Music Clinic

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2017 Faculty

The 2017 faculty is ranked among the finest of any music camp of its kind in the United States. Comprised of nationally and internationally recognized conductors, instrumentalists, and teachers, these leaders in their respective fields provide our students with an unparalleled opportunity for musical and personal growth.

All students will attend a masterclass from either a member of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty or the Indianapolis Symphony. We are thrilled to have the following artists join us for these masterclasses: Kate Lukas, Flute; Jennifer Christen, oboe; Mark Ortwein, bassoon; Howard Klug, clarinet; Otis Murphy, saxophone; Joey Tartell, trumpet; Jeff Nelsen, horn; Pete Ellefson, trombone; Dan Perantoni, tuba; John Tafoya, percussion; Brenda Brenner, violin; Stephen Wyrczynnski, viola; Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello; Robert Goodlett, cello. 

(click on the name of the 2017 faculty member to read their bio)


Vince Lee, Symphony Orchestra
Stephen W. Pratt, Cream Band
Jason H. Nam, Crimson Band


Sharilyn Spicknall, Violin/String Ensembles
Beth Sievers, Violin/String Ensembles
Cindy Watson, Viola/String Ensembles
Helen Ford, Cello/String Ensembles
Lee Starovich, Double Bass/String Ensembles


Katie Morton, Flute/Woodwind Ensembles
Cynthia Lambrecht, Oboe/Oboe Reed Making
Pam Holt, Bassoon/Bassoon Reed Making
Scott Schleuter, Clarinet/Orchestral Woodwinds
Carl Kling, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Scott Stewart, Saxophone/Leadership

Brass & Percussion

James Lambrecht, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Alan Conrad, Horn/Brass Techniques
Sarah Paradis, Trombone/Orchestral Brass
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Jack Holt, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Rich PaluchPercussion/Percussion Ensemble

Elective Faculty

Nancy Hublar, Historian/Woodwind Ensembles
Lissa May, Jazz Band
Ryan Yahl, Music Theory
Meredyth Petersen, Music Theory
Andrew Chybowski, Conducting
Gail Novak, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition
Kevin Watson, Jazz Band
Bill Bier, Jazz Improv

Vince Lee most recently served as the Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Since 2012, Lee has served on the cover conducting staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra and as the conductor of the AZLO Orchestra (NYC). In 2013, he joined the Union City Orchestra (NJ) as its Music Director. From 2008-2011, Lee served as the assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati May Festival. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with numerous ensembles including the Toledo Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Aspen Music Festival and the Cincinnati Ballet. As a champion of modern compositions, he has premiered more than 200 works to date.
Lee earned his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time at IU, he premiered more than 50 works by student performers, conducted 17 orchestral concerts, and served as assistant conductor for the IU New Music Ensemble, Opera Theater and Ballet. Lee earned his Diploma in Orchestral Conducting at The Juilliard School, under the direction of James DePriest. At Juilliard, he was appointed Musical Director for the MAP orchestra (a Juilliard faculty position) and served as Principal Pianist for the Juilliard Orchestras for three years. Back to top

Sharilyn (Sharry) Spicknall is a freelance musician. A violinist, violist, and pianist, she enjoys and sustains a longtime and active career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording studio artist, collaborative pianist, orchestral musician,  adjudicator, and teacher/coach/clinician. Sharry is first violinist of the Downstate String Quartet (IL), and violinist of the Indiana State University Faculty String Trio, Concertmaster of the Eastern Symphony (IL), section first violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic (IN), and the Danville Symphony (IL), as well as a substitute in many other orchestras in Indiana and Illinois. Mrs. Spicknall’s academic affiliations have included teaching positions at Indiana State, Purdue, and DePauw Universities, as well as Saint Mary of the Woods College, after teaching for over a decade in Indiana public schools.  She has been a member of the IU Summer Music Clinic string faculty since 1990, work that continues to be both an honor and a labor of love. Back to top

Cindy Watson holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has been the Orchestra Director at Shawswick Middle School in Bedford, Indiana, and Pointe South Middle School in Clayton County, Georgia. In addition to teaching private string lessons for over 10 years, she has served as a string clinician at Walton High School, Druid Hills High School and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked as an adjudicator in Baltimore, Maryland.  She frequently performed with orchestras in the greater Baltimore area, including the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra, the Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestra, the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Philharmonia, where she served as principal violist for the 2008-2009 season, and also the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Watson first participated in the IU Summer Music Clinic as a high school student in 1988, and has served as a counselor or a teacher almost every year since. Mrs. Watson resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she continues her work as a freelance musician, clinician and private teacher.

Helen Shively Ford teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Indiana University String Academy. Previously, she served on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she held the roles of string department chair and chamber music coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Minnesota, studying with Tanya Remenikova and Robert Jamieson. Mrs. Ford was a member of the Sartory String Quartet and performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and other regional ensembles. She was active in the contemporary music scene in Austin, Texas, as a member of the group Audio Inversions and as a frequent guest with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Currently, Mrs. Ford performs as a member of the Bloomington chamber music collective, Studio in Bloom. Back to top

Lee Starovich is a collaborative and innovative music teacher and bassist. Starovich graduated with high distinction under the tutelage of Bruce Bransby and Dr. Brenda Brenner from the Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music with bachelor degrees in music education and music performance. Completing his masters in May of 2017, Lee received a full scholarship to attend Yale University under Donald Palma and is the recipient of the Leroy “Slam” Stewart Music Scholarship as well as the Frances G. Wickes Fellowship and Scholarship. Starovich is a Yale University Teaching Artist and teaches in the local New Haven Public School district. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy, and the Brevard Summer Institute and Festival. Lee enjoys traveling, mountain biking, and makes a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He is excited to return to the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic as a bass instructor, having worked as a residential counselor for four summers. Back to top

Kaitlin Christenson Morton completed her undergraduate studies at Wheaton Conservatory, and graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with her Masters in Music performance. Katie won the Virginia Grossman Concerto Competition, the Wheaton College Chamber Music Competition, and the Lafayette Symphony Concerto Competition. She has enjoyed sitting as principal flutist in Indiana University’s Symphony and Concert orchestras, Wheaton College Orchestra, IU’s New Music Ensemble, IU’s Wind Ensemble, the Silver Halo Flute Quartet, Category 5 Wind Quintet and continues to perform regionally with various orchestras and bands. She has given fifteen solo recitals and performed in master classes with Paula Robison, William Bennett, Amy Porter, Joshua Smith, and many others. While pursuing her Masters and Doctor of Music degrees with Kathryn Lukas at IU, Katie served as the Associate Instructor of Flute for five years, and continues to teach students in her private studio. Having completed her coursework, she is in the exam phase of her Doctor of Music degree. Back to top

Cynthia Lambrecht  has been the Instructor of Oboe and English horn at Augustana College since 1989. She also teaches Woodwind Methods, Oboe Pedagogy, Oboe Literature, Music Appreciation and coaches wind chamber ensembles. Each June Mrs. Lambrecht is a member of the music faculty for the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic in Bloomington, Indiana. From 1985-1988 she taught at Olivet College and Spring Arbor College in Michigan. Mrs. Lambrecht received her B.M. degree in Oboe/English Horn Performance from Illinois State University in 1982 where she studied with John Ferrillo. In 1984 she completed a M.M. in Oboe/English Horn Performance with a minor in Musicology at Indiana University. Mrs. Lambrecht currently performs with the Augustana Faculty Wind Quintet and freelances throughout the Midwest. She is frequently asked to judge as well as clinic high school and college age students. She has been English hornist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, oboist with the Augustana Wind Quintet Outreach Tours and the Bloomington-Normal Symphony Orchestra. Back to top

Pam Holt is the Director of Bands at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois where she teaches two concert bands, chamber ensembles, marching and pep bands, musical pit orchestra, and AP music theory.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Masters degree in Wind Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  As a bassoonist and music educator, she maintains an active clinician and adjudication schedule throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Ms. Holt has been teaching bassoon and reed making at the Summer Music Clinic since 2005. Back to top

Scott Schleuter is Director of Bands at Perrysburg High School, where he coordinates all band activities and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Basketball Pep Band, and teaches Music Theory. Prior to this, Mr. Schleuter served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Bands and Interim Director of Bands at the University of Toledo. He also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, and Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Schleuter received his BME and MM in conducting from Indiana University where he studied conducting with Ray Cramer and Stephen W. Pratt and clarinet with Howard Klug. Mr. Schleuter has spent over 20 years performing with and conducting bands and orchestras. He was principal clarinet with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra and the Bloomington Symphony, and has been guest soloist with several high school bands and the IU Concert Band. As a conductor, Mr. Schleuter has led performances across the nation and in Canada, England, and Japan. Since 2002, he has been on the faculty of the IU Summer Music Clinic. Back to top

Carl Kling is the Director of Bands at Ballard High School in Louisville, KY. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Wesleyan, a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin University, and has completed coursework for the Doctor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Back to top

James M. Lambrecht is the director of bands and professor of trumpet at Augustana College, where he conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches studio trumpet, wind conducting, and brass methods. He also has conducted the Opera@Augustana Orchestra, and served as the conductor and music director of the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1994-1998. Before coming to Augustana in 1988, he was director of bands and assistant professor of music at Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.  In the fall of 2009 and 2011 he served as guest conductor of the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble in Tokyo, Japan, one of the top collegiate wind ensembles in Japan.  In the summer of 2014, he returned to Musashino for his third appointment as guest conductor. He has been granted the honor of conducting the both the 2011 and 2012 Illinois All State Honors Band in Peoria, Illinois.
In addition to serving frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the country, Lambrecht has performed with the Augustana Brass Quintet, the Quad City Brass Quintet, the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony, the Beloit-Janesville (Wisconsin) Symphony, and the Battle Creek (Michigan) Symphony. Lambrecht is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Lambrecht holds a B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, as well as a M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. His teachers have included Frederick Ebbs, Ray E. Cramer, Stephen Pratt, Dennis Rohrs, Stan Finck, Charles Gorham, Barry Hopper and Vincent Cichowicz. Back to top

Alan Conrad has been the Director of Bands at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana since 2008. His responsibilities at Lebanon include teaching two curricular concert bands, jazz band, jazz combo, percussion ensemble, music theory and music appreciation classes as well as directing the Tiger Pride Marching Band and the basketball pep band.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Alan is a founding member of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.  At this year’s clinic, Alan will coach the horn sections and teach brass techniques. Back to top

Dr. Sarah Paradis is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Boise State University. Paradis earned her B.M. from Ithaca College, and her M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. As an orchestral trombonist, Paradis has performed with many symphonies throughout the United States. An avid chamber musician, Paradis tours, performs, conducts master classes, and records with the Mirari Brass Quintet and the Tromboteam! trombone quintet. Paradis has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and was a member of ten-time World Champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets.

Jack Holt is in his fifth year as Director of Bands at Wauconda High School in Wauconda, Illinois, where he teaches two concert bands, percussion ensemble, chamber ensembles, marching / pep band, and the musical pit orchestra.  Prior to his appointment at Wauconda, Mr. Holt taught in the Crawfordsville School Corporation and McCutcheon HS in central Indiana.  He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Masters degree in Wind Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University.  As a percussionist, Mr. Holt spent the last two years performing with internationally renowned Chicago Brass Band and is currently arranging marching percussion for Hal Leonard Publications.  Mr. Holt is excited to be back teaching at the IUSMC after taking a couple of summers off to stay home with his kids and finish his Masters degree. Back to top

Rich Paluch earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Augustana College and his Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Indiana University. His primary instructors were Ray Cramer, Stephen W. Pratt, David Woodley, Douglas Stotter and James Lambrecht. Mr. Paluch is currently the Director of bands at Mannheim Middle School (IL), where he directs three concert bands, a jazz band, and a percussion ensemble. Prior to joining the faculty at Mannheim, Mr. Paluch taught at West Aurora High School and Grayslake Middle School. During his teaching career, he has taught all levels of band including beginner, middle school, high school, and college. Rich is active as a performer and adjudicator in the Chicagoland area. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Concert Band, The Aurora American Legion Band, and the prestigious Wheaton Municipal Band, where he has been a featured summer soloist and guest conductor. Back to top

Nancy Hublar has been involved with the Summer Music Clinic for many years. She was a clarinet faculty member and later became head counselor for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and teaches clarinet privately in Indianapolis. Nancy has taught clarinet sectionals for several bands in the northeast part of the metropolitan Indianapolis area. She plays in two community bands and a woodwind quintet.

Ryan M. Yahl is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting, and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Community Band. Mr. Yahl holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Yahl was awarded the Dr. Richard and Annette Ecker Award in Music Education, and the Mark and Helen Kelly University Band Award. Mr. Yahl served as the director of bands for 4 years in the New Bremen Local School District, where he oversaw the instrumental music program in grades 5-12. Under his direction, the New Bremen Bands performed at both the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals and the State Large Group Adjudicated Event. Back to top

Andrew D. Chybowski is an instructor at the Pittsburg State University Department of Music where he conducts the wind ensemble and teaches conducting and music education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Chybowski is currently finishing a Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands. He also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from Missouri State University. Prior to his appointment at Pittsburg State University, Chybowski taught in public schools for eight years, including serving as head director at Palestine High School in Palestine, Texas. He is active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and has years of experience performing in professional and civic wind bands and chamber ensembles in the Chicago area as a saxophone player. Back to top

Gail Novak, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, is in demand as a collaborative artist in the United States and abroad. Gail performs often at Arizona State University and in the Phoenix area with university faculty, students, and guest artists.
She has served as an official accompanist for International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests in Tempe, Columbus, Ostend, Tokyo, North Ridge, Lincoln; and for the International Trumpet Guild, International Double Reed Conferences and the National Flute Conventions, the national trumpet competition in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as being the featured collaborator at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium for many years in Norman, Oklahoma. Gail has played with David Shifrin, Jon Manasse, and Larry Combs, and can be heard with great instrumentalists on Potenza, Crystal and Summit Records. She plays organ and piano at Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa and maintains a small piano studio of amazing students! Back to top

Benjamin Dean Taylor is a composer of contemporary art music. His energetic, adventurous music provides a uniquely refreshing sonic experience for performers and audiences alike. Trained as a trumpet player and pianist, he performs with and writes music for a variety of chamber ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, wind bands, orchestras, choirs, and experimental ensembles. He received degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University and Bowling Green State University and is now a doctoral student at Indiana University. Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a BMI Student Composers Award, two Barlow Endowment Commissions, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and First Place Winner of the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Region VII). His music is frequently performed in the United States and abroad. Ben resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and three sons.  Listen to his music at
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Dr. Kevin Watson is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Western University in London, Canada, where he teaches courses in music education and serves as the Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble. Before joining the faculty at Western, Dr. Watson previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, and served as a supervisor of music student teachers. Dr. Watson has also previously served as a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island, and as a band director in the public schools of Massachusetts. He regularly serves as a music festival adjudicator and clinician (jazz and concert band). Dr. Watson is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Berklee College of Music. Back to top

Bill Bier is the Director of Bands at East Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, MI, where he directs student instrumental ensembles ranging in grades from sixth through twelfth. Prior to this, he taught at Wyoming Park High School (MI) where he served as Director of Bands. Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he earned his bachelor's degree in music education from the IU Jacobs School of Music where he studied saxophone with Eugene Rousseau, and a master's degree in wind conducting from Michigan State University in 2007 under then Director of Bands, John Whitwell. Mr. Bier teaches woodwinds privately and performs throughout the West Michigan area in both classical and jazz styles. He has conducted jazz ensembles at both the middle and high school levels and has served as the Vice President of Jazz Activities on the District 10 executive board of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.
Mr. Bier also serves the IUSMC with his wife, Nichole, as the residential Head Counselors and has done so for several years. Prior to that appointment he served as a floor counselor upon his graduation from IU. He was also a high school student participant in the clinic in 1989. He and Nichole live in Hudsonville, Michigan, with their three children: Ben, Maddy and Kate. Back to top