Meet the Growing Sound ARTISTS and TRAINERS
Looking for a specialty trainer for an upcoming conference, workshop or professional development training? Want to add a dynamic keynote presentation to your event? Looking for someone to sing with the children (and/or their families) at a school or community concert? GROWING SOUND has you covered! Our talented artists and trainers come from a variety of backgrounds in education, music, and performing arts but one thing they are all have in common is that music is a great way to build positive social and emotional skills. Please take the time to read the bios of each of our talented individuals to see who best suits your needs for your event.
DAVID KISORSongwriter, Keynote & Conference
Available for Conferences, Professional Development Teacher Trainings, Classroom & Family Concerts (Large Scale), School Assemblies, Community Events (Large Scale)
DAVID KISOR is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, performer, and specialty trainer that composes songs that translate key findings from recent child development research into practical and entertaining music CDs for children, teachers and parents. "David" tours throughout the United States singing with children, and training teachers on how to use music in early learning and school-age classrooms. David Kisor holds a Masters of Music from University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Music from the University of Miami. He has been a featured presenter at many national, state and regional conferences including NAEYC, NHSA, AMS, Zero to Three and others. David also serves as Creative Director for GROWING SOUND and has penned over 200+ songs for the GROWING SOUND product line.
DEMI MAYSPerforming Artist
Available for Classroom & Family Concerts (Small Scale), Community Events (Small Scale)
DEMI MAYS has been singing since before she could walk, and has always had a place for music in her heart. Influenced by her musician father, Demi spent much of her childhood singing in choirs, and performing in local theatre productions. In her early teens, Demi got her first guitar and learned how to play a few simple chords. Eventually she started writing her own songs; which she continues to do today. While attending Cincinnati State College, Demi found a love and passion for yoga and pursued certification to become an instructor. Her involvement with this community has helped her develop the skills to live a life fulfilled through positive social and emotional health. Demi sees the value in teaching these same skills to children through music. Demi’s vocals can be heard on the GROWING SOUND projects titled TAKE CARE and EVERYONE IS SOMEONE. Demi continues to hone her talents as a songwriter and performer, under the mentorship of David Kisor. Demi travels regionally performing GROWING SOUND songs through classroom, family, and community concert events. Watch for Demi’s new CD coming soon!
Early Childhood and School Age Trainer Available for Conferences and Professional Development Teacher Trainings
GLENNA HESS joined the GROWING SOUND training team with over 30 years experience as a classroom educator and a professional development specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY. She began her career as an elementary school vocal music teacher. After experiencing the Child Development Project (CDP) in the school where she taught, and being trained by the Developmental Studies Center (DSC), her responsibilities moved to a district resource teacher focusing on Character Education and Social & Emotional Learning. She later became the Supervisor of Character Education/Student Development, supervising a district wide social-emotional program called CARE for Kids. Glenna has trained thousands of teachers and administrators on developing a positive school culture & climate and is now even able to show how these skills can be implemented within the Core Content Standards.
MARY HULEFELDSongwriter and Performing Artist
Available for Conferences, Classroom & Family Concerts (Small Scale), Community Events (Small Scale)
MARY HULEFELD is a contributing songwriter and performer on many of the GROWING SOUND products including her own, NEW DAY: Songs of Hope and Optimism. Mary has a Masters Degree in Education and has taught young children for many years. Mary enjoys teaching, singing, songwriting and creating theatre with young children. She volunteers regularly at the Redwood Center in Northern Kentucky bringing her music to a choir of adults with developmental disabilities. Mary’s infectious personality will easily get you singing along at her performance events and will leave you feeling better than you did when you walked in the door. You will add a special musical element to your event when you host Mary and her guitar. (Available for Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY Regional area only)
HEATHER GERKEREarly Childhood Trainer (Montessori)
Available for Conferences and Professional Development Teacher Trainings
HEATHER GERKER is the Program Director of the Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education and is also Co-Director of the Children, Inc. Training Department. With a Masters in Education, Heather has taught in Montessori schools in Maine and Kentucky. She was a Pre-Primary Montessori teacher for 5 years. Heather is a Cincinnati Montessori Society (CMS) Executive Board Member and editor of the CMS newsletter. She is American Montessori Society credentialed in Early Childhood, holds a Level 5 Kentucky Early Care and Education Trainers Credential, and has presented at local and national Early Childhood Education conferences. Heather also co-authored the GROWING SOUND Resource Manual titled Here, Now Know-How: Songs of Mindfulness for Young Children.
SPRING STARR PILLOWPerforming Artist and Specialty
Available for Conferences, Professional Development Teacher Trainings (Local), Classroom & Family Concerts (Large Scale), School Assemblies, Community Events (Large Scale)
SPRING STARR PILLOW is a Singer, Actress, Choreographer, Poet, Songwriter, Director, and Teacher based in the Greater Cincinnati area. Spring holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Northern Kentucky University and also has Masters’ credits in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Spring has extensive experience in both music and drama; in the classroom, behind the scenes, and on stage. She was the Director of Education for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and the Program Director for S.T.A.R., a performance and enrichment program for students interested in the arts. Spring has been a music teacher and drama teacher in both elementary and middle school classrooms and has made a great impact in the urban community. She also has extensive performance experience in community theatre and beyond. Her LIVE performance events will knock your socks off and she’ll send you home learning a thing or two as well! You can hear Spring on many current GROWING SOUND music CD projects.
Contact us (859-431-2075 x116) for additional details or to book an artist or trainer!