• “Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instil a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime.” (Zoltán Kodály)
  • "It is my firm conviction that mankind will live the happier when it has learned to live with music more worthily. Whoever works to promote this end, in one way or another, has not lived in vain." (Zoltán Kodály)
  • "Music is an indispensable part of universal human knowledge. He who lacks it has a faulty knowledge. A man without music is incomplete. It is obvious that music should be a school subject. It is essential!" (Zoltán Kodály)
  • "A good folk song is a perfect masterpiece in itself" (Zoltán Kodály)
  • "The characteristics of a good musician are a well-trained ear, a well-trained mind, a well-trained heart and a well-trained hand. All four parts must develop together in constant equilibrium." (Zoltán Kodály)
  • “If one were to attempt to express the essence of this education in one word, it could only be singing” (Zoltán Kodály)
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Board of Directors


Honorary President

Mrs Sarolta Kodály


Dr James Cuskelly (Australia)
Head of Faculty
Creative Arts at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School,

Immediate Past President

Mr Michalis Patseas (Greece)
Greek Kodály Conservatory and Institute, Athens.
Vice-President of the Greek Kodály Society


Dr László Norbert Nemes (Hungary)
Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music


Dr Sandra Mathias (USA)
Professor Emerita
Capital University
Director Emerita, Columbus Children's Choir


Dr Katherine Hickey (USA)
Professor of Music, University of Redlands
Treasurer, Past President of OAKE
Co-Director, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition


Ms Lucinda Geoghegan (UK)
Education Director
National Youth Choir of Scotland
British Kodály Academy Trustee
and Chair of Education


Mr Takao Nakamura (Japan)
Prof. Emeritus at Hokkaido University of Education
President of the Japanese Kodály Society
Conductor of the Sapporo Kodály Choir & Ensemble


Mr Matthias Funkhauser (Germany)
Music teacher and Musicologist
Chairman of the German Kodály Society

Executive Secretary

Ms Ágnes Sztana (Hungary)

Former Boards of the IKS