Speakers

Celi Barberia (UK)

Celi Barberia has been working in music education for over 15 years, through fundraising and policy roles at Youth Music and then communications and marketing roles at Sing Up and has had a lifelong passion for the arts, education and working in charities.
Celi worked on the original advocacy and bid which led to Sing Up’s creation and funding via the Department for Education in 2007 – 2012. With a special interest in communications and content development, Celi established and developed the Sing Up website and was Editor of the Sing Up magazine for nearly a decade.
With experience in policy development, programme creation, strategic planning, marketing and communications, Celi is now the Head of the Sing Up Foundation, Sing Up’s charitable arm focussed on promoting singing for mental health and wellbeing.

Jenna Brown (UK)

Jenna Brown is a freelance mezzo-soprano, vocal coach and music educator. She holds an MSc in Teaching and Learning from Oxford University, where she researched the use of language for learning, and co-construction of knowledge with SEND students in mainstream settings. Originally a Theologian (BA hons, Cambridge), she has particular interest in Philosophy of Mind, epistemology, imagination and the axiology of research methodologies. As a qualified teacher and formerly Professional Tutor to PGCE students at several Universities in the UK, Jenna developed interests in pedagogy and teacher education, and continues to provide consultancy on music education, and SEND specialisms. She holds a variety of positions including Director of Education and Outreach for the Fitzhardinge Consort, and Lead Tutor at Bristol Beacon, where she supports the continued professional development of music tutors through coaching, training, and research. Jenna works with numerous choirs as a vocal health focused coach, and is Assistant Conductor at Bristol Youth Choir, where she is undertaking research on choral conductors’ use of imagery to synthesise vocal mechanics and artistry for an MA in voice pedagogy with Voice Study Centre and the University of Wales Trinity St David.

Antonella Coppi (Italy)

Antonella Coppi, born in Roma (Italy), 13/10/1971. She is actually Junior Professor (RTD) and Researcher in Music Pedagogy and Community Music at the Faculty of Education -Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.  Since 2000, she was lectures in Music Education – Faculties of Education Master Degree – of the University of Perugia and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in the field of Practice of Music and Music Education through University Choir and Orchestra. Since 2013 she was (temporary) Adjunct Professor in the same field at the Faculty of Education of the Free University of Bolzano. She has been Coordinator of the Master in Music Education and Research (University of Perugia) and Scientific Coordinator for the Research project “REMUS, Reggio Emilia, Musica Università, Scuola” (University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, 2003 – 2008).  Since 2001, for the Italian Ministry of Education, she is coordinator of many refresher courses for teachers in Music Education in Italian schools: she is member of the most important international society of Music Education (ISME, IMC, etc.).  Since 2010 she is Referent for International projects for El Sistema in Italy. She is also member of the Institutional Education Group for application of El Sistema in Reggio Emilia: from 2016 she is the Referent for every projects about El Sistema in the Trentino/Alto Adige Region (Italy).  Along with the teaching and research activity, she leads an important artistic work as Conductor of University Choirs and Orchestras, with over 400 concert around Italy and Europe: since 2008 she has been Scientific Referent of National Coordination of University Choirs and Orchestras in Italy.  Since 2000 she is the Italian referent for Song of Hope International Children´s Choir and Dance Program (Minneapolis, MN, USA). Since 2004 she is the Delegate from the Rector of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia for the activities of University Choir and Orchestra (Protocollo Unimore-Uniss). Her research interests lie in music pedagogy and didactics with a focus on the teaching – learning process conveyed by the use of Vocal and Choir experience. The research project she is developing is related to El Sistema inspired Program n Italy with special focus on the Community Music Approach. Many are the participations in National and International Conferences and the pubblications.

Giorgio Guiot (Italy)

Giorgio Guiot has a diploma in piano, choral music, choir conducting and composition. He is involved in music education, choral music and projects that bring music to people who have social, cultural, relational and communicative difficulties. To date, he has conducted numerous choral groups, including “I Coristi Torinesi”, “Incontrocanto”, “Musica Laus” and “Il Coro del Bric”.
From 1992 to 2005 he directed the “Piccoli cantori” of Turin, with whom he participated in festivals, concerts, choral reviews and recordings. Founder and Artistic Director of the Cantascuola Association from 1998 to 2012. He is currently director of choirs Cantabile zero18 (children and youth choir), CantabiLAB, Cantabile Fabbricadivoci, Collegio Santa Caterina di Pavia and PolyEthnic, the choir of the Polytechnic of Turin. It also coordinates the activities of the ChoirMuse and the Choir Silver. With his choirs he has collaborated with Josè Carreras, Cecilia Gasdia, Andrea Bocelli, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Claudio Abbado, Alain Guingal and John Mauceri, going on to collaborate in other musical fields with Jovanotti, Giorgio Li Calzi and Tatè N’songan. He has collaborated with prestigious choir directors such as Valeria Szebellédi , Voicu Popescu and Paulo Bernardino.
He is regularly invited to hold concerts, courses, conferences, seminars and choral and didactic workshops. music in Italy and abroad, with activities for children and young people and training courses and updating for teachers and musicians. Through the association cantAbile onlus and renewArti works for the realization of projects of education and training, with a particular focus on the fields of communication and relationships, research and health, in collaboration with specialists in different fields of research and development such as psychology, psychiatry, neurology, phoniatry and philosophy. He has edited the revision of the Cantar Leggendo method by Roberto Goitre and is the author of numerous specialist publications in the fields of music teaching, choral music diffusion and studies of music and discomfort.

Moritz Guttmann (Austria)

Moritz Guttmann teaches music, choir and vocal ensemble at the private high school Borromäum and at the BAfEP in Salzburg. He also teaches didactics of vocal music making, voice training, youth choir practice and literature for children’s and youth choir at the Mozarteum University and at the Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg.
He conducts numerous choirs and ensembles in Salzburg. With the vocal ensembles Voices Unlimited and Hohes C, he won the “World Choir Champion” award in the male vocal ensemble category at the World Choir Games in 2006 and 2014. Moritz Guttmann is a speaker at various choral conducting seminars and a juror at choral competitions.
In 2010 he was awarded the Erwin Ortner Prize for Choral Conducting.

Sanna Salminen (Finland)

Sanna Salminen is the conductor of the Vox Aurea children’s choir, one of the top choirs in Finland, since 2009. She is also an acknowledged music educator in her home country. She has led many workshops and lectures in international conferences and festivals in the USA, South Africa, Thailand and European countries. She works as a university teacher in Music Pedagogy under the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Jyväskylä. She graduated with a licentiate degree from the University of Jyväskylä in 2004. Her main subject was Music Education and during her studies she specialized in conducting and multicultural music. She has performed and led various instrumental and vocal groups of many genres of music. Salminen has worked as the voice trainer and assistant conductor of Musica Chamber Choir (1998-2005) and Vox Aurea (1998-2007) and she also established the Ruamjai youth choir which she conducted from 2000 to 2009. Sanna Salminen is known for publishing widely used school music books, arrangements and compositions. As a researcher, her main subject is the enhancement of involvement and well-being through musical hobbies. In 2018, she was awarded the Heinz Hofmann medal, the highest badge of merit by the Youth Choir association in Finland.

Helmut Schaumberger (Austria)

Helmut Schaumberger is a university professor for music education at the Gustav Mahler Private University of Music. Doctorate at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where he will be a university assistant from 2012 to 2021. Previously a secondary school teacher, choirmaster, organiser of cultural festivals, lecturer in teacher training. Main research interests: Subject didactics, mentoring, singing with children and young people, philosophy of music education, teacher training.

Árpád Toth (Hungary)

Dr Árpád Tóth is one of the most famous Kodály pedagogues of the new generation. Besides his daily activities in a specialized secondary school for fine and applied arts he is professor at the Liszt Academy Budapest and Kecskemét as well as an adjunct professor at Partium University in Romania. He leads the largest community choir in Hungary “Csíkszerda” and is art director of extraordinary singing projects such as the “Long Night of Choirs” and the “Barefoot-Opera Company”. Árpád has relevant pedagogical experience at all levels and with different age groups. He has also led courses on four continents and in more than 30 countries.

Verena Unterguggenberger (Austria)

Verena Unterguggenberger is a pedagogue, speaker and author. She studied accordion, flute, musicology, EMP and brass band conducting at the Carinthian State Conservatory. Today she works for music schools in the province and is the author of the GANZ in der Musik® method.
“I work with people to offer them a way to find and walk their own path in music. I think that we can’t teach a person anything. But we can help him discover it within himself. My interest is in teaching a lesson that helps other people discover.”

Motje Wolf (UK)

Dr. Motje Wolf holds a position as VC2020 Lecturer in Education at De Montfort University Leicester, UK. Her research focuses on music teacher practice. Her current projects include the investigation of Models in Vocal Education (MOVE) and Enhancing Music Access (EMA). EMA aims to research, improve and share good practice in music teaching, focussing on various subject areas, such as making music with sounds and singing. MOVE is establishing current and historical models of vocal education. Dr Wolf leads the Music MESHGuide project as Editor-in-Chief aiming to share research results with teachers globally and heads up the Music Education Research Group at De Montfort University. Furthermore, Dr Wolf is part of the steering committee of ‘Singing in Music Education’ (special focus group of the European Association of Music in Schools). Dr Wolf also works as a professional mezzo-soprano soloist and sings as a lay clerk at Leicester Cathedral.

Aleksander Zielinski (Italy)

The world will be better if you have been important in the life of a child“. The dedication hidden behind this phrase begins to be fruitful. By now an entire generation and nearly thirty thousand children have attended at least one choir, piano or propaedeutic course with Aleksander Zielinski. Pianist, choir conductor, specialized in musical didactics for children, a connection point between professional and amateur choralism, graduated with honors in choir conducting and piano at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory in Milan and graduated with honors in musicology at the University of Milan. He dedicates most of his commitments to musical education for childhood (from 2 years onwards), developing, conducting and curating dozens of choral projects in schools. He regularly collaborates with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as a music expert and with Yamaha Music Europe as key-teacher and Instructor by leading seminars in Italy and abroad. He has conducted numerous choral concerts at important and historical places in his region and in northern Italy. He has also held various recitals as a solo pianist and various concerts as an accompanist. He is also the founder and artistic director of FonteMusica, a reality that involves over four thousand children, singers and teachers on the Milan scene. He started his collaboration with Mus-e in 2018.