GREG SANDERS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Greg Sanders has served as artistic director of the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus since 2010; prior to his appointment he was the IMC’s pianist, beginning in 2003. Greg is an active choral musician in Indianapolis and across central Indiana; he serves as the music director at All Souls Unitarian Church and has performed in concert as pianist and assistant conductor with choruses at Butler University, Franklin College, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. He received his master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University in 2011, where he studied with Dr. Eric Stark and Mr. Henry Leck.
Aside from his choral work, Greg is a vocal coach and chamber musician, performing extensively at the piano in recitals, festivals, conferences, and master classes in Indianapolis and regionally. He has held staff and faculty piano positions at Butler University and Franklin College, coaching and performing with instrumentalists and singers, as well as teaching courses in applied piano and chamber music. Greg has performed in many parts of North America, including Chicago, Montreal and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C., as well as in concerts in Europe, including tours in England, Greece, and Italy.
Greg serves on the staff of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as the vocal director for all Pops concerts, including the annual Yuletide Celebration. He has also been the vocal director for the symphony’s productions of Hairspray!, On Broadway with Kander & Ebb, and Anything Goes!
SAM LOCKE, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Sam Locke, beginning his second season with the Chorus, is the first person to fill the part-time role of Managing Director with the organization. In this role, Sam directs the IMC’s business operations and implements our marketing and fundraising strategies. Sam has increased the IMC’s support from foundations, government entities and individual donors and is focused on increasing the IMC’s visibility within the Indianapolis arts community.
Sam is also the Director of Development for Indiana Legal Services and a regular consultant and presenter on fundraising best practices. Earlier in his career, Sam managed direct marketing for the national headquarters of the Presbyterian Church (USA), raising over $77 million for the denomination’s social justice ministries. Sam is a graduate of Indiana University, the University of Wyoming and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
JARED MCELROY, ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jared McElroy is currently a graduate student at Butler University studying Choral Conducting. Jared completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music studying voice and choral music education. During his time at IU, he performed and toured with the internationally recognized collegiate show choir the Singing Hoosiers under both Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf and Dr. Steve Zegree. While in the Singing Hoosiers, he served as a choreographer, administrative assistant, student manager, and student conductor. While at IU he performed with VJE, the Downbeat Award-winning vocal jazz ensemble. After his time at IU, he spent two years as the choral director of Westlane Middle School on the north side of Indianapolis. Jared is currently in his fourth season with the IMC as the Assistant Artistic Director, and serves as a free-lance choral clinician, arranger, and adjudicator.
D.J. SMITH, ACCOMPANIST
D.J. Smith is an active pianist and instructor in Indianapolis. He serves on the piano faculty at Butler University and maintains his own studio through the Butler Community Arts School. He teaches both group classes and private lessons.
D.J. has lectured and performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the Midwest. He is frequently sought out as an accompanist and is equally at home with both vocal and instrumental repertoire. He is passionate about piano repertoire by Russian composers and most recently performed a lecture recital at Butler University on the shorter piano works of Alexander Scriabin.
A native of Elwood, Indiana, D.J. holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Butler University. He is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). He is also an active member of the Indiana Music Teachers Association and serves on the IMTA board of directors as coordinator of the Hoosier Auditions.