Jessica Prus Harris – Flute, Piano
Garrett Fasig – Saxophone
Garrett Fasig is a jazz saxophonist and composer currently studying at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time there he has written and recorded music with the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, John Raymond Ensemble, Greg Ward Large ensemble, and the Plummer Jazz Quintet. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside world-class musicians including Walter Smith III, Oliver Nelson Jr., Dayna Stephens, and Steve Houghton. Garrett graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and is continuing his education at Indiana University pursuing a Masters of Music.
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.
Sean Burdette – Trumpet, Trombone
Layne Anspach – French Horn
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.