Music Clinic

Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor

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2018 Faculty

Our 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 were thrilled to have the following artists join us for these masterclasses in 2017: 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 faculty member to read their bio)


Frank Diaz, Symphony Orchestra
Eric M. Smedley, 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
Brian Powell, Double Bass/String Ensembles


Chris Dortwegt, Flute/Woodwind Ensembles
Kathleen Carter Bell, Oboe/Oboe Reed Making
Pam Holt, Bassoon/Bassoon Reed Making
Keith Northover, Clarinet/Orchestral Woodwinds
Carl Kling, Clarinet/Orchestral Woodwinds
Scott Stewart, Saxophone/Leadership

Brass & Percussion

Susan Rider, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Eric Dickson, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Aimee Page, Horn/Brass Techniques
Jon Whitaker, Trombone/Orchestral Brass
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Ross Erickson, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Rich PaluchPercussion/Percussion Ensemble

Elective Faculty

Lissa May, Jazz Band
Ryan Yahl, Music Theory
TBA, Music Theory
TBA, Conducting
Gail Novak, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition
Kevin Watson, Jazz Band
TBA, Jazz Improv
Nancy Hublar, Woodwind Ensembles

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

Brian Powell is Associate Professor of Double Bass and String Music Music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching both from Indiana University, and completed his doctoral studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Dr. Powell has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition.

As an educator, he is the former director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and was on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. He has received recognition as a distinguished music teacher and advocate of string music education. Dr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky and Florida chapters of the American String Teachers Association, and has also served in the mentor program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Powell remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. Back to top

Christopher R. Dortwegt is the Director of Bands at Mendota Township High School (IL) where he coordinates all band activities, teaches music theory, and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and Basketball Band. In addition, he teaches Music Appreciation as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Valley Community College. Prior to his appointment at Mendota High School, Mr. Dortwegt was the Assistant Director of Bands at Plainfield South High School (IL).
Mr. Dortwegt holds two degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2007, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and was selected as one of five Indiana University Education students to receive the Outstanding Future Educator Award given by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. He also holds a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting with a Minor in Flute Performance, studying conducting with Stephen Pratt and flute with Kathryn Lukas and Thomas Robertello.
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Kathleen Carter Bell is an active performer and teacher based in Bloomington, Indiana. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony and Carmel Symphony and spent summers performing at music festivals including Brevard Music Center, Banff Summer Music Festival, Masterworks, and Credo. Kathleen is a founding member of the Silvanus Reed Quintet and has collaborated with Jacobs School of Music faculty for performances of Don Freund’s Sudden Spring and David Canfield’s Quintette nach Schumann. Kathleen’s teaching experiences include serving as the Associate Instructor of Oboe at IU for three years, as well as serving as the Graduate Assistant at both the Interlochen Oboe Institutes and Brevard Music Center.

Kathleen is currently finishing coursework toward a Doctor of Music degree at IU, where she studies with Linda Strommen and Roger Roe. She received her Masters degree and a Performer Diploma in Oboe Performance from IU, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where she studied oboe with Jeffrey Rathbun. Kathleen was one of six graduate recipients of the 2012 Barbara and David H. Jacobs Fellowships, a full tuition award granted for “excellence and leadership in the world of music.”  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

Keith Northover

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

Trumpeter/cornetist Master Gunnery Sergeant Susan Rider joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in July 1997. Ms. Rider earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 1989 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and both a master's degree in music and a doctorate in brass pedagogy at Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition to performing, Ms. Rider also taught studio trumpet in Odessa and at Purdue University in Indiana, and was an associate instructor at Indiana University for the brass and music education departments.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Rider has appeared as a Marine Band guest soloist with various groups, such as the Monarch Brass at the International Women’s Brass Conferences in Toronto, Canada in 2010 and Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014; the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio in 2015; and the International Trombone Festival in New York in 2016. Back to top

Aimee Page, Horn, Senior Chief Musician, Retired, U.S. Coast Guard Band, is a native of Bloomington, Indiana and product of the I.U. Summer Music Clinics. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, her professional career began with the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Aimee has performed with many symphony orchestras, including Jacksonville, Lansing, Battle Creek, Indianapolis and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber music performer, Aimee has loved all the brass and woodwind quintets she has been a member of, including the Jackson Brass Quintet, the Grand River Brass and the U.S.C.G. Band Woodwind Quintet. She has enjoyed Brass Band experiences as well, as a member of the Bloomington Brass Band during their heyday 1985-1987, and The St. John’s River City Brass Band in Jacksonville, FL. Her military career spans a 30-year period, joining the Navy in 1987 and retiring from the Coast Guard in 2017. Since returning to Bloomington, she is a member of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble and is the MCCSC 6th Grade Beginning Band Director. Aimee and her husband, Mitch, are the parents of 4 children, 2 of whom are attending I.U. 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

Ross Erickson is Consortium Instructor of Percussion at the University of Evansville and is Principal Percussion with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony. Prior to coming to Evansville, Mr. Erickson performed as percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Erickson's diverse musical experience includes performances with the IU Brazilian Ensemble, IU Steel Pan Ensemble and IU Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensemble. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Erickson earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Indiana University. His principal teachers include John Tafoya, Dean Borghesani, Kevin Bobo, and Michael Spiro. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. Back to top

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. He currently serves as part-time Assistant Professor of Music at DePauw University, where he conducts the University Band; and he recently served for two years 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

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 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

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.