Kathrine KounsKathrine Kouns is starting her fifth year as the Director of Choirs at Carmel High School. She moved to Indiana from Arizona in 2013 and has loved becoming a “Hoosier” here in the beautiful Midwest. Kathrine received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, and her Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University. She spent four years as the choral director at Desert Canyon Middle School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and thirteen years as the Director of Choirs at Horizon High School. Her groups have won numerous awards and they have performed all over the world. She has directed a variety of honor choirs, adjudicated many festivals and competitions, and served for many years as the ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chair of Show Choirs for the Western Division and for the state of Arizona. Kathrine is an accomplished private vocal instructor and performer, and was a member of Phoenix Vocal Jazz for seven years. She has also recorded various advertising jingles, choral demos, and movie soundtracks, and is a regular soloist at various events. In 2013, Kathrine was honored to be named by the Grammy Foundation as one of America’s Top Ten Music Educators, and was nominated for the award again in the Spring of 2018. Although music is her passion, her true loves are her husband John, and her two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Lydia.
Kyle BarkerKyle Barker is a native of Indianapolis, IN. He graduated in May of 2013 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a degree in Choral Music Education and a minor in choral conducting. During his time at IU, he sang with both the University Singers, an elite chamber choir under the direction of Dr. Richard Tangyuk, and the Singing Hoosiers under the direction of Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf. He was also a founding member of the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Kyle has recently finished four years teaching at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Indiana. During that time, his choirs have grown and gained recognition throughout the region. He has led choirs to four State Championships and two State Runner-Ups either as the director or assistant director of the group. He has also taken four concert choirs to State Finals during his tenure at Northridge. In addition, he has been the music director for a number of community theaters and has taught private voice and piano lessons for the last several years. Kyle joined the choral directing staff at Carmel High School in the Fall of 2017. He is the lead director of the Ambassadors show/concert choir, Allegro, Counterpoints, and Greyhound Sound, as well as assisting with the other ensembles and co-teaching the Applied Music Class. When not teaching, Kyle enjoys watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Sam ChenowethSam Chenoweth joined Carmel as one of the Associate Director of Choirs in the Fall of 2017, where his duties include directing/co-directing five curricular choirs, leading two musical theater courses, and directing the musical. In addition, Sam is a freelance show choir choreographer, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Midwest. A graduate of Fairfield High School and alumni of the show choir program there, he recently graduated cum laude from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. During his time at Ball State, he served as Production Assistant/Choreographer for the internationally recognized “Ball State University Singers” collegiate show choir, Music Director of “The Prism Project,” an arts program for secondary students with autism, and President of the BSU Chapter of ACDA. Finishing his collegiate career, Sam was named a Presser Scholar in the spring of 2016 and student taught at Center Grove High School under Mrs. Jennifer Dice. In addition to his collegiate work, Sam has choreographed for more than a dozen competitive high school, junior high and unisex groups across the Midwest, most notably leading the Fairfield show choir program. His responsibilities with Fairfield included choreographing, designing and directing all three competitive ensembles; his groups continually receive awards in competition for Best Choreography, Best Vocals, Best Show Design, and also Grand Champion honors. Sam works with many groups throughout the year as a guest clinician and adjudicator and also enjoys spending time in the summer as a counselor for Showchoir Camps of America in Decatur, IL and Tiffin, OH. In his time away from show choir, he has worked as a Vocal Music Instructor for The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati and Music Director or Choreographer for several school and community theatrical productions.