To enhance the Festival’s educational experience we’ve engaged 4 clinicians with impressive credentials.
Constructive comments are provided by accomplished music educators who are skilled at evaluating performances and communicating the results.
Eduardo García-Novelli, a native of Argentina, is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, USA, where he conducts the Carthage Choir. Since his arrival to Carthage in the fall of 2008, Carthage Choir has toured Europe twice (Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, in 2009, and Ireland and Scotland in 2012) and has been selected to perform before the membership of WMEA (Wisconsin Music Educators Association) in Madison, WI, in October 2009, and in October of 2012, and WCDA (Wisconsin Choral Directors Association) in 2011 in Green Bay, WI, and in 2014 in Milwaukee, WI.
He had the honor of conducting Carthage Choir in its debut solo concert at Carnegie Hall in May of 2011 with Maestro Weston Noble as a guest conductor.
Eduardo holds undergraduate degrees in music education from the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla, and in choral conducting from the Conservatorio Juan José Castro, both in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Concurrently, he served as Assistant Director of the prestigious, international award-winning National Young People’s Choir of Argentina.
He graduated with distinction with a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Houston, in Houston TX. Dr. García-Novelli served as Assistant Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus for five seasons.
Dr. García-Novelli is in his fifth season as Music Director of "The Master Singers of Milwaukee" a high level community choral ensemble with, with a 40-year history and regular four-concert seasons. He is also a national prize winner for the “La Nación” (Argentina-1st Prize, 1992 and 1993) and the ACDA (US-2nd Prize, 1999) competitions."
James F. Keene retired from the University of Illinois in 2008, where he held the titles of Director of Bands and Brownfield Distinguished Professor of Music. Appointed in 1985, he was only the fourth to hold the Director of Bands position since 1905. During his 23-year tenure at Illinois, the Wind Symphony, under his direction, were selected to perform for every major music conference in the U.S., toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed in several of America's most prestigious concert halls including several appearances at historic Orchestra Hall in Chicago, as well as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. His ensembles have produced an extensive recording series on several labels. These recordings have been broadcast on National Public Radio in the U. S. and such diverse places as the United Kingdom, Tokyo, Warsaw, Sydney, Tel Aviv and recently on Vatican Radio.
Prof. Keene is Past-President of The American Bandmasters Association and a Past-President of The National Band Association. In 1993, he was named honorary member of the Board of Directors of the International Percy Grainger Society and was presented with the coveted Grainger Medaillion in recognition of his noted performances of Grainger's music on four continents. In 2002, he was named Honorary Life Member of The Texas Bandmasters Association, only the fifth person so honored in their 65 year history and in 2009, was installed into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in Indianapolis, Indiana. In December, 2013, Professor Keene was honored at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago as International Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu, honorary bandmasters fraternity .
He continues to be in constant demand as conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of bands and orchestras, appearing in those capacities in forty-four states and on four continents. In 2014-15, Professor Keene is scheduled to conduct in Australia, China and Europe in addition to a busy schedule of appearances throughout the U.S.
Aaron Kula, serves as director of Music Performance and Education at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton. His interdisciplinary activities include conducting
the library’s professional orchestra in residence (KCO), directing the Kultur and the Spirit of America Festivals, and creating educational outreach concerts for the community. Kula was
recognized by the Library of Congress in 2011 when his CD Beyond the Tribes was selected to be included in its national music archives. As a guest conductor he has led the orchestras for Boston
Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Erie (Pa) Civic Ballet, Boston Conservatory, Santa Fe Symphony, Sinfonia Boca Raton, and New Hampshire Ballet and served on the conducting faculty at New England
Conservatory (NEC) in Boston from 1986 to 2012.
Maestro Kula holds a Bachelor of Arts in music theory and Judaic studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music in theory and conducting with Distinction in Performance from New England Conservatory of Music.
Véronique Malczuk has studied the violin at the Reims Conservatory of Music and conducting at the Pau Conservatory of Music. She has studied under the direction of many accomplished musicians including: Florence Vanoosthuise, Jacques Herbillon, and Robert Massart. She has worked with many different orchestras including those of Reims, Pau, and Bayonne. She has also performed as the principal soloist in many French productions including Handel’s Messiah with the orchestra of the Massy opera. She is currently assisting Rhoda Scott during her gospel tour and is organizing choirs in the Normandy region for Andy Scott’s Glossolalia Project for the festival of “Jazz Underneath the Apple Trees of Coutances.”As well as being chief conductor, she has produced operas with the Normandie Opérettes including “La Belle Hélène”, “Les Cloches de Corneville” and “La Vie Parisienne” . In 2015 she will producing “La Fille de Madame Angot”. Mrs Malczuk is currently teaching at the Caen Conservatory of Music where she is professor of choral chant, vocal technique, and FAR where she teaches the ancient music of Normandy and helps to train local choirs.