Administration
David Murray
David Murray

David Murray has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher. He is currently Professor of Bass and Director of the School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis and Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also plays as Principal Bassist with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois, and at the Bear Valley Music Festival in northern California. Before coming to Indianapolis, David was Instructor of Bass at West Texas A&M University and principal with the Amarillo Symphony. He has been a member of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and also toured twice with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

David’s first private teacher was bass virtuoso Gary Karr, with whom he studied in high-school and at the Hartt Music School, University of Hartford, in Connecticut. Summers were spent at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Stuart Sankey. At Aspen, he won the 1981 concerto competition. In Los Angeles in 1988 he won the International Society of Bassists (ISB) Solo Competition, the first prize being a solo debut at Carnegie Hall. David has made solo appearances, both in recital and with orchestra, and given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, his native Canada, and in South Korea, Brazil, Israel, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Holland. He has performed at several summer chamber music festivals including Scotia Festival, Killington, and Cape May. In June, 2001, David hosted the ISB convention at Butler University for 800 bassists from 27 countries and is currently a Past-President of the ISB. He has been published in the ISB journal, Double Bassist magazine, the Suzuki Association of America journal, and American String Teachers journal. He has recorded three solo CD’s (most recently in 2012), a duo CD with bassist Diana Gannett, is a founding member of the bass quartet Bad Boys of Bass with whom he released a CD in 2006, and he released a DVD of theater music in the spring of 2003.

Most recently he was awarded the ISB’s Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance.

As of June 1, 2018, David is the Director of the School of Music.


“…to hear David Murray play it, the string bass is a vastly and unjustly neglected instrument. Murray…became a prime spokesman for the instrument.”

                                                Denver Post

“…Murray is a top-notch player.”

                                                Indianapolis Star

Penny Dimmick
Penny Dimmick

Penny Dimmick,Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Education program joined the faculty of Butler University in 1991 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music education.  Prior to her appointment at Butler she taught public school general music and percussion for seven years, and was an adjunct faculty member in music education and percussion at TaylorUniversity, Ball State University, and Marian University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Taylor University and Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance fromBall State University, where she also earned Orff-Schulwerk certification (3 levels) and Kodály certification. Additionally, she is certified in: First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege (Levels I andII), and Teaching Guitar Workshops (LevelI) sponsored by GAMA and Duquesne University.

 

Dr. Dimmick’s research interests include teacher preparation, curriculum development, arts integration, and the neuroscience of music. She is a recipient of several teaching awards at Butler University and was named the Outstanding Alumnus at the School of Music at Ball State University.

 

Dr. Dimmick is a frequent presenter at both national and international music conferences,focusing on the areas of teacher preparation, arts integration, and on the use of music as a non-pharmacological intervention on adults with mild/moderate dementia.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), as Collegiate Chair of the North Central division and on the National Collegiate Advisory Board of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education.  She is also an evaluator and team chair of accreditation visits for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Dr. Dimmick is an Associate Director with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir where she directs Level I and II of the Preparatory choirs, a part of the Early Childhood Division of the ICC.  She is also director of music and worship at Sunnyside Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis. She is married to John and has two adult sons, John and Josh.

Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson
Associate Professor – Music

Dr. Nicholas Johnson is a specialist in the music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. He earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from The Ohio State University in 2012, and he has received research grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Mellon Foundation. He has presented his research at several national and international conferences, including four times at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. His current project examines the music theory writings of 17th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He is also a specialist in contemporary rock music and is working on a book project on the White Stripes.

As an instructor, Dr. Johnson teaches Music History 1-2 (Medieval through Classical), graduate seminars on early music topic, music and philosophy, and music and research. 

Referred Journal Articles

    “Jack White and the Music of the Past,Present, and Future.” Rock Music Studies 1(2014), 1-21.         

    “Carolus Luython’s Missa super Basim: Caesar Vive and Hermetic Astrology in Early Seventeenth-Century Prague.” Musica Disciplina 56 (2011), 419-462.

Critical Editions

      Luython, Carolus. Opera Omnia, vols. 1-5, eds. Nicholas Johnson and Carmelo Peter Comberiati. Münster: American Institute of Musicology, Corpus
      Mensurabilis Musicae (forthcoming,first volume 2016).  

Matthew Pivec

As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, TheTemptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider,Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, TheIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. Asa band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States.   He has three albums to his credit, Live atSnider Hall, Psalm Songs and the recently released Time and Direction.  

Currently, Matt is the director of jazz studies at Butler University where leads the Jazz Ensemble1 and teaches courses in the jazz studies curriculum.   Under his direction, Butler ensembles have performed with world-renowned guest artists such as Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Bobby Sanabria, Donny McCaslin,Fred Sturm, Melvin Rhyne, Steve Allee, Ted Poor and the Wee Trio.

Matt received the Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance and Literature)and Master of Music (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) degrees from theEastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman, Matt studied with Ramon Ricker.  He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble,the Eastman Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and served as lead alto saxophone of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Matt received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Matt has presented educational clinics and research at the Jazz Education Network Conference, the InternationalAssociation for Jazz Education Conference, the Midwest Band and OrchestraClinic, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Indiana Music EducatorsAssociation Conference.   His publications have been featured in Jazzed magazine and www.jazzradio247.com.

Matt is a member of the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and in 2013, he received theMortar Board, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Jordan College of the Arts.  He is also a past president of the IndianaJazz Education Association.

In February 2009,Matt founded the Butler Youth Jazz Program and Butler Summer Jazz Camp.  From these programs, students have progressed to study at some of the top music conservatories and colleges in the UnitedStates.   

Courtney Trachsel
Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment – Music
Joy Rogers
Joy Rogers
Administrative Assistant – Music
Vonna Knapp
Budget Officer – Music
Arts Administration
Brenda Johnston
Brenda Johnston

Brenda Lee Johnston received her Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management with an emphasis in Dance and a minor in Theatre Arts—Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She held an internship in the Marketing and Public Relations Department at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Following her internship, Brenda filled in during a maternity leave in the Development Department at First Stage Children’s Theater. Her first full-time position was as the Development Manager at Skylight Opera Theatre (now Skylight Music Theatre).  In August 2004, she took on the role of Founding Director of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC). After six years at SMPAC, she pursued a dual Master’s degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University and Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts from Universita di Bologna in Italy. Her graduate thesis research was conducted at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History under the guidance of Nina Simon. Her thesis is entitled, “The Roles of Museums in Communities: Social Inclusion & Community Engagement.” She joined the Arts Administration faculty at Butler University after serving as the Executive Director of the Schauer Arts Center and teaching as an adjunct lecturer at UW-Stevens Point. She has performed with Skylight OperaTheatre, Wild Space Dance Company, Katie Sopoci and Michelle DiMeo for DanceWorks Performance Company’s “Art to Art”, Cantare Chorale, and others.

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Brass
Tony Kniffen
Adjunct – Music

Anthony Kniffen’s first professional orchestral experience, at age 18, was playing Principal Tuba in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Georg Solti as part of their tuba audition process in 1988.  A year later he joined the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently appointed Principal Tuba of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in September 1997.  His teachers have included Daniel Perantoni and Harvey Phillips, both at Indiana University, Gene Pokorny and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony, Robert Tucci, of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Floyd Cooley, of the San Francisco Symphony.

Playing along with such diverse groups as folk artists The Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau in Hawaii to the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra here in Indianapolis, Mr. Kniffen has also performed with the Saint Louis, Minnesota, Detroit and New Mexico symphony orchestras and recorded numerous discs with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  He has toured the U.S. extensively with Summit Brass and in Japan with Sierra Brass.  He has won four concerto competitions and appeared as soloist with the Honolulu and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras. Other solo appearances include regional and international tuba conferences and colleges, including his alma mater, Indiana University.  A highlight of Mr. Kniffen’s career was performing the John Williams Tuba Concerto on an ISO Classical Series Concert under the baton of Mario Venzago in February of 2008.

Mr. Kniffen is the ‘play-along’ tuba player on a Hal Leonard educational project called, “Essential Elements 2000," and can also be heard on a tribute CD to jazz legend David Baker, "Basically Baker" (volume one), and on "CSO Resound:  The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Section Live."  Along with recordings of the Indianapolis Symphony, Mr. Kniffen can also be heard on a five recordings with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

His teaching career began at the University of Hawai’i and for a time here at the University of Indianapolis.  A great honor has been to fill in for sabbaticals at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and several times for his mentor, Dan Peranatoni at IU.  In the fall of 2018, he gladly filled in for the semester at Ball State for his friend and colleague, Matt Lyon.  Most recently, he travelled to Hokkaido, Japan for their prestigious annual euphonium/tuba workshop.

He is devoted to his lovely wife, ISO violist Amy Kniffen, their children, and their church, and is proud of having recently completely remodeled their master bathroom mostly by himself learning from Youtube videos.

Gail Lewis
Gail Lewis
Associate Professor – Music

Dr. Gail Lewis is the instructor of the Horn Studio at Butler University’s School of Music. She also teaches Music Theory, primarily Aural Skills (ear training), emphasizing its use and importance to the performer. Dr. Lewis is a member of the Owensboro Symphony and performs regularly with several regional orchestras in the Midwest.  She also enjoys performing with various chamber groups in the Indianapolis area and teaches private students and adults from Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  Dr. Lewis is a member of the Athena Brass Band (playing Alto Horn) and has also performed with the Monarch brass ensemble.  Dr. Lewis has performed and presented clinics at numerous International Women’s Brass Conferences, InternationalHorn Society Symposiums and Horn Workshops in the Midwest, Mid-North and Southeast regions.  Her main area of research focuses on Horn pedagogy. Dr. Lewis earned her DMA in Performance and Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she attended the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester earning a MM in Performance, and her undergraduate studies were at Capitol University in Columbus, OH, where she majored in both Performance and Music Theory.  Dr. Lewis studied with Douglas Hill, Verne Reynolds, Nicholas J. Perrini, Frøydis Ree Wekre and Ethel Merker. Dr. Lewis enjoys reading historical fiction and nonfiction, and she loves to travel, including excursions in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota wilderness canoeing and dog sledding.

Allen Miller
Allen Miller
Adjunct – Music – ENR

Allen Miller, trumpet

Allen Miller is a lifelong Indiana resident of Indiana.

Allen has taught at Butler since 1999 and has also taught at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, and the Indianapolis Center for the Performing Arts.

Allen Is currently the assistant principal/third/utility trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed with the ISO in various capacities for many years.  He is a frequent guest performer with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as well as regional orchestras at Fort Wayne, Richmond, Marion, Terre Haute, Lafayette, and others

He has appeared as a guest soloist with the ISO, several regional orchestras, college bands and orchestras, high school bands, community ensembles, the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. He plays principal trumpet on many Philharmonia a Vént recordings. He has also recorded with the ISO, Indiana Brass, Keynote Brass, the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Chamber Brass Choir, Gaither Studios, Hal Leonard Publishing, and many others.

On the jazz scene, Allen has performed with many big bands including the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Steve Allee, Jim Edison, Al Cobine, and others.

Allen has played for numerous Broadway musicals, operas, ballets and festival orchestras.

Mr. Miller has performed with hundreds of commercial artists such as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Mannheim Steamroller, Dennis DeYoung, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, TheTemptations, Frankie Valli, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, The Spinners, Idena Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Leslie Odum Jr., and Sandi Patty.

Allen also performs with several brass chamber ensembles including  Indiana Brass, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, Keynote Brass, and Chamber Brass Choir.

Allen and his wife, Debbie, live in Greenwood and have three children and two grandchildren.

(317) 940-3056(office)    (317)340-7563 (cell)
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Jared Rodin
Jared Rodin
Adjunct – Music – ENR

JARED RODIN came to Indiana from Chicago, where he had been a student of Frank Crisafulli and Arnold Jacobs to earn the MM degree from Indiana University,studying with Keith Brown and Lewis Van Haney. He earned his BM from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale under the tutelage of Gene Stiman, William E.Bootz and Mel Jernigan of the St. Louis Symphony. Jared also counts Michael Mulcahy and Charlie Vernon as mentors.

Active as a clinician and soloist, Jared has commissioned and premiered many works for the bass trombone including “Morph” (1993 Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra) by Ken Kugler, “”DIAX, in Two Parts” (2008) by Frank Glover, “Beneath the Surface”(1997) by Steve Allee and another “Concerto” (1998) by Stan Adams. Jared has presented concerts of music for trombone and strings with the Indianapolis String Quartet at the Indianapolis Arts Garden. He has presented concerts and been clinician at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, University of New Mexico, Hochscule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany and Northwestern University and Indiana University.

A faculty member of The International Trombone Camp, held periodically in the province of Cuneo, Italy and other locations, Jared has performed as Guest Artist in recital and with notable trombonists Joseph Alessi, Ronald Barron,Joseph Burnam, Abbie Conant, Stuart Dempster, Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy,Charles Vernon and Jiggs Whigham.

Additional works have been premiered in Europe including “Remembrance” and “Welcome to the Skeleton Circus” by Frank Glover, and others with the Seraphim Trombone Quartetat the A-DEvantgarde Festival in Munich, Germany. Another work, “Adrenaline”,by William Kleinsasser was performed at the 2005 Florida Electro-AcousticFestival.

Principal Trombonist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Jared was also Acting Bass Trombone with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2008-16. He also appears with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony as well as regional orchestras including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has been appearing with Chicago’s “Music of the Baroque” since 1999 and with the Grand Teton Music Festival since 2008. He was also bass trombonist with Italian National Radio Symphony in Turin, Italy for two seasons.

Aversatile musician, Jared just completed a run with Disney Theatrical’s “TheLion King” in Mexico City and has performed with artists diverse as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, The Who, and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Jared can beheard on the Telarc, Musical Heritage Society, Steinway & Sons, Liscio,Archaeus, Delos, Fonit Cetra, Friggemall, Sea Breeze Jazz and Monarch Jazzlabels.

Jaredis Adjunct Professor of Trombone at Butler University, having held similar positions at Ball State and Purdue Universities. Jared has been guest lecturer at Beinen School of Music, Northwestern University 2000-01 and, as a sabbatical replacement, at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in 2004, 2011, 2014/15 and 2016/17.

Jaredis a principal in Wood & Rodin, Inc., a musical services company, that assists clients in the publishing industry, individual artists and other entertainment entities through the performance and recording process with budgeting, scheduling, talent management and payroll and other functionary responsibilities.

Composition
Frank Felice
Frank Felice
Associate Professor – Music

Frank Felice is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: each piece speaks in its own language, and they can be by turns comedic/ironic, simple/complex, subtle/startling or humble/reverent. Recent projects of Felice’s have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism.

His music has been performed extensively in the U.S. as well as garnering performances in Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, China, the Russian Federation, Austria, the Philippines, the Czech Republic and Hungary. His commissions have included funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Omaha Symphony, the Indiana Arts Commission, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Music Teachers National Association, the Wyoming State Arts Board, the Indianapolis Youth Symphony, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma as well as many private commissions and consortia. A recording of electronic and electro-acoustic music entitled "Sidewalk Music" is available on Capstone Records & Ravello records on iTunes, Naxos and other online sites. Scores and other performance materials can be obtained from Mad Italian Bros. Ink Publishing.


Frank began his musical studies in Hamilton, Montana, singing, playing piano, guitar and double bass. His interest in composition began through participation with a number of rock bands, one of which, Graffiti, toured the western United States and the Far East in 1986-1987. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, the University of Colorado, and Butler University, studying with Michael Schelle, Daniel Breedon, Luiz Gonzalez, and James Day. Most recently he has studied with Dominick Argento, Alex Lubet, Lloyd Ultan, and Judith Lang Zaimont at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he completed his Ph.D in 1998. Frank currently teaches as an associate professor of composition, theory and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 

He is member of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center, The Society of Composers Inc., and the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers. Residencies include those with the Wyoming Arts Council, and the Banff Centre for the Arts and a number of mini-residencies in universities and high schools throughout the west and mid-west. In recent years he has been in demand as an electric and upright bassist, playing in various rock/funk/prog rock/big bands in the greater Indianapolis area. In addition to musical interests, he pursues his creative muse through painting, poetry, cooking, home brewing, paleontology, theology, philosophy, and basketball. He is very fortunate to be married to mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra.

http://www.frank-felice.com/
https://soundcloud.com/felice-composer

Michael Schelle
Michael Schelle

MICHAEL SCHELLE (b. 1950 in Philadelphia) was raised in northern New Jersey and graduated from NHR High School where, as Captain of the track team, he held the all-state distance records in the javelin, shot put and hammer for three years running. Now, 35+ years running as Composer in Residence and founder of the notorious JCA Composers Orchestra (new music ensemble) at Butler University in Indianapolis, he has been 2X nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, a finalist for the International Humour in Poetry Competition (Paris), a published author (film music book), and restaurant critic. 

Upon his arrival at Butler in the 1980s, he inherited the one sole composition major – but for the past 25 years, the department has maintained strong national presence attracting a yearly average of 10-12 undergraduate (BM) composition majors, and 10-12 graduate (MM) composition majors from across the United States and from Europe and Asia, the majority of whom have gone on to successful composition careers in new music, academia and / or music for media (film / TV / video games).

Michael Schelle’s music has been commissioned and / or performed by over 350 orchestras, symphonic bands and professional chamber ensembles across the US and abroad including the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Portland (OR), Dayton, Nashville, Kansas City, Arizona, Honolulu and Springfield (MA), the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, XTET (Los Angeles), Urban Quartet (Phoenix), Voices of Change (Dallas), the Tokyo to New York chamber series … and internationally by Kammerorchester Basel (Switzerland), the Brno Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra (Moscow), Warsaw Chamber Opera, the Czestochowa Philharmonic (Poland), Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Costa Rica), the Koenig Ensemble of London, the Banff Centre (Canada), CoMET (Tokyo), Firenza New Music Festival (Italy), Beijing (China) Opera House, the Zimbabwe Arts Festival, and the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In May 2019, Schelle’s opera The End of Al Capone received its Central European premiere production in Warsaw, Poland.

Schelle has received composition prizes, grants and awards from over 30 prestigious national arts organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Symphony Orchestra League (NYC), American Pianists Association, National Band Association (2012 Revelli Composition Prize), the Welsh Arts Council (Cardiff), the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Arts Council, Arts Midwest, the Great Lakes Arts Alliance, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship (x2). 

He has held extended composition residencies at dozens of leading American universities, conservatories and new music festivals, and at Spoleto USA, Wolf Trap, the MacDowell Colony (NH), and many extended residencies abroad – including Visiting Professor (2017, 2019) at the Kraków Academy of Music, at Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), and in the Czech Republic, Austria, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Japan (x3 – Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima) and China. Schelle holds degrees from Villanova University (theatre), the Hartt School of Music (CT), the Trinity College of Music, London, UK, (diploma), and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. His composition teachers have included Aaron Copland, Arnold Franchetti, Paul Fetler and Dominick Argento. During the summers of 1998 – 2004, Schelle lived in Los Angeles, writing a film music book (The Score, published in 2000 by Silman-James Press, LA, and translated / published in Korea in 2013) – and working on the original scores for such Hollywood blockbusters (?) as The Mummy, G Men from Hell and Bikini Prison.  

http://www.schellemusic.com/1.html

Conducting
Richard Clark
Richard Clark

Composer, conductor, violinist, and violist Richard Auldon Clark is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. A strong proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has performed and/or recorded hundreds of world premiers, and his work has received extraordinary praise in the New York Times, Fanfare, American Record Guide, Washington Post, and dozens of others. Mr. Clark has recorded the music of David Amram, Henry Cowell, Seymour Barab, Lukas Foss, Alan Hovhaness, Otto Leuning, Osvaldo Lacerda, Dave Soldier, Alec Wilder, and many more. An active studio musician as well, Mr. Clark has performed and recorded for Broadway, television, commercial, and film music, including several films for Philip Glass. Mr. Clark’s compositions have been praised in the New York Times and broadcast on NPR stations around the country. With more than twenty chamber works to his credit, Mr. Clark has premiered six new compositions in the past three years at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in September 2016, his opera Happy Birthday, Wanda June with a Libretto by Kurt Vonnegut was premiered by Indianapolis Opera. A frequent collaborator, Mr. Clark works with dancers, choreographers, and visual artists in the creation of new works. Currently, Mr. Clark is Professor of Music at Butler University where conducts the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Ballet.

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John Perkins
John Perkins
Associate Professor – Music

Dr. John Perkins is the Associate Director of Choral Activities and an Associate Professor of Music at Butler University.  In addition to directing the Butler University Choir (SATB ensemble), Perkins teaches in the First Year Seminar core curriculum ("Why Music?"), instructs Aural Skills, Conducting (undergraduate), and Graduate Choral Conducting Seminar.  Combining with Nassim Al Saba Choir (United Arab Emirates), Sao Vicente Acapella (Brazil), and five local high school choirs, Dr. Perkins created a transnational course in Spring 2016, entitled "Peacebuilding through Choral Singing." The course focused on social justice dialogue, relationship-building, and community leadership through choral singing.  In the summer of 2019, Dr. Perkins led a cross-cultural course with Malaysian and North American students in Malaysia, entitled "Musicking Futures."  Recently, the Butler University Choir has partnered with Eastern Star Church, Fishers campus, to encourage dialogue between predominantly Black and White communities.  He practices choral-dialoguing with his ensembles and in the community as a way to engage more deeply in critical justice learning. 

Outside of Butler’s campus, Dr. Perkins is the Director of Music at Castleton United Methodist Church, a board member of Matthew’s Voices Choir (https://www.matthewsvoices.org/), a founding member the Alliance for the Transformation of Musical Academe (https://atma.jazzcosmos.com/), a Fellow at the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Justice, and Global Reconciliation, an Advisory Board Member for Euro Mediterranean Music Academy (EMMA) for Peace, and a member of the American Choral Directors Association Diversity Initiatives sub-committee.  

Before arriving in Indianapolis in Fall of 2014, he taught at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 2008-2014 and developed the country’s first music program in higher education. There, Perkins directed the university’s choral program and founded the Nassim Al Saba Choir, the first Arabic, four-part choir in the Gulf region. The ensemble, aimed at building cultural bridges between Arab and non-Arab countries, performed extensively in the UAE and abroad in New York City, Indonesia, and Jordan.  

Dr. Perkins has presented research papers at the MayDay Group (Limerick, Ireland), International Society for Music Education (Azerbaijan), Research in Music Education (United Kingdom), New Directions in Music Education, Music, Sound and Trauma (Bloomington, IN), ACDA statewide and regional conferences, the Lund International Choral Festival (Sweden), Aswatuna Arabic Choral Festival (Jordan), International Symposium on Choral Music (Indonesia), and the International Musicological Conference: Marginal Figures in 20th-century Music (Russian Federation).  His research is published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Choral Journal, the International Choral Bulletin and in other books. His values-based indigenous music pedagogy (VIMP) research and teaching project was accepted by the Fulbright Senior Scholar committee.

As a guest clinician, Dr. Perkins has been a resident artist and has given conducting masterclasses in the United Arab Emirates, USA, Indonesia, Oman, Lebanon, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His research and professional contributions include presentations, articles, and arrangements concerning social justice through choral musicking, trauma-informed critical-musical pedagogy, Arabic choral music, cross-cultural music education, the choral works of Lili Boulanger, and music of the Symbolist (Belle Époque) era. Perkins’s new choral-orchestral arrangement of Lili Boulanger’s Psaume 130, Du fond de l’abîme and Arabic choral arrangements have been internationally premiered.  

Perkins received his graduate degrees from the University of Arizona (Tucson) and Temple University (Philadelphia), and bachelor’s degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton).  His education continues through many transformative moments with his students.


Eric Stark
Eric Stark

In a dynamic career that combines performance, scholarship and collaborative leadership, conductor Eric Stark has established himself as a choral-orchestral specialist. 

Stark has led performances of the Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts, Britten’s War Requiem and Saint Nicolas, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Mass in B minor, the Weihnachts-Oratorium and numerous cantatas, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Zipoli’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass and Requiem, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, the Poulenc Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, and Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. He has prepared choruses for such notable conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Raymond Leppard, Jahja Ling, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Mario Venzago, Carl St. Clair, Erich Kunzel, Krzysztof Urbanski and Jack Everly. His choruses are heard on multiple compact discs, including A Festival of Carols with Sylvia McNair (Naxos, 2019), the world premiere recording of Fairouz’s Zabur (Naxos, 2016), Festival of Carols Vol I (2014), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2011); From East to West (2005) a holiday compilation with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; The Harmonies of Hoosier History, (2001) featuring works by Indiana composers performed by the Indianapolis Arts Chorale; and A Festival of Carols (1997) with the Muncie, IN Masterworks Chorale. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2019, Stark was invited to teach and conduct at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Pontifical Catholic University in Porto Alegre (Brazil).

Stark’s work as artistic collaborator and community leader has been both broad and unique. Under his leadership, his choirs have performed with such groups as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Repertory Theater, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, American Pianists Association, Jordan College Academy of Dance, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Clowes Memorial Hall, Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) and Butler University. He has conducted in the Oriental Art Center Concert Hall in Shanghai, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has made conducting appearances in Greece, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay, and has led choirs on domestic tours in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa.

In 2012, Stark served as chorus master for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, featuring Madonna, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj and LMFAO. He was honored with a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2005. A firm believer in the power of music to connect diverse audiences and enrich lives, Stark has led a revitalized program of innovative educational outreach programs since joining the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir in 2002. In-Choir-ing Minds is an interactive discussion/performance featuring engaging dialog interspersed with live musical examples. Hallelujah—What’s It to Ya?! is a light-hearted musical inspection of the greatest musical work of all time, Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus. The in-depth Choral Colloquium focuses on the contextual issues surrounding the great works for chorus and orchestra, and has featured such notable participants as composers Morten Lauridsen and Kyle Gann, scholar/performers Vance George, John Shirley-Quirk, Nick Strimple, Byron Adams and R. Larry Todd, and theologians Richard Hamilton and Frank Burch Brown.

Stark serves as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music of the School of Music at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts. There he leads the graduate program in choral conducting, conducts the Butler Chorale, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting and choral literature. His former conducting students have received appointments at leading choral positions around the United States, including Stetson University, Hollins University, Purdue University, Princeton University, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Los Angeles Opera, Transylvania University, Fort Wayne Children’s Chorus and the University of Wisconsin. In 2003 and 2009 he taught a Butler University honors course he designed, Putting Wings on Dreams—the First 100 Years of Powered Flight, using the dramatic stories of aviation pioneers as case studies in human determination and innovation. He has served on the faculties of Christian Theological Seminary, Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne and Earlham College. He received the doctoral degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, where he was a student of Jan Harrington, Robert Porco and Thomas Dunn. He is a 2014 Sagamore of the Wabash, the state of Indiana’s highest civilian honor. A 1988 graduate of Wabash College, he is also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit network of pilots providing free air transportation for those with medical needs.

Jazz Studies
Matthew Pivec

As a performer of jazz and popular music, Matt has worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, TheTemptations, Dave Rivello, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider,Julia Dollison, Melvin Rhyne, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, TheIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Pops Orchestra, and the national touring companies of Hairspray, 42nd Street, and The Producers. Asa band leader and soloist, Matt has performed at jazz festivals and venues throughout the United States.   He has three albums to his credit, Live atSnider Hall, Psalm Songs and the recently released Time and Direction.  

Currently, Matt is the director of jazz studies at Butler University where leads the Jazz Ensemble1 and teaches courses in the jazz studies curriculum.   Under his direction, Butler ensembles have performed with world-renowned guest artists such as Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Bobby Sanabria, Donny McCaslin,Fred Sturm, Melvin Rhyne, Steve Allee, Ted Poor and the Wee Trio.

Matt received the Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone Performance and Literature)and Master of Music (Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media) degrees from theEastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman, Matt studied with Ramon Ricker.  He performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble,the Eastman Graduate Saxophone Quartet, and served as lead alto saxophone of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Matt received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Matt has presented educational clinics and research at the Jazz Education Network Conference, the InternationalAssociation for Jazz Education Conference, the Midwest Band and OrchestraClinic, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Indiana Music EducatorsAssociation Conference.   His publications have been featured in Jazzed magazine and www.jazzradio247.com.

Matt is a member of the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and in 2013, he received theMortar Board, Excellence in Teaching Award from the Jordan College of the Arts.  He is also a past president of the IndianaJazz Education Association.

In February 2009,Matt founded the Butler Youth Jazz Program and Butler Summer Jazz Camp.  From these programs, students have progressed to study at some of the top music conservatories and colleges in the UnitedStates.   

Erin Benedict
Erin Benedict

Erin Benedict is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Voice Performance and Commercial Music. While in school, she traveled with the Manhattan School of Music Big Band to Italy where they were featured performers at the Venito Jazz Festival. Erin had the privilege of studying under Jackie Presti while in school. During her years in New York, she worked as a session singer recording movie backgrounds for Disney, including the motion picture “Mission To Mars”. If you visit the the Hayden Planetarium of New York’s Museum of Natural History you will hear her singing in the featured program “Passport to the Universe” narrated by actor Tom Hanks. Erin toured the United States with “Pieces of 8”, an eight person a cappella jazz ensemble, performing songs written and arranged by Dr. Charles Mead. She now resides in Indianapolis with her husband Greg and three children. In addition to being a soloist at Second Presbyterian Church, Erin is also a regular session vocalist at The Lodge Studios, Airborne Studios and Gaither Studios. She is a background vocalist for renowned Christian singer Sandi Patty’s studio albums “Broadway Stories” and “Forever Grateful”. In 2015, Erin released her first album “Steal Away” and currently serves on the jazz faculty at Butler University.

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Jon Crabiel
Jon Crabiel
Senior Lecturer – Music

Jon Crabiel is Percussion Artist-in-Residence at Butler University Jordan College of the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. At Butler University, Jon serves as coordinator of percussion studies, conducts the percussion ensembles and teaches courses in percussion literature, pedagogy and world drumming. In addition, Jon serves as director and founder of the Butler Percussion Camp held every June at Butler University. 

In 2017, Jon took a one-year leave of absence from Butler to perform and serve as Acting Assistant Principal Timpani and Percussion with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-18 season in Washington, D.C. Jon is first-call extra percussion with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Empire Brass, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope and national Broadway tour companies. He has served as Principal Timpani at Bear Valley Music Festival and toured with the River City Brass Band. In addition to classical music, Jon is equally versed in rock, pop, jazz, Latin American and Brazilian percussion and drumset. He is a member of The Icarus Ensemble, an eclectic five-piece jazz group made up of members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Icarus Ensemble have performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in concert as guest artist at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and released their first self-titled CD The Icarus Ensemble in 2015.

Jon studied as an Artist Diploma candidate at Carnegie Mellon University and received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from Eastern Illinois University. His past teachers include: Timothy Adams Jr., Professor Johnny Lee Lane and Richard Paul. In 2014, Jon received Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University.

An active performer, clinician and educator throughout the Midwest, Jon serves annually as percussion coach of the Honor Orchestra of America and Masterclass Clinician for the Music For All National Concert Festival. He has served on faculty of the United States Percussion Camp, MidWest Percussion Camp, Las Vegas Percussion Camp, Great Lakes Music Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. 

He has presented clinics for the Percussive Arts Society, Indiana Music Educators Association and Indiana Percussion Association. Jon is an active and in demand studio musician for commercial recording sessions and has made solo performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (with The Icarus Ensemble), Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference and the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention.

Jon’s students have received numerous Butler University Concerto Competition honors and awards – and his former students are currently performing with major symphony orchestras, touring nationally and internationally with Broadway shows and teaching at universities in North America. Jon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses Yamaha Drums and Percussion, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and Zildjian Cymbals.

Richard Dole
Richard Dole
PT – Teaching Fellowship Music

Richard Dole is an active tenor/bass trombonist and educator in Indianapolis and the surrounding region. He performs with several regional orchestras including Sinfonia da Camera Orchestra in Champaign/Urbana Illinois, The Illinois Symphony, Danville Symphony, Carmel Symphony, and the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He has toured or performed with Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Steve Lawrence/Edie Gorme, Barry Manilo, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra China tour, and in 2008 traveled with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra to Egypt for a US State Department Tour. He received both his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has studied with legends in both the jazz and trombone world including: M. Dee Stewart, Edwin Anderson, Carl Lenthe, Dominic Spera, and Dr. David N. Baker.


He can be heard each Wednesday at 9pm on WICR 88.7 as co-host of the radio show ‘Have You Heard’. The podcast of the radio show is online at: haveyouheardjazz.com. Mr. Dole resides in Indianapolis with his wife Stacy and their two beautiful children, Griffin and Ellington.

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Sean Imboden
Sean Imboden
PT – Teaching Fellowship Music

Sean Imboden, a native of Indianapolis, grew up in a musical family and began piano lessons at an early age. Following in the footsteps of his father, Sean started clarinet in grade school and added saxophone in high school. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Immediately following school, Sean went on the road and toured internationally for several years with various Broadway productions including Hairspray, A Chorus Line, and Young Frankenstein. He has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, and Slide Hampton. As a featured soloist for Blast II, Sean toured Japan twice. Now leading his own ensembles, Sean engages audiences with fresh improvisation and compositions. The Sean Imboden Large Ensemble (SILE) is a group of 17 musicians based in Indianapolis. The focus of this group is to contribute to the consistent growth of the modern big band. New works of local composers are featured, which explore new sounds, textures, and possibilities within the structure of the standard instrumentation. Creative arrangements of favorite standards are also interwoven into the band’s repertoire, giving the music a foothold in tradition, while striving for a unique sound. Along with a diverse schedule of performance and recording, Sean is an adjunct professor at Butler University and Indiana University. Sean maintains active YouTube and Instagram pages, and you can find his blog and performance schedule at www.seanimboden.com.

Jennifer Siukola
Adjunct – Music – ENR

BIO-Nov. 2, 2017

Since completing her doctorate in trumpet performance/music theory and composition, Jen has been actively performing, teaching, and writing. Her debut album “Lighthouse Reverie,” which featured all original compositions, was released in June of 2017. It reached #2 on the Roots Music Jazz Chart, #70 on the Jazz Week Chart, and has received excellent reviews.

Jen has extensive experience as a freelance and studio musician in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, and performed for three years as a trumpet player on cruise ships. A few performance highlights include playing with the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, the Four Tops, The Platters, Charo, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

As an educator, Jen keeps busy teaching jazz trumpet at Butler University, jazz history at the University of Indianapolis, and trumpet lessons at Noblesville High School and in her home studio. She is a regular ensemble director for the Butler Youth Jazz Program, and has been on the jazz faculty for the Music for All Summer Camp since 2012. Jen has adjudicated for several jazz festivals, including the Purdue Jazz Festival, the Dimensions in Jazz Festival, the Barry Ashton Jazz Festival, the Pendleton Heights HS Jazz Festival, and the 22nd Annual Carl Nicholas Invitational Jazz Festival. Jen also serves on the board for the Indiana Jazz Educators Association, and assists in organizing the annual All-State jazz ensembles.

Jen is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays a Xeno Artist Model ‘Chicago’ B-flat trumpet.

www.jensiukola.com 

Alexander Williams
Teaching BCAS 27017

SandyWilliams has been a fixture on the Indiana music scene for several decades. His live performance credits include performing with Idina Menzel, John Waters,Liza Mennelli, Marvin Hamlisch, alt-country rocker Steve Earle, Michael Feinstein’s live PBS special, the Steve Allee Big Band,  the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, andIndianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in the pit orchestra for a number of touring Broadway shows, including, The Lion King, Chicago, Legally Blonde,Motown, and Beautiful. As a studio musician his credits include The RounderRecords box-set (with Carrie Newcomer), jazz arranger John Clayton, John Mellencamp’s movie soundtrack Falling From Grace (with Larry Crane), Hal Leonard publications’ Essential Elements series, hundreds of jingles, and gospel singers Sandi Patti and Bill Gaither. He is the author of Live Sound ForGuitar (pub.Cengage Learning) and technical editor for many of the Guitar ForDummies series. In November 2014 he performed four concerts in Guangzhou,China, with jazz pianist Steve Allee.

Jesse Wittman
Jesse Wittman
PT – Teaching Fellowship Music

Jesse Wittman is a bassist, composer,educator and recording artist based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Heholds a degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University where hestudied with David Baker and Bruce Bransby. He also holds a master’sdegree in Composition from Butler University where he studied withJames Aikman and Michael Shelle. He currently teaches jazz bass atButler University and has had the pleasure of working with greatmusicians around the country such as Nicole Henry, Marvin Hamlisch,Steve Houton, Anne Hampton Callaway and trombonist Steve Davis.

Piano/Keyboard
Kate Boyd
Kate Boyd
Professor – Music

An active soloist and chamber musician, American pianist Kate Boyd has performed solo recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Musikhalle Hamburg, in addition to many places throughout the US, Europe and Canada. As a faculty member at Butler University, she has appeared as a soloist with each of the University’s large ensembles in performances ranging from Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

A passionate advocate for the music of our time, Boyd has performed many world premieres, including James Woodward’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble. Her first solo CD, Music for the End of Winter (Ravello), consists of previously-unrecorded works for solo piano by composers Daniel Koontz, Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, Howard Frazin and John Halle. Her second solo CD, consisting of works by John Cage (Navona), was met with critical acclaim and has received more than 100,000 digital downloads and streams to date.

With violinist April Johnson and cellist Peter Seidenberg, Boyd is a founding member of the NewYork-based Oracle Trio, a piano trio that performs works from the eighteenth century to the present. The Oracle Trio has been a featured ensemble for COLLECTANEA, a multimedia dance and music event, was a featured conferenceartist for the Indiana Music Teachers Association, and has performed on concert series in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, New York, and elsewhere. In addition,Oracle has commissioned works from Daniel Koontz and Douglas McConnell, and champions works by contemporary American composers including Marc Mellits,David MacDonald and Samuel Adler.

In addition to her work with Oracle, Boyd regularly collaborates with musicians and artists from various disciplines. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, she performed a work by composer Elaine Agnew with the Orbit Dance Centre dance troupe, as well as Bach’s C Minor Partita in live performances with the dance program at Butler University. She has performed dozens of chamber music works, including a televised performance of George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening, for two pianos and two percussion; and John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro, for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart.

As an educator, Boyd is also active as a conference clinician. She has presented lectures and workshops at state, regional, and international conferences, including the International John Cage Conference in Malaysia, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Germany, the College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, and various state conferences. She is in demand as an adjudicator,and has judged for many events, including the ISSMA state competition, the MTNA Southern Division Competitions, and Stickley Piano Competition. Boyd has also served on the national Fulbright screening committee for piano applicants. She regularly gives masterclasses to students through teacher organizations and universities, and has worked with students of all ages.

Boyd has received numerous awards and prizes, including the 2019 Teacher of the Year award fromthe Indiana Music Teachers Association and the 2017 Outstanding Professor of the Year award from Butler University. She has also received a Creative RenewalFellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and an Indiana Arts Commission Grant.  Other awards and prizes include a Fulbright scholarshipand fellowships at the Tanglewood Center, Blossom Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prussia Cove (England).

Boyd received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Sedmara Rutstein; her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, where she studied with renowned pianist and pedagogue Gilbert Kalish; and a Diploma from the Hannover (Germany) Academy of Music,where she studied with Israeli master teacher Arie Vardi. She also studied with Estonian pianist Arbo Valdma at the Cologne (Germany) Academy of Music, under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. In addition to her major teachers, she received extensive coachings and attended residential masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Gyorgy Sebok, John Perry, Reinbert DeLeeuw, and Ronald Copes, among others.

Kate Boyd is Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at Butler University, where she was recently promoted to the rank of full professor. In the summers, she serves as the head of the piano faculty of the internationally-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. Formerly, she was on the faculty of Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio, and for ten summers taught at Kinhaven Music School, in Weston, Vermont.

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Thomas Gerber
Adjunct – Music – ENR
Heather Hinton
Adjunct – Music – ENR
DJ Smith
DJ Smith

DJ Smith has served on the piano faculty of Butler University since 2008. DJ maintains his own private studio of students of all ages and performance levels through the Butler Community Arts School. DJ is also the Artistic Director of the BCAS Piano Camps. He holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a nationally certified teacher in music (NCTM).

DJ Smith is currently president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. DJ performs regularly as soloist, collaborates with fellow artists, andfrequently lectures at conferences and festivals throughout the region. Recent projects have included a performance of Carnival of the Animals in collaboration with fellow faculty artists, featured as part of the Butler ArtsFest. He has also recently presented a lecture recital on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin for both the IMTA Conference and the Butler University Faculty Artist Series. DJ is the director of music at Irvington United Methodist Church where he plays piano, organ and directs the choir. 

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Music Education
Tim Brimmer
Tim Brimmer

My office is a SAFE ZONE for individuals of all ethnicities, 
abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities
.


MUSIC AS HEALTH: SOLUTIONS FOR HEALTHY AGING 

Dr. Brimmer leads a collaborative team of interdisciplinary colleagues, students and industry leaders in music, psychology, pharmacy, communication science disorders, physics, supporting research and training that advance quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers.  Working alongside physicians, nurses, and caregivers, we prescribe music for rousing and calming, for increasing physical, mental and social health, for reducing harmful noise levels and for advancing hearing recovery.

 APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR 

Dr. Brimmer designed and directs Jordan College of Arts’ Multisensory Learning Facilitiessupporting teaching and learning across programs in Art+Design, Arts Administration, Dance, Music and Theatre. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Dr. Brimmer advances teaching, learning, research, and creativity through the design of digital arts solutions for schools and universities, health care facilities and corporate and community organizations in the USA, Brazil, Japan and Hong Kong. His current focus is on designing technology solutions that advance quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. 

MUSIC EDUCATION

                                                      
Tim’s work in music education is internationally acclaimed and far-reaching, including conducting and teaching in Brazil, Cuba, Finland, Hong Kong and Japan. For 15 years, Dr. Brimmer directed Butler’s Vocal Jazz Activities and Jordan Jazz, while hosting Butler’s annual Vocal Jazz Fest for selected high school and collegiate musicians, working with such industry leaders as Bobby McFerrin, Manhattan Transfer, New York VoicesThe Real Group (Stockholm, Sweden), Todd Rundgren, Rockapella, Take 6, John Pizzarelli, Elvis Costello, Jonny Dankworth, Cleo Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, The Swingle Singers (London) and The Four Freshmen (Butler alums). He also served as a Visiting Scholar and Overseas Consultant for the Hong Kong University of Education. Dr. B’s areas of expertise includes music psychology, pedagogy, clinical supervision, acoustics of music and speech, choral-orchestral conducting, and vocal jazz.

At Butler, Tim is a Social Justice and Diversity Fellow, an Ally Fellow, a Science Olympiad Adjudicator, and member of JCA’s SJD Taskforce. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University, a
 Master of Music Education from Northwestern Michigan University, and a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University. 


For more information, please visit http://blue.butler.edu/~tbrimmer  or email tbrimmer@butler.edu

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Penny Dimmick
Penny Dimmick

Penny Dimmick,Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Education program joined the faculty of Butler University in 1991 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in music education.  Prior to her appointment at Butler she taught public school general music and percussion for seven years, and was an adjunct faculty member in music education and percussion at TaylorUniversity, Ball State University, and Marian University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Taylor University and Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance fromBall State University, where she also earned Orff-Schulwerk certification (3 levels) and Kodály certification. Additionally, she is certified in: First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege (Levels I andII), and Teaching Guitar Workshops (LevelI) sponsored by GAMA and Duquesne University.

 

Dr. Dimmick’s research interests include teacher preparation, curriculum development, arts integration, and the neuroscience of music. She is a recipient of several teaching awards at Butler University and was named the Outstanding Alumnus at the School of Music at Ball State University.

 

Dr. Dimmick is a frequent presenter at both national and international music conferences,focusing on the areas of teacher preparation, arts integration, and on the use of music as a non-pharmacological intervention on adults with mild/moderate dementia.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), as Collegiate Chair of the North Central division and on the National Collegiate Advisory Board of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education.  She is also an evaluator and team chair of accreditation visits for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Dr. Dimmick is an Associate Director with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir where she directs Level I and II of the Preparatory choirs, a part of the Early Childhood Division of the ICC.  She is also director of music and worship at Sunnyside Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis. She is married to John and has two adult sons, John and Josh.

Lori Honer
Adjunct – Music
Becky Marsh
Assistant Professor – Music

Dr. Becky Marsh is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Butler University. She holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, with a choral conducting cognate, from Michigan State University. During her time at Michigan State, Dr. Marsh was awarded a university-wide Excellence-in-Teaching Citation. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Prior to pursuing graduate degrees, Dr. Marsh served as a choral music educator in North Carolina. While there, the choral ensembles grew in both size and spirit, performing locally for the community and nationally as a part of the National Youth Choir. She initiated two student-led contemporary a cappella groups as well as a Choral Leadership Council designed to give students ownership and voice in their program. Additionally, she was the Music Director of Lexington Youth Theatre for three seasons, preparing K-12 students of various backgrounds as well as conducting pit orchestras of varying sizes and instrumentations for full-length musical theater productions.

An active presenter and guest clinician, Dr. Marsh has shared her scholarship and passion for teaching at local, state, regional, and national conferences and events. Her research interests include music teacher identity development, students’ acquisition of musicianship skills, and creative musicianship in the ensemble setting. Her dissertation, Observing the Observer: An Examination of Preservice Music Teachers’ Initial Field Observations, examines the intersections of identity and initial field-observation experiences of preservice music teachers. Additionally, her co-authored review of Randall Allsup’s Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education is published in Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. Dr. Marsh continually strives for her work to inform music teacher education, support practicing music educators, and make music classrooms an inviting and inclusive space for all students.

At Butler University, Dr. Marsh teaches Foundations in Music Education courses, Teaching the Young Singer, Comprehensive Choral Music Techniques, various music education elective courses, and aural skills courses. She also serves as a co-advisor to Butler University’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In addition to her appointment at Butler, she serves on staff for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Dr. Marsh also sings and tours as a member of mirabai, a professional women’s ensemble dedicated to empowering women by expressing, through music, the full range of women’s experiences and narratives. She hopes to inspire music educators to envision and enact a culture of school music education that is welcoming to all students, functions as an integral part of the school community, and promotes lifelong engagement with music.

Brian Weidner
Brian Weidner
Assistant Professor – Music

Brian N. Weidner is the assistant professor of instrumental music education and coordinates the graduate program in music education.  He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Northwestern University with additional degrees in music and education from Olivet Nazarene University, Northern Illinois University, and Illinois State University.  Before coming to Butler, he was a lecturer in the music and education departments at Lake Forest (IL) College.  Previously, he taught at McHenry (IL) High School for 12 years, serving as its Fine Arts Coordinator and Director of Bands.  

He has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Psychology of Music, and regional journals and has presented nationally and internationally.  He is also the author of Brass Techniques and Pedagogy. His research focuses on the development of independent musicianship through large music ensembles and processes of disruption in music teacher education.

At Butler University, he teaches Instrumental Music Methods, Administration of School Music Programs, BrassTechniques, Historical & Philosophical Foundations of American Music Education, Research in Music Education, Curriculum Design & Assessment Practices, Repertoire Studies in Music Education, Arranging and Composing for Educational Ensembles, and Critical Issues in Music Education.

Dr. Weidner’s office availability can be found at https://calendly.com/bweidner Feel welcome to set an appointment.

Links to recent articles can be found at Butler University Digital Commons or feel welcome to contact Dr. Weidner for digital copies of papers.

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Music History/Music Theory
Miriam Escudero
Miriam Escudero

Miriam Escudero PhD, Musicologist, has devoted much of her career to the study of Latin American musical heritage from the dual perspectives of research and performance. She has worked in the space between theory and practice engaged in tasks ranging from score editing, stylistic analysis in cultural context, concert production, musical performance, and studio recording. As a specialist in cultural heritage studies related to Latin American music, she promotes a cultural approach to this region, necessary to increase respectful and socially valuable relationships. With this approach in mind, she has contributed to the history of Latin American music: preserving unique pieces of music (18th and19th centuries) published in 15 books; producing 12 CD-DVD of music (16th-19thcenturies) in Historically Informed Performance; as the author of more than 40 scholarly articles, book chapters and scholarly reviews; as thesis judge, publication reviewer, congress scientific committee member; as a grant manager to improve heritage education; as a developer of academic programs (graduate degree); as musical artist, touring extensively in Europe and Latin America with the famed Early Music Ensemble Ars Longa. All her results have been endorsed by multiple academic and scientific institutions including: The University of Havana; University of Valladolid, Spain; Complutense University of Madrid; The National Autonomous University of Mexico; The University of Chicago (Tinker visiting professor scholarship, 2018); International Musicological Society; IMS Regional Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ARLAC); Center for the Research and Development of Cuban Music; Michigan State University; Florida International University; University of Miami; Jacobs School of Music (IU); and University of Notre Dame. 

(Web site: academia.edu/MiriamEscuderoSuastegui).

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Andrew Farina
Visiting Assistant Professor – Music

Andrew Farina is a Visiting Assistant Professor of music theory. He joined Butler in the fall of 2015, having completed his PhD in music theory from the Ohio State University School of Music in 2014. During his time at Ohio State, he taught undergraduate theory courses for three years and was instrumental in developing the flipped-classroom model for music theory courses. He previously earned a dual BM Performance on piano and trombone and a MM in music theory.

Dr. Farina is a passionate teacher, whose philosophy is to equip students with the necessary tools to learn, understand, and be able to clearly communicate information about the music they study. He is the producer for the multimedia video lectures to two major theory textbooks: A Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, by Joseph N. Straus and L. Poundie Burstein; and A Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis by Jane Piper Clendinning and Elizabeth West Marvin. Dr. Farina has been a guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate courses on aural skills acquisition, Classical-era rhythm and meter, development of rhythmic notation, rhythm and mensuration in Renaissance music, music theory pedagogy, and history of music theory. Has authored and co-authored papers on music theory pedagogy, Renaissance mensural and rhythmic language, and expanding the musical canon.

Dr. Farina enjoys watching hockey, cooking, and ballroom dancing. He remains an active church musician.

Jeffrey Gillespie
Jeffrey Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University, a M.A. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, and a B.M. in piano performance from Birmingham-Southern College. He was promoted to the rank of Professor of Music Theory in 2013. Prior to coming to Butler in 1996, he was Assistant Professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He has also taught at Indiana University as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory. Dr. Gillespie’s research interests include the pedagogy of music theory and aural skills, disability studies in music, and contemporary music analysis. He has published articles in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy,Music Theory Online, Intégral, Indiana Theory Review, and Indiana Musicator. One of his articles was selected to be reprinted in Spotlight on General Music: Teaching Toward the Standards, a national publication of MENC, in 2007. His fourth article to be published in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, entitled "Serving Musicians With Visual Impairment in the College Classroom: Building Bridges Toward Understanding," appears in Volume 27 (2013) and is the culmination of a five-year project. His chapter entitled "Engaging First-Year Music Theory Students through UDL (Universal Design for Learning)" is published in the Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory (2018), a landmark resource in theory pedagogy. Dr. Gillespie has presented numerous times at national and regional conferences of the Society for Music Theory and the College Music Society. He also served for several years as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Disability Issues for the Society for Music Theory, and during his tenure as chair played a key role in developing policy for accessibility at the Society’s national conferences. At Butler, Dr. Gillespie serves as Coordinator of the music theory area and designs the curriculum for the aural skills program. He serves as Faculty Liaison with Butler’s Office of Disability Services because of his special interest in serving the needs of students with disabilities. Dr. Gillespie has been an active church musician for more than 35 years, with extensive experience as organist, pianist, choral and handbell director, and contemporary worship leader. He currently serves as Director of Music at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, where he oversees music for the traditional and contemporary services. Dr. Gillespie is active with his family and children, particularly with Special Olympics. He enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling with his family. His favorite place to vacation is the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson
Associate Professor – Music

Dr. Nicholas Johnson is a specialist in the music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque. He earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from The Ohio State University in 2012, and he has received research grants from the Fulbright Commission and the Mellon Foundation. He has presented his research at several national and international conferences, including four times at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. His current project examines the music theory writings of 17th-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He is also a specialist in contemporary rock music and is working on a book project on the White Stripes.

As an instructor, Dr. Johnson teaches Music History 1-2 (Medieval through Classical), graduate seminars on early music topic, music and philosophy, and music and research. 

Referred Journal Articles

    “Jack White and the Music of the Past,Present, and Future.” Rock Music Studies 1(2014), 1-21.         

    “Carolus Luython’s Missa super Basim: Caesar Vive and Hermetic Astrology in Early Seventeenth-Century Prague.” Musica Disciplina 56 (2011), 419-462.

Critical Editions

      Luython, Carolus. Opera Omnia, vols. 1-5, eds. Nicholas Johnson and Carmelo Peter Comberiati. Münster: American Institute of Musicology, Corpus
      Mensurabilis Musicae (forthcoming,first volume 2016).  

Rusty Jones
Associate Professor – Music

Dr. Jones is serving as the Faculty Director of Engaged Learning (Jordan Hall 109) through 2021. He returns to the music faculty full time in the 2022-23 academic year.

Dr. Jones is both a music scholar and an active performer. He holds a Ph. D. in music theory from Indiana University (2004) and a M.M. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin (1996). He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Music Theory in 2012, four years after beginning as an Assistant Professor at Butler in Fall 2008. He previously was employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Recent presentations include the summer 2021 Music Theory of the Mid Atlantic conference, and he has presented at the Society for Music Theory national conference as well. He has publications in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Honors in Practice, Indiana Theory Review, Soundboard, and Guitar Review. He has also authored five articles for the new edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music and published and presented extensively on teaching & learning. His music-theoretical interests include instrument-specific analyses, the rhetoric of sonata form, and music of the Elizabethan era. Dr. Jones is devoted to pedagogy and attended the 2007 Wakonse conference on college teaching in Stony Lake, Michigan. He is proud to be a member of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa, having previously served as the chapter President.

Dr. Jones holds a M.M. in guitar from the University of Akron (1998). He has an extensive background in jazz and rock music and spent a year studying and performing at the Musicians’ Institute in Hollywood, California. His new passion is bluegrass banjo, and he is working hard at learning the instrument and its music. One of his more unusual musical engagements was as a banjo player for the Ohio Ballet, where he helped to accompany the troupe to shows at the Joyce Theater in New York City in 1998 and in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio in 1999. He has also performed with the Indiana Wind Symphony at the Carmel Palladium as a banjo player. Outside of the world of music, Dr. Jones enjoys pickleball, Pacers basketball, and spending time with his family and two dogs. 

Percussion
Jon Crabiel
Jon Crabiel
Senior Lecturer – Music

Jon Crabiel is Percussion Artist-in-Residence at Butler University Jordan College of the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. At Butler University, Jon serves as coordinator of percussion studies, conducts the percussion ensembles and teaches courses in percussion literature, pedagogy and world drumming. In addition, Jon serves as director and founder of the Butler Percussion Camp held every June at Butler University. 

In 2017, Jon took a one-year leave of absence from Butler to perform and serve as Acting Assistant Principal Timpani and Percussion with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-18 season in Washington, D.C. Jon is first-call extra percussion with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Empire Brass, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope and national Broadway tour companies. He has served as Principal Timpani at Bear Valley Music Festival and toured with the River City Brass Band. In addition to classical music, Jon is equally versed in rock, pop, jazz, Latin American and Brazilian percussion and drumset. He is a member of The Icarus Ensemble, an eclectic five-piece jazz group made up of members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Icarus Ensemble have performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in concert as guest artist at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and released their first self-titled CD The Icarus Ensemble in 2015.

Jon studied as an Artist Diploma candidate at Carnegie Mellon University and received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from Eastern Illinois University. His past teachers include: Timothy Adams Jr., Professor Johnny Lee Lane and Richard Paul. In 2014, Jon received Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University.

An active performer, clinician and educator throughout the Midwest, Jon serves annually as percussion coach of the Honor Orchestra of America and Masterclass Clinician for the Music For All National Concert Festival. He has served on faculty of the United States Percussion Camp, MidWest Percussion Camp, Las Vegas Percussion Camp, Great Lakes Music Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. 

He has presented clinics for the Percussive Arts Society, Indiana Music Educators Association and Indiana Percussion Association. Jon is an active and in demand studio musician for commercial recording sessions and has made solo performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (with The Icarus Ensemble), Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference and the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention.

Jon’s students have received numerous Butler University Concerto Competition honors and awards – and his former students are currently performing with major symphony orchestras, touring nationally and internationally with Broadway shows and teaching at universities in North America. Jon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses Yamaha Drums and Percussion, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and Zildjian Cymbals.

Craig Hetrick
Adjunct – Music – ENR

Craig Hetrick, is currently the Assistant PrincipalTimpanist/Percussionist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in 1992, Mr. Hetrick has recorded ten CD’s for London/Decca and Koss Classic records, toured Europe, and performed as a chamber soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, including the 2011 world premier of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto No. 2 for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra at PASIC. In addition to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hetrick has also performed with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Baltimore, Delaware, Evansville, and Columbus, Indiana.

Mr. Hetrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, where his major teachers were Christopher Williams (Principal Percussion, Baltimore Symphony) and Harvey Price, and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University,where he studied with George Gaber and Gerald Carlyss. While at I.U., he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, and performed the solo work Set Up Music, by Maurice Wright, in Carnegie Hall with the IU Soloists. His other teachers include William Schinstine and Alan Abel. In addition, he was a protégé of the world renowned pedagogue, Jim Chapin, and attributes much of his playing success to Jim’s incredible instruction and motivation.

As a performer on drum set, Mr. Hetrick plays frequently with the ISO on Pops concerts, with whom some of the guest artists he has played drums for include: Josh Kaufman (winner of The Voice), Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Marvin Hamlisch. He also performs with the Ortwein Jazztet and the Electric Rock bassoon band, RockEbassoon. He has also performed and/or toured the United States with Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Elgart and Al Cobine. Hetrick also performed with Dominic Spera’s jazz ensemble at IU, the University of Delaware jazz band and while in high school, with the American Youth Jazz Band,which included a European tour. Hetrick performed for 1 year with Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl’s keyboard player of 7 years) at the Fifth Avenue night club in Dayton, OH. He was also the house drummer/percussionist for The Brandywiners summer musicals at Longwood Gardens, in Philadelphia, for several seasons.

Besides recordings with the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Mr. Hetrick can be heard with other Indiana University faculty on David Baker’s chamber work, Homage a L’Histoire, from Bay Chamber Concerts on Cala records. His other recordings include a two-disc set with Randy Carmichael, son of famous composer Hoagie Carmichael, entitled Carmichael Sings Carmichael.

As a composer, his composition Tip of the Andes, published by Southern Music, has been performed by percussion ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, including a performance in Washington, D.C. by the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Tip of the Andes won first place in the Delaware State Music Teachers Association Composition Competition, and has been reviewed in Percussive Notes magazine.

A well-respected educator, Mr. Hetrick has taught at Butler University since 1995, and has been a Visiting Professor of Percussion at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in orchestras and military ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, the President’s Own Marine Band, the USAF Heritage Band of America, the United States Navy Band, and the 25th Infantry Division Band in Hawaii. He has had students accepted at prestigious music schools such as the IU Jacobs School, Temple University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cleveland State University, DePaul University, as well as Butler University!! 

Mr. Hetrick has presented clinics on orchestral percussion at PASIC 2004 and 2009, and also for Indiana’s PAS Day of Percussion, Bands of America, Ball State University, Butler University, and Indiana University.

More information about Craig, including videos and reviews can be found at his website www.craighetrickdrums.com.

Craig endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth products, and Evans heads.

 

Johnny Lane
Adjunct – Music – ENR
Strings
Davis Brooks
Davis Brooks
Adjunct – Music – ENR

Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experience has included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. Currently Professor of Violin Emeritus at Butler University, Dr. Brooks was the 2015-2016 University of Alabama School of Music Endowed Chair in Music Composition; the residency culminated in a recording of ten new works written for him.  The CD, Early Musings, was released in November 2016 on the Navona label.

He has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Brooks was a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for ten years, and for nineteen years, the New York Chamber Symphony, which produced over 20 critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure with them. Dr. Brooks has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Waco Symphony. He performs frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is active in the many recording studios in the Indianapolis area. Dr. Brooks has previously released two solo cds, one of music for violin and electronic media entitled
Violin and Electronics, and one of music by composer C.P. First. Both are available on iTunes. Other recordings include Reflection on a Hymn of Thanksgiving by Frank Felice, With Every Leaf a Miracle by Mark Schultz, and Manunya by Frank Glover.

At Yale University, where he received a master’s degree in violin performance, Dr. Brooks studied with Broadus Erle and Syoko Aki. His doctorate, also in violin performance, is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Other important teachers with whom he has worked include Joyce Robbins, George Neikrug, Russell Hatz, and Raymond Page; he has studied chamber music with Julius Levine, Josef Gingold, Aldo Parisot, and members of the Tokyo, Alard and Guarneri Quartets.

Chamber music is his first love. He has been a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Players, the Commonwealth and Landolfi Quartets, as well as the Meridian and Essex Piano Trios. In addition, Dr. Brooks’ special interests include both the performance of music by contemporary composers and performance on original instruments, particularly the music of the Baroque period. He is a founding member of both the Chicago 21
st– Century Music Ensemble and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Recording for the progressive rock band The Psychedelic Ensemble has been a most pleasurable diversion, as has performing with the Indianapolis band Progressive Lenses.




Lisa Brooks
Lisa Brooks
Dean – Jordan College of the Arts

Dr. Lisa Brooks is currently the Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler, in addition to Professor of Violin. She held previous faculty appointments at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College.

Dr. Brooks received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance in four years from West Virginia University, where she was a student of Donald Portnoy. While completing her doctorate in violin performance from the State University of NewYork at Stony Brook, she studied with Joyce Robbins, and as a member of the Stony Brook graduate piano trio, coached extensively with Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish. Other important teachers have included Rafael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Stanley Ritchie, William DePasquale, and Carol Taleff.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Brooks is currently principal second violinist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and a frequent substitute musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on both violin and viola. She was associate concertmaster of the Waco Symphony and performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Harrisburg and Reading Symphony Orchestras; she also has toured nationally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She was an artist-fellow at the 1984 and1985 Bach Aria Festivals, and was a finalist in the 1981 A.S.T.A. National Solo Competition. Dr. Brooks was a founding member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a period-instrument ensemble.

Influenced by workshops and training sessions she has participated in at the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education in New York City, Dr. Brooks has developed and taught a variety of academic courses at Butler. These include a non-traditional, listening-based approach to music appreciation for non-music majors, as well as a two-semester First Year Seminar sequence based on Classical Music and Society, which incorporates critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking. In demand as a clinician for student musicians and teaching colleagues alike, her recent lectures and recitals have included presentations for the IMEA convention, the College Music Society’s Institute for Gender and Music, and a lecture-recital at a conference celebrating women in music held at Ohio University. In addition, Dr. Brooks presents the pre-concert lectures for the Ensemble Music Society.

In 2013, Dr. Brooks received the inaugural Faculty Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership from Butler University, and in 2001, she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Richard Clark
Richard Clark

Composer, conductor, violinist, and violist Richard Auldon Clark is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. A strong proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has performed and/or recorded hundreds of world premiers, and his work has received extraordinary praise in the New York Times, Fanfare, American Record Guide, Washington Post, and dozens of others. Mr. Clark has recorded the music of David Amram, Henry Cowell, Seymour Barab, Lukas Foss, Alan Hovhaness, Otto Leuning, Osvaldo Lacerda, Dave Soldier, Alec Wilder, and many more. An active studio musician as well, Mr. Clark has performed and recorded for Broadway, television, commercial, and film music, including several films for Philip Glass. Mr. Clark’s compositions have been praised in the New York Times and broadcast on NPR stations around the country. With more than twenty chamber works to his credit, Mr. Clark has premiered six new compositions in the past three years at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in September 2016, his opera Happy Birthday, Wanda June with a Libretto by Kurt Vonnegut was premiered by Indianapolis Opera. A frequent collaborator, Mr. Clark works with dancers, choreographers, and visual artists in the creation of new works. Currently, Mr. Clark is Professor of Music at Butler University where conducts the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Ballet.

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William Grubb
William Grubb
Associate Professor – Music


William Grubb, DMA, Violoncello


Doctor of Musical Arts, The Juilliard School, 1981

Master of Music, The Juilliard School, 1976

Bachelor of Music, The Juilliard School, 1975


William Grubb, cellist, made his professional debut as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17.  He holds three degrees from The Juilliard School and was the fourth cellist in the school’s history to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.  While at Juilliard, he was winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and presented his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall.  His cello teachers have included his father, Cassel Grubb at DePauw University, Fritz Magg at Indiana University, Ronald Leonard at the Eastman School of Music, and Harvey Shapiro at The Juilliard School.

Dr. Grubb holds teaching positions at Butler University, Jordan College of the Arts, and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.  Summer positions have included 35 summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he served on the board of trustees for nine years.  In Beijing, he was on the faculty of the Great Wall International Music Academy.  He has presented cello masterclasses at Aspen, the Hans Eisler School in Berlin, Peabody, the University of Michigan, Temple University, DePauw University, and the University of Colorado.  He is a trustee and board member for the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy.

For twelve years he toured with the piano trio Aspen Soloists, presenting concerts in 49 of the 50 states as well as Europe and South America.  In chamber music performances, he has shared the stage with artists including the American String Quartet, the Grammy-winning Angeles Quartet, violinist Isaac Stern, violist Michael Tree, and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

Dr. Grubb is a passionate teacher of cello and chamber music students, many of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers as orchestral musicians, chamber players, professors, and public school teachers.  His website, University Cellist, devoted to serious young cellists who are about to pursue a career in classical music: www.universitycellist.wordpress.com

He is married to Laurie Carney, violinist in the American String Quartet and lives in Indianapolis and New York City.  He plays cellos made by Antonio Gagliano, Naples, 1832, Giulio Cesare Gigli, Rome, 1772, and Than Kim, Chicago, 1995.   





Ju-Fang Liu
Adjunct – Music – ENR
David Murray
David Murray

David Murray has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher. He is currently Professor of Bass and Director of the School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis and Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also plays as Principal Bassist with Sinfonia da Camera in Urbana, Illinois, and at the Bear Valley Music Festival in northern California. Before coming to Indianapolis, David was Instructor of Bass at West Texas A&M University and principal with the Amarillo Symphony. He has been a member of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and also toured twice with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

David’s first private teacher was bass virtuoso Gary Karr, with whom he studied in high-school and at the Hartt Music School, University of Hartford, in Connecticut. Summers were spent at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Stuart Sankey. At Aspen, he won the 1981 concerto competition. In Los Angeles in 1988 he won the International Society of Bassists (ISB) Solo Competition, the first prize being a solo debut at Carnegie Hall. David has made solo appearances, both in recital and with orchestra, and given clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States, his native Canada, and in South Korea, Brazil, Israel, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Holland. He has performed at several summer chamber music festivals including Scotia Festival, Killington, and Cape May. In June, 2001, David hosted the ISB convention at Butler University for 800 bassists from 27 countries and is currently a Past-President of the ISB. He has been published in the ISB journal, Double Bassist magazine, the Suzuki Association of America journal, and American String Teachers journal. He has recorded three solo CD’s (most recently in 2012), a duo CD with bassist Diana Gannett, is a founding member of the bass quartet Bad Boys of Bass with whom he released a CD in 2006, and he released a DVD of theater music in the spring of 2003.

Most recently he was awarded the ISB’s Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance.

As of June 1, 2018, David is the Director of the School of Music.


“…to hear David Murray play it, the string bass is a vastly and unjustly neglected instrument. Murray…became a prime spokesman for the instrument.”

                                                Denver Post

“…Murray is a top-notch player.”

                                                Indianapolis Star

Wendy Muston
Adjunct – Music – ENR
Larry Shapiro
Larry Shapiro

Larry Shapiro came to the Jordan College of Fine Arts as a visiting professor in 1986 and joined the faculty as professor of violin and artist-in-residence the following year, in the midst of a long and distinguished career. After completing advanced violin study with Broadus Erle, Robert Semon, Noumi Fischer, Rafael Bronstein and Dorothy Delay, and chamber music studies with Lillian Fuchs, Aldo Parisot, David Wells, and William Kroll, Mr. Shapiro embarked upon a career that has included a great range of activities-from soloist to quartet player, from concertmaster to pedagogue.

As a quartet player Mr. Shapiro has performed as first violinist, second violinist, and occasionally violist with five quartets: The Fine Arts, Audubon, Berkshire, Evansville, and Delos (which he founded in 1965). He has served as concertmaster for many orchestras, including the El Paso Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New York Philharmonia, Green Bay Philharmonic, Grand Teton Festival, Akron Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, and Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. He was concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony for four years.

Mr. Shapiro’s teaching background includes positions at Indiana University, the University of Delaware, the University of Evansville, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Virginia Tech and Akron University. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the country, conducted both university and youth orchestras, and has been violinist for both the Gabrielli and New Art Trios.

For several years, Mr. Shapiro toured as soloist with American Ballet Theatre, soloing more than 100 times in most of the major cities of the United States, as well as in Paris, Tokyo and London. For three years, Mr. Shapiro was first violinist with the White Oak Chamber Players, touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performs on a violin made in 1772 by Nicholas Gagliano. For fifteen years, he was concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and for 18 summers served as concertmaster for the Bear Valley Music Festival in California.

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Voice/Opera
Kirsten Gunlogson
Kirsten Gunlogson
Adjunct – Jordan College of the Arts Music

Grammy nominated Mezzo-Soprano Kirsten Gunlogson’s voice has been described as “rich”, “creamy”and “beautifully dramatic”. Mark Kanny, of the Pittsburgh Tribune, describes her voice as “a beautifully placed mezzo-soprano voice that is rich without ever being heavy.”  Known for her convincing interpretation of trouser roles and charmingly feminine portrayals Ms. Gunlogson has distinguished herself as an impressive singing actress. Ms.Gunlogson has performed with Palm Beach Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, Baltimore Lyric Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Anchorage Opera, Nashville Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Sarasota Opera.

Recent performances include a solo concert with the OMSK Philharmonic in OMSK, Russia, the roles of Mother, Chinese Tea Cup and Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Utah Symphony, the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Baltimore Lyric Opera, Nashville Opera, and Opera Columbus as well as the role of Ma Joad in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with Anchorage Opera. Other performance highlights include Maddalena in Rigoletto with both Utah Opera and Austin Lyric Opera, the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Nevada Opera, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Arizona Opera, a gala celebration concert with Nashville Opera, and Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Indianapolis Opera. In the 2006-2007 Season, Ms. Gunlogson appeared with Nashville Symphony as The Chinese Cup/A Herdsman/The White Cat on their GRAMMY nominated CD of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, recorded and released on the Naxos label. Other recordings include a performance of The Mother in Amahl and The Night Visitors with The Nashville Symphony, also released by the Naxos label. 

In 2005, Ms. Gunlogson debuted at Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in the Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Haydn’s Theresienmesse. As an oratorio soloist Ms. Gunlogson has performed with The Nashville Symphony,The Utah Symphony, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, The Johnstown Symphony, The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, Charlottesville Oratorio Society, The Cathedral of the Madeleine, The Salt Lake Choral Artists, The Fairfax Symphony, and Utah Chamber Artists in such works as Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mass in C and Missa Solemnis, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bachs St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Elijah, The Messiah,The Rachmaninoff Vespers and Mozart’s Requiem.

Jillian Harrison-Jones
Adjunct – Music – ENR
Steven Rickards
Adjunct – Music

Steven Rickards is the founder and President of Echoing Air, Inc. He has received international acclaim as one of America’s finest countertenors of his generation. His varied career spans music from the medieval period to the present day. Rickards has appeared domestically and internationally with many organizations in the performance of Baroque works. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York. Rickards has also performed with other leading ensembles including the American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, the Folger Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, the New London Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the baroque orchestras of Indianapolis, Seattle, and Portland.His career has included membership in leading proponents of the choral and chamber art, including Chanticleer and Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices. Rickards can be heard on the Chanticleer, Decca, Dorian, Four Winds, Gothic, Harmonia Mundi, Koch, Newport Classics, Smithsonian, and Teldec labels  On the Naxos Label he recorded two solo albums of songs by John Dowland and Thomas Campion with lutenist, Dorothy Linell. Rickards is a published composer and an advocate for new music. In his book Twentieth Century Countertenor Repertoire (Scarecrow Press), he championed the creation and collection of contemporary works for the countertenor. It is the only published resource on the subject. His interest in contemporary repertoire has led to his inclusion in the premiere of many chamber and operatic works. He took part in the premiere of John Adams’s oratorio El Niño at the Châtelet Opera in Paris in 2000. Subsequent performances of the work include the Adelaide Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Malmö Opera, the Moscow State Academic Philharmonic Society, Norske Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Tokyo Symphony. 

Rickards received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Indiana University. A Fulbright-Hays Scholarship and Rotary Grant provided funds for additional study in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His doctorate was conferred by Florida State University. He also serves on the faculties of Butler University, Marian University and the University of Indianapolis.  He also  teaches for the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He was a recent recipient of a 2015-2016 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

David Rugger
David Rugger

With a voice praised for its “dark-hued splendor” (San Francisco Gate), baritone David Rugger enjoys a blossoming career in oratorio, early music, and ensemble singing. Equally at home as an ensemble musician and as a soloist, David’s repertoire encompasses music written from the Renaissance through to the present day, though he is especially regarded for his interpretation of J.S. Bach. 

This season will feature a solo debut with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and return performances with the Washington Bach Consort, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Bourbon Baroque. Other recent highlights include solo appearances with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Bach Society of Dayton, Bach Akademie Charlotte, Mountainside Baroque, Alchemy Viols, and several Bach cantata series. David has also performed as an ensemble musician with Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare. David is an alum of the American Bach Soloists Academy and was a Virginia Best Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival. He has performed under the batons of Dana Marsh, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Stark, A. Dennis Sparger, Philip Cave, Michael Beattie, and John Butt.  

A scholar as well as a performer, David earned his PhD in Musicology from Indiana University, where he also studied voice and was active in the Historical Performance Institute.  In his scholarship, David explores the relationship between vocal sound, the body, and identity from the nineteenth century through to the present day, especially in England and America. David has given papers at the American Musicological Association (national and midwest chapter), North American British Music Studies Association, the Indiana University Musicology Colloquium, and the Midwest Victorian Studies Conference. 

David is currently at work on two book projects. The first—which bears the self-explanatory title Singing Bach: A Guide to Performance and Pedagogy—aims to equip non-specialist singers and singing teachers with the tools they need to successfully learn and perform J.S. Bach’s vocal music in any setting. The other is a biography of Klaus Nomi, a description-defying countertenor, queer performance artist, and new wave pop star active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

When he is not musicking, David enjoys hiking, camping, woodworking with hand tools, making tasty food, and spending as much time with his wife and fur babies (two labs and one tuxedo cat who thinks he is a dog) as possible. 

Jeremiah Sanders
PT – Teaching Fellowship Music
Oliver Worthington
Oliver Worthington
Associate Professor – Music

Oliver Worthington, baritone, has performed extensively as an opera singer, oratorio soloist and recitalist. He has appeared with regional opera companies like Indianapolis Opera, South Texas Lyric Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Hill Country Lyric, Austin Opera and Lone Star Lyric in diverse roles from Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to Mamma Agatha in Viva la Mamma. Other roles include Count Gil in Il Segreto di Susanna, Bruschino in Il Signor Bruschino, Dr. Greg in Gallantry, The Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers, Le Podestat in Le Docteur Miracle and others in more traditional repertoire. He recently performed the roles of Raphael and Adam in Haydn’s The Creation with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in the Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis. He is also active as a recitalist, his favorite genre, where he champions the works of living composers often premiering new works.  At Butler Dr. Worthington is the Voice Area Coordinator and the Producing Director of Butler Opera Theatre where he works to help students learn the skills necessary to become convincing singing actors. Dr. Worthington maintains a full schedule as an educator and performer and serves as the President of The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation (www.jensenfoundation.org), a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts with cash prizes to young opera singers.

Dana Zenobi
Dana Zenobi
Assistant Professor – Music

Dana Zenobi is equally accomplished as performer, pedagogue and presenter.  She earned national recognition as an interpreter of art song by women when she was awarded an Honorable Mention for Exceptional Repertoire by The American Prize (2016). She has appeared as concert soloist with ensembles including the Austin Civic Orchestra, the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, and line upon line percussion ensemble. She is featured on Viola by Choice chamber music ensemble’s 2010 debut recording, Florilegium.  Her newest recording, Joys Abiding: Soprano Baritone Duets by Historical Women Composers, with baritone Oliver Worthington and pianist Chuck Dillard, is forthcoming on the Navona label (Parma Records).  The accompanying score anthology is due for release with Classical Vocal Reprints in 2022. A collaboration with musicologist Dr. John Michael Cooper (Southwestern University) has sparked Dr. Zenobi’s fascination with Margaret Bonds’ art songs; a body of work that remained in manuscript form at the time of Bonds’ death.  Dr. Zenobi has recently performed the posthumous world and regional premieres of Bonds settings of six poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, newly rediscovered and published in a 2021 collection edited by Dr. Cooper (Hildegard Publishing Company).


On the opera stage, Dr. Zenobi was deemed "the chief vocal pleasure" of Lyric Opera Cleveland’s The Pirates of Penzance, and named "a soprano to listen for" by the Cleveland Press. The Houston Chronicle praised her "emotionally intense and technically inspired singing" as Konstanze [Die Entfürung aus dem Serail]. She has garnered similar success in roles ranging from Mozart heroines to Puccini’s Mimi and Verdi’s Violetta Valery. Dr. Zenobi’s interest in contemporary music has lead to engagements with Austin Lyric Opera in the American premiere of Philip Glass’ Waiting for the Barbarians, and the first production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women directed by the composer. She worked with composer H. Leslie Adams in a concert performance of his song literature, and premiered "Love While You May," a song cycle by Ashley H. Kraft with trombonist Eileen Meyer in 2014.  She has been a regular performer of new works at the International Music by Women Festival since its inaugural year.


In addition to studio voice, Dr. Zenobi has taught Vocal Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera and Song Literature and first-year Theory and Ear Training, as well as an interdisciplinary course in Music and Gender Studies. Her studio teaching was nationally recognized in 2014, when The American Prize competition issued her an "Inspiration in Teaching" award. A proponent of teaching technology, her innovative work with the Soundjack low-latency software and real-time visual feedback for singers using VoceVistaVideo software here at Butler has enhanced student learning outcomes and attracted attention from the teaching community.  Dr. Zenobi founded and directed Building Empowered Lives Through Art (BELTA), a nonprofit that provided free crowdfunding services and entrepreneurial support to artists and musicians from 2010 to 2020. 


A grateful recipient of the 2020 Vocal Pedagogy Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dr. Zenobi has presented lectures, lecture recitals, workshops and poster presentations at numerous conferences and festivals including the Texoma Regional NATS and National NATS conferences (national upcoming in 2022), the International Music By Women Festival, The Voice Foundation, Bel Canto Boot Camp, the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), Sam Houston State University’s Art Song Festival, the Indiana Music Educators’ Association (upcoming) and the Associated Colleges of the South Gender Studies Conference. Her recent collaborative research on Music Performance Anxiety and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) with Dr. David Juncos, Dr. Margaret Osborne and Joanna Roman was presented at the International Symposium on Performance Science in 2021. 


A strong advocate for young artists, Dr. Zenobi directs the Butler University Vocal Competition for high school singers, and is frequently engaged as an adjudicator for regional and national singing events, where she serves as a supportive and constructive presence behind the judges’ table.  A native of Northport, NY, Dr. Zenobi holds a dual BA degree in Music and Women’s Studies from Duke University, as well as both an MM (Opera Performance) and a DMA (Voice Pedagogy and Performance) from The University of Texas at Austin.  

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Pamela Ajango
Pamela Ajango
Adjunct – Jordan College of the Arts Music

Professor Pamela Ajango is the Instructor of Oboe at Butler University, joining the faculty in 2013. She teaches oboe, chamber music, and instrumental techniques, and has served as interim area coordinator for Woodwinds. Professor Ajango has been a full-time freelance oboist for over 20 years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (2nd oboe/English horn), winning her tenured position in 2007. She also frequently serves as acting principal oboe of the ICO, and can be heard in that role on the ICO’s first recording release, Momentum 21. Professor Ajango is a studio musician, recording for music publishers Alfred, FJH, Hal Leonard, and many others. She can often be heard in the pit orchestras of visiting Broadway musicals, in solo and chamber music series, and with professional orchestras in and around Indiana. 

Professor Ajango is a founding member of the Circle City Wind Quintet  (2003-present), comprised of members of the Indianapolis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. The quintet serves as music educators for the Symphony, performing at schools, community centers, retirement homes, and for corporations (Eli Lilly & Co., Roche, others). Professor Ajango has a keen interest in musical outreach and education; she has served as a teaching artist for the Manhattan School of Music, the New York Philharmonic, the Montana Summer Symphony, and Midori and Friends. Her faculty positions have included instructor of oboe at Anderson University, the University of Indianapolis, and Earlham College, visiting professor of oboe at the University of Virginia, and oboe studio assistant at her alma mater, the Manhattan School of Music. Professor Ajango has taught at many summer music programs, including Indiana University’s Summer Music Clinic, the Saarburg Festival (Germany), InterHarmony Festival (Italy), and Butler University’s oboe and woodwind camps. Most recently, she co-created "The Midwest Oboe Collective", a chamber group comprised of oboe professors from around the Midwest. They were featured performers at the 2019 International Double Reed Society conference, and are currently planning many exciting oboe events in the near future (stay tuned)!

Professor Ajango is active in the International Double Reed Society, having performed and lectured at many conferences over the years. Her 2012 presentation titled "Creating and Maintaining a Successful Freelance Career" was well-received and has been referenced by other oboists in their teaching curriculum. She has performed at the yearly conferences as both a chamber and solo musician, twice premiering works which were written for her (The Empty Sky for solo oboe, by Butler professor and composer Frank Felice, and Variations for oboe, bassoon, and piano, by Matthew Bridgham). Professor Ajango was a guest clinician at the 2015 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, presenting a lecture/demonstration "Foundations for Successful Oboe Students", which led to a published article for the SmartMusic blog, now used regularly by many school band and orchestra programs. 

https://www.smartmusic.com/blog/author/pamela-ajango/ 

Besides performing and teaching, Professor Ajango is active in arts administration as well. She is on the orchestra committee of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, currently serving as its chairperson. She has served on this committee for many years, including three contract negotiation periods. She has worked as a contractor since 2001 for orchestra projects, as well as smaller ensembles. During her time in New York City, she was employed by organizations such as CultureFinder, Midori and Friends, and the New York Philharmonic, writing reports, grant proposals, and online content. She continues to help students with their writing and editing skills, and has been a featured speaker at lectures about business skills in the music workplace.

Professor Ajango was previously a full-time freelance oboist 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, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as for many Broadway productions and commercial recordings. She helped create the SONOS Chamber Orchestra of New York, serving as its first personnel manager and principal oboist, and was a featured soloist on its premiere concert. An Indianapolis native, Professor Ajango studied with Malcolm Smith, former principal oboist of the ISO, and her predecessor at Butler University. 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, retired principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. She completed doctoral work with Stephen Taylor at SUNY Stony Brook. 

Becky Arrensen
Adjunct – Music
Michele Gingras
Michele Gingras
PT – Teaching Fellowship Music

Michele Gingras joined the Butler faculty as Instructor of Clarinet in the fall of 2017. 

Previously, she was Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University in Ohio, where she was named Crossen Hays Curry Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty. She is the author of Clarinet Secrets, 2ndedition, she performed and taught masterclasses worldwide, released over a dozen CDs, and wrote 200 articles and reviews for numerous international publications. She performed with the Cincinnati Klezmer Project for 20 years and concertized with Duo2go and Miami3 throughout the US. Gingras is Past-Secretary of the International Clarinet Association and is an Artist Clinician for Buffet Crampon and Légère Reeds. She earned a Premier prix from the Quebec Music Conservatory in Montreal and a M.M. in clarinet performance at Northwestern University. Previously, she was Principal Clarinet with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra  in Chile. 

Web: www.michelegingras.com

YouTube:

Pagina d’album by Michele Mangani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06pyDARr000

Klezmer Dance by Serban Nichifor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK3dGxxa2oY

Carnyx by Serban Nichifor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BkNxI1SJY0

Freilach von der Khupe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LKUtjoRVQA

Cathryn Gross
Cathryn Gross
Adjunct – Music – ENR

Trina Gross joined the Butler faculty as Instructor of Clarinet in the fall of 2014.  She currently is the second and e-flat clarinetist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s clarinet section, a position she has held since 2002.  Prior to joining the ISO, she was principal clarinetist of the Louisville and Augusta Symphony Orchestras.  Ms. Gross has also held positions with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  As an active chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Circle City Winds and performs frequently with other ensembles in Indianapolis.

Ms. Gross performed Messiaen’s Quatour Pour la Fin du Temps with the Eroica Trio during Butler’s Arts Fest in April of 2016.  She has also appeared as a soloist with the Butler Wind Ensemble in Scott McAllister’s Concerto Americana for Clarinet and Saxophone in the fall of 2015.  Additionally, she recently performed the Weber Concertino with the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra in Rochester, NY in January of 2016.  Ms. Gross has also appeared as soloist with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana State University Wind Ensemble and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Gross earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.  She received her Master of Music, Performance Certificate and Performer Diploma from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Her principal teachers include Eli Eban, James Campbell, Alfred Prinz, Charles Neidich and William Osseck.  As a clarinet instructor, Ms. Gross has also served on the faculties of Indiana State University and the University of Indianapolis.  She also maintains a private clarinet studio in her home.

Karen Moratz
Karen Moratz
BW, Group Fitness Leader Mind-Body – Certified

Karen Evans Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Residence at Butler University.   She has been on the faculty at the Grand Teton Festival Orchestral Seminar and the Aria International Summer Academy, as well as visiting Professor at Indiana University/Bloomington and the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana. She in demand as a guest artist and frequently teaches masterclasses,most recently at Northwestern University and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is the author of Flute For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and has been published in Pan, the magazine of the British Flute Society. Her cadenzas for Mozart’s Concerto in G major have been published by Southern Music. She served as the Coordinator for the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition 2004-2008 and has presented at several NFA Conventions. She is a founding member of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club (indyflute) and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Ms.Moratz holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a master’s degree from the Musikhochschule Freiburg im Breisgau. She was a member of the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in 1988-89.  She has studied with Britton Johnson, Tim Day, Mark Sparks, and William Bennett, and has recorded for NPR, Koss, London/Decca, and Arabesque.

In 2013, Ms. Moratz received her RYT-200 certification from Cityoga in Indianapolis. Since then, she has been teaching yoga at several local studios as well as Butler’s own HRC facility. 

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Heidi Radtke
Heidi Radtke

Dr. Heidi Radtke maintains an active career as a saxophonist and pedagogue. She is the Instructor of Saxophone at Butler University in Indianapolis and provides applied saxophone and chamber music instruction for the Carmel High School band program. Since arriving in Indianapolis in 2014, Heidi has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, several regional orchestras, at local recording studios, and area churches. She also frequently collaborates with her fellow Butler University colleagues. In the spring of 2018, Heidi gave the Indiana premiere performance of Stacy Garrop’s Saxophone Concerto “Quicksilver” with the Butler University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Michael Colburn. She is on the review team for the online periodical thesaxophonist.org and has written reviews for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal. Heidi’s passion for chamber music led her to complete her doctoral dissertation on the topic of saxophone quartet pedagogy and she has given presentations on chamber music coaching strategies and resources at the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference, the American Single Reed Summit, and North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Prior to pursuing her advanced degrees in saxophone, Heidi worked as a Music Librarian, Assistant Professor at the University of Miami, Florida Frost School of Music. She completed undergraduate degrees in political science and saxophone performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduate degrees in library science and music performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University Bloomington, where she also served as an Associate Instructor of Saxophone. Her primary teachers include Professor Debra Richtmeyer and Dr. Otis Murphy. Dr. Heidi Radtke is a Vandoren Regional Artist and plays exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones.

Douglas Spaniol
Douglas Spaniol

Hailed as a ‘master pedagogue and researcher’ (The Double Reed), Doug Spaniol (he/him), is Professor of Music at Butler University where he teaches bassoon and related classes. At Butler, he has held a variety of other positions including Interim Associate Dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts, Interim Chair of the School of Music, Assistant Chair of the School of Music, and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. He also serves as Instructor of Bassoon at Interlochen Arts Camp each summer. He has twice been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and previously served on the faculty at Valdosta State University.  

In 1992, Dr. Spaniol was named a Marshall Scholar enabling him to attend the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, where he earned the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. He has also earned a DMA degree from The Ohio State University as well as MM and BM degrees from the University of Illinois. His bassoon teachers include Christopher Weait, William Waterhouse, and E. Sanford Berry. 

In 2011, Dr. Spaniol was named a Fulbright Scholar, leading him to teach at the University of York (UK) and further his research into Julius Weissenborn’s pedagogical bassoon works. His instructional book, The New Weissenborn Method for Bassoon (Hal Leonard), has been called "an invaluable addition to bassoon literature…a landmark in pedagogy" (Double Reed News). Volume II of The New Weissenborn Method (Hal Leonard) was described as a "testament to Spaniol’s insight and loving attention to detail in all things Weissenborn." (The Double Reed). His edition of Weissenborn’s Advanced Studies, op. 8, no 2 (Accolade Musikverlag) was noted as “a must buy for every bassoonist” (The Double Reed), largely because it makes available for the first time all 60 of these studies, including reconstructions of 10 previously lost etudes. Other recent scholarly work includes a new edition of Weissenborn’s complete works for bassoon and piano, which features three recently discovered works (Accolade Musikverlag). Current projects include a biography of legendary bassoonist/scholar/pedagogue William Waterhouse.

His bassoon students have enjoyed remarkable success, placing in the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, the International Double Reed Society’s Young Artists Competition, and the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. Other competition successes have lead to concerto performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (two students), the Butler Symphony Orchestra (seven students), and Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra (three students). His students have also performed on National Public Radio’s From the Top and won positions and/or performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington DC), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and other professional ensembles. 

Dr. Spaniol has presented masterclasses and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff), the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory, Indiana University, and many others. He frequently appears as a performer/presenter at conferences hosted by the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), College Music Society, Music for All, and other music education organizations. He also served for six years as the Bassoon Chair for the IDRS’s Fernand Gillet – Hugo Fox Competition.

As a performer, Dr.Spaniol has appeared as concerto soloist with Sinfonia da Camera, the St. Petersburg Classical Symphony Orchestra, Solisti St. Petersburg, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, and bands and orchestras at Butler and Interlochen. He can be heard on recordings on Albany, Capstone, Centaur, Innova, and Zephyr Records. As principal bassoonist of Sinfonia da Camera, Dr. Spaniol has toured England, been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, and appears on the Classical Music for Dummies CD. He has also performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, and performed and/or recorded with popular artists such as The Rolling Stones, Art Garfunkel, Sandi Patty, and Michael Feinstein. He is now a proud original member of Rock E Bassoon, a rock band comprised of six electric bassoonists and a drummer.  A Yamaha Performing Artist, Dr. Spaniol plays a Yamaha YFG-811 bassoon.

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