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Dr. John Berners, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. John Berners

Associate 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

Dr. Kathleen Hacker

Professor
Music

  • Voice, Diction & Opera
  • DM

Background
Dr. Kathleen Hacker, soprano, is director of vocal studies and associate professor of music at the University of Indianapolis. In addition to her duties at the University, she pursues a very active singing career around the country. She made her New York debut as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall and has sung with major symphony orchestras around the United States including the symphonies of Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, where she appeared as cover for Sandi Patty as the featured guest artist in their Indianapolis Symphony Yuletide Celebration.

Kathleen has been a regular featured soloist with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, has been featured in chamber repertoire concerts at the Music Festivals of Marlboro, Aspen and Bard, on Concert Artist Series throughout the country, and on many concert series close to home including the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Series, Music at the Museum of Art, The Meridian Song Project, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Festival Series at Christ Church Cathedral, the Ft. Wayne Bach Society, the Indianapolis Baroque Singers, The Baroque Artists of Champagne - Urbana, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Peaceful Valley Chamber Players and the Ronen Chamber Ensemble. In addition, her eclectic career has allowed her to sing with the Indianapolis Opera and Opera Memphis.

Kathleen holds degrees from Eastman School of Music where she studied with the late Jan DeGaetani and received the coveted Performers Certificate in two areas. She received her doctorate from Indiana University. In the summer of 2004, Kathleen was a featured clinician at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Convention in New Orleans where she was invited to present on the vocal chamber music of Joseph Marx. In addition, she was assistant to Maestro Jack Everly in preparing the touring production of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Yuletide Celebration.

In recent seasons, Kathleen has performed Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate under the direction of Maestro Raymond Leppard, Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and most recently, she stepped in on very short notice to sing Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

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

Austin Hartman, Assistant Professor of Music

Austin Hartman

Assistant Professor
Music

  • Violin/Viola, Orchestra, Stage Tech
  • MM, AD

Background
Violinist Austin Hartman has distinguished himself as both chamber musician and soloist with performances throughout the United States and abroad. As first violinist and founding member of the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman was the winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and has performed to acclaim in important venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Baroque Art Hall in Seoul. Other highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Rockport, Kingston and Aspen Music Festivals, Chautauqua Institution, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He has recorded for the Albany, Naxos and Cedille labels, has been heard on London's BBC Radio 3, and was featured in String and Strad magazines.

As soloist and educator, Mr. Hartman has also earned international recognition for his work having appeared twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra and capturing the Gold Medal Prize at the Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition. He has presented recitals in cities around the world and has collaborated with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Vermeer and Juilliard String Quartets.

Mr. Hartman currently serves on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis as a professor of violin and director of string ensembles and has also served on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook, Heifetz International Music Institutes, Manchester Music Festival, and the Luzerne Music Center. He has been invited to present masterclasses and lectures at music schools and universities around the world including the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Peabody Institute, Indiana University, Temple University, the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan as well as the University of North Haiti.

Mr. Hartman has earned Artist Diplomas from both the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a teaching assistant for both the Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets and studied with teachers Donald Weilerstein, Choong-Jin Chang, and the late Jascha Brodsky.

Contact Information
hartmana@uindy.edu
317-788-3789
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 221

Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg, Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg

Assistant 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

Freddie Mendoza, Instructor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies

Freddie Mendoza II

Instructor, Director of Jazz Studies
Music

  • Jazz Studies, Jazz Band
  • MM

Background
Trombonist/euphoniumist, Freddie Mendoza, has distinguished himself as one of the leading instrumentalists and educators on the jazz scene today. He has performed across the United States and abroad, playing music ranging from the big band style of the 1940s to hot Latin jazz, sharing the stage with many of jazz music's greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer and Harry Connick Jr., to name a few.

Freddie's performance, composition and arranging skills have been featured in a discography that includes over 40 recordings, and he has been recognized by the Clarksville/West-End Artist's/Critics Poll as "Best Trombone Player in Austin" and "Best Arranger in Austin." His film scoring credits include the soundtracks for Hope's Happy Birthday and JetBlast. Freddie also performed on the soundtrack for Bernie, The Alamo, and he made a cameo appearance as an actor in the motion picture The Newton Boys.

As a producer, he was responsible for many timeless albums, including projects such as Tracy Lamar Hancock's latest release "Appasionata," the self-titled project for Ernie Durawa's "Los Jazz Vatos," and is currently producing Los Jazz Vatos upcoming album "El Jefe" on the Strange Brew label. He has also amassed an impressive list of credits as a recording and mixing engineer, such as Ignite Inc.'s "Songs for the New World."

Freddie achieved tremendous heights in the field of education as well. Formerly the director of jazz studies at Texas State University-San Marcos, he has brought his talents to the great city of Indianapolis as the director of jazz studies at University of Indianapolis. He has held positions as artistic director of the San Antonio Youth Jazz Ensemble (SAYJE) and director of the Austin All-City Jazz Band, and is in high demand as a guest artist, clinician and guest director for jazz programs around the nation. Freddie has won many other prestigious positions in the field of music education, including a job as assistant director of the Walt Disney World All-American College Marching Band, a job he was awarded at the age of 20. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in music education from the world-renowned Columbia University Teacher's College in New York City and holds a bachelor's in music performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master's in music composition from Southwest Texas State University.

Freddie's publishing credits including the Penders Masters of the Euphonium – Rich Matteson solo transcription books, and countless arrangements for musical groups of all sizes and styles. Freddie is a voting member of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Association) and the Latin Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin Grammy Association) and is also a clinician/artist with Getzen Custom Series Trombones.

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Contact Information
fmendoza@uindy.edu
317-788-3385
Warren Hall

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

Sharon Parr, Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Sharon Parr

Assistant Professor
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

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. She has served as a masterclass clinician 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. She enjoys studying music by women composers and has performed for the Festival of Women Composers International at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Athena Conference in Murray, Kentucky. Other performances include Mu Phi Epsilon International Conventions in Oakland, California, Jacksonville, Florida and Rochester, New York and the National Collegiate Honors Conferences in San Antonio, Denver, Washington, D.C. and Kansas City. She has worked as an orchestral keyboardist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Evansville Philharmonic. Along with daughter, Allegra Sorley, Rebecca has performed eight recitals to benefit causes in Indiana and around the world. In addition, the mother/daughter duo performed in a live national radio broadcast for WFMT in Chicago recently. 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

Minju Choi, Associate Adjunct Music Professor, Director of Pre-College Music Program

Dr. Minju Choi

Associate Adjunct Professor

  • Piano and Keyboard Skills
  • DMA

Background
Recently hailed as "positively mesmerizing at the piano" by The Times-Tribune, pianist Minju Choi has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony and Shreveport Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Music Academy of the West and Juilliard Orchestras. Ms. Choi has been presented in recitals in cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, New York City, Philadelphia, and Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago. She has performed solo concerts in prestigious venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Studio 54, Cosmopolitan Club of NYC, Salle Franck in Paris, and Steinway Hall. She has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician in live and recorded performances on radio stations around the country including WQXR New York Radio, WFMT Chicago Radio, WQSC Santa Barbara, KDAQ Shreveport, and WICR Indianapolis. Ms. Choi was a featured artist at the Vancouver Recital Society's Chamber Music Festival, in which her performances were broadcast on the CBC Canada Radio.

A strong enthusiast of contemporary music, Ms. Choi has premiered and performed music by distinguished composers throughout the world. Her performances of contemporary works have included David Diamond's Piano Concerto with Gerard Schwarz in celebration of the composer's 85th birthday at Lincoln Center, U.S. premiere Salvatore Sciarrino's "Two Nocturnes," and Philip Lasser´s piano sonata "Les Hiboux blancs" at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, which resulted in the premier of the sonata performed by Ms. Choi as the centerpiece of a modern dance work presented at Lincoln Center and at the French Institute in New York City. 

Ms. Choi has been awarded prizes in several competitions, including first prizes at the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition, the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. She was also a top prize winner in the ARTS competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Minju Choi received her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She pursued additional studies with Jean-Claude Pennetier at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and with Bernd Goetzke at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. She completed her doctoral studies at Stony Brook University with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl in 2009. Ms. Choi began teaching at a young age when she taught alongside her mother as a high school student. She went on to serve on the faculties of the Juilliard School Piano Minor Program and Stony Brook University Undergraduate Piano Studies. She has been a featured clinician and artist at Butler University, Denison University, Indiana State University, Eastern Kentucky Piano Competition, and at Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Concerto Competition. Ms. Choi currently teaches at University of Indianapolis as an associate adjunct professor of piano.

Contact Information
choim@uindy.edu
317-788-2109
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 130

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

Dennis McCafferty, Associate Adjunct Professor, Music Department

Dennis McCafferty

Associate Adjunct Professor
Music

  • Cello, String Chamber Music
  • MM

Background
Cellist Dennis McCafferty is a graduate of Indiana State and Butler Universities and also studied at Roosevelt University, Banff School of Fine Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, and with members of the Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. As recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared frequently with the Indianapolis Chamber Players, Faulkner Chamber Players, Suzuki and Friends Chamber Series, the Linden String Quartet, and as a founding member of the New Century String Quartet, in residence at the University of Indianapolis. His Faculty Artist Series performances have consistently earned high praise from area critics, including a "Year's Best" citation from the Indianapolis Star for works of Messiaen and Martinu. McCafferty teaches applied cello and coaches string chamber music.

Contact Information
dmccafferty@uindy.edu
317-788-3255
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 103

Dr. Marko Petricic, Associate Adjunct Professor, Music Department

Dr. Marko Petricic

Associate Adjunct Professor
Music

  • Music History, Organ, Church Music
  • DM

Background
Marko Petricic holds DMA and MM degrees in organ performance and literature from Indiana University where he studied with Christopher Young. He received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Ohio University where his teacher was H. Joseph Butler. He recently taught applied organ lessons and organ literature at Indiana University.

Dr. Petricic won awards in numerous organ competitions, most notably first prize at the San Marino National Organ Competition in California. He was a member of the jury for the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition, and also for the local AGO chapter competition in Indianapolis.

As an active church musician, he is the music associate/organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church and was the assistant organist/choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, between 2003 and 2006. He was also the choir director and organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis.

During the summers of 1999 and 2000, he was a guest organist/choirmaster at the Church of the Holy Trinity in New York City. His concert engagements in New York included recitals at Holy Trinity and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Dr. Petricic has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, and Yugoslavia. He participated in the Summer Organ Academy in Leipzig, Germany and French Organ Music Seminar in Paris, France where he had an opportunity to perform on some of most renowned pipe organs in the world.

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


Adjunct faculty


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


Paul Berns

Percussion Ensemble Director

  • Percussion
  • MM

Background
Paul Berns is currently principal percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has served as the orchestra personnel manager for 16 years. At the University of Indianapolis, he gives private lessons, performs chamber music, and is the percussion ensemble director. He served as director of percussion for 10 years at Butler University. He has a seven-piece band that performs in Chicago and at many Indiana and Ohio colleges and universities. He has designed two programs being utilized by the ISO education department helping fifth graders with fractions and working with third graders on how to assert themselves through language utilizing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paul studied with Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Joseph Adato and Cloyd Duff, while receiving his bachelor of music education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. His teacher and mentor, Vic Firth of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, taught Paul while he was a scholarship student receiving his master of music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. While in Boston, he had the honor of playing as an extra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra under such legendary conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Seji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Fiedler. He has performed numerous chamber music recitals in Boston, New York City, and Indianapolis.

Paul served on the board of directors of the International Percussive Arts Society for eight consecutive years and hosted their convention in 1981. He served on the board of directors of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and served as president of the Carmel High School Orchestra Parents Club. Paul is presently executive secretary for the New World Youth Orchestra board of directors.

Contact Information
pberns@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. Ashley Cumming

  • Intro to Music
  • DM

Background
Dr. Ashley Cumming is an in-demand hornist hailing from Cambridge, Ontario. She is featured as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician worldwide, including principal horn with the COSI Opera Orchestra in Italy and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and freelance section horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, UANL Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and Orchestre de la Francophonie in Quebec. She was a recitalist at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Michigan, Midwest Horn Workshop in Wisconsin, and at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Ashley was also a concerto soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic in British Columbia, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra in Ontario and Jr. All-State Band in Indiana. Touring the United States with Spark Brass, Ashley performs concerts and educational programs with the acclaimed quintet. She has performed in prestigious programs such as the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts Summer Masterclasses, and International Sommerakademie in Austria. Maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Ashley is an instructor at Marian University and University of Indianapolis while teaching privately throughout Indiana. Ashley holds a Doctorate of Music from Indiana University and was the brass graduate assistant during her studies. She studied with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. For more information, please visit www.ashleycumming.com.

Contact Information
cumminga@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


Pamela French

  • 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


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


Peter Hansen

  • String bass

Background
Peter Hansen began playing the string bass while a junior high school student in Kenosha, Wisconsin after first experimenting with the piano, violin, guitar and flute. He moved to the Chicago area in 1976 and immediately began playing both classical and jazz gigs. Peter has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a composer and jazz bassist and performs numerous educational concerts every year. Peter joined the University of Indianapolis music faculty in 1995.

Contact Information
phansen@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


Dr. Greg Martin

  • 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


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


Peter Nichols

  • Ruth Lilly Performance Hall operations manager, Audio Recording, Handbell Ensemble
  • 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 the current head of the Music Department, Dr. Kathleen Hacker. In the fall of 2006, Peter took over the position of technical and operations manager of the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall where he is currently employed. In 2009 Peter was hired to fill the role of handbell director in conjunction with his Performance Hall duties. To fill his spare time, Peter sings at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, and is a paid studio musician at Aire Born Studios Inc.

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


Mark Ortwein

  • Bassoon
  • MM

Contact Information
ortweinm@uindy.edu


Haruka Ostojić

  • Director of Pre-College Music Program and Adult Music Program; staff accompanist; piano class
  • DM

Background
Native of Japan, Haruka Ostojić received her bachelor’s and master's degrees 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, Mrs. Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.

In a nearly decade-long career as an accompanist, Mrs. Ostojić has collaborated 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. Mrs. Ostojić has also accompanied at Muncie Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Competition, Carmel Symphony Young Artist Competition, Indiana University Concerto Competition, and World Piano Competition (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Mrs. Ostojić was recently appointed as both the staff accompanist of the Music Department and the director of the Pre-College Program at the University of Indianapolis.

Contact Information
ostojich@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


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

Contact Information
thweattt@uindy.edu