2023 Board Update
ISA has welcomed two new additions to the board of directors. Welcome Dr. Trae Blanco and Mr. Gershom Davis. Dr. Tina Ayeni, MD will now be serving as board president. More information on the board can be found here.
Dr. Trae Blanco currently serves as Director of Bands in the School of Music at Butler University. He is married to Kelsey and has two children (Ellis and Ophelia) who are both currently violin students at ISA. His vision for serving on the board is to help connect ISA students to the music community at large in Indianapolis. He wishes to raise awareness of ISA to the community-at-large and connect with new potential members and donors.
Mr. Gershom Davis holds an MBA in Finance and works as a consultant for Research Global Professionals. He has been married to his wife Deirdre for 23 years and has two sons, ages 12 and 20 (the youngest is a current ISA violin student) as well as his family dog Savannah. He has served on several other local non profit boards including College Mentors for Kids as well as the Washington Township Community Coalition. He wishes to use his over 25 years of corporate finance and accounting experience to assist with improving ISA’s current financial policies and processes.
ISA trumpet instructor, Larry Powell, had the pleasure of completing an additional 16 hours of online and live observation training in Suzuki books 3 and 4 with 11 other brass musicians. There are just over 100 Suzuki brass teachers worldwide and growing!
"One of the most rewarding parts of this experience is that we were not only learning the teaching points and the repertoire, we were also making changes to the repertoire. We adjusted dynamics, articulations, tempi, repeats, teaching points, and much more. Book 1 was completed with the input of a brass committee. Books 2, 3, and 4 were done by what is now called a book study group. To be in on the creation and development of these books is rewarding. It also provides great insight into just how carefully each book is constructed and the care taken to ensure an efficient and effective progression of skills for the student." -Larry Powell
Another interesting fact - Suzuki courses are currently being developed for other brass instruments (trombone, saxaphone, tuba, etc) adapted from the current trumpet curriculum!
ISA is excited to welcome our newest member of our Cello Faculty! Eliza Bracken is an Indianapolis native who began her cello studies at the age of ten with Ingrid Bellman, retired cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Eliza graduated with honors in 2018 with a degree in Cello Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Read More
We are also excited to welcome Erin Darnell as our new Administrative Assistant. She is an Indianapolis native who now resides in Westfield, IN with her family of four. Read More
Executive Director Update
The Board is delighted to announce that Rachel Osterhouse will continue her leadership of ISA as Executive Director. Rachel as an extremely talented musician and teacher who also possesses the administrative and leadership skills that have helped drive the success of the Academy over the last year as Interim Executive Director.
The Board is very confident that Rachel is the right person to fill this position. Please join us in congratulating Rachel on her appointment to this role!
~ ISA Board of Directors
Welcome back to all our students, parents, and faculty! 2022 is off to a strong start as we resume private lessons and groups classes. We are grateful to have had a Fall Semester full of musical growth, beautiful performances, and memory making. ISA violins, led by Rachel Osterhouse, ended the year with a wonderful lobby performance before the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra concert on November 20, 2021.
Interim Director Announcement
It is with mixed emotions that we write to let you know that our Executive Director, Sarah Beck, will be leaving the ISA later this month. She has accepted an offer from the University of Indianapolis to serve as the Assistant Director of Student Activities. Please join us in congratulating Sarah on this new chapter in her life. Over the past eleven years, Sarah has been instrumental in the growth of the ISA, and she will be greatly missed. Her leadership during the past 18 months in particular has been exceptional, always keeping the wellbeing of the families and faculty as her top priority and navigating the COVID crisis with admirable skill and thoughtfulness. Her contributions to the long-term success of the Academy cannot be overstated.
The Board is delighted to announce that Rachel Osterhouse, the ISA’s Assistant Director for the last four years, will serve as Interim Executive Director for the Academy while the Board considers the best future direction of the Academy leadership positions. You all already know Rachel as an extremely talented musician and teacher who also possesses the administrative and leadership skills that have helped support the success of the Academy over the last several years. She has grown in this position, and we look forward to her continued leadership as Interim Director.
The Board is very confident that Rachel is the right person to fill the shoes left by Sarah Beck as she starts her new position at The University of Indianapolis and grateful that she has agreed to serve in this position. Please join us in welcoming Rachel to this role!
Welcoming New Violin Faculty!
We are pleased to welcome Rachel Gries and Candida Wiley to our faculty.
Rachel Gries grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started playing the violin in a Suzuki program when she was just four years old. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Indiana University in Music Performance. While at IU, she studied Violin Pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. She started Suzuki training in 2010 and is registered in Violin Books 1-5 and Viola Books 1-3 and Book 6. While she has worked with many wonderful teacher trainers, she is especially thankful for the time she has spent with Linda and Roger Steig and Bill and Doris Preucil. Continue reading more about Rachel.
After a twenty-four year career as a full-time orchestra musician, including positions as Associate Concertmaster of the Omaha Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic, Candida Wiley moved to Indianapolis in 2002 to dedicate herself to teaching. Fascinated with the pedagogy of the violin, she has studied and taught Alexander Technique, which teaches the least forceful use of the body, and which has decisively shaped her approach to playing and teaching. She also pursued training in Suzuki Institutes for many years, and has completed Suzuki Violin Training Units 1-8. Continue reading more about Candida.
Annual Concert Video Projects
Congratulations to all our students participating in the video projects premiered at our Annual Concert on March 14. If you missed the livestream, you can view the videos here. Great work everyone! A big thanks to ISA parent Ryan Fraley who put these together.
Introducing Suzuki Trumpet
We are thrilled to welcome Larry Powell to our faculty and offer Suzuki Trumpet starting in August 2021!
Larry Powell holds a Bachelor’s degree in All Grade Music Education from the University of Indianapolis and a Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance from Butler University. Inspired by walking alongside his own son during Suzuki violin lessons, Larry sought out Suzuki Trumpet Teacher training, and is among some of the first Suzuki trained trumpet teachers in the United States.
Larry has been on the faculty of the University of Indianapolis since 2007. As an adjunct he teaches applied lessons, coaches the UIndy Trumpet Ensemble, coaches the student brass quintet, teaches the brass masterclass, and performs with the UIndy Faculty Brass Quintet. He formed the trumpet ensemble in 2015 and the ensemble was the first group from UIndy to be invited to an international conference, performing as a prelude ensemble for the 2016 ITG conference in Hershey, PA.
As a performer, Larry is currently Principal Trumpet with Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed extensively as Principal, Asst. Principal, section, or extra with all of the following orchestras: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra, SouthBend Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Columbus (IN) Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Evansville Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Kokomo Symphony and Waukesha Symphony.
Read Larry Powell's full bio here.
Join violin faculty, Karen Walls, as she shares her reflections on the Suzuki Method.