MASTA - Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association

Kristen Pellegrino

Dr. Kristen Pellegrino is Professor of Music Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio and President of American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Kristen’ degrees are from the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in music education, M.M. in violin/chamber music performance) and the Eastman School of Music (B.M. in music education, applied violin).

Dr. Pellegrino has 40 scholarly publications, including being co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States (2019), in which she also wrote/co-wrote three chapters, and the upcoming Oxford University Press book, Teaching instrumental music: Concert hall to rock stage (2022). She was also awarded ASTA’s String Researcher Award, and AERA’s Outstanding Early Career Paper Award in Music Education. Kristen has presented over 100 sessions/research posters at conferences and workshops. Previously, Kristen taught for eight years in the public schools. She still performs in chamber music festivals in Rhode Island and England.


MASTA Headliner #1 - How Different Approaches to Bow Hold and Bow Arm Affect Tone - Friday, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

MASTA Headliner #2 - Teaching Shifting and Vibrato in Group Settings - Friday, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

MASTA Headliner #3 - Demystifying Intonation for Violinists and Violists - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MASTA Headliner #4 - Classroom Management: Are You Proactive or Reactive? - Saturday, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM



MMEA - Michigan Music Education Association

Franklin Willis

For more than a decade, educator, and leader, Franklin Willis has served the students and families of the Metro Nashville Public Schools community. Through music, Willis has educated, mentored, and developed young minds to be forward thinking contributors to society. A servant leader specializing in authentic culturally relevant teaching, empowering student contributions, and developing teachers to reach their full capacity, Willis finds true joy when at the service of others.

As Elementary Music Coach for MNPS, he equips teachers with instructional support and necessary resources to strengthen their professional acumen and enhance their classrooms. This includes shepherding colleagues and teachers through the reality’s students are faced with around equity, inclusion and racism. Through his work, he has developed a passion in the cultivation of musicianship for young minds as every child has musical potential and deserves a music teacher who will see the best in them. Willis believes that music education is a vital tool to teach students about other cultures, create community, and inspire a love for learning. Willis consistently uses his network to provide opportunities for students to utilize their passion for music for all to see. This includes producing music videos and stadium performances at CMA Fest, a four-day music festival in Nashville, TN.

Willis has created and facilitated professional development sessions for music teachers of all grade levels sharing his unique and relevant teaching practices. He consistently collaborates with colleagues, community organizations, local businesses, colleges, and universities to advocate for the importance of music education in our schools as well as developing curriculum that will lead to higher engagement from students. Through his work Willis has received national recognition for his commitment to student learning, his passion for the profession and his innovative teaching practices. He is a three-time recipient of the CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence Award. ('16, '18, '19).

Willis is a children’s book author and graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music in 2009. In 2012, he earned the Master of Education Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Belmont University. Most recently Willis completed the Education Specialist Degree with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University.


MMEA Headliner #1 - Freedom in Congo Square: Honoring Black History Through Literature and Music - Friday, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

MMEA Headliner #2 - Keep the Beat: Make the Rhythm Sticks Groove! - Friday, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

MMEA Headliner #3 - Be the Light: Cultivating a Safe Space Through Music Selection - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

MMEA Headliner #4 - Teach Me About Hip Hop - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM


MSBOA - Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association

Tim Lautzenheiser

Tim Lautzenheiser began his teaching career at Northern Michigan University. He then moved to the University of Missouri, and from there to New Mexico State University. During that time, Tim developed highly acclaimed groups in both instrumental and vocal music.

Following his tenure in the college band directing world, he spent three years with McCormick’s Enterprises working as Executive Director of Bands of America. In 1981, Tim created Attitude Concepts for Today, Inc., an organization designed to manage the many requests for teacher inservice workshops, student leadership seminars, and convention speaking engagements focusing on the area of effective leadership training. After thirty-plus years of clinic presentations, some three million students have experienced one of his popular sessions.

Tim presently serves as Vice President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc. He is a nationally recognized voice touting the importance of arts education for every child.

His books, produced by G.I.A. Publications, Inc., continue to be bestsellers in the educational community. He is also co-author of popular band method, Essential Elements, as well as the Senior Educational Consultant for Hal Leonard, Inc. Tim is also the Senior Educational Advisor for Music for All, and NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants).

He holds degrees from Ball State University and the University of Alabama; in 1995 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the VanderCook College of Music. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at: Ball State University, Indiana-Purdue/Ft. Wayne University, and Butler University. In addition, he is a member of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and the Western International Band Clinic/American Band College Board of Directors. He is presently the Chair of the National Association for Music Education Music Honor Society (Tri-M).


MSBOA Headliner #1 - The Joy of Inspired Teaching - Friday, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

MSBOA Headliner #2 - The Crucial Role the Teacher Plays in Music Learning - Friday, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM


MSVMA - Michigan School Vocal Music Association

Edith Copley

Edith A. Copley is a regents’ professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she served as director of choral studies from 1993-2021.  She conducted the highly acclaimed Shrine of the Ages Choir and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and graduate choral literature.  The Shrine of the Ages Choir (founded in 1933) has performed at state, regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education.  NAU choral ensembles under her direction have toured internationally to Western Europe, the Peoples Republic of China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Bulgaria, Istanbul, Estonia, and Latvia.

Prior to her NAU appointment, Dr. Copley taught secondary choral music for seven years in Iowa and four years overseas in Vienna, Austria.  During doctoral studies at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she was the assistant and interim principal conductor of the May Festival Chorus that performs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.

In Spring 2016, Dr. Copley retired as music director of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff (MCF).  She led this auditioned 100-voice community chorus for 23 years.  As the chorusmaster for Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Copley conducted numerous choral/orchestral works, including Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Duruflé and Fauré Requiems, and Britten’s War Requiem.

Dr. Copley is an active member of NAfME and a life member of ACDA. She has served ACDA in many leadership roles, including president of the western region, president of Arizona ACDA, state and regional newsletter editor, and national conference interest session chair in 2011, 2019, and 2021.  She is currently ACDA national president-elect.

Dr. Copley has received numerous honors, including NAU School of Performing Arts Centennial Teacher of the Year Award, Arizona Music Educator of the Year, Outstanding Choral Director Award and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona ACDA, and the Weston H. Noble Award from her alma mater Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Dr. Copley has her own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications and is in high demand as a conference clinician, festival adjudicator, and guest conductor in the US and abroad.  She has conducted all-state choirs in over 30 states, the 2013 ACDA National Mixed Honor Choir in Dallas, and the 2014 NAfME All-National Mixed Honor Choir in the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  Dr. Copley also has conducted international choral festivals in Germany, the Netherlands, Tasmania, Japan, Luxembourg, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Poland, and Oman.


MSVMA Headliner #1: A Conducting Tune-Up - Friday, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

MSVMA Headliner #2: Planting Seeds: Rehearsal Techniques to Help You and Your Students Grow – Friday, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

MSVMA Headliner #3 - The Power of Words: Building Musicianship and Community - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM