Painting by Lory Williams Winford
Annie Hawk · President
ANNIE HAWK | President
ANNIE HAWK holds a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University. She has taught preschool and was the program director at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center in Ohio before working as a Financial Services Professional at New York Life Insurance.
As a passionate arts event organizer, she has led a concert series at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago for seven years and is currently in charge of the Bean Blossom Music Series at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana. These concerts feature student and faculty performances from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (Roosevelt University), Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) among others.
Annie has initiated and directed FamiliesYES! – a non-profit organization in Lorain County, Ohio which put on the annual Lorain County Family Fun Fair featuring educational activities for children involving over 50 organizations from all over the county. She is co-founder of RiverSong Music, Inc.
ANDREAS IOANNIDES | Artistic Director
British-Cypriot pianist ANDREAS IOANNIDES enjoys a diverse and exciting career rooted in his love of performing and teaching. He has given recitals throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, appearing in venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Hamburg Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko in Helsinki and the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. He has received enthusiastic reviews by the Boston Globe, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio across three continents.
Andreas has made concerto appearances under maestros Neil Varon, David Effron, Paul Nadler and Roberto Tibiriçá; his chamber collaborations include such artists as Joseph Swensen, Atar Arad, Peter Stumpf and composer PQ Phan. A prize winner in the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro and the Hastings International Piano Competition in the UK, he recently turned his attention to recording projects, including a 2-disc album released by Naxos in 2020 in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
Andreas has served as Lecturer of Piano at Indiana State University and is currently Assistant Lecturer of Piano at the Cork School of Music at Munster Technological University in Cork, Ireland. He is also Artistic Director of RiverSong Music Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes community education and enrichment through classical music . He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, mentored by pianist Menahem Pressler.
Andreas Ioannides · Artistic Director
LISA HARDWICK THOMPSON | Secretary
LISA HARWICK THOMPSON is enjoying post-career life in Brown County with her husband Dwight. As a life-long advocate for the arts from both the consumption and production sides, she is thrilled to support RiverSong’s efforts to bring access to chamber music to new audiences. Board involvement, as well as performing with choral and theatrical organizations across the region has ignited her passion for the power of grassroots organizations to enable participation in the arts at the local level. Past regional experience includes Little Theatre of Bedford, Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington First Presbyterian Church. In Brown County, Lisa is happy to have recently joined the choir at Nashville United Methodist Church.
Lisa Thompson · Secretary
Rebekah Nika · Treasurer
Rebekah Nika | Treasurer
BECKY NIKA moved to Brown County in 2018 from the St. Paul, MN area. She was born in Terre Haute and raised in Martinsville, IL. Becky earned her Bachelor degrees in Clinical Psychology and Sociology and her MBA from Eastern Illinois University.
Becky’s career began in banking while still in college, eventually travelling nationally as a commercial lending officer for First Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She left banking in the mid-eighties to become CFO for a privately held manufacturing company in St. Petersburg, FL. She remained in manufacturing, finishing her career with 16 years as CFO at Northern Metal Fab, Inc., a privately held company in Baldwin, WI.
After attending three different ChamberFest Brown County concerts during their 2021 inaugural season, Becky volunteered her services to the nonprofit. Her enthusiasm for and appreciation of the outstanding quality and talent of the artists involved led her to this decision. Her goal is to help RiverSong Music, Inc. grow and flourish in their mission to bring classical music performance and education of the highest caliber to Brown County while ensuring its financial integrity.
Nicha Stapanukul · Social Media
NICHA STAPANUKUL | Social Media
NICHA STAPANUKUL has established a career as a multi-faceted musician having performed as soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician across the world, and held teaching and administrative positions at renowned institutions. Since the age of 11, Nicha was a prizewinner of various competitions and prestigious awards in Thailand and abroad, leading to her debut in 2009 with the Kasetsart University Winds Orchestra and a solo debut following that at Princess Alexandra Hall in London, United Kingdom.
Nicha is currently Director of Education of Meridian Music School in Carmel, Indiana, where she serves all administrative roles for the school of over 350 students. She is also President of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter at Indiana University and holds active memberships in the Music Teachers National Association, Indiana Music Teachers Association, and College Music Society, presenting at several conferences every year. She has served as the Community Engagement Fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra, curating and managing over 30 interactive outreach chamber music concerts for the community of Breckenridge in Colorado over the course of 8 weeks. She has also held positions as an Associate Instructor of the Secondary Piano Program at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Faculty and Executive Assistant for the IU Young Pianists Program, as well as the Online Teaching Artist for the Jacobs School of Music Distance Teaching and Learning Lab and the Tunaweza Kimuziki program, where she teaches students from Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic and Nakuru, Kenya. She has also been a guest lecturer at Indiana University classes, leading discussions on Robert Schumann and piano writing in the Romantic Era.
Nicha is currently completing a Doctor of Music in Music Literature and Performance with minors in music education, arts administration, and collaborative piano at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
PHIL McKOWN | Development
PHIL McKOWN is delighted to be involved with ChamberFest Brown County. He was born in Indianapolis and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University before pursuing a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Indiana University. Phil and his husband have lived in Brown County since 1975; they have been active members of its cultural community ever since.
While Phil’s professional career has centered around engineering and software development, he has enjoyed music of many kinds since childhood. Phil particularly loves solo and chamber works, and considers himself a recovering oboist. He follows a diverse set of interests, including music, visual arts, computer programming and auto racing.
“What an amazing opportunity to bring the best of classical music and musicians to a community already known for its love of the arts.”
Phil McKown · Development
Anne Miller · Development
ANNE MILLER | Development
ANNE MILLER has been involved in the Brown County art scene for the last 38 years. First a member of local artists co-op, Brown County Craft Gallery, then member, president and artist at Hoosier Artist Gallery, both in Nashville, IN. She was a founding member of the Art Alliance of Brown County, a member of Indiana Artisans, and on the first 2 terms of board membership for the Town of Nashville Arts & Entertainment commission.
Anne has been doing her art for the last 40 years. She is well known for the stained glass and metal overlay technique she pioneered in the late 1970’s. Her degree from University of Michigan was from the School of Natural Resources and her teaching degree was in Environmental Education. These years of study helped to inform her art, which is nature based. She also has been working with Transformed Photography technique for the last dozen years. Her art work can be seen at Art/Glass Studio I Anne Ryan Miller I Nashville, Indiana
Having studied piano from an early age, she is an avid music lover, has great respect for the diligence, commitment and hard work of the great composers and musicians and looks forward to potential and brilliant artistry that will be found in our future concerts.
MIKE HARRISON | Development
MIKE HARRISON moved to Brown County in 2018 from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Born and raised in Olney, IL, Mike earned his Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Mike’s career was in commercial construction, mostly as a senior member of on-site management staffs for large public and private buildings constructed overseas and in a number of states across the U.S.
Mike volunteered his services to the nonprofit at the conclusion of the ChamberFest Brown County 2021 inaugural season. As a long-time supporter of local musical ensembles, Mike has an appreciation of the high quality of the artists and the variety of the programs that our festival offers. He hopes to help the community come to share his enthusiasm of all that RiverSong Music, Inc. brings to Brown County.
Mike Harrison · Development
DAN LYNG | Educational Outreach
DAN LYNG is a tenor, teacher of voice, and voice researcher living in Bloomington, IN. He is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His doctoral dissertation will explore the phenomenon of vibrato in prepubertal and pubertal voices. He also serves as Theatre Director at Brown County Schools in Nashville, IN, where he directs productions and teaches courses in acting and technical theater.
Dan Lyng · Educational Outreach
FUTABA NIEKAWA | Artistic Advisor
Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist FUTABA NIEKAWA pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan and to date has released five recordings (PARMA Recordings, Petrichor Records) and her live performances have been recorded for radio broadcast.
In demand as a collaborative pianist, Niekawa has performed with Atar Arad, James Campbell, Charles Castleman, Gabriele Ragghianti, and the members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among others. She has been engaged as a collaborative pianist at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, Meadowmount School of Music, and the IU Summer String Academy. Praised as “a beautifully balanced duo” by Gramophone Magazine, Niekawa’s long-term duo partnership with violinist Kerry DuWors, duo526, has led to numerous performances, recordings, and artist residencies at the Banff Centre and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Niekawa’s passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have developed into artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists. In her leisure-time she plays free-improvisation.
Niekawa is currently a Lecturer in Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her dedication to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice is shown through workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar, and invitations as a guest teacher at universities across North America.
Futaba Niekawa · Artistic Advisor