LASZLO CSER, MA, graduate of the Bartok Conservatory, Budapest, CSULA and USC, was Professor of Music at Los Angeles City College where he taught Harmony, Ear Training, Piano, Orchestration, Jazz Piano, Jazz Harmony and Improvisation, He continues to perform professionally throughout Southern California as a pianist, arranger, accompanist and bandleader. Mr. Cser is the author of Harmony and Musicianship with Solfege.

DR. KATHERINE HICKEY, OAKE-Past President, is an experienced music educator specializing in early childhood and elementary music education, Kodály pedagogy/solfege, and choral music. Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance were completed at California State Universities at Los Angeles and Long Beach, and included a year of intense music study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, 1970-71. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Southern California with honors as Outstanding Music Education Graduate. Dr. Hickey is currently Associate Professor of Music at University of Redlands School of Music. She is developing a sight-singing, ear training curriculum based on the movable do Hungarian solfege model. Dr. Hickey has served as President & Treasurer of the national Organization of American Kodály Educators. In 2018 Dr. Hickey received OAKE’s Presidential Award and the Outstanding Educator Award! A frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences, her presentations include sessions and seminars on nurturing the young singer, vocal development and repertoire for the young singer, vocal abuse, singing games to musical literacy, art music listening in the classroom, brain research and music, and Kodály certification courses.

DIANE GELLER, holds both a Masters in Music Ed, and a Kodály Music Certificate and has had extensive experience teaching children in both public and private schools in the Kodály concept of music education. For the past 25 years, Miss Geller has taught courses for Kodály certification at Universities in both California and Oklahoma, including Palomar College, where she also co-directed the Palomar Youth Chorale for thirteen years. In 2006, she received the “Outstanding Music Educator” award from the Organization of American Kodaly Educators.
NIKÉ ST. CLAIR, DMA, a native of Hungary, received her musical training at the Liszt  Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary where she earned her B. M. and M. M.  degrees in Aural Skills‐Music Theory, Choral Conducting, and Music Education. She  has since completed her doctoral of musical arts degree in Choral Conducting at the  University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She is currently on the  faculty of Azusa Pacific University and California State Polytechnique University in  Pomona, CA where she teaches Musicianship, and conducts the Concert Choir and  Chamber Singers.  Dr. St. Clair is the director of the Sanctuary Choir at the La Verne  Church of the Brethren.  Ms. St. Clair is an active professional ensemble singer in the  Los Angeles metro area: her regular ensemble and solo engagements include performances for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Chamber Singers, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, and various film studios.
 KURT CERESKE, is currently an adjunct instructor of choral education at Wayland Baptist University. He also teaches pedagogy in the KASC Music Education Institute, the Portland State University Kodály Certification Workshop, and the West Texas Kodály Initiative. He is the Kodály Studies Director and Associate Conductor for the National Children’s Chorus (Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.) and is an Associate Conductor and Musicianship instructor for the West Texas Children’s Chorus. Kurt has given professional presentations at both regional and national conferences and for music educator workshops across the country. He is an experienced music educator, specializing in early childhood and elementary music education, children’s choral music, Kodály pedagogy and musicianship training. Kurt earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College, a Master of Music Education from Michigan State University. Mr. Cereske is in his final stages of the PhD. program in Fine Arts, Music Education, at Texas Tech University.

Interested in taking Folk Song Research? Contact Marilyn Sousa at kascmail@gmail.com

MARILYN SOUSA, a graduate of CSULA, has taught for over thirty-five years as a classroom teacher and a music teacher. She began her Kodály training with Katinka Daniel in 1984 and completed certification in 1992. She has served on the KASC Board in a variety of positions, including president. She also served on the OAKE Board. Since 1974, Marilyn has been nationally known for her multicultural workshops in music and dance, including presentations at five OAKE Conferences. Retired from full-time teaching in 1997, she continues to teach the Folk Song Research Levels I and II in our KASC Certification program, and to present multicultural workshops.


KASC Founder . . .

DR. KATINKA SCIPIADES DANIEL held a teaching degree from the Notre Dame Teacher’s college in Hugary, a music education degree and piano teaching degree from the Liszt Academy in Hungary, and a doctoral degree from the Pazmany Peter University in Hungary. Her dissertation is titled, The Value of Music Education in the History of Mankind. Dr. Daniel taught music education, solfege and piano for 22 years in Budapest before coming the US in 1960. She developed the curriculum of the Kodaly Method for American children with the approval of Zoltán Kodály and Jenö Adám as well as presented it, by request, at the first International Kodály Conference held in Oakland, CA, 1971. Katinka Daniel was the author of several books and videos, including Kodály Concept in America, with the late Dr. David Falconer. She is also the founder of KASC, Kodály Association of Southern California.