College, and served as scheduling coordinator for the Music for Tots Program through the Holy Family Conservatory of Music. She also has worked for professional children’s choir programs such as the Silver Lake Children’s Choir and the Milwaukee Children’s Choir. Over the years, her students have had the privilege to sing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Present Music, Festival City Symphony, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Silver Lake College Choirs, the SFB Adult Choir, and the Ozaukee Chorus. They have led the National Anthem at Milwaukee Buck’s basketball games, Bryant and Stratton College basketball games, and have sung for high school hockey games. Her students have participated in numerous honor’s choirs, including ACDA, WCDA, WSMA, and AWAKE. She has served as a choral clinician for choral festivals hosted by the Milwaukee Children’s Choir and the Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators (AWAKE). In 2010, Storck was honored with the Civic Music Association Award for Excellence in Youth Music Instruction in Milwaukee and in 2013, she was awarded with the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Fine Arts, from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. Storck lives in Cedarburg with her husband and two children.

Lynne_Zimmerrman_croppedx.jpgLynne Zimmermann received both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music education with Kodály emphasis from Silver Lake College. Her Master’s thesis was published in ERIC’s online database. Currently, she teaches K-4 general music in Plymouth, Wis., maintains a private voice and piano studio, and directs the traditional and concert choirs at the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church. Her community involvement includes accompanying students at district and state music festivals and she has been involved in a number of musical theater productions. She has been teaching online classes for Silver Lake’s Graduate Music Program since 2009.