PROVIDING SUPPORT, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC
JOHN URBAN has performed as a soloist, collaborator and composer throughout the United States and beyond. He as held solo appearances in venues such as the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts (Jacksonville, FL), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple (Oak Park), the Centro Municipal Integrado Pumín (Gijon, Spain) and Symphony Center (Chicago), as well as for live television and radio. He has written for the stage, with his 2014 score to Silent Theatre Co.'s production of Nosferatu called "masterful" (Chicago Theatre Review) and "invaluable" (Chicago Reader).
He is currently an active performer, teacher and director in New York City, with recent appearances in Music at St. Paul's (Columbia University), Concept Lab (Rockwood Music Hall), Arts at St. John's (St. John's in the Village) as music director for Spotlight Repertory Theatre's 2019 production of Newsies and as director and contributing writer for a brand new cabaret series still without a name.
John received his undergraduate degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts (Roosevelt University) under the tutelage of Ludmila Lazar, and a Master of Music from the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) with Edmund Battersby. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of RiverSong Music Festival.
John Urban · President / Artistic Director, RiverSong Music, Inc.
CLARA STANLEY, Korean maiden name Hyun Joo Lee, was born in South Korea and graduated from Seoul National University (SNU) with a major in English Literature, and University of North Florida (UNF) with accounting and finance majors after her immigration to the U.S.in 1991. Clara is currently keeping her Florida CPA license but mostly keeps busy as a home-stay mom and community volunteer.
Clara co-founded COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) in 2011 while residing in Evanston, Illinois, and worked for BETA (Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, Inc.) as president and volunteer director from 2016-2019. Clara is also actively involved with Brown County PTOs (Parent-Teacher-Organization) in Nashville, Indiana, and has so far coordinated six concerts to benefit the non-profit causes, where she performed as a solo pianist or accompanist.
Clara has been a proud student of Mr. Abraham Stokman, a Julliard graduate and faculty member of Music Institute of
Chicago (MIC), and currently taking lessons from Dr. Andreas Ioannides, who was a pupil of Prof. Menahem Pressler of Indiana University. She is married and ha two beautiful sons, Ricky (17) and Caelan (15), and lives with nature and animals in her home in the middle of Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County, Indiana.
Clara Stanley · Treasurer, RiverSong Music, Inc.
ANNIE HAWK has a master's degree in Education from Indiana University. Besides teaching and being the program director of a large daycare in Ohio, she organized and directed the Lorain County Family Fun Fair in Lorain County, Ohio for many years. After that she organized and led a concert series at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago for seven years that featured student and faculty performances from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (Roosevelt University). Annie currently is in charge of the Bean Blossom Music Series which features classical as well as jazz performances at St. David's Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana. She and John Urban are the founding members of RiverSong.
Annie Hawk · Secretary, RiverSong Music, Inc.
British-Cypriot pianist ANDREAS IOANNIDES enjoys a diverse and exciting career rooted in his love of performing and teaching. He has given recitals throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, appearing in renowned venues such as the Grosser Saal of the Hamburg Konzerthaus, the Culture and Congress Center of Lucerne, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko in Helsinki, the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Mr. Ioannides has received enthusiastic reviews by the Boston Globe, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio across three continents. He has made concerto appearances under maestros Neil Varon, David Effron, Paul Nadler, and Roberto Tibiriçá, and has collaborated on projects with such esteemed artists as Joseph Swensen, Atar Arad,and Peter Stumpf.
A prize winner in the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio, Brazil, and the Hastings International Piano Competition in the UK, he has recently turned his attention to recording projects, including two Beethoven albums to be released by Naxos in honor of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Dr. Ioannides is currently Lecturer of Piano at Indiana State University Terre Haute, where he oversees the Applied Piano program. He holds a doctoral degree from Indiana University, where he studied under the mentorship of Menahem Pressler.
Andreas Ioannides, DMA · Performer-in-Residence, RiverSong Music Festival