Each Welcome Address features a musical performance by an artist who has contributed to the field of education.
Friday, Oct. 11th
Laura Oldham writes songs inspired by novels and about reading in general. As "The Book Supplier," she has produced 5 series on YouTube, which include An Allusion in a Minute, B4UCIt, Feature Shelf, In the Spotlight, and White Spaces. She has been teaching 8th grade Title I Language Arts in New Mexico for 7 years. She is also chair of the Language Arts department and the head of the reading committee. She graduated from Purdue University–West Lafayette with undergraduate degrees in English Literature and English Secondary Teaching in 2005. She graduated from NMSU in 2010 with an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus in Language, Literacy & Culture. Currently, she is enrolled in the doctoral program at New Mexico State University, studying Language, Literacy & Culture, with a minor in Learning Technologies. Technologies. YT: YouTube.com/TheBookSupplier Twitter: @TheBookSupplier Site: TheBookSupplier.com
Saturday, Oct. 12th
Steve Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music from 1981 to 1985, where he won prizes for orchestral leading and string quartet playing. In 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire. Steve has appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent years Steve has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music, collaborating with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). He has appeared on three World music CDs with Jason Carter and is a guest artist on the CD “Confusion Rides”, by singer/songwriter Mark Fawcett. Steve also plays live with No-Man, the progressive art-rock duo of Tim Bowness and Steve Wilson. Steve’s debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in November 2005, and has been played on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His second solo CD, entitled “Ascension”, was released in December 2008. YT: Youtube.com/SteveBinghamViolin Twitter: @Steve_bingham Site: Stevebingham.co.uk
Sunday, Oct. 13th
Jason R Levine (Jase, for short) has fifteen years of experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He the creator of ColloLearn, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC.
Jase is Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at WizIQ.com where he trains English Language teachers in virtual classrooms. He also teaches in the MA TESOL program at the New School in New York City and writes songs and chants for several publishers, including Oxford University Press. He is chair-elect of the TESOL Interest Section Video and Digital Media and works as an English Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.
After earning an MA in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jase taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development for Embassy CES. In 2002, he co-founded a TOEFL preparation school for international students in Manhattan.
Online, Jase maintains the ColloLearn YouTube channel and the Fluency MC Facebook page. He is an active administrator of over a dozen Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including How to Improve Your English, All Things EFL, ESL, TESOL and Innovative Teachers of English. In August he launched ELT Techniques http://go.wiziq.