Faculty & Staff
Hillary Blake, Executive Director
Hillary began teaching at Meridian Music in 2001. In 2005 Hillary began directing the Music Education program and continues to maintain an active voice studio. In addition, she is a certified Harmony Road Music Instructor. Hillary holds a B.S. in Music with a concentration in voice from Manchester College. She enjoys teaching and performing all styles of music including classical, musical theatre, pop, and jazz. She has played various roles in musical theatre productions including “Katherine/Lilli Vanessi” in Kiss Me Kate and “a wife” in The King & I. Hillary has also performed as a soloist with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and enjoys performing recitals. She currently sings with the Holy Family Episcopal Church Choir and is frequently a soloist. Hillary has also directed children’s choirs at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, IN, Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, and at Culver Summer Camps in Culver, Indiana. Hillary enjoys teaching students of all ages!
Jane West, Artistic Director
Jane West has more than 30 years performing and teaching experience. She has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from Butler University and has performed in Opera, Oratorio and Musical Theater throughout the State of Indiana and the Baltic Countries with the Indianapolis Opera Company, the Indiana Opera Theater, Indianapolis Civic Theater, Anderson Summer Music Festival and the Christian Theological Seminary Theater to name a few. However, she found her true passion 30 years ago when she was tapped to teach private voice and piano lessons in the IPS Performing Arts Magnet. Since then she has taught those subjects plus Music Theory and Piano Keyboard Class in grades 5 through 12 and also served on the Music Faculty at now, Marian University. Jane especially enjoys helping students (of all ages) find their dramatic center enabling them to become the performers they dream they can be. Her teaching philosophy is twofold: A) Music is a language. In order to speak it, one must be able to read it! B) Music (to many) is life, itself. The student of music must be allowed to have fun with learning. Students should be encouraged, challenged, and above all nurtured in this magnificent relationship with music!
Vandi Enzor, Assistant Director
Vandi Enzor recently moved back to the Indianapolis area after finishing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Akron where she studied with Dr. Laurie Lashbrook. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Shorter University. Vandi is classically trained in voice and piano and has significant performing and teaching experience. Having performance experience in multiple genres including opera, film, straight theater, musical theater, big band/swing, jazz, country, pop, rock, sacred music, and contemporary Christian, Vandi is comfortable teaching a wide range of musical genres. She has worked with students of all ages and skill levels and offers piano and voice lessons, audition techniques and theater coaching, and musical skills lessons. As part of Vandi’s voice studio, you will have the opportunity to participate in regular studio classes and educational workshops and will be able to perform in a studio recital three times per year. Some of Vandi’s recent performances have been in Carmel, Indiana as a soloist and in the musical duo, Bye Girls, in concert settings, with the University of Akron’s Opera Lyric Theater in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), singing Spanish folk songs with the University of Akron’s Guitar Ensemble, performing as a soloist in the University of Akron’s commencement ceremonies, and leading, coordinating, and performing with the contemporary service band at Advent Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Ohio. Some of Vandi’s favorite performances have been The Worst One Ever (Jennifer), Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda), Bastien and Bastienna (Bastienna), La Rondine (Magda), Cendrillon (Le Fee), and Penelope’s Revenge (Penelope). Vandi is thrilled to be working at the Meridian Music School and is excited to meet you!
Paulo Castro, Music Director
Paulo holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano from the State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he specialized in chamber music and accompanying, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Butler University. He’s an active performer, clinician and teacher, in the Indianapolis area, other states and abroad, having performed and taught in Brazil, Argentina and Asia, where he was part of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Tour in China, performing venues like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing. He also did a tour performing Bossa Nova music throughout China, performing both solo and in collaboration with other local and international artists. Paulo works also with The Indianapolis Children’s Choir as one of the regional choir’s director and accompanist. He is also the Music Director at the S. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
Melanie Harris, Assistant Music Director
Melanie Harris has taught music for many years. She has taught music in both the public school system and in a private setting. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Butler University where she has also taken some graduate courses in Music Education. In addition, she has a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Indiana State University. Professional organizations include Indiana Music Teachers Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, Indiana Piano Teachers Guild, and the American College of Musicians. Melanie is also an active church musician. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
Joyce Buchholz, Technical Director
Joyce has been teaching music for many years. She holds a B.S. in harp performance from Indiana University of Bloomington and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan. In addition to teaching piano and harp, Joyce is also a certified Harmony Road instructor. Not only is she a highly qualified teacher, but she is also a certified harp technician. Joyce is affiliated with the Folk Harp Society, American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, and American String Teachers Association. She also plays with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. Joyce believes that people of all ages can learn music. She also believes that music can “feed your soul like few things can.” Joyce is a classically trained musician, but she enjoys performing and teaching all styles of music including pop music and jazz.