Dr. susan brumfield
Dr. Susan Brumfield is Professor of Music Education at Texas Tech University. She is an internationally recognized author, composer and Kodály specialist; recent publications include the First, We Sing! Series of Kodály-inspired teaching materials, Hot Peas and Barley-O: Children’s Songs and Games from Scotland, Over the Garden Wall: Children’s Songs and Games from England and most recently, Jean Ritchie's Kentucky Mother Goose, both published by Hal Leonard. In frequent demand as a commissioned composer, clinician and guest conductor, Dr. Brumfield has an extensive catalogue of choral publications. Her areas of expertise include methodology, folk music research and performance, and choral music for treble voices.
Beth Berridge is Education Director and Associate Director of the West Texas Children’s Chorus. She has been with the chorus since 2007. Mrs. Berridge received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Texas Tech University. She earned her OAKE certification from the University of North Texas under Dr. Jill Trinka and Dr. Susan Brumfield. She has served as a member of the faculty of the West Texas Kodaly Initiative since 2005. Most recently, Mrs. Berridge had the honor of collaborating with Dr. Brumfield on the First, We Sing – Digital Resource Supplement. She currently serves as assistant principal at Bean Elementary in Lubbock, Texas.
Kurt Cereske is an Associate Director, co-conducting the Concert Choir and teaching musicianship. He serves as the Assistant Choral Director at Lubbock High School, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, Music Education at Texas Tech University. Kurt teaches Pedagogy in Kodály Certification programs through the Kodály Association of Southern California, Portland State University and the West Texas Kodály Initiative, and serves as the Director of Musicianship for the National Children's Chorus, based in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C.
Originally from Ingleside, Texas, Kimberly Hooper attended Del Mar College and graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She has played French horn with Roswell and Lubbock Symphony Orchestras and taught private horn lessons. She has also taught middle school band and elementary music for Frenship ISD and Lubbock ISD, respectively. Currently, Kim teaches theater at Roscoe Wilson Elementary School. She is certified through the Organization of American Kodály Educators and has had students participate in the organization’s National Children’s Choir. She is raising her three beautiful children with her husband Troy, a professor at TTUHSC.
Mandy Algate has worked with the West Texas Children’s Chorus since 2012. Currently, she teaches advanced elementary musicianship and assists the Apprentice Choir. Mrs. Algate holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas Tech University. She earned her OAKE certification through Portland State University, and completed a master’s degree in music education at Texas Tech University. In addition to her work with WTCC, Mrs. Algate also enjoys teaching general music at Roscoe Wilson Elementary in Lubbock.
Pianist Wonkyung Kim-Sills holds a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance from Texas Tech University where she studied under the guidance of Dr. William Westney. She has taken part at several piano competitions in Texas such as The Tuesday Musical Club’s Young Artists Competition in San Antonio (2008, honorable mention); the National Young Artists Competition held by the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Choral in Midland (2011), and the Young Texas Artist Competition in Conroe (2011). In 2009, she was the winner of the concerto competition at Texas Tech School of Music and was the featured soloist with the TTU Symphony Orchestra performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor. As an active collaborative pianist, Dr. Kim-Sills has performed in numerous degree recitals for vocalists, strings, percussion, wind and brass instruments and has also been a member of larger ensembles such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Matador Singers at Texas Tech University. She also works with West Texas Children’s Chorus as well as local high school bands and choirs and serving as the Sanctuary Pianist for LakeRidge United Methodist Church. Wonkyung Kim-Sills holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Pusan National University (South Korea) and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Wendy Forrest has been the Business Manager for West Texas Children's Chorus since 2012. She graduated from Texas Tech with a Masters of Science degree in Accounting in 2002. After graduation, she worked for Ernst & Young, LLC in Dallas. In 2005, she and her husband returned home to Lubbock for her husband to pursue a PhD in Music Theory from Texas Tech. While raising two daughters, she has worked part-time for local companies as an accountant, run her own small business, and is the former Program Director for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (responsible for the project management of several multi-million dollar federal/state initiatives and the financial reporting for these initiatives). Her husband, Dr. David Forrest, is an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Texas Tech and serves on the board for WTCC.
Musicianship and teaching staff
Our fine teaching staff consists of graduates and music education interns from the Texas Tech School of Music. Joining us for a second year are Kendall Newman, Music Specialist at Ramirez Charter School and Wesley Orr, Music Specialist at Hodges Elementary. Both have training in Kodály methodology and are pursuing additional certification in the approach.
Our university interns play many roles in our organization, from assisting in classes, leading games and activities and helping with organization and logistics. Music education members Hannah Hansard and Rachel Tilley are serving in their third and second year on staff.