Faculty Biographies

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Fernando Jimenez will be joining our camp faculty for the 2012!

Ball, Wesley A.

Genualdi, Robert

Lenhart, Sarah

Smith, Judith

Straub, Dorothy A

Dr. Wesley Ball joined the WestConn faculty in Fall 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University-Conservatory, a Masters in Piano Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, along with a Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. He has taught public school music in Virginia and Ohio, and served as music specialist for the Purdue University Child Development Center. As Region Representative, he served on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1998-2001. Orff training includes Level III at the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory. Dr. Ball presented at the 1992 and 2000 National Orff Conferences, with subsequent workshop presentations in Washington, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, and Michigan. Currently, he is publishing a series of listening lessons for John Jacobson’s Music Express for the 2002-2003 academic year, along with a book of Active Listening Lessons (Hal Leonard Publishers). Dr. Ball serves on the Editorial Board for Dimensions of Early Childhood (SECA;

Robert Genualdi is a musician, educator, arranger, and composer. For twenty-two years he has held the position of Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is also the conductor of their Principal Orchestra. He performs as a string bass player in the Greenwich Symphony and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and is a private teacher of string bass.

Mr. Genualdi retired as Headmaster of Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to his administrative position, he taught instrumental music, both band and orchestra, in the public schools of Illinois and in Westport, Connecticut, as well as the University of Wisconsin and the University of Bridgeport.

He has served as a guest conductor for orchestras in Connecticut, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, and Maryland. He has composed several chamber music compositions and two works for full orchestra. Two of his original compositions are included in the Carl Fischer Inc. publication, "Melody Book for Strings." He is co-arranger of this collection as well as the "Masterworks Melody Book for Strings" also published by Carl Fischer Inc.

He began his professional music studies at the University of Miami. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music Performance on String Bass from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He received a Sixth Year Diploma in Education Administration from the University of Bridgeport.
Carrie Mascaro

Sarah Lenhart has continued to build a new string program in Brewster, NY where she currently teaches middle school and high school orchestra.  She previously taught elementary orchestra in Naperville, IL.  She earned her Bachelors from University of Michigan where she studied with Robert Culver and Stephen Shipps and her Masters from Western Connecticut State University.  She has presented teacher training sessions on fiddling in the Chicago area and at the Sting Alternatives Workshop. She was music director at Michigan’s American String Teachers Association Elementary String Camp and Phillips Family Fiddlers Camp. The past two years she presented clinics at the National American String Teachers Conference.  She performs regularly as a violinist at Ridgeway Alliance Church. 

Judith Smith holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and East Carolina University. Her teachers include: Ronald Leonard, Maurice Eisenberg and Nathan Stutch. In addition to teaching cello at Western, Mrs. Smith is a string teacher in the Danbury Public Schools. She performs regularly at WCSU in both recitals and with the school orchestra. In the fall of 1999 she was the soloist in a performance of Boccherinniÿs concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the WCSU Orchestra.

She is a member of the Ridgefield Symphony and a former member of the Bridgeport and Hudson Valley symphony orchestras in addition to several chamber music ensembles.

Dorothy A. Straub is the K-12 Music Coordinator in the Fairfield, Connecticut Public Schools where she also teaches strings and orchestra. Teaching experience in Chatham, New York; Westport, Connecticut; and Fairfield includes elementary, middle school, and high school levels as well as private violin and viola instruction. As Music Coordinator in Fairfield she established an orchestra program which now has more than thirteen hundred string players and orchestras in every school. The band and chorus programs are equally as strong and the core of the instructional program is a substantive general music program, the goal of which is to provide a quality music education for every child. Through a partnership with South Shore Music, Inc. Fairfield High School has a Chamber Music Honors Program for outstanding string, woodwind, and brass ensembles.

Ms. Straub is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor's and master's degree in music education, specializing in strings. She holds a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration from Fairfield University. Ms. Straub is a violist in the Greenwich Symphony and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and studied viola with David Dawson and William Lincer.

She has served in various capacities for the Connecticut Music Educators Association, including president of the association and chairman of the Professional Affairs Commission. From 1987 to 1989 she served as president of the MENC Eastern Division. She is one of the founders of the Fairfield County String Teachers and has served as chair for many years. The Fairfield County String Festival, now in its twenty seventh year, has been effective in building string players and orchestra programs in Fairfield County.

Ms. Straub is a past president of the MENC, The National Association for Music Education. As MENC president from 1992 to 1994 she represented MENC at music education conferences in more than thirty states. She was involved in the development of national standards in music as well as advocacy efforts for the arts in education as a part of the National Coalition for Music Education. She served as chairman of the MENC Committee for String and Orchestra Education. She coordinated several MENC publication including, "Strategies for Success in the Band and Orchestra," "Establishing String and Orchestra Programs in the Schools," "An Agenda for Excellence in Music at the Middle Level," and "Strategies for Teaching Strings and Orchestra." She contributed a chapter titiled "A K-12 Snapshot of a Quality K-12 Music Program" in the 2000 publication, "Performing with Understanding, The Challenge of the National Standards for Music Education,"published by MENC. She also authored the chapter on "Music" in the 2000 publication, "What Pr 5incipals Should Know About ...", published by Charles Thomas Publishers.

She contributed a chapter in the 2001 GIA Publication, "Teaching Music through Performance in Orchestra."

In 1995 Ms. Straub received the ASTA (American String Teachers Association) Citation for Exceptional Leadership and Merit and the NSOA (National School Orchestra Association) Lifetime Achievement Award. From 1996 to 1998 she served on the National Board of the American String Teachers Association. She is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic and serves on the Music Committee for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She is also a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the National Music Center.

She was one of the founders of the Columbia Council on the Arts in New York state and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield Arts Council in Connecticut. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfield County Children's Choir. She received the Outstanding Administrator by the Connecticut Music Educators Association in 1989. The Westport, Connecticut, Arts Advisory Committee named her the recipient of the Music award at the 1997 Westport Arts Awards celebration.

Ms. Straub is a conductor for the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and has been a guest conductor for orchestras in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Iowa, and Maine. She has presented numerous workshops on music education and string education. She has taught summer workshops at Central Connecticut State University, Hartt College of Music, Villanova University, Duquesne University, VanderCook College of Music, Ohio State University, Illinois State University, Wichita State University, and the University of Florida. She has had two compositions for string orchestra published by Boosey & Hawkes is editor of the new edition of the Melody Book for Strings and the Masterworks Melody Book for Strings both published by Carl Fischer, Inc.

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