School of Music, Theatre, and Dance


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Brittany Bain

Modern

Originally from Wabash, Ind., Brittany currently resides in Indianapoilis, where she is a dance instructor and choreographer. Brittan graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance. She is also a graduat of Florida State University’s School of Dance with a Master of Fine Arts degree […]

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McKenzie Baird

Dance

McKenzie is a native Indianan who loves the hospitality and downright friendliness of the Midwest. She received her bachelors in dance from Point Park University and her MFA in dance from Florida State University. She blends a combination of technical acuity with proprioceptive and bio-mechanical training to help students achieve their personal best. As a […]

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Joani Brandon

Dr. Joani Brandon

Professor of Music Education; Women's Chorus

Dr. Joani Somppi Brandon serves as a professor of music, teaching music education general/choral methods and Women’s Chorus. Joani is the former director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir Chorale (1999-2011). The nine years prior, Joani taught music at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. She previously served as a middle school choral director for […]

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Jonathan Brooks

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Professor of Music

Jonathan Brooks completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. His dissertation, entitled “Imagined Sounds: Their Role in the Strict and Free Compositional Practice of Anton Bruckner,” investigates the degree to which Bruckner’s harmonic-counterpoint teachings affected his compositional output. Prior to coming to Anderson University, Jonathan was a Lecturer of Music Theory at Baylor […]

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Alex Carter

Trumpet

Alex Carter is a professional musician located in East Central Indiana. Originally hailing from Metro Detroit, he began playing trumpet at age 10 and has never stopped. He is currently on faculty at Anderson University and Purdue University – Ft. Wayne. He previously taught trumpet at Ball State University to undergraduate music students of all […]

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Marilyn Chappell

Bassoon

Marilyn Chappell teaches bassoon instruction and advanced woodwind methods with her husband, Melvin Chappell, at Anderson University. She received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree, K-12, and Master of Music Degree in bassoon performance from the University of Texas in Austin. Marilyn was principal bassoonist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and contrabassoonist for the […]

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Chappell

Dr. Rebecca Chappell

Director of Music Business Studies

Dr. Rebecca Chappell teaches clarinet and saxophone. She is co-founder and Director of Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing, and Orangehaus Music Business Camp, a summer music business experience for high school students. She has served on the Board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) including President of the organization and was the first […]

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David Coolidge

David Coolidge

Associate Professor of Musical Theatre

David Coolidge is the Director of the Musical Theatre Program at Anderson University. He received his MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a professional theatre artist, David toured with Jason Robert Brown in the Broadway National Tour […]

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Mary Beth Coolidge

Voice; Alexander Technique

A native of Ohio, Professor Mary Beth Coolidge made her operatic debut in Arezzo, Italy where she sang the roles of Hero in L’Egisto and Lisette in La Rondine. Since then she has enjoyed multiple performances with Greensboro Light Opera, Greensboro Opera, UNCG Opera Theatre and Oberlin Opera Theater. Her favorite past roles include: Zerlina […]

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Gregory Dugan

Bass

Gregory Dugan became a member of the ISO bass section in 1979. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Murray Grodner. Prior to joining the ISO, he was principal contrabass with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica. Dugan has held a number of faculty teaching positions, including […]

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Rebecca Edie

Rebecca Edie

Staff Accompanist, Instructor of Piano

Rebecca Edie serves as Staff Accompanist and piano instructor at Anderson University. She received a B.M. in Performance from Butler University and an M.M. in Performance, Vocal and Opera Coaching, and Accompanying from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Rebecca also serves as Staff Accompanist for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Youth Chorale, and has […]

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Chad Evans

Music Business

Chad Evans has been the Chief Recording Engineer at Gaither Studios in Alexandria, IN since 1994. He has been a professional audio engineer since graduating from Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro, TN with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recording Arts and Sciences in 1989. He has garnered two Grammy awards for his work on […]

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Heaven Fan

Dr. Heaven Fan

Harp

Dr. Heaven Fan’s performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the Travel Grant Competition of Indiana University, the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis […]

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Jane Hachiya-Weiner

Ballet, pointe, variations

Jane Hachiya-Weiner has been a vital part of the Indianapolis dance community since 1985 when she joined Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. Originally from Japan, she studied with the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Academy in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan, graduating from the Academy and becoming a company member the Hirofumi Inoue Ballet Company in 1979. She eventually became principal […]

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Loy Hetrick

Trombone

Loy Hetrick started playing trombone at age 10 in Fremont, Neb., where he was a student of Robert Olsen. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Nebraska, where he studied with Vernon Forbes. He was a charter member of the Plymouth Brass, a resident church ensemble, playing with them from 1977 through […]

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Christopher Holmes

Dr. Christopher Holmes

Associate Professor of Music

A native Texan, Dr. Christopher Holmes studied music theory at the University of Texas at Arlington and music history at Baylor University. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, completing a dissertation on the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. Holmes’s research interests are in music after World War II. […]

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Michelle Holmes

Michelle Holmes

Enrollment Specialist

I am excited to be working with the School of Music, Theatre, and Danceto showcase their programs to prospective students. My husband, Dr. Christopher Holmes, teaches music history at AU, and we enjoy opening our home to students whenever possible. Fun Facts: I am mother to four beautiful daughters, a native Texan, and an avid […]

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Alistair Howlett

Alistair Howlett

Flute

Alistair Howlett was born in Sydney, Australia and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He later completed his Masters in Performance at the Hochschule for Music and Theater Munich, Germany with Flute Professor András Adorján. He was Utility Flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra, which performs at the iconic […]

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Diana Miles Huntoon

Diana Miles Huntoon

Voice

Soprano Diana received her Bachelor of Music
 Degree in Education from Millikin
 University and her Master of Music Degree
 in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green
 State University. She is also a Level III
 Certified Teacher of Somatic Voice™, The LoVetri Method. Diana has performed with numerous professional opera and musical theatre organizations including The Ohio […]

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Jamie Johnson

Guitar

Jamie holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in classical guitar music performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Mr. Paul Reilly. Jamie has held numerous teaching positions in Indiana at both the university level and the freelance level, including Anderson University, Taylor University, Purdue University, and Ball State University, as well as at the […]

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Doug King

Jazz, tap, musical theatre

Doug has a bachelor’s degree in theatre with an emphasis on musical theatre and dance from Ball State University. Jazz, tap, and musical theatre are his specialties. He was active in starting the dance program at Anderson University in 2000. His dance study has been in North Carolina, New York, Toronto, Minneapolis, and at Butler […]

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Amy Kniffen

Viola

Amy Kniffen, violist, has been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Trained by prominent violists Emmanuel Vardi, Leonard Mogill, and Robert Vernon, she is a graduate of Temple University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Active in chamber music, Amy has performed with Suzuki and Friends, the Ronen ensemble, Quattra string quartet, […]

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Gert Kumi

Professor Gert Kumi

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Symphony Orchestra

Albanian native, Gert Kumi has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa.  Gert began playing violin at age eight.  Soon after, he won national recognition as the top prize winner of his country’s music competitions. At age 16, He made his orchestral debut with the Tirana […]

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Caroline Ahn

Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn

Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music

Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world. Born in Seoul, Korea, Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University (BM in composition), Eastman School of Music (MM and MA in composition and pedagogy of theory) and Indiana University (DM in composition). Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and […]

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Jayma Lallathin

Jayma Lallathin

Dance Academics

Dr. Lallathin is considered to be both a dancer and a scientist. She has a passion for dance and a brain for science. From a young age, she sought a career that would combine, rather than limit, her ability to continue her involvement in both. She earned a B.A. in Kinesiology from Purdue University with […]

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David B. 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 master’s degree from Indiana University. David’s career has taken him throughout the Midwest, nation, and Europe performing with regional opera houses […]

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Mónica Muñoz

Ballet, pointe, character

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Monica trained with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, dancing roles in Serenade, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Les Sylphides among others. In 2002, she had the honor to participate and perform in the X Curso International de la Danza in El Escohal, Spain, led by Alicia Alonso […]

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Amanda Potaczek

Songwriting

Amanda Potaczek teaches music business at Anderson University and served as lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist for the Indianapolis-based band, 1000 Generation (Varietal Records). In 2007, she won “Song of the Year” at GMA in the Rockies at Estes Park, Colo., for the song, “How Big Small Can Be.” Another one of her songs, “Fail […]

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Steven Potaczek

Music business

Steven Potaczek has been in the music industry professionally for the past decade. His band 1000 Generations has toured all over the US, had radio and chart success on Billboard’s Top 40, and garnered prestigious songwriting awards such as the Gospel Music Academy’s “Song of the Year.” He is also an avid music producer for […]

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Joshua Powell

Music business

Joshua Powell is an adjunct professor of music business at Anderson University and teaches the innovative new course. Concert Touring, with a specialized focus on practical application in today’s emergent independent/DlY music industry. He has also taught Songwriting and Beyond Talent: Entrepreneurshipfor Musicians. He has served as the assistant director for the Indiana Faith & […]

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Paul Rhine

Bass guitar

Bassist Paul Rhine has performed for decades. In Indianapolis, he was a fixture of the jazz scene, performing with local jazz luminaries, such as saxophonists Jimmy Coe and Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson; pianist/vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery; pianists Ken Fary, Steve Allee, and Claude Sifferlen; and drummer Kevin Johnson. Rhine has performed professionally in big bands, orchestras, and […]

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Dr. Suzanne Rice

Horn

Suzanne Rice is the horn instructor at Anderson University. She has degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, and Ball State University. She is an active freelance musician, participating in ensembles from chamber music to orchestras, including principal horn for the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, associate principal for the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, […]

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David Robbins

Percussion

David Robbins, a native of Evansville, Ind., received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree, both from Ball State University, where he studied with Erwin Mueller and Richard Paul. In addition to teaching at AU and Anderson Community Schools, he is very active as a freelance percussionist in […]

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Fritz Robertson

Dr. Fritz Robertson

Professor of Music

A performer of national reputation, Fritz Robertson has appeared with the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Bel Canto Chorus & Orchestra of Milwaukee, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and in our nation’s capital with the National Chamber Orchestra and the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra. He has often been a featured soloist […]

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Bill Schmidt

Tuba

Bill Schmidt is the principal tuba player with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and founding member of The Basement Brass Quintet. He also plays with the Chicago Brass Band, Indianapolis Brass Choir, Indiana Wind Symphony, and the Kokomo Park Band. Bill directs the Starry Knights, where he often plays the baritone saxophone, clarinet, and drum set, […]

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Kenny Shepard

Jazz, composition, musical theatre dance

Kenny is an on-camera choreographer for Broadway Jr., MacMi I Ian/McGraw-Hill, and The Disney Collection of educational DVDs seen worldwide. Recently, his choreography for Mulan Jr. was featured at The Kennedy Center’s Family Theatre. Nationally, Kenny works with iTheatrics, teaching master classes and workshops in dance and musical theatre. He is also co-owner of the […]

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Debra Silveus

Modern, improvisation

Born in Indianapolis, she graduated from Jordan College Academy of Dance. She moved to New York where she received a BFA in dance from the State University of New York at Purchase. Some of her performance experience includes works from Neil Greenberg, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Stephanie Tooman, and group and solo works by Shen Wei. Since […]

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Leonid Sirotkin

Oboe

Leonid Sirotkin is a musician of versatile interest and accomplishments. As an orchestral player he is a Principal Oboe of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, member of the Fort Wayne Philharmoinc and Des Moines Metro Opera. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, he served for almost a decade as principal English horn with the Kirov Opera […]

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Cynthia Shaver

Winds

Cynthia Shaver received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson University in 1987. Whileat AU, she performed in the Honors Recital and was the instrumental winner in the Concerto-Aria Competition. Also, she was the recipient of the Marjory Fritz Memorial Scholarship and selected for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda. After college, she taught for two […]

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Richard Sowers

Dr. Richard Sowers

Professor of Music; Director of Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Valley Voices

Dr. Richard Sowers is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of Choirs in the Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Currently he is the conductor of the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson Symphonic Choir, and Men’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes. Under Dr. Sowers’ direction […]

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Yoonhae Swanson

Cello

Yoonhae K. Swanson, cellist, completed her Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in cello performance at Indiana University, studying under Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Emilio Colon. Earlier studies were with Bong Kim (Yae-Won Arts School in Seoul, Korea), Lee Duckies (principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), and Eric Wilson (Professor of Cello at […]

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Ray Sylvester

Dr. Ray Sylvester

Director of Personal Brand Management; Director of Music Business (Entertainment Business)

Dr. Ray Sylvester is associate professor of marketing and personal branding. He was a senior lecturer and leader of two music business programs at Buckinghamshire New University. He co-wrote the first music business program in Europe in 1996. Ray has presented across both Europe and the US on the topic of personal branding. He is also […]

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Christine Colquitt Thacker

Christine Colquitt Thacker

Assistant Professor of Dance

Christine Colquitt Thacker is an Assistant Professor of Dance. She was a dancer with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater from 1998-2007, debuting in Out of Darkness. In 2000, Christine received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2003, she received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. […]

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Adam Waller

Adam Waller

Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education

Adam Waller is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Anderson University. Prior to his appointment at Anderson, he was the Wind Ensemble Director at the Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Modern Orchestra at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Recent performances of the Peabody […]

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Jennifer Weatherburn-Thiemet

Ballet, pointe, variations

Jennifer is a former principal dancer with and current associate director of Anderson Young Ballet Theatre with extended studies at National Ballet of Canada, where she trained intensely in the Cecctietti Syllabus. She has performed with Walt Disney Productions and Indianapolis Ballet Theatre and was a principal dancer with Lexington Ballet. During her dance career, […]

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Jeffrey Wright

Dr. Jeffrey Wright

Dean, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jeffrey Wright is Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Anderson University. Dr. Wright is an active music educator and church musician. As a researcher, writer and conference speaker, he examines the intersection of aesthetics, worship traditions, and cultural beliefs and expectations. Since coming to Anderson University in 1995, the School of […]

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Erich Yetter

Erich Yetter

Assistant Professor of Dance

Erich Yetter discovered dance after a Texas high school football injury. He began studying with former Berlin Opera Ballet ballerina Ingeborg Heuser and continued his training with Fernando Schaffenburg in Ft. Worth, Texas; Ben Stevenson at the Houston Ballet Academy; and David Howard and Maggie Black in New York City. Yetter danced with Ballet Met in […]

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Dr. Karri York

Voice

Karri York, soprano, obtained her Doctor of Music in voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is currently adjunct professor of voice at Anderson University, voice instructor for Pre-College and Adult Music Program at University of Indianapolis, and is director of music at Southport Christian Church. Dr. York formerly held the position assistant […]

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