Encore Music Studios Faculty
Bradley Allen, Director
Voice, Piano, Trumpet
Encore's "Music & . . ." Academy Enrichment Series Teacher and Coordinator
Brad began studying piano at age five with Sandra Krumm, trumpet at age eleven with Peter Griselli, and singing in high school musicals by age eleven. He holds a BME and BM in vocal performance from The Ohio State University where he studied voice with Dr. Loretta Robinson and Dr. Robin Rice. He has both national and international performance experience and has been teaching music since 1997. Brad has loved music for as long as he can remember, and believes that learning is fun, music is universal, and love is contagious! Brad is happily married and has four children.
Suzuki and Traditional Violin, Viola
Sean began studying violin at age four, beginning with Susan Locke at the Suzuki program at Capital University. He went on to study advanced violin technique with David Edge, a member of the Columbus Symphony, and has earned a BM degree in violin performance from College-Conservatory of Music, UC, in the studio of Dr. Won-Bin Yim. Sean has performed both solo and in ensembles across the country, and has obtained Suzuki Teacher Certification. Sean believes in encouraging creativity, positivity, and a love for music.
Kitty Laurich, Director Emeritus
Kitty began violin lessons at age 10 in Warren Pa., studying with Peter Fahlbush of the Buffalo Symphony and later with Alexandro Caravachi. A graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Oh., Kitty earned her Suzuki certifications at Capital University Suzuki Institute, and at St. Stevens (WI) Suzuki Institute. Kitty was first associated with Encore in 1980 when the studio opened and her children began instruction. She soon began answering phones and scheduling students, worked as office manager for two owners, and has been the Director since 2003. Kitty specializes in beginning Suzuki Violin students and especially likes teaching the younger students. In addition to teaching violin, Kitty is also the Director of Children's Choirs at her church.
Traditional and Suzuki Viola, Violin
Violin Class, String Pedagogue
Rachael Keplin is a violist, violinist and string pedagogue in Columbus, Ohio. She holds a Master of Arts in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music in viola performance from Kennesaw State University. Rachael is the viola artist for Chamber Brews and performs with local orchestras such as the Central Ohio Symphony, McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Westerville Symphony, and Newark Granville Symphony. She is passionate about youth outreach and serves as an orchestral coach for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra and local Columbus schools. When she is not teaching, performing or practicing she is writing on pedagogy in her blog, Raising the Bottom Line.
Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Piano
Encore's "Music & . . ." Academy Enrichment Series Teacher
Ian graduated from Miami University with a BM in Music Education. He began playing trumpet at age 8 and studied with James Olcott, Professor Emeritus at Miami University, as well as Steve Pride and Douglas Lindsay, members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ian also performs on guitar and piano, and serves as Pianist at the American Baptist Church of Westerville. Ian loves to teach music and believes it should be exciting, enriching, and fun.
Dr. Helen T. Allen
Voice, Piano, Accompanist
Soprano, Helen Allen, a native of Yellow Springs, OH, is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned a BM, MM and DMA in vocal performance. Dr. Allen has worked with such noted artists as Shirlee Emmons, Warren Jones, Håkan Hagegård, Mark Rucker and Martina Arroyo. Some of her title roles include those in Die Zauberflöte, Mavra, Gianni Schicchi, La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni and Fidelio. Locally, Dr. Allen has appeared with Columbus Light Opera, Opera Columbus Outreach, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, and Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra. She has made numerous appearances as a soloist in such works as Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria,Laud to the Nativity, Carmina Burana, and Benedicite. Dr. Allen has received awards for her participation in both state and national competitions and has adjudicated competitions for young singers as well. Recently, she appeared in a series of recitals with Dr. Allen McCullough, premiering the composer’s new works via a NEA grant in corroboration with Chamber Music Yellow Springs, performing around Central Ohio. Additional collaborative recitals and premieres ensued at Mercer University and Purdue University. Dr. Allen currently serves as a member of the voice faculty at Otterbein University, a position she has held since 2001. She resides in Columbus, OH, with her husband and four children.
Trombone, Beginning Guitar, Beginning Piano
Benjamin graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in music. While at Ohio State, he was a member and squad leader in the Ohio State Marching Band, the OSU Jazz Ensemble, Art Blakey Jazz Combo, Symphonic Band and several other groups in the OSU School of Music. He has been playing trombone since age 11, studying trombone technique privately with Columbus teacher Alex Brough, Joe Duchi of the Columbus Symphony, and Jim Masters of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. During his time at Ohio State, Benjamin studied jazz improvisation with Professor Shawn Wallace (Director of Jazz Studies), local tenor saxophonist Bryan Olshesky and trumpeter Anthony Stanco. He regularly subs as a trombonist in the likes of Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra and the Rick Brunetto Big Band, and is a member of several Columbus acts. Benjamin has also been playing piano and guitar from an early age, and is currently studying with pianist Megan Rainey and guitarist Doug Neel.
Music has always been a staple of human civilization, and Benjamin believes that everyone is capable of understanding and creating music, especially as a means of self-expression. He hopes to instill in his students a can-do attitude when it comes to learning to play music of all kinds!
Traditional and Suzuki Piano
Mary's interest and career in vocal music began under the instruction of Larry Weaver and Michele Horsefield-Carney of Central Ohio. Originally from Grandview, OH, Mary performed with the Grandview Singers and won notoriety for her solo performance of "Swinging on a Star", that she bravely performed while swinging on a large star suspended 20 feet above the audience. Mary received her Bachelors of General Studies in Musical Theater and Masters in Communication with focus on Radio Television Production and the Performing Arts from Ohio University in Athens, OH. Mary put together the Daley-Moore Singers who performed at local and national events such as America Sings. She completed her Suzuki Piano Pedagogy with Mary Craig Powell of Capital University. Mary has received a teacher enrichment grant from OMTA to study special needs and learning styles and serves as a faculty coach for CMC of Worthington, OH. She is the music specialist at Central Ohio Christian Academy and Preschool and has served as judge for Scale Olympics and Indiana Show Choir Festivals.
Suzuki Viola, Violin
Sean began his study of violin at the age of three while living in Texas after a positive experience with the instrument in a Kindermusik class. He continued his studies in Missouri for nine years with Nancy Daby at the Webster Community Music School. During that time he also began his metamorphosis to being a viola player. The transition ended when he joined Marc Thayer's studio at the beginning of high school, and now could not be happier with his choice. He continued his study of viola with Dr. Juliet White-Smith at The Ohio State University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, with a minor in music. Sean spent two summers at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute at the end of high school, and the following two summers touring nationally and internationally with the National Youth Orchestra, where he performed with artists Joshua Bell and Gil Shaham. He has been featured twice on NPR's show From the Top, with the Camerton Quartet and National Youth Orchestra. Sean recently appeared as part of a viola duo at the American Viola Society Conference over the summer of 2016, where he performed Frank Bridge's Elegie for Two Violas. Sean currently performs around the Columbus area in the string quartet Quartetto Grigio and the folk/indie band The Busy Nothing.
Sean's teaching career began in high school, when he started tutoring younger students on both violin and viola. He enjoys cooperating with his students to further their technical abilities and remove the impediments to their enjoying music as an expressive outlet. Apart from music, Sean currently works at the James Cancer Hospital as a Patient Care Associate, and hopes to start medical school in 2019.