Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Janette Brown
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus


Joel Powell

Joel Powell is currently the Director of Orchestras at Carmel Middle School in Carmel, IN and also serves
as the Concert Orchestra conductor of the New World Youth Orchestras of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Powell
graduated magna cum laude with honors from Ball State University, earning a BA in Music Education.
Mr. Powell is formerly an orchestra director at Avon Community Schools and Goshen Community
Schools where he taught middle and high school orchestra.
Mr. Powell is an accomplished conductor and orchestra director. As a conductor, he studied with Kirk
Trevor and Bohuslav Rattay and has participated in master classes with Kevin Noe. Mr. Powell’s
orchestras have consistently earned international recognition and honors. Two of Mr. Powell's
orchestras have been invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and
Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Il, first with the Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2015 at the
69th Annual Midwest Clinic and second the Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2017 at the
71st Annual Midwest Clinic.
Highly sought after as a clinician and conductor, Mr. Powell's orchestras consistently earn top ratings
and prizes at contests and festivals. Mr. Powell has twice served as an honorary guest conductor for the
Jefferson County Public School Corporation’s All-County Honor Orchestra (Louisville, KY), conducting
both the high school and middle school honor orchestras. He has also guest-conducted the Georgia All-
State Middle School Orchestra and the Indiana American String Teachers Association All-Region Honor
Orchestra. Since 2014, Mr. Powell has served as a faculty clinician for the Music for All Summer
Symposium at Ball State University. Additionally, Mr. Powell and his ensembles have been featured in
The Instrumentalist magazine, a music education magazine circulated around the world. As a leader in
the field of music education, Mr. Powell presented a clinic in 2017 at the prestigious Midwest Clinic on
the subject of middle school and high school curriculum alignment.
Mr. Powell began his studies on violin and viola with Dr. Caroline Card Wendt. As a violinist, Mr. Powell
studied with concert violinist and recording artist Mary Kothman and was a scholarship pupil of
renowned violin virtuoso Sherry Kloss, past teaching associate of Jascha Heifetz. Mr. Powell’s list of
professional performance engagements as a musician include such distinctions as scholarship pupil at
the Jascha Heifetz Institute for the Development of Personal Style and master classes with Sydney Harth,
Felicia Moye, David Holland, Roger Meyers, and Stephen Clapp, the former Dean of the Juilliard School
of Music. Mr. Powell is also an accomplished violist and studied extensively with Philip Tietze. Mr.
Powell regularly performs with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and other area orchestras as both a
violinist and violist.
Mr. Powell’s wife, Madison Gren Powell, is an accomplished concert violinist and respected private
teacher. Mr. Powell also has a son, Gavin, and two daughters, Sabrina and Vanessa, all of whom study
the violin.


Janette Brown
Executive DIRECTOR

Janette Brown

Janette Brown graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Piano Performance, and went on to teach piano privately in the Indianapolis area for over 15 years. Additionally she has served as an accompanist in various capacities, including staff accompanist and teaching assistant at Lawrence North High School.

Janette has been an active volunteer and supporter of New World Youth Orchestras since 2010. She and her husband, Matt, have four children and live in Indianapolis.

Dan Whisler
Philharmonic Orchestra

Dan Whisler is currently Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and the Conductor of the New World Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to moving to Kentucky, he was the Director of Orchestras at Center Grove Community School Corporation in Greenwood, Indiana, Founding and Principal Conductor with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, and served on the faculty of the String Quartet Program of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

Mr. Whisler has conducted over 450 works with over 65 ensembles, including professional orchestras in the USA, England, Spain, Lithuania, Hungary, and Romania. His awards as a conductor include the Downbeat Award in 2011 for Best U.S. College Classical Ensemble (conducting Hallfter’s Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial), the Bel Canto Award for Excellence in Conducting, and winner of the 2015 American Prize in Conducting.

An active supporter of new music, Mr. Whisler has premiered 30 works, both as a conductor and as a performer, including conducting the world premiere of the Celtic ballet, Diedre of the Sorrows. He is comfortable with opera and musical theatre literature as well, having been on the conducting staff with Mozart's Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte, Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, and numerous opera scenes concerts for the University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Theater Workshop of Owensboro (Kentucky), Holst's Savitri and Handel's Giulio Cesare with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen with the YPAS music department.

An experienced educator, Mr. Whisler has worked with youth orchestras in Kansas, Colorado, New York, Indiana, and Kentucky (USA). At Center Grove, he increased orchestra student enrollment by over 37 percent and won 17 ISSMA Gold awards in just three years. Under his direction, the YPAS Philharmonia was selected to perform in the 2015 Music for All National Orchestra Festival, the 2016 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, and Heritage Festivals in Chicago (2017) and New York City (2018). He graduated summa cum laude with a BME from Wichita State University (Kansas) and earned an MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. His primary conducting teachers include Russell Guyver and Mark Laycock, with additional studies at 12 conducting institutes in Colorado, Indiana, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Europe with internationally-renowned mentors, including Jorma Panula, Craig Kirchhoff, Markand Thakar, Colin Metters, Victor Yampolsky, and Larry Livingston.


Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Adam M. Bodony is currently serving as Assistant Professor at Purdue University where he conducts the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, and oversees the music department's applied music program. Before being promoted to Assistant Professor, Mr. Bodony served Purdue University as both Visiting Instructor and Visting Lecturer.  Mr. Bodony's previous posts include Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Hot Summer Nights Festival, and Cover Conductor and Pre-Concert Lecturer for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic) as well as several high school, college, and community ensembles throughout the world.  Mr. Bodony's primary conducting teachers include Kirk Trevor, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Leonid Korchmar.

Mr. Bodony played trombone in the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years, having graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2003.  He then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in both religious studies and trombone performance from DePauw University and a master's degree in trombone performance from Indiana University where his primary teachers were Jim Beckel and Carl Lenthe, respectively.  Mr. Bodony has pursued conducting studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and Indiana University. 

As a trombonist, Mr. Bodony has frequently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and can be heard playing 2nd trombone on their two latest album releases under the Telarc label, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański and Jun Märkl, respectively.

In 2013, Mr. Bodony was honored with the Beckmann Emerging Artist Award given by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to a young professional with exceptional talent and promise in a given field. 

Susan Kitterman
Artistic Director emeritus

Susan graduated cum laude from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 1975. She credits Dr. Flora Contino and Leonard Bernstein as her principal inspirations for her educational philosophy.

She has exercised this philosophy in all of her musical endeavors. One of the first educational opportunities she encountered was conducting three high schools’ orchestras in the greater Chicago area. In her time there, she was also a driving force behind the development of string music programs in the high schools’ 12 elementary feeder schools. Now, the schools are among the strongest in Illinois.

After her work in Illinois, Susan moved to Indiana, where she co-founded the Carmel-Clay school corporation’s orchestra program. She directed the orchestra and vocal ensembles at Carmel High School until 1982, when she retired from public school teaching to jumpstart her own youth orchestra.

It has always been her dream to establish her own school for the performing arts, which would provide a high-caliber experience for young musicians. Her work creating, expanding and shaping the New World Youth Orchestras in central Indiana has brought her close to accomplishing her dream.

Susan has won the Sagamore of the Wabash by governor Joseph Kernan in 2004 and Distinguished Hoosier by governor Mitch Daniels in 2007 for her lifelong work with New World Youth Orchestras.  In May 2015, Susan Kitterman stepped down as Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras after having served in that position for 33 years.


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