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Eugene O’Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean (Interim)
Associate Professor of Music Education
IU Jacobs School of Music
Brenda Brenner is the Eugene O’Brien Bicentennial Executive Associate Dean (Interim) and Associate Professor of Music Education in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy. She received a BM and BME from Wichita State University, and an MM and DMA in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As director of the Fairview Project – a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum – Brenner is researching the cognitive, academic and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction. An active performer of chamber music throughout the United States, Brenner partners with pianist Kenneth Huber and her husband, organist Christopher Young. She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy and is Assistant Director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the ASTA National Conferences, and at Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States. Brenner is a Past President of the American String Teachers Association.
Bassist, educator, and founder of The Scholarship Roadmap
Trevor Jones is the house bassist at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL. In addition to playing over 30 productions, Trevor was also a substitute for the Chicago production of Hamilton. Over the past decade, Trevor’s group Molehill has toured the country and compiled a body of work that has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, among others.
Trevor is the founder of The Scholarship Roadmap, a 1:1 program for student musicians pursuing degrees and careers in music. Trevor is a partner of the double bass podcast Contrabass Conversations and was the instructor of double bass and bass guitar at Illinois Wesleyan University from 2012-2020.
Trevor’s principal teachers include Rob Kassinger, Andrew Kohn, and Duane Botterbusch. While studying with Rob Kassinger, Trevor performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Assistant Director of Admissions | Lawrence Conservatory of Music
Emma grew up in Castle Rock, CO and moved to Wisconsin in 2014 to attend Lawrence University, a school and state she is proud to call home. After graduating from LU in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, Emma continued her student work as a tour guide and admissions worker by joining the Lawrence University Admissions Team as a music admissions counselor. In her work, Emma is passionate about taking a personalized approach to the college search, helping students discover what they want and need in their future school while helping them see how Lawrence can support their dreams. She believes in celebrating the unique college search of each of her students and strives to serve them as a supportive resource no matter which school they end up attending. When not working with students, Emma can be found exploring hiking trails across Wisconsin, making music on flute, guitar, and piano, and playing with her cat Circe.