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Director of Choirs, FCHS
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This is Michael Hummel’s 5th year at Franklin Community high school. Michael’s current responsibilities include directing six choirs. In addition Michael is the head musical theater director. Originally from Washington State, Michael earned his Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education from Bob Jones University in 1997 and in 2009 received his Master of Music Education degree from Anderson University. Michael was appointed to the ISSMA Concert Organization board in 2009 and in July, 2011 was appointed to be the Indiana State Choral Directors Repertoire and Standards Chair for all High School Choirs in the state of Indiana. In 2015 Michael was voted to be the one of 8 choral teachers to represent the Indiana Choral Director’s Association as a district area representative for the state of Indiana. In 2016 Michael was awarded as Indiana’s High School Music Educator of the Year. In addition Michael been chosen as a quarterfinalist for the 2017 GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.
Before coming to Indiana, Michael was a music educator in South Carolina and Michigan, where his groups received numerous awards and recognitions. Since coming to Franklin Indiana in 2012, his groups have garnered 15 Grand Champion awards throughout the United States. For 11 consecutive years, his groups have been represented at the Indiana State School Music Association’s State Choir Finals, which showcase the top eight treble / men’s choirs, and the top sixteen mixed choirs in the state each time receiving Group I Gold “With Distinction ratings and honors. Twice his choirs have placed in the top three, and in 2010 & 2014, his groups were named STATE RUNNER-UP. Overall his groups have placed in the top 5 of all concert choirs in the state 7 times. His groups have worked closely with choirs and directors from over 20 colleges and university throughout the United States. This past April Michael conducted students from Franklin in their NYC debut on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Michael is also the founder and director of Franklin Community’s Summer Choral and Vocal Arts Music Camp.
The vision for the future of the Choral Music Department at Franklin Community High School is to inspire a life-long involvement and appreciation for the choral arts through a commitment to world class experiences and performances!
Michael and his wife Lissa reside in Greenwood with their four children Nathan, Audrey, Marci, and Logan.
High School Accompanist
This is Andrea Bennett’s third year as Franklin Community Choral Music Department Accompanist. Andrea Bennett graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1992 with degrees in Music Education and Music with Piano Emphasis. While in college, Mrs. Bennett performed with the SMWC Madrigals at Carnegie Hall where women from the Midwestern United States and Japan performed the New York Premiere of Stabat Mater, Op. 46 (for double women’s chorus) by Ernst von Dohnanyi.
Mrs. Bennett has taught K-8 General Music, been Director of Music for an Indianapolis area church which included directing the Handbell Choir, Adult Choir and Jr. High Choir along with being the organist. She has also taught private piano, played for local Music Theater productions and does freelance accompaniment work.
Mrs. Bennett has been married to her husband Jeff for 18 years and has 2 fabulous daughters.
Private Voice Instructor
University of Indianapolis Graduate
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As an educator, Cardwell has a private voice studio that encompasses a wide range of experiences, ages and locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis Community and outlying areas. Due to his experience and passion for choral music, Cardwell is also an active choral technician for many high school programs, including show choir and concert choir. In the Spring of 2014, he made his international teaching debut in Nice, France, while teaching at the International School of Nice for six weeks. Finally, he is on the faculty at the University of Indianapolis as a Music Theory Instructor for the Pre-College and Adult Music Programs, a voice instructor for the Hauser Music Academy at St. John's United Church of Christ, and is the Head of Chorister Instruction at Trinity Episcopal Church.
During the previous few years, he has received numerous awards for his performance, teaching and academic achievements, such as the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award from the Indiana Music Educators Association, the Madge Cathcart Gerke Scholarship for Music Education from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, the Collegiate Professional Achievement Award from the National Association for Music Education, the Esch Scholarship from the University of Indianapolis, the institution's equivalent to being named valedictorian.
Cardwell graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor's of Music degree in both Music Education and Vocal Performance.