STAFF

Kyle Barker

Director of  Northern Lights, Lyric Lights, Starlights and Varsity LightsKyle Barker

Kyle Barker is in his fourth year as Director of Choirs at Northridge High School. A native of Indianapolis, 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 taught voice and piano lessons for the last several years. In addition, he has been the music director for a number of community theaters and was recently on the faculty of the Vocal Arts Institute, a high school vocal camp that takes place at the University of Indianapolis. When not teaching, Kyle enjoys watching movies and spending time with his family and friends. He also find great enjoyment in supporting his students in their various athletic and extra-curricular activities.

 

Catherine Yoder

Director of Radiance and Chamber LightsCatherine Yoder

Catherine is in her tenth year as the Director of Women’s Choirs at Northridge High School. She served as an accompanist for the choral department at Northridge for five years and now serves as the Music Department Chair. A graduate of Marion High School (Marion, IN), Catherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from DePauw University and a Master of Music Education Degree from Butler University. She taught music in Indianapolis and Goshen before teaching private piano and harp lessons in her home while raising her family. Catherine is married to Dr. Craig Yoder and they have four sons, Tyler, Patrick, Jared and Aaron. When Catherine isn’t teaching, she is a local 4-H leader and is involved with music at Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church. She enjoys scrapbooking, cooking, and is a huge sports fan! Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her family and students.

 

John Davis

Show Choir Assistant

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John is in his fifth year with Northridge Choral Department. John Davis attended DeKalb High School, it was at DeKalb where John began to focus on his musical talents. During his years at DeKalb he was involved with show choir, backup band, solo contests and concert choir. He participated in Classic Connection as a singer/dancer and played the synthesizer and guitar for the women’s group, Sound Sensation. While in show choir, John competed at the state and national level. Being trained and critiqued by some of the best show choir clinicians and directors in the nation. He was also student director and held lead roles in the many different musicals. During and after high school John has led church worship teams in Northern Indiana and Michigan, as well as leading worship for hundreds of youth and adults in Christian Camps in the Midwest. In January of 2013, John came to Northridge to assist with Northern Lights, Starlights and Northern Lights Orchestra. In September of 2013, John joined the directing staff as the Northern Lights Orchestra Director. Under John’s direction as the director NLO, they were recognized as the Best Instrumental group at the State and National level as well as receiving other caption awards throughout the State of Indiana. Starting in 2016-2017, John will be starting a new role as the Show Choir Assistant, working with parent volunteers, Northern Lights and Starlights. John also runs the website and has many other responsibilities throughout the year within the Choir Department. John is married to his lovely wife Andrea Davis and has a beautiful one-year-old daughter, his little Starlight, Claire Jean. When John is not working with the choir department at Northridge, he enjoys watching movies, being involved with his church and spending time with his family, friends and show choir colleagues!

 

Micah Detweiler

Director of Northern Lights and Starlights Orchestra

Micah Detweiler is the director of the Northern Lights Orchestra and the director of percussion for Northridge Middle School and Northridge High School.  In this role he teaches and arranges for the marching percussion section, coaches the concert bands, and directs the percussion ensembles for all percussion students. Micah’s students have participated in the IMEA all-state percussion ensemble, IBA all-region honor bands, the Leigh Howard Stevens Indiana Marimba Seminar, and ISSMA state solo and ensemble.  Micah has been a guest clinician with the IMEA all-state percussion ensemble, and is an assistant at the Leigh Howard Stevens Indiana Marimba Seminar. In addition to teaching Micah is an active performer.  He has performed as a soloist with the Indiana Wesleyan University Percussion Ensemble, and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra.  Garrison Keillor, host of public radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, called Micah’s playing, “An astonishing beautiful musical event… mesmerizing and elegant”.  Micah holds a degree in music with a performance endorsement from Goshen College in Goshen, IN where he was active with the orchestra, concert band, percussion ensemble, and chamber choir.

 

Jason Johnson

Choreographer for Northern LightsJasons Johnson

Jason is a professional singer, dancer and choreographer. Jason is a graduate of Ball State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in both Choral and Instrumental Music Education. While at Ball State, he was a five-year member, choreographer, and dance captain of the nationally renowned Ball State University Singers under the direction of Dr. Fritz Mountford. This year will mark Jason’s 26th year choreographing competitive show choirs. During this time, groups he has worked with have been named “Grand Champions” and received “Best Choreography” numerous times, as well as being consistent finalists. Jason has been seen in the national tour of the Broadway Musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as well as a featured performer in the international cast of the Broadway Musical “FOSSE.” He has also worked as a performer for Opryland Productions, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point, Holland America and Radisson Cruise Lines, and several regional musical theaters around the country. As well as high schools and universities, Jason has choreographed for Cedar Point, Radisson Cruise Lines, and the Steve Gatlin Christmas Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Jason has twice performed as the opening act for Kenny Rodgers.

 

Jeff Cox

Choreographer for StarlightsJeff Cox

Jeff is a choreographer, clinician, and adjudicator from Fort Wayne, IN. He has been choreographing high school and middle school show choirs for more than 19 years. His groups have consistently received Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Grand Champion awards at competitions throughout the Midwest. Jeff was a three-year member and Dance Captain for the internationally recognized Ball State University Singers. He has performed professionally with Decatur Park Singers, Cedar Point, the National Tour of the Christmas Carol, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where he also served as Voice Captain. Locally, he has been seen on stage at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. Jeff is also a member of the award-winning a capella group, One Generation. Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Mindy, and their nine year old son, Caleb.