Performing Arts: Music, Vocal
My music is as varied as my influences. I write music for guitar duets, solo fingerstyle guitar, string quintents, and my favorite, the power trio. When I perform I like to cover all these different line ups in movements that vary from show to show so everyone gets bang for their buck. As far as musical genre goes…. I don’t really have one, nor do I want to fit into one. The idea of being pigeonholed into one style of music is to me is a very one dimensional process. So when you come to my shows, you hear it all within the different arrangements I compose for. Classical music, blues, rock, metal, hip-hop, progg, experimental. Happy music, sad music, and more importantly original music. I also have 0 intention of writing music that’s supposed to appeal to just one age group or group of people. The more of my music you listen to, the more you’ll get to know me.
Performing Arts: Music
John Alvarado has been performing classical and flamenco guitar in the Indianapolis area since moving here in 2004. His performances have included appearances at the Indianapolis Art Center, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana History Center, Butler University, The Chatterbox, Indianapolis Art Center, IUPUI, and the University of Indianapolis.
In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Innovative Artist award from Indiana University for his work. In 2013 he was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He is also a Classical Music Indy Music Unites Artist. In addition to performing, Alvarado currently coordinates the guitar program for the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology and is president of the Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar. For more information please visit his website.
Performing Arts: Music; Composer, pianist, classical, jazz, chamber music
Archibald writes and performs improv-based, jazz-infused compositions for the piano. In addition, she writes chamber music, and composes for film, television, and theater.
Julie Lyn Barber
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Theatre, Vocal
Dr. Barber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University. She has received IAC grants to perform with the Hot Jazz Preservation Society in Indiana State Parks, and to write and produce a new musical, Indiana Squirrel Stampede and two new children’s plays, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Frog Prince. She has written many stage adaptations of fairy tales in the British panto style, which have been produced locally at the Minnetrista Faeries Sprites and Lights Festival (Muncie, IN), Nettle Creek Players (Hagerstown, IN) and IndyFringe (Indianapolis, IN). Two of her plays have won inclusion in the juried festival, DivaFest of Indianapolis: the ten-minute fable, Tamlane, and the one-act musical parody, Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret.
As a stage director, her experience ranges from opera to children’s theatre, directing outreach productions for the Bloomington Early Music Festival of Indiana, and the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre in Carbondale, IL. Other directing credits include Working (American Heritage Theater Project, Portland, OR), Clue: The Musical (Farmland Dinner Theatre, Farmland, IN), and Guys and Dolls (Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY)
She has served as music director and choreographer for many schools and theatre companies in Oregon (American Heritage Theater Project, Cathedral School, Valley Catholic High School) and Indiana (Taylor Theatre, Muncie Civic Theatre, Monroe Central High School, Farmland Dinner Theatre), recently music directing Guys and Dolls at the Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, IN, and choreographing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Western Kentucky University.
She is an AEA membership candidate, and has performed the role of “Berenice” in Cabaret Poe every October since 2009 with Q Artistry (Indianapolis, IN). She has played numerous roles in theatre and musical theatre productions in Canada and the United States, including Vancouver B.C.’s Theatre Under the Stars, Portland Oregon’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company, and Portland Center Stage. While in Portland, she co-founded the American Heritage Theater Project.
Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Mural and commission based painter
B.A. from Herron School of Art & Design
Performing Arts: Music
Medieval & Spanish blues
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.
Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), and many more.
Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….
One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”. Intrigued ?
Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!
Claude’s official website : www.claudebourbon.org
“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ – The Hook, Charlottesville, USA
“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”, Bob, Tucson, AZ
“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”
“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK
Performing Arts: Music
Kate Boyd has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, and is a founding member of the New York-based Oracle Trio. Her CD of contemporary music for solo piano, Music for the End of Winter, is being released on the Parma label this fall. She is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I create all of my work from an overwhelming desire to communicate that which transcends explanation. I wish to bring the raw forces of creation & beauty to the surface as a means to translate experiences & visions into sharable mediums. It is my belief that art has the ability to transform by resonating the fundamental energies deep within our beings. I believe art has the ability to unlock the potentials of our highest selves.
Performing Arts: Music
With an extensive repertoire from the Early 1900’s to Today’s Top 40, Jake has been entertaining crowds in Clubs, Restaurants, Weddings, Private and Corporate Events, and Festivals since 2001, and Internationally on Cruise Lines since 2009. Jake has developed a guitar style that is fun, engaging and entertaining. His arrangements come from the heart and he plays with a passion that makes him a true entertainer.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Dance, Music; Visual Arts: Jewelry; Instrument repair and creation.
Musician Dianna Davis began her career as a classical pianist and clarinetist but has since expanded into styles such as folk, Eastern European, jazz, and improvisation. After experiencing a gypsy band thrill an audience and move them to dance wildly to music, she knew that that’s the kind of music she wanted to play.
Performing Arts: Music
Percussionist Scott Deal has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. He has premiered solo, chamber and mixed media works, and can be heard on the Albany, Centaur, Cold Blue and SCI labels. Deal’s recordings have been described as “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale”….”sublimely performed”. His recent recording of John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, for piano, percussion, and electronics was listed in New Yorker Magazine’s 2011 Top Ten Classical Picks.
Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, an Internet performance group comprised of artists and computer specialists. In this capacity he has performed at Supercomputing Global, Zerospace, SIGGRAPH, Chicago Calling, IEEE CloudCom, Ingenuity Festival, Internet2 and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. He is a founding member and percussionist for the computer-acoustic trio Big Robot. In 2011, Deal and composer Matthew Burtner won the coveted Internet2 IDEA Award for their co-creation of Auksalaq, a telematic opera called “an important realization of meaningful opera for today’s world”.
Performing Arts: Music
With a simple yet sophisticated sound echoing across the landscape of Americana, The Deltacoustics have a style all their own. With everything from background music to dance favorites, from weddings to conventions to house parties, The Deltacoustics have something in their repertoire for everyone. With a personable approach to entertaining, they’re sure to make your event a hit!
Performing Arts: Music
My life work is to bring the joy of music to audiences around the world, and in so doing make the world a better place to live. Through educational programs, I have worked to introduce new musicians to the joy, discipline, and humanity of being a performing artist. It is my desire to perform, conduct, or teach on each of the 6 inhabited continents. I lack only one as of 2012!
Performing Arts: Music
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana at the age of 11, Brandon Douthitt picked up a saxophone for the first time, beginning his musical journey. Now based in Queens, NY, Brandon has performed at festivals and venues throughout the United States such as the Indy Jazz Fest, CUNY Jazz Festival, AFROPUNK, Radio City Music Hall, City Winery NYC, The Jazz Kitchen, the Vogue, the Chatterbox, National Sawdust, Groove NYC, Silvana, Shrine, Highline Ballroom, and Williamsburg Music Center. He has been able to share the stage with musical talents like Jeff Coffin, Solange Knowles, Bill Cunliffe, Melvin Rhyne, and Michael Philip Mossman.
A recent graduate of Queens College with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance, Brandon studied under the tutelage of Antonio Hart and Tim Armacost. He also had the pleasure of learning from Michael Mossman, David Berkman, Jeb Patton, and Dennis Mackrel. While at Queens College, he collaborated with a considerable amount of his colleagues in different configurations and situations. Upon his graduation, Brandon was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Heath Award.
He began his undergraduate studies at Butler University in 2011, where he studied saxophone with Dr. Matt Pivec and Nick Brightman. Brandon also studied clarinet with Shawn Goodman and piano with Gary Walters. He performed with the Clifford Ratliff Big Band, Butler Saxophone Quartet, Wind Ensemble and served as lead alto saxophone of the Butler Jazz Ensemble. Brandon was also selected to be a “Music and More” student ambassador. During his final year he was honored with an Indianapolis Jazz Foundation scholarship. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Following his graduation, he matriculated to Queens College to further his studies.
As a high school senior, Brandon was selected as the lead alto saxophone for the Indiana All State Big Band and received the Frank “Tooth” Mantooth Outstanding Musician award at the Larry McWilliams Dimensions in Jazz Festival at Ball State University.
In addition to performing, Brandon currently maintains a studio of students at Keiko Studios and has been teaching at the Butler University Summer Jazz Camp since 2011.
Performing Arts: Music
The Indianapolis Municipal Band (IMB) began in 1949 as an employee activity of for the members of the Allison Division of General Motors. The Allison Military Band, as it was then known, contained about fifteen to twenty members and rehearsed at the Allison Plant in Speedway. In 1972, the Allison Band was seeking a new Music Director. Edgar Axsom, then the band director at Westlane Middle School in Washington Township, was selected. In the early 1980’s, Allison decided to phase out its sponsored employee activities and the Allison Band had reached a turning point. The band, its leadership and members decided to become an independent band. Transitionally, it became the Circle City Concert Band then quickly evolved into the IMB. The IMB was incorporated in 1983 and has operated under the governance of a Board of Directors elected by the members of the band since that time.
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Music, Theatre, Vocal; Cabaret
LORI ECKER was most recently seen as Edith Harnham in After The Fair at Buck Creek Players in January & February of 2019. During 2018, she was seen as Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir (Myers Dinner Theatre and Indy Fringe Theatre) and Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County (Footlite Musicals). Other favorite musical roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Footlite Musicals), Laurey in Oklahoma! (Monomoy Theatre – Chatham, MA), Yutka in The Golem of Havana (Phoenix Theatre) and Fosca in Passion (Theatre on the Square). Favorite non-musical roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole (Theatre Non Nobis), Mrs. Manningham in Angel Street (Monomoy Theatre – Chatham, MA) and Lizzie in The Rainmaker (Warren Performing Arts Center). She has also worked with the Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and received her MFA in acting from Ohio University.
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Radio/Television, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal; Visual Arts: Crafts, Film, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography
Vandi Enzor recently moved to the Indianapolis area after graduating with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Akron. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree with a focus on opera, Vandi attended Shorter College and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater and minored in theater and piano. Vandi has performed professionally as a classically trained opera singer, in church and sacred music, as a jazz musician, in musical theater and straight theater, and as a stage combatant. She has done some film, and hopes to continue exploring film more in the future. Vandi has narrated over 40 audiobooks and currently teaches private voice and piano lessons at Meridian Music School in Carmel, Indiana. Vandi enjoys working with sound, lighting, hair and makeup design, in PR, stage managing, and many other technical aspects of live theater. She has been Artistic Director for M3 Theater Camp for the past two years and has written 3 plays. Some of Vandi’s favorite roles have been Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Bastienne in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne, Gaby in Romberg and Eysler’s The Blue Paradise, Jill in Bradshaw’s The Worst One Ever, and Penelope in the short film Penelope’s Revenge. Vandi also greatly enjoyed performing at the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg in 2016, at the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington DC in 2017, and singing in the world premier of the ballet Snow White and the Magic Mirror. Vandi hopes to continue growing as an artist and performer in the future; her greatest passion is a collaboration of all aspects of the arts and sharing something with the world that connects with people and creates a lasting impact.
Performing Arts: Music
Dr. Heaven Fan’s performances have been described by critics as captivating, charming, and virtuosic. She has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, the National Taiwan Music Competition, and the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Award of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. She was invited internationally as a featured soloist in the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Fukui Harp Festival in Japan, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Switzerland, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concert with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China.
As a harp scholar, she is the first person to publish an in-depth analysis on the New Method for the Harp by the early 19th-century English harp virtuoso Elias Parish Alvars, which was published in the 2011 winter issue of the American Harp Journal. Dr. Fan has been elected as a member to Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, and classified by the US Government as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts. She has served on the judging panels for the 2007 National Harp Competition in Taiwan, the 2008 and 2012 Young Artist’s Harp Competition in Rabun Gap, Georgia, the Individual Artist Program of the Indiana Arts Commission for FY2012, the 2013 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Collegiate Scholarship Competition, and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico 2016.
Dr. Fan has received her bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in both harp and piano from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Griffith University) in Australia, and her master’s degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Dr. Fan is currently on the faculty at Anderson University and the MasterWorks Festival. She is also the founder and director of the Anderson University Harp Camp. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held principal orchestra positions.
Performing Arts: Music
Musician, educator, and clinician, Shawn Goodman, is an Associate Instructor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is also completing coursework towards a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Pedagogy. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and previously served as Clarinet Professor at the Butler University School of Music and as a University Supervisor for Butler University’s College of Education. Shawn Goodman is the Conductor of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis (www.syogi.org).
Shawn served as All-State Jazz Coordinator for the Indiana Jazz Educators Association (IJEA) 2013-15. She was the clarinet clinician for the Music for All (MFA) National Festival presented by Yamaha in 2015 and 2017, and for MFA’s Summer Symposium in 2015. Shawn placed runner-up in the Sisters-in-Jazz International Collegiate Competition in 2000. She presents clarinet and jazz workshops regularly to educators and students at music educator conferences, high schools, middle schools, and universities as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist.
Her first solo album, Not Benny’s Goodman, was released in September 2013, receiving outstanding reviews internationally. Shawn is a featured soloist on albums by Peter Terry and the City Prophets and the Wave Mechanics Union.
Shawn holds a BM in Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Indianapolis and a MM in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music. Shawn maintains an active career performing jazz and chamber music. Shawn plays Yamaha clarinets and saxophones exclusively.
For more information about her, visit www.shawngoodmanjazz.com.
Performing Arts: Music, Theatre, Vocal
Indy Jazz Fest Stage at Penrod Arts Fair, August 2012, Artist-in-Residency Northern Galilee of Israel, Spring 2012, Opened Penrod Arts Fair Jazz Stage, August 2011. Performed in An Evening of Art and Jazz, October 2011. June 2011 performed solo concerts in Israel with music from classical to jazz, in English, Italian, French, German, and Hebrew. Created, directed, and performed in the Jewish American Songbook Series, 2009, for non-profit group.
I feel that music has endless possibilities and I continue to study classical voice as a mezzo-soprano. I perform classical and jazz solo recitals, perform with jazz combos, and study jazz regularly. I also specialize in tailoring performances for the artistic needs of the audience or organizers through musical choices, musical time periods, language, and interaction with the audience.
Performing Arts: Music
In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.
Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.
Recently, Herzig has been signed to the Owl Studios label and released the holiday CD “Peace on Earth”, followed by a CD/ DVD combo entitled “Come With Me” on March 8, 2011. Her previous releases have received rave reviews. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. As a recipient of the 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for her composition “Let’s Fool One” and with several Big Band Arrangements published with the University of Northern Colorado Press, Herzig has also gathered international recognition for her writing skills.
The current repertoire of the Monika Herzig Acoustic Project includes originals and arrangements of standard repertoire, such as John Lennon’s Imagine, Cole Porter’sNight and Day, or Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia. The Monika Herzig Trio can be heard every Saturday at Rick’s Cafe Boatyard at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis.
Performing Arts: Music
Hot Horns – “New Orleans” inspired Horn Band is a vibrant, award winning, internationally acclaimed, professional touring ensemble. Hot Horns regularly travels the United States presenting concerts, interactive educational concerts and master-classes in concert halls, theatres, and at primary and secondary schools, and universities. Led by trumpeter, Glen Johnson, Hot Horns is the premiere educational ensemble of its kind. Unique to Hot Horns is its all-inclusive instrumentation and its burnin’ arrangements. Hot Horns incorporates its trademark combinations of various brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, all performed by six friendly, enthusiastic musicians with backgrounds in education. The group performs various genres of music from classical to jazz, rock to pop and more, thanks to the talents of various arrangers.
Hot Horns is launching into a new and exciting musical journey, forging an innovative, entertaining way to perform all music. Hot Horns is raising the bar to a superior level by performing brass quintet music ranging from “Bach to Rock” with the addition of non-traditional brass quintet instruments. Hot Horns ambition is to change “Sound” through instrumentation so the audience will have a unique and different from the normal aural experience, while preserving the quality, complexity, and excitement of all music.
Hot Horns is affiliated with many different Arts Councils from coast to coast. Hot Horns in keeping with the traditional brass quintet format, can now take the student / teacher educational interactive experience to a higher level. Hot Horns can now utilize and demonstrate to the student’s woodwind instruments and how they are used in conjunction with the brass instruments, and percussion. These new elements when joined together enable Hot Horns to extend their reach to additional students and expand their teaching capabilities through master classes and educational performances.
Hot Horns mission, is to preserve and perform to the highest level, all varieties of music ranging from “Bach to Rock.” Hot Horns professionalism, musicianship, technical virtuosity, entertainment, integrity, and education are unmatched and unchallenged. Hot Horns performances will leave you astonished and amazed, keeping Hot Horns a formidable force in the music world.
The ensemble was originally founded in 1995. Since that time, Hot Horns has toured all lower 48 states and has toured Korea (1999), received first prize at the New York Brass Conference – International Brass Quintet Competition (2003).
Performing Arts: Music
Founded in 2010, The Fourth Wall has been inspiring and delighting audiences all over the country with their hybrid arts performances. In August of 2010, The Fourth Wall was a featured ensemble at the National Flute Association’s Annual Convention, including a performance at the Gala Concert honoring Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, Leone Buyse and Fenwick Smith. The ensemble is delighted to be performing at the 2012 NFA Convention on the closing Gala Concert and the recital honoring this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Bonita Boyd in addition to their own recital.
In the spirit of collaboration and to promote new music, The Fourth Wall performed the inaugural concert of the Boston Composers’ Coalition – a collaborative organization dedicated to the creation, performance, education and dissemination of new American music. Each of the six composers in the core group plus a student composer wrote a new piece especially for The Fourth Wall, which was then performed at several venues in the Boston area and was broadcast on a live feed on the internet.
As strong advocates of education, The Fourth Wall also offers workshops that teach students how to incorporate interdisciplinary performance techniques into their performances. Members of The Fourth Wall have shared their work with students of the Boston University Academy, Houston Youth Symphony, Texas State University (San Marcos), University of Houston, Indiana University, New York University, The Eastman School of Music, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the New York Percussive Arts Society, the Flute Society of Kentucky and the Indiana Percussive Arts Society.
The Fourth Wall continues their professional development in music, theatre and dance through involvement with The Windfall Dance Company (Bloomington, IN), The Indianapolis Ceili (Irish) Band, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project and several regional orchestras in the Indiana and Kentucky region.
Graphic Arts; Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Storytelling
Devon Kondaki is an author/illustrator of picture books.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Dance
STEPHAN LAURENT, Professor and former chairman of the Department of Dance at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, joined the Butler dance faculty in 1988 after six years as the artistic director of the Des Moines Ballet, for which he produced and choreographed a number of full-length classical and contemporary works. He was the recipient of the 1986 Iowa Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. Many of his ballets are now on the repertoire of the Butler Ballet, for which he continues to choreograph actively, including the award-winning original full-length contemporary ballet The Willow Maiden: a Fantasy Dance Adventure. His areas of teaching expertise include ballet technique, choreography, dance history, theory/philosophy of dance, and dance production. Prof. Laurent also teaches a First-Year Seminar in the Core Curriculum of Butler University, entitled Spellbound: The Quest for Magic in Speculative Fiction and the Arts. Prof. Laurent was for many years a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Dance and has worked both nationally and internationally on accreditation matters. He also served as an adjudicator and master teacher for a number of organizations nationally and internationally, including the National High School Dance Festival, the National Society of Arts & Letters, the Overture Awards, the Prelude Awards, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and the Newtown High School for Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. He has also served as a consultant.
Performing Arts: Music
Samuel Lawson is a classical guitarist and lutenist with a Master of Music degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He has made his way performing, teaching, and writing music in Indiana, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh, PA, and has toured with his wife and vocalist, Rebekah, through the south-eastern U.S., parts of California and the hostels of Scotland. Studied under Brett Terrell, professor of guitar, and Dr. James Briscoe, professor of music history, at Jordan College of Music, Butler University, and later under Paul Reilly at Ball State University. His repertoire is grounded in Classical-Romantic period music, early Scottish and Irish music, Spanish Romanticism, and Renaissance Europe, as well as many guitar works of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
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