Lois Veenhoven Guderian, PhD in Music Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois Dr. Lois Veenhoven Guderian is a composer, choral conductor, music educator, performer, researcher, and clinician. Currently (2009) she is an Assistant Professor and the Music Education Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin - Superior where her duties include teaching the elementary and secondary music education courses and elementary classroom music education courses. Lois holds a Masters in Music Education degree from Western Michigan University and Bachelor of Music degrees from Hope College (Holland, Michigan) in Piano Performance and Vocal Music Education, Major in Voice. A choral director for many years of all age-level church, community and school choirs, Lois specializes in beginning and building choral programs. Her groups have often been invited to be part of local, national and international festivals or performances. Lois’ choral compositions have been performed and broadcast nationally and internationally and recorded by several choirs including the Chicago Children’s Choir; Coro Pro Musica of the Pro-Musica Ensenada, Mexico; Barrington Children’s Choir; and the Chicago District and Chamber Choirs of the New Apostolic Church. Lois often serves as a guest conductor and choral and general music teacher mentor or consultant for schools and organizations including the online Chorus mentorship for the MENC. Lois has taught music, levels pre-K through university, in both public and private schools and is often a clinician/presenter on topics important to music education. She has designed curriculum for schools and organizations and specializes in writing sequential, discipline-based/interdisciplinary arts curricula that incorporate music composition. Among the organizations for which she has worked are the Chicago Public Schools; Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall; Northwestern University; Ravinia; the Academic Service-Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Superior; the Chicago Composers Forum; and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.She serves as the North Central Adjudicator in music composition for the National Association for Music Education (MENC), as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers as well as an adjudicator in various areas of music education and performance (choral, voice, piano and composition) for several organizations. Lois is the Vice President and Education Chair for the Chicago Composers Forum and formerly the Voice Chairman and Advocacy-Outreach Chairman for the Illinois State Music Teachers Association. Lois is also very active in church music serving in a variety of capacities. A versatile composer and writer, Lois has written music for several publishing companies and accepts commissioned projects for commercial, educational and concert uses. She has authored several articles, chapters and texts in special areas of music education, and is a composer/writer for MENC. Her songs, piano pieces, instrumental and choral pieces and children’s musicals are widely performed. Lois’ comprehensive soprano recorder texts for music education – Playing the Soprano Recorder for School, Community and the Private Studio and Playing the Soprano Recorder for Church, School, Community, and the Private Studio – are published by co-publishers MENC and Rowman & Littlefield. Other publications are with Corwin Press; Alfred Publishing Company (inclusion, The Choral Warm-up Collection); Transcontinental Music Publications; NAC of North America; and LoVeeG Publishing. Both an advocate and participant in music education research, Lois is interested in all issues surrounding music and arts education – especially those that deal with humankind’s need for creative and spiritual expression. Her love for people and belief that all human beings have tremendous, creative potential are the underlying forces that fuel her passion for arts education.
Keith Gregor is a former stage actor with a degree in classic theater.
After obtaining a degree in business, he spent the 80's and 90's as an advertising executive with large agencies in New York and Los Angeles.There he wrote and produced commercials for radio and television.Throughout that time, he continued to pursue his passion for musical theater.He performed at local clubs, taught acting workshops for young students and wrote song parodies and musicals for children.
A few years ago, he left the corporate world altogether.Since then he has acted in dozens of TV commercials and appeared in hundreds of magazine ads and billboards. Keith is currently writing his first novel, an historical thriller.