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Dr. John Berners, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. John Berners

Professor
Music

  • Composition
  • PhD, Composition & Music Theory

Background
From his first orchestral work, "The Last Days of Calvin and Hobbes," to his recent chamber piece, "Twinkle Toes," the music of John Berners shows a fondness for the irreverent and a fascination with American music from bebop to marching bands.

After earning a BM in trombone and a BA in mathematics at Northwestern University, Berners studied composition privately with C. Curtis-Smith and at the University of Michigan under Evan Chambers, William Albright, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty and William Bolcom. There he earned an MM in composition and PhD in composition & music theory.

Berners’s works have been performed by the Detroit Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, Kiev Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Brass, the Ronen Ensemble, Brave New Works, Ensemble SurPlus, Xanthos, and many university ensembles, and at festivals like Tanglewood, June in Buffalo, Music X, Denison University Tutti, and the Missouri New Music Festival.

An enthusiastic teacher, Berners is associate professor at the University of Indianapolis. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Iowa, American University, the Colburn School for the Arts, California State University at Fullerton, Kalamazoo College, and Interlochen Arts Camp.

Contact Information
jberners@uindy.edu
317-788-8776
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 127

Dr. Brenda Clark, Chair, Associate Professor, Music Department

Dr. Brenda Clark

Department Chair & Associate Professor
Director of Music Education Programs
Music

  • Music Education
  • PhD, Music Education

Background
With more than 20 years of experience teaching and administrating all facets of public school music education in central Illinois, Dr. Brenda Clark serves as the chair of the Music Department and director of music education programs at the University of Indianapolis. At UIndy, her responsibilities include teaching introductory courses in music education; elementary, general, and secondary methods classes; music methods for elementary education majors; supervision of pre-student teaching field placements, student teaching supervision, recruitment, and advising. Her research has included participation in case studies of the nationally acclaimed Milwaukee Symphony Arts in Community Education (ACE) program, and the essentials of program development for instrumental music. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music (1975) and Type 75 Administrative Certificate (2006) from Eastern Illinois University, and a MME. (1998) and PhD (2005) from the University of Illinois.

Contact Information
clarkb@uindy.edu
317-788-3283
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 103B

 

Joana Genova

Visiting Assistant Professor
Director of Chamber Music Initiatives
The Indianapolis Quartet

  • Violin, String Chamber Music, Orchestra
  • MM

Background
Joana Genova is Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of Chamber Music Initiatives at University of Indianapolis, second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet and co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, VT. Ms. Genova began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She was Artist Associate at Williams College, and a faculty member of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 Ms. Genova served as MMF's Education Director, organizing outreach programs and family concerts. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others. Ms. Genova has been guest soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra and Yonkers Philharmonic. Collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Horszowski Trio, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andrés Cárdenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Haber, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Jon Klibonoff, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Todd Palmer and David Krakauer, among others.

Ms. Genova performs with Taconic and Williams Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. She is on the summer faculty of Taconic Music’s Chamber Music Intensive and the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy.

Ms. Genova divides her time between Indianapolis, Vermont, and New York City with her husband, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and their two children.

Contact Information
genovaj@uindy.edu

Dr. Kathleen Hacker

Professor
Music

  • Voice, Diction & Opera
  • DM

Background
Kathleen Hacker, soprano, made her New York debut as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and has sung with major symphony orchestras across the country, including those of Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. She has been a regular cover for Sandi Patty and Angela Brown in the Indianapolis Symphony Yuletide Celebration and was a featured artist on the original ISO Yuletide Celebration CD.

As a chamber musician, where she is most at home, highlights include appearances at the Marlboro, Bard and Aspen Music Festivals. She has been heard on Chamber Music Series throughout the country and many of the 500 concerts to her credit include appearances on virtually every music series in Indianapolis.

Kathleen is committed to supporting the work of contemporary composers and regularly presents world premiers and 20/21 st century chamber music. She also performs oratorio repertoire regularly and can be heard as soprano soloist on the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir 75th anniversary release of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In recent seasons she has been featured soloist in Haydn’s Creation and his Harmonienmesse.

Kathleen holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Jan DeGaetani and received the coveted Performers Certificate in both Opera and Voice Performance. She earned her doctorate of music from Indiana University as a student of Virginia Zeani. Kathleen is Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Indianapolis where she teaches all things vocal, leads professional development classes, and directs the University of Indianapolis Opera Theatre. Her students have continued their vocal study in prestigious programs throughout the country including Indiana University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, University of Washington, Bowling Green, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Texas Rio Grande, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She is an avid supporter and has served as mentor and judge for the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Academy and Competition since its inception.

Contact Information
khacker@uindy.edu
317-788-3408
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 224

Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg, Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg

Associate Professor
Music

  • Music Theory, Voice
  • PhD, Music Theory

Background
Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, music theory and voice (soprano), holds a PhD in music theory and an MA in musicology from Indiana University, and a BM in music history and piano from Illinois State University. While at Indiana University, she studied voice with Paul Elliott and Roger Havranek, and served as a research assistant to Thomas Binkley in his last years with the Early Music Institute. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Indianapolis in 2001, Dr. Hoegberg taught aural skills and coached the chamber rock ensemble at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to her academic duties at the University of Indianapolis, Dr. Hoegberg is active professionally, singing with Mon Choeur (the university's professional choral ensemble) and the Meridian Vocal Consort. She is also a session musician at Aire Born Recording Studios, Zionsville, and a staff soprano at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis.

Contact Information
ehoegberg@uindy.edu
317-788-8437
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 227A

Dr. Paul Krasnovsky, Professor of Music

Dr. Paul Krasnovsky

Professor
Music

  • Womens' Chorus, Schola, Vocal Conducting
  • DMus, Choral Conducting

Background
Dr. Paul Krasnovsky is in his 35th year as a faculty member at the University of Indianapolis, where he is professor of music, director of choral activities, and teaches courses in basic and advanced conducting. Reviews in the Indianapolis Star have described his UIndy student choral ensembles as "impeccable in the demanding score" (September 2009); and displaying "good tone as well as heft in meeting the heaven-storming finale's many challenges" (Beethoven Ninth Symphony, November 2009). In addition, he created and led Mon Choeur, the university's critically acclaimed resident, professional vocal chamber ensemble, which went on to make a Washington, D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center. A performance by Mon Choeur was hailed by the Indianapolis Star as one of the top five classical music concerts in 2000 in Indianapolis. A 20th Anniversary Reunion concert was given by Mon Choeur in February 2011.

At the University of Indianapolis he has conducted productions of opera including Mozart's "Così fan tutte," Puccini's "La bohème," "Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan, and a production of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He is a guest conductor and clinician for a variety of instrumental and vocal groups and has appeared with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. In November 2011 Dr. Krasnovsky led the Ronen Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Dvorák's Serenade, op. 44. In another concert with Ronen, featuring IVCI Gold Medalist Judith Ingolfsson, he conducted a complete performance of Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale." Krasnovsky drew critical praise for the "incisive precision" of his conducting.

Ensembles under his direction have toured nationally and internationally appearing in China, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Greece. Dr. Krasnovsky's ensembles have also appeared in performances for state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Under his leadership UIndy choirs were invited to perform at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference and for the Indiana All-State Choir.

He has served as President of the Indiana Choral Directors Association and holds the degree of Doctor of Music in choral conducting from the Indiana University School of Music, and degrees in conducting and musicology from the Mannes College of Music and Queens College of the City University of New York.

Contact Information
krasnovsky@uindy.edu
317-788-3430
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 223


Raymond Leppard

Artist-in-Residence
Conductor Laureate, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

 

Dr. Greg Martin

Assistant Professor
Music

  • Piano, piano class; staff accompanist
  • DM

Background
Pianist Gregory Martin has been featured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan as both a soloist and chamber musician, as well as being a prize-winner in various international competitions. Recent performances have included engagements at Carnegie Hall (Weill); collaborations with members of the Chicago, Indianapolis and Dresden Symphonies; and the premieres of unpublished compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi.

He has lectured at the University of Berlin, the Grieg Academy (Norway) and Oxford University, and is Head of Academics at the Cornish-American Song Institute (England). Recent publications are articles on Vaughan Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien, with forthcoming essays on Grieg, Schumann and Brahms. Martin studied at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati and Worcester College, Oxford, and is adjunct piano instructor at the University of Indianapolis. He is also active as a composer, and is married to clarinetist Christina Martin.

Contact Information
marting@uindy.edu

Vu Nguyen, Assistant Professor, Music Department

Dr. Vu Nguyen

Assistant Professor, Director of Bands
Director of Educational Outreach
Music

  • Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Conducting, Music Education
  • DMA

Background
Vu Nguyen serves as an assistant professor of music and director of bands at the University of Indianapolis. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the Pep Band and teaches courses in instrumental conducting and music education.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds degrees in conducting from the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of the Pacific. Prior to his appointment at the University of Indianapolis, Dr. Nguyen served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis and taught in the public schools of San Ramon, California.

Dr. Nguyen has conducted throughout the western United States and in Japan, and he maintains an active schedule as a clinician and guest conductor. His research interests focus on contemporary wind band literature, the music of Frank Zappa, conducting pedagogy, and the influence of culture on musical memory. His book chapter on composer Carter Pann was published in the fifth volume of A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Meredith Music Publications).

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Nguyen continues to serve as an officer in the Air National Guard (ANG) where he is the commander/conductor of the ANG Band of the West Coast, a 40-member unit stationed in California that is responsible for providing public concerts and military musical support throughout California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Contact Information
nguyenv@uindy.edu
317-788-6139
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 222

 

Peter Nichols

Instructor
Music

  • Voice
  • MS

Background
Peter Nichols is a 2006 graduate of the University of Indianapolis where he majored in Music with a concentration in Technology and Recording, and a minor in Spanish. Peter studied voice with Dr. Kathleen Hacker. In the fall of 2006, Peter took over the position of Technical and Operations Manager of the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. In 2009 Peter was asked to fill the role of Handbell Director in conjunction with his Performance Hall duties. In 2013, Peter finished his Master’s Degree in Music Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Then in 2016, Peter’s position at the University of Indianapolis transitioned into a full-time faculty position. In addition to these duties at the University, Peter is also a studio musician at Aireborn Studios Inc, freelance audio engineer, and section leader at Meridian Street United Methodist Church.

Contact Information
nicholsp@uindy.edu
317-788-4915

Dr. Mark O'Connor

Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
Music

Background
Since 1996, UIndy Director of Jazz Studies Mark O'Connor has been an active performer, composer, and educator in the Chicago and Milwaukee music scenes. His current CD, Suspended Reality, has received airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe and has garnered such praise as “O'Connor and colleagues, heard on Suspended Reality are sophisticated soloists and ensemble players. This is only O'Connor's second CD, and he shows great skill as a saxophonist… he is someone to keep an eye on in future.”- Michael Steinman, Cadence Magazine, and "O'Connor's tenor is meaty enough to channel the jazz tradition, but modern enough to capture the yearning vulnerabilities of his own time" - Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner. In addition to performing with his own quintet at such venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, and the Jazz Showcase, O’Connor has shared the stage with Bob Mintzer, Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandoval and many more.

O’Connor has served as guest artist and clinician for the jazz programs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as many Chicago, St Louis, and Indianapolis area high schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas where he studied with well-known jazz educators Dan Haerle and Fred Hamilton and a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Eastern Illinois University where he studied with New Orleans piano luminary Henry Butler and Chicago pianist and producer of Suspended Reality, Mark Maegdlin. O’Connor also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Maynard Ferguson alums Chip McNeill and Chip Stephens.

Contact Information
oconnorm@uindy.edu
317-788-3385

Haruka Ostojić

Assistant Professor
Music

  • Director of Pre-College Music Program and Adult Music Program; staff accompanist; piano class
  • MM, Performer's Diploma

Background
Native of Japan, Haruka Ostojic received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she additionally obtained her Performer Diploma, under the tutorship of the world-famous Russian pianist and the founding member of Borodin Trio, Prof. Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.

In a decade-long career as a collaborator, Ostojic has worked with teaching studios of distinguished professors of music such as Jaime Laredo, Janos Starker, Andreas Poulimenos, Alex Kerr, and Sylvia McNair, to name a few. She is often invited to collaborate with competitors at Muncie Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Carmel Symphony Young Artist Competition, and World Piano Competition (Cincinnati, OH). She has also made appearances as a guest performer and an adjudicator in music festivals and competitions in the U.S. and Europe. During summer, Ostojic serves on the artistic and logistics committee for the Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition as well as the accompanist for its concerto division.

Ostojic currently is appointed at the University of Indianapolis Music Department as Faculty Accompanist/Assistant Professor and Director of Pre-College Program.

Contact Information
ostojich@uindy.edu

Sharon Parr, Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Sharon Parr

Associate Professor of Music
Music

  • Piano, Keyboard Skills, Music History
  • DA

Background
Sharon Parr is a pianist with broad performance experience as a solo recitalist. She has performed in nearly a third of the states across the United States from the East Coast to Hawaii as well in Strasbourg and Munster, France, and London, England. As an ensemble musician, she has performed with a piano trio funded by grants from the Indianapolis Arts Council and with regional orchestras in Marion and Indianapolis. She has also performed as a violinist in regional chamber and orchestral ensembles in Fort Wayne, Kokomo, and Marion, Indiana. Since 2005, as a founding member of the University faculty ensemble, Molto Piano, she has focused on the vast and wonderful duo and four-hand repertoire for the piano.

As an educator, Dr. Parr has multiple interests. She teaches piano majors and secondaries and serves as director of the Secondary Keyboard Program for which she has developed a four-semester curriculum for keyboard studies. She also teaches music history and interrelated arts courses. Having traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, she brings practical as well as scholarly experience to her teaching in these areas. She has developed curricula and materials that incorporate an integrated arts perspective into music history coursework. At the University of Indianapolis she has developed courses for the Honors College, the Music Department, and the International Studies Division that investigate the interrelationships and relevance of the arts. In recent years she has taught an international travel course entitled The Arts in Time and Place that has allowed her to take student scholars to London and Vienna. In 2015 Dr. Parr was named Teacher of the Year by the University of Indianapolis.

Contact Information
sparr@uindy.edu
317-788-3227
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 130

Richard Ratliff, Professor of Music & Director of Artistic Advancement

Dr. Richard Ratliff

Professor & Director of Artistic Initiatives
Music

  • Piano, Music Theory
  • DMA

Background
Richard Ratliff has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout much of the United States and in Europe, with solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Carnegie Recital Hall, Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, and the South Bank in London. Highlights of recent seasons include solo and chamber repertoire at the 10th-anniversary Chateau La Gesse Summer Festival near Toulouse, France; an acclaimed series devoted to music of Mozart and his contemporaries on period instruments; and numerous concerto and two-piano collaborations with Maestro Raymond Leppard at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. In addition to nationally syndicated broadcasts by the WFMT (Chicago) Concert Music Consortium and the Parkways Fine Arts Broadcasting System, he has been heard on the Minnesota Public Radio Network in live performances from the Schubert Club of St. Paul. More than 200 solo and chamber performances at the University of Indianapolis since 1980 have been praised for "conviction in every phrase" and "splendors in clarity and precision" by the Indianapolis Star.

Originally from northern California, Ratliff holds degrees through the doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and has also studied at Cornell University, the Curtis Institute, and University of the Pacific. His principal teachers were Cécile Genhart, Barry Snyder, Menahem Pressler, and Malcolm Bilson. Ratliff is Professor of Music and Director for Artistic Initiatives at the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches applied piano, advanced theory courses, and special topics in analysis and criticism. Former students of Dr. Ratliff have pursued advanced study at Indiana University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and the Universities of Michigan, Miami, Minnesota, Florida, and Southern California, among others. His UIndy students have come from Athens, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Korea, Jordan, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, and the Republic of Georgia and have performed to enthusiastic audiences on four continents. Ratliff was named 2009 Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Music Teachers Association.

Performances on campus and at other venues in the area include the complete cycle of Mozart sonatas for fortepiano and violin (with colleague Dean Franke), all of the Beethoven piano trios, virtually all of the piano chamber music of Brahms, and important works of the past century from Debussy and Stravinsky to Zwilich and Crumb. Concerts with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble at the Circle Theatre Wood Room have been characterized by the late Charles Staff of the Indianapolis Star/News as "high energy" (Beethoven Trio, Op. 11), "a strikingly dramatic reading" (Brahms C-minor Piano Quartet), and "a jam session in a madhouse" (Michael Schelle's "Godzilla Brillante"). "It's the pianist who makes all the difference and Ratliff is a pianist who can and did make that difference." He has also premiered more than two dozen significant solo and chamber works by composers Andrew Fox, John Berners, Michael Schelle, Stanworth Beckler, Haskell Small, James Aikman, and others.

Comments from the press: "In two selections from Messiaen's mammoth works "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus" and "Catalogue d'Oiseaux," Mr. Ratliff impressed with his understanding of the composer's spatial conceptions, masterfully cohering the long silences, hushed chords and sudden, fluttering explosions of transcribed birdsong. These were all but ideal performances." -The New York Times

"… a pianist with great reserves of power, the unleashing of which seems always to be under intelligent control. His command of rhythm and tempo has uncanny accuracy, and his ear for a wide range of sonority never seems to fail him in bringing out the meaning of a passage, a chord or even a single note." -The Indianapolis Star

Contact Information
rratliff@uindy.edu
317-788-3249
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 124

Peter Schmutte, Assistant Professor of Music

Pete Schmutte

Professor
Music

  • Music Technology, Recording
  • MM

Background
Pete Schmutte holds the position of professor of music at the University of Indianapolis where he serves as director of music technology programs. As a composer and arranger, he has written for a wide variety of musical genres and a diverse list of clients ranging from American Airlines, the Cadillac Division of General Motors to the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. He has also written numerous soundtracks for Perennial Pictures Corporation with features airing on Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network. He continues to write choral arrangements for Alfred Publications and Shawnee Press with over 75 works listed in their catalogs. In addition to his duties as coordinator of the music technology and recording program, he also teaches music theory and is director of Crimson Express, the student vocal jazz/pop ensemble. Schmutte holds degrees in music theory and composition from Indiana State University and Southern Illinois University.

Contact Information
pschmutte@uindy.edu
317-788-2015
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 227B

 

Janice Schreibman

Assistant Professor
Music Therapy Program Director
Music

Background
Assistant Professor, Janice Schreibman, serves as the Music Therapy Program Director at the University of Indianapolis.  At UIndy, her responsibilities include teaching introductory courses in music therapy, materials and methods, music therapy activities for children and adults, and supervision of field placements.   In addition to her work at the University, Schreibman maintains a music therapy private practice and is a founding member of the Indiana Wind Symphony where she plays flute.  Schreibman is the founder of Creative Pathways Indy, an arts therapies organization that serves seniors, youth, and promotes wellness in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  She is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences on topics related to music therapy.  She currently serves the Association for Indiana Music Therapy as Co-Clinical Training Director and sits on the American Music Therapy Association’s Board of Ethics. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Music from Indiana University at Fort Wayne (1986), an Equivalency (1989) and Master of Music in Music Therapy from Western Michigan University (1996).

Contact Information
schreibmanj@uindy.edu
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 103

Rebecca Sorley, Professor of Music

Dr. Rebecca Sorley

Professor, Director of Student Support
Music

  • Piano, accompanist coordinator
  • DA

Background
Dr. Rebecca Sorley holds the position of Professor of Music at the University of Indianapolis where she is Director of Student Support and Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration. She teaches piano to all levels from Pre-College through Piano Majors. Dr. Sorley holds degrees in piano from Butler, Indiana and Ball State Universities and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. Recent performances include a lecture- recital entitled “Musical Immigrants” for the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney, Australia and “Women Make Music” with daughter, Allegra, for the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Denver, Colorado. She has served as a masterclass clinician and performer for the National Collegiate Honors Conferences in Kansas City, Denver, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.. In addition, she has judged numerous piano competitions from the district to international levels. Sorley is the faculty sponsor for the Beta Psi Mu Phi Epsilon chapter and was recently elected to the International Board for the music fraternity serving as 4 th - International Vice-President, Music Advisor. She has worked as an orchestral keyboardist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic. Along with her daughter, Rebecca has performed eight recitals to benefit causes in Indiana and around the world. Additionally, the mother/daughter duo performed in a live national radio broadcast for WFMT in Chicago. Dr. Sorley also serves as organist at St. John's United Church of Christ in Indianapolis.

Contact Information
rsorley@uindy.edu
317-788-3400
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 226

Mitzi Westra, Instructor of Music

Dr. Mitzi Westra

Assistant Professor
Music

  • Voice Techniques, Voice
  • DMA

Background
Mitzi is a mezzo-soprano who received her BA degree in music and religion from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her graduate work was done at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she received her MM in 1992 and finished her DMA in vocal performance in 1995, working with such nationally renowned artists as coach/accompanist Margo Garrett and opera directors James Robinson and Vern Sutton.

She was frequently seen on stage in roles such as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Amastre in Xerxes, and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. In 1993 she portrayed Ma Moss in the touring production of The Tender Land. While in Minneapolis, she spent four years performing, touring, and recording with a professional choral group, the Dale Warland Singers, and was alto section leader for the DWS Chamber Singers. She then moved to Beaumont, Texas, and taught private voice, diction, and music theory at Lamar University. While there, she played the roles of Lalume in Kismet and Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress, as well as performing frequently with the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Since moving to Indianapolis, she has sung with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Chamber Singers, Beecher Singers at Second Presbyterian Church, and Mon Choeur, the resident vocal chamber ensemble at University of Indianapolis. Summers are spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she sings with The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional chamber ensemble. She currently teaches voice and theory at University of Indianapolis, as well as being the alto section leader at Second Presbyterian Church, recording for Aire Born Studios in Zionsville, and maintaining her own private studio.

Contact Information
mwestra@uindy.edu
317-788-3257
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 128

Associate faculty

Joylyn Hague, Associate Adjunct Professor, Music Department

Joylyn Hague

Associate Adjunct Professor
Music

  • Class guitar
  • MS

Background
Joylyn received her bachelor's degree in voice from the University of Indianapolis and taught in Carmel, Indiana for 10 years where she was Music Department chair. With guitar as her principle instrument, she received her master's degree from Butler University. Hague has continued her studies with Suliman Zai at Indiana University and has attended numerous master classes with internationally known artist such as Pepe Romero. She has performed with the Indiana Society for Classical Guitar and numerous other solo and ensemble performances. She currently teaches guitar classes, ensemble and private guitar students at the University of Indianapolis.

Contact Information
jhague@uindy.edu
317-788-3255


Adjunct faculty


Pamela Ajango

  • Oboe
  • MM

Background
Pamela French is an active oboist and teacher in the Indianapolis area. She is the 2nd oboist/English hornist with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and performs regularly as substitute with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ms. French was previously a full-time freelance musician in New York City, where she performed with many esteemed ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the American Composer's Orchestra, as well as for Broadway productions and commercial recordings. She is co-founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra of New York, and was a featured soloist on its premiere concert.

Ms. French is a founding member of the Circle City Wind Quintet, comprised of members of the ISO. The quintet performs frequently as music educators for the Symphony, at schools, community centers, and for corporate meetings. Ms. French has a keen interest in musical outreach and education; she has served as an educator for the Manhattan School of Music, the New York Philharmonic, the Montana Summer Symphony, and Midori and Friends. Her faculty positions have included visiting professor of oboe, University of Virginia, and assistant professor of oboe at her alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She maintains a large private studio of oboists in the Indianapolis area, and frequently coaches student ensembles at area schools. An Indianapolis native, Ms. French studied with Malcolm Smith, former principal oboist of the ISO, and she completed her bachelor's degree at Boston University, under the tutelage of Ralph Gomberg, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony. Her master's degree is from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Joseph Robinson, principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. She is currently completing her doctorate in music from SUNY Stony Brook.

Contact Information
frenchp@uindy.edu


David Bellman

  • Clarinet
  • BM

Background
David Bellman is in his 26th season as principal clarinet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Bellman studied at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music, where the faculty voted him the prestigious Performer's Certificate. A devoted chamber music performer, he participated in the renowned Marlboro Festival in Vermont and is cofounder of the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, presenting annually a series of four concerts at the Circle Theatre Wood Room. With the Ronen Ensemble, he has commissioned and premiered works of Michael Schelle, David Baker, James Ure, James Aikman, and others. He has performed concertos of Mozart and Copland with the ISO and he has also appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Lafayette and Terre Haute. In addition to teaching at the University of Indianapolis, Bellman has served as a visiting professor at Indiana University, Ball State University, and DePauw University.

Contact Information
dbellman@uindy.edu


Jane Brewer

  • Special education, Secondary Choral Methods
  • MS

James Caraher

  • Opera Scenes

Susan Chan

  • Viola
  • MM

Background
Violist Susan Chan is co-founder and artistic coordinator of the New Century String Quartet based at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center since 1999. Formerly the Accord Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, the NCSQ has earned high praise from California and Indiana critics. The NCSQ has also been featured in the Indianapolis Star, WFYI "Art of the Matter" for its distinctive programming, commissions and performances. Selections of its performances can be heard on WICR and WFIU as well. In addition to the NCSQ concerts and numerous Faculty Artist Series concerts at UIndy, Susan Chan also performed in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Guest appearances include collaborations with the late Rostislav Dubinsky (of the Borodin Trio); the Oxford String Quartet (OH); Suzuki and Friends; the Ronen Chamber Ensemble; Scott Chamber Players; and bassoonist Kim Walker at Indiana University in Bloomington. At Festivals at Princeton University (NJ), Tanglewood (MA), Grand Tetons (WY), Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany), and Music in the Mountains (CA), she has performed numerous chamber works including the premiere of a viola sonata written for her. A former member of the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia San Francisco and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, she also appears frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

A student of the late Walter Trampler, she also studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet, Rostislav Dubinsky and Louis Krasner. a fellow at IHEM, Switzerland and twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival, she served as Principal Viola under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller.

She holds a master's degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) where she was an associate instructor in viola in 1980-82. She also serves as an adjudicator for several scholarship funds and regional orchestral Young Artist Competitions in Indiana. A recipient of the 2005-2006 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship awarded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, she will be researching and performing chamber music which promotes the viola from the late 1500s to the present.

Contact Information
schan@uindy.edu


Dr. E. J. Choe

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Piano
  • BM, MM

Background
A native of Seoul, Korea, E. J. Choe made her televised debut as a pianist for the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) at age six. After coming to the U.S. at age thirteen, she won numerous competitions and appeared as guest soloist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and Arvada Symphony Orchestra. Her studies include a B.M. and M.M. from University of Colorado at Boulder and DM in Piano, Music Literature and Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University studying with Larry Graham, Doris Lehnert, Robert Spillman, Michele Block, and Leonard Hokanson. In addition to her career as a pianist, Dr. Choe served as a vocal/opera coach at Aspen Summer Festival, Indiana University Opera Theatre, DePauw University, and Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy. Prior to joining UIndy, she served as a faculty member at University of Colorado- Denver, Director of IUPUI Music Academy, and Director for Accreditation at New Mexico Highlands University.

Dr. E. J. Choe is an active presenter at national and international conferences for the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and Music Educators National Conference on the topics of Music Technology and Community Engagement. Her researches in improving pedagogy with technology have been supported by Apple, Yamaha, and National Research Foundation by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea.

Contact Information
choee@uindy.edu


Glen Dimick

  • Tuba
  • DMA

Background
Glen Dimick is an active musician and educator. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni and Floyd Cooley, and Alan Baer. Mr. Dimick has earned degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (BM) and DePaul University (MM). During his time at DePaul, Mr. Dimick maintained a large low brass studio and actively freelanced in Chicago. Dimick has completed his doctoral coursework at the Jacobs School in Bloomington. 

Mr. Dimick was famed pedagogue Daniel Perantoni’s associate instructor for three years, during which time he toured the Carolinas with the Indiana University Brass Quintet. Mr. Dimick has also served on faculty at Murray State in Kentucky and at the Jacobs School as adjunct-lecturer of tuba. During the summers, he has served as faculty at the Masterworks Festival and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Mr. Dimick, an active performer, is a substitute member of the Louisville Symphony, does recording work in Indianapolis and has played with groups such as the Madison Brass, Camerata Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Mirari Brass Quintet, a chamber ensemble dedicated to new music and the evolution of brass literature. Mr. Dimick is currently principal tubist for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Contact Information
dimickg@uindy.edu


Sue Dykes

  • Elementary music education
  • MS

Contact Information
dykess@uindy.edu


Thomas Gerber

  • Harpsichord and Music History, Baroque Ensemble
  • MM

Background
Thomas Gerber is a founding member of two early music period instruments ensembles: Ensemble Voltaire (formerly Ensemble Ouabache), a chamber music group formed in 1987 which is currently ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis; and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, formed in 1996, which is presently ensemble-in-residence at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center of the University of Indianapolis. 2006-07 finds him serving a term as chief executive officer of IndyBaroque, Inc. 

Gerber is assistant professor of music and humanities at Marian College, Indianapolis, and serves as well on the faculties of Butler University, where he teaches harpsichord and music history, and the University of Indianapolis, where he teaches music history and coaches the student Baroque Ensemble. He is harpsichordist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as well as of the liturgical early music ensemble Musik Ekklesia. 

Recent appearances have included the Early Music Festival of St. Louis and the Bloomington Early Music Festival, as well as concerts with the period instruments ensembles Catacoustic Consort, Callipygian Players, Pills to Purge Melancholy, and Haydn by the Lake. He can be heard on the Dorian, Concordia, and Catalpa Classics labels. 

Recent projects have included performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, by J. S. Bach; lecture recitals of early Classical repertoire which trace the sources of Mozart's style; recordings of Bach chorales and related works with Musik Ekklesia for Concordia; a recording of the chamber and orchestral music of Reinhard Keiser with Ensemble Voltaire; an Ensemble Voltaire music-drama performance piece called "Madame," which explores the letters and diaries of Madame, the Duchess of Orleans, and the music of the French court of her day; and annual concerts on the theme "Mod Squad Baroque," which juxtaposes solo and chamber music from the Baroque Period with music from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Gerber holds master's degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University, and a bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College (Michigan). His teachers included Fernando Valenti, Anthony Newman, and Elisabeth Wright. 

Summers have found him studying and performing at places such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Accademia Internacional del Verano on the island of Mallorca (Spain), and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

Contact Information
tgerber@uindy.edu
317-788-3257


Cathryn Gross

  • Clarinet
  • MM

Background
Cathryn Gross has been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s clarinet section since 2002. Additionally, she is one of the founding members of the Circle City Winds and is active as a chamber musician throughout Indianapolis. Prior to coming to Indianapolis, Cathryn was acting principal clarinet with the Louisville Orchestra; and served as principal clarinet with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Augusta, Georgia. Other orchestras that Cathryn has performed with include the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has served as an adjunct instructor of clarinet at Indiana State University, and is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Indianapolis since 2006. Cathryn received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and her Master of Music degree from the IU school of Music. Her major teachers include Eli Eban, Charles Neidich, and James Campbell.

Contact Information
cgross@uindy.edu


Joylyn Hague

Associate Adjunct Professor

Contact Information


jhague@uindy.edu

Matt James

  • Marching Band tech
  • MM

Contact Information
jamesmc@uindy.edu


Geoffrey Kelsaw

  • Voice; Voices of Worship
  • BS

Contact Information
gkelsaw@uindy.edu


Doug King

  • Dance
  • BS

Contact Information
kingds@uindy.edu


Terence Mayhue

Associate Adjunct Professor

Contact Information


mayhuet@uindy.edu

Amy Mougey

Associate Adjunct Professor

Contact Information


mougeya@uindy.edu

Daniel Narducci

  • Voice
  • MM

Background
From New York City's Lincoln Center to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, baritone Daniel Narducci has appeared in performances across the globe on the opera, concert, and musical theatre stages. On the operatic stage, Daniel Narducci's roles include Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Escamillo in Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Figaro in Barbiere Di Siviglia, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amor, and Silvio in I Pagliacci. He has been heard in these roles with the Washington National Opera, New Orleans Opera, Central City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara.

Since his professional debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel, Mr. Narducci has appeared with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Naples Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony. Mr. Narducci played the role of Lancelot during two national tours of Camelot, most notably opposite Robert Goulet's King Arthur. He co-starred with Frederica von Stade and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in a program broadcast internationally by PBS entitled Pops at the Phil: A Century of Broadway. With the BBC, he was a featured soloist on the documentary, Kurt Weill in America. Mr. Narducci created the role of Captain Hook on the world premiere complete recording of Leonard Bernstein's Peter Pan, co-starring Linda Eder.

Daniel Narducci received a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from the Indiana University Jacobs where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. After a 25 year singing career, Mr. Narducci returned to achieve his MM in voice from Indiana University in 2014.

Contact Information
narduccid@uindy.edu


Mark Ortwein

  • Bassoon
  • MM

Contact Information
ortweinm@uindy.edu


Nemanja Ostojić

  • Guitar
  • DMA

Background
As a winner of 16 international guitar competitions, Nemanja Ostojić has appeared as soloist in 19 countries. Nemanja Ostojić is a graduate of University of Belgrade, Serbia, as well as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has performed with orchestras like Turkish Bilkent Symphony OrchestraBuffalo PhilharmonicAllentown SymphonySt. George StringsGreek Athens Kamerata, while closely working with conductors like Leo Brouwer, JoAnne Falletta, Dianne Wittry, Bujor Hoinic, etc. His discography includes the debut album “First Born” which has received the rave reviews from the Guitar Foundation of America, as well as the Seichorde, the leading Italian journal for classical guitar. In 2007, the Italian label La Guitarra published a DVD of Nemanja Ostojić’s live concert in Milan’s Palazzina Liberty

A highlight of Ostojić’s career is certainly his appearance with the legendary Leo Brouwer, performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Greek Athens Camerata orchestra, at the 5th International GuitarArt Festival, in Belgrade, Serbia. For this occasion, Ostojić was selected to substitute for the Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Williams. This marked the international launching of Ostojić’s career. 

His top prize competition wins include: Tokyo Guitar Competition, Tokyo, Japan; Niccolò Paganini in Parma, Italy; JoAnn Falletta Guitar Concerto Competition, Buffalo, NY; Anna Amalia in Weimar, Germany; South West International Guitar Competition, San Antonio, TX; Texas Guitar Competition, Dallas, TX; Schadt String Competition, Allentown, PA; Wilson Center Guitar Competition, WI; Volos International Guitar Competition, Greece, etc. 

And avid performer and pedagogue, Nemanja Ostojić is often seen on panels of international competitions like: Indiana International Guitar FestivalVissani Guitar and Mandolin Festival, Greece; Sinaia Guitar Festival, Romania; Texas Guitar Competition, Dallas TX. Ostojić has also given numerous master classes and classical guitar technique-related lectures at various universities like University of Texas at Dallas, UT San Antonio, Yale University, Chapman University (Orange, CA), Ball State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of Music, etc. 

Nemanja Ostojić performs on a 2013 Keijo Korelin double-top guitar, supplied by Reverie Classical Guitars of Indianapolis. 

Nemanja is married to Japanese pianist Haruka Ostojić.

Contact Information
ostojicn@uindy.edu


Travis Person

  • Piano class
  • MM

Contact Information
persont@uindy.edu


Byron Plexico

  • Violin, viola
  • MM

Contact Information
bplexico@uindy.edu


Larry Powell

  • Trumpet
  • MM

Background
Larry Powell is an active orchestra and freelance trumpet player. He serves as principal trumpet with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic and Anderson Symphony Orchestra where he is also the personnel manager. He is also performs frequently with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic and Orchestra Kentucky.

He is also busy as a session player in the recording studios in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. He has performed with artists including Wayne Newton, Sandy Patti, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Leann Rimes, Twila Paris, James Galway, Andre Watts, STYX, the Beach Boys, Allen Vizzutti, Amy Grant, Ronnie Milsap and Peter Frampton, and under the batons of esteemed conductors such as Raymond Leppard, Mario Venzago, Jack Everly and Eric Kunzel.

Mr. Powell is also on the brass faculty at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches applied trumpet and coaches various student chamber music ensembles.

He also owns and manages Powell Music, a company that contracts musicians for corporate and private events, churches and provides summer music camp opportunities for all ages and abilities of trumpet players.

Mr. Powell received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis in K-12 all area music education and a Master of Music degree from Butler University in trumpet performance. Major instructors have been Vincent DiMartino, Bob Wood, Marvin Perry, Jared Rodin and Roger Ingram.

Larry is a Hammond Design (HD) Performing Artist and plays exclusively on HD mouthpieces.

Contact Information
powelll@uindy.edu


Art Reiner

  • Percussion techniques; African Drum Ensemble
  • BA

Background
Art Reiner is a professional percussionist and drummer specializing in jazz, pop, ethnic and classical styles. He is currently a studio musician and performs with the Flip Miller Band, the Spectrum Percussion Trio and the Art Reiner Trio. Mr. Reiner has performed with Red Skelton, Bob Hope, George Burns, Mitzi Gaynor, Holiday on Ice, Ringling Brothers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Sandy Patti, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra and the Indianapolis Brass Choir. He is a regular with Young Audiences of Indiana, providing percussion workshops for the young people. In addition to directing the UIndy African Drum Ensemble, Mr. Reiner teaches percussion.

Contact Information
areiner@uindy.edu


Anne Reynolds

  • Flute
  • BM

Background
Anne studied flute with William Kincaid and performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra while still in high school. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music as a student of James Pellerite, she was a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 1968 to 1978. She is currently in her 21st season as principal flute of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and is a long-time faculty member of DePauw University and the University of Indianapolis. Her acclaimed performances on the Faculty Artist Series range from sonatas of J.S. Bach to important chamber works of Schwantner and Crumb.

Contact Information
areynolds@uindy.edu


Dr. Steven Rickards

  • Voice; director of Vocal Arts Institute
  • DMA

Background
Steven Rickards, countertenor, has received international acclaim as one of America’s finest countertenors. He has performed as soloist with Concert Royal in New York, the Gabrieli Consort in London, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, Music of the Baroque in Chicago, the Santa Fe Opera, and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Tokyo and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Highlights of recent seasons include the premiere of John Adams’s opera El Ni–o in Paris, J. S. Bach’s Mass in B-minor with Joshua Rifkin at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the London Promenade Concerts in Royal Albert Hall. He received a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship for study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He received his master’s degree from Indiana University and his doctorate from Florida State University. He recently released CDs on the Naxos label of the songs of John Dowland and Thomas Campion. He is a faculty member at the University of Indianapolis and is director of the Vocal Arts Institute for Young Singers.

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Contact Information
srickards@uindy.edu


Ariel Rudiakov

  • Viola
  • BM, MM

Background
Violist and conductor Ariel Rudiakov is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, VT, Music Director and conductor of Danbury Symphony Orchestra, CT and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Indianapolis, conducting the chamber orchestra and coaching chamber music. Born in Indianapolis, IN and raised in Riverdale, NYC, Mr. Rudiakov comes from a musical family going back three generations. He received his early musical training from his parents, Michael and Judith before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Rudiakov holds viola performance degrees from SUNY Purchase (BM) and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MM), and was a scholarship student at Yale University’s master’s program where he studied viola with Jessie Levine and chamber music with members of the Tokyo String Quartet. He enjoys a diverse musical life, performing solo and chamber music to critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad, with many fine musicians including the Shanghai and Jupiter Quartets, current and former members of the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri quartets, pianists Ruth Laredo, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Andre Michel Schub, and Vassily Primakov, among many others. Former member of the New York Piano Quartet and Equinox String Quartet, founding member and president of SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), Mr. Rudiakov was Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival (VT) from 2000 to 2016. Among his recordings are the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and the piano quintet by Vittorio Giannini (MSR Classics), which Fanfare Magazine described as “utterly superb”. Composers Richard Lane, Philip Lasser and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson have dedicated works to Mr. Rudiakov, who is active in commissioning and recording new music. At the podium, he has collaborated with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellists Sharon Robinson and Bernard Greenhouse, pianists David Deveau, Christopher O’Reilly, and others. Resident and guest conducting positions have included the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony, Bergen, and Yonkers Philharmonics, Antara Ensemble, Manchester Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Sage City Symphony and recording sessions with Dance Theater of Harlem for their World Premiere production of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet Raymonda. Mr. Rudiakov plays a viola made by the late Geoffrey Ovington in 2000.

Contact Information
rudiakova@uindy.edu


Jennifer Siukola

  • Intro to Jazz
  • MM

Contact Information
siukolaj@uindy.edu


Darin Sorley

  • French horn
  • MM

Background
Darin Sorley is currently adjunct instructor of Horn at the University of Indianapolis and director of the Chamber Music Institute for high school students, which is held each summer on the campus of UIndy. Mr. Sorley also serves as conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Winds and as principal horn of the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Butler University (BME) and The Cleveland Institute of Music (MM in Horn Performance). As a horn builder, Mr. Sorley performs on the first horn he made and is currently creating custom horns for other musicians.

Contact Information
dsorley@uindy.edu


Scotty Stepp

  • Saxophone
  • MM

Background
During 2001-2003 Mr. Stepp was granted a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harriet Hale Wooley scholarship to study in Paris, France, under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Mr. Stepp has been a visiting adjunct faculty saxophone instructor at Indiana University, DePauw University, Indiana State University, and Millikin University.

He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts with professor Debra Richtmeyer at the University of Illinois. Scotty completed his Master of Arts in Saxophone Performance at Bowling Green State University under the tutelage of Dr. John Sampen. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University where he studied with Dr. Paul Bro.

Mr. Stepp has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. Most notable are performances at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, selected performer at the German-American Fulbright Program's 50th anniversary conference in Berlin, Germany and performances in Greece, Cyprus, and Italy. Other saxophone experiences include first prize winner at the 1998 National Saxophone Competition of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Evanston, IL, semi-finalist at the 1998 2nd International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant, Belgium, finalist in the 1999 Crane Festival of NEWMUSIC competition in Potsdam, NY, and prize winner as a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet at the Fischoff 2000 National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN. He has performed with the Chicago Civic, Lafayette, Toledo, Canton, Columbus, Carmel, and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestras as well as the State Orchestra of Thesaloniki, Greece. Scotty is currently the baritone saxophonist for the Solaire Quartet.

Contact Information
stepps@uindy.edu

Dr. Tamara Thweatt

Flute
DMA

Background
Tamara Thweatt was Principal Piccolo of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002 and has served as guest Principal Piccolo in subscription concerts of the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed as flutist with the Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a soloist she has made concerto appearances with the Bach Sinfonia of Washington DC, the Pontiac Oakland Symphony in Michigan, the Charlotte NC Symphony, and the Michigan Chamber Players. As a Fulbright Scholar to England, Thweatt spent a year of intensive study in the studio of Trevor Wye and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin.

Dr. Thweatt earned her DMA from the University of Michigan, a Master's degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. Her principal teachers include Trevor Wye, Clement Barone, Charles Delaney, Jeffery Zook, Leone Buyse and Walfrid Kujala. Dr. Thweatt came to Indianapolis from the University of Iowa, where she was Assistant Professor of Flute from 2003 to 2006. Currently Instructor of Flute at the University of Indianapolis, Thweatt teaches privately, coaches chamber music, and performs widely in concerts and recordings in Indianapolis. Dr. Thweatt is an active contemporary music flutist and has premiered numerous new works. She is also an accomplished baroque flutist, performing the major baroque repertoire on her Folkers & Powell copy of a c. 1730 Denner, and also an avid Irish whistle player, frequently called on for Irish whistle solo parts in commercial recordings.

Contact Information
thweattt@uindy.edu
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center