2018 Site Location Information

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Registration deadline is 30 days before the event starts. Wanting to register after the deadline? Site hosts may be able accommodate late requests — please inquire with site hosts directly.

March 2nd & 3rd

Area 5:  Owen Valley High School – Spencer
Friday the 2nd – Band 
Site Host: Dominic Thompson 


Dr. Caroline Hand
Caroline is the associate director of bands at Ball State University. She conducts Symphony Band, the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band, administrates all athletic bands and teaches select music education courses.

DeAnne Taggart
DeAnne is a 21-year veteran music educator. She has led beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumental ensembles to success throughout her career. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and currently is the director of professional learning at the Southern Indiana Education Center in Jasper.

Area 6:  Marian University – Indianapolis
Friday the 2nd – Instrumental 
Site Host: Lane Velayo 

Orchestra Clinician:

Dr. Chun-Ming Chen

Born in Taiwan, Chun-Ming is currently the director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville and the music director of the Artists Chamber Orchestra in Taiwan. Previously, he served as music director of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra in Little Falls/Brainerd, Minn, interim conductor of the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra in Grinnell, Iowa, and acting music director of the Coe College Symphony Orchestra in Cedar Rapids. Chun-Ming received his bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Tunghai University, master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from Boston Conservatory and Ithaca College, and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa. 

Band Clinician:

Chris Murray
Chris, a trumpeter, is in his 8th year of teaching band at Zionsville Middle School. Chris went to Butler University and received a degree in music education with a concentration in jazz. He has studied with trumpeters Jim Edison, Allen Miller and Mark Buselli, and Chris has been fortunate to perform rock, jazz and classical music with several outstanding Indianapolis groups and musicians, including: the Uptown Quartet, the Indianapolis Brass Choir, the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, the Stardusters Jazz Orchestra, Civic Theater, Groove Essential. Blue Water Kings, and others.

Area 6:  Basile Opera Center – Indianapolis
Friday the 2nd – Choral 
Site Host: Lane Velayo 

Choral Clinician:

Robert Nance

Robert is a 25-year veteran of the arts scene in northeast Indiana. He is a strong advocate for the arts and works tirelessly to promote community support for career artists. He is known nationally for his work as an entrepreneurial musician and performing artist. He has served on many local, regional and national panels for the arts, including a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is often called upon to consult with other artists, non-profit boards and leadership teams to help with organizational effectiveness, communication and efficiency, as well as designing sustainability plans that help organizations sustain careers for artists in their communities.


Area 8:  Nathaniel Scribner Middle School – New Albany
Friday the 2nd – Choral | Saturday the 3rd – Instrumental 
Site Host: Tyler Kuhn

Band Clinician:

Michelle Oyler

Orchestra Clinicians:

Keith Ziolkowski

Choral Clinicians:

Kerry Glann
Kerry is associate director of choral activities at Ball State University where he conducts the concert choir and women’s chorus, and teaches conducting and choral literature courses. He previously taught at Kent State University, the University of North Texas, and in the public schools of Ohio. Kerry is also an experienced theatre conductor, having conducted musicals and operas in professional and university settings. He serves on the board of the Indiana Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Jeramy Nichols
Jeramy is an assistant professor of music education and choral music at Indiana University Southeast. At IU-Southeast, he coordinates the music education program and is the director of choral music. He is in his seventeenth year and has taught in Indiana, Florida, Michigan and England. Jeramy assists with local choral music educators and is an active choral clinician. His most recent judging opportunities have included the Indiana Music Education Association’s non-competitive choral festivals in New Albany and Terre Haute, and at the Heritage Chicago Choral Festival. He earned a PhD and Masters degrees in Music Education with a concentration in Choral Conducting from the University of Florida.


March 10

Area 3:  Rossville Middle/High School – Rossville
Band and Choral
Site Host: Sarah Kavanaugh

Band Clinicians:

Michelle Oyler

Laura VanderHaeghen
Laura is the director of bands at Eastwood Middle School where she teaches more than 200 students in beginning, intermediate and advanced bands.She has performed on euphonium, horn and trombone in the Indiana Wind Symphony, Kokomo Park Band, Lafayette Citizens Band, and the Pride of Indy Band as well as at Allisonville Christian Church for special services. Laura has taught in MSD Washington Township since 2006, and has her bachelor’s and master’s in music education from Butler University.

Choral Clinicians:

Dr. Madlen Batchvarova
A Grammy Award recipient as a vocalist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Madlen is a professor of music, director of choral programs, and Department of Music chair at Hanover College where she conducts two choral ensembles, teaches conducting, voice, piano and music history. Her accomplishments include conducting appearances, clinics, workshops, world premieres, scholarly presentations and publications in Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and throughout the United States. She is a regular presenter of interest and newly published music reading sessions at the state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association.

Vaughn Roste
Vaughn, director of choral studies at IPFW, comes to Fort Wayne with more than a decade of college teaching experience in Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio and Illinois. Canadian by birth, he holds four degrees, the most recent of which is a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from Louisiana State University. He has had six feature articles published in the Choral Journal as well as over two dozen other articles elsewhere; 2003 also saw the publication of his first monograph, entitled “The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Canadians.”

Area 4: Anderson High School – Anderson
Site Host: Richard Geisler


John Huntoon

Known throughout the midwest as an active recitalist, recording artist, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor, John has performed with such artists as Ray Charles, George Benson, the Moody Blues, Michael Feinstein and Johnny Mathis. He currently is the principal trombonist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Park Band, and Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre Orchestra. John has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, Marion Philharmonic and Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. From 1998 until 2017, he was on the faculty at Anderson University where he served as director of Low Brass, Brass Ensembles, and Jazz Ensemble. 

Vu Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen serves as an assistant professor of music and director of bands at the University of Indianapolis. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the Pep Band and teaches courses in instrumental conducting and music education. Dr. Nguyen maintains an active schedule as a clinician and guest conductor with ensembles in northern California, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Nguyen continues to serve as an officer in the Air National Guard (ANG) where he is the commander/conductor of the ANG Band of the West Coast, a 40-member unit stationed in California responsible for providing public concerts and military musical support throughout the western United States. 

Chris Taylor

Area 5:  Otter Creek Middle School – Terre Haute
Instrumental and Choral
Site Host:
Bob Pell

Band Clinicians:

Amanda Cornet
Amanda has been a music educator in the public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels for more than twenty years. She is currently responsible for the orchestra programs at Sand Creek Elementary and Fishers Junior High. Prior to teaching in Fishers, she taught in Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, and Richmond, Indiana. She is an adjudicator for the Indiana State School of Music Association and the Indiana Music Educators Association. Amanda was honored in 2012 by being selected Teacher of the Year for Fishers Junior High. Staying active as a professional violinist and violist, she performs with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and in the Hamilton String Quartet which she founded in 2009.

Eric Thornbury
Eric has been directing bands for more than 25 years. He has an undergraduate degree in music education from Indiana State University and a masters in education from Indiana Weslyan. Eric is vice president of the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission, a member of the Indiana Band Masters Association and the National Association for Music Education.

Orchestra Clinician:

Dr. Chun-Ming Chen

Born in Taiwan, Chun-Ming is currently the director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville and the music director of the Artists Chamber Orchestra in Taiwan. Previously, he served as music director of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra in Little Falls/Brainerd, Minn, interim conductor of the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra in Grinnell, Iowa, and acting music director of the Coe College Symphony Orchestra in Cedar Rapids. Chun-Ming received his bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Tunghai University, master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from Boston Conservatory and Ithaca College, and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa. 

Choral Clinicians:

Christa Tahere

Christa currently serves as the director of the Indiana University Children’s Chorus, First Voices and is the choir director at First Christian Church in Bedford. She is an active choral educator and clinician dedicated to promoting a healthy and beautiful sound within the ensemble. Her most recent presentation on “Choral Blend and the Adolescent Voice” received distinguished remarks and is the basis for extended clinician work throughout the state in the 2017-18 academic year. She comes to Indiana after having served as director of music education at St. Peter’s Music Conservatory and director of Covenant Singers, an 18-voice auditioned women’s ensemble in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Benjamin Waltz
With 10 years of experience teaching both junior high and high school choirs, Ben has led students of varying backgrounds to successful performing experiences. He has been a Circle the State with Song clinician, ISSMA adjudicator and was the 2016 IMEA Middle School Honor Choir conductor.

Area 7:  North Posey High School – Poseyville
Band and Choral
Site Host: Ryan Knight 

Band Clinicians:

Susan Finger

Sue is an instructor of music education at Ball State University after teaching middle school band and choir for 34 years for Anderson Community Schools. She recently retired after serving 21 years as the artistic director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir & Youth Chorale. Having won numerous awards throughout her teaching career, she was recently named “Hoosier Musician” by the Indiana Music Education Association and was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” by Phi Beta Mu’s Gamma Chapter. Susan continues to serve as a guest conductor and clinician for a variety of events.

Bill Laughlin
Bill is the director of the Pride of Paoli band program which has consistently earned top honors in marching band, concert band, and solo and ensemble participation. He has served as an adjudicator for various Indiana, Kentucky and Arizona events, has guest conducted the Indiana Honor Bands several times and has served on the state boards of ISSMA, IMEA and IBA. Bill has been the principal trombonist in the Carmel Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphonic Band and the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble. He is currently the bass trombonist for the Nostalgia Band of Bedford. The Phi Beta Mu band fraternity named him “Indiana Bandmaster of the Year” in 2004.

Mark Finger

Choral Clinicians:

Sue Finger
See bio above.

Kyle Karum

Kyle is a music educator originally from Muskegon, Mich. He has held many assignments teaching in the field of music. Kyle is currently the director of choral music at Seymour High School where he teaches over 260 students in six choir classes. ​In addition to his work at SHS, he is also the assistant music director for the Bloomington Chamber Singers where he is in part responsible of the organizational and musical accomplishments of the ensemble. Before SHS and BCS, he held the position of director of choral music and general music teacher at Prairie Heights Community School Corporation in LaGrange.


March 17

Area 4: Smoky Row Elementary School – Carmel
Choral and Orff
Site Host: Josh Southard

Choral and Orff Clinicians: 

Andrew Himelick
Andrew teaches elementary music at Towne Meadow Elementary School in Carmel. He also is an early childhood music and preparatory director with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and a specialist in both Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk pedagogies. Andrew has been a presenter at state and national music education workshops and conventions as well as a guest clinician for choral festivals. He is an Endorsed Teacher Trainer with the Feierabend Association for Music Education in both First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege. In 2006 he was awarded the Armstrong Teacher Educator Award from the Indiana University School of Education.

Lisa Sullivan

Lisa currently teaches K-2 music at Madison School in Skokie, Ill. Previously, Lisa taught K-5 music at Mohawk Trails Elementary in Carmel for 28 years. In 2017, Lisa was named the Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by Indiana MEA and in 2008, she was named Carmel Clay Teacher of the year. Lisa has had choirs and Orff ensembles for 28 years and her performing groups have performed in many different types of venues. Lisa served three years as the Region VI representative for AOSA and has presented at multiple NAfME, AOSA and IMEA conferences. During the summer months, Lisa teaches Orff Schulwerk Levels, Orff Curriculum, and Orff Technology at Anderson University and Orff Schulwerk Levels at DePaul University.

Charles Tighe

Charles recently retired after 22 years as the music teacher at Murdock Elementary School, Cobb County, Georgia. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds degrees from Kenyon College, the University of Colorado and Boston University. Charles received his Levels Orff training at the University of Memphis, apprenticed at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and completed master classes with Jos Wuytack at the University of Memphis. As a clinician, he has presented at the national conventions of AOSA and Carl Orff Canada as well as at the Georgia Music Educators Conference and numerous local workshops throughout the country. He is an author of the Silver Burdett Interactive Music published by Pearson.