Winds/Strings

Jessica Prus Harris – Flute, Piano

Jessica has studied flute and piano privately since she was in middle school. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Flute Performance from Northwestern University and the University of Louisville. She also recently completed her Master of Music Education degree at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Jessica performs on flute and piccolo with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Jessica has been teaching piano and flute for the Stafford Music Academy since 2008.

Arman Sangalang – Saxophone

Saxophonist Arman Sangalang is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies (Saxophone) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he works with Greg Ward and Tom Walsh. He also studied privately with Walter Smith III. His current project, the Máte Trio, performs original compositions inspired by their musical experiences in the traditions of jazz. Arman also leads a duo series with pianist Lucas Fain, playing regularly at local venues. Other notable venues include the Jazz Kitchen, Taste of Bloomington Festival, the B’Town Jazz Festival, The Bishop and many more. Sangalang is a sideman on other projects including the Drive-By Big Band, Kacie Swierk Band, Zachary Finnegan Quintet, and Dan Nix Big Band. In addition to his projects, Arman plays in the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble at IU and played for the Grammy-Nominated Singing Hoosiers, Latin Jazz, John Raymond, and Supersax Ensembles. In addition to being an active performer, Sangalang has a passion for education. Arman seeks to help students find a balance between what they enjoy in music while also challenging them to go outside their comfort zones.

Joseph Ittoop – Clarinet

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.

Past engagements include Alfredo Germont (La Traviata), B.F. Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Rodolfo (La Boheme), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Gonzalve (L’Heure Espagnol), Fritz (L’amico Fritz), and Lenski (Eugene Onegin). Past concert appearances include soloist in Britten’s Saint Nicolas Mass and Rejoice in the Lamb, J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and Weihnacts-Oratorium, Beethoven Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Händel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Theresienmesse and Die Schöpfung, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C Minor, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Saint-Saëns’s Oratorio de Noël, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. This past summer, Joseph was part of a European choir tour at both St Paul’s Cathedral London and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In addition to singing, Mr. Ittoop plays clarinet, classical and jazz piano, saxophone, arranges and composes.

Sean Burdette – Trumpet, Trombone

Trumpet player Sean Burdette is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the direction of Edmund Cord. Primarily a classical performer, Sean is also proficient at jazz and baroque styles. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education and Music Performance from Alderson Broaddus University, and Masters in Music from Indiana University. While at Alderson Broaddus, he was president of the local chapters for Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, and National Association for Music Education. He also founded Theta Tau Upsilon Fraternity of Music, an organization to help promote music at low-income schools. Honors and awards he received included winner of the biannual concerto and honors recital competition from 2009-2014. Sean has played with the West Virginia Symphony, Indiana University Philharmonic, and Indiana University Wind Ensemble. He studied under Todd Wilson, Timothy DeWitt, John Rommel and Edmund Cord, with additional baroque trumpet study under Kris Kwapis.

Layne Anspach – French Horn

Layne Anspach is a doctoral student under the teaching of Richard Seraphinoff at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Music degree from the Ohio State University. Currently at Indiana University, Layne serves as the Associate Instructor of Horn, where he teaches private lessons and co-teaches a class for the Brass Department. For five years, he also taught the horn students at Elkhart Community Schools' Beginning Band Summer Program. Layne is currently the Fourth Horn with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and subs regularly with a number of other local orchestras. In 2019, Layne was a Finalist in the International Horn Competition of America - University Division. He has previously studied under Dr. Lin Foulk, Franz Söllner, and Bruce Henniss.

Rebecca Salo, French Horn

Rebecca Salo is currently pursuing her masters degree in horn performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Jeff Nelsen. She enjoys teaching horn players of all ages, and she has maintained a private studio since 2015. Her teaching experiences include touring with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Youth Symphony Orchestra as the principal horn and staff, working as a counselor and sectional coach at Blue Lake, directing horn choir events, and organizing numerous student recitals. Rebecca’s performance highlights include soloing with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Keller Competition (2018), receiving the Purdue Sudler Prize in the Arts (2018), soloing with the Kokomo Park Band (2017), playing principal horn in the Purdue Philharmonic Orchestra (2015-2018), and playing in the orchestras and chamber ensembles at Indiana University. Her former teachers include Wayne Lu and Kazimierz Machala.

Lexi Barrett – Viola & Violin

Lexi Barrett is currently pursuing her masters in both viola performance and music education at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016 with a degree in viola performance and spent a few years in the area maintaining orchestra jobs and teaching privately. In Bloomington, she is very involved in orchestra and classical music, but she has also studied jazz violin, and currently participates in a mariachi ensemble and has many interests in the music of other cultures. As a teacher, Lexi is trained in the Suzuki method and has been teaching privately for 8 years. Additionally, she works at Fairview Elementary teaching group violin classes and volunteers at Girls Incorporated teaching music on the weekends.

Christa Cole – Violin

Christa Cole is a violinist, pianist, and music theorist hailing from Boise, Idaho. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Theory with a minor in Violin Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Grigory Kalinovsky. Christa received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with David Bowlin. While at Oberlin, Christa performed Shulamit Ran’s Violin Concerto with the Oberlin Orchestra as a winner of the Conservatory’s annual concerto competition. Christa began her violin studies at age 4 under the Suzuki method. While in high school, she took Suzuki Teacher Training courses for Violin Books 1 and 2 and started her own violin studio. In addition, Christa studied piano formally for 15 years.  As a music theorist, Christa combines her passion for teaching, performing, writing, and thinking about music, and she aims to nurture this passion in all her students.

Christopher Alley – Viola & Violin

Christopher Alley is originally from El Paso, Texas and has been playing the viola since age 10. He attended Idyllwild Arts Academy and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He earned a Master of Music in 2017 and Performer’s Diploma in 2018 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His principal teachers include Donald McInnes, Roger Myers, and Edward Gazouleas. He studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and studied chamber music with members of the Miró and Pacifica string quartets. Christopher is an avid performer of orchestral and chamber music. He currently performs as a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in concert at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Round Top Festival Institute.

Anthony D’Agostino – Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

Anthony D’Agostino has been studying and playing music in different settings for the past fourteen years, and has been teaching for the past two and a half years. Anthony completed his undergraduate degree in Double Bass performance with an emphasis in jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he performed in the symphony, jazz ensemble and combos, and contemporary music/improvisation ensemble. Since then, Anthony has performed and taught as a freelancer in the Milwaukee area and became involved in Milwaukee’s creative/improvised music scene. Anthony is also an avid performer of  contemporary music, performing and premiering works in Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, and Brooklyn. A recent transplant to Bloomington, Anthony is excited to bring his skills and experiences to Stafford
Music Academy where he teaches double bass, electric bass, guitar, ukulele, and beginning piano.

Shinyoung Kim, Cello

Cellist Shinyoung Kim is a passionate educator and performer. Currently in his first year of his Doctorate of Music program at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Shinyoung is comfortable performing as soloist, within a chamber group, or in an orchestra. Shinyoung has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra and the University of Central Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Shinyoung has been a part of award winning string quartets and was a part of the inaugural Undergraduate Honors String Quartet at the University of Oklahoma. As an orchestral musician, Shinyoung has served as principal cellist of the University of Oklahoma Symphony and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. Shinyoung has been heard in notable halls throughout the country such as the Meyerson Center in Dallas, the Chicago Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, and Severance Hall in Cleveland. Even having performed at these great venues, Shinyoung is equally happy performing at nursing homes and senior centers, hoping to use music as a way of serving the community.

Shinyoung comes all the way from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, having lived there for most of his life. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma, and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his Masters. As a Doctorate candidate at Indiana University, Shinyoung hopes to further his knowledge of the cello to best serve his current and future students. Shinyoung’s teachers include Tess Remy-Schumacher, Jonathan Ruck, Melissa Kraut, and currently, Emilio Colon.