2018 Site Location Information

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February 23rd & 24th

Area 6:  TBD – University of Indianapolis or Basile Opera Center – Indianapolis
Friday the 23rd – Band | Saturday the 24th (afternoon if at Basile)  – Orchestra
Site Hosts TBA
Clinicians TBA


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:  Basile Opera Center – Indianapolis
Friday the 2nd | Saturday the 3rd (afternoon) – Choral 
Site Host: Lane Velayo 
Clinicians TBA

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:


Choral Clinicians:

Scott Bradford
Scott has been an arts educator for the state of Indiana for 32 years and is currently the choral education director for ISSMA. He holds a masters degree in choral conducting from Indiana University, is the artistic director for Castlewood Singers, and is vice-president of music/performance for Circle City Sound. His achievements include The Children Museum’s Prelude Award; IPALCO Golden Apple recipient, Barbershopper of the Year; and Beech Grove Teacher and Citizen of the Year. His ensembles have performed in national venues such as New York’s Trinity Chapel, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and internationally in Hong Kong, China; Florence and Rome, Italy.

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 Kavenaugh

Band Clinicians:

Michelle Oyler

Dr. Daniel Tembras

Laura VanderHaeghen

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
Instrumental and Choral
Site Host: Richard Geisler
Band Clinician: Chris Taylor
Choral and Orchestra Clinicians TBA

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

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

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. 

Choral Clinicians:

Sue Finger
See bio above.

Kyle Karum
Kyle  is a the director of choral music at Seymour High School  where he teaches more than 260 students in six choir classes. In addition to his duties at SHS, he is also the assistant music director for the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Kyle holds his bachelor’s of music: music education-choral/general emphasis degree from Western Michigan University.



March 17

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

Choral and Orff Clinician: 

Josh Pedde
Joshua is the new artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of the largest and most respected children’s choir programs in the world. In 2016 he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting ICC’s most advanced treble choirs. During his sixteen years with the ICC, Joshua has been instrumental in growing the ICC’s Innovations program which provides free music education workshops to public and private schools throughout central Indiana. He earned his bachelor of music degree in vocal music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University, and a DPM from Concordia University Chicago

Orff Clinician: 

Josh Pedde


March 24

Area 5:  Owen Valley High School – Spencer
Saturday the 24th – Choir 
Site Host: Matthew Latta


Dr. Joani Brandon

Joani is in her 19th year at Anderson University where she 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). Previously, she taught for nine years in Carmel and three years in Wilmington, Ohio. Research interests include the history of Orff teacher training in the US. Joani has Orff certification, Kodaly certification, and Dalcroze training, and is the past-president of the Feierabend Association for Music Education. She is actively involved in church music at Park Place Church of God, where she serves as sanctuary choir director. 

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, and has served on many local, regional and national panels for the arts, including a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He maintains an active performance schedule, playing piano and/or organ every week for worship at Plymouth Congregational Church, regularly at services for Temple Achduth Vesholom, and regularly in concert performances and special events throughout the region.

David Stone