Music Clinic

Rodney Dorsey, Conductor

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Our faculty is ranked among the finest of any music camp of its kind in the United States. Comprised of nationally and internationally recognized conductors, instrumentalists, and teachers, these leaders in their respective fields provide our students with an unparalleled opportunity for musical and personal growth.

All students will attend a masterclass from either a member of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty or the Indianapolis Symphony. 

(click on the name of the faculty member to read their bio)


Frank Diaz, Symphony Orchestra
Rodney Dorsey, Cream Band
Dustin Barr, Crimson Band


Sharilyn Spicknall, Violin/String Ensembles
Beth Sievers, Violin/String Ensembles
Cindy Watson, Viola/String Ensembles
Helen Ford, Cello/String Ensembles
Brian Powell, Double Bass/String Ensembles


Christopher Dortwegt, Flute/Woodwind Ensembles
Kathleen Carter Bell, Oboe/Oboe Reed Making
Sara Erb, Bassoon/Bassoon Reed Making
Carl Kling, Clarinet/Orchestral Woodwinds
Kevin Watson, Saxophone/Leadership

Brass & Percussion

Susan Rider, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Eric Dickson, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Aimee Page, Horn/Brass Techniques
Jon Whitaker, Trombone/Orchestral Brass
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Michael Ahearn, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Rich PaluchPercussion/Percussion Ensemble

Elective Faculty

Lissa May, Jazz Band
Kevin Watson, Jazz Band
John Sorsen, Jazz Improv
Jen Bollero, Music Theory
Katelyn Rhoda, Music Theory
TBD, Conducting
Gail Novak, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition

Tamara Thweatt was Principal Piccolo of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002 and has served as guest Principal Piccolo in subscription concerts of the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has performed as flutist with the Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, among others. As a soloist she has made concerto appearances with the Bach Sinfonia of Washington DC, the Pontiac Oakland Symphony in Michigan, the Charlotte NC Symphony, and the Michigan Chamber Players. As a Fulbright Scholar to England, Thweatt spent a year of intensive study in the studio of Trevor Wye and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin.
Dr. Thweatt earned her DMA from the University of Michigan, a Master's degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University. Her principal teachers include Trevor Wye, Clement Barone, Charles Delaney, Jeffery Zook, Leone Buyse and Walfrid Kujala. Currently Instructor of Flute at the University of Indianapolis, Thweatt teaches privately, coaches chamber music, and performs widely in concerts and recordings in Indianapolis. Dr. Thweatt is an active contemporary music flutist and has premiered numerous new works. She is also an accomplished baroque flutist and an avid Irish whistle player, frequently called on for Irish whistle solo parts in commercial recordings. Back to top

Sharilyn (Sharry) Spicknall is a freelance musician. A violinist, violist, and pianist, she enjoys and sustains a longtime and active career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording studio artist, collaborative pianist, orchestral musician, adjudicator, and teacher/coach/clinician. Mrs. Spicknall's academic affiliations have included positions at Indiana State, Purdue, DePauw, and Eastern Illinois Universities, as well as Saint Mary of the Woods College after teaching for over a decade in Indiana public schools. She has been a member of the IUSMC string faculty since 1990. Back to top

Cindy Watson holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has been the Orchestra Director at Shawswick Middle School in Bedford, Indiana, and Pointe South Middle School in Clayton County, Georgia. In addition to teaching private string lessons for over 10 years, she has served as a string clinician at Walton High School, Druid Hills High School and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked as an adjudicator in Baltimore, Maryland.  She frequently performed with orchestras in the greater Baltimore area, including the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra, the Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestra, the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Philharmonia, where she served as principal violist for the 2008-2009 season, and also the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Watson first participated in the IU Summer Music Clinic as a high school student in 1988, and has served as a counselor or a teacher almost every year since. Mrs. Watson resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she continues her work as a freelance musician, clinician and private teacher.

Helen Shively Ford teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Indiana University String Academy. Previously, she served on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she held the roles of string department chair and chamber music coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Minnesota, studying with Tanya Remenikova and Robert Jamieson. Mrs. Ford was a member of the Sartory String Quartet and performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and other regional ensembles. She was active in the contemporary music scene in Austin, Texas, as a member of the group Audio Inversions and as a frequent guest with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Currently, Mrs. Ford performs as a member of the Bloomington chamber music collective, Studio in Bloom. Back to top

Brian Powell is an Associate Professor of Double Bass Performance and String Music Education at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts and Teaching degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Dr. Powell has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition.
As an educator, he is the former director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and was on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. He has received recognition as a distinguished music teacher and advocate of string music education. Dr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky and Florida chapters of the American String Teachers Association, and has also served in the mentor program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Powell remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. Back to top

Christopher R. Dortwegt serves on the Fine Arts Faculty of Wauconda High School (IL) where he co-teaches four curricular concert bands and two percussion classes. He also co-directs the WHS Marching Band and leads the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Dortwegt holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music Degree in Wind Conducting with an Outside Area in Flute, both from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. During his time at IU, he studied conducting with Stephen Pratt and flute with Kathryn Lukas and Thomas Robertello. Back to top

Kathleen Carter Bell is a performer and teacher based in Bloomington, Indiana. Kathleen is excited to be joining the faculty at Auburn University this fall, where she will take the position of Lecturer of Oboe. Kathleen has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus (IN) Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic, and at summer music festivals including Brevard, Banff, Masterworks, and Credo. In February, she represented Indiana University at Seoul University's Winter Chamber Music Festival, performing the Poulenc Trio.
Kathleen is ABD toward a Doctor of Music degree at IU, where she studies with Linda Strommen and Roger Roe. She received her Masters and a Performer Diploma in Oboe Performance from IU, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, where she studied with Jeffrey Rathbun. Kathleen was one of six graduate recipients of the 2012 Barbara and David H. Jacobs Fellowship, a full tuition award granted for “excellence and leadership in the world of music.” This is her second year on the IU Summer Music Clinic faculty. Back to top

Carl Kling is the Director of Bands at Ballard High School in Louisville, KY. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Wesleyan, a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin University, and has completed coursework for the Doctor of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Back to top

Trumpeter Susan Rider serves as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C. She also performs with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare Orchestra, Monarch Brass, Stiletto Brass Quintet and is an active freelance musician. Additionally, Susan has performed with the Alexandria Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, The Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Cathedral Choral Society Orchestra. Previously, she performed with the Midland/Odessa Symphony, Lone Star Brass Quintet, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Iowa, Evansville Philharmonic and New World Symphony As a featured soloist, she has performed with numerous ensembles to include the Marine Band, the Volga Band of Saratov, Russia and the Hannaford Street Silver Brass Band of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Susan has also performed at the International Women’s Brass Conference, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, International Trumpet Guild, and The International Trombone Festival. As an educator, Susan has taught at Shenandoah University, Purdue University, Indiana University, and for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas. She has given numerous master classes and maintains a private teaching studio in Northern Virginia. She earned her degrees from the University of Northern Iowa (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M. and D.M.), studying with master trumpet teachers Keith Johnson, Randy Grabowski, Charles Gorham and Edmund Cord. Back to top

Eric Dickson serves on the faculty at Truman State University, where he teaches trumpet, directs the Truman Trumpet Ensemble and Truman Brass Choir, and coordinates a flourishing student brass quintet program. He has performed nationally on Broadway tours of The Drowsy Chaperone and A Chorus Line, and internationally as principal trumpet of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra.
Dickson is a contributor to the International Trumpet Guild Journal, having written articles on life as a touring musician, and on the influence of music theory in performance. He has presented master classes and clinics to students around the country, including appearances at Auburn University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During the summer, Dickson teaches at the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic and College Audition Preparation Workshop, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He holds degrees from Minnesota State University–Moorhead and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a former student of John Rommel, Ed Cord, Joey Tartell, Kevin Kjos, and William Adam. Back to top

Aimee Page, Horn, Senior Chief Musician, Retired, U.S. Coast Guard Band, is a native of Bloomington, Indiana and product of the I.U. Summer Music Clinics. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, her professional career began with the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Aimee has performed with many symphony orchestras, including Jacksonville, Lansing, Battle Creek, Indianapolis and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber music performer, Aimee has loved all the brass and woodwind quintets she has been a member of, including the Jackson Brass Quintet, the Grand River Brass and the U.S.C.G. Band Woodwind Quintet. She has enjoyed Brass Band experiences as well, as a member of the Bloomington Brass Band during their heyday 1985-1987, and The St. John’s River City Brass Band in Jacksonville, FL. Her military career spans a 30-year period, joining the Navy in 1987 and retiring from the Coast Guard in 2017. Since returning to Bloomington, she is a member of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble and is the MCCSC 6th Grade Beginning Band Director. Aimee and her husband, Mitch, are the parents of 4 children, 2 of whom are attending I.U. Back to top

Rich Paluch earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Augustana College and his Master of Music degree in Wind Band Conducting from Indiana University. His primary instructors were Ray Cramer, Stephen W. Pratt, David Woodley, Douglas Stotter and James Lambrecht. Mr. Paluch is currently the Director of bands at Mannheim Middle School (IL), where he directs three concert bands, a jazz band, and a percussion ensemble. Prior to joining the faculty at Mannheim, Mr. Paluch taught at West Aurora High School and Grayslake Middle School. During his teaching career, he has taught all levels of band including beginner, middle school, high school, and college. Rich is active as a performer and adjudicator in the Chicagoland area. As a percussionist, he has performed with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Fox Valley Concert Band, The Aurora American Legion Band, and the prestigious Wheaton Municipal Band, where he has been a featured summer soloist and guest conductor. Back to top

Michael Ahearn is currently Director of Bands at Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Indiana University where he studied percussion with Kevin Bobo, John Tafoya, Steve Houghton, and Michael Spiro. Along with teaching middle school, he has taught percussion at many band programs in Southern Indiana including: Bloomington High School North, Edgewood High School, and Owen Valley High School. Currently, he is the principal percussionist and personnel manager of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble with other performance experience including The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corp and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corp. Back to top

John Sorsen graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a double major in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Mr. Sorsen is a band director at Bloomington High School North. He was the Jazz Director at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NV. When he was not teaching, John played with the Bruce Harper Big Band, The Desert Winds, and subs for various shows on the Las Vegas strip. 

Katelyn Rhoda teaches K-12 music and band at Bloomfield School District in Bloomfield, Indiana. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University in 2016 where she studied oboe with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen. Back to top

Gail Novak, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, is in demand as a collaborative artist in the United States and abroad. Gail performs often at Arizona State University and in the Phoenix area with university faculty, students, and guest artists.
She has served as an official accompanist for International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests in Tempe, Columbus, Ostend, Tokyo, North Ridge, Lincoln; and for the International Trumpet Guild, International Double Reed Conferences and the National Flute Conventions, the national trumpet competition in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as being the featured collaborator at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium for many years in Norman, Oklahoma. Gail has played with David Shifrin, Jon Manasse, and Larry Combs, and can be heard with great instrumentalists on Potenza, Crystal and Summit Records. She plays organ and piano at Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa and maintains a small piano studio of amazing students! Back to top

Benjamin Dean Taylor is a composer of contemporary art music. His energetic, adventurous music provides a uniquely refreshing sonic experience for performers and audiences alike. Trained as a trumpet player and pianist, he performs with and writes music for a variety of chamber ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, wind bands, orchestras, choirs, and experimental ensembles. He received degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University and Bowling Green State University and is now a doctoral student at Indiana University. Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a BMI Student Composers Award, two Barlow Endowment Commissions, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and First Place Winner of the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Region VII). His music is frequently performed in the United States and abroad. Ben resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and three sons.  Listen to his music at Back to top