Organ Department

Current Students

Grace Adduci

From the suburbs of Chicago, Grace Adduci is currently a junior earning a Bachelors in Music Education: Instrumental Band in the studio of Vincent Carr. She began piano at age 5, followed by trumpet at age 8, and took up organ at age 12. Grace is currently an organist at both St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and St. Petronille Catholic Church: the former being her at-school job of 3 years and the latter her hometown position since her sophomore year in high school. At Indiana University, Grace is the recipient of the William and Marcia Fox Undergraduate Scholarship, Marilyn Keiser Organ Scholarship, Premier Young Artist Award Scholarship, Music Faculty Award Scholarship, and Jacobs Access Grant. Upon graduation, Grace will be certified to teach music to grades K-12 and hopes to become a band director while also being a director of music at a church. Outside of playing the organ, Grace has been involved in various athletic bands, such as the Indiana University Marching Hundred, Crabb Band (for soccer games), and Big Red Basketball Band.

Katie Burk

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Katie Burk is currently pursuing the DM in organ performance at IU, where she is a student of Christopher Young. She currently serves as Music Intern at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, under the direction of Marilyn Keiser. In this role, she accompanies and assists in directing the Trinity Choir, directs the Trinity Youth Choir, and coordinates monthly evening worship services. She also serves as Course Coordinator in the music theory department at IU. She earned her MM in organ in 2017 from IU, and received BM degrees summa cum laude with departmental distinction in organ performance and music education from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 2013. There, she sang in the renowned St. Olaf Choir and studied organ with Catherine Rodland, conducting with Anton Armstrong, and voice with Karen Wilkerson. At IU, she studies choral conducting with Dominick DiOrio and sang in NOTUS, IU’s contemporary vocal ensemble. 

Katie is an active choral clinician, organist, composer, and vocalist. In June 2019, she will co-direct and accompany the high school choirs at the Montreat Conference on Worship and Music in North Carolina. For the past five years, she has served on the choral faculty at the Royal School of Church Music in America’s King’s College Course in Pennsylvania. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and entertaining her cat, Mr. Felix.

Jihye Choi

 Jihye Choi is pursuing a Performance Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Dr. Janette Fishell. Jihye received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Cincinnati (College-Conservatory of Music), where she studied with Dr. Michael Unger. She won First Prize at the Strader Organ Competition in both 2015 and 2017, which awarded her a full-tuition scholarship to obtain her master’s degree. Ms. Choi received a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from the Seoul Theological University where she was a recipient of a four-year scholarship as a top student of the church music department and graduated summa cum laude in 2010. Her teachers include Kumock Baik and Jisung Kim. Recently, she is the 2018 recipient of the scholarship from The Korean Methodist Church scholarship foundation.

Jihye has won many awards in organ competitions. Prizes include First Prize in Duo at the YoungSan Organ competition in South Korea (2014), third prize at the Sydney Organ Competition (2016) in Australia, second prize at the Arthur Poister Organ Scholarship Competition (2016), and first prize at the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition (2018). She also has performed as an active concert organist in South Korea, the United States, and Germany. For the past several years, she has held many positions as a church musician and university accompanist. Currently, she is serving as the Organist and Assistant Music Director at First Christian Church (DOC) in Bloomington, Indiana and as an accompanist for Indiana University Children’s Choir.

Evan Cogswell

Evan Cogswell is a second-year doctoral student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studies organ with Christopher Young. Evan is currently the organist for Speedway Christian Church in Indianapolis, and he is also the associate instructor for the IU organ department, where he teaches secondary organ lessons. Prior to attending IU, Evan received his Masters of Music from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music under the tutelage of Martin Jean. While at Yale, Evan gave several lectures on the organ music of Olivier Messiaen, a favorite topic of his. Evan also worked at Yale as an organ scholar for Marquand Chapel, and he taught several graduate theory classes as a music theory TA. Evan did his undergraduate work at the Hartt School, from which he graduated summa cum laude with a dual degree in composition and organ performance. At Hartt Evan commissioned and premiered several new chamber works for the organ and other instruments. Evan was the second-place young professional finalist in the 2017 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Competition. In addition to organ playing, Evan enjoys tropical fish keeping and film watching.

Brendan Conner

Brendan Conner is first-year doctoral student studying with Dr. Christopher Young. He also received his Master’s degree from IU in Spring of 2017. Brendan currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis, a position he has held since September of 2017. Prior to attending IU, Brendan graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Music, studying organ and harpsichord with George Emblom and Davitt Moroney. While at Berkeley, he was a frequent assisting organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and played with the University Baroque Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. In Summer of 2017, he accompanied daily services for the St. Mark’s Berkeley choir during a week-long residency at Bristol Cathedral. As a recitalist, he has played in various venues around the Bay Area such as the Legion of Honor Museum, St. Mark’s Berkeley, and Hertz Hall, as well as Third Baptist Church in St. Louis and First Presbyterian Church in Evansville. Brendan has wide repertorial interests, though is particularly drawn to researching performance practice aspects of French Classic and North German music.

Dalong Ding

Dalong Ding is a doctoral student at the Jacob School of Music Indiana University, studying with Dr. Janette Fishell. He currently serves as the organist and music director at University Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN. At Indiana University, Dalong has performed in the “Pipedream’ live organ concert hosted by Michael Barone in 2017. He has taught undergraduate piano performance as an Associate Instructor and has been receiving the Artistic Excellence Award from Jacobs School of Music since 2014. Originally from Shanghai, China, Dalong earned his Bachelor’s degree in Piano performance from Shanghai Conservatory, a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in Piano Performance and a Master degree from IU Jacobs School of Music in Organ Performance. His major organ teachers have been Dr. Katherin Meloan and Mr. McNeil Robinson.

Lucas Fletcher

A native of Alton, Illinois, Lucas Fletcher is a third-year doctoral organ student at Indiana University, where he studies with Dr. Christopher Young. He also serves as Assistant Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and as organist at Beck Chapel at the Indiana Memorial Union on campus. Lucas began piano studies at the age of eight, before taking up both the cello and trumpet. His interest in the pipe organ developed during high school, leading to a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings with his high school orchestra. Subsequently, Lucas has become the fourth generation of organists in his family. As an undergraduate student, Lucas studied organ with Dr. Susan Klotzbach at Illinois Wesleyan University. He also completed his master’s degree in organ at Indiana University. In his spare time, Lucas enjoys studying various aspects of architecture, history, and cuisine.

Priscilla Gabriel

Priscilla Gabriel is completing her doctoral studies at Indiana University, where she studied with Christopher Young. She graduated from Grove City College (Grove City, PA) summa cum laude with honors in music in 2010, and completed a Master of Sacred Music degree at the University of Notre Dame. Priscilla currently serves as Director of Music at Faith Lutheran Church (Bloomington, IN). She previously held positions at First Lutheran Church (Columbus, IN), First Presbyterian Church (Mishawaka, IN), and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. She is a certified Kodály music educator, and also served as an Associate Instructor at the Jacobs School of Music, teaching secondary piano.

Kira Garvie

Kira Garvie is currently pursuing her MM degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music at Indiana University, studying organ with Dr. Janette Fishell and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Boston University, completing her undergraduate study with Peter Sykes. In addition to subbing at various churches throughout Boston, she was an Organ Intern at First Church Cambridge, working with Peter Sykes. In 2017, she was a scholarship recipient at the McGill Summer Organ Academy in Montreal, as well as an E. Power Biggs Fellow at the Organ Historical Society convention in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Kira also sang with the Marsh Chapel Choir at Boston University under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett. With them, she participated in the premiere recording of James Kallembach’s Most Sacred Body of Jesus, as well as recording with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Jordan Hall. Throughout her time at Boston University Kira performed regularly with the Boston University Baroque Chamber Ensembles. Outside of music, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and watching historical documentaries.

Josiah Hamill

Josiah Hamill is an organist, violinist, and pianist who is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Organ Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, where he studies with Chris Young. He has received numerous recognitions and awards in both organ and violin. As an organist, Josiah was runner-up in the American Guild of Organists Regional Competition for Young Organists and a finalist in the Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing. As a violinist, Mr. Hamill is a past winner of the T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition, soloing with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a participant in the 2017 Heifetz Festival and its coveted Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Music Seminar. His extensive string background significantly influences his unique and fresh approach to the magnificence of the organ and its repertoire. A recipient of Yale University’s Robert Baker Award, he received his Master of Music and Certificate of Church Music Studies from Yale School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music, studying under Martin Jean. He received his Bachelor of Music with dual concentrations in organ and violin, graduating summa cum laude with distinctions, from Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he studied under Joseph Galema (organ) and Linda Wang (violin). He was Lamont’s recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Student in Performance and the Presser Undergraduate Scholar awards, and he is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. In his free time, Josiah also enjoys swing dancing, traveling, and playing sports.

Mallory Haney

Mallory H. V. Haney is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music, studying Organ Performance with a minor in Conducting. Before she came to Indiana to begin her studies with Dr. Janette Fishell, she lived in Chile most of her life and studied piano in the Conservatory of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, with Samuel Quezada. At age 12 she began to play organ for a Lutheran Church. When she was 15 years old, she began regular organ lessons with Carlos Valdebenito, where her love for the pipe organ began. 

This past summer she spent her time preparing for three recitals in Chile. The first one took place in "La iglesia de los Sagrados Corazones de Valparaiso," where she performed on a Cavaille-Coll. The second recital was located in "Catedral Anglicana de St Paul" where she was part of the "Musica en las Alturas" Festival. The last one was in the colonial historical church, the "Iglesia de San Francisco," Santiago. In addition to her studies she currently holds a position as organ scholar at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, IN.

Jinhee Kim

Jinhee Kim is a candidate for the Doctorate of Music in Organ Performance and Literature at Indiana University.  Kim received her MM degree also at Indiana University, where she studied with Dr. Christopher Young. Kim previously received her Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Prof. James David Christie and Olivier Latry, and played in the Danenberg Honor’s Recital at Oberlin.  Before coming to the U.S., Kim graduated summa cum laude from Yonsei University, where she studied with Dr. Tong-Soon Kwak, and appeared on the Rising Stars Concert Series at the Torch Center for World Missions in Seoul, Korea.  Kim was the First Prize winner of the 2010 San Marino National Organ Competition.  Kim was also cited as a finalist in the 2013 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition and 2017 Asia Organ Competition in Taiwan.  She was a semi-finalist in the 9th Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Russia (the First Prize winner in the American round) in 2015 and the 2016 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.  Kim taught Secondary and Elective Organ as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University in 2016-2017. Kim currently serves as the Music Director, Organist, and Handbell Director at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, Indiana.

Noah Klein

Noah is a sophomore at Jacobs School of Music, studying organ performance with Dr. Janette Fishell as a Premier Young Artist Scholar. Noah grew up in Northfield, Minnesota, and began piano lessons when he was 6. He started studying organ in middle school and began his first church job when he was 15. Since then, he has played at many churches around his town and throughout Minnesota. After graduating high school, Noah spent a year in South Korea as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program, where he stayed with a host family and attended a Korean school.  Noah is currently the Music Intern at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. In the future, he hopes to develop a career both as a performer and a church musician. Other interests of his are weightlifting and learning new yo-yo tricks.

Chere Ko

Born in Hong Kong. Chere was educated at St. Leonards-Mayfield School (U.K.).She went on to study music (voice and organ)  at the University of Manchester, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also undertook private studies with Ann Elise Smoot. She was awarded a scholarship by Flentrop Orgelbouw, which enabled a short residency at Flentrop and further studies with renowned Dutch organists. Throughout her time in Manchester, she was in great demand as a soprano, organist, and harpsichordist and was a prize-winner in competitions.

Chere was the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University), Summer Choral Scholarship (JSoM, IU), and the John R. Rodland Memorial Organ Competition (Third Prize, 2014). She has given recitals at notable venues such as St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle), St. George's (Hanover Square, London), Central Synagogue (New York City), St. James Episcopal Church (Historical Keyboard Society North America Conference 2017), Good Shepherd Catholic Church (Golden Valley, MN), St. John’s Episcopal Church (Lattingtown, NY). She participated in the following live broadcasts: Pipedreams Live! Indiana University II and Trinity Wall Street, NYC (daily service).

Chere studied with Dr. Janette Fishell (organ) and Professor Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord) during her doctoral coursework at Jacobs School of Music. She is currently a doctoral candidate, en route to complete her doctoral document on organ pedagogy. Aside from her academic studies, Chere is an active soprano, church musician and harpsichordist. She previously served as Organist at First Presbyterian Church (Columbus, IN), Centenary United Methodist Church (Lebanon, IN), and as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Garden City, New York).

 Known for her fondness for cats, coffee/tea, dessert, and cycling. Chere is currently based in NYC. 

Erik Matson

Erik Matson is pursuing an MM in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, studying with Christopher Young. Erik grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago, studying piano from a young age. After developing an interest in the organ, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Valparaiso University, with a minor in Mathematics. While at Valparaiso, he studied organ with Stephen Schnurr, harpsichord with Joseph Bognar, and voice with Ralph Klapis and David Govertsen. Through the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso, he served as Co-Director of the University Handbell Choir (the “Resurrection Ringers”), as Matins Organist, and as Morning Prayer Music Coordinator. In the past, he has served as organist at Lutheran churches around Valparaiso and in the Chicago area, and has served as accompanist for Encore Chorales Illinois, a choir organization for those aged 55 and older to find joy in music and in singing together. Currently, he is Organist/Accompanist at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Indiana. Erik's particular musical interests include organ music of the 20th Century and of the Renaissance, vocal music of the Medieval Period, music theory and analysis, and sacred music composition. When not engrossed in music, Erik enjoys reading, biking, cooking, and getting outside to appreciate nature.

Collin Miller

Collin Miller is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and is a junior Organ Performance major at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he is a student of Dr. Janette Fishell. He began playing the piano at the age of five, receiving initial training from Rosa Lynne Miller and then studying with Dr. Susanna Garcia. His freshman year of high school, Collin began taking organ lessons with Tom Neil and has since held church positions as pianist and organist at Northwood Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Lafayette. He was the winner of the 2017 Southwest RCYO competition, and is a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship. 

Philip Pampreen

Philip Pampreen is a sophomore at Indiana University, studying organ with Dr. Christopher Young. He is pursuing a dual degree in organ and mathematics with a concentration in statistics and is a recipient of the Barbara and David Jacobs Scholarship. Growing up in New Hampshire, Philip was homeschooled from 7thgrade through high school to focus on music. In 2016 he performed at Methuen Memorial Music Hall for the opening of their concert season. After being designated a Rising Star by the New Hampshire AGO in May of 2018, he was invited back to Methuen to give a solo recital the following month. In the summers of 2017 and 2018 Philip coordinated, directed, and performed in the annual benefit concert for the Options pregnancy resource center. In 2015 he was a finalist in the Fall Piano Competition, and placed third in the Granite State Piano Competition two years in a row.

Philip served as the sacred music director, organist, and choir director of Dover Baptist Church in Dover NH for 3 years, and worked as a substitute organist throughout New Hampshire. He also was the rehearsal and concert accompanist and substitute Choir Director of the Granite State Choral Society for one year, including their 2017 performance of Orff’s Carmina Burana. In his free time, he enjoys chess, data visualization, and computer programming with Python.

Simon Pick

A native of the rural Midwest, Simon Pick grew up in Remsen, Iowa, where he began his studies in organ at the age of fourteen with Sr. Arnold Staudt, OSF. He graduated with honors from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, majoring in Music and Theology. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Sr. Joachim Holthaus Outstanding Musician Award. Simon graduated with a master’s degree in Sacred Music at the University of Notre Dame where he studied organ with Dr. Craig Cramer and Dr. Douglas Reed and conducting with Dr. Nancy Menk. After a year of private study with Dr. Kimberly Marshall, Pick is now studying under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Young at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Pick has given solo and collaborative recitals throughout the Midwest and Southwest and has performed with collegiate and graduate ensembles in addition to serving for three years as the artistic director and continuo player for Benedictine Baroque, an ensemble he co-founded in 2012. He has performed with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Yavapai Festival Chorus, Valley Presbyterian Festival Choir and Orchestra, and served as assistant director for the chamber choral ensemble Canticum Novum. 

Pick has held various church positions starting his career as organist and choir director at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa and later serving as an organ scholar at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves as organist at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mike Powell

Mike Powell is a music student, church musician, and composer of sacred music. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having previously completed the Master of Music degree in organ performance and sacred music in 2014 (also from IU), and his Bachelor of Music in 2010 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Mike is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and the organist at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Indiana. He currently resides in Bloomington with his wife Susan and their three children, Jacob, Meredith, and Joshua.

Peter Rogahn

Peter Rogahn enjoys a meaningful career as organist, pianist, choral director, and teacher. His mission is to share his passion for music with others through performing, teaching and mentoring. He currently serves as Precentor for Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, Indiana [USA] where he plays the organ and leads the adult choir. A believer in the positive impact of music in education, he served for four years as Choral Accompanist and Instructional Assistant at Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, where he accompanied the school’s six choirs and assisted with music theory, piano, and electronic music classes.

Peter is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Organ Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a recipient of the Indiana University Artistic Excellence Award and the Indiana University Graduate Tuition Award. Peter holds a Performer Diploma and a Master of Music degree from Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. His principal teachers have included: Christopher Young, Peter Nygaard, and Harold Rutz. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate student in Organ and Sacred Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, studying with Dr. Janette Fishell. Prior to Indiana University, Stephen graduated summa cum laude from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, receiving multiple prizes from the School of Music in performance and musicianship. While at Heidelberg, he was a featured organ soloist and accompanist for many ensembles, including the Concert Choir, String Orchestra, and Symphonic Band. Alongside his music studies, Stephen was also a four-year member of the football team as a kicker and punter, earning All-Conference and All-American honors. At Indiana University, Stephen has taught as an Associate Instructor of Piano. He has also taught and performed in the Jacobs Sacred Music Intensive Workshop and Pre-College academies. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, currently serving as sub-Dean for the Bloomington chapter, and is a former board member of the AGO Young Organists Great Lakes Division. He has held various positions as organist and choir director, and currently serves as the Director of Music and Organist at Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana. Stephen plans to continue in a career of church music following his education.

Geneva Stonecipher

Geneva Stonecipher is pursuing a Masters in organ performance at the Jacob’s School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Janette Fishell. Mrs. Stonecipher earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music for organ at the University of Georgia studying piano with Dr. Martha Thomas and organ with Dr. David Burton-Brown. Mrs. Stonecipher has participated in events such as the inaugural Rebecca Penny’s Festival in 2013, the InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy in 2014, the Sacred Music Intensive Workshop in 2017 and the Montreat Music Festival in 2017. Some of her accomplishments include winning the Dean Piano Award Competition for the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs in 2013, the 2016 Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Auditions, the Encouragement Incentive Award of the 2016 Pro-Mozart Society Scholarship Auditions and the 2016 Hodgson School of Music Concerto Competition. Through the AGO Atlanta Chapter Organ Scholarship Auditions, Mrs. Stonecipher has received numerous scholarships including the first Bunn Scholarship in 2015. Mrs. Stonecipher served as the church music intern at First Presbyterian Church in Athens, GA under the leadership of Dr. John Coble from Fall 2016- Spring 2017 and Music Director and Organist at Commerce Presbyterian Church, 2017-2018.

Yumiko Tatsuta

Ms. Tatsuta is currently pursuing a D.M degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Dr. Janette Fishell. She is a recipient of an Artistic Excellence Award from IU. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees in Organ Performance from the Tokyo University of the Arts, where she received Ataka award and Acanthus Music award, as one of the top students at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Ms. Tatsuta also studied with Prof. Helmut Deutsch at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Stuttgart, Germany as the recipient of a DAAD scholarship sponsored by German Government. Most recently, she earned a Performance Diploma from Jacobs School of Music with full marks (GPA 4.0).

Ms. Tatsuta has been invited to perform by recital halls, academic associations, and church organizations through Japan, Europe and the United States. In April 2016, her graduate research on the work of Max Reger was published by The Japan Association of Organists. In the summer of 2017, she served as a faculty member in the Sacred Music Intensive program at the IU Jacobs School of Music, and performed in the faculty recital. In October of the same year, she was the featured artist of the month in "Musforum," an online magazine for the women organists.

Ms. Tatsuta has been awarded the prestigious representative Japanese upcoming Artist Award (sponsored by Japanese Government, Agency for Cultural Affairs). She was also named exchange artist in the U.S. and Japan friendship program in 2017-2018. 

Varfolomei Upart

Varfolomei Upart is a native of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Varfolomei is a junior in the Bachelors of Science in an Outside Field program at Jacobs School of Music, studying Organ Performance and Spanish. He studies the organ with Dr. Janette Fishell. During his last semester of the freshman year, he was a Bass in the Contemporary Voice Ensemble: NOTUS, directed by Dr. Dominick DiOrio. In November of 2017, he was the narrator for the performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion. 

Madeleine Varda

Madeleine Varda is a pursuing a Master’s of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, studying Organ Performance under the direction of Dr. Janette Fishell. She began her organ studies by winning a scholarship given by The American Guild of Organists to pianists with an interest in the organ. As a result, she was able to study with Dr. Richard Isley for a few months. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Tampa, where she studied organ with Dr. Ryan Hebert and was mentored by Dr. Haig Mardirosian. She currently serves as Music Director and Organist at Christian Tabernacle Church in Franklin, Indiana. In between her Bachelor's and Master’s programs Madeleine was selected to participate in the Organ Academy at the Bach Music Festival in Eugene, Oregon. There she was able to study under Dr. Paul Jacobs, the chair of The Juilliard School.

Travis Whaley

Travis Whaley is a doctoral student in musicology pursuing a minor in organ performance with Chris Young. Travis holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Piano Performance, Composition and German from Virginia Tech, where he studied with Tracy Cowden, Kent Holliday and Richard Masters. He also holds an Honors Baccalaureate Diploma from Virginia Tech, for which he wrote an undergraduate thesis, “Beethovens Kompositionsvorgang in der Waldsteinsonate, op. 53” (“Beethoven’s Compositional Process in the Waldstein Sonata”). Following his undergraduate studies, he attended the Jacobs School of Music and obtained a Master of Arts in Musicology and a Master of Music in Organ Performance, also in the studio of Christopher Young. He currently serves as Director of Music and Organist at North Christian Church in Columbus, IN. In July 2014, Travis competed as a pianist in the 44th International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. He has conducted research at the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, Germany, most recently in September 2017 as part of the “Beethoven Studienkolleg,” a research-intensive focused on Beethoven’s sketchbooks. Originally from Cary, North Carolina, Travis served congregations in North Carolina and Virginia before moving to Indiana.

Yong Zhang

Yong Zhang is a current student of IU Jacobs School of Music pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Organ Performance with Janette Fishell. Yong holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Fredonia, studying with Phillis East. Yong gave four recitals during her undergraduate years, including one lecture-recital featuring Chinese music for piano. By winning an annual concerto competition and performing with the school orchestra, Yong obtained her Performer’s Certificate when she was a junior. Yong first came to Jacobs for her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance with Karen Shaw. Because she had a great experience studying organ with Brain Bogey for two years in Fredonia, Yong continued her secondary organ lessons with Janette Fishell. After a further exploration of this charming instrument, Yong decided to start her second Master’s Degree in Organ Performance after she finished all her piano courses. Recently, Yong started a project featuring short videos in Chinese, introducing the construction, composers, music, and interesting facts of the pipe organ.

Jefimija Zlatanovic

Jefimija Zlatanovic is from Novi Sad, Serbia, where she started her music education at Novi Sad Academy of the Arts. In 2013, she came to the United States to pursue a BM in organ performance from the University of Indianapolis, where she studied under Marko Petricic and graduated in 2017. Aside from serving as principal organist at several churches including First Presbyterian in Bedford, IN, Jefimija has given recitals at many venues including Christ Church Cathedral and Northminster Presbyterian in Indianapolis, and Snezne Gospe Cathedral in Novi Sad, Serbia. Jefimija will receive her MM in organ performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2019, where she studies under Christopher Young.