Instructors


Roby G. George is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Indiana State University where he conducts the Wind Symphony, teaches conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate level and coordinates all facets of the University band program at ISU.

Prior to his appointment at ISU, he held positions as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Director of Bands at Fisk University, the University of Dayton, New World School of the Arts, and Florida International University. A native of Miami, Florida, George earned the bachelors and masters degrees in music education from Florida State University and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

High school, youth orchestra, university and professional ensembles under George’s direction have given performances for the Florida Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the CBDNA Southern Regional Conference, the Mid West Band Clinic and the CBDNA National Conference. As a guest conductor and clinician, George has worked with a myriad of high school honor bands, numerous college and university bands, All-State bands, and has given workshops on various subjects, ranging from rehearsal techniques, conducting pedagogy, and to jazz and Stravinsky.

During his tenure at Florida International University and based in Miami, he created a conducting symposium that attracted participants from all over the Americas and established a connection between the professional military conductor and the college wind conductor through his association with the United States Marines Corp. His reputation as a fine communicator of the art form from the podium is well-established.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Music Educators National Conference, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the College Band Directors National Association, having served 9 years as the Florida collegiate liaison to the CBDNA.

Brian Kilp joined the faculty of Indiana State University in 1998 where he is Professor of Music/Horn. In March of 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University and Visiting Guest Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory South Campus in the P.R. of China. In 2006 he was awarded Visiting Guest Professor at Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University in Thailand. In June 2002, Dr. Kilp was appointed Visiting Guest Professor of Horn of the Shenyang and Dalian Conservatories of Music. Brian has presented master classes and performed at the Conservatories in Chengdu, Beijing Central, Tianjin, Xi’an, and in Shenyang, P.R. China, as well as in numerous cities, towns, and villages in Thailand and Singapore, and at National Taichung University in Taiwan. In 2002 he was a recitalist at the 5th International Foreign Music Cultural Exchange Festival in Shenyang.

He is a founding member of The Ambassador Brass, who in 2010 performed in numerous venues in Shenzhen and Shenyang, China, and in 2008 and 2007 performed and offered clinics and workshops in Bangkok, Salaya, Hua Hin, Ubon Ratchatani, Udon Thani, Phitsanuloke, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, and other places in Thailand, and performed with the U. S. Ambassador to Thailand, Eric John (a trombonist), in Phitsanuloke for an audience of over 5000. He has been Principal Horn and on the Faculty of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria, from 2000-2006 and 2008-present. He is currently Principal Horn with the Sinfonia da Camera, in Champaign, IL, which in 2007 toured Beijing and Shanghai, P.R. of China. He is also Principal Horn of the Terre Haute Symphony and the Danville Symphonies, and is a member of Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, with which he has toured 18 states, and in December and January of 2010-11 toured 5 cities in China. Brian is a very busy freelance hornist in the Indiana region, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Lafayette Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, and various other ensembles.

He is a tireless supporter of interdisciplinary collaborative work to help to provide faculty and students International and Cultural experiences. A long-time proponent of Jim Decker’s “IVASI: the Video Conductor”, Brian often appears as a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and Jupiter Music Educational Clinician.

A champion of new music, he has commissioned over 15 works featuring the horn, including one that premiered at the 2000 IHS Beijing International Horn Festival, and another premiered at the 2003 IHS International Symposium in Bloomington, IN. In the summers of 2001-2008, Brian has presented master classes and performed at Conservatories in Sichuan Province in Chengdu, Beijing Central, Tianjin, Xi’an, and in Shenyang, China, as well as in Thailand and Singapore, and in 2002 was a recitalist at the 5th International Foreign Music Cultural Exchange Festival in Shenyang. Brian regularly appears at IHS events, often as long-time champion of Jim Decker’s “iVASI: the Video Conductor”, and as Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and Jupiter Music Educational Clinician. Originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, he holds degrees from The Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M.), New Mexico State University (M.M.), and a D.M.A. in Horn Performance from The University of Arizona. His CD entitled: Vox Corno: “The Art of the Transcription”, with pianist Martha Krasnican, was released in Oct. 2004, and is available from TAP Music Sales, Walking Frog Records, and CDbaby.com, and the published music is available at www.walkingfrog.com

Eddie Ludema is the Director of the Indiana State University Jazz Ensemble, runs the trumpet studio, and performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet. Additionally, he serves as principal trumpet with the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

He was a founding member of the Mirari Brass Quintet, which tours and presents clinics across the United States, and has served as co-principal in the ORSO Philharmonic (Germany), as a substitute member of the Utah Symphony, and has recorded and performed on numerous live radio and television broadcasts for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Ludema did graduate work at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he worked as an Associate Instructor of Trumpet under the direction of Professor John Rommel. Prior to his graduate work at IU, Eddie received the Kuenstlerische Ausbildung Diplom at the Freiburg Hochschule fuer Musik under the mentorship of Tony Plog and received his Bachelors of Trumpet Performance with Nick Norton at the University of Utah.

In addition to his life as a musician, Eddie is also a professional freelance software and web developer. In his spare time, he loves discovering international foods (cheese, chocolate, and all things PICANTE!). All this he does with his wife, Beth, who is a vocalist, oboe player and mommy of their sweet little boy, Hendrik.

Graduate studies: Indiana University
Kuenstlerische Ausbildung Diplom: Freiburg Hochschule fuer Musik
B.M. University of Utah

Kelley Rogers Niiyama has appeared across the United States and in Japan as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, lecturer, and musical theater pit player. In demand as a soloist, she has performed with orchestras and bands throughout the United States.

Ms. Niiyama has performed with a variety of orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony, and Muncie Symphony orchestra. Ms. Niiyama held the principal position with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra and played principal clarinet with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Indiana, where she served as President of the Board of Directors and as a member of the board for several years.

Niiyama has been active as a teacher of clarinet for more than 20 years. Before she started teaching at Indiana State University, she taught clarinet at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, woodwinds at Vincennes University, and clarinet and saxophone at the former Community Music School of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She served as the Clarinet Specialist at Columbus North High School.

Niiyama has taught master classes in the United States (most recently at Illinois State University, Indiana University and DePauw University) and throughout the Chiba prefecture in Japan.

Ms. Niiyama studied clarinet with James Campbell and Howard Klug at Indiana University, where she earned the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and has completed the coursework towards the Doctor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance. She studied historical clarinet at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute with Eric Hoeprich. Niiyama earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Central Arkansas, where she studied with Kristina Belisle-Jones and Maureen Hurd Hause. Ms. Niiyama also studied with Tina Ward and George K. Mellott.

M.M. Indiana University; B.M. University of Central Arkansas.

Nikk Pilato was appointed to the faculty at Indiana State University in 2015, where he serves as Director of Athletic Bands, teaches courses in the Music Education curriculum, and contributes to the University’s mission through teaching, conducting, research, service, and scholarly/creative endeavours. He has previously held similar positions at the high school and university level in the states of California, Florida, and Georgia.

Dr. Pilato earned a BME (Bachelor of Music Education), an MME (Master of Music Education), and a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Conducting and Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida, where his primary conducting teachers were Richard Clary, Patrick Dunnigan, and Jim Croft.

In 2008 Dr. Pilato founded the Wind Repertory Project (www.windrep.org), a comprehensive online database of wind literature expanded by user contributions, much like Wikipedia. The database includes detailed information such as instrumentation, program notes, errata, study resources, articles, commercially available recordings, and more. In the seven years since its inception, the WRP has amassed nearly 6000 user-submitted entries, and has been visited ten million times.

The music of Joseph Schwantner is of specific interest to Dr. Pilato: His doctoral dissertation -a study of Schwantner’s music for winds- included a transcription of the composer’s “New Morning for the World,” which is now published by Schott-Helicon. In 2012, he established a consortium of 32 organizations to commission Schwantner’s newest work for winds, “Luminosity: Concerto for Wind Orchestra.” Luminosity was premiered by Dr. Pilato and the Emory Wind Ensemble on 24 April 2015, with the composer in residence.

As a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Rockford, IL), Dr. Pilato served in the roles of lead baritone (1991–1993) and conductor (1994) during some of their most successful years. His experiences in the pageantry arts propelled an interest in drill design and music arranging, starting with high school bands in the South Florida area, and today he designs for numerous programs -high school and collegiate- across the country.

Dr. Pilato maintains a busy profile as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, drill designer, and arranger. He holds memberships in IMEA (Indiana Music Educators Association), CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association), NAfME (National Association for Music Education), NBA (National Band Association), WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), the Conductor’s Guild, the College Music Society, and is an honorary brother of Kappa Kappa Psi.

BME, MME, and Ph.D. in Conducting and Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music