Pre-College and Adult Music Program Faculty
- Director of string chamber music
Dennis McCafferty is on the faculty at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches cello and string techniques and is the director of string chamber music. He is also in residence there as the cellist of the New Century String Quartet. As recitalist, chamber musician, studio musician and conductor he has made frequent appearances in the United States and Europe. Reviews have described Mr. McCafferty’s playing as “thrilling” with “remarkable sensitivity”.
Shaina Lescano (student)
- Soloist and performer
Jenna Page, flute, holds a Masters in Music Performance from Butler University and a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Indianapolis where she graduated summa cum laude "with distinction.” Jennifer has performed in masterclasses for renowned flutists Ian Clarke, Thomas Robertello, Paul Edmund Davies, Jeffery Zook, Bonita Boyd, and William Bennett and has presented at the 2008 National Collegiate Honors Conference in San Antonio and the 2011 Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego. She has participated numerous times in the orchestral program at the MasterWorks Festival for the Christian Performing Artist.
As a soloist, Jenna has performed with the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Butler University Wind Ensemble, the Butler University Symphony Orchestra, and at the 2014 Butler Arts Fest. At the 2014 MasterWorks Festival, she was invited to perform Ian Clarke’s Zoom Tube on the annual Honors Recitals. Jenna teaches flute through various venues in the greater Indianapolis area. She has been a Pre-College faculty member since 2007.
- Soloist and performer
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 Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Allentown Symphony, St. George Strings, Greek 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 Kamerata 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; Nicolo 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.
Nemanja Ostojić performs on a 2013 Keijo Korelin double-top guitar, supplied by Reverie Classical Guitars of Indianapolis.
Crystal Barrett, MM
- Freelance oboist and private oboe instructor
Sue Nelson studied oboe performance at Ball State University. She is an active freelance oboist and private oboe instructor in the Indianapolis area. Sue currently plays principal oboe in the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Orchestra, a woodwind octet, two woodwind quintets and a woodwind trio.
Dr. Marko Petričić
- Performer and church musician
Marko Petričić 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. Petričić won awards in numerous organ competitions, most notably the 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. Petričić 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.
Logan Fox (student)
Dr. Minju Choi
- Soloist and performer
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 of 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 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.
- Piano instructor
Including teaching piano for the Pre-College Music Program program at the University of Indianapolis, Marge also teaches piano at Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana University. Her duties there include being Advisor To the Faculty of Young Pianist Program as well as a piano instructor. She is coauthoring a book with Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor, best selling author, and Dr. Xiaoming Jin, Stark Research Neurology, Indiana University Medical center on neurology, autism, and piano. Marge works with many children on the spectrum as well as other atypical learning styles. She has an on going research project studying neurology, piano, music theory, and autism at Butler University.
- Lecturer and composer; accompanist
Gregory Martin studied at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati, and Worcester College, Oxford; performances in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and lectures at the University of Berlin, the Grieg Academy, and Oxford University; also active as a composer; non-music research includes publications on J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Director of Pre-College & Adult Music Programs; accompanist; piano class
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 Music Program at the University of Indianapolis.
- Soloist and chamber musician
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
Dr. Rebecca Sorley
- Director of Student Support; Coordinator of the Music Business Concentration
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 to college piano majors. Dr. Sorley holds degrees in piano from Butler, Indiana and Ball State Universities and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis. 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. She presented a live broadcast from WFMT Public Radio in Chicago featuring piano duets with her daughter, Allegra. Dr. Sorley also serves as organist at St. John's United Church of Christ in Indianapolis.
Allison Vickery (student)
Scotty Stepp, MA, Saxophone
- Soloist and performer; private voice instructor
As a performer, Zach Cardwell is proving himself to be a tenor of great promise, equally comfortable in staged productions and as a soloist in a recital or concert setting. He recently made his professional debut with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble for their concert England: The Musical Hub, in which his performance of "Silent Noon," by Ralph Vaughan Williams, was lauded as an "atmospheric interpretation." Additionally, he made his international performing debut in Eastbourne, England, in a recital in August 2013, with performers from throughout Europe and the United States and was a featured artist in a local recital during his time in Nice, France, this previous spring. Currently, Zach works in the greater Indianapolis area as a professional church choir musician and is a regular in local recording studios, such as the Aire Born Group, recording for the labels of Hal Leonard, Broadway Junior and others.
As an educator, Cardwell has a private voice studio that encompasses a wide range of experiences, ages and locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis Community and outlying areas. Due to his experience and passion for choral music, Cardwell is also an active choral technician for many high school programs, including show choir and concert choir. In the spring of 2014, he made his international teaching debut in Nice, France, while teaching at the International School of Nice for six weeks. During his time at the University of Indianapolis, Cardwell was able to teach music theory of all levels, including AP and non-AP Music Theory at the high school level and tutored his peers in music theory of all levels offered at UIndy, and now teaches Music Theory for the University of Indianapolis Pre-College and Adult Music Programs.
During his summers, Cardwell spends much of his time working in a variety of positions including director of choral activities, vocal coach and chaperone/counselor for summer programs, competitions and choir camps, such as the Vocal Arts Institute and the Great American Songbook Competition (formerly known as the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook High School Vocal Academy and Competition).
During the previous few years, he has received numerous awards for his performance, teaching and academic achievements, such as the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award from the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Madge Cathcart Gerke Scholarship for Music Education from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, the Collegiate Professional Achievement Award from the National Association for Music Education, and the Esch Scholarship from the University of Indianapolis, the institution's equivalent to being named valedictorian. Cardwell graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Music degree in both music education and vocal performance.
Jeff Appel, BS
- Instructor; director of Jazz Studies
- MM, Trombone
Dr. Glen Dimick
Performing musician and educator
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.
Viola & Violin
Byron Plexico, MM, Violin, Viola
Heather Trammell, Viola
Anastasia Vithova, Violin (student)
Dr. Kathleen Hacker
- Director of vocal studies
- Has been a regular featured soloist and has sung with many symphony orchestras throughout the U.S.
- DMA, Voice
Daniel Narducci, MM, Voice
Dr. Steven Rickards
- Performer and voice instructor; codirector of Vocal Arts Institute
Dr. Steven Rickards has received international acclaim as one of America‘s finest countertenors. He sings and teaches internationally and has earned advanced degrees from Indiana University and Florida State University. He teaches voice at the University of Indianapolis where he is codirector of the Vocal Arts Institute.
Dr. Mitzi Westra
- Teaches voice and theory
- Has performed with various groups and ensembles in Indianapolis as well as The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional chamber ensemble in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
- DMA, Voice
Dr. Karri York, DMA, Voice
- Voice instructor, soloist and performer
Karri York, soprano, obtained her Doctor of Music in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is currently on the faculty at University of Indianapolis teaching voice for the Pre-College Music Program, and is Director of Music at Southport United Methodist Church. Dr. York formerly held the position Assistant Professor of Voice in the School of Music at Ball State University, and served as Adjunct Voice Instructor at Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where she teaches voice and piano to students in the surrounding areas.
Dr. York's performance experiences include recitals, oratorio, opera, and musical theatre. She has been guest vocal soloist with Butler Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Masterworks Chorale, and has performed many solo and chamber recitals both locally and nationally. She has been soprano soloist for Handel's Messiah, Haydn's The Creation, Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Mozart's Requiem. Her favorite operatic roles, which she has performed, include Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Laurie Moss in Copland's The Tenderland, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Nerone in Handel's Aggripina.
Dr. York regularly adjudicates for both collegiate and high school competitions. She has also been guest vocal masterclass clinician for Indiana Wesleyan University, Southport High School, and Whiteland High School. She is also a professional recording artist at Aire Born Studios, a premier recording studio in Central Indiana.