Board of Trustees
Meet the DSA Board of Trustees.
Updated November 13, 2019
The Dalcroze Society of America is a membership association governed by a Board of Trustees. On the membership's behalf, the Board envisions the DSA's future and enacts policies to ensure that its programs fulfill its stated purpose and meet the community's evolving needs. The board meets once a month. For more information, please contact Michael Joviala: boardchair@
Michael Joviala teaches at the Lucy Moses School of Music and Dance, the Diller Quaile School of Music and Columbia University in New York City. He is the music director of the improvisation collective Loco Motors, and is a candidate for the Diplôme Superiéur at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.
Vice-Chair, Chair of Chapter Outreach Committee
Lauren Hodgson is a Dalcroze educator and pianist in Cleveland, Ohio. She oversees the Dalcroze program and maintains a private piano studio at the Baldwin Wallace Community Music School, and is on the summer faculty at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy.
Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle is Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Moravian College Choir, Chorale, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and Vocalis, a small a cappella choral ensemble. She also teaches conducting and musicianship.
Trustee, Chair of National Conference Task Force
Dr. Cassandra Eisenreich is Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Education at Slippery Rock University. She holds a Dalcroze Certificate and has been teaching preschool through college level Eurhythmics classes for over 13 years.
Cynthia Lilley earned her Dalcroze License at Longy School. She lives in New York where she currently teaches at the Dalcroze School at the Lucy Moses School of Music and the Dalcroze Program at the Diller-Quaile School of Music. She is past president of the New York Chapter of the DSA. She is a composer of art songs.
Adam Sheldon is the director of the Community Arts School at Baldwin Wallace University. Sheldon holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace University with an emphasis in Arts Management and with additional studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane, Australia.
Ex officio, Chair of Professional Development Committee
Jeremy Dittus enjoys an international career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze Education Specialist. He currently directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, teaches on the faculty of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and serves on l’Collège de l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze.
Interested in becoming a board member? Find out what board service entails.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding upcoming board vacancies.
Local Chapters leadership is also critical to the success of the DSA. Find information about their board members and activities on the local chapter webpages.