dr. sarah allen

Dr. Sarah Allen holds a Ph.D. in Music & Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests span multiple disciplines and focus on motor skill development in music, music teaching effectiveness, and the development of expertise in music and music teaching.

She has presented her research at over 30 conferences around the world, including China, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand, and her work has been published in journals including the Journal for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Proceedings of the New York Academy of Science.

At SMU, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and music pedagogy. A former public school music teacher, Dr. Allen remains an active music clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in public schools.


aaron boyd

Violinist Aaron Boyd has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, recording artist, lecturer and educator. Since making his New York recital debut in 1998, Boyd has appeared at the most prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Orion, Tokyo and Emerson Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Wu Han and David Finckel.

Boyd has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla, Rockport, Aspen and Music@Menlo festivals and is a season artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a member of the Escher String Quartet for five seasons, Boyd was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Martin E. Segal prize from the Lincoln Center. A prizewinner in the Ecoles D’art Americaines de Fontainebleau, the Tuesday Musical Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society competitions, Boyd was awarded a proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments.

As a passionate advocate for new music, Boyd has been involved in numerous commissions and premieres in concert and on record, and has worked directly with such legendary composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Charles Wuorinen. Boyd was a founder of the Zukofsky Quartet; the first quartet-in-residence at Bargemusic and the only ensemble to have played all of Milton Babbitt's notoriously difficult string quartets in concert. Boyd has also played and recorded in collaboration with jazz legend Dick Hyman, chanteuse Badomi DeCesare, and appeared in concert on the mandolin with flutist Paula Robison. As a recording artist, Boyd can be heard on the BIS, Music@Menlo Live, Naxos, Tzadik, North/South and Innova labels.

Born in Pittsburgh, Boyd began his studies with Samuel LaRocca and Eugene Phillips and graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and coached extensively with Paul Zukofsky and cellist Harvey Shapiro. Boyd now serves as Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Practice in Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Boyd makes his home in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Yuko, daughter Ayu and son Yuki.


b. kathleen gallagher

B. Kathleen Gallagher's interest in policy, the arts and nonprofit management derive from an education that includes a B.A. in Art and Architectural Histories from the College of the Holy Cross; an M.B.A. with emphases in marketing and arts management from the University of Illinois; a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington University; an M.A. in Modern Art Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education; and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.

Her academic training is complemented by professional experience at the Smithsonian Institution, Butterfield’s and Sotheby’s auction houses and as an independent appraiser of fine arts. Gallagher’s recent research examines the impact of funding sources on the sustainability and survival of arts and culture organizations.

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mary worthington

Mary Worthington is the Community Relations Manager for Richardson ISD where she oversees the district's community engagement programs. With a deep passion for public school education, Mary recruits volunteers to participate in the day to day activities in support of Richardson ISD students and teachers.

Worthington’s expertise includes fund development, non-profit board development and donor cultivation. She has over 25 years of experience as a professional in fundraising, community relations, marketing, and training and staff development, including positions with the United Methodist Denomination, the Jewish Day School of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Lewisville Independent School District Education Foundation.

Mary is committed to facilitating generosity in her community and the world, and she is the proud parent of 2 daughters, Madison and Corinne. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, camping, and volunteering.