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.
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.
Giselle Goad, Piano
Giselle Goad, 21, is from Grand Rapids, MI and is an incoming senior at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University studying to get her Bachelors in Music Education and a minor in conducting. Giselle is a recipient of the Jacobs School of Music Premier Young Talent Scholarship, the Ray E. Cramer Wind Ensemble Scholarship, and is an Indiana University Founders Scholar. Giselle teaches piano lessons during the year and also travels to various marching band camps in the summer where she works with saxophone and clarinet students. Giselle loves to go running, play on intramural sports teams, and study astronomy in her free time.
Kelly Hamm – Voice & Piano
Kelly Hamm is an inspired young artist, breathing life into her music through the purity of her voice and authenticity of her performance. Singing art song, oratorio, and opera, Kelly takes joy in delving into the expansive repertoire of the classical voice. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), has finished her course work for her master’s at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a certificate in vocology at Jacaob’s. Her most recent roles include Despina from Cosí fan Tutte and Susanna from Le Nozze di Figaro. Kelly has also performed roles in operatic scenes such as Abigail Williams from Milner’s The Crucible, Zdenka from Strauss’ Arabella and Beth March from Adamo’s Little Women. Kelly has a special place in her heart for working with classical guitarists and has worked closely on the songs of John Dowland under the guidance of Clare Callahan. Participating in the Vancouver International Song Institute and Bayview’s American Negro Spiritual Ensemble has strengthened her love for collaboration.
Maintaining versatility, fostering creativity, and breaking through cultural barriers are qualities that Kelly values as an artist. She has worked with opera outreach programs such as ROK Cincy as Gretel from Hansel and Gretel and UK’s s like choreographing, such as in CCM’s production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortièges and also a high school production of Guys and Dolls. She has experience in arts administration through the organization of musical fundraisers, social justice events, and teaching– one of her greatest passions. Through all she does, Kelly’s greatest hope is to give back to her community through song.SOOP opera outreach as Ernesta and Lucy in the Billy Goat’s Gruff. She has a working knowledge of Italian, French, German, and Russian and enjoys singing in all of them. Her training as a ballerina benefits her performance but also enables her to take on projects like choreographing, such as in CCM’s production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortièges and also a high school production of Guys and Dolls. She has experience in arts administration through the organization of musical fundraisers, social justice events, and teaching– one of her greatest passions. Through all she does, Kelly’s greatest hope is to give back to her community through song.
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!
Bryce Patterson, Piano
Bryce began studying the piano at age 8 in his home town in Arizona. He soon fell in love with music. After surpassing the teaching ability of his local teachers after 2 years, he found and began studying with Dr. Vedrana Subotic of the university of Utah. Despite the distance between Arizona and Utah, he was blessed with supportive parents. He traveled to Utah for lessons intermittently during the school year, and spent whole summers there, practicing 9+ hours a day. During these years with Dr. Subotic he won the White Mountain Piano Competition, placed 2nd in the White Mountain Concerto Competition, participated in the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, the MTNA competition, and many others.
In 2009, he made the difficult decision to leave home early to have weekly access to Dr. Subotic as he prepared for university auditions during his senior year of high school. In 2010 he was admitted under scholarship to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the internationally renown Menahem Pressler. During this time he had the opportunity to participate in a great number of collaborative concerts, including performances of the vocal works Schumann, Beach, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, as well as chamber music by Beethoven, Schumanns Piano Quintet, and others. After Graduating in 2016, he went on to complete a Masters degree in Piano Performance under the nationally renown pedagogue and Fleischer student Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. In addition to preparing for his final recital and graduate exam, he spent many hours teaching private students as well as group piano classes. He spends his time refining his teaching abilities, practicing, and preparing for a doctorate. He hopes to be able to establish a studio of his own where he can share with other budding pianists what he has learned through his unique background, perform, and record.
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.
Karisa Millington, Voice
Karisa L. Millington (soprano) is an active performer of opera and avid art song enthusiast. She has sung with New Voices Opera, Reimagining Opera for Kids, Opera on the Avalon, The Princeton Opera Festival, and the Beijing Festival Chorus. She greatly enjoys programming recitals of lesser-known vocal gems, highlighting compositions by American composers, female composers, and ethnic minority composers. She currently teaches Applied Voice at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and Musical Theatre Voice at the University of Evansville. As an educator, Ms. Millington has a passion for voice pedagogy – the anatomy and physiology of the voice, the physics of sound, historical and present theories of teaching singing, and diverse song repertoire – and merges all of these elements in her own teaching of classical voice, musical theatre, and commercial music. She is completing a Doctor of Music in Voice at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She earned a Masters degree in Voice Performance and Voice Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music Education PK-12 from Cedarville University.