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.
Ben Hogan – Percussion, Hand Drumming
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.