The Music for All Education Team provides the philosophy, vision, planning and guidance for each of the education events. While each team member has leadership responsibilities for their specific events, all the work is a collaborative team effort designed to support the MFA Strategic Plan. The Education Team works in concert with the MFA staff to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all.
Gary MarkhamSenior Music for All Educational Consultant
Bands of America Chief Judge
Scott J. CasagrandeMusic for All Educational Consultant
National Concert Band Festival- Invited Bands & Regional Concert Festivals
William GalvinMusic for All Educational Consultant
National Percussion Festival
Fran KickMusic for All Educational Consultant
Henry H. LeckArtistic Director - Music for All National Choir Festival
An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. This organization, founded in 1986, is one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world. The touring choirs of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Additionally, the ICC tours internationally every year and has sung throughout the world. Mr. Leck arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI and conducts regularly at the Indianapolis 500. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men's, Women's, Junior High and Children's All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. He has conducted 26 National Youth Choirs in Carnegie Hall and conducts a number of international festivals every year.
Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award. He and the choir received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the “Lowell Mason Fellows Award” which is the highest award given, by the National Association for Music Education. He is also a Paul Harris fellow. He was just awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Nuvo Magazine and “Indiana Living Legend Award” by the Indiana Historical Society.
Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban, the child voice, and the boy's changing voice . He has produced four teaching videos titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice. He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert. He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has recently written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence. Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.
Richard L. SaucedoMusic for All Educational Consultant
Jazz Band of America & MFA Outreach
Stan SchoonoverMusic for All Educational Consultant
National Concert Band Festival- Featured Bands
Susan SmithMusic for All Educational Consultant
MFA Chamber Programs
David StarnesMusic for All Educational Consultant
Honor Band of America & Student Programs
Starnes is sought out nationally and internationally as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and creative designer. He serves as an adjudicator for several state, national and international organizations, including Music for All, where he is a member of the Advisory Board, and Winter Guard International and Drum Corps International, where he served as an adjudicator and Percussion Caption Head from 1998-2002. He also serves as an Educational Consultant at Music for All was appointed program director for the Bands of America Honor Band, which appeared in the Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
Dean WestmanMusic for All Educational Consultant
Honor Orchestra of America & MFA String Programs