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.
Sara Callanan – Voice & Piano
Liza Armistead – Piano
Liza Armistead has her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University with a major in piano performance and a minor in music theory and history. She was the recipient of several scholarships from the Jacobs School of Music, most notably the Friends of Music Scholarship. She gave her solo debut in 2012 in Carnegie Hall, and has performed in New York, Vienna, Salzburg, Oxford, Cornwall, and several states in the U.S. She now resides in Bloomington to teach and to begin pursuing her Master of Music degree.
Mary Allen-Lynch – Piano & Voice
Mary Allen-Lynch has an extensive background of over 40 years in music education and music performance. Having taught piano, flute, voice lessons as well as Music History at Culver Academies, a college preparatory boarding school in Northern Indiana for over twenty years, she brings a wealth of teaching and performing experience to her current students at Stafford Music Academy. Her teaching philosophy has always been that of an artist-teacher as well as being student centered. She believes wholeheartedly in meeting students where they are in terms of individual learning styles and their personal goals for studying music. Mary Allen-Lynch holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University with a focus on Music, Folklore and German. She also holds a Masters in Music and Arts Technology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is a seasoned professional and has played the piano for 56 years since the age of 6. She studied privately with Purden Lausten and Thomas Lawston in her early years of piano. In addition to piano, Mary Allen-Lynch began studying flute at the age of 10. She continues performing on both flute and piccolo in the Bloomington Community Band and the Bloomington Community Band Flute Choir. She was also very active in teaching, coaching and performing with the Music Theater program at Culver Academies. In 2012 she traveled with and coached a student theater group’s musical production during performances at The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. In addition to teaching at Culver Academies, she has also maintained a private teaching studio working with both children and adults of all ages throughout her professional life. In addition, she has worked extensively as a musician within various worship traditions and spaces, playing piano, organ, flute and as a song leader. Locally, she currently sings in the soprano section of the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington as well as accompanying the choir at Beth Shalom on occasion. Mary Allen-Lynch believes in using a variety of methods, techniques and technology to help students learn and grow as musicians. In addition, including elements of music theory as a natural part of early learning as appropriate is dear to her heart! She has accompanied extensively and enjoys working with and supporting soloists. Another part of Mary’s musical life is volunteering locally with music and memory sessions, utilizing the power of music within the brain to positively impact the lives of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their families and caregivers. She currently volunteers at Better Day Club and and in Gentry Park’s memory care residence. Mary Allen-Lynch has traveled and lived abroad for long periods of time, including Malaysia and Japan. She counts her years of living in many diverse cultures as a hugely formative factor in her education. She teaches music so that others may find their voice in many ways and enjoy the many benefits that music lessons and education bring to the quality of life.
Andrew Sohn, Piano
Andrew Sohn was born in Perth, Western Australia and immigrated to the USA in 2004. Andrew has degrees from the University of South Carolina (BM ’13) and the Eastman School of Music (MM ’16). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University. He has taught at the Eastman School of Music as a Teaching Assistant and has also taught at the Jacobs School of Music as an Associate Instructor.
As the winner of the Atlantic Music Festival Concerto Competition, Andrew made his orchestral debut performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the AMF Orchestra. He has given solo and chamber music performances across the United States, Canada, and in Europe. Andrew has been invited to perform as a guest artist in the Franklin College Guest Artist Series, the Rice Music House Spring Concert Series, the Lowman Heritage Sunday Concert Series, and in the Spring of 2014, he was featured as a guest performer on the TedxColumbia Ted Talk series in Columbia, South Carolina. He has performed as part of the ARSnova piano trio, which received 2nd prize at the MTNA Regional Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
Courtney Jameson, Voice & Piano
Mezzo-soprano Courtney Jameson is a current doctoral student at Indiana University. She received her MM in Voice from Indiana University in 2016 and her BM in Vocal Performance from Taylor University in 2014. She served as an Associate Instructor of Voice at IU for three years and has maintained a private studio for the past 2 years. As an opera performer, Ms. Jameson has been seen as Laurene Powell Jobs (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs), Lazuli (L’Étoile), Bertarido (Rodelinda), Paula (Florencia en el Amazonas), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Jade Boucher (Dead Man Walking) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas). She was a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2017 and 2018 and performed in a masterclass led by soprano Patricia Racette. She has also been a concert mezzo soloist for Fern Hill, Serenade to Music, and the alto soloist for the Messiah.
In 2018, Ms. Jameson received 1 st in the Artist Division in the National Opera Association’s Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition, 2nd Place in the Indiana Region of the National Arts and Letters Society competition, and an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Saint Louis District.
Ms. Jameson is a big supporter of new operatic works and has had opportunities to workshop/premiere new operas and concert works. These works include In the Desert (Matt Recio; Indiana University premiere, 2019), What Room Does Fear Have? (Sam Ritter; Indiana University premiere, 2019), Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Terence Blanchard; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis workshop), Awakenings (Tobias Picker; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis workshop) and Anne Frank (Shulamit Ran; Indiana University workshop).
Along with voice, Ms. Jameson has studied piano for over 10 years and loves the opportunity to collaborate with both voice and piano students. Each student has unique ideas and is an essential part of creating art!
Joseph Ittoop, Voice & Piano
North Carolina native Joseph Ittoop is finishing up his MM in Vocal Performance at IU and will be pursuing a Doctorate in Vocal Performance with a minor in Collaborative Piano at JSoM. Mr Ittoop holds an undergraduate degree from UNC School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC and has gone on to perform opera and oratorio in the US and in Europe before coming to IU.
Anne Slovin, Voice & Piano
Anne Slovin is currently a first-year doctoral student in voice at the Jacobs School of Music, where she also completed her masters degree. At Jacobs, she performed the role of Clara in Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Anne spent two summers teaching voice at Belvoir Terrace, a summer arts camp for girls in the Berkshires, and also recently performed a solo musical theater cabaret at Don’t Tell Mama piano bar in New York City.
Whitney Hamblin, Voice & Piano
Whitney Hamblin is an experienced teacher and diverse performer. She received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Voice performance from Brigham Young University, and is nearing completion of her Doctorate in Voice from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Hamblin has been teaching voice for 8 years, with a secondary focus on piano. Upon graduating with her Masters degree, she was hired as an Adjunct Voice Faculty at BYU where she taught private and group voice, while maintaining a private studio of voice and piano students.
Whitney completed a Vocology certificate from Indiana University. She is qualified to work on voice habilitation through singing therapy, along with voice rehabilitation, if necessary. Through her knowledge of voice science, and the use of instrument specific exercises, she has helped many students with vocal difficulties discover their voice potential. Ms. Hamblin academically focuses on vocal pedagogy during her schooling. She is passionate about mindful voice technique, performance psychology, training the young, developing voice, and the benefit of positive performance experience.
Ms. Hamblin studied piano from a young age, and teaches piano to young children which she began to do during her undergraduate years. Her positive spirit, fun attitude, and serious music education creates an excellent learning environment for her students.
As a performer, Whitney sings in many genres and settings, and is constantly looking for new experiences. Her education in Classical music lead her to perform leading roles in many operas including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte, Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and Gounod’s Faust. She performed as a professional chorus member at the Utah Opera, and has sung in other professional choirs as a soprano. Whitney’s deep love for Musical Theater allows her to consistently perform selections from the most beloved musicals. She’s performed leading roles in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Annie. Her rural Montana upbringing instilled a love of Country music from a young age and she regularly performs in that genre with her favorite guitar. You can currently find Whitney singing as a local church musician, performing classical recitals, and other stage performances at the Jacobs School of Music.