Timothy Keith Griffin, Jr. is first a proud Baritone that loves every bit of sharing his voice with the youth and helping the youth to find their own voices. He is now entering his 4th year as a teacher and is proud to have started with Gifford Elementary of Racine Unified and been named 2013 Gifford PTA Teacher of the Year. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Parkside with a B.A. in music, certification in Choral and General Music Education and a concentration in Vocal performance under direction of Dr. James Kinchen, Jr (director of Choral activities) and Ami Bouterse (director of voice and Opera).
This past summer, Mr. Griffin
attended St. Thomas University to begin his M.A. in Choral Music Education before returning to DePaul University in Chicago to complete his certification in the
music education pedagogy Orff - Schulwerk.
Mr. Griffin remains very active in
the community. He is the past choral director of Kiwanis Youth Symphony of
Racine and of First United Methodist Church of Racine. He can be found singing in
the UW-Parkside community choir, Master Singers, from time to time. He has
acted as the coordinator of the Wisconsin Choral Director’s Association
All-State Children’s Choir of 2013 and 2014 for the All-State convention held in Milwaukee in
January. He is, also, currently the a Choral Director with Our Musical Life - a non-profit Choral Organization for SouthEastern Wisconsin.
In his free time, Mr. Griffin
enjoys dancing Salsa, learning Djembe and Guitar at Old Town Folk
Music in Chicago, gaming with friends, illustration and design, and giving
Mr. Griffin’s next steps will be
to explore several world music drumming and dance
workshops, gain fluency in the french speaking language, build a voice studio
and expand choirs with Milwaukee Children's Choir and Our Musical Life..
Contact me: Timothy.Griffin@rusd.org / (262) 496 - 4233 (cell)
Eric Weiss is an Instrumental Music Specialist for RUSD. For the
coming year he will be at the following schools; Gifford, West Ridge, SC
Johnson and Knapp.
He attended The University of North Texas, and has degrees
in Music Education and Instructional Technology from the University of
Wisconsin Parkside, and Cardinal Stritch University.
Mr. Weiss is also a busy
trumpet performer in SE Wisconsin, performing with such groups as The Parkside
Reunion Big Band, Belle City Brassworks, The Racine Concert Band, The Kenosha
Pops Band, UW Parkside Community Band, The Dick Strauss Orchestra and the KR