Cynthia Hrabak – Piano

Cindy has been teaching piano lessons for over thirty years and is an expert in the field of young children's music programs. She received Kindermusik training under the program's writer and founder Lorna Heyge. She is also trained and certified in the Yamaha Music Education System. Cindy is the music director at McDoel Baptist Church, and she sings soprano in the Bloomington Chamber Singers. Cindy has been teaching for the Stafford Music Academy since March of 2006.

Kate Altizer – Piano & Voice

Kate Altizer moved to Bloomington in 2012, where she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology at Indiana University, pursuing research interests that combine her two passions: animals and music. She holds degrees in piano and vocal performance from Emory & Henry College and in piano performance and music history from West Virginia University. She has taught group piano classes, community piano lessons, and undergraduate-level piano lessons and taught music history, theory, and general education courses at both her almae matres. An active soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher for over 18 years, Kate has a deep love of the piano, especially teaching all ages and playing with singers, other instrumentalists, and choirs.

Nicholas Reynolds – Piano

Nicholas Reynolds is completing his DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Texas at Austin as a student of Anton Nel, and is also obtaining a Portfolio in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship. He received his MM and the Piano Department Award from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and received a BM from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln’s Honors Program. A prizewinner in competitions around the U.S., Nicholas has performed recitals in Austria, Germany and Russia, and given premiers in California, Nebraska and Texas. He has taught piano and theory at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and is the co-founder and co-director of Pianists of the Americas, a music festival in his hometown, Portland, Oregon. Nicholas emphasizes a solid foundation in technique, sight reading and theory in his teaching, and stresses the importance of musicianship and achieving the highest level of artistry possible.

Patrick Domico – Piano

Patrick Domico is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Musicology at Indiana University. There he has taught undergraduate classes in music history and has recently embarked upon preliminary dissertation research. Prior to his four years (so far) spent at IU, he earned a degree in music with an emphasis in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC he taught piano lessons to non-music majors, gave solo recitals, and participated in many masterclasses and group performances. Patrick's teaching philosophy centers on the development of the ear and the ability of the student to listen carefully to their own play. He emphasizes close engagement with the mechanics of one's own sound production, the development of technique, and the ability to understand musical forms and basic harmony. He offers tailored teaching plans to pupils of all ages and abilities, and always strives to reach a proper balance between the development of technique and of sensitive musicianship. 

Sara Callanan – Voice & Piano

Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York State, Sara Callanan lived in the Washington, DC area for many years before moving to Bloomington in 2014. Ms. Callanan attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and the University of Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. From 1982-1984, she was a professional chorister and soloist at the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and has been a soloist at many other prominent DC churches. She regularly performed the national anthem at the Northern Virginia Special Olympics and was a featured soloist with area choirs. Ms. Callanan maintained a private music studio for many years, teaching both piano and voice. Many of her students have become performers, teachers or composers. Ms. Callanan has been very active in community music theatre as both actress and music director/pianist. In 2001, the ensemble she directed for "Little Shop of Horrors" won a prestigious Cappie Award for Best Orchestra. In 1992 Ms. Callanan founded RAVE (Reston Artists Vocal Ensemble) for which she wrote many a cappella arrangements. Her business "Solos By Sara" provided music for weddings and other events in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Callanan is uniquely qualified to teach voice students interested in classical repertoire, music theatre and jazz. Her piano students may learn jazz techniques as well as classical repertoire.

Scott Keegan – Piano, Theory, Composition

Scott has taught piano, music theory, and music composition in Maine, Massachusetts, Indianapolis, and now Bloomington. While in Maine, he completed his Master of Music degree in piano pedagogy at the University of Southern Maine, studying with Dr. Laura Kargul. Scott is currently finishing his thesis for a Master of Music in composition at Butler University with Dr. Michael Schelle. During the course of teaching music, Scott has taught independently, through schools, at summer camps, and in after-school programs. While in Indianapolis, he served as the Treasurer for Butler University’s Music Teacher’s National Association chapter and co-presented a lecture at the 2014 MTNA national conference. Scott’s focus as a teacher is on developing an easy and stress-free technique that both helps the pianist avoid strain and injury, and makes achieving a beautiful tone much more accessible.

Jaime Carini – Piano

Jaime Carini pursues dual doctorates in Organ Performance and Musicology at Indiana University. She serves as organ scholar at Plainfield United Methodist Church, where she plays piano and organ for Sunday services and conducts various ensembles. Before moving to Indiana to study at IU, Ms. Carini taught piano, organ, music theory, and music history at Tulsa Community College and The bART Center for Music. Jaime believes that music is a valuable and engaging pursuit that teaches people collaborative skills, creative thinking, and self-awareness. She tailors her instruction to each student’s individual musical and technical needs as she strives to help each one become a well-rounded musician. Her most memorable experience at IU thus far is participating in a public recital performance for PipeDreams Live! at Indiana University, which aired nationwide on American Public Media in October 2016.

Nikolaos Pine – Piano

Nikolaos Pine is a Masters of Music student studying Piano Performance with the world- renowned pianist and pedagogue, Evelyne Brancart. He is the recipient of the Artistic Excellence fellowship, among other scholarships. Nikolaos has given numerous recitals and has performed at the Esterházy Palace in Austria. Aside from his uncompromising study for performance excellence, he is equally enthusiastic about teaching. He actually started teaching at the age of 14, when his piano teacher would assign beginning students for him to teach, and was frequently used to tutor students on the side for his first instructor. He was handed his first full time student at the age of 16. Nikolaos has taught within the Indiana State University’s Community School of the Arts five six years, and has taught beginners all the way to MM Piano Performance students, ages including 3 to 70 years old. He was hired as a primary faculty member at Indiana State University’s International Piano Festival in 2016, where he coached advanced Bachelors and Masters Degree students from China in technique/body movement and practice efficiency in preparation for performance.

Jane Raty – Piano

Jane Raty, 22, is a Master’s student in the piano program at Indiana University. She has studied piano for sixteen years and is currently a student of Evelyne Brancart.  Originally from Salt Lake City, Jane received her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Brigham Young University under the tutelage of Dr. Irene Peery-Fox, where she held the prestigious E. Mona Smith Scholarship. She has been teaching and tutoring piano students of all ages for the last four years. Jane has received many awards and top prizes, including the 2016 Utah Music Teacher’s Association Concerto Competition, the 2013 and 2014 Piano Concerto Competition at Brigham Young University, and the Utah Symphony Youth Guild Competition. In 2015, Jane was selected to play the Rachmaninoff  2nd Concerto with the BYU Symphony Orchestra, and received Honorable Mention at the Utah Symphony Salute to Youth concerto auditions. Jane has performed as a soloist in the 2014 Youth Guild Recital at Westminster College, the Rising Stars Concert at Utah State University, and with her four siblings in the Family Concert Series at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. She has performed as an accompanist with the BYU Women’s Chorus at Abravanel Hall and is featured in their album My God Is a Rock.