College of Visual and Performing Arts



David Rezits, CelloDavid Rezits

David Rezits, a cellist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1991, previously was principal cello with the Haifa Symphony in Israel, assistant principal cello with the Florida Orchestra, and associate principal cello with the Rio de Janeiro Symphony.  Mr. Rezits has worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Maxim Shostakovich, and Robert Shaw. He often performs with his father, Joseph, a concert pianist.  David received a bachelor of music performance degree from Indiana University, a master of music performance degree from State University of New York, and a master’s in education from Indiana University. His past teachers include Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse and Eva Janzer. He has taught and performed in Israel, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and the USA. Rezits is the author of a celebrity classical musician’s cookbook, “Culinary Harmony,” which has been in print since 1997.  Besides cooking, his interests include tennis, hiking, wetland restoration, animals, and traveling.  David also volunteers in the community assisting in ESL classes for Burmese and Hispanic adults. He has taught cello privately since 1982.


GreiderCynthia Greider

Cindy Greider received her BM at Indiana University and her MM at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also has her certification from Kindermusik International. Ms. Greider is a continuing lecturer for the IPFW Department of Music. Currently, she is the second clarinet with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.


Patricia Reeves FlutistPatricia Reeves

Patricia Reeves is second flutist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2003.  A 1997 graduate of Indiana University, Patricia studied flute with Kate Lukas and baroque flute with Barbara Kallaur. While a student there, she performed with the Baroque Orchestra as well as all of the other top orchestral ensembles. She has appeared as soloist with the Bach Collegium, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Gateways Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Reeves plays frequently with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Orkestra Project. Patricia has participated in music festivals in Aspen and New York, and has concertized widely in the United States and the Far East. She often has collaborated with her husband, Derek Reeves, the principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.  Patricia and Derek reside in Fort Wayne with their young son, Preston.

French Horn

Michael Lewellen

Michael Lewellen currently performs as Principal Horn of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since 1987. In the 2003-2004 season he served as Acting Associate Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. During that time, Mr. Lewellen participated in that organization’s many recordings on the Telarc label and its highly successful tour of Japan.  Prior to assuming his post in Fort Wayne, Michael held the position of Guest Solo Horn with the Finnish National Opera Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland. Additionally, he has been engaged to perform and record with many of our country’s finest orchestras. Notably these ensembles are The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras, Michael has recorded for the London/Decca, Erato, Telarc and Exton labels.

Since 1999, Michael Lewellen has appeared every summer as a member of the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Additional festival appearances include Blossom, the Festival Institute at Round Top and the Colorado Music Festival.

As a horn soloist, Mr. Lewellen has appeared in numerous performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has performed the solo horn repertoire of Mozart, Richard Strauss, Haydn and Britten, all with critical acclaim.

A dedicated teacher with more than thirty years of experience, Michael Lewellen serves as Continuing Lecturer in Horn at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Previous teaching appointments included Goshen College, Huntington University, Grace College and The Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department.

Mr. Lewellen is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Richard Solis. Additional studies have been with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs.


Laura LydyLaura Lydy

Laura Lydy serves as the director of guitar/string studies at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her duties include teaching all areas of applied guitar study, directing the Guitar Ensemble, and coordinating the guitar and string areas.  Additionally, she teaches guitar pedagogy and the general education course Introduction to Musical Expression. Ms. Lydy holds a M.M. in guitar performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. While attending Indiana University, Ms. Lydy studied with renowned classical guitar virtuoso Ernesto Bitetti and early music scholar Thomas Binkley. In addition to her studies, she co-founded and directed Indiana University’s young guitarists program.

Laura Lydy is an active performer and has appeared in venues across the United States and Europe. She has been featured as both a soloist and as a member of the saxophone/guitar duet Duo Brioso with colleague Farrell Vernon. She can be heard on several of Dr. Vernon’s recordings on Arizona University Recordings and Centaur labels.

In addition to her departmental teaching duties, Laura is an active musician in the community and teaches for the IPFW Community Arts Academy. Students studying privately with her may pursue a wide variety of playing styles or prepare for music auditions. She also performs regularly as a freelance musician in a wide variety of venues.

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Music Theory/Music Composition

Ken JohnsonKen Johnson

Ken Johnson is a continuing lecturer for the IPFW Department of Music, teaching music theory, music form and analysis courses, along with a variety of teaching duties. He also performs regularly as a guitarist with the IPFW Faculty Jazz Ensemble. He holds degrees in composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, University of Denver and University of Colorado-Boulder. His works have been performed widely, and have been recorded on Arizona University, Taylor University and Centaur recording labels. In the field of jazz, Dr. Johnson has been a featured guitarist, composer and clinician as part of his career as a professional educator.


Pavel Morunov OboePavel Morunov

Pavel Morunov is a native of Russia. He has received his education at Gnessins' Russian State Academy of Music in Moscow where he studied with professor and principle oboe player of the Russian Academic State Symphony Orchestra Anatoly Liubimov, Ph.D. During the last three years of his study at the Gnessins’ Academy Pavel was a full-time member of the symphony orchestra of the Moscow opera theater “The New Opera.” Pavel was invited as a guest soloist to participate in the performances of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and other professional symphony orchestras of Moscow. After receiving his bachelor's and graduate school diplomas he was admitted into the post-graduate program at the academy, but left the country to continue his education in the United States.  Pavel has received his master of music degree from Northwestern University where he studied with the former principal oboe player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mr. Ray Still.  In the spring of 2003 Pavel was a recipient of the Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In summer 2005 Pavel attended Aspen Music Festival as a recipient of the Noyce Bowers Oboe Fellowship.  He received the dedicated English horn fellowship for the summer of 2006 and 2007 from the same festival. He received his professional studies diploma from Mannes College of Music, the division of the New School University, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, principal oboe player of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Currently he is a doctoral degree dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where he studies with Professor Marc Fink.

Orion Rapp

Orion RappOrion Rapp, director of the IPFW CAA Woodwind Summer Music Week, is principal oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since fall 2013. He has also served as principal oboist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra since 2009, where he is regularly featured as a soloist. An avid educator, Orion regularly coaches chamber music and teaches oboe reed-making at the historic Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp. In addition, he has  taught undergraduate chamber music at Rutgers University, and for three years Orion was a conductor and woodwind coach for the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in Princeton, New Jersey. Orion is currently a doctoral candidate (DMA) at Rutgers University and he holds a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Irene AtorIrene Ator

Irene Ator has been an adjunct faculty member teaching studio organ for IPFW since 1981. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education with organ concentration degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She studied organ with Dr. Robert Rayfield. Prior to coming to Indiana, she studied piano in the Preparatory Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. During and after college she continued her organ studies at Eastman with Dr. David Craighead and Russell Saunders. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.

Mrs. Ator has been the organist and harpsichordist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1981. From the mid 1970s until 2003, Mrs. Ator served as organist in several churches in Fort Wayne. Twenty of those years were spent as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, home of a 1974, three manual, 51 stop Beckerath Organ. She had previously served Trinity English Lutheran Church as Associate Musician with Richard A. Carlson from 1978 to 1981, and as Interim Organist at First Presbyterian Church from 2001 to 2003. For over 25 years she performed many organ recitals both in Fort Wayne and in the surrounding area. She was guest organist at many conferences and summer workshops around the country. Since 1999, Mrs. Ator has been accompanist and assistant to the Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. She tours annually with the Choir throughout the U.S. and  to International Festivals such as Shrewsbury, England and Festival 500 in Newfoundland.

She is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has been Dean of the Chapter twice. She was instrumental in securing the 2001 American Guild of Organists (AGO) Regional Convention in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Ator continues to teach organ and piano privately and is in demand as an accompanist. The Irene Ator Scholarship was established in 2001 to help assist area high school students desiring to pursue organ study.

Irene is married to saxophonist, Dr. James D. Ator, IPFW Professor Emeritus of Music. Together they performed many Faculty Artist Series saxophone recitals as well as other performances over the years.


Brad Crossland PercussionBrad Crossland

Brad Crossland is a graduate of IPFW with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance. He has been instructing and performing on drumset and percussion since 2005. Brad teaches students of all age groups and ability levels.

During his early education, Brad studied under local greats Larry Ford and Kent Klee and was a member of the Homestead High School front ensemble and drumline. While attaining his bachelor's degree, Brad studied under Braham Dembar (now Principal Percussionist for the Indianapolis Sypmhony Ochestra, professor of percussion at Ball State University) and Eric Schweikert (timpanist for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Phil mentor and continuing lecturer in percussion at IPFW). During his time at IPFW, Brad participated in several ensembles, including Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Community Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo.

In the past, Brad has served on the marching band faculty at Columbia City, Heritage, and Homestead high schools. He served as percussionist at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Indiana, for multiple seasons. From 2009 through 2013, Brad was drummer for the regional dance/party bands What She Said & April’s Alibi.

Brad now serves as drummer for the original roots rock/funk band Fernando Tarango & the Wickersham Brothers as well as wedding/event band Night to Remember, cover/original band the Jon Durnell Band and percussionist for the eclectic Hope Arthur Orchestra. Brad also performs frequently with the Warsaw Symphony of the Lakes and freelances in the Fort Wayne area.

Jarod Bendele

Jarod Bendele received his bachelor's of music in percussion performance from IPFW in 2016. He studied under Jason Marxon and Eric Schweikert of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. From 2013 to 2016 he served as principal percussion of the IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also participated in the 2014 and 2016 IMEA Intercollegiate bands, the 2015 IMEA Intercollegiate Masterworks Ensemble, and the 2016 CBDNA North Central Division Intercollegiate Band. Jarod is an active member of the Old Crown Brass Band in Fort Wayne and serves as principal percussion of Symphony of the Lakes in Warsaw, Indiana.


Ellen Coplin

Ellen Coplin graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor of music composition in 2012. While at Taylor, she studied piano with Dr. Leon Harshenin. Previous to her time at Taylor, she studied with Dawn Hopkins. Ellen’s ten years of experience as an instructor include teaching private piano lessons to all ages as well as teaching music in classroom settings at home in Fort Wayne and abroad. In 2014-2015 she spent the year working with EFL students in South Korea and teaching music as a means of breaking down barriers of language and culture. She has taught piano in rural and urban community centers around the Fort Wayne area in order to help students from diverse backgrounds develop musical skill, creativity and self-expression. Ellen’s performance experiences include performing in concerts and recitals both as an accompanist and soloist, coaching instrumental ensembles, composing in a variety of genres, and co-leading the folk ensemble Elle/the Remnant.

Christine Freeman PianoChristine Freeman

Christine Freeman has been a music teacher and accompanist in the Los Angeles and Fort Wayne areas for more than 30 years. She received her BA in music from California State University at Northridge where she studied with artist-in-residence Jakob Gimpel and Francoise Regnat. Focusing on accompanying and chamber music, Ms. Freeman worked as an accompanist at CSUN and El Camino College, and was coached in chamber music by several artists including Nathaniel Rosen, Jeffrey Solow, Peter Rejto, Eric Friedmann and Endre Granat. In 1995, she returned to college and received her MM degree in piano performance from Butler University where she studied with artist-in-residence, Panayis Lyras.

Ms. Freeman currently teaches music fundamentals at IPFW, teaches piano through the IPFW Community Arts Academy and works as a freelance accompanist in the Fort Wayne area. She is a member of Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association, IMTA, MTNA, and American College of Piano Teachers (Guild).

Evan Keenan Piano InstructorEvan Keenan

Evan Keenan graduated from IPFW in 2012 with a bachelor of music in piano performance. He studied with Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo during college and with Dr. Joyanne Outland during high school, through the IPFW Community Arts Academy. Evan has participated in master classes with Arnaldo Cohen, Panayis Lyras, Caio Pagano, Rúbia Santos, Jeremy Denk, William Wolfram, Baruch Meir, Robert Satterlee, and David Northington.

He was a winner in the IPFW Concerto/Aria competition in 2009 and 2010, and performed with the University Orchestra both years. In 2011, he was the first-place winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Hoosier Auditions, state round, and performed in the winners recital during the IMTA State Conference at IU-Bloomington. He also has been a four-time first-place winner at the district level of the same competition, and received an Honorable Mention at the state level several times. Evan was voted by the IPFW music faculty as the Outstanding Senior in the Music Performance Degree.

Since graduating, Evan has been teaching piano in the Fort Wayne area. He is currently a teacher for the IPFW Community Arts Academy, Canterbury Lower School's enrichment program, and Unity Performing Arts Foundation's Arts Academy. Evan is also the pianist for the First Christian Church in Fort Wayne and performs as a freelance piano soloist and accompanist. Evan performed a solo recital for the 2014 Gene Marcus piano camp and plans to do so again in 2015.

Andrew Nesler CAA 20171109-Nesler-Andrew-JW-006Andrew Nesler

Andrew Nesler is currently pursuing a bachelor of music in piano performance from IPFW. He has been a featured performer at the Evensong Concert Series in Huntington (in 2016 and 2017) and the Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival held annually in Fort Wayne (2015, 2016, and 2017), where he has also held a coaching position since 2015. He is a two-time winner of the IPFW Concerto/Aria competition (2014 and 2016), and was awarded the first place prize at the state-wide IMTA Hoosier Auditions Competition in May of 2017. He has participated in masterclasses with such pianists as William Bolcom, Fabio Bidini, Ilya Yakushev, Boris Slutsky, and Terrence Wilson, and currently studies with Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo at IPFW. He has collaborated with many other instrumentalists and vocalists, including the Hope Arthur Orchestra, with whom he wrote and performed an original soundtrack for the 1925 film Battleship Potemkin. He aims to reach the substance behind the notes with his students, emphasizing a both technical and musical approach.

Hamilton TescarolloHamilton Tescarollo

Hamilton Tescarollo is Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at IPFW. In this capacity, he teaches applied piano and piano-related courses, and coordinates the piano and organ areas in the IPFW Department of Music. Through CAA, he works with both promising young pianists and advanced musicians seeking further study as a non-degree option. He also has taught at the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany and has presented master classes throughout the US and abroad.

Dr. Tescarollo‘s work as a teacher has been recognized with the “Teacher of the Year” award at the 2001 Schimmel-AZ Piano Young Artist Piano Competition. His students have garnered many prizes at prestigious piano contests such as the Music Teachers National Association Competitions, the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Symphony Young Musicians Competition. They have been awarded scholarships to top national and international summer programs and have gained admission into top degree programs in the country.

Dr. Tescarollo holds piano performance degrees from Arizona State University (DMA and master’s), Santa Marcelina College (undergraduate), and the São Paulo Municipal School of Music (diploma). His teachers include pianists Gilberto Tinetti, Caio Pagano, and Robert Hamilton.

Jodi Thomas IMG_20150809_132208_952Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a creative, highly self-motivated teacher with excellent musical technique and performance skills. She enjoys performing now as a professional piano accompanist, having played many musicals at Canterbury School and several years of ISSMA (solo and ensemble festivals, Indiana), as well as for IPFW voice students.

She currently teaches private voice and piano lessons at the IPFW Community Arts Academy as well as at AirSong Studio and as an adjunct voice and theory faculty member at IPFW.  She was adjunct voice faculty at Ball State University and San Jacinto College (Houston). She is currently a member of Music Teachers National Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Jodi began piano lessons at the age of seven and progressed to accompanying her high school choir. She particularly appreciates the training she received at Rice University (Houston) gaining her master's of music in voice performance. Her bachelor's of music in voice performance and pedagogy is from Baylor University (Texas). 


Farrell VernonJames Farrell Vernon

James Farrell Vernon is the Jazz Ensemble director and saxophone instructor at IPFW. Before joining the IPFW faculty in 2002, he was assistant director of bands, director of jazz studies, and saxophone instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, and prior to that he was professor of saxophone at James Madison University in Virginia.

Vernon served as part-time faculty at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He has a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate on saxophone. Vernon also has a master of music in jazz performance from the University of Denver and doctor of arts degree in saxophone performance and pedagogy with a secondary emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

Vernon, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is an active performer, educator, composer, arranger, clinician and adjudicator. In both 1998 and 1999, Down Beat magazine named Vernon the top Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumental Soloist. With UNC Combo II, he won another Down Beat award in 2000. He has played at jazz festivals in Monaco and Sedona, Arizona.

Dr. Vernon has performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and at World Saxophone Congresses in Minnesota, Thailand, and Scotland. He has shared the stage with jazz and pop music luminaries including: Tito Puente, the Manhattan Transfer, Ernie Watts, Ray Charles, Bobby Shew, Louis Bellson, Denis DiBlasio, Al Jarreau, Linda Ronstadt, Roberta Flack, the Shirelles, and the Temptations. He performs locally with jazz big bands, the IPFW faculty jazz combo, classical chamber groups, and Duo Brioso.

Vernon's recording resume includes three groundbreaking classical sopranino saxophone CDs with Centaur Records, several compilation CDs distributed internationally, the Sempre Saxophone Quartet's Music of William Schmidt, and a variety of jazz, rock, and pop CDs. He is a proud Artist/Endorser of P. Mauriat Saxophones, which he plays exclusively.

Logan Weber SaxLogan Weber

Logan Weber is a Fort Wayne saxophonist who graduated with a BS in music from IPFW in 2013. Logan studied classical and jazz saxophone with Dr. Farrell Vernon and music composition with Dr. Chris Rutkowski and Dr. Ken Johnson. Logan is also a pianist and composer in genres ranging from classical and jazz, to electronic music. Logan plays with area professional bands, which include Fernando Tarango and the Wickersham Brothers, Night to Remember, the John Durnell Band, and has featured with the Alicia Pyle Quartet and Hope Arthur Orchestra. In addition to teaching private saxophone lessons through IPFW Community Arts Academy, Logan teaches beginner piano at St. Henry’s Arts Academy.


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Josh Hettinger is a senior at IPFW majoring in both Music Education and Music Performance. At IPFW, he is the principal trombonist of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and is also involved in Jazz Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Trombone Ensemble. Currently, Josh studies trombone under continuing lecturer David Cooke. Josh has performed in the 2016 IMEA Intercollegiate Band, 2016 Columbia Festival of Winds Intercollegiate Honor Band, 2017 CBDNA Intercollegiate Band in Kansas City, and has performed with the IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Josh has experience teaching at both Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, and DeKalb High School in addition to teaching privately in the Fort Wayne area prior to teaching with the Community Arts Academy.


Adam Strong, TrumpetAdam Strong

Adam Strong is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He began playing the trumpet at age ten and went on to study music education at IPFW, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education (BME) as well as a minor in mathematics. While he was in college, he studied trumpet under Alan Severs and organ under Irene Ator. Upon completion of his degree, Adam was hired as a teacher for the DeKalb County Eastern Community School District where his home school is Eastside Jr./Sr. High School. There he teaches band and music courses from grades five through twelve.

He also still performs with several groups around the area, including the Auburn Community Band, the IPFW Community Orchestra, and occasionally with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.  He also serves as a church organist in Fort Wayne and has taught privately in the area prior to starting with the Community Arts Academy.


Derek ReevesDerek Reeves

Derek Reeves is a limited term lecturer in the Department of Music at IPFW. Mr. Reeves has the distinction of being the principal viola for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the viola sub for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reeves has a BM in violin performance and a MM in violin performance, both from Indiana University. He has done post-graduate study in viola performance at Butler University and has studied with Csaba Erdelyi, Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron and Laurence Shapiro.


yanapic4Johanna Bourkova-Morunov

Johanna ("Yana") Bourkova-Morunov is currently serving as acting associate concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, after serving as assistant concertmaster in the 2011-12 season. Other full-time positions she has held include section first violin position in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, as well as assistant concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia).

Yana is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. She began her violin studies at the age of six in the studio of Savely Shalman and traveled extensively throughout Russia, Europe and the US to perform and to assist in Mr. Shalman's master classes. She is a laureate of the St. Petersburg Open Competition of Young Violinists and the International Violin Competition in Murcia, Spain, as well as the Society of American Musicians Competition. She studied at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Junior College with Elena Zaytseva for two years until her family moved to the US, where she began studying with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. Still as a student of Almita Vamos, Yana attended Oberlin Conservatory and later Northwestern University School of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2004. She received her master of music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the studio of Vartan Manoogian as a recipient of the Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship. She has served as concertmaster of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Mannes College for Music Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival Sinfonia.  At the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied for two summers with David Halen, the concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, she has also played in the Aspen Festival Symphony and Aspen Chamber Orchestras. She pursued her professional studies diploma at the Mannes College for Music as a student of Michelle Kim, the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Yana also has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Ars Viva!/Chicago Mastersingers orchestra.

Yana has been a featured soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the Masterworks and Summer series. She has appeared as a guest artist on the Alumni Recital Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, as well as Faculty Recital Series at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, where she served on the faculty. Yana is an active chamber musician, frequently performs at the Freimann Chamber Music series, has aired on classical radio stations in Chicago and Seattle, has performed as a guest artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and has taken part in numerous sound recordings, including the album "Next!" by Scott Evan Davis.

She is married to the Philharmonic's second oboist, Pavel Morunov, and together they are raising two lively toddler daughters.

Marcy Trentacosti

Marcella Trentacosti

Marcy Trentacosti, director for the CAA Summer String Camp, has been a full-time section violinist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1976. Ms. Trentacosti also is the conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra. She graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in August 2008 received her MM in violin performance from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Ms. Trentacosti participated in the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy; Chicago Civic Orchestra; Bach, Beethoven, Breckenridge Music Festival and was concertmaster of the Marion Philharmonic. She taught orchestra at Snider High School, Woodside Middle School, Canterbury School and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

She maintains a private teaching studio and teaches for the IPFW Community Arts Academy in addition to serving as an IPFW associate faculty member.


Ashlee BickleyAshlee Bickley

Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley performs and teaches various genres across the classical singing medium. Her recent operatic roles include Angelina/Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Alma March (Little Women), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), and Mother/Grandmother (Little Red). Operatic covers include Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Tisbe (La Cenerentola).

As an oratorio soloist, Ashlee has been featured in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, Mass in F, and Cantatas 34 and 110, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Händel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat. She has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, Delaware Valley Opera Company (PA), and sings regularly with the Heartland Chamber Chorale and Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne. Ashlee holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University and she will be a Resident Artist Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in 2014.  She is on faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Trine University.

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Julie Donnell received her Bachelor's of Music in vocal performance from DePauw University and her Master's of Art in German literature from Bowling Green State University. In addition, she studied at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Ms. Donnell has been a member of the New Organization for Vocal Artistry (Chicago) and maintains a private voice studio in addition to serving as a member of the IPFW voice faculty. A versatile performer, she has appeared in numerous theater, musical theater and opera productions in the region. In addition to applied voice, Ms. Donnell teaches French and German Diction at IPFW and is also a member of the French faculty. Ms. Donnell is a founder of and the current president of Friends of the Parks of Allen County, Inc.

Sam SavageSam Savage

IPFW assistant professor Sam Savage is a tenor whose varied performance experience includes opera oratorio musical theater and recitals. Dr. Savage's awards include winning the Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition, the A. Eli and Esther Nisenfeld Award for Outstanding Tenor and as a finalist in the Richard Tauber International Competition for Tenors. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera's national tour, the Operafestival di Roma, the Virginia Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, and the Western Plains Opera. Dr. Savage made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 performing the tenor solos in works by Leonard Bernstein and Adolphus Hailstork. 

Dr. Savage's students have been accepted at prestigious graduate programs around the country. His students have been consistent winners in competition and have appeared with world-renowned opera companies, on and off Broadway and in Hollywood films and TV productions.  Dr. Savage's previous teachers include the late Maestro Franco Corelli, Linda Mabbs and Dr. Kenneth Bowles.

StachofskyMark Stachofsky

Mark Stachofsky has a BM from Boise State University and a MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Stachofsky has performed with the Cleveland Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Boise Opera, numerous churches and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Mr. Stachofsky teaches the “Bel Canto” style of singing, which means “beautiful singing.”  It is a simple and direct approach to developing the singing voice. He currently is a limited term lecturer for the IPFW Department of Music in vocal instruction.

Jodi Thomas IMG_20150809_132208_952Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is a creative, highly self-motivated teacher with excellent musical technique and performance skills. She has performed roles such as Madame Silverklang (The Impressario, Houston) and Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus, Beaumont Opera, Texas). She was a soloist with Whitewater Opera Company in their Young Audiences programs, with Muncie Symphony, Southwest Chamber Orchestra (Houston), Symphony North of Houston, as well as chorus with Houston Grand Opera. Her musical theatre song performances were well received at Risky Business and Ovation clubs (Houston).

She enjoys performing now as a professional piano accompanist, having played many musicals at Canterbury School and several years of ISSMA (solo and ensemble festivals, Indiana), as well as for IPFW voice students.

She currently teaches private voice and piano lessons at the IPFW Community Arts Academy as well as at AirSong Studio and as an adjunct voice and theory faculty member at IPFW.  She was adjunct voice faculty at Ball State University and San Jacinto College (Houston). She has taught private voice lessons in-house at several high schools in Indiana and Texas and conducted her own program at several preschools in Indiana. She is currently a member of Music Teachers National Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Jodi particularly appreciates the training she received at Rice University (Houston) gaining her master's of music in voice performance. Her bachelor's of music in voice performance and pedagogy is from Baylor University (Texas).  She attended the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and participated in master classes with Gerard Souzay and Phyllis Curtin among others.