College of Visual and Performing Arts



David Rezits, CelloDavid Rezits

David Rezits, a cellist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1991, previously was principal cello with the Haifa Symphony in Israel, assistant principal cello with the Florida Orchestra, and associate principal cello with the Rio de Janeiro Symphony.  Mr. Rezits has worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Maxim Shostakovich, and Robert Shaw. He often performs with his father, Joseph, a concert pianist.  David received a bachelor of music performance degree from Indiana University, a master of music performance degree from State University of New York, and a master’s in education from Indiana University. His past teachers include Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse and Eva Janzer. He has taught and performed in Israel, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and the USA. Rezits is the author of a celebrity classical musician’s cookbook, “Culinary Harmony,” which has been in print since 1997.  Besides cooking, his interests include tennis, hiking, wetland restoration, animals, and traveling.  David also volunteers in the community assisting in ESL classes for Burmese and Hispanic adults. He has taught cello privately since 1982.


KylieKylie Stultz-Dessent

Kylie Stultz-Dessent is a versatile artist with a varied career as an educator, soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. She is currently serving as visiting instructor of clarinet and music theory at Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music. Prior to her appointment at PFW, Kylie served as adjunct instructor of clarinet and chamber music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She has performed with numerous regional orchestras including the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Philharmonic, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Chamber Singers Orchestra, and the Bloomington Pops Orchestra. Additionally, Kylie is a member of the award-winning, Novacane Quartet, a clarinet quartet based out of Indiana. Ms. Stultz-Dessent holds degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is currently in the final stages of her doctoral degree at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

In addition to performing, Kylie is a dedicated and passionate clarinet teacher. Her students have placed in All-State ensembles, received top ratings at solo festivals and competitions, and have successfully auditioned for prestigious music schools. In the summer of 2014, Kylie co-founded the Indiana Clarinet Experience (ICE), a week-long clarinet institute that focuses on clarinet instruction, chamber music, music appreciation, and musicality. She is especially excited to be hosting ICE 2020 at the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music this June.


Patricia Reeves FlutistPatricia Reeves

Patricia Reeves is second flutist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2003.  A 1997 graduate of Indiana University, Patricia studied flute with Kate Lukas and baroque flute with Barbara Kallaur. While a student there, she performed with the Baroque Orchestra as well as all of the other top orchestral ensembles. She has appeared as soloist with the Bach Collegium, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Gateways Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Reeves plays frequently with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Orkestra Project. Patricia has participated in music festivals in Aspen and New York, and has concertized widely in the United States and the Far East. She often has collaborated with her husband, Derek Reeves, the principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.  Patricia and Derek reside in Fort Wayne with their young son, Preston.

French Horn

Michael Lewellen

Michael Lewellen currently performs as Principal Horn of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since 1987. In the 2003-2004 season he served as Acting Associate Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. During that time, Mr. Lewellen participated in that organization’s many recordings on the Telarc label and its highly successful tour of Japan.  Prior to assuming his post in Fort Wayne, Michael held the position of Guest Solo Horn with the Finnish National Opera Orchestra in Helsinki, Finland. Additionally, he has been engaged to perform and record with many of our country’s finest orchestras. Notably these ensembles are The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. With these orchestras, Michael has recorded for the London/Decca, Erato, Telarc and Exton labels.

Since 1999, Michael Lewellen has appeared every summer as a member of the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Additional festival appearances include Blossom, the Festival Institute at Round Top and the Colorado Music Festival.

As a horn soloist, Mr. Lewellen has appeared in numerous performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has performed the solo horn repertoire of Mozart, Richard Strauss, Haydn and Britten, all with critical acclaim.

A dedicated teacher with more than thirty years of experience, Michael Lewellen serves as Continuing Lecturer in Horn at Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Previous teaching appointments included Goshen College, Huntington University, Grace College and The Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department.

Mr. Lewellen is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Richard Solis. Additional studies have been with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs.


Laura LydyLaura Lydy

Laura Lydy serves as the director of guitar/string studies at the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music. Her duties include teaching all areas of applied guitar study, directing the Guitar Ensemble, and coordinating the guitar and string areas.  Additionally, she teaches guitar pedagogy and the general education course Introduction to Musical Expression. Ms. Lydy holds a M.M. in guitar performance from the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. While attending Indiana University, Ms. Lydy studied with renowned classical guitar virtuoso Ernesto Bitetti and early music scholar Thomas Binkley. In addition to her studies, she co-founded and directed Indiana University’s young guitarists program.

Laura Lydy is an active performer and has appeared in venues across the United States and Europe. She has been featured as both a soloist and as a member of the saxophone/guitar duet Duo Brioso with colleague Farrell Vernon. She can be heard on several of Dr. Vernon’s recordings on Arizona University Recordings and Centaur labels.

In addition to her departmental teaching duties, Laura is an active musician in the community and teaches for the  Community Arts Academy. Students studying privately with her may pursue a wide variety of playing styles or prepare for music auditions. She also performs regularly as a freelance musician in a wide variety of venues.

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Music Theory/Music Composition

20180814-Selle-Andrew-JW-002Andrew Selle

Andrew Selle is a continuing lecturer and the coordinator of music theory/composition at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from Bowling Green State University and his Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University. An active composer and scholar, Andrew has presented papers and compositions at many national and international events, including the International Computer Music Conference, the national conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the South-Central Society for Music Theory, as well as conferences at the University of North Texas, Louisiana State University, the University of Arizona, and the CUNY Graduate Center, among others. His
research interests include electronic music, music cognition, and music theory pedagogy.


Pavel Morunov OboePavel Morunov

Pavel Morunov is a native of Russia. He has received his education at Gnessins' Russian State Academy of Music in Moscow where he studied with professor and principle oboe player of the Russian Academic State Symphony Orchestra Anatoly Liubimov, Ph.D. During the last three years of his study at the Gnessins’ Academy Pavel was a full-time member of the symphony orchestra of the Moscow opera theater “The New Opera.” Pavel was invited as a guest soloist to participate in the performances of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and other professional symphony orchestras of Moscow. After receiving his bachelor's and graduate school diplomas he was admitted into the post-graduate program at the academy, but left the country to continue his education in the United States.  Pavel has received his master of music degree from Northwestern University where he studied with the former principal oboe player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mr. Ray Still.  In the spring of 2003 Pavel was a recipient of the Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellowship of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In summer 2005 Pavel attended Aspen Music Festival as a recipient of the Noyce Bowers Oboe Fellowship.  He received the dedicated English horn fellowship for the summer of 2006 and 2007 from the same festival. He received his professional studies diploma from Mannes College of Music, the division of the New School University, where he studied with Elaine Douvas, principal oboe player of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Currently he is a doctoral degree dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where he studies with Professor Marc Fink.

Orion Rapp

Orion RappOrion Rapp, director of the CAA Woodwind Summer Music Week, is principal oboist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position he has held since fall 2013. He has also served as principal oboist of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra since 2009, where he is regularly featured as a soloist. An avid educator, Orion regularly coaches chamber music and teaches oboe reed-making at the historic Interlochen’s Summer Arts Camp. In addition, he has  taught undergraduate chamber music at Rutgers University, and for three years Orion was a conductor and woodwind coach for the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey in Princeton, New Jersey. Orion earned his DMA from Rutgers University and he holds a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Irene AtorIrene Ator

Irene Ator has been an adjunct faculty member teaching studio organ for Purdue Fort Wayne since 1981. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education with organ concentration degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She studied organ with Dr. Robert Rayfield. Prior to coming to Indiana, she studied piano in the Preparatory Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. During and after college she continued her organ studies at Eastman with Dr. David Craighead and Russell Saunders. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary and Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.

Mrs. Ator has been the organist and harpsichordist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1981. From the mid 1970s until 2003, Mrs. Ator served as organist in several churches in Fort Wayne. Twenty of those years were spent as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, home of a 1974, three manual, 51 stop Beckerath Organ. She had previously served Trinity English Lutheran Church as Associate Musician with Richard A. Carlson from 1978 to 1981, and as Interim Organist at First Presbyterian Church from 2001 to 2003. For over 25 years she performed many organ recitals both in Fort Wayne and in the surrounding area. She was guest organist at many conferences and summer workshops around the country. Since 1999, Mrs. Ator has been accompanist and assistant to the Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. She tours annually with the Choir throughout the U.S. and  to International Festivals such as Shrewsbury, England and Festival 500 in Newfoundland.

She is currently serving on the Executive Board of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has been Dean of the Chapter twice. She was instrumental in securing the 2001 American Guild of Organists (AGO) Regional Convention in Fort Wayne. Mrs. Ator continues to teach organ and piano privately and is in demand as an accompanist. The Irene Ator Scholarship was established in 2001 to help assist area high school students desiring to pursue organ study.

Irene is married to saxophonist, Dr. James D. Ator, Purdue Fort Wayne Professor Emeritus of Music. Together they performed many Faculty Artist Series saxophone recitals as well as other performances over the years.


Shane KarnerShane Karner

Shane Karner is a graduate of Purdue University Fort Wayne with a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology. He was a student of Eric Schweikert while at Purdue Fort Wayne. During his time there, he was heavily involved in performing in the school’s Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a member of these ensembles, he has had the opportunity to perform alongside world-class musicians and tour three countries in Europe. Shane has experience teaching the Adams Central High School marching band and giving private drumset instruction. He has extensive experience behind the drum kit, performing since the age of 14 in various blues, rock, and worship settings. He continues to stay involved with the composition, performance, and act of recording various pop-music styles, electronic music, and classical music genres.


Ellen Coplin

Ellen Coplin graduated from Taylor University with a bachelor of music composition in 2012. While at Taylor, she studied piano with Dr. Leon Harshenin. Previous to her time at Taylor, she studied with Dawn Hopkins. Ellen’s ten years of experience as an instructor include teaching private piano lessons to all ages as well as teaching music in classroom settings at home in Fort Wayne and abroad. In 2014-2015 she spent the year working with EFL students in South Korea and teaching music as a means of breaking down barriers of language and culture. She has taught piano in rural and urban community centers around the Fort Wayne area in order to help students from diverse backgrounds develop musical skill, creativity and self-expression. Ellen’s performance experiences include performing in concerts and recitals both as an accompanist and soloist, coaching instrumental ensembles, composing in a variety of genres, and co-leading the folk ensemble Elle/the Remnant.

Christine Freeman PianoChristine Freeman

Christine Freeman has been a music teacher and accompanist in the Los Angeles and Fort Wayne areas for more than 30 years. She received her BA in music from California State University at Northridge where she studied with artist-in-residence Jakob Gimpel and Francoise Regnat. Focusing on accompanying and chamber music, Ms. Freeman worked as an accompanist at CSUN and El Camino College, and was coached in chamber music by several artists including Nathaniel Rosen, Jeffrey Solow, Peter Rejto, Eric Friedmann and Endre Granat. In 1995, she returned to college and received her MM degree in piano performance from Butler University where she studied with artist-in-residence, Panayis Lyras.

Ms. Freeman currently teaches music fundamentals at Purdue Fort Wayne, teaches piano through the Community Arts Academy and works as a freelance accompanist in the Fort Wayne area. She is a member of Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association, IMTA, MTNA, and American College of Piano Teachers (Guild).

20180129-Keenan-Evan-JW-02Evan Keenan

Evan Keenan graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne in 2012 with a bachelor of music in piano performance. He studied with Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo during college and with Dr. Joyanne Outland during high school, through the Community Arts Academy. Evan has participated in master classes with Arnaldo Cohen, Panayis Lyras, Caio Pagano, Rúbia Santos, Jeremy Denk, William Wolfram, Baruch Meir, Robert Satterlee, and David Northington.

He was a winner in the IPFW Concerto/Aria competition in 2009 and 2010, and performed with the University Orchestra both years. In 2011, he was the first-place winner of the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Hoosier Auditions, state round, and performed in the winners recital during the IMTA State Conference at IU-Bloomington. Evan was voted by the Purdue Fort Wayne music faculty as the Outstanding Senior in the Music Performance Degree.

Since graduating, Evan has been active as a teacher and performer in the Fort Wayne area. He is currently an instructor for the Community Arts Academy, and Canterbury Lower School's enrichment program. He is also the pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne and performs as a freelance piano soloist and accompanist. He has performed several recitals for the annual Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival.

Hamilton TescarolloHamilton Tescarollo

Hamilton Tescarollo is Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at Purdue Fort Wayne. In this capacity, he teaches applied piano and piano-related courses, and coordinates the piano and organ areas in the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music. Through CAA, he works with both promising young pianists and advanced musicians seeking further study as a non-degree option. He also has taught at the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany and has presented master classes throughout the US and abroad.

Dr. Tescarollo‘s work as a teacher has been recognized with the “Teacher of the Year” award at the 2001 Schimmel-AZ Piano Young Artist Piano Competition. His students have garnered many prizes at prestigious piano contests such as the Music Teachers National Association Competitions, the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Symphony Young Musicians Competition. They have been awarded scholarships to top national and international summer programs and have gained admission into top degree programs in the country.

Dr. Tescarollo holds piano performance degrees from Arizona State University (DMA and master’s), Santa Marcelina College (undergraduate), and the São Paulo Municipal School of Music (diploma). His teachers include pianists Gilberto Tinetti, Caio Pagano, and Robert Hamilton.

Jonathan YoungJonathan Young

Jonathan Young is an active pianist, composer, teacher, conductor, and accompanist. He recently earned a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Steven Spooner. Career highlights include working as coach/accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks in Summer 2018, attending the Bel Canto Summer Academy in Germany as a collaborative pianist in 2016, and performing solo piano at Haydn’s Esterhazy Palace in Austria through the Classical Music Festival in 2013. In concerto performances, Dr. Young has performed Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Minor with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Orchestra in 2007. He is an avid performer of chamber music, vocal, instrumental, and choral music, and has released two solo piano compositions on iTunes and Amazon Music. Dr. Young received his master’s degree from University of Missouri Kansas City with Dr. Robert Weirich and bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College with Dr. Karin Redekopp Edwards. He recently served as vice president of KU’s Collegiate Chapter of MTNA, and reviews books for the American Music Teacher magazine.


Farrell VernonJames Farrell Vernon

James Farrell Vernon is the Jazz Ensemble director and saxophone instructor at Purdue Fort Wayne. Before joining the faculty in 2002, he was assistant director of bands, director of jazz studies, and saxophone instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, and prior to that he was professor of saxophone at James Madison University in Virginia.

Vernon served as part-time faculty at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He has a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Indiana University where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate on saxophone. Vernon also has a master of music in jazz performance from the University of Denver and doctor of arts degree in saxophone performance and pedagogy with a secondary emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

Vernon, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is an active performer, educator, composer, arranger, clinician and adjudicator. In both 1998 and 1999, Down Beat magazine named Vernon the top Blues/Pop/Rock Instrumental Soloist. With UNC Combo II, he won another Down Beat award in 2000. He has played at jazz festivals in Monaco and Sedona, Arizona.

Dr. Vernon has performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and at World Saxophone Congresses in Minnesota, Thailand, and Scotland. He has shared the stage with jazz and pop music luminaries including: Tito Puente, the Manhattan Transfer, Ernie Watts, Ray Charles, Bobby Shew, Louis Bellson, Denis DiBlasio, Al Jarreau, Linda Ronstadt, Roberta Flack, the Shirelles, and the Temptations. He performs locally with jazz big bands, the IPFW faculty jazz combo, classical chamber groups, and Duo Brioso.

Vernon's recording resume includes three groundbreaking classical sopranino saxophone CDs with Centaur Records, several compilation CDs distributed internationally, the Sempre Saxophone Quartet's Music of William Schmidt, and a variety of jazz, rock, and pop CDs. He is a proud Artist/Endorser of P. Mauriat Saxophones, which he plays exclusively.

Logan Weber SaxLogan Weber

Logan Weber is a Fort Wayne saxophonist who graduated with a BS in music from Purdue Fort Wayne in 2013. Logan studied classical and jazz saxophone with Dr. Farrell Vernon and music composition with Dr. Chris Rutkowski and Dr. Ken Johnson. Logan is also a pianist and composer in genres ranging from classical and jazz, to electronic music. Logan plays with area professional bands, which include Fernando Tarango and the Wickersham Brothers, Night to Remember, the John Durnell Band, and has featured with the Alicia Pyle Quartet and Hope Arthur Orchestra. In addition to teaching private saxophone lessons through Community Arts Academy, Logan teaches beginner piano at St. Henry’s Arts Academy.


Josh Hettinger croppedJosh Hettinger

Josh Hettinger graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne with bacherlor's degrees in both Music Education and Music Performance. At Purdue Fort Wayne, he was the principal trombonist of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and was also involved in Jazz Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Trombone Ensemble. Currently, Josh studies trombone under continuing lecturer David Cooke. Josh has performed in the 2016 IMEA Intercollegiate Band, 2016 Columbia Festival of Winds Intercollegiate Honor Band, 2017 CBDNA Intercollegiate Band in Kansas City, and has performed with the Purdue Fort Wayne Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Josh has experience teaching at both Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, and DeKalb High School in addition to teaching privately in the Fort Wayne area prior to teaching with the Community Arts Academy.


Ariel MarleyAriel Marley

Ariel began studying trumpet at the age of 11 at Western School Corporation in her hometown of Russiaville, Indiana. In the past, Ariel has studied under instructors Daniel Healton and Keith Whitford. Ariel taught privately for two years prior to teaching with the Community Arts Academy. Currently, Ariel is studying trumpet with Professor Andrew Lott at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is also a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at Purdue University Fort Wayne and is working toward earning her Bachelor’s in Music Education (BME) with an instrumental concentration. Ariel is an active member of Purdue Fort Wayne’s collegiate chapter of NAfME and is passionate about making a positive impact on student’s lives through the teaching of music and trumpet.


Derek ReevesDerek Reeves

Derek Reeves is a limited term lecturer in the Department of Music at Purdue Fort Wayne. Mr. Reeves has the distinction of being the principal viola for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the viola sub for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reeves has a BM in violin performance and a MM in violin performance, both from Indiana University. He has done post-graduate study in viola performance at Butler University and has studied with Csaba Erdelyi, Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron and Laurence Shapiro.


yanapic4Johanna Bourkova-Morunov

Johanna ("Yana") Bourkova-Morunov is currently serving as acting associate concertmaster of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, after serving as assistant concertmaster in the 2011-12 season. Other full-time positions she has held include section first violin position in the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, as well as assistant concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (Virginia).

Yana is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia. She began her violin studies at the age of six in the studio of Savely Shalman and traveled extensively throughout Russia, Europe and the US to perform and to assist in Mr. Shalman's master classes. She is a laureate of the St. Petersburg Open Competition of Young Violinists and the International Violin Competition in Murcia, Spain, as well as the Society of American Musicians Competition. She studied at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Junior College with Elena Zaytseva for two years until her family moved to the US, where she began studying with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago. Still as a student of Almita Vamos, Yana attended Oberlin Conservatory and later Northwestern University School of Music, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2004. She received her master of music degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the studio of Vartan Manoogian as a recipient of the Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellowship. She has served as concertmaster of Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Mannes College for Music Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival Sinfonia.  At the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied for two summers with David Halen, the concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, she has also played in the Aspen Festival Symphony and Aspen Chamber Orchestras. She pursued her professional studies diploma at the Mannes College for Music as a student of Michelle Kim, the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Yana also has been a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Ars Viva!/Chicago Mastersingers orchestra.

Yana has been a featured soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the Masterworks and Summer series. She has appeared as a guest artist on the Alumni Recital Series at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, as well as Faculty Recital Series at Brigham Young University-Hawaii, where she served on the faculty. Yana is an active chamber musician, frequently performs at the Freimann Chamber Music series, has aired on classical radio stations in Chicago and Seattle, has performed as a guest artist at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and has taken part in numerous sound recordings, including the album "Next!" by Scott Evan Davis.

She is married to the Philharmonic's second oboist, Pavel Morunov, and together they are raising two lively toddler daughters.

Marcy Trentacosti

Marcella Trentacosti

Marcy Trentacosti, director for the CAA Summer String Camp, has been a full-time section violinist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1976. Ms. Trentacosti also is the conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra. She graduated from Indiana University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Education and in August 2008 received her MM in violin performance from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Ms. Trentacosti participated in the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy; Chicago Civic Orchestra; Bach, Beethoven, Breckenridge Music Festival and was concertmaster of the Marion Philharmonic. She taught orchestra at Snider High School, Woodside Middle School, Canterbury School and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

She maintains a private teaching studio and teaches for the Community Arts Academy in addition to serving as a Purdue Fort Wayne associate faculty member.


Ashlee BickleyAshlee Bickley

Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley performs and teaches various genres across the classical singing medium. Her recent operatic roles include Angelina/Cenerentola (La Cenerentola), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Alma March (Little Women), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), and Mother/Grandmother (Little Red). Operatic covers include Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Tisbe (La Cenerentola).

As an oratorio soloist, Ashlee has been featured in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, Mass in F, and Cantatas 34 and 110, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Händel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat. She has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony, Delaware Valley Opera Company (PA), and sings regularly with the Heartland Chamber Chorale and Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne. Ashlee holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University and she will be a Resident Artist Fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in 2014.  She is on faculty at Purdue University Fort Wayne and Trine University.

Jimmy MitchellJimmy Mitchell

Jimmy Mitchell is an experienced vocal instructor who is comfortable working with students of all ages. Jimmy has extensive expertise in both classical and musical theatre singing, having spent his life performing in both styles. His favorite roles include: Marius in “Les Miserables” (Fort Wayne Civic Theatre), Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast” (Fort Wayne Civic Theatre), Peter in “Company” (Arena Dinner Theatre), and Man in a concert production of “Songs for a New World” (Plymouth Congregational). Jimmy was also a member and featured soloist in the Chicago Artists Chorale. Jimmy studied voice with Dr. Sam Savage for four years, and within the year will hold two bachelors of music in vocal performance and music education. Currently the music teacher at Our Lady of Good Hope School, Jimmy also has held music director positions at St. Therese Little Flower Theatre, and Wellspring's Summer Camp for City Kids.

Sam SavageSam Savage

Purdue Fort Wayne assistant professor Sam Savage is a tenor whose varied performance experience includes opera oratorio musical theater and recitals. Dr. Savage's awards include winning the Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition, the A. Eli and Esther Nisenfeld Award for Outstanding Tenor and as a finalist in the Richard Tauber International Competition for Tenors. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera's national tour, the Operafestival di Roma, the Virginia Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, and the Western Plains Opera. Dr. Savage made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 performing the tenor solos in works by Leonard Bernstein and Adolphus Hailstork. 

Dr. Savage's students have been accepted at prestigious graduate programs around the country. His students have been consistent winners in competition and have appeared with world-renowned opera companies, on and off Broadway and in Hollywood films and TV productions.  Dr. Savage's previous teachers include the late Maestro Franco Corelli, Linda Mabbs and Dr. Kenneth Bowles.

StachofskyMark Stachofsky

Mark Stachofsky has a BM from Boise State University and a MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Stachofsky has performed with the Cleveland Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Boise Opera, numerous churches and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Mr. Stachofsky teaches the “Bel Canto” style of singing, which means “beautiful singing.”  It is a simple and direct approach to developing the singing voice. He currently is a limited term lecturer for the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music in vocal instruction.