Our faculty represents over 150 years of education experience. Each instructor has completed a criminal background check, received formal education in their discipline, and is an active contributor to the arts landscape in Indianapolis.
Abigail Crouch Acosta
Abigail has Diploma and Licentiate degrees in both Harp Teaching and Harp Performance from A.B.R.S.M. She has played the harp for over 20 years and has more than 10 years of experience introducing students to the harp and guiding them into accomplished intermediate and advanced harpists. Many of her students have studied harp in college with scholarships, and perform professionally.
Abigail is an affiliate teacher of The Harp School, Inc. She uses Carol McClure’s highly effective Angel’s Harp™ Methodology for beginners, and continues to benchmark students' progress with A.B.R.S.M. preparatory examinations. She loves working with new students, as well as seeing the long-term progress of all her students!
J. Cody Arnholt studied trombone performance at Butler University under the tutelage of Jared Rodin in addition to a double major in mathematics. He also studied with Greg Cox as a participant in the 2002 Eastern Music Festival. Cody held the principal trombone chair for the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz band during his time at Butler.
He sat as principal trombone for the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and is a current member of the Indianapolis Brass Choir, the Indianapolis Trombone Choir, and the Indianapolis based salsa group Grupo Bembe. He has performed with 10,000 Maniacs, Maria Schneider, John Clayton, Bobby McFerrin and others. Currently Cody teaches trombone, baritone/euphonium, and tuba lessons, and freelances around the Indianapolis area.
French Horn, Trumpet
Emily Bax graduated cum laude from Butler University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Butler she studied with Dr. Gail Lewis and performed with the Butler Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Marching Band, and Basketball Band.
Currently Emily teaches Kindergarten-5th grade at the IPS/Butler Laboratory School. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity (SAI), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), & Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA)
Deanna Caldwell has a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in counseling ministries from Trinity International University, and has done graduate work in viola performance at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national honor society for music.
Her teachers include Kay Kempf, Robert Swan of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michael Hining, formerly of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Yuval Gotlibovich, professor of viola, Indiana University. She has also spent several summers studying chamber music with Myron Kartman, Northwestern University professor of violin, ret. Deanna has eight years of teaching experience, having taught both from her home and at the Jack Benny Center for the Fine Arts.
Currently, Deanna plays with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, where she is also the music librarian.
Gerri Baker holds a Master's Degree in Storytelling Arts from East Tennessee State University, and a Biblical Storytelling Certificate from the Academy of Biblical Storytellers, a part of the Network of Biblical Storytellers, and a Master of Science in teaching from the University of Dayton. Gerri has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College, Louisville Bible College, and Valley Forge Christian University. Gerri has told stories for over 15 years, and currently leads Transforming Storytelling, an organization that is dedicated to encouraging the celebration of story. When she is not busy telling stories, she is the Children's Pastor at East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, IN.
Gerri's passion is storytelling and she encouraging others to learn and tell stories, particularly the stories of God. Thomas Boomershine, a favorite author of Gerri's, describes storytelling in the following way - "Storytelling is also highly emotional. To laugh and to cry, to be deeply moved and to get so involved that you have to know how the story came out in the end - that is storytelling. You get to know other people and you get to know yourself. And the stories you remember and tell to others become best gifts you have to give. They become yours in a special way. People become the stories they love to tell." Let's come, share, and tell stories!
Tami Harris, ATR-BC
Tami is an adjunct professor for Indiana Wesleyan University teaching Art Appreciation online, on-site drawing, and photography classes for their adult learning program. Over the past 15 years she has provided private, group, and homeschool art lessons through her home studio. Tami holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Art Therapy degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. In addition to her part-time art instruction, she is a full-time practicing Clinical Art Therapist for Bloomington Meadows Mental Hospital. She is currently a doctoral student in the School of Psychology specializing in Education.
Tami is very enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and skills with students. She communicates well while demonstrating and explaining a variety of techniques in many mediums. Tami testifies that through all of her trials and tribulations, God has always been her guide. She leans on Him when she is lost, she leans on Him when she is weak, she leans on Him when she has no understanding of her calling or way. She pronounces that "God is good... All the time!"
Jenna Zartman received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and her Master of Music in saxophone performance from the University of Florida. She has over 25 years of saxophone playing experience. Jenna’s teachers include world renowned tenor saxophonist James Houlik, as well as Stephen Pollock and Jonathan Helton.
Jenna taught middle school band for 5 years prior to having children and has many years of private lesson teaching experience. She enjoys teaching students of all levels from beginners to experienced players. Currently, Jenna performs with the Indianapolis Symphonic Band.
Piano, Vocal, Founding Executive Director
Mrs. Lorenzoni is a 1995 honors graduate of the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. She has been a student of the musical arts for over 35 years performing with voice and on piano, harpsichord, and organ throughout the Indianapolis community. Some of Carolyn's performances include: Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, Clowes Hall, for the American Guild of Organists' Indianapolis Chapter, and for the Sigma Alpha Iota musical fraternity.
For over 25 years, she has fulfilled several church musician roles from organist to ministry coordinator. Currently, Mrs. Lorenzoni is the Executive Director of the Indiana Fine Arts Academy and has been an instructor in piano, voice, organ, and theory since the school's inception. Additionally, she tutors several subjects and is a homeschool mom. Mrs. Lorenzoni is currently the Vice President of Programs for the Indianapolis Piano Teacher's Association and is passionate about providing students of all ages and abilities access to fine arts instruction.
Carolyn spends most of her leisure time with friends and family, often cooking and entertaining in her home. She has received many honors for her music and volunteerism including the Sagamore of the Wabash.
Visit Carolyn on the web: carolynlorenzoni.com
Wayne Lundberg is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, Moody Bible Institute, and Westminster Choir College. Mr. Lundberg has studied piano with Dr. Carmen Wilhite and organ with Elizabeth Naegele, Joan Lippincott, and Marilyn Keiser at Indiana University. Wayne is a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Wayne currently holds the organist positions at East 91st Street Christian Church as well as Fairview Presbyterian Church. Additionally, Mr. Lundberg accompanies various groups and individuals and provides concerts throughout the year to the Indianapolis community.
Guitar, Low Strings, Percussion
Paul Schafer is a music educator with over 27 years of experience. He is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in music education and a jazz/commerical minor. Paul has held a variety of professional music positions including Worship Leader for a Catholic congregation, private lesson instructor, school band/music director and performer with several local and national bands. Mr. Schafer has a background of teaching students of all ages on a variety of instruments. He currently is music teacher at Francis W. Parker IPS School 56.