The Board

Co-President: Lucinda Dalrymple

Lucinda has worn many hats in her roles as a music educator, composer, and arts administrator.  She currently teaches PS – 3rd music at The Evergreen School in Shoreline. She and her husband founded Coughlan Academies in 1995, a small private music school with students in Ballard and the Sammamish Plateau.  Lucinda’s first musical for children, “Get In the Game” was premiered in the summer of 2012.

Lucinda is currently Director of Summer Fun, a visual and performing arts non-profit that offers summer camps for children.  She is past-president of Northwest Kodály Educators, past-president of the Western Division, and currently the Fundraising Chair for the Organization of American Kodály Educators.  She has presented music education sessions at conferences in Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and published research in the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Co-President: Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts is the Director of Music Teacher Preparation at the University of Washington, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate students.  A K-5 music teacher in Seattle for 20 years, he has given workshops for music educators in over 40 states and provinces, on topics including World Music Pedagogy, the joy of singing games, effective ways to promote in-tune singing, and transitions in the elementary music class.  Christopher is the director of the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle and teaches Levels at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.  Additionally, he was a founding instructor of the Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy.  In 2018, his co-authored book World Music Pedagogy II: Elementary Music Education was published by Routledge.

President-Elect: Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson has been teaching elementary general music in the Seattle area since 2014, and has previously served on the NWKE board as secretary. She is passionate about combining elements of Kodaly teaching practice with contemporary music and creativity. Elizabeth is excited to help lead the organization forward and hopes to bring fresh and unique workshop opportunities to our region. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to read, hike, and knit.

Treasurer: Kyra Rengstorf

Kyra Rengstorf is the director of choirs at Meadowdale Middle School in the Edmonds School District, where she also directs the annual elementary honor choir. She has taught middle school and high school choir, piano, theater, and elementary general music in the Edmonds and Northshore School Districts, directed for Seattle Girls Choir, served as the music director for the visual and performing arts camp Summer Fun!, and enjoys adjudicating and working with all levels of choirs! Kyra holds degrees in Music (Vocal Performance, Music Theory, and Music Education) from Barnard College of Columbia University and the University of Washington. When Kyra isn’t teaching, she’s at home in Edmonds playing, cooking, gardening, and making music with her husband Nathan and their two children, Miles and Bernadette.

Kyra’s practical work with Kodaly began when she student-taught with Kelly Foster Griffin. Over the past decade and with inspiration from Kodaly Levels, she has continued to explore and integrate Kodaly methodologies into her curriculum planning and choral rehearsals. As a member of the NWKE board, Kyra will bring her love of connecting with music colleagues, organizational and communication skills, enthusiasm for OAKE, and deep commitment to bringing more secondary choral conversations, opportunities, and teachers into the Kodaly fold!

Secretary: Cat Freeburg

Cat Freeburg has been teaching elementary music for the past eight years and is excited to begin a new position with Everett Public Schools this year after spending some time at home

with her three young children. She completed her masters in music education at the Boston Conservatory where she held a variety of leadership roles such as secretary for the NAfME chapter and assistant to the department chair. She loved completing her Kodaly levels here in Seattle and serving on the NWKE board as a member at-large at that time. She moved to the Portland area for a few years but now that she’s back in the Seattle area, she’s eager to get involved with the NWKE chapter again and make connections with all the wonderful music educators here!

Member-at-Large: Jura Litchfield

Bio coming soon

Member-at-Large: Charity Rasmussen

Bio coming soon

Social Media Committee Chair: Savanna Johnson

Savanna Johnson is going into her fourth year of teaching elementary music as she moves into the Renton School District. She graduated with her bachelors in music education from Washington State University, and recently completed Level 1 in Kodaly. Savanna enjoys long strolls through the picture-book aisles of the local bookstores, taking endless naps with her 70lb lap dog, and convincing her friends that it isn’t weird to have puppets for school. She is thrilled to be continuing her service on the NWKE Board as the social media committee chair. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!


Membership Committee Chair: Tyler Stevens

Tyler is going into his eighth year of teaching elementary music. He teaches in the Mercer Island School District, and he formerly taught in Kent School District. Tyler received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Washington in 2015 and completed his Kodaly Levels at Seattle Pacific University in 2019. He is looking forward to helping out the NWKE Board and our regional music educator community!