- Royce and Susan Tevis, Owners & Music Educators -
Susan Tevis is the Founder and Artistic Director/Conductor Emerita of the five choirs of the Children’s Choir of Chico. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in piano pedagogy and music education from California State University, Chico. She completed a Kodály Certificate at the Kodály Institute at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, Louisiana) where she studied with Lamar Robertson, Ann Eisen and the late Eva Vendrei. Susan completed advanced studies both at the McNeese Institute and at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Ms. Tevis has been an adjunct faculty member and has taught in summer courses at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, Louisiana), CSU Chico, Capital University Conservatory of Music (Columbus, Ohio), Wichita State University, Kodály Summer Institute at Central Missouri University (Warrensburg, MO), and the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. Susan continues to teach at the Wichita State University Kodály Certification program every summer, where she teaches level III Pedagogy and Folk Song Research and Materials.
Royce Tevis has earned national recognition for quality performances of both
high school and university bands under his direction for 46 years as a music educator.
Prior to his retirement in 2019, Dr. Tevis was the Director of University Bands at California State
University, Chico, where he conducted the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and guided
all aspects of the University Band Program. During his tenure at Chico State, Dr. Tevis taught
courses in conducting, wind literature, and instrumental education.
Professor Tevis continues to maintain an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician,
adjudicator, and consultant of concert, marching and jazz bands throughout the United States. With diverse experience demonstrated at all grade levels in the Midwest, South, and West, his conducting and clinician appearances have received resounding acclaim from his peers, musicians, and audiences. A nationally recognized music education authority, Dr Tevis is at the leading edge of innovations in the art of band directing.
“Music has a way of transcending words. For me, music touches people’s hearts and people’s souls. Music tends to say things for me that I couldn’t put into words."
- Founders and Authors -
Ann Eisen is the founder of Sneaky Snake Publications and co-author of the "My Music Book" workbook series for grades 1-5, Yearly Plans, Directions to Literacy, and From Folk Songs to Masterworks. She is currently retired after a long career as a well-known teacher in the Kodaly courses and has presented workshops in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Ann graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, New Jersey; McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana; and the Kodaly Musical Training Institute, West Hartford, Connecticut.
Lamar Robertson is the co-author of the "My Music Book" workbook series for grades 1-5, Yearly Plans, Directions to Literacy, and From Folk Songs to Masterworks. He is a well-known teacher of American Kodaly workshops and certification courses in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Taiwan. He is a former directro f and faculty member for the Kodaly Institute at McNeese State University.
Lamar graduated from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Lousiana; the Peabody College, Nashville, Tennessee; and the Kodaly Musical Training Institite of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a retired partner of Sneaky Snake Publications, LLC and a retired elementary vocal music teacher.
Ann Eisen, Susan Tevis, and Lamar Robertson (L to R)