Bradley Allen, Director
Voice, Piano, Trumpet
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 Viola, Violin
Abby Wagner is a violist based in Columbus, Ohio. She received a Master of Music in viola performance from The Ohio State University, where she served as a Graduate Teaching Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance and music education from Lawrence University of Wisconsin. Before moving to Columbus, she taught English and researched Austrian and Austrian-American folk music as a Fulbright scholar in Vienna. Abby performs with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Musicians, LLC. She has been teaching violin and viola lessons for nine years to students of all ages. She is active in the Columbus folk music and dance scene as a member of Columbus Folk Dancers and musician for English Country Dancers of Columbus.
Trumpet, Piano, Guitar, Beginning Trombone & French Horn
Ian Harrah graduated in 2014 from Miami University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is an active Columbus musician and arranger in a variety of styles, including jazz with the Ben Crowder Sextet and Ian Harrah Quintet, salsa with Al Son del Iya, pop/rock with The Big Badd, funk with Osage, second line with Largemouth Brass Band, and latin jazz with 7 Igba Ire. Ian has also served as pianist/guitarist/singer at the American Baptist Church of Westerville for the past 5 years. Ian believes that music is for everyone and that anyone can learn how to create and find joy in music. His teaching style is to encourage students to find their passions and goals to help them feel self-motivated and excited to learn and play! With 4 years of teaching experience, Ian is comfortable teaching students of all ages on brass, piano, guitar, ukulele!
Dr. Helen T. Allen
Voice, Piano, Studio 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.
Traditional and Suzuki Piano, Voice
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.
Leslie began studying flute at age 10 as a part of the Hilliard City School District, where she attended high school. She studied privately with Melody Jones for many years, which allowed her to develop the techniques and confidence to become flute section leader in high school. Leslie enjoyed taking this opportunity to teach peers and help them improve and add expression to their playing. She then attended Ashland University where she studied Finance, but remained an active member of the music community. There she picked up bassoon as a secondary instrument and continued to enjoy both flute and piccolo in marching band. Leslie believes that music education leads to more than just learning to play an instrument. Music helps to develop key skills that one can carry throughout the rest of their life, including time management, organization, patience, coordination, and perseverance.
Dr. Sarah Bishop
Piano Performance, Studio Piano Accompanist, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Music Theory
Sarah received her bachelors in piano performance and music education from Point Loma Nazarene University, her masters in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University, and her PhD in Musicology from Ohio State University. She has taught piano, music theory, elementary music classes, and college-level music courses around the world, from Ohio to Uganda to Ghana. During her time at Ohio State, she received a number of research grants to go to Ethiopia, where she spent several months recording traditional music, translating songs, and interviewing local musicians. Sarah believes strongly that every individual is capable of making music and loves guiding students towards realizing their talent in their lessons. When she is not teaching or researching, she enjoys accompanying and singing in choirs and coming up with piano arrangements of African songs. She also plays guitar, ukulele, and even a little of the Ethiopian thumb piano (called the "thoom").
Electric, Acoustic, and Bass Guitar,
Percussion, Drum Set
Group Guitar Class, Ableton Live Instruction(Audio Recording and Mastering Software)
Ricky Feria began playing the guitar at age 10. He began his performing experience when he was a young teenager playing in various groups as both a guitarist and drummer. He is a versatile guitarist and specializes in blues and rock guitar. Ricky also plays the drum set, bass guitar, piano and sings. He has a very extensive touring experience having performed on the same bills as some very well known national acts such as The Marcus King Band, Matisyahu, Les Claypool and many more. This has earned Ricky a string endorsement with string manufacturer Black Diamond Strings as well as a big recognition in the regional music scene. Ricky started teaching guitar 6 years ago and has had over 200 students ranging from beginner to advanced levels, including working with children in Dublin and Worthington City Schools, and at The Boys and Girls Club of Columbus. Ricky has been a music producer for over 7 years and has recorded several albums and EPs. Ricky is very passionate about music and enjoys sharing that passion with his students.
Kathryn "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.