Alayne O. Dolson

Alayne is the former Executive Director of VSA Montana, and an artist with the VSA Choir. She has a BA in English and Music from Jamestown College in North Dakota, and has done graduate work at the University of Denver in Medieval and Renaissance English and French literature. She also has completed an additional fifth year of study in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Montana. Alayne has worked extensively in the public schools as an English teacher and a music teacher, taught pre-school education, and developed an inclusive program at the Missoula YWCA for 3-5 year olds. Alayne has served as a community Board member on the Foster Grandparent Board, the Missoula Symphony Board, the International Choral Festival Board, and currently serves on the String Orchestra of the Rockies board. She is an active singer and volunteer in Missoula community arts organizations.

Heidi Jones Eggert

Heidi is a dance professor at the University of Montana and teaches the VSA/UM New Visions Dance class. This class provides dance instruction to people with disabilities and provides instruction in dance education for UM students interested in working with people with disabilities.

Malcolm Lowe

Malcolm is the artist instructor for the VSA Choir program, now in its 8th year. Malcolm has a BA Music in musical performance from Western Washington State University and an MFA in musical theatre composition from San Diego State University. He is the former music director at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Oregon.

Carol Poppenga

Carol works in oils and as a muralist, and is particularly interested in public art projects that explore the histories, economic, and social fabric of specific communities. Carol holds a BA in US History and Art from the University of Great Falls and has done additional study in art education at Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She served in the US Air Force for 23 years as a journalist, an historian, and as an operational intelligence specialist.

Lindsey Schwickert

Lindsey began her training in Whitefish, Montana at the age of four. Soon traveling to Kalispell, MT, she became a passionate member of the Northwest Ballet Company. Performing in several Nutcracker Productions, Spring Showcases and also a guest artist for Azure Vision Dance Company, her desire to constantly dance landed her at the University of Montana in 2008. Currently, Lindsey dances with Headwaters Dance Company and teaches in the Missoula County Public Schools, integrating movement with the current curriculum (Model Dance Education, MoDE). Lindsey is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has succesfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Along with dance, Lindsey loves outdoor activities and traveling the world. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Montana.

Emily Trapp Hackethorn

Music Educator, Kalispell Preschool Music program

Valerie Young

Kindermusik instructor in Child Development Center program in Missoula

Professional Development presenters

Brett Gilleo, LLC and Marlene Schumann, MFA.