John Alvarado – Guitar
John Alvarado, guitar, received his Bachelor of Music degree in performance from DePaul University and his Master of Music degree from Arizona State University in classical guitar, studying with noted guitarist and pedagogue Frank Koonce. He has performed in master classes with Stephen Robinson, Eliot Fisk, John Duarte, and Javier Garcia Moreno. Mr. Alvarado has been an active supporter of contemporary music, participating in premiers of works by Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovic, John Bauer, and Dave Burdick. His performing interest also focuses on the music of Latin American composers as well as the study of Flamenco music. Other performances have included concerts at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Arizona Mind Jam Music and Arts Festival, and numerous appearances on the radio show, Indy Arts and Entertainment. He has also collaborated with artists in other performing media including spoken word and dance performances. In addition to performing, John is an active educator. Previously, he taught guitar at Arizona State University, Prescott College, Phoenix College, Mesa Arts Center, and Marian College.
René Anderson – Pre-School, Beginning Piano, Voice
René Anderson has been teaching voice at IUPUI since the fall of 1998. She holds a B.A. in Music Education from Indiana State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas where she specialized in Voice Pedagogy. An active performer, Ms. Anderson has performed in many choirs, musicals, and operas, including the Indianapolis Opera Company, Footlite Musicals, the Edyvean Repertory Theatre, and Carmel Community Players. She is also a choir member and frequent soloist at Fairview Presbyterian Church.
Meghan Bartsch – Piano
Meghan Bartsch graduated summa cum laude from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, FL, in 2013 with a B.A. in Music, Piano Emphasis, and in 2015 with an M.A. in Music, Piano Emphasis. During her time at PCC, Meghan studied piano with artist-in-residence Daisy de Luca Jaffé and organ with Pitagoras Goncalves, winning commencement awards in both piano and organ solo as well as chamber music. As a graduate assistant at PCC, Meghan worked with both the Symphonic Choir and the Symphonic Band, serving as accompanist and instructional assistant to the directors.
Meghan currently resides in Indianapolis, IN, where she recently graduated from Butler University with an M.M. in Piano Performance. As a graduate assistant at Butler, Meghan served as a collaborative pianist in the music department, accompanying for weekly private lessons, studio classes, and studio recitals. In addition, she was secretary of the MTNA collegiate chapter at Butler as well as a teaching fellow at the Butler Community Arts School. This year, Meghan looks forward to being a staff accompanist at Butler University, a freelance collaborative pianist in the Indianapolis area, a music director at Franklin Road Christian Church, and a private piano teacher at both the Butler Community Arts School and IUPUI’s Music Academy.
Amy Chee – Pre-School, Piano
Originally from Malaysia, Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Universiti Sains Malaysia before earning her Master’s in Music at Butler University. She has more than 15 years experience teaching in the Indianapolis and greater Indianapolis region. Her students range from ages three to adult. She is a certified Harmony Road instructor and teaches pre-school keyboard classes at Beth-El-Zedeck Early Childhood Center. Currently, Amy holds an adjunct position at Butler University. Additionally, she teaches private lessons with the Butler Community Arts School, the IUPUI Music Academy, and in her own piano studio in Noblesville. She is also an active accompanist and collaborator, playing in several schools, at private events, weddings, and churches in the Indianapolis area.
Shannon M. Crow – Violin, Viola
A graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Shannon M. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for almost 15 years. Her extensive experience includes working with students ranging in age from 7 to 70. Currently, she is an instructor for the Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, the Butler Community Arts School, and the IUPUI Music Academy. When not mentoring individual students, directing the Butler Children’s Orchestra, or coaching at a variety of summer music camps, Ms. Crow is an avid performer for orchestras, weddings, private events, and religious celebrations.
Josh Hurt – Guitar
Josh began playing guitar at the age of 12. He graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology degree. While at IUPUI, he studied classical and jazz guitar and participated in the university’s guitar ensemble. A frequent performer, he has recently performed with the National Youth Orchestra at the Music for All National Conference and a production of the musical Footloose with the Indianapolis Civic Theater Company. In addition to his classical guitar studies, Josh is also the lead guitarist for the local rock band Standout Story.
Matt Hyslop – Guitar
Since picking up his first guitar at age 12, Matt has been on a never ending musical journey to familiarize and educate himself in a variety of musical styles. Matt received both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Recording Industry Studies degree from Butler University. While at Butler, he became well versed in the styles of classical, jazz, and flamenco guitar, performing with the university’s guitar ensemble, jazz combo, and big band. In addition to being an avid classical guitarist, Matt is also a skilled rock musician, performing regularly with his band, Dingo Dingo. As an educator, he has taught students ranging from beginners to more advanced players, and is currently on the faculty at several Indianapolis area music studios.
Kara Lantrip – Piano
Kara Lantrip is a senior at IUPUI, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology from the Department of Music and Arts Technology. An avid musician, she has performed in the university’s chamber, jazz, and electric acoustic ensembles and participated in the Indianapolis Jazz Fest in 2016 with the IUPUI jazz combo.
As a piano instructor, she has four years of experience teaching a wide range of students in the greater Indianapolis region by providing private lessons to beginning and intermediate levels. Additionally, she is a creative collaborator and performer, having played at various private events and churches in the Indianapolis area, including a recent performance in a collaborative mixed media concert at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
David Mannell – Voice
David B. Mannell, tenor, enjoys a demanding singing career spanning opera, musical theatre, oratorio, academic, and church work. A native of Topeka, Kansas, he received his Music Education degree from Emporia State University and his Master’s from Indiana University. He was Director of Music for seven years at a public school district in Kansas where he taught Kindergarten through 12th grade music. He has worked with John Wustman, Robert Shaw, John Moriarty, and others.
His singing career takes him throughout the Midwest, the nation, and Europe where he performs as guest soloist with regional opera houses and orchestras. He has traveled to Italy where he studied with Arrigo Pola, former voice teacher of Luciano Pavarotti.
Mannell stage directs for the educational program of the Indianapolis Opera Company, in addition to being on the music faculty at Indiana State University and the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology. He has a very active private voice studio; many of his students have received high awards regionally and locally and have been accepted to many outstanding universities. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Indiana NATS chapter where he is the State Treasurer, and a member of Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. He has recorded four CDs: “Songs of Praise,” “Songs of the Season,” “Songs of Inspiration,” and “Songs of Broadway.”
Everett Sparks – Piano
Everett holds a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University and a Master’s degree from Butler University. His principal teachers have been Joseph Rezits and Kate Boyd. Always keenly interested in all aspects of music, Everett has performed extensively in a variety of musical genres and has been an active transcriber and arranger. He has been teaching students of all ages in the Indianapolis area for more than twenty years and joined the IUPUI Music Academy in 2016.
Natalie Todd – Piano
Natalie Todd has been teaching since 2008, maintaining studios of up to 50 students at a time. She holds two B.A.s from Butler University in Music and English Literature and an M.M. in Piano Performance from Kent State University.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Natalie first began studying the Taubman Approach after suffering an injury in graduate school. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to Hartford, Connecticut, to continue her Taubman studies with Yoriko Fieleke. She is currently the only certified instructor of the Taubman Approach through the Golandsky Institute’s Professional Training Program. Natalie lives in Carmel with her husband, Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz.
Andrew Hisey, Director
Dr. Hisey has 17+ years experience as a musician and educator in institutions of higher education and community music schools. He is an ardent supporter of music/arts curricula. He has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; and at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio. In particular, he founded and directed the community-based piano program at Oberlin. Dr. Hisey is an active presenter and performer.