Meet Our Alumni
Our camp alumni are an accomplished and diverse group of musicians, and we hope that these featured alumni will inspire you, whether you choose to pursue a career in music or any other field.
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Featured Camp Alumni
Music Camper (1991)
Assistant Camp Director (2004 - 2017)
Jessica Nápoles was a part of the summer music camp family for over 25 years; as a camper, an instructor, and Assistant Director. She is an Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Conductor of the Concert Choir at the University of North Texas. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Napoles taught middle school chorus in the public schools of Miami and Orlando, FL. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and PhD in Music Education from the Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she taught at the University of Utah for 11 years.
Dr. Nápoles is currently serving on the Steering Committee for the National ACDA, as Program Chair and previously as the Honor Choir Coordinator.
Dr. Nápoles is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, frequently engaging in guest conducting opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. In addition, she is a well known researcher, with numerous publications in journals such as the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education. She is currently serving a 6-year term on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, the premier research journal in music education and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, the ACDA research journal. Her research interests include music teacher education, teacher feedback, perceptions of effective teaching, and teacher talk, and she has presented at conferences on these topics nationally and internationally.
Recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Choral Directors, Utah Chapter, Dr. Nápoles' talents and passion for music education are apparent to all who are lucky enough to study and work with her.
Music Camper (2002)
Camp Administrator (2011 - 2017)
Dr. Kenna Veronee is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she teaches elementary music methods courses and assists with the Sound of Today Marching Band. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, Master of Music Education, and Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Veronee taught band, orchestra, music theory, and general music in central Florida. In addition to teaching, Dr. Veronee is an active researcher. Her research has been presented at state, national, and international conferences, and published in Florida Music Director and Research Perspectives in Music Education. Her research interests include music teacher education as well as non-traditional music courses.
Karen nelson bradley
Karen Bradley, a native Miamian, was educated in the Dade County public school system and graduated from Hialeah High School where she was a member of Tri-M, concert choir accompanist, and was in several musical theater productions. She received her Bachelor in Music Education from Florida State University in 1969 and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 1989. She attended Rollins College working towards a Masters of Teaching degree while living in Winter Park.
Her first job as choral director began in 1970 at Lyman High School in Seminole County where she received the Outstanding Young Educator of the Year award in her second year of teaching. In 1979 she moved to Palm Beach County and was the choral director at Lake Worth High School for ten years. While there she was selected by the staff to represent the school as the William T. Dwyer nominee, a Palm Beach County award recognizing outstanding educators. Her next and last teaching position was opening Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton where she stayed for 13 years until 2004. From there she became the resource teacher in K-12 Fine Arts Administration in the district office until her retirement with 40 years of experience in 2010. She has mentored many student teachers and is proud to know that many of them are currently teaching music in Florida and other states. Her choirs have consistently made superior ratings both at the district and state levels for many years.
In July 2016, she was named as the second Hall of Fame honoree for FVA. She served as a FVA District Chair and President, is a member of NAfME, and served ACDA as State R&S Chair for Show Choirs. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Kappa Phi. As a member of the Florida School Music Association, she served on the Board for the first three years of the association's existence, and was the first FVA member representative. She continues to be an active adjudicator in the state, and works with fellow choral directors in Palm Beach County. Karen has conducted several All-County choirs and continues to remain active with Sweet Adelines and the Barbershop Harmony Society in coaching quartets in high schools.
Karen has held several church choir positions, both as a staff singer and as Director of Music. She was the director at Memorial Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach for 14 years, and sang at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach.
Dr. Kimberly Archer's music has been performed throughout the United States, including the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans, the Southeast and Southwest regional conventions of CBDNA, and conventions of the Nebraska State Band Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the National Band Association-Wisconsin. Her music has also been performed at the 2011 WASBE International Convention in Chiayi City, Taiwan and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
"I can honestly say the camp experience had a significant impact on my decision to become a music major and attend FSU. In turn, that education and networking at FSU remains the foundation of virtually all the good opportunities and experiences in my career...Those personal connections coupled with so much support both built and changed my life, and I will always be grateful."
Staff Member (1985-1990)
Dr. Rodney Dorsey joined the University of Oregon from a position as the associate director of bands at the University of Michigan where he conducted the Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting, and conducted the Michigan Youth Band. Prior to the University of Michigan, Dr. Dorsey served on the faculties of DePaul and Northwestern Universities. At University of Oregon, Dr. Dorsey is the director of bands, conducting, and conductor of the UO Wind Ensemble.
MUSIC CAMPER (1994)
CAMP ADMINISTRATOR (2004 AND 2010-2014)
Dr. Julia Heath-Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana State University where she teaches courses in Elementary and Secondary General Music and Music in Special Education. Previously, Dr. Heath-Reynolds taught at Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, FL where she directed a large and diverse program including marching band, jazz band, symphonic band and implemented an inclusive music class for students in special education at the high school. As a member of NAfME, AMTA, and ISME, Dr. Heath-Reynolds is active in the field of music education and has presented research and workshops at the state, national, and international level. She holds a BME, MME, and PhD in Music Education from Florida State University. Her research focus includes music for special learners in primary and secondary schools, teacher training, and nonverbal communication in the music classroom.
Where Are They Now?
Masters Student in Computer Science, Stanford University
Camper 2008-2010, Counselor 2012-2013
Director of Recruitment and Enrollment at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music
Camper 2007, Counselor 2010-2013
ESL Teacher/Musician in Germany
Vocal Performance student, NYU
Vocal Music Teacher at Champlin Park HS
Director of Orchestral Activities at University of St. Francis
Camper for 5 years
Correctional Officer, AZ
Student, University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE)