rpád was born in Budapest, 1982. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest with degrees in choral conducting, music education and as a teacher of solfége and music theory. He currently leads several choirs in Hungary and has worked for more than 12 years with the Hungarian minority of Slovakia as a choral conductor and music educator.
He currently teaches conducting and choir building at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemt. Since 2013 he has also been teaching musical analysis and music theory at the University of Szeged. He has been on the staff of the University Training Secondary School of the Hungarian University of Arts since 2006 where he is the founder and master of the school choir and where he teaches music education, the history of culture and supervises the student self-government.
Árpád has a special interest in contemporary music and has conducted more than 30 premieres. He is the art director of special modern singing events, such as the Budapest Night of Choirs and ‘Hajnalok Völgye’, the first Slovakian contemporary choir festival
Maree has worked in music education across sectors and age groups, early childhood, school, university and community settings. She presents regularly in Australia and New Zealand. Maree has developed curriculum materials and resources designed to assist teachers in the implementation of effective music programs in schools. She enjoys working in mixed ability contexts when developing musicianship and has a particular interest in and commitment to teacher development. Her work explores how reflective practice and collaboration can contribute to professional growth.
Lucinda’s work involves Staff Development training across Britain presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology. She is a guest lecturer on the summer and yearly courses at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary, and is a frequent workshop leader in Australia and Singapore. In addition she has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Qatar, Canada and USA. Publications written by Lucinda for NYCOS include – Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots, Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years (Books 1 and 2), Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years (Books 1 and 2) and with Dr László Nemes Singing Games and Rhymes for ages 9 to 99. With Christopher Bell she wrote the musicianship programme Go for Bronze, Go for Silver and Go for Gold.