IU Studio Bios - Fall 2013
(pictures and bios as submitted by student)

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Felipe Brito is a member of the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, coordinated by Grammy Award-winner Gonzalo Grau.

In 2012 and in 2013, he was awarded both the Artistic Excellence Award Fellowship and the Anthony & Olimpio Barbera Scholarship by Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

In 2013, he performed Danish composer Launy Grøndahl Concerto as a soloist with the Campinas State University (UNICAMP) Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he performed Swiss composer Erick-Larsson’s Concertino as a soloist with the same ensemble. In 2009, he fronted the Villa-Lobos Symphonic Band, performing the solo from Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto.

At UNICAMP, Felipe was the Assistant Professor of Trombone at the “Free School of Music.” In his native city of Itu, he served as the Band Director at the City of Itu – Anglo High School.

Felipe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance at UNICAMP, where he studied under Robson de Nadai. He also received his Performance Diploma from the São Paulo State School of Music, where he studied under Gilberto Gianelli and Carlos Freitas.

In May of 2013, shortly after completing his Performance Diploma at JSOM, Felipe went on tour, performing the Tomasi Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in several cities throughout Brazil, including Campinas, Piracicaba, and São Paulo.

Felipe is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Bloomington, Indiana at the Jacobs School of Music, where he studies under Peter Ellefson, Dee Stewart, and Carl Lenthe. He has also received instruction from Anthony Plog (Los Angeles Orchestra), Massimo La Rosa (Cleveland Orchestra), Jörgen van Rijen (Concertgebouw Orchestra), Steve Mead, and Yo-Yo Ma.
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Patrick Chappell, 25, originally from Rogers, Arkansas, is pursuing his M.M. degree in trombone performance, under Peter Ellefson, at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  He went to high school in Cedar Park, TX (just outside of Austin) and continued his studies at the University of Houston with Brad White, of the Houston Symphony. With the help of his colleagues, major teachers, and mentors (Brad White, Thomas Hultén and David Bertman), Patrick has had the opportunity to attend Alessi Seminar, Southeast Trombone Symposium, Texas Music Festival, and the Mendez Brass Institute. He has also been associated with Drum Corps International since 2005 where he began as a marching member with the Santa Clara Vanguard.
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Chao-Chun Cheng was born and raised in Taoyuan, Taiwan. He is now pursuing a Master of Music degree at Indiana University and currently studying with Prof. Peter Ellefson. Chao-Chun had studied with former bass trombonist of Taipei Symphony Orchestra Tien-Jung Yu, Principal Trombonist of TSO Shyan-Jer Lee, and member of TSO Chia-Jung Tsai, Chao-Chun received his Performance Diploma from IU (2011) and Bachelor of Music degree from Taipei University of Arts (2007)

During his music career, he has won numerous prizes in Taiwan, including 1st prize of the ATS’09 solo competition (2009), winner of the Concerto Competition of TNUA (2006), 1st prize of the Hsing-Tien-Kong Music Competition (2003, 2005), and 1st prize of the National Taiwan Music Competition (1999,2001,2003). He also won the 2011 ETW National Trombone Quartet Competition with IU Trombone Quartet and the 3rd prize of the 6th Jeju International Brass Competition (2010) with Dash Brass Quintet. He was chosen as a member of the National Repertory Orchestra (2012), Pacific Music Festival (2011), Asian Youth Orchestra (2001), and Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra (1999). Chao-Chun is selected as a member of the Fellow class of 2013 Alessi Seminar

Chao-Chun has performed with many groups including National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Taipei Symphony Orchestra and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.
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Logan Chopyk, 26, born in southern California, is enrolled in his final year of the Doctor of Music program at Indiana University. He is currently principal trombone of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and was previously co-principal trombone with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Illinois.  Logan holds degrees from UCLA (BA) and Northwestern University (MM), and in summers past he has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Brass Residency, and the Music Academy of the West.  As a chamber musician Logan has recorded for Naxos with the Millennium Chamber Players and is winner of the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop’s National Trombone Quartet Competition. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra BRASS, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Logan's teachers include Peter Ellefson, Michael Mulcahy, Mark Lawrence, Charles Vernon, Ralph Sauer, Randall Hawes, Bill Booth and Patrick Sheridan.  In addition to his performing pursuits, Logan is the band director at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington and has a wonderful private trombone studio.
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Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, Dan Coffman is a junior pursing a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance with a jazz studies minor, and is a member of Pete Ellefson’s studio. He has been playing trombone for about 12 years, and has played in many ensembles here at IU. This summer, Dan took M401 and was able to play in the Festival Orchestra and Summer Band. He is an avid Bulls, Bears, and Cubs fan, and in his free time he enjoys playing basketball, hanging out with friends, and eating delicious food.
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Sarah Gage, a native of North Carolina, is excited to begin pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance at Indiana University in Peter Ellefson’s studio. In North Carolina, she has performed with many ensembles, including All-State Honors Band, Lake Norman Big Band, Charlotte Youth Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Youth Wind Ensemble, Davidson College Jazz Ensemble, and Masterworks School of the Arts Opus 1 Pit Orchestra. Summer music programs have included the Atlantic Brass Quintet Seminar, University of Michigan’s Trombone Institute, Oberlin Composition Workshop, Eastman School of Music: Music Horizons for piano, Music for All Summer Symposium, and New York Summer Music Festival. Sarah’s teachers include Mr. Thomas Burge (Charlotte Symphony Orchestra) and Dr. Royce Lumpkin (University of North Carolina Charlotte). In addition to the trombone, Sarah studied piano for ten years and enjoys composing. She has had two of her original compositions and one arrangement performed live. Furthermore, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to tour the United States and perform with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corp 2012 as part of the baritone line. Outside of music, Sarah enjoys running, ultimate Frisbee, and spending time with friends. Go Hoosiers!
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A native of Pleasanton, California, Allison Gehl is in her first year of pursuing a master’s degree in trombone performance. She completed a degree in euphonium performance at the University of Alabama, while also studying and playing the trombone. During her time in Alabama, she was the principal trombonist in the Huxford Symphony, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, while also playing principal euphonium in the wind ensemble. In April of 2013, her tuba-euphonium quartet won the chamber music competition at the South Central Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. Her primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Demondrae Thurman and Jonathan Whitaker, with additional instruction from James Markey, Luis Fred, Tim Higgins and John Stevens.
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Yukyung Kang, 26, born in South Korea, is currently working on a Performer Diploma at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. When she was 17 years old, she joined a brass band club in her high school, which was the first time that she learned a kind of musical instruments. In the spring of 2006, she began her Bachelor’s of Music Degree at Ewha Women’s University. For four years, when she was a freshman, she prepared for an audition for her college’s Spring Concert; fortunately, she won the audition and was able to become a representative player of her department of orchestral music. In addition, in her junior year, she was awarded 1st prize at the 1st Music Concourse organized by the Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre. Plus, in last semester, she had a chance to perform brass quintet again in a team “Battle Suite”. Moreover, she performed David Concertino with the Ewha Orchestra, which was what she had dreamt during her school years. After graduation, she taught underprivileged children for 2 years as a trombone instructor in Working With Us, Social Welfare Foundation and she participated in Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea.
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Caleb Ketcham is a Master’s performance major from Tyler, TX. Tenor trombone is his primary instrument, but he also plays bass trombone and euphonium. He won both the 2011 & 2013 Edwards/Big 12 Area Trombone Conference Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, 2010 International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Solo Competition, and he led his trombone quartet to winning the 2012 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit. He has also been a finalist in the 2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Bass Trombone Solo Competition, the 2011 Southeast Trombone Symposium Solo Competition and he won both third and second place in the 2012 and 2013 Hyechka Club of Tulsa Instrumental Competition. He spent the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013 as a scholarship student at the Eastern Music Festival. Caleb received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Caleb played principal trombone with Oklahoma State University’s Wind Ensemble during their featured performance at the 2013 Japan Band Clinic and also with the Symphony Orchestra at the 2013 National Orchestra Directors Conference. In 2013, Caleb was voted by faculty as the OSU Department of Music’s outstanding senior and was also named a top ten senior for the College of Arts and Sciences. Caleb is an active member of the International Trombone Association. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys reading books and playing guitar.
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Ryan Krofta, from Delafield, Wisconsin, grew up surrounded by music; his parents are both band directors and trumpet players. Although he began his musical studies at age five on the violin, the trombone quickly became his primary focus when he started playing it in 5th grade.

Ryan’s first trombone teacher was Megumi Kanda of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has studied with her for the past five years, whenever he is at home. After Ryan’s sophomore year of high school, he took a big step and moved to a dorm room in northwestern Michigan to attend the one of a kind Interlochen Arts Academy. Interlochen was a very special place where Ryan was able to experience music and the arts in a very unique way. While at Interlochen, Ryan studied with Thomas Riccobono.

Music has been Ryan’s focus for as long as he can remember; it has taken him to places he never thought imaginable. To be able to continue his trombone and musical studies at the Jacobs School of Music with Professor Peter Ellefson couldn’t be more exciting! Other than music, Ryan’s favorite activities include attending concerts, running, snowboarding, soccer and his latest adventure, mountain biking.
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Stephanie Lebens, 20, from Everett, WA, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she is studying with Peter Ellefson.  In the first two years of her college education, she has participated in many ensembles, including the Concert, Chamber, Symphony, and Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as New Music Ensemble and Brass Choir.  While attending high school in the Seattle area, she played with many local groups, including Puget Brass, Seattle Youth Symphony, and the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra.  In 2011, she won the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition in four brass categories.  In 2009 and 2010, she won the euphonium division and placed third in the trombone category.  In addition, she also received the honor of participating in Washington All-State and All-Northwest ensembles in 2009 and 2010, and MENC’s National Honor Concert Band in 2010.  Previously, she has studied with Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto and Danny Helseth. She has been playing trombone and euphonium since she was ten years old.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking cookies, kayaking, and skiing.
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Karen Mari picked up a trombone her freshmen year of high school and has never looked back. Originally from Vernon Hills, Illinois, she is pursuing her Bachelors of Music Education degree at Indiana University, where she combines her passions for education and performance. At IU, Karen has performed with the Summer Symphony Orchestra, University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Trombone Choir, Brass Choir, and Marching Hundred. Karen is the trombonist of the Leaves of Brass Quintet, and a student of Peter Ellefson. She is excited to spend the fall 2013 semester studying abroad in Vienna, Austria.
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Ronald Nash is originally from Portsmouth,Virginia.  He began playing trombone in the sixth grade.  While in high school, he attend the Governor's School for the Arts, where he began studying with Donna Parkes and Peter DuBeau, tubist of the Virginia Symphony.  After high school, he continued his studies with James Miller of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and John Ilika of the North Carolina Symphony at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts.  Ronald is currently attending Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where he is pursing a M.M in Trombone Performance and Orchestral Conducting.
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Brian Tajii, 19, has lived his entire life in Torrance, California. He Began playing trombone in the 4th grade and has been playing for 9 years. He took private lessons with Dan Bochard, a well-respected free-lance musician in Los Angeles, for 7 years. In high school, Brian was the president of both the choir and band and a section leader in both groups. He also marched in 2 Tournament of Roses Parades with The Pasadena City College Honor Band. Being a part of his high school choir, Brian got to perform on stage at the Lincoln Center in New York and on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. As a sophomore in college, Brian will continue to pursue his BM in Trombone Performance and really looks forward to increasing his ability and knowledge in music.
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Connor Thummel, a native of the Chicago area, is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree, fulfilling a major in music performance with an outside field in English. He played piano for a few years before starting on trombone under the direction of Mr. Chip DeStefano, who largely sparked Connor’s interest in pursuing music as a profession. He continued his studies with Tim Smith, Doug Rosenthal, and BJ Hardesty. During his 4 years in high school, Connor had the opportunity to play in Midwest Young Artists, which greatly fostered his musical interests; he had the pleasure of playing great orchestral works in the Symphony Orchestra, as well as various chamber ensembles and the honors wind symphony. Through MYA he also had the opportunity to participate in various performance competitions, receiving honorable mentions in the Walgreens National Concerto Competition in 2010 and the Discover Chamber Competition in 2011. In his Freshman year, Connor enjoyed playing in the concert band and the trombone choir, and looks forward to furthering his ensemble experiences in and outside Professor Ellefson’s studio this coming year. Outside of music, Connor enjoys running, doing archery, reading, writing, and spending time with friends.
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Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Aaron Zalkind is pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University in trombone performance. He is currently studying with Peter Ellefson. Aaron attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2010. In 2011 he attended the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute and was also a participant in the Michael Mulcahy Seminar at Northwestern University. During the summer of 2012 Aaron participated in the Pierre Monteux School for conductors and orchestra musicians. This past summer, Aaron attended the Brevard music center.