Music Faculty

Piano and Keyboard

Grace Baugh BennettGrace Baugh-Bennett (Piano) maintains a busy career as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. Her principal teachers include Nina Svetlanova, Lee Luvisi, and Doris Owen Bickel. Ms. Baugh-Bennett's solo performances include appearances with the Louisville Ballet and The Louisville Orchestra, a recital as convention artist for the 1992 Kentucky Federation of Music Clubs State Convention, and recitals for Special Audiences, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Baugh-Bennett has performed on The Louisville Orchestra's New Dimensions series, the radio recital series WFPK Live!, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, Musikfest Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Festival of American Art Song in Boulder, Colorado, and the Cleveland Art Song Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1993 she performed at the First Osaka (Japan) International Chamber Music Festa with the Ceruti Chamber Players. Ms. Baugh-Bennett serves as pianist for The Louisville Orchestra, principal pianist of the Ceruti Chamber Players, and pianist/artistic co-director of Ars Vocalis, and is Instructor of Piano at Indiana University Southeast.

Christine BrownChristine Brown (Piano) attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where her piano instructors included Henry Upper and Walter Robert. She holds Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music Education. Dr. Brown has performed solo, duet, two-piano and concerto repertoire, and has accompanied instrumentalists, vocalists and ensembles. Her teaching experience spans 25 years and includes piano and classroom instruction at collegiate and pre-collegiate levels. Dr. Brown taught piano, music fundamentals and music appreciation from 1987-1998 at Indiana University Southeast, where she also established the Arts Institute for community and pre-college arts programs. From 1998-2000 she served as the State Fine Arts Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education, during which time she evaluated public school arts programs, directed the writing of state arts standards, and provided professional development for teachers of the arts. Dr. Brown returned to IU Southeast in January 2001, where she teaches piano, sight singing and music theory.

Joy CofieldJoy Cofield (Piano and Suzuki Piano) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano from Tennessee Temple University, a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Within the span of 30 years of maintaining her own private studio, Joy has taught class piano for the last 6 years in Wheaton, Illinois, taught at the Lynchburg Talent Education Suzuki School in Virginia for 3 years. Ms. Cofield has been a church musician for 25 years and involved as a theater music/orchestra director in several productions. Ms. Cofield has taught Suzuki piano for 15 years.

Marci DickinsonMarci Dickinson (Piano and Flute) is organist, handbell choir and youth choir director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Louisville. She received her B.M.E. and M.M. degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition to her studies at I.U., she has studied organ with John Walker and Marilyn Keiser. For fifteen years she taught piano at Gavilan College and was principal flutist and frequent organ and flute soloist with the South Valley Symphony in Gilroy, California. Ms. Dickinson has served as music director in various churches in the Monterey Bay area and was Dean of their chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Ms. Dickinson also teaches piano and flute for the Arts Institute at IU Southeast.

Janet HamiltonJanet Hamilton (Organ & Piano) earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Indiana State University and both Masters in Music and Doctorate in Music in Organ Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Hamilton's instructors in organ at IU were Oswald Ragatz and Larry Smith. She earned a performance certificate for her Masters degree recital and has since performed numerous concerts in the regional area of southern Indiana. She performed at the 1993 national convention of the Organ Historical Society and the 1996 National Pastoral Musicians Convention. In 2002, she released a CD of organ works of Joseph Clokey, who was born in New Albany in 1890. Other musical interests include organ music by "neglected" American composers, Danish organ music, and music for organ and strings. Dr. Hamilton is the music director at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lanesville, Indiana, a member of the Southern Indiana Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society.

Jennifer JohanningsmeierJennifer Johanningsmeier (Piano and Flute) graduated in 2005 from Indiana University Southeast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with concentrations in both piano and flute performance. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bellarmine University in 2008. Jennifer is currently the pianist for Culbertson Baptist Church and maintains a studio teaching both piano and flute.

Marilyn Mathis (Suzuki Piano) holds a Bachelors degree from Gonzaga University, and has pursued doctoral work in clinical psychology at Spalding University. She has served in numerous churches as organist and choir director, and is presently the organist at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Middletown, Kentucky. She is a member of the American College of Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the Suzuki Association.


Helen BohannonHelen Bohannon (Violin) is a 1982 graduate with a performance degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She studied with renowned artists such as James O. Buswell IV, Miriam Fried, Greg Fulkerson, and with Stanley Ritchie for Baroque Violin. Helen has performed with the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and as a member and soloist with the Owensboro Symphony. As an auxiliary member of the Louisville Orchestra, she performed with the orchestra in their 1989 tour to Carnegie Hall. Helen has performed as concertmaster for the Southern Baptist Seminary Orchestra, the Indiana University Southeast Orchestra, and the Jewish Community Center Orchestra. She has been a member of the IU Southeast Music Department faculty since 1991 and conducted the IU Southeast Orchestra during its 1997 concert season. Helen is also the first violinist and vocalist for the Classical Choice Trio and is Music Director at Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany, and served as co-director of the Floyd County (IN) Youth Symphony during the 2004-2005 season. In 1999, the Floyd County (IN) Council for the Arts recognized Helen Bohannon as a Floyd County Artist of the Century.

Meghan CasperMeghan Casper (Viola) received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. Her teachers have included Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet), Atar Arad (Cleveland Quartet), and Mark Jacobs (Cleveland Orchestra), among others. She has participated in the Gros Morne Music Festival (as Artist in Residence), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival Advanced Quartet Studies, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Spoleto Festivals in the USA and Italy. Meghan has taught at Northern Kentucky University, the Wyoming Fine Arts Academy, was a musical outreach presenter with the Chicago Public Schools, and was a Teaching Assistant to the Colorado Quartet Soundfest. Meghan is currently a member of the Louisville Orchestra.

Lori Getty (Suzuki Cello and Elementary Strings) is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a Masters degree in Cello Performance. Ms. Getty is also a Kindermusik® instructor in all levels, and has had training in Suzuki violin and Suzuki cello. She has performed locally as the cellist for the Classical Choice string trio for 10 years and has many years of private teaching experience.

Michael HillMichael Hill (Viola, Violin, Suzuki Viola and Violin), is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and studied with John Largess and continued his education with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll earning a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Moving to Louisville, Mr. Hill completed a Master of Music at the University of Louisville's School of Music with Dr. Chien-Ju Liao and Dr. Yen-Ting Wu. He was a member of the Graduate String Quartet and also served as principal viola and teaching assistant to the viola studio throughout the program. Mr. Hill has performed as an orchestral and chamber musician at the Aspen Musical Festival and School and as principal violist with the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. He collaborates on chamber music performances in the Louisville area as well as with the Heaven Gallery Recital Series in Chicago, IL. Local performances have included work with Bourbon Baroque and the Choral Arts Society as well as new music for Hear + Now at 21c and the Actors Theatre Late Seating. He has also performed with several orchestras in Indiana and Kentucky. Mr. Hill is a member of the Concentus String Quartet, working regularly in educational and performance settings. Continuing Suzuki teacher training, Mr. Hill teaches several private studios - including the IU Southeast Arts Institute and the Community Music Program at the University of Louisville - while collaborating on performances ranging from early music to new works. He has conducted sectionals and masterclasses for college and pre-college students in Louisville and surrounding areas. He has performed and recorded with local composers, performers, and professors. In performing and teaching Mr. seeks to share music with others through education and efforts making classical music more accessible to the public.

Allison Braid OlsenAllison Braid Olsen (Cello) received the Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Rice University, the Master of Music degree in performance from the University of Akron, and completed the Professional Studied program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Stephen Gerber (former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra), Michael Haber (former principal cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra), Desmond Hoebig (principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra), and Shirley Trepel (former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony). Ms. Olsen is currently a member of the Louisville Orchestra as well as principal cellist of the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra. Her previous positions include principal and section cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, and the Marini String Quartet, and has participated in numerous music festivals including the Lancaster Festival, Spoleto USA, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, North Carolina School for the Arts European Tour, Grand Teton Music Festival College Seminar, and the Lakeside Summer Symphony. Ms. Olsen has taught at Bellarmine University, the University of Akron Musical Arts Program, the Medina (OH) School District, Cleveland Public Schools, and the Educator's Music Studio in Cleveland.

Karl OlsenKarl Olsen (String Bass) began his musical studies in Suzuki Violin, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Mr. Olsen started double bass studies in 1991 with David Dunn at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. While earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree he also taught at the Wausau Conservatory of Music and freelanced with regional Big Bands. Mr. Olsen then began orchestral studies in earnest, enrolling at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While working with Professor Bruce Bransby at IU, Mr. Olsen continued his teaching both privately and as an IU Associate Instructor. Between 1996 and 2001 Mr. Olsen completed a Master of Music degree and began Doctoral studies. Mr. Olsen also performed regularly as Assistant Principal in the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras, Principal Bass of the IU Philharmonic, New Music Ensemble and Baroque Orchestras, while earning fellowships and Principal positions at various Music Festivals, studying with Gary Karr and Stuart Sankey, and master classes with Paul Ellison, Lawrence Hurst, Murray Grodner, Edgar Meyer, Bertram Turetzky, Maximilian Dimoff and Albert Laszlo. In September of 2001 Mr. Olsen joined the illustrious New World Symphony Orchestra, a fellowship training orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On October 16th, 2001, Karl Olsen won a position in the Bass Section of the Louisville Orchestra. Since then Mr. Olsen has joined the faculty of the Indiana University Southeast Music Department, the IU Southeast Summer String Clinic, and the Bowling Green (KY) String Academy.

Ana SarbuAna Sarbu (Violin and Suzuki Violin) received her Master of Music degree in violin performance in 2009 from the University of Louisville where she was a student of J. Patrick Rafferty and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a violin performance major at the National Music University in Bucharest, and received a Baccalaureate and Professional Certificate in Violin Performance and Teaching from the George Enescu Music High-School in Bucharest where she was a student of Mihaela Tomescu. In 2001 she received a scholarship to the Akademie der Alte Musik Karlsruhe (Academy of Early Music in Karlsruhe) where she studied Baroque violin and orchestra with Anton Steck. Also that year she received a scholarship to attend the Festival Junger Kunstler Bayreuth (Young Artists' Festival). Her orchestral experience includes the George Enescu Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of West Virginia, Roanake Symphony, and the National Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Franzeli Sharp's love for the violin began at age six when she started Suzuki Violin lessons. She was granted a scholarship to the University of Louisville to study violin in 1996. She holds a BA in Music and has studied Spanish as an area of Sharp imageconcentration. Her teaching career began in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1996 with individualized lessons for children ages three through fourteen. In 2001, she started teaching in Louisville and decided that teaching the Suzuki Method was her choice as a career. Franzeli has held positions at Wheeler Elementary, Golden Tree Middle School, the Waldorf School of Louisville and the Louisville Classical Academy. She currently teaches at the University of Louisville School of Music Preparatory Department (now re-named the Community Music Program) and has taught Suzuki Violin in this program since 2001. Franzeli has completed and registered Suzuki Teacher Training from Introductory levels through Book Ten with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has observed classes to review training every year. Franzeli's short term teacher trainers and mentors who have influenced and inspired her teaching include; Linda Steig, Kimberly Meir-Simms, Moshe Neuman, Edmund Sprunger, William Starr (observation), Sherry Hofmeister (childhood private teacher), Carol Hughes, Roger Steig, Timothy (Terry) Durbin and Hiroko Driver-Lippman. Franzeli has been a Suzuki Mom since her daughter started to play the violin in 2003.

Jon SilpayamanantJon Silpayamanant (Cello) is a cellist, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in the greater Louisville metropolitan area. Born in Udon Thani, Thailand and a citizen of Thailand, he began playing the cello at the age of six after playing the violin for nearly a year. He has toured or performed as a soloist and with ensembles throughout the US, Canada, Great Britain and Wales. An extremely versatile performer, Silpayamanant has worked, or currently works with numerous ensembles including the IUS Chamber Orchestra, DePauw Contemporary Music Ensemble, T.E.C. (Turntables, Electronics, and Cello), the Terre Haute Symphony and Ahel El Nagam (classical Arabic ensemble). He is one of the founding members of il Troubadore, a world music ensemble based in Indianapolis, which gives regular performances throughout the Midwest and he tours regularly with the Cherokee Cowboys, the back-up Country/Western Swing band of multi-Grammy Award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Price. His most recent ensemble, the duet Raks Makam, focuses on music and dance of Central Asia with dancer and musician, Taletha al Badr. As a four year recipient of the DePauw Performance Merit Scholarship, Silpayamanant completed a Bachelors of Music in Cello performance at DePauw University in May 1996, where he was a two time winner of the Concerto Competition. Silpayamanant has also attended numerous chamber festivals including the IU String Academy, Point Counterpoint, and the Kentuckiana Summer Music Institute. As a World Music performer Silpayamanant has appeared with Badal Roy and his World Jazz Combo, Carmine Guida, Kevin Hartnell, George Wakim and Firas Madbak, Raquy Danziger, Keni Washington and his OMniverse World Jazz Sinfonia. He has given and taken many workshops and private lessons on improvisation techniques and world music styles including Arabic Taqasim, Indian Hindustani music, West African drumming and dance, and Brazilian Capoeira. As an instructor for Gymboree Play and Music, he taught music classes to toddlers and pre-schoolers both in-store and through programs with pre-schools. Silpayamanant is also a cello coach to local school ensembles including the Floyd County Youth Symphony and the Floyd Central High School Orchestra. In 1993-1994 he was the assistant to Eric Edberg at DePauw University School of Music, giving lessons to majors in cello and also taught as a guest and substitute instructor for the Music Theory, Wagner Topics course, and 20th Century Music literature course. Silpayamanant's cello teachers and chamber music coaches have included Eric Edberg, Rostislav Dubinsky, Lawrence Zoernig, Claude Cymermann, Julia Preston, Susanna Onwood, Megumi Ohkubo, Deborah Caruso and Nancy Snustad. He has performed in masterclasses for Janos Starker, Eleanore Shoenfeld, Steven Kates, Fritz Maag, Owen Carmen, the Borromeo String Quartet, Gary Karr, Janet Anthony, the American String Quartet, and Stephen Schumway.

Sara SoltauSara Soltau (Violin) is a teacher who believes in creative, integrative, and applied teaching, which cares for each student’s unique goals and artistry. Sara received her Masters in violin performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Fabian Lopez and Marjorie Bagley and simultaneously completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in ethnomusicology. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied under violinist Richard Luby. In college she began teaching violin, completed an independent study on violin pedagogy, and began various research projects on creative music education, which she still pursues. She is influenced and inspired by teachers such as Kato Havas, Murray Schafer, bell hooks, Shinichi Suzuki, and Yuhudi Menuhin. She attended summer music programs at The Berlin University of the Arts, The International Music Academy at Pilsen, The International Violin Symposium at Chapel Hill, and Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. She was a teaching assistant and member of the graduate string quartet for her assistantship at UNCG, a summer intern at Appalshop/WMMT, a pedagogy fellow at the Heifetz Institute in 2012, and is currently an improvisor and collaborator in various local ensembles and bands. “Maybe music will save the world. That is, if we work for that purpose.”- Shinichi Suzuki To learn more about Sara, check out her website:



Mario DaSilvaMario DaSilva (Guitar) holds a MCM from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Music in Louisville, Kentucky, and a BA from Belmont College, in Nashville, Tennessee. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mr. DaSilva has established himself in the United States as a teacher and a performer. As a teacher, he has been instructor of guitar at Indiana University Southeast since 1989, and at Belmont University in Nashville, since 1995. As a performer he maintains a busy playing schedule both in the Louisville and Nashville areas. He is heard nightly on the nationally syndicated FM radio "Delilah After Dark" talk show, out of Seattle, Washington, and "The Joe Arnold Show," WHAS 84 AM. Mario has been seen and heard on ESPN and Shop at Home television networks, and has made many appearances on local TV. He has worked closely with the likes of guitarists Muriel Anderson, Pedro Cortes, singer-songwriters Lari White, Billy Dean and songwriter Chuck Cannon. His debut release "Meet Mario" by Rainbow at Midnight Records is available in music stores in the Louisville and Nashville areas. Mr. DaSilva plays a Japanese made Asturias 60, built in 1989. He continues to reside and work in Nashville, Tennessee.

Andrew RhinehartAndrew Rhinehart (Guitar and Ukelele) holds a Bachelor and a Master of Music Performance degree with an emphasis on classical guitar from the University of Louisville. He has studied extensively with teachers such as Daniel Boring and jazz guitarist Craig Wagner. While studying at UofL, Andrew performed in master classes for classical guitar greats such as Matteo Mela, Dr. Steven Thachuk, and Manuel Barrueco. Also, he has participated in summer programs with the Cincinnati Conservatory and the National Pastoral Musicians Association. He enjoys playing several different styles of music including jazz, classical, blues, country, and rock. Since graduation he has been teaching and performing in the Louisville area and all over the U.S. As a guitarist Andrew would like to share his music performance philosophy and instruction methods to anyone who would like to achieve technical discipline and overall mastery of the guitar. Currently he is working on his Doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky.


Louisa Ellis WoodsonLouisa Ellis Woodson (Harp) has been playing the harp since age nine. In May, 2008, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harp from Manhattan School of Music in New York. She also holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Harp Performance from Indiana University, where she studied with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald. Dr. Woodson has served as the Adjunct Professor of Harp at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to maintaining a private harp studio, she is the former Principal Harpist with theWaco Symphony Orchestra. She recently participated as a guest faculty member in the Young Artists' Harp Seminar in Rabun's Gap, Georgia. She has appeared in many types of theater productions, including ballet, opera, and musical theater, and has appeared in the New York Musical Theater Festival. She also enjoys performing with other musicians, including combinations with violin, cello, voice, organ, flute, and trumpet, to name a few. Dr. Woodson is also a founding member and proud participant in the Astraios music network.

Lisa Spurlock GilmoreLisa Spurlock Gilmore (Harp) Lisa Spurlock Gilmore is ranked among the foremost harpists in the country as a national award winner, soloist, and recording artist. She has been awarded four national titles as 1st place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, Grandjany Division (1997); 3rd place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, Intermediate II Division (1999); recipient of the Anne Adams Awards National Competition (2002); and 4th place winner of the American Harp Society National Competition, in the highest division, Young Professional (2007). An active freelance harpist for over 16 years, Lisa has performed for hundreds of weddings, parties, and social events including the Kentucky Derby's annual Derby Ball, corporate parties for companies such as Brown-Forman, University of Louisville, Yum! Brands, and Hilliard Lyons, as well as a private performance for the First Lady, Laura Bush. Lisa has made numerous concert appearances with the Louisville Chorus and performed with members of the Louisville Orchestra. She has made two professional CD and audio cassette recordings accompanying the Louisville Chorus and released her first solo album "All I Want is a Harp for Christmas" in 2004, which includes arrangements of well-known Christmas music she transcribed for the harp. Lisa has also appeared many times as a special guest performer for WUOL 90.5 FM Lunchtime Classics series and Louisville MetroTV. Lisa began studying music on the piano and violin at age two. She received much of her early musical training from her parents who are both professional musicians and members of the Juilliard alumni. At age eight, she began studying harp under the instruction of Linda Wood Rollo. The following year, at age nine, Lisa received a full scholarship to study at the Summer Harp Masterclass at Indiana University with Distinguished Professor of Music, Susann McDonald. By age twelve, she was taking weekly lessons at the Indiana University School of Music pre-college program with Ann Yeung, (current professor of harp at the University of Illinois), and Assistant Professor of Harp, Ela Szmyt. Lisa later enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program at Indiana University under the instruction of Susann McDonald— founder of the USA International Harp Competition, former professor at The Juilliard School, and world-renowned harpist and teacher. During her time at Indiana University, Lisa also had the privilege of studying with Naokio Yoshino (internationally acclaimed harpist and recording artist), Jana Bouskova (professor of harp at the Prague Conservatory), Sebastian Lipman (professor of harp at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia), and Isabelle Perrin (professor of harp at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music of London). Lisa currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and cat where she performs regularly as a harpist for special events, radio and television programs, weddings, and formal concerts. Lisa also directs the Louisville Harp Academy which offers private harp lessons for students of all ages and skill levels, beginner through advanced.


Marci DickinsonMarci Dickinson (Piano and Flute) is organist, handbell choir and youth choir director at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Louisville. She received her B.M.E. and M.M. degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition to her studies at I.U., she has studied organ with John Walker and Marilyn Keiser. For fifteen years she taught piano at Gavilan College and was principal flutist and frequent organ and flute soloist with the South Valley Symphony in Gilroy, California. Ms. Dickinson has served as music director in various churches in the Monterey Bay area and was Dean of their chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Ms. Dickinson also teaches piano and flute for the Arts Institute at IU Southeast.

Katherine AlbertsKatherine Alberts (Oboe and English Horn) is adjunct instructor of oboe at Indiana University Southeast and at Bellarmine University, and is the music theory lab Coordinator at Kentucky State University. She is a regular member of the Louisville Bach Society Orchestra and has often performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera and Bourbon Baroque. In 1998, she recorded for National Public Radio with the Derrière Guard Festival Orchestra. In the summer of 2004, Ms. Alberts was principle oboist with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra ’04 River Tour. Recently as principle oboe on three cds, she recorded with Arlo Guthrie’s In Times Like These, Thomas Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca, and George McKay’s Epoch: An American Dance Symphony with The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. In June 2009, Ms. Alberts performed at the Vatican with the UK Women’s Chorus.

Naomi HendersonNaomi Henderson (Clarinet) received her Masters Degree in Education from Indiana University in 1985 and her Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1977 from Ball State University. She has taught elementary music for Scott County School District 2 in Scottsburg Indiana since 1979. Naomi has been teaching private studio clarinet since 1975 working with students of all ages. Mrs. Henderson has played clarinet with the IUS Concert band since 2000, and performs periodically for her church and special music programs in the community. She is an adjudicator for solo and ensemble contests for the Indiana State School Music Association at District and State levels. Mrs. Henderson was principal clarinetist with the Ball State Wind Ensemble and Orchestra while studying with private instructor Rolf Legbandt. Her student teaching was under the supervision of Don McMahel, working at Hazelwood Jr. High, Scribner Jr. High, New Albany High, and Green Valley Elementary Schools. Mrs. Henderson has worked as woodwind specialist for Scottsburg High School.

John MooreJohn Moore (Saxophone) holds degrees from Florida State University and Campbellsville College in Kentucky. He has served as saxophone instructor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Campbellsville College and the University of Kentucky. For several years he has been Co-Coordinator of Chamber Music at the Saxophone Institute, which is held at Transylvania University. The Saxophone Institute is one of the few music workshops where musicians of all ages and experiences work together as equals. John, a native Kentuckian, has performed in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States and has been recorded on ETHOS RECORDINGS, Golden Crest and Dinant Records. He was a Bronze medalist at the First Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa held in Osaka, Japan, and a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition.

Cory BarnfieldCory Barnfield (Saxophone) has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He is the founding member and soprano saxophonist of the Louisville Saxophone Quartet, and serves as saxophonist for the Paducah, Louisville, and Jackson Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Barnfield has also given numerous clinics at middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. He can be heard on Mark Custom Recordings, Amos Recordings in Switzerland and New Dynamic Records. Mr. Barnfield will be releasing his first solo CD in the summer of 2010 on the New Dynamic Records label. Mr. Barnfield currently teaches in the Jefferson County School system and for the Indiana University Southeast Arts Institute, and has regularly served as the saxophone instructor for the annual Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts program for an intensive three week program teaching some of the finest saxophone students in the Kentucky region. He also maintains an active studio of instruction for private students. Mr. Barnfield received his B.M.E degree from Murray State University and his M.S. degree from Indiana University. His artistic influences come from Scott Erickson, Otis Murphy, John Moore, Paul Bro and Dale Underwood.


J. Jerome AmendJ. Jerome Amend (Trumpet), principal trumpet of the Louisville Orchestra, joined the orchestra in 1972 following four years as trumpet soloist with the 564th USAF Tactical Air Command Band (Langley AFB, Virginia). He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra a number of times and his work there regularly includes performances with the Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet. Prior to military service, he performed with the Houston Symphony under Music Directors Sir John Barbirolli and André Previn. Since 1989, Mr. Amend has been Music Director of the Commonwealth Brass Band – an English-style brass band. Previously he conducted the Louisville Contemporary Chamber Consort (1973-1975), the Musician's Union Summer Band (1986), the Louisville Festival Symphony, and was Co-Director of the "Twentieth-Century Series" (1975-1977) at the University of Louisville. He previously taught trumpet at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, (1974-1979), Spring Branch (Houston) Independent School District (1966-1968), Galveston Public Schools (1967-1968), Bellarmine College, Campbellsville (KY) College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and both trumpet and music theory at the University of Louisville (for 28 years).

Colin DormanColin Dorman (Horn) received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alabama, studying with Charles "Skip" Snead before moving to Louisville to study with Bruce Heim at the University of Louisville School of Music where he received his Master of Music degree. During his time at UofL he performed with the University Orchestra, the University Horn Ensemble, and also a woodwind quintet. Since graduating in 2006, Colin has continued to perform in the Louisville/Kentuckiana area in everything from solo recitals to chamber music, weddings, wind ensemble, and orchestras. In addition to private teaching, he has taught sectionals for several area schools and is Horn Instructor for the Indiana University Southeast Arts Institute, a college preparatory program.

Mildred KempMildred Kemp (Trombone) received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Louisville School of Music and was a member of the Louisville Orchestra from 1957 to 1962. Mildred left Louisville for New York City where she was a member of the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. Ms. Kemp then performed with several other orchestras and was active as a freelance musician, playing in Broadway shows and with the Goldman Band. From 1974-1996, Mildred taught at Memorial High School in West New York, NJ, where she was the choral director. Ms. Kemp returned to Louisville in 1995 and is an auxiliary trombonist for the Louisville Orchestra. She currently is a member of the Louisville Bach Society and Commonwealth Brass Band, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Chris CombestChris Combest (Tuba/Euphonium), praised by The Brass Bridge as having a "wonderful sense of musicianship...and virtuosic technique," was appointed as Tubist with the Louisville Orchestra in July of 2012. Previous positions include teaching appointments at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Southern Illinois University and The University of Illinois. A founding member of the American Tuba Quartet and former Principal Tubist with the Victoria Symphony (USA), Dr. Combest has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, The U.S. Army Field Band, the Illinois Symphony, the Danville Symphony (IL), the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Prairie Ensemble Chamber Orchestra, the Lexington Brass Band, Saxton's Cornet Band, the Illinois Brass Quintet, the University of Evansville Brass Quintet, the University of Louisville Brass Quintet and the Louisville Orchestra Brass Quintet. He can be heard on NPR, the BBC and both the Polyphonic and Mark Custom recording labels. Recent performances include appearances at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference in Washington D.C. (January 2011), the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference (March 2011) and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held in Linz, Austria (June 2012). Dr. Combest has presented recitals and masterclasses as a guest artist and clinician at various universities throughout the United States. He has adjudicated concerto and solo competitions; most recently, the 2011 Artist and Young Artist Tuba and Euphonium Competitions at the Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Central Michigan University. As a scholar, Dr. Combest has contributed to the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal and in the spring of 2010, he was named as a finalist for the prestigious Clifford R. Bevan Excellence in Research Award given by the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Dr. Combest has also authored an instructional video as part of the Power Lessons with the Pros Video Series entitled "Practice Room Strategies" at the invitation of the International Tuba Euphonium Association. Dr. Combest received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), The College Music Society (CMS) and the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) where he serves as an Associate Editor for the ITEA Journal.

Percussion & Drums

Mark TateMark Tate (Percussion) earned a Bachelors degree in percussion from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Music from Washington University, St. Louis. Mr. Tate has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Mighty Mississippi Concert Band, the Gateway Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, and is currently percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic. He teaches at IU Southeast, Bellarmine University, and Georgetown College.


Aaron LundyAaron Lundy (tenor) received his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and has received his Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. He is a native of Western Kentucky, born and raised in Owensboro on the banks of the Ohio River. He has toured throughout Italy, Ireland, Wales and England as an invited soloist with various choirs and was also a featured singer with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers in 2004 at the World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan. In 2005, he was honored with the Gina Skaggs Epifano award for gifted young vocalists at the National Association of Teachers of Singing regional competition. Most recently, he has performed with the 2008 Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado in their production of Verdi's Falstaff and in the Eastman Opera Theater's production of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw. Aaron was also the Music Director at St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Rochester, New York and on the faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College.

Richard Rebilas Richard Rebilas (baritone) is a native of Pennsylvania. His music versatility is evident in the variety of his performances in the genres of opera, musical theatre, recital and concert. His standard operatic credits range from such favorites as Papageno, Figaro, and Don Giovanni to Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, Ned Keene in Peter Grimes, and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Noteworthy contemporary roles include Slim in Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Damis in Kirk Mechem's Tartuffe, and The Man with the Shoe Sample Kit in Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco. He has performed with Kentucky Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theatre, Western Opera Theatre, Eugene Opera, Nashville Opera, Pamiro Opera, Oswego Opera and Europa Musica 2001. His concert engagements include performances of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Honegger's Une Cantate de Noel, David Amram's Songs for America, and various pops concerts with orchestras of Louisville, Samford, Cincinnati, Tucson, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He was a 1991 Liederkranz Competition winner. Richard has enjoyed many successes in the realm of musical theatre. He has played Curly in Oklahoma!, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Leadville Johnny Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Lancelot in Camelot, Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Anthony in Sweeney Todd. Richard holds a master's degree from Indiana University, and has also studied at the San Francisco Opera Center's Merola Program and the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Amanda R. Boyd (soprano) received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Louisville, and her Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University. She has studied voice with Marjorie Halbert, Edith Davis Tidwell, and Shirley Close. Her opera coaches have included Emily Bullock, Kimcherie Lloyd, and Douglas Fisher.

Some of her operatic roles include Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta in La Traviata, Aurelia Havisham in Dominock Argent’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, andFirst Lady in The Magic Flute. She has also performed as soprano soloist in Faurés Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Mass in B minor, John Rutter’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis, K. 275.

Dr. Boyd has taught voice at the University of Louisville, StageWorks in Nashville, Florida State University, and is currently Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Indiana University Southeast.

Songwriting / Digital Audio

Tyson KnightTyson Knight has a deep passion both music and new technology, so when these two obsessions met it created a beautiful collision that has fueled his journey unto this point. Tyson studied at IU Southeast for his undergraduate degree and went on to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis to finish a Master of Science in Music Technology degree. He serves as Music and Education Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Paoli, Indiana. Tyson also teaches private guitar lessons and runs a small production company focusing on digital audio, web-design, and video media. Throughout his life and career Tyson has had the opportunity to work with and produce numerous albums for many talented musicians in the southern Indiana region.