Providing support, education and community involvement through the arts
ANNIE HAWK holds a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University. She has taught preschool and was the program director at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center in Ohio before working as a Financial Services Professional at New York Life Insurance.
As a passionate arts event organizer, she has led a concert series at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Chicago for seven years and is currently in charge of the Bean Blossom Music Series at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana. These concerts feature student and faculty performances from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts (Roosevelt University), Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) among others.
Annie has initiated and directed FamiliesYES! – a non-profit organization in Lorain County, Ohio which put on the annual Lorain County Family Fun Fair featuring educational activities for children involving over 50 organizations from all over the county. She is co-founder of RiverSong Music, Inc.
Annie Hawk · President
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 venues such as Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Hamburg Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko in Helsinki and the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro. He has received enthusiastic reviews by the Boston Globe, and his performances have been broadcast on television and radio across three continents.
Andreas has made concerto appearances under maestros Neil Varon, David Effron, Paul Nadler and Roberto Tibiriçá; his chamber collaborations include such artists as Joseph Swensen, Atar Arad, Peter Stumpf and composer PQ Phan. A prize winner in the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro and the Hastings International Piano Competition in the UK, he recently turned his attention to recording projects, including a 2-disc album released by Naxos in 2020 in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
Andreas is currently Lecturer of Piano at Indiana State University, where he oversees the Applied Piano program. He is also Artistic Director of RiverSong Music Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes community education and enrichment through classical music . He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University, mentored by the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler.
Andreas Ioannides · Artistic Director
Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist FUTABA NIEKAWA pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan and to date has released five recordings (PARMA Recordings, Petrichor Records) and her live performances have been recorded for radio broadcast.
In demand as a collaborative pianist, Niekawa has performed with Atar Arad, James Campbell, Charles Castleman, Gabriele Ragghianti, and the members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among others. She has been engaged as a collaborative pianist at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, Meadowmount School of Music, and the IU Summer String Academy. Praised as “a beautifully balanced duo” by Gramophone Magazine, Niekawa’s long-term duo partnership with violinist Kerry DuWors, duo526, has led to numerous performances, recordings, and artist residencies at the Banff Centre and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Niekawa’s passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have developed into artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists. In her leisure-time she plays free-improvisation.
Niekawa is currently a Lecturer in Music (Chamber and Collaborative Music) at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her dedication to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice is shown through workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar, and invitations as a guest teacher at universities across North America.
Futaba Niekawa · Secretary
PHIL McKOWN is delighted to be involved with RiverSong Music, Inc. He was born in Indianapolis and received degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University. Phil and his husband have lived in Brown County since 1975, and have been active members of its cultural community ever since.
While Phil’s professional career has centered around engineering and software development, he has enjoyed music of many kinds since childhood. Phil particularly loves solo and chamber works, and considers himself a recovering oboist. He follows a diverse set of interests, including music, visual arts, computer programming and auto racing.
“What an amazing opportunity to bring the best of classical music and musicians to a community already known for its love of the arts.”
Phil McKown · Treasurer