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.

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!

Treasurer & Past President:  Heidi McIlroy

  Heidi McIlroy started her Kodály levels at Seattle Pacific University in 2006 and finished with a Masters of Arts in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in 2013. She served as NKE secretary from 2012-2015. Heidi also served as Western Division Representative on the National OAKE board from 2015-2018. She is pleased to be back on the NWKE board and is excited for our future endeavors! Heidi has taught K-6th at Millennium Elementary in Kent, WA since 2006 and PreK-2nd with the Bellevue Youth Choirs since 2013.

Member-At-Large: Savanna Johnson

Savanna Johnson is going into her third year of teaching elementary music in the Auburn School District. She graduated with her bachelors in music education from Washington State University, and looks forward to starting her Kodály levels when it is save to do so. Savanna enjoys long strolls through the picture-book aisles of the local bookstores, taking endless naps with her 80lb lap dog, and convincing her friends that it isn’t weird to have puppets for school. She is thrilled to be serving as a member-at-large and looks forward to connecting with all the fantastic educators out there.

Member-At-Large: 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!