Faculty and Staff


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seth Jenkins –  Jazz Piano

Seth Jenkins is a performer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer, and producer. He began his music career as a performer specializing in Pop, Rock, Blues, R&B, and Country. Seth has worked with many well-known musicians and producers and studied jazz piano under Steve Allee and Gary Walters as well as classical piano with Chayoung Yon-Short. He is a student in the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI and plays in the IUPUI jazz combo. He also works for the Indianapolis-based music agency, Anderson Beck, and is a member of a local band called The Tides. Seth works well with students of all ages in virtually any music style or desired approach. Since he plays several instruments, he is particularly well suited to help students learn piano from the perspective of another instrument.

Linda Lamkin – Pre-School, Flute/Recorder, Beginning Piano

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.

Ricardo Laranja – Music Technology Coordinator

Mr. Ricardo Laranja is Lecturer in the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI. Laranja is a composer/producer of music as well as sound designer and audio engineer. Laranja developed six courses for the BSMT program. Previously to this position, Laranja taught seven years in the School of Informatics in the New Media Program. He holds a Master’s in Media Arts and Science with an emphasis in music production from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Music in Applied Jazz Piano from Aquinas College in Michigan, as well as diplomas from Grove School of Music Keyboard Composition program, in Van Nuys, CA, three audio engineering diplomas from the School of The Recording Arts, and a Piano Performance from Berklee College of Music. He also studied classical piano at the Musikschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Laranja enjoys producing all kinds of music for everything from video games to iPhone apps and from movies and commercials in surround sound to developing artists’ compositions.

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.”

Maya Nojiri – Beginning Piano, Cello

A native of Japan, Maya Nojiri is a cellist, pianist, and artistic collaborator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Toho College of Music (Tokyo, Japan) and her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where additionally she obtained her Performer Diploma, under the tutorship of an active concert cellist and acclaimed pedagogue, Professor Emilio Colon. Ms. Nojiri is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Cello Performance and minor in Music History and Literature at Indiana University.
An experienced chamber and orchestral musician, Ms. Nojiri has made appearances in numerous chamber music concerts in Japan and the US, has played in Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in workshops with renowned ensembles including Pacifica Quartet at Indiana University, Chicago-based 5th House Ensemble, and Ensemble Modern in Germany. Also an enthusiast of contemporary music and an advocate of artistic exchange, Ms. Nojiri has collaborated with composers for performances and premieres of new compositions, including a solo cello concertante dedicated to her.
Her prospective projects include research on and contribution to the introduction of Japanese contemporary music to a wider range of audience. Ms. Nojiri resides in Columbus, Indiana, with her two cats Leo and Mitch.

Danae Witter – Violin, Viola

Dr. Witter, American violinist and violist, made her debut at the age of twelve, winning the Indianapolis New World Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Ms. Witter received her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in May 2011 from the University of Southern California, including a minor in theory analysis and electives in viola and music education.  Ms. Witter has served as a Guest Violin Instructor of the University of Michigan’s String Preparatory Program and Operations Director and member of the Violin and Viola Faculties at the International Music Academy of Pilsen, CZ and Cambridge International String Academy of Cambridge, UK. As an orchestral player, she has performed in the motion picture recording industry in Los Angeles. Ms. Witter is an accomplished writer and served as an Associate Editor to the Sevcik project published by Lauren Keiser Publishing Company in New York.


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.

Yvonne Gray, Assistant to the Director

Yvonne is a Senior Administrative Secretary for the Department of Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI and also serves as Assistant to the Director of the IUPUI Music Academy. She received an Associate of Arts in General Studies with honors from Indiana University, Bloomington, in December 2003 and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in General Studies, with a concentration in the Humanities.