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community Arts Academy

music, art, and drama lessons

The Community Arts Academy has been providing music instruction to children and adults for decades.

All music lessons take place on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne in the Purdue Fort Wayne Music Center, a state-of-the-art music facility with teaching studios, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms that are acoustically isolated and calibrated.

Lessons are available in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute increments; please discuss the appropriate length and number of lessons with your instructor prior to registering.

All of our instructors are Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music faculty, professional community musicians, and selected Purdue Fort Wayne students.

In 2023, we launched individual art and drama instruction. Our teachers are experts in their fields—performing, exhibiting and teaching their crafts. Build up your skills in painting and drawing, learn the Adobe Creative Suite, or prepare for an audition. The Community Arts Academy is northeast Indiana's resource for visual and performing arts.

Are you an expert in a visual or performing art? Do you have a skill that you'd like to share with a group through a class or with an individual through the PFW Community Arts Academy? Contact Molly Papier at [email protected] with your pitch. 

Our Instructors

 

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A graduate of Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne in theatre and former theatre professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Kate Black is offering private acting coaching to students and adults preparing for an audition or professional or college theatre programs.  She has been involved in the Fort Wayne theatre scene since 1971, with 9 years professional acting experience in San Francisco, doing both stage and on camera work. Performing in more than 80 stage productions, many industrial films, commercials,  and videos, and doing extensive voice over projects, Kate has a special facility for dialects and an affinity for Shakespearean interpretation.  Locally she has been seen on many stages, including FPT, PFW, Playground 630, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, and Arena Dinner Theatre, garnering awards at the last two.  Aside from treading the boards and teaching theatre, she has been a fitness professional for the last 30 years, teaching aquatic fitness at the YWCA and currently at the Central YMCA, where she also does one on one Personal Training with members. Kate looks forward to the opportunity of assisting actors in finding the intention behind their characters to bring them to life.

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Morgan McClarnon Schrock is a 2014 graduate of IPFW's Art Education program and currently teaches elementary school art for East Noble Schools. She focuses on painting and ceramics, but enjoys all mediums. She is very passionate about art, because she believes that creativity is a part of everything in life. She strives to be the best art educator she can be! 

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Dorian Soto, a first year art education major at Purdue Fort Wayne, has been creating art her entire life. Dorian loves to explore both 2D and 3D artwork, using a variety of media including graphite and colored pencil, charcoal, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and alcohol-based markers. 

Last year, Dorian worked as an art teacher in a public school classroom where she enjoyed encouraging children to explore their creativity. She individualized instruction to meet each child’s learning style.

After spending six years in the Army National Guard, Dorian decided to pursue her degree here at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

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Gloria Minnich completed her degree in general studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a theatre and dance minor. She is no stranger to the local community theatre scene, acting in productions for PFW, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre and the Arena Dinner Theatre. She is an Anthony Award and Arena Award winner. When not teaching classes for the PFW Community Arts Academy, Gloria is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company. She also teaches dance for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. An active learner, she took several Shakespeare classes with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and is very excited about bringing Shakespeare to life for children and young adults. 
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Sculptor Ron Knepper earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Master of Arts degree from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an Arts United Foundation Master’s Fellowship from Allen County, Indiana. 

Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ron Knepper lived in New York City for fourteen years where he taught at New York’s Parsons School of Design. Ron was a seasonal sculptor for Macy’s Parade Studio, creating objects for the Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats. His techniques and oeuvre are vast, from traditional figurative objects to purely abstract forms. 

He was a visiting artist at the Kent Institute of Art at Canterbury, England and a Finalist for a Henry Moore Fellowship at the Wimbledon School of Art, Wimbledon, England. Other teaching posts include Bilken University, Ankara, Turkey, and Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is currently teaching 2-D courses for Purdue University Fort Wayne.

His work is in various private and public collections in the United States, including a 2005 bronze monument of Pere’ Marquette, installed at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; a 2006 bronze sculpture of Special Forces soldier Pedro Munoz, killed in Afghanistan, installed at the Military Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and a baptismal font for the Krauss Chapel at Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

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Kevin has been assistant principal bass with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 1983.  Born in South Bend, he began playing at age 12 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music. He played with the Dayton Philharmonic from 1981–83 before coming to Fort Wayne.  Kevin has played with an impressive list of jazz/pop performers, including Gene Bertoncini, Steve Allen, Mel Torme, Roy Clarke, Debbie Boone, Toni Tennile, Maureen McGovern, Diahann Carroll, Andrea Marcovicci, Rich Ridenour, Anne Hampton Calloway, Michael Feinstein, Linda Eder, Jeff Tyzik, Capitol Saxophone Quartet, Wayne Brady, and Bernadette Peters. He played in the house band at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island in the summer of 1992. Kevin founded Kevin Piekarski Jazz (formerly Clark Kent Jazz), which has provided quality entertainment to northeast Indiana for over 25 years.  He has been the musical administrator for live jazz at Covington Art Fair since its inception in 1992. In 1996, the Fort Wayne Sister City’s committee invited the Clark Kent Trio to visit Plock, Poland.  While in Plock, the trio performed with internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Krzysztof Kralka, and with the jazz vocal group Anima from Belarus.  Kevin is the bass professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne. 

Please visit www.kevinpiekarski.com for more information and demo tracks.

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Martyna Bleke

Martyna Bleke is an accomplished cellist and instructor whose talents have taken her around the world. Born in Rzeszow, Poland, Bleke earned her Master of Arts from the Karol Lipinski University of Music under Professor Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak. During her studies she took part in numerous international Musical Master Courses, giving her the opportunity to study with professors such as Hidemi Suzuki, Glaus Richard, and Ulf Tischbirek. Since that time, Martyna has been an active participant in various orchestral projects. She has recorded the works of Brahms in the studio of the Polish Radio and Television in Wroclaw, performing for the grand opening of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany and had the pleasure to work under Kurt Masur, the great conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

A natural leader and educator, Bleke was appointed bandleader for the Adagio String Quartet onboard Holland America Line where she managed and led a group with a 300+ piece repertoire and performed with guest artists, theatre productions, and private events. In 2014, Martyna moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she has remained an active member of the region’s arts community. From cello instructor at PFW, Mynett Music, and the Community Arts Academy, to her performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, PFW faculty trio, and Heartland Sings, she always has her cello by her side.

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Kylie 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 Indiana Clarinet Experience at the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music this June.

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Chris Dessent is a music educator, conductor, composer, and arranger. He currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Assistant Professor of Practice at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Prior to this position, Chris was an Associate Band Director at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. His responsibilities included work with the school’s award-winning concert bands, marching band, and jazz bands. Under his direction, the FHS bands consistently received top ratings at state and national contests and festivals. Chris’ other responsibilities included work with the school’s pep band, pit orchestra, and chamber ensemble program. From 2015-2021, he served as a Band Director at Fishers Junior High School and Sand Creek Intermediate School. From 2012-2015, Chris taught K-8 general music, band, and choir in Cincinnati Public Schools. 

Chris is also a highly sought-after clinician, adjudicator, and performer. He is on faculty with the Indiana Clarinet Experience, and frequently adjudicates for Bands of America events across the country. Chris is a woodwind specialist, maintaining a private studio of clarinet and saxophone students in his community. As a composer and arranger, his works for wind ensemble and other mediums reflect Chris' diverse musical experiences and interests. 

A 2012 graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Chris received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with High Distinction, studying clarinet with Howard Klug. In May of 2023, Chris received a Master of Music Education degree from Butler University in Indianapolis.
 

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Rachel Corwin is a clarinetist currently studying Music Education and Music Performance at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has been playing clarinet for 11 years, and she loves to play at churches, holiday programs, and other local events in the community.
Rachel has studied clarinet under Daniel Healton and Dr. Kylie Stultz-Dessent. She has played with numerous ensembles including PFW’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, 2022 Intercollegiate Honor Band, Bluffton Street Fair Band, and Fort Wayne Community Clarinet Ensemble. Additionally, she has been a featured soloist with the Kokomo Park Band and PFW Community Orchestra.
Rachel enjoys teaching marching band, concert band, and clarinet lessons at various schools in the Kokomo and Fort Wayne areas. In addition, she is a certified Kindermusik instructor and enjoys teaching weekly music classes. During the summer, Rachel assists with the Indiana Clarinet Experience, an annual week-long clarinet camp. Outside of playing and teaching music, she loves to draw, paint, and spend time with friends and family. Rachel aims to make a positive impact in the lives of the students she teaches through music.

Rachel is currently not accepting new students. 

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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 son, Preston.

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Nathan Jackson is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist and a recent graduate of Purdue University Fort Wayne with bachelor's degree in Music Performance. He has been deeply involved in music from a young age playing guitar, bass guitar, trombone, baritone, and other instruments in various settings including jazz bands, concert bands, marching bands, small ensembles, popular music groups, and solo performances. In addition, he has several years of experience composing and recording music using different professional software including Pro Tools, Studio One, and FL Studio. Writing, recording, and performing music is a deep passion of his and he is excited to pass the freedom and enjoyment that he gets from music onto others who are looking to learn.

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Anne Lewellen


Anne Lewellen is Principal Harp of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a position she has held since 1987.  With this orchestra she has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions and is a regular performer on the Philharmonic’s Freimann Chamber Music series.  In addition to her position with the Philharmonic, she has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

Since 1999, Anne has appeared every summer as a member of the prestigious Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

As a dedicated teacher, Anne serves as Associate faculty at Purdue University Fort Wayne and maintains an active Suzuki Harp studio, teaching students of all ages.

Anne Lewellen holds a B.M. in Harp Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Alice Chalifoux. Additionally, she received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Marilyn Costello.

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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.

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Logan 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.

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Brian-Houser


Brian Houser is a Purdue Fort Wayne student currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, along with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Brian has been playing the saxophone for 12 years. At PFW he has been the principal saxophonist of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and played in jazz bands and chamber ensembles. He was one of the winners of the 2022 Purdue Fort Wayne Concerto and Aria competition. Brian has studied saxophone with Dr. Farrell Vernon, Evan Gidley, and Paul Lorenz and has experience teaching at local high schools and middle schools.

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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.

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Zane Stackhouse is an accomplished percussionist and music educator hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana. With a diverse and extensive performance background, he has garnered acclaim in contemporary drum set, orchestral percussion, and marching percussion productions of all kinds. Currently, he holds the position of drummer in the popular funk/fusion band, Los Galaxy, while also performing in Purdue Fort Wayne’s prestigious wind and percussion ensembles.

A dedicated and passionate music educator, Zane is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music Education at Purdue Fort Wayne, and has gained invaluable experience teaching percussion at several high schools, including Dekalb High School, Columbia City High School, Concordia High School, and Bishop Dwenger High School. 

Zane's exceptional musical talent and unwavering commitment to teaching have earned him a reputation as a highly effective and inspiring educator in the local music community. Whether performing or instructing, Zane Stackhouse is a true asset to the world of percussion, drumming, and music as a whole.

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Christine Freeman

Christine Freeman has been a music teacher and collaborative pianist for students and faculty in the Fort Wayne and Los Angeles areas for over 40 years.  She received her B.A. in music from California State University at Northridge where she studied with artist-in-residence Jakob Gimpel and Françoise Regnat.  Ms. Freeman worked as a collaborative pianist at CSUN, primarily in the cello masterclasses of Peter Rejto and Jeffrey Solow (pupil of Gregor Piatigorsky), and was coached in chamber music by several artists including Erick Friedmann (pupil of Jascha Heifetz), Endre Granat (pupil of Jascha Heifetz) and Nathaniel Rosen (pupil of Gregor PIatigorsky).  She received her M.M. degree in piano performance from Butler University where she studied with artist-in-residence Panayis Lyras.

Ms. Freeman has been on the music piano/theory faculty at Purdue Fort Wayne since 2001, and is currently teaching applied piano.  She also teaches non-degree students through the Community Arts Academy at Purdue Fort Wayne and coordinates the piano recitals for CAA.  She is a member and past president of Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association, a member and adjudicator for the American College of Piano Teachers (Guild), and a member of Indiana Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.

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Olivia Bressler

Olivia Bressler graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne with a Bachelors in Music in Piano Performance in 2022. She has lived in Fort Wayne her entire life and grew up surrounded by the arts community.

Olivia studied with Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo during college and with Alicia Pyle for many years prior. During her undergrad, she was a practice coach and recitalist at the Purdue Fort Wayne Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival several years in a row. She was honored to be named Exemplar of the 2022 Visual and Performing Arts graduating class.

She was one of the winners of the 2021 Purdue Fort Wayne Concerto and Aria competition, performing second piano in Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos” with the PFW University and Community Orchestra. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Lise de La Salle, Liu Liu, Kevin Ayesh, and Qing Jiang.

Olivia currently teaches private lessons in Southwest Fort Wayne in addition to Purdue Fort Wayne. 

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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.

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Josiah Lund is a Pianist and Teacher with a passion for sharing the expressive beauty of music. Josiah Graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne in 2022 with a Bachelors in Music in Piano Performance, where he won the Purdue Fort Wayne Concerto and Aria Competition in 2018, 2019, and 2021. 

Throughout his ongoing pursuit of music, Josiah has been fortunate enough to take part in master classes with Nikolai Demidenko, Stewart Goodyear, Karen Taylor, and Liu Liu, among others. Josiah is currently working for Heartland Sings as an Education Associate and Staff Pianist and fostering a growing Piano Studio.

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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.

Dr. Tescarollo is not currently accepting new students.

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Josh Hettinger graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne with bachelor'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.

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Addison Koble graduated from Garrett High School in 2021 and is currently studying Music Performance at Purdue Fort Wayne where she is a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Jazz Combo, and Trombone Ensemble.

In July 2022, Addison was the bass trombonist for the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria. She has experience teaching at Garrett High School, South Side High School, and Memorial Park Middle School. As both a tenor and bass trombonist, she is most experienced in classical and orchestral playing. Addison has studied privately with Andrew Hicks, Josh Hettinger, and Evan Zegiel. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, collecting records, and traveling. 

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Dannie-Eyanson

Dannie Eyanson graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School in 2019 and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music and an Outside Field (Theatre) at Purdue Fort Wayne, where they are a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Dannie has been playing the tuba for over ten years, and they also have experience playing euphonium and bass trombone.

As a low brass instrumentalist, Dannie has studied privately with Andrew Hicks, Chance Trottman-Huiet, and Dr. Evan Zegiel. They have experience leading low brass sectionals with the Three Rivers Honor Bands, as well as performance and music coaching experience from their time spent at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In their free time, Dannie likes to play video games, paint, and do puzzles. 

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Tyler Summers

Tyler Summers is a French Horn player from Newburgh, Indiana. He is principal horn of the pfw wind ensemble and orchestra and is currently in his second year at Purdue Fort Wayne, pursuing a degree in music education. 
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John Okley Egger is the Director of Music Education at Purdue University Fort Wayne where he teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of elementary music methods, secondary music methods, supervises student teaching, and introductory courses to music education. He was previously a graduate teaching assistant for elementary music methods at the University of Kentucky and a music teacher for Clinton Public Schools and Vicksburg Warren School District in Mississippi.

He completed his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky during the Fall 2014. His previous degrees include a M.A. in Music and Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University and B.M.E. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has also completed all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. Professional memberships include the American Educational Research Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, College Music Society, Indiana Music Educators Association, Kentucky Music Educators Association, International Society for Music Education, National Association for Music Education, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and Society for Research in Music Education.

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Faith Bradley


Faith Bradley graduated from Western High School in 2020 and is currently in her third year at Purdue University Fort Wayne earning her bachelor’s in music education and trumpet performance.

Faith began her studies on trumpet at the age of 11 and has studied privately with Keith Whitford, Daniel Healton, Andy Lott, Mark Dulin, and Elijah Denecke.

Faith is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and has performed in with numerous ensembles including the Indianapolis Youth Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and the 2022 Intercollegiate Honor Band.

She currently serves as Principal Trumpet in Purdue Fort Wayne’s top Wind Ensemble and plays in the PFW Jazz Band and Orchestra. In addition, she works with marching bands in the Fort Wayne area and teaches privately at surrounding schools. 

Faith has been giving private trumpet lessons for three years. She is most experienced with classical and orchestral styles but also has experience in jazz. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, and spend time with friends and family. 

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Currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Purdue University Fort Wayne, Dr. Elijah Denecke was previously employed as adjunct trumpet instructor at the College of Central Florida (Ocala, FL), as well as teaching assistant for Dr. Christopher Moore at Florida State University. He now maintains an active performing career across the United States with many professional orchestras including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, the Gainesville Brass Quintet, and the Prairie Wind Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed with the Tallahassee Swing Band and the Garden State Jazz Orchestra, as well as with notable jazz musicians Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, Marshall Gilkes, Dave Pietro, Doug Stone, and Steve Lippia. Denecke also performed and traveled with Chicago-based Ska's the Limit for three years. In 2015 the band opened for a sold-out crowd in the Castle Theatre (Bloomington, IL), sharing the stage with popular ska band Reel Big Fish.

Recently, Denecke defended his doctoral treatise entitled “Reexamining the Repertoire: French Women Composers of Solo Trumpet Music in the Paris Conservatory” and presented his research on this topic at the 2022 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. In May 2023, he will present this research in the form of a lecture recital at the ITG Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been published in the ITG quarterly journal for various CD and book reviews and published a full article in the Student Corner entitled, “Stoking the Fire: How to Maintain Accountability during Covid-19.” He has also presented masterclasses and recitals at various universities around the country.

Denecke completed his undergraduate degree in music education with a minor in jazz performance at Illinois State University with Dr. Amy Gilreath and his master's degree in trumpet performance from University of Florida with Dr. Randolph Lee. In addition to playing and teaching trumpet, Denecke served as the middle school band and choir director in Carthage, Illinois. In his spare time, Eli enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife, Hannah.

Areas of Specialization
Orchestral and Solo Performance

Additional Websites
https://www.elijahdenecke.com/

Notable Courses Taught, Applied Trumpet Lessons, Trumpet Pedagogy
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Connor Wooley


Connor Wooley is currently earning a bachelor’s degree at Purdue University Fort Wayne in trumpet performance. Connor has been playing the trumpet for ten years and has studied privately with Andy Lott, Dr. Mark Dulin and Dr. Elijah Denecke at Purdue Fort Wayne. Connor has also had private lessons with Allen Miller at Butler University and Wiff Rudd at Baylor University. 

Having experience in classical, orchestral, jazz, chamber, and solo styles, Connor has performed with many high caliber ensembles, notably, with the 2022 IMEA Intercollegiate Band. Connor has been teaching for over two years at various schools in and around the Fort Wayne area, instructing one-on-one, small groups, and large ensembles. Connor is a b Instrumental instructor with Fort Wayne Community Schools. Connor has also taught brass at Angola, East Noble, and Adams Central High Schools. He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild. 

In his free time, Connor loves to write and compose music, draw, and disc golf.  

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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.

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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 three lively young children.

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Amy Peters is a lifetime resident of Fort Wayne. She has been playing violin since she was nine and viola since she was 14. Amy has put a hold on pursuing her music education degree and playing in the PFW community orchestra to focus on raising her one-year-old son. In addition to teaching and being a mother, she enjoys baking, gardening, and attending Philharmonic concerts. In addition to having taught private lessons for 15 years, Amy plays for weddings, social events, and holiday church services. She looks forward to sharing her expertise in viola and violin with you!

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Marcy Trentacosti, director for the Purdue Fort Wayne Community Arts Academy 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.

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Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley McCrory 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.

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Soprano Brianna England is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she studied with Myra Merritt-Grant, and earned her master’s degree in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Voice Science and Pedagogy.   

Brianna is member of the voice faculty in the School of Music at Purdue Fort Wayne, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in voice performance in 2018. She currently teaches applied lessons, Voice Class, and co-directs the Opera Ensemble. During her tenure as a student at PFW, Brianna was a winner of the 2017 concerto/aria competition, awarded the honor of outstanding student in music performance, and a recipient of the university’s prestigious Top 50 award. Brianna placed 2nd in the 2020 National Association of Teachers of Singing great lakes regional competition among graduate men and women and received third place in the 2021 graduate division of the Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition held at BGSU.

Ms. England has been a featured soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Haymarket Opera in their summer 2017 young artist program.  Included among Brianna’s favorite operatic roles are: Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.   In the summer of 2012, Ms. England traveled to Rome, Italy and sang as a young artist with Operafestival di Roma.  Through February and March of 2021, Ms. England directed and costumed the original micro-opera film “Visionary” composed by Steven Naylor, for which Brianna also sang the role of Hildegard von Bingen.   

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Alyssa Anzelmo is a senior vocal performance major at Purdue University Fort Wayne graduating in 2023. She has been singing her entire life, but has received training the last ten years.
Alyssa has performed in many different capacities throughout her career. She has experience in high school musical theatre and has performed operatic roles like The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Gretel in Hänsel and Gretel. 
Even though Alyssa is classically trained, she enjoys singing and teaching a variety of styles of music. Recently, Alyssa has found a great love for teaching. She plans to continue studying music and vocal pedagogy as she carries on in her studies.  

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Dr. Sam Savage is a tenor whose varied performance experience includes opera, oratorio, musical theater, and recitals. Dr. Savage's was the winner of the Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition, the A. Eli and Esther Nisenfeld Award for Outstanding Tenor, and a finalist in the Richard Tauber International Competition for Tenors. He has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera's national tour, Operafestival di Roma, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, and 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, retired associate professor of music, served the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music as director of voice for thirteen years. His other academic appointments included: the University of Texas at Arlington, Longwood University, University of Richmond, and University of Virginia

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.

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