Staff

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 across the country.  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 UrbaƄski 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. 

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
Conductor
Philharmonic Orchestra

Dan Whisler is currently Director of Orchestras at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and recently became 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 350 works with over 60 ensembles, including professional orchestras in the USA, England, Spain, Lithuania, 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) and the Bel Canto Award for Excellence in Conducting.

An active supporter of new music, Mr. Whisler has premiered over 25 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 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 three years. Under his direction, the YPAS Philharmonia was selected to perform in the 2015 Music for All National Orchestra Festival. 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 conducting institutes in Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, and Europe with internationally-renowned mentors, including Jorma Panula, Craig Kirchhoff, Markand Thakar, Colin Metters, and Larry Livingston. 

Dr. Ardis Faber 
Conductor 
Concert Orchestra

Dr. Ardis R. Faber, Conductor, most recently served as Associate Professor of Music at Grace College School of Music, Winona Lake, IN. She received her B.S. in Music Education from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan; M.M. in Trumpet Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and a Doctorate of Arts in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting from Ball State University.

Ardis was on Grace College School of Music Faculty from 1988 through 2009. She was Head of Music Education, taught conducting, music education classes, and supervised student teachers in the field. In addition to teaching, Ms. Faber conducted performance groups that included the Grace Community Orchestra (renamed Symphony of the Lakes), Festival Chorus (renamed Symphonic Chorus), Grace Chamber Singers & Chamber Ensemble, Pit Orchestra for musicals and special guests, and Director of the Lancer Basketball Band. She arranged numerous pieces for each of the listed ensembles, while continuing to edit and arrange pieces for Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass, and for Valley Springs Fellowship Worship Team. She has toured with these performance groups throughout the United States and the countries of Germany, Ecuador, Mexico, and S. Korea. As an Assistant Director for Strings at Winona Lake, she conducts the Chamber String Orchestra while developing students through comprehensive musicianship activities and classes.

In July 2010, she received a Doctorate of Arts degree in Music Education and Orchestral Conducting from Ball State University, Muncie, IN. She served as an Assistant Conductor of the Ball State Symphony Orchestra during the 2005-07 school years. She had the pleasure of assisting Dr. Fiora Contino as an assistant conductor with the 2007 BSU opera presentation, Madame Butterfly. In addition, she conducted the world premiere performance of 53rd Street, The Opera by Jody Nagel with Dr. Tammie Huntington as Director. While at Ball State, she studied conducting with Maestros Kirk Trevor, Dr. Leonard Atherton, and Bohuslav Rattay. She resides in Winona Lake, IN where she enjoys reading, riding bicycle, and the lake. 

Susan Kitterman
Founder
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.