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.

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.

Ashley Cumming – French Horn

Dr. Ashley Cumming is an in-demand hornist hailing from Cambridge, Ontario. She is featured as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician worldwide, including principal horn with the COSI Opera Orchestra in Italy and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and freelance horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, UANL Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and Orchestre de la Francophonie in Quebec. She was a recitalist at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Michigan, Midwest Horn Workshop in Wisconsin, and at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Ashley was also a concerto soloist with the Sooke Philharmonic in British Columbia, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra in Ontario and Jr. All-State Band in Indiana. Touring the United States with Spark Brass, Ashley performs concerts and educational programs with the acclaimed quintet. She has performed in prestigious programs such as the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts Summer Masterclasses, and International Sommerakademie in Austria. Maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Ashley is an instructor at IUPUI Music Academy and throughout Indiana. Ashley holds a Doctorate of Music from Indiana University and was the Brass Graduate Assistant during her studies. She studied with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger, and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. For more information, please visit www.ashleycumming.com.

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.

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.

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.

Amy (Chee) Schindler – Piano



E. J. Choe, Director

Dr. E. J. Choe serves as Director of the IUPUI Music Academy and Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Arts Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. She is an active presenter at international and national conferences for the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and Music Educators National Conference on the topics of Music Technology and Community Engagement. Her research projects have been supported by Yamaha (Disklavier), Apple (iPads), and the National Research Foundation: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Korea with articles published in the Apple Magazine, Korean Society of Music Educational Technology, and General Music Today.
A native of Seoul, Korea, she made a televised debut as a pianist for the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) at age six. As a winner of numerous competitions, she appeared as guest soloist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and Arvada Symphony Orchestra. a aHer studies include a B.M. and M.M. in Piano from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a DM in Piano, Music Literature and Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. While pursuing her studies, Dr. Choe served as opera coach at IU Opera Theatre, DePauw University, Aspen Music Festival Opera Center, and Centro Studi Italiani-Urbania. Prior to coming back to Indiana in 2008, she served as Coordinator of Keyboard at the University of Colorado at Denver.

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.