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
JARED MCELROY, ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jared McElroy is currently in his last year of studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His choral experience began at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, where he performed with their show choir, CG Sound System. In his collegiate career he performed 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. He also served as an assistant conductor of Indiana University's All Campus Choir under Dr. William Gray. While at IU he performed with its VJE, the Downbeat Award-winning vocal jazz ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Steve Zegree this ensemble was invited to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Jared is currently student teaching at North Central High School in Indianapolis under associate teacher Mr. Michael Raunick.
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.
ANNE BECK, CHOREOGRAPHER
Anne Beck spent 14 years living in New York City, performing on Broadway, touring in Broadway national tours, and appearing with regional theater companies across the country. Now residing in Indianapolis, she still performs, directs, teaches, and choreographs locally as well as across the United States and Canada and abroad.
Anne has been a solo vocalist with numerous symphony orchestras; her work includes several musical productions with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, including Hairspray in Concert (with John Waters and Micky Dolenz), Hello, Dolly! (with Gary Beach and Sandi Patty), and Guys and Dolls (with Hal Linden). She most recently performed with the ISO in Anything Goes and On Broadway with Kander & Ebb. Additional credits include the roles of Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy, Bombalurina in Cats and Cassie in A Chorus Line. Anne was in the original Broadway cast of Saturday Night Fever and performed with Barbara Eden in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Anne has won numerous awards across the nation for outstanding choreography in both theatrical and dance productions.