Meet the Boone County Youth|Adult Orchestra Staff
Chaz Rhodes, Artistic Director & Conductor
Chaz Rhodes is a musician from Indianapolis, IN and a graduate student at Butler University. He began his musical journey in grade school as a trombone player. While in high school he joined the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Susan Kitterman and switched to tuba to assist his high school wind ensemble in ISSMA competitions. Chaz completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Indianapolis in 2014 with honors. There he studied Jazz with Harry Miedema and Richard Dole and classical trombone with Blake Schlabach. Chaz played in many ensembles during his time at U Indy, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Big Band, Combo, Orchestra, and pep band. He is currently a graduate student at Butler University, studying trombone performance under the Guidance of Jared Rodin. He was awarded a Jazz assistantship for the 2017-18 academic year. Chaz also teaches private lessons, plays live shows, participates in studio sessions when he is needed, transcribes, and arranges. He is a regular band member of the Pork and Beans Brass Band and sits in with several bands in the Indianapolis area.
Barb Walters, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Barb Walters has been teaching violin and other instruments since she was a teenager in college. Following her graduation from the University of Michigan School of Music, she played in professional and community orchestras in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Indiana while maintaining her studio. She moved to Lebanon in 2001. Barb enjoys teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano to all ages. In 2017, Barb won her first-ever medal in anything remotely athletic - 2nd place in archery at the Scottish Games. She also enjoys tossing and flipping the 65-lb caber. Barb has seven adult children and eight grandchildren. Visit Barb's website at: Family Music Studio.
Jill Barber, Administrative Assistant
Need decorations? A party? Fun ideas? And have it all super organized? Jill Barber is the one to do it. Jill loves anything creative: music, photography, gardening, and crafting for her Etsy shop. Jill’s biggest achievement: Molly and Matthew Barber. She can't get enough family time and loves to make music with her kids. Fun Fact: The Barber family is the biggest family group so far to participate in BCYO together. Jill (brave advanced beginner on cello), Molly (violin) and Matthew (cello) play together in BCYO. Jill’s biggest regret in life is quitting piano when she was 10. Jill says, “Sorry. mom, you were right.”
Cherish Dison, Librarian
Cherish Dison fills the role of librarian for Boone County Youth Orchestra. Making sure all the music folders are ready and keeping the music library inventoried and in order is no small task. Cherish homeschools her three children and also finds time to play violin in BCYO along with her daughter Emily. She loves the critters and keeps chickens, ducks, and two dogs. Cherish is a Boone County Humane Society volunteer and enjoys camping with her family and dogs
Steve Barber, Treasurer
Steve Barber uses his expertise as accountant to the Boone County Youth Orchestra. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University School of Business, and his MBA in Finance from Indiana University. He works at Praxair Surface Technologies as FP & A Manager. Steve has more talent with a calculator than a musical instrument which makes him perfect for a behind the scenes treasurer role. However, he is a big supporter of the musical pursuits of his family.
In addition to the primary staff featured above, the BCYO incorporates mentors and clinicians. Mentors are professional musicians or college music majors. Clinicians are professional musicians who coach the orchestra at one of the six rehearsals. The BCYO offers a nurturing "side-by-side" environment that brings musicians and students together in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.
Elizabeth A. Knox, BCYO founder and Artistic Director 2009 - 2017
Liz Knox recently moved to Louisiana with her husband, Kevin, and their two adventurous teenagers, Christian and Julia where she will be working on her doctorate in music composition at Louisiana State University. She currently holds a bachelor of music performance with a concentration in music theory and composition from the University of Indianapolis, and a double masters degree in instrumental conducting and composition from Butler University.
Liz was previously a tremendous part of the arts community of Lebanon, serving as a musician at Grace Church of Lebanon, a performing member and assistant conductor of the Boone County Community Band, and Artistic Director of the Boone County Youth Orchestra.