Q&A for the Rising Professional

with Robert Malchow, Susan Finger, and Tim Cahalan

Monday, June 29 at 4:00pm (EDT)

Join moderators Robert Malchow, Susan Finger, and Tim Cahalan for a Question & Answer session about topics important for new choral professionals. If you are a rising choral director, feel free to ask any questions you may have. If you are an experienced professional, you might be able to share information you wish you knew years ago!

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Robert Malchow

Robert Malchow is about to embark on his 43rd year of teaching. He is currently the Director of Choirs at Benton Central Jr.-Sr. High School in Oxford, Indiana; however, he has also taught Elementary Music, Band, Show Choir, Music History, and has directed countless musicals over the course of his extensive career. Robert received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University. He serves as the Area 1B Coordinator for High School All-State Choir. In his spare time, Robert enjoys adjudicating at ISSMA events, serving as a guest clinician, and traveling.

Susan Finger

Susan Finger is an Instructor of Music Education at Ball State University. At Ball State, she teaches methods courses, introduction to music education and supervises field teaching and student teachers. Prior to teaching at Ball State, Mrs. Finger taught middle school band and choir at East Side Middle School in Anderson, Indiana for 34 years. During her teaching career Mrs. Finger won numerous awards including Outstanding Middle School teacher for Anderson Schools and the Indiana Middle School Association, Outstanding Alumnus from Ball State, Outstanding Middle School teacher from the Indiana Music Educators Association and the prestigious Hoosier Musician Award from IMEA celebrating a lifetime of service in music education at the state and national level.

Susan is the Director of Music and Organist at Anderson First United Methodist Church where she conducts three choirs, works as the organist, and plays in the Handbell choir and Handbell Trio and oversees all music for the worship services.

After serving 21 years, Mrs. Finger recently retired as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale.

Mrs. Finger has had a role on the IMEA Board of Directors for over 20 years. While currently serving as the Chair for the Beginning and Developing Music Teacher Workshop, she has also served as the Conference Chair for four state conferences, President of IMEA, an officer for six years as well as other roles in the organization.

Mrs. Finger has been called upon to work as a guest conductor and clinician at numerous schools and festivals. She was the Choral Conductor for three tours of the Indiana Ambassadors of Music and the Conductor of the IMEA Middle School Honor Choir.

Tim Cahalan

Tim Cahalan is the choir director at Logansport High School, Logansport Junior High School and Columbia Sixth Grade Academy in Logansport, IN. He is also the founder and director of the Logansport Children’s Choir, which has performed at state and regional conferences of NAfME, ACDA, and the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and has toured extensively in the United States and Europe.

Mr. Cahalan received his BME from Indiana University and a MM degree from Butler University.  He has led reading sessions for choral directors at IMEA and ICDA conferences, has presented a clinic session on the child voice at the IMEA conference, and is a frequent clinician for choral festivals at both the elementary and junior high/middle school levels. 

In 2002 and 2008, Mr. Cahalan directed the Indiana All State Children's Honor Choir.  He was selected as the 2009 Outstanding High School Music Teacher for the State of Indiana. 

Mr. Cahalan is the Area 3A chairperson for the Indiana All State High School Honor Choir.  He is also director of music for All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport, and is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Mr. Cahalan resides in Logansport with his wife (and choir accompanist), Susan.