School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
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Being at AU, I had the opportunity to cultivate my own relationship with God. I really learned to stand on my own two feet, to be a grown-up in Christ.
Lawrence Brownlee CLASS OF 1996
- Anderson University’s music program is known around the world. Alumni perform at the La Scala opera house in Italy, the Met, Carnegie Hall, at the Academy Awards, and at other international venues.
- Guest artists and artists-in-residence visit the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance each year. Artists visiting AU include Canadian Brass, Van Cliburn gold medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Indianapolis Baroque Ensemble.
- Alumni successfully pursue graduate work at Indiana University, St. Thomas University, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and Vanderbilt University. Alumni Lawrence Brownlee, Sandi Patty, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jon McLaughlin enjoy extremely successful careers in their genres.
- Instrumental performance majors can join music ensembles such as the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra, and more. Students in these three ensembles will perform in Anderson University’s Candles and Carols in the fall semester. Instrumental performance majors will also have private lessons and recitals.
Complete the 80-hour Bachelor of Music at AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
- Music (18 hours): The music minor includes music theory, aural comprehension, and music literature. Students also complete 4 hours of piano, 2 hours of applied study, and 2 hours of music ensembles.
- Music Performance
- For students whose major is music business (15-16 hours): To ensure adequate performance level, students must audition on their primary instrument to be admitted into this program. Courses include applied study, introduction to conducting, and specialized courses for singers, pianists, and instrumentalists.
- For students whose major is not in music (18 hours): To ensure adequate performance level, students must audition on their primary instrument to be admitted into this program. Courses include music theory, aural comprehension, piano, and private study.
Among the classes in the 80 hour major are:
- music theory
- music history
- introduction to conducting
- piano pedagogy
- aural comprehension
Instrumental performance majors can play professionally in orchestras, musical theatre companies, cruise ships, and more. Students can also open a studio for private instrument lessons. Pianists and organists can be an accompanist for dance studios and private lessons as well as playing professionally in churches and synagogues. Students can also continue their education through graduate school.
OUR instrumental performance FACULTY
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- Instrumental Performance
Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and South America. Dr. Ahn currently works as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Anderson University. She also serves as a chair for Opus Composition Festival and a chair of Commissioned Composer program at IMTA and also serves as a president of the non-profit community serving group Sound of Hope.
Winner of 2018 Christine Clark/ Theodore Front Prize of IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), her achievements include being chosen ISCM New Music Days, the Excellence in Composition prize at the IBCF (International Brass Chamber Music Festival, KY) and a finalist for the Respighi Composition Competitions of 2014 season. Caroline was also selected as one of the finalists of Sioux Symphony Orchestra as ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2014. Caroline won the Donghak Civil War theme song competition in Korea in the same year. Commissions include by Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kaeum String Orchestra, ‘The 3Beats’ trio, Carmel City (IN) to write the opening and finale music of Carmel Festival (IN) in July 2012, New York Classical Players, Inspirare Trio, IKTUS Percussion Quartet, ISO Player group, IMTA Commissioned Composer of the year of 2015, Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival, Cramped Spaces, Mirus Trio and many more.
Learn more about her commissions and awards on her professional website.
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D.M., Indiana University
M.M. and M.A., Eastman School of Music
B.M. Yonsei University
Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music
Alex Carter is a professional musician located in East Central Indiana. Originally hailing from Metro Detroit, he began playing trumpet at age 10 and has never stopped. He is currently on faculty at Anderson University and Purdue University - Ft. Wayne. He previously taught trumpet at Ball State University to undergraduate music students of all majors, and was a member of the Da Camera Faculty Brass Quintet. Alex has a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Oakland University and was awarded a Fellowship to attend The University of Michigan where he received Master's degrees in Trumpet Performance and Chamber Music. While in Michigan he worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's education program, mentoring young orchestra musicians. Alex has also worked with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in their international exchange program, where he performed as principal trumpet of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in concerts throughout Europe and worked with students in the orchestra and communities.
He has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Muncie Symphony, Marion Philharmonic and is a member of the Anderson Symphony. Not limiting himself to classical performing, Alex has played lead on several musicals including West Side Story, Les Miserable, Oklahoma, Guys 'n' Dolls, and Into the Woods. He also has worked in Indianapolis based recording studios for Hal Leonard and FJH publishing companies.
When not performing or teaching, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife Liz and their beagle, Hank, as they adventure all over the Midwest.
Rebecca Edie serves as Staff Accompanist and piano instructor at Anderson University. She received a B.M. in Performance from Butler University and an M.M. in Performance, Vocal and Opera Coaching, and Accompanying from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Rebecca also serves as Staff Accompanist for the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Indianapolis Youth Chorale, and has appeared as soloist and orchestral pianist for the Santa Fe Symphony, OK Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Tulsa Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Anderson Symphony, and Orvieto Festival of Strings in Italy.
M.M., St. Louis Conservatory
Dr. Heaven Fan's performances have been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), as well as radio and TV stations in the US, Canada, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to critical acclaim. Fan has recorded with the Pacific Harp Quartet under the Fons label and with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir under the Naxos label.
Fan has won competitions in Taiwan and the United States, including the national Anne Adams Competition of the American Harp Society, the Travel Grant Competition of Indiana University, 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 South Carolina, the Festival of Chinese Performing Arts in Boston, the Boston Harp Festival, the World Harp Congresses in Czech Republic and Geneva, the International Harp Festival of Mexico, and the New Year Concerts with the Qingdao Municipal Opera and Dance Drama Theater Orchestra in China. As an orchestra musician, Fan has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Lafayette Master Chorale, Ronen Chamber Ensemble of Indianapolis, and other regional orchestras throughout Central Indiana. In 2016-2017, Fan performed and taught in China where she also served as Guest Principal Harpist with the Yellow River Symphony Orchestra of China.
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 in harp performance from Indiana University studying with distinguished professor Susann McDonald. As a harp scholar, Fan 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. She has also 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.
Currently on faculty at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana University South Bend, and Anderson University (IN), Fan is also a member of the artist faculty of the MasterWorks Festival in South Carolina. She has been invited as a guest coach working with young harpists of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Side-by-Side program and the Indianapolis Youth Orchestras. Her students have won first prizes in national and international competitions and have held orchestra positions. In 2017, Fan served as the advisor for the Central Illinois Roslyn Rensch Chapter's Auditions and Evaluations, a two-part program focusing on the improvement by participating in two events sponsored by the American Harp Society. She has also served as Chair/MC for the panel discussion with jury members at the Fifth International Harp Competition and Festival of Mexico. Fan 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, the 2019 Indiana University Harp Concerto Competition, and the Fourth International Harp Competition in Mexico. Fan also serves on the Board of Directors of the prestigious USA International Harp Competition.
D.M., Indiana University
Loy Hetrick started playing trombone at age 10 in Fremont, Neb., where he was a student of Robert Olsen. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Nebraska, where he studied with Vernon Forbes. He was a charter member of the Plymouth Brass, a resident church ensemble, playing with them from 1977 through 1979.
In 1983 Loy and his wife, Cynthia, moved to Indiana so he could pursue a graduate degree at Indiana University. There, he studied with Dee Stewart, Lewis VanHaney, Keith Brown, and Ed Anderson. He also studied improvisation under David Baker and played lead trombone in the top jazz ensemble. While at IU, he was an
Assistant Instructor and later taught low brass at Purdue and Butler Universities. After finishing a Master of Music in trombone performance, they moved to Indianapolis, where he has worked as a freelance musician. He has toured the U.S. and Canada with performers including Andy Williams, Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow, and Natalie Cole. Currently, Loy performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for Sandy Patti, the Gaither Vocal Group, as well as for various music publishing companies. Other jobs include pit orchestra work for the Broadway musicals that come to the Indianapolis area, and the local ballet and opera companies. He has taught private lessons for over thirty-five years.
MM, Indiana University
Jamie holds master's and bachelor's degrees in classical guitar music performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Mr. Paul Reilly. Jamie has held numerous teaching positions in Indiana at both the university level and the freelance level, including Anderson University, Taylor University, Purdue University, and Ball State University, as well as at the Muncie Music Center and Meridian Music, Indianapolis.
He has performed in many classical small ensembles in the Central Indiana region, including the WyndWood Flute & Guitar duo with Donna Swartz Bath (flute). In addition to his classical work, Jamie performed with the Jazz quartet Cries & Whispers, the Blues sextet Borrowed Time, the Madison County Directors Band, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.
He also served for fifteen years as director of music at the Saint Francis of Assisi Newman Center in Muncie, Indiana.
M.A., Ball State University
Amy Kniffen, violist, has been a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Trained by prominent violists Emmanuel Vardi, Leonard Mogill, and Robert Vernon, she is a graduate of Temple University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Active in chamber music, Amy has performed with Suzuki and Friends, the Ronen ensemble, Quattra string quartet, and in numerous recitals for the A Piacere recital series. As an ISO Education Ambassador, Amy has taught in Indianapolis area schools, as well as at DePauw University as substitute viola professor. Amy lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Tony Kniffen, who is Principal Tuba for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and their three children.