Youth Chorus and Young Voices Director - Leeann Starkey Leeann Starkey is a music educator, conductor, and composer. Her primary passion is enriching the lives of children through choral music. She conducts the Octavo and of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, as well as Young Voices and Youth Chorus of the Lafayette Children's Choir.
In 2008, Leeann graduated summa cum laude and as Presser Scholar from Taylor University, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She earned a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting in 2012 from Butler University, where she studied with Henry Leck and Dr. Eric Stark. During her ten years of classroom teaching, she taught preschool through 8th grade general music and choir in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and various other school settings throughout the Indianapolis area.
Leeann's choral compositions are published through Colla Voce Music and have been featured in festivals and honors choirs throughout the United States. Leeann is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Indiana Choral Directors Association. She is certified in Orff Schulwerk, Kodály (Level 1), Conversational Solfege, and First Steps in Music (Feierabend). Leeann and her husband, Derek, live In Plainfield, Indiana.
Concert Choir and Prelude Choir Director - Colleen Green
Colleen Green teaches choir and general music at Wea Ridge Middle School in Lafayette, Indiana. Before moving to Lafayette in March, Colleen lived in Bloomington and attended Indiana University where she received degrees in vocal performance and music education. Colleen was the music teacher at Poston Road and Paragon Elementary Schools in Martinsville from 2009 until 2016. During her time in Bloomington, Colleen also worked with the Indiana University Children’s Choir as both the administrative assistant and then the director of the Descant Choir. Colleen is a member of the National Association for Music Education. Colleen has also worked extensively as a singer, performing with groups such as Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, CA, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Lafayette Bach Chorale. This is Colleen’s first season with the Lafayette Children’s Choir and she is thrilled to be joining Leeann and the rest of the team. She is looking forward to a wonderful year of music making!