Music and Creativity Weekend for Strings and Piano

Workshop Faculty

Brenda Brenner

Brenda Brenner is Eugene O'Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean (Interim) and associate professor of music in music education at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy.

Constance Cook teaches at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She has championed contemporary and minority composers, and was formerly president of a chamber music organization. For 20 years, she was on the faculty of chamber music programs in Colorado, including Lamont School of Music Pre-College Academy, which she founded.

As a composer and drum/dance circle facilitator, Juilian Douglas's focus has been to draw inspiration and knowledge from traditional music while holding a sustained value for the creative impulse of the present moment and the centrality of the individual as the source of living creativity. 


Award-winning violinist, Kerry DuWors has been Associate Professor, Chair of Graduate Studies in Music, and Head of Chamber Music at Canada's Brandon University since 2003. Hailed for her "soaring cantilena" (Gramophone Magazine), DuWors has performed across four continents and champions collaboration across an array of ensemblwes from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras.

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Known for her verve and sensitvity, pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. In demand as a collaborative pianist, she has been engaged at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, and IU's String Academy. Niekawa is a Lecturer in Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

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Hilary Glen, cellist, has been praised as a “standout performer.” She is assistant principal with The Atlanta Opera, principal with the Columbus Symphony, and section member of the Atlanta Ballet and Des Moines Metro Opera. She has worked with distinguished musicians including Janos Starker, Alan Harris, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Sun Huh, a prize winner of New York International Music Concours 2021, earned her doctorate at Indiana University. Huh obtained bachelor at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, and Konzert-Examen at Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. She performed as a concert soloist with Collegium Musicum Jülich, Neue Philharmonia Westfalen, and Neue Kammerorchester Düsseldorf.

Andrea Kleesattel is a cellist and music educator. She is a former member of several professional orchestras in the USA and Japan and has performed in solo and chamber concerts around the world. She is an experienced Suzuki teacher with training in Dalcroze and movement practices.

Sarah Strickland is a violinist/violist/pianist, conductor, and music educator. She has taught music in NY, MI, PR, and TN. A trained Suzuki teacher, Sarah maintains a private studio of violin, viola, and piano students in Bloomington, and performs with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She has a passion for working with adult learners.

Artistic Director of Voces Novae, Susan Swaney has received national attention for thought-provoking programs, including the commission of Vonnegut: Requiem. She is also long-time music director of the Unitarian Universalist Church choir, teacher of IU music theater students, music director of many shows, and founder of Sing for Joy! senior choir.

Shelley Taylor

IU Jacobs School of Music alumna Shelley Taylor has more than 30 years of professional experience as a yoga instructor in the Bloomington, Indiana, community. In addition to having lead master classes in yoga and working with Jacobs faculty and students, she has served as adjunct yoga faculty at the IU Department of Kinesiology since 2006. 


Audrey Jo Williams, a graduate from the Eastman School of Music, is both a performer and music educator. She has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all skill levels. Audrey maintains a private studio in town teaching violin, cello, and bass. She also performs with the Bloomington Symphony. 


As chair of the Ballet Department at Jacobs, Sarah Wroth is committed to inclusivity and excellence. Her educational work encompasses community engagement with diverse populations, including differently abled individuals. A dancer with an international career, Wroth provides a unique model for her students that exhibits the value of diversity and innovation. 

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