News & Events

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

David Ackerman – Voice, Piano, Guitar

David Ackerman, voice, piano, guitar, has appeared on radio and TV and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Cambridge University, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, and the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.  He has sung at an array of events such as the 70th Birthday Celebration for Leonard Bernstein, Zionsville Presbyterian Church’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk and many other local events.

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 – 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.

Alexis Bacon - Composition, Music Theory, Piano

Alexis Bacon is a composer, violist, and pianist with experience teaching at all levels. A Fulbright scholar to France, she has received national and international recognition for her compositions, including awards and grants from the Indiana Arts Council, the American Music Center, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Her work “Scarafaggio” won the 2010 Ossia International Composition Prize. Alexis has taught at the University of Michigan, West Texas A&M University, and Indiana State University. She spends her summers teaching electronic music and music theory at Interlochen Arts Camp. Samples of her playing and composition can be heard at www.alexisbacon.com.

Christine Bizzell – Pre-School, Piano

Christine Bizzell teaches children’s classes and private piano lessons at the IUPUI Music Academy. She holds a B.A. in music with an emphasis in piano from Indiana University. While attending Indiana University, Ms. Bizzell was a member of the International Vocal Ensemble, a group featuring songs from around the world including the former Yugoslovia, China, and Azarbajan. She also played trombone in the Indiana University Marching Band, accompanied several vocal and instrumental musicians, and has taught both private piano and clarinet lessons. She is a member and assistant director of the Youth Ensemble instrumental group of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH.

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.

Jacob Dugan – Guitar, Music Technology

Jake began playing guitar and taking private lessons at the age of 13. He now attends IUPUI in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Technology. He has participated in the department’s Jazz Combos, Big Band 1 and 2, as well as University Choir, while studying jazz and classical music. Jake teaches guitar and music technology for the IUPUI Music Academy. He also performs weekly in a local Indianapolis rock band named Funky Junk.

Caitlin Foster – Piano

Caitlin Foster is a versatile member of Indianapolis’ musical community, as an active performer of classical, jazz, and new art music. Numerous performances abroad have included the premieres of original compositions through the summers of 2011-12 at the Cortona Sessions and SoundSCAPE Festival in Cortona and Maccagno, Italy. In addition, her experience accompanying vocalists of the La Musica Lirica opera program brought her to Novafeltria, Italy, in 2010.
Caitlin earned her Masters of Music  and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Butler University. She has studied with Kate Boyd, Gary Walters, Michael Kirkendoll, and Thomas Rosenkrantz. She currently accompanies for the Young Voices of Indianapolis and Butler University, while teaching piano privately through IUPUI and Butler University, as well as private piano and advanced music theory at Verity Institute.

Ana Garcia – Pre-School, Piano

Ana Garcia has a background in piano, woodwind, vocal performance, eurhythmics, sightsinging, and musicianship for children ages 18 months to seven years. She is a certified Harmony Road instructor and teaches some of our children’s classes at Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center.

Nickolas Hartgrove – Percussion

Nickolas Hartgrove is a percussionist, electroacoustic composer, and sound designer. Nick is currently the hand percussionist for the Indianapolis-based band Redmoon. He has performed with the Capital Regiment Drum Bugle Corps, the Indianapolis Independent Percussion Ensemble, the IUPUI Urban Drum Ensemble, the IUPUI Afro Cuban Music Ensemble, the IUPUI Lap Top Ensemble, and the IUPUI Telematic Collective. His music has been played at the IUPUI Electronic Music Composition concerts and his piece, “Inside My Head Forever” was selected to be played at the ninth annual Electronic Music Midwest electroacoustic music festival in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2007.

Laura Hedrick – Pre-School, Piano

Laura Hedrick, piano, holds a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Butler University. She studied piano with Martin Marks, Steve Glover, and Steve Robberson. Laura is also a certified Harmony Road instructor through Meridian Music and now at Beth-El Zedeck. Laura has been an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir for 13 years and has been an accompanist for recitals, church programs, vocal workshops, and children’s choirs. Miss Hedrick also instructs private beginning to intermediate piano students.

Matthew 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.

Linda Lamkin – Pre-School, Flute, Recorder

Linda Lamkin is a flutist, pianist, music teacher, arranger, and researcher. Her students have gone on to perform worldwide, win competitions and chairs in university and community orchestras, as well as national military bands. Linda has performed throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe, and Israel in solo recitals and has been featured on radio and television in the United States and Europe. She has given master classes in the United States and performed in national and international festivals. She has pioneered an ongoing nursing-home-summer-concert tour program for children and adults in the Bloomington, Indiana, region for the past eleven years.
Linda received her B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Flute Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California. She is completing her Doctorate in Flute Performance, History, and Literature at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she has also served as an Associate Instructor.

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.”

Steve Murphy – Piano

Steve Murphy, piano, is a composer and performer living in Indianapolis. He also works for Indianapolis Public Schools as a performer and composer, as welll as a vocal coach for many local singers. Steve plays piano and organ every week for the Third Church of Christ Scientist and is also an adjunct music professor in the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI. He holds a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College School of Music.

José Valencia – Violin

José Valencia is an accomplished teacher of violin and viola.  He began his teaching career over seven years ago and has developed a dedicated following of students and their parents.  He earned two Masters Degrees in Music (MM) from the Jordan Conservatory of Fine Arts at Butler University.  His first MM was awarded in 2000 for Violin Performance.  His second MM was awarded in 2002 for Orchestral Conducting.  He has also attended two seminars on violin/viola pedagogy by Mimi Zweig and two seminars on Baroque Violin Technique conducted by Stanley Ritchie.  Both these renowned teachers are members of the faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington.
His beginning methodology is based on a combination of the nurturing and encouraging Suzuki violin method and traditional means of teaching note reading and rhythm.
Many of Mr. Valencia’s students sit at the front of their school orchestras and have successfully auditioned for positions with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestras.He teaches students at IUPUI, Lawrence Township, Park Tudor, and Zionsville Community Schools.  He is also the Music Director for the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, Orkestra Projekt in Indianapolis, the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra in Bloomington, IN, and the Athenaeum Pops Orchestra and won the Fifth International Karelia/Sochi Conducting Masterclass/Competition held in 2000.

Adam Wicker – Music Technology

 

Staff

E.J. Choe, Director

Yvonne Gray, Assistant to the Director