Vibes/Percussion – Pat Ahrens graduated from Bellarmine in 2014 with the first-awarded Bachelor of Music degree – Emphasis in Percussion Performance. He currently teaches at St. James Elementary school in the Highlands as music instructor. Pat performs as percussionist with orchestras and classical ensembles around the Louisville area, including the Louisville Civic Orchestra and Orchestra Enigmatic. His studies with renowned vibraphonist Dick Sisto have led to several opportunities to perform with this local music legend. In addition, Pat performs as a member of Patrick Denney’s combo The Awesemble. Pat’s main musical influences are Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans.
Voice -- Christina Booker is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville where she received her MM in Vocal Performance. She recently performed as a soloist for Bach’s Magnificat in D major and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and performed as a Guest Artist with Kentucky Opera’s educational tour of Oh! Freedom!. Her opera roles include Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Veronique in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle, Aline in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, and Amanda/Ameliora in Sterling Tinsley’s Daniel and the Dreamcatcher. She has also been a featured soloist in choral masterworks such as Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Christina served for two years as a member and soloist with North Alabama’s SOLAS, which performed across North Alabama and Mississippi. She also holds a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Kodály Music Education from Loyola University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
Guitar - Brady DeWitt is a guitarist who studied with Craig Wagner at Bellarmine University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance in 2021. He studied jazz during his undergrad, but also has a deep love for other genres such as blues, rock, and metal. Brady also has been teaching while achieving his Bachelors and found a love for the art. Brady finds teaching to be fun, challenging, and rewarding all while making himself a better person and guitar player.
Piano - Hank Evans is a 2013 graduate of Bellarmine University with degrees in Piano Pedagogy & Accompanying and Jazz Studies. In 2016, he earned a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Louisville. Hank has been teaching piano lessons in the Louisville area for over ten years and currently serves as the Director of Worship and Music for Holy Trinity and Holy Name Parishes. When he isn't teaching, he performs with local groups including Tony and the Tan Lines, 64West, The Players Club, and Funkasaurus.
Violin (Classical and Jazz) – Violinist Jane Halliday, is a versatile musician with extensive performance experience in a variety of musical genres. She studied violin with Paul Kling, Philipp Naegele, Peter McHugh, and Timothy Baker, and has performed with orchestras and ensembles throughout Kentucky.
She has a B.A. in English from Smith College, and a B.M. in Music Performance and an M.A. in
Humanities and Civic Leadership, both from the University of Louisville.
Jane’s professional expertise ranges from solo performance to work with various chamber
ensembles and orchestras in Kentucky. She frequently plays in ensembles supporting artists
such as Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and Rachel Grimes, and can be found in ‘the pit” of the
Broadway Series at the KY Ctr for the Arts. Jane is a founding member of the Carnegie Quartet
(carnegiequartet.com), an outstanding string quartet based in Lexington KY. She also plays gypsy
jazz (swing39.com) and collaborates on original music written by her singer/songwriter sister,
Marion Halliday (trickstersister.com). Find out more about Jane and listen to her music at Jane
Piano - Paige Harpring studied with Dror Biran at the University of Louisville, where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy. She studied with Young Hyun Cho and Derek Polischuk at Michigan State University, where she received a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy in 2019. She also completed an internship in 2019 at the Faber Piano Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she taught a group class for young beginners. Paige is excited to be returning home to Louisville to continue her career as a piano instructor in both private and group settings.
Piano – Louie Hehman is an adjunct instructor of piano and director of the Preparatory Music Program at Bellarmine University, where he also teaches music theory. Louie is a current Doctor of the Musical Arts (DMA) candidate at the University of South Carolina, where he is remotely completing his dissertation. Louie is highly active as a performer, educator, clinician, and researcher, and has presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), the MTNA Collegiate Symposium, and the Indiana, Kentucky, and South Carolina Music Teacher's Association State Conferences. In spring 2021, Louie will be presenting two sessions at the Music Teacher's National Association conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2018, Louie spent a summer studying in Vienna, Austria under acclaimed Schubert interpreter Hafez Babashahi, and in the same year participated in the South Carolina premier of Leonard Bernstein's MASS. Important teachers have included Charles Fugo, Kate Boyd, and Meme Tunnell; pedagogy mentors have included Sara Ernst, Scott Price, and Karen Thickstun. Louie has an interest in both jazz and classical styles, and in addition to his coursework at South Carolina also holds an MM degree in piano pedagogy from Butler University and BA degrees in Music and History from Bellarmine University.
Jazz Piano - Todd Hildreth is instructor of jazz piano at Bellarmine University where he also teaches courses in Jazz, Pop, and Rock History. Todd's musical interest began with the accordion at 10, and moved to Jerry Lee Lewis, Frank Zappa and Queen at 12. He enrolled at Bellarmine University in 1985 with the intention of becoming an English teacher, but discovered Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett by the end of his first semester and has never looked back. He has founded or been in collaboration with groups such as The Java Men, King Kong, Liberation Prophecy, Squeeze-bot, Vgroove, The Louisville Improvisors, and the Todd Hildreth trio. He teaches at the annual Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, leads the music program at Ascension Lutheran Church, and is the musical director for The WHAS Crusade for Children's annual telethon. Todd has performed or recorded with Don Braden, Stephanie Courtney (Flo from the Progressive commercials), Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Joan Rivers, Bobby Shew, Dave Stryker, and many others.
Piano – Emily McCarthy holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Louisville, where she studied under Dror Biran. She was the first recipient of Bellarmine University’s Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying Bachelor of Arts degree; she also earned the B.A. degree in Psychology during her time as an undergraduate. Emily has worked in the music profession for over a decade as a private piano teacher and collaborative pianist. Emily also holds the B.S. in Nursing degree and works as a registered nurse at a local hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Drums - Terry O’Mahoney is Adjunct Professor of Music at Bellarmine University, where he teaches Jazz Drums, Applied Percussion, Rock Drums, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. He is an active performer in the Louisville area with various jazz and classical ensembles, including the Louisville Orchestra. He was formerly a Professor of Music at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish (Nova Scotia, Canada), where he taught classical and jazz drumming, World Music, and directed the Latin Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, and small jazz ensembles. He is active as a performer, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the US and Canada. He holds a B.M.Ed. from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami (FL). He also studied privately with jazz drumming legend Jeff Hamilton (Los Angeles, CA). He has performed on drumset with numerous jazz artists (Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Lew Soloff, and others) in addition to his frequent symphonic performances with Symphony Nova Scotia (Halifax, NS) on percussion and drum set. He has three books in print - Motivic Drumset Soloing, Jazz Drumming Transitions, and 100 Essential Drumset Lessons - for the Hal Leonard Corporation. His articles have appeared in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes magazines and his compositions have been published by Per-Mus Publications. He plays Vic Firth drumsticks and Crescent Cymbals exclusively.
Piano - Karen Kai Yuan Yong is an active piano pedagogue, teacher of all ages, and pianist. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina where she studied Piano with Joseph Rackers and Charles Fugo, and Pedagogy with Sara Ernst and Scott Price.
Dr. Yong has a strong history of teaching. She works to develop students of all ages, and at any level through individual and group settings. Her students garnered several recognitions at the regional and national levels, and her teaching was honored with an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina and a Teacher Certificate of Recognition by The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto.
While Dr. Yong is dedicated to teaching, she also remains committed to performing. She has made numerous national and international appearances in the USA, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Select performances include a concerto work with the ASA Symphony Orchestra in Indonesia, and a premiere opera show, partnering with the Texas State University Opera Theatre and the Texas Hill Country Opera and Arts.
Megan Burnett (Actor, acting teacher, director) is BU’s Theatre Program Director. She studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Shakespeare & Company and with John Basil of American Globe Theatre. She was a teaching artist for Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Folger Shakespeare Library. She received her MFA in Theatre from the University of Louisville. Megan will offer one-on-one acting classes in contemporary, classical, and Shakespeare styles. Group acting classes in scene work will be offered when possible.
Michelle Salerno has taught several theatre courses including acting, directing, devising theatre/ solo performance, and improv as well as classes in public speaking, literature, and history. She has an M.A. and Ph.D in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A in Theatre from the New School. She has worked as a director, dramaturg, producer, playwright, and actress in New York and Chicago.