Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor
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The 2016 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.
(click on the name of the 2016 faculty member to read their bio)
Christopher Dortwegt, 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
Jonathan Whitaker, Trombone/Orchestral Brass
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Jack Holt, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Rich Paluch, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Nancy Hublar, Historian/Woodwind Ensembles
Lissa May, Jazz Band
Jennifer Bollero, Music Theory
Meredyth Petersen, Music Theory
Andrew Chybowski, Conducting
Gail Novak, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition
Kevin Watson, Jazz Band
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, and is the executive director of the Bloomington-based Musical Arts Youth Organization. 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 assistant professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy 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. 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 chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and is currently President of the Florida chapter. He 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. 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. In 2014, he completed 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. 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. Mr. Schleuter is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and National Association for Music Educators. 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
Jack Holt is in his fourth 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.
Meredyth Petersen is Director of Bands at Gulf Shores Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Gulf Shores High School. Her responsibilities include teaching the middle school concert band, elementary school beginning bands, and assisting with the high school concert band and marching band. She received her BA in Music Education from Virginia Tech and a Master of Music Education from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Jennifer Bollero is co-chair of the Performing Arts Department at Bloomfield Schools (IN), where she teaches elementary music, and directs the 6th grade, junior high, and high school concert and marching bands, as well as the pep band and jazz band. Ms. Bollero's students perform at concerts, parades, festivals, and varsity basketball games throughout the school year. Back to top
Andrew D. Chybowski is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting as a student of Stephen W. Pratt and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Chybowski 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.
Previously, Mr. Chybowski served as the Director of Bands at Palestine High School and Palestine Middle School in Palestine, Texas, where his band received unanimous superior ratings and advanced to UIL Area Marching Contest, and was a state finalist for TMEA honor band. Mr. Chybowski also unified the district music curriculum and recruitment efforts resulting in nearly twice the enrollment in the high school band, and expanded the course offerings to include jazz band, two levels of music theory, a college mentoring program, and a composition program.
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 benjamintaylormusic.com
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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