Board of Directors

The following is the current Board of Directors of KSC. To email someone directly, please click on their name.

2019 Board Meeting in Winnipeg

2019 Board Meeting in Winnipeg

2017 Board at the IKS Sympoisum in Camrose

2017 Board at the IKS Sympoisum in Camrose

2018 Board Meeting in Halifax

2018 Board Meeting in Halifax

2016 Board Meeting in Calgary

2016 Board Meeting in Calgary

Dr. Kim Eyre – President 

Kim is enjoying her status as a semi-retired musician-educator. She has been privileged to serve as a music educator in elementary schools in London, ON, at the Faculty of Education, Western University and at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University. She currently teaches music education to pre-service candidates at the Faculty of Education, Western University and in the Kodály summer program at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University. Her degrees include: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Toronto), Diploma (Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kesckemét, Hungary), Master of Music (Holy Names University, Oakland, California), and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music (University of Western Ontario). Kim is the President of the Kodály Society of Canada and the Kodály Society of Ontario and was Co-Chair for the 2018 Ontario Music Educators’ Association conference, Counterpoint 2018. She is a frequent presenter at local, provincial, national and international music conferences and was a member of the Core Committee for the 2017 International Kodály Symposium and Music Festival. She has also instructed at summer courses at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta. Kim’s primary research interests include identity formation and reformation of pre-service and in-service elementary specialist and generalist music teachers and a reimagining of Kodály music education in Canada. She continues to be a passionate advocate of music education.

Connie Foss More – Past President   

Connie Foss More (BMus, MMus [Kodaly], Cert. Budapest Liszt Academy) lived in the eastern US, Hungary and Nanaimo BC before becoming Founding Artistic Director of Victoria’s celebrated VIVA Choirs: singers aged 6-18 who love worldwide folk and art repertoire. She was a Kodaly-inspired teacher from 1969 until her 2009 retirement, with students of all ages in childcare centres, public schools, universities, and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Connie was also one of five members worldwide on the Early Childhood Commission of the International Society for Music Education. Connie is a Canadian Kodaly pioneer who was an early KSC journal editor as well as a leader in local, national & international Kodaly organizations. In 2018 Connie was named an Honourary Member of the KSC. She wishes to bring the power of meaningful music into everyone’s lives.

Dr. Jody Stark – Vice President

Dr. Jody Stark is an Assistant Professor in Music Education at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Jody is an experienced teacher educator who, until recently, taught the pedagogy and materials component of a certified Kodály levels program which she helped to start at the University of Alberta.  Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Dr. Stark taught music for many years in elementary schools in both English and French. Jody has studied music education at the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, the Kodály Intézet, and with Lois Choksy at the University of Calgary. Her current research centres on the professional learning experiences of elementary music teachers, traditional music materials of Canada, and how people learn to audiate and sight-sing. Jody is proud to be the coordinator of the University of Manitoba Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály certificate programs, and is excited to be teaching in U of M’s new Kodály levels program.


Louise Grinstead – Treasurer 

Louise Grinstead graduated from the University of Toronto with a Mus.Bach. (1973) and M.M. (1974) in Piano Performance. She was a student of Anton Kuerti and Katerina Wolpe. She completed the Professional Development Program (Education) from Simon Fraser University in 1982. She completed the Diploma in Fine Arts with Kodaly specialization from the University of Calgary in 1986. After seven years as a private piano teacher in Vernon, B.C., she began teaching classroom music (P-7) in Bonavista, Newfoundland and continued in Halifax, Nova Scotia (P-9) until she retired in 2009. She has conducted and accompanied a number of school and community choirs in Halifax. She presently conducts the Chebucto Community Singers and accompanies the Jubilate Singers. She enjoys playing chamber music and performs regularly with the Wyndrock Quintet. She has served on the KSNS executive for many years and is currently President.


Jake Autio – Editor, Alla Breve

Jake Autio is a musician educator in British Columbia who believes that the way we learn music is the way we learn to be better people. He has taught Kindergarten through grade seven in public school in British Columbia and is the founder and director of the BC Kodály Choir. Jake has studied Kodály-inspired methods and philosophy in Western Canada, Hungary, and the USA and connects his professional practice with Kodály’s love and vision for children singing artistically and the emphasis on interconnectedness through music making. Jake has happily served the Canadian Kodály movement in the capacity of clinician, president of the BC Kodály Society, core committee member for the International Kodály Symposium 2017, and editor of the national Kodály society journal, Alla Breve. 

Dr. Cathy Benedict – KSC Clinician Directory Editor

Cathy is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Research for the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. She received one of her Master’s degrees (Kodály emphasis) from Holy Names University, the other, and her doctorate, in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently co-directs and teaches at Western University’s Kodály Certification Program. She has presented multiple workshops to national/international audiences on topics as varied as pedagogy and pride, ‘transitions, not classroom management’, the interrogation of classroom rules as policy, and music in the elementary classroom. She has written numerous chapters and published in journals such as Canadian Music Educator, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Education Research, and Research Studies in Music Education, and most recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education (Oxford University Press). Previous to her college teaching she taught elementary music for 15 years, studied choral conducting and conducted various children’s choirs, including the 2015 Miami Dade All County Elementary Chorus and the Training Choir during 2015 The Singing Network: Symposium on Singing and Song.

Jamie Popowich – Registrar

Jamie studied voice at the University of Calgary and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Elementary Education. She has also completed her Kodály training and received a Diploma of Fine Arts, specializing in the Kodály Concept of Education. She has been working as a music educator for over 15 years, in various schools, including Calgary Montessori School and River Valley School. She currently works as the Music and French Specialist at River Valley School's Early Learning Campus. She has worked as a choral conductor with the Mount Royal Children's Choir and the Calgary Girls Choir. She is currently serving as the President of the Alberta Kodály Association and has been on the board for over 10 years in various capacities. She is currently attending the University of Calgary in the Werklund School of Education.  Jamie is the founder & administrator of our KSC Facebook group, and she has been the Registrar since 2017.

DR. ArDelle Ries  – IKS Liason

An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty, Ardelle Ries a holds a passion for singing and song-based music education throughout all ages and stages of life. A strong musical and pedagogical foundation established at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music provided Ardelle with the opportunity to be on faculty as an aural musicianship specialist in Hungary at the Kecskemét Kodály Conservatory, the International Kodály Seminar, and in Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Calgary, and the UofA Faculty of Education. A staunch advocate for Canadian choral music, Ardelle has commissioned and premiered choral works from established and emerging Canadian composers and is the editor of the second edition of Reflections of Canada. Ardelle is an advisor to the Alberta Kodály Association and was the chair of the organizational committee for the 23rd International Kodály Symposium—Singing the Circle. With over three decades of dedicated service to music education in Alberta, Ardelle is grateful to have been recognized as the 2013 recipient of Choir Alberta’s Richard S. Eaton Award, the 2017 AKA Teacher Recognition Award, and the 2017 University of Alberta Augustana Faculty Murray Lauber Distinguished Service Award. 

 Helen Van Spronsen – Alla Breve Advertising 

While growing up in Canada and New Zealand, Helen Van Spronsen played and sang in chamber ensembles, choirs, concert bands, orchestras and brass bands, led the 1989 New Zealand Youth Concert Band as First Clarinet and toured internationally with the 1993 New Zealand National Youth Choir. Her search for ‘a better way’ of music education resulted in a degree in music, (clarinet, ethnomusicology and conducting), a Diploma in Teaching (secondary music), and studies with the British Kodály Academy & Kodály Centre of London, culminating in a 1997 Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Helen has taught woodwinds, high school & elementary music, directed choirs and led workshops in New Zealand, the UK and Canada, and she is an active member of the BC Kodály Society.  In 2014 and 2015 she taught Level 1 Pedagogy and Music Literature at the University of Victoria’s Summer Kodály Institute.  She teaches in Campbell River BC, and she enjoys playing cello in the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra.

 Dr. Hélène Boucher

After finishing her studies in performance, Hélène Boucher completed a doctorate in music education at McGill University in 2008. In addition to her academic training, she has taught music in early childhood and elementary school for over 15 years, using the Kodaly method adapted to Francophones. She is certified to teach the Kodály method by the Organization of American Kodály Educators - OAKE. She is currently a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University, where she previously was course lecturer and this since 2005. She was also Visiting Professor at Université Laval between 2013 and 2018. She received an Award of Excellence for her elementary music education in 2010, as well as the Outstanding Teacher Award from McGill University's Faculty of Education. She was also nominated for her teaching at the Faculty of Education at McGill University as a Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has been invited to present the results of her research at various conferences in Canada, in the United States and in Europe. She is also frequently invited to offer lectures and trainings in early childhood and elementary music education.

Rachel Jean

 Rachel (Baccalauréat Education Musicale, Maîtrise Education Musicale, with emphasis on conducting and Early Music- Université Laval) is a semi-retired music teacher, having taught 23 years in Francophone and French immersion schools in Alberta. She has conducted many school choirs and ensembles. She started the Schola Cantorum boys’ choir and girls’ choir for Alberta College Conservatory in Edmonton. As a side project with adult musicians, she conducted the Schütz Christmas Oratorio (excerpts) and a vocal ensemble. She has given workshops in both musical pedagogy and recorder for AKA, NCTCA, ACELF, Francophone and Immersion school boards. She is currently teaching music pedagogy at Campus St. Jean (U of Alberta). With her colleague Joanne Lamoureux, she has developed and delivered a 6-day training course for grades 1-2-3 French music teachers. With Joanne she has also developed a teaching guide in French, with melodic, rhythmic and harmonic sequences based on French songs. She studied recorder with Marion Verbrüggen in Holland. She has taken courses at Campus St. Jean from Sr. Thérèse Potvin (who studied in Kecskemét and was a passionate advocate for Kodály philosophy), has attended many Kodály workshops in Alberta, as well as being a participant in the Kodály Symposium in Kecskemét in 2013 and a presenter at the Kodály Symposium in Camrose, AB in 2017. She has a passion for transmitting good music to children and at the same time, for transmitting her French culture.


Jake Autio – Editor, Alla Breve

Jamie Popowich – Registrar, Website


Jan Taylor-Bilenki – Summer Course Liaison

Jan has taught as a K-6 Music Specialist in Alberta throughout her teaching career, including eighteen years in St. Albert, and in Calgary since 1998.  Jan is currently teaching music at River Valley School.  While teaching at River Valley School, she also taught in the Early Childhood Kodály Musicianship Program at Mount Royal University Music Conservatory.  Jan has served as a professional development clinician for many organizations including teachers’ conventions, the Early Childhood Education Council, Singspiration at Concordia University, the University of Calgary Kodály Summer Program, the Kodály Society of Canada and the Alberta Kodály Association.  During the summer session 2001, Jan was on the faculty at the University of Calgary as instructor for the Graduate Kodály Diploma Program (second year pedagogy).  Jan earned her Bachelor of Education (Music Major) from the U of A in 1980, and in 1983, she received a Diploma of Fine Arts (Emphasis on Kodály Music Pedagogy) from the University of Calgary.



Jake Autio – KSBC Acting President

Jamie Popowich – AKA President

Kim Eyre – KSO President

Louise Grinstead – KSNS President


  • Dr. Carol Harris – University of Victoria

  • Dr. Jerry Kerlin – Manhattanville College, Dept. of Music, New York

  • Dr. Kari Veblen – University of Western Ontario

  • Dr. Moira Szabo (Prof. Emeritus) – University of Victoria

  • Dr. Sheila Scott – Brandon University