Associate Instructors

Meet our students; read about their backgrounds, professional engagements, teaching positions, and educational histories.

Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting candidates
Master of Music in Wind Conducting candidates

Andrew D. Chybowski is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting as a student of Stephen W. Pratt and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Chybowski holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Master of Music in Wind Conducting degree from Missouri State University.

Prior to attending Indiana University, Mr. Chybowski served as the Director of Bands at Palestine High School and Palestine Middle School in Palestine, Texas. Under his direction, the band received unanimous superior ratings and advanced to UIL Area Marching Contest every time it was offered (2010 and 2012), and was a state finalist for TMEA honor band. The band also placed first in their division at the Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational Contest in 2010 and 2012, and placed first in their division at the BOA Regional Marching Competition in Arlington in 2009 and 2011.  Mr. Chybowski also unified the district music curriculum and recruitment efforts resulting in nearly twice the enrollment in the high school band, and expanded the course offerings to include jazz band, two levels of music theory, a college mentoring program, and a composition program.

From 2007-2009, Mr. Chybowski served as Graduate Assistant in the Band Department at Missouri State University as a student of Dr. Belva Prather.  He ran the Stage Jazz Band, and conducted the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble in addition to his work with the marching band and teaching duties.

Mr. Chybowski has attended conducting clinics taught by Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Allan McMurray, Steve Davis, Dr. Craig Kirchhoff, Eugene Corporon, and Dennis Fisher.   He holds membership in the Conductor’s Guild, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

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Ryan M. Yahl is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting, and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition, he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Community Band.

From 2009-2015, Mr. Yahl served as the director of bands for the New Bremen Local School District, where he oversaw the instrumental music program in grades 5-12.  Under his direction, the New Bremen Bands performed at both the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Marching Band Finals and the State Large Group Adjudicated Event.  Prior to New Bremen, Mr. Yahl taught for one year in the Anthony Wayne Local School District, and two years at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic School, in Toledo.

Mr. Yahl attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned his bachelors (2006) and masters (2009) degrees in music education. While at BGSU, Mr. Yahl was a member of the Falcon Marching Band, Wind Symphony, the University Percussion Ensemble, and was principal timpanist in the Philharmonia. Mr. Yahl studied percussion with Michael Sander and Roger Schupp, and conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, Carol Hayward, Kenneth Thompson, and Bruce Moss. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Yahl was awarded the Dr. Richard and Annette Ecker Award in Music Education, and the Mark and Helen Kelly University Band Award.

Mr. Yahl currently holds membership in the Ohio Music Education Association, National Association for Music Education, Percussive Arts Society, Indiana Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Pi Kappa Lambda, the American School Band Directors Association, and life membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.  Mr. Yahl is a past president of the BGSU Band Alumni Society, a past president of OMEA District III, and recently served as the Region 3 Representative for ASBDA.  Mr. Yahl has also served as a staff member with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music, participating in their 2011, 2013, and 2015 summer tours of seven European countries.

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Jennifer K. Bollero is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Jennifer also serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting and is Co-Director of the Crabb Band. Ms. Bollero holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Indiana University, where she studied conducting with Jeffrey D. Gershman and Paul Popiel as well as percussion with Kevin Bobo, Wilber England, Craig Hetrick, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, and John Tafoya.

Prior to her return to Indiana University, Ms. Bollero served as the Director of Bands for Bloomfield School District in Bloomfield, Indiana from 2011 to 2016. While at Bloomfield, she led the sixth grade beginning band, junior high concert band, high school symphonic band, marching band, pep band, jazz band, musical pit band, and helped create the handbell choir. Throughout her time at Bloomfield, Ms. Bollero also taught courses in music appreciation and music history as well as all grade levels of elementary general music including instruction in recorder and ukulele. Under her instruction, the symphonic band returned to participation in ISSMA organizational contest and received consistent gold ratings in both performance and sight-reading.

Ms. Bollero is a member of the Indiana Bandmasters Association and has served as the Assistant Percussion Coordinator for the All-State Band and the Percussion Coordinator for the Junior All-State Band. She has previously been a performer and Co-Director of the community handbell choir Symphonic Bells of Bloomington and is currently a percussion section member with the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.

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Sean Phelan is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands and is Co-Director of the Crabb Band. Mr. Phelan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied conducting with Scott Teeple and euphonium with John Stevens. 

From 2013-2016, Mr. Phelan was Director of Orchestras and Associate Director of Bands at Oconomowoc High School in Wisconsin, where he held responsibility for all aspects of the high school strings program; directed the Symphonic Band and Marching Band; and assisted with the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Pep Band. During this time, Mr. Phelan also assisted with the 5th and 6th grade lesson programs at district intermediate schools and participated in and arranged for high school dramatic musical productions. Under his direction, the Oconomowoc Symphonic Band was invited to perform in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda in March of 2014, and consistently achieved superior ratings at WSMA concert festivals. Mr. Phelan joined the Oconomowoc Wind Symphony for performances at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association convention in October of 2013, with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble in Madison in December of 2014, and as a featured band at the Music For All National Concert Festival in March of 2016.

While in Oconomowoc, Mr. Phelan was also principal bassist and then Music Director of the Lake Country Orchestra. He has been part of the brass faculty of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013, has been an active adjudicator for WSMA marching band contests since 2014, and continues to design and consult with several marching programs across the Midwest.
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