Meet 2023 Keynote Speaker Mary Dobrea-Grindahl

The 2023 Conference is just around the corner and early registration is now open!

If you know Mary and have seen her teach, you know how lucky we are to be welcoming her as our Keynote Speaker.

Mary Dobrea-Grindahl, Diplôme Supérieur, Professor Emerita at Baldwin Wallace University, where she enjoyed a multi-faceted teaching and performing career for over 30 years. She is Vice Chair of the DSA Board, member of the PDC (Professional Development Committee), and served as editor of the American Dalcroze Journal.

Mary trained teachers as a faculty member of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Summer Academy and the University of Maryland, College Park; she also worked at the Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education in Bethlehem, PA. As a clinician, her workshops focus on using Eurhythmics to develop artistry. Mary is the coauthor of Developing Musicianship Through Aural Skills: A Holistic Approach to Sight Singing and Ear Training (Routledge) which pioneers a unique pedagogical method of teaching ear-training and musicianship.

Mary is dedicated to using music to bring art to members of underserved communities; her current passion is developing ways to use Eurhythmics to teach reading literacy to children. Mary is a recipient of the prestigious Strosacker Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award at Baldwin Wallace University. When she’s not working, Mary and her husband love camping, hiking, canoeing and playing with their two Corgis, Bodhi and Gordie, who also strive to develop literacy in children as a part of a “Paws to Read” library program.

Early Registration discounts are available through November 20.

Current DSA members save even more!

The Conference theme is “Together!” – an opportunity for our community to be together after the pandemic found us separated and often struggling for connection – even for those living in the same city!

“Together!” will explore the myriad ways Dalcroze Education enhances group work, whether in a classroom, ensemble, chamber music, performance, or private lesson setting.

About Alex Marthaler

Alex Marthaler is a composer, pianist, and educator in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a pianist for modern dance and ballet classes at Point Park University and Carnegie Mellon University. Alex also teaches children's musical storytelling and improvisation classes.