Mrs. Johanna Kitchell is thrilled to join the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy Board of Directors. Mrs. Kitchell is in her tenth year as director of the Riverside Orchestra program. She is the 2018 Indiana ASTA Middle School Music Educator of the Year, and the 2014 recipient of the Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Middle School Music Educator award. Mrs. Kitchell also currently serves as President of the Indiana chapter of the American String Teachers Association. INASTA is a professional organization that provides resources, events, and performance opportunities for students and educators. Currently, Mrs. Kitchell also serves on the board of the Indiana Arts Education Network, an advocacy group promoting arts education in all schools across Indiana, as well as the board of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy, as an education and community liaison.
Mrs. Kitchell is a graduate of Butler University, where she studied cello under Dr. William Grubb. A native of New York, Mrs. Kitchell has loved her time at Riverside, working hard to build and maintain this talented and successful program. Mrs. Kitchell is very involved in the Indianapolis music community as a private string teacher, professional gig musician, and frequent concert-goer. She was named the 2014 recipient of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Pitz Leadership Award, which recognizes community contributions to the orchestra. When not in school, Mrs. Kitchell enjoys running, working out, listening to music, watching Jeopardy, baking, playing with her dog, Zoey, and talking to her husband, Mr. Kitchell, who is currently on overseas deployment with the Indiana Army National Guard.