Our Staff

Music and Fine Arts Staff

Dr. Michelle L. Louer
Director of Music and Fine Arts
(317) 253-6461, ext. 307
mlouer@secondchurch.org

Dr. Michelle L. Louer

As the Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church, Dr. Louer conducts the 70-voice Sanctuary Choir, the Beecher Singers (an auditioned, semi-professional chamber choir) and Y.E.S. (Youth Ensemble @ Second). She also directs the professional Festival Orchestra and Brass Ensemble. She oversees the children’s music program, adult handbell ensemble and a growing visual and dramatic arts department.

Dr. Louer earned a Doctorate of Music in Choral Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Jan Harrington, Carmen Téllez, Thomas Dunn and Robert Porco. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a Master of Divinity and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting under Marguerite Brooks. She conducted the University Chapel Choir and was the assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata and the Pro Musica Chamber Singers. She received a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in piano performance and church music.

Dr. Louer formerly served as visiting director of the University Choir at Butler University, director of choral activities at the University of Evansville, and interim director of choral activities at Oklahoma City University.


Dr. John Allegar
Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts / Organist
(317) 253-6461, ext. 310
jallegar@secondchurch.org

Dr. John Allegar

John Allegar is the Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts at Second Presbyterian Church. He coordinates and schedules soloists and instrumentalists, maintains the church’s keyboard instruments, accompanies the Beecher Singers and Sanctuary Choir, and leads worship for the 9:30, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. Allegar also assists Dr. Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts, with the implementation of the Music and Fine Arts Series and the general supervision of Second’s music program.

Allegar received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature (Organ) from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with David Higgs and William Porter. John holds a master’s degree from Yale University as a student of Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart, where he received the Julia R. Sherman prize in organ. At Yale he completed the interdisciplinary program at the Institute of Sacred Music and earned the Church Music Studies Certificate. He graduated summa cum laude at Valparaiso University (Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert.

John is both a published author and composer.


Carol U. Baker
Communications and Outreach, Music and Fine Arts
(317) 253-6461, ext. 356
CBaker@SecondChurch.org

Carol Baker

From cultivating community partnerships to writing innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum, Carol Baker enjoys serving the Central Indiana community as a leader, follower and cheerleader. As an arts education and non-profit management specialist, Ms. Baker has served in leadership and program management roles for Indianapolis Symphony, The Center for the Performing Arts, Indianapolis Opera and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and as a consultant for organizations like Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Indianapolis Symphony, Actors Theatre of Indiana, and Carmel Education Foundation.

A Creative Renewal Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (2006) and graduate of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Class of XXX (2005), Ms. Baker holds a Master of Public Affairs from IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a certificate in negotiation and mediation and a Bachelor of Music Education from University of Louisville. She has served on the boards of Motus Dance Theatre, American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana Coalition for the Arts and as co-chair of the American Symphony Orchestra League's National Education and Community Directors Leadership Team.

An advocate for arts learning and early childhood development, Ms. Baker attended teaching artist trainings through Lincoln Center Institute in New York and studied with Dr. John Feierabend to earn a "First Steps in Music" certification. Before moving to Indianapolis in 2000, she worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville, taught elementary music for the Archdiocese of Louisville and performed with Kentucky Opera. Ms. Baker is pleased to work for Second Presbyterian Church as a communications and marketing specialist for the Music and Fine Arts Department and as director of the children’s music program.


Sam Spade
Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts
(317) 253-6461
sspade@secondchurch.org

Sam Spade
Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts

Samuel Spade, originally from Des Moines, Iowa, has been commended by the media as a performer “whose eloquent diction and interpretation…and sense of meaning…reminded one of the best among oratorio singers.”  Spade earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with James King, Timothy Noble, and Patricia Stiles. While at Indiana University, Samuel was the recipient of the Ildebrando Pizzetti Memorial Fellowship, the Caldwell Merit Award, and was a winner of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award.  Spade was also an award winner in many vocal competitions, including first place in the NATS Competition, first place in the Quad Cities Opera Vocal Competition, as well as two Regional Finalist and two Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In 2007, Samuel stepped in with less than 24 hours notice to perform as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Spade has also been a featured soloist in Bach’s Cantatas 21, 78, 131, 140, & Part IV of Die Weihnachts-Oratorium, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Duruflé’s and Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Raphael) & Missa in Angustiis, Mozart’s Requiem & Mass in C Minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs & Dona Nobis Pacem.  Spade has also performed several times as a recitalist, including in staged versions of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch and Argento’s The Andrée Expedition with renowned baritone Håkan Hagegård. Equally at home on the opera stage, Spade has sung with numerous opera companies throughout the United States, including San Diego Opera, Central City Opera and Indianapolis Opera.  Notable roles include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Schaunard (La Bohème), Il Sagrestano (Tosca), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Achilla (Giulio Cesare), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Marullo (Rigoletto), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Le Comte des Grieux (Manon), Friedrich Bhaer (Little Women), The Old Doctor (Vanessa), and Mr. Webb in the world premiere of Our Town.


Rebecca Holt
Handbell Ensemble Director
(317) 253-6461, ext. 309
rholt@secondchurch.org

Rebecca Holt

First and foremost, Rebecca Holt received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord when she was a young child. She is very thankful for His guidance in her life. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University Fort Wayne. Upon graduation, she directed the children’s choirs, youth choir and the handbell ensemble at Faith Baptist Church in Fort Wayne. She moved to Indianapolis in 1984 to teach General and Choral Music at Clay Junior High School in Carmel. While there, she established the handbell program as well. She also received a Master of Music Education from Butler University.

Rebecca formerly rang with the Indianapolis Handbell Ensemble and served as the choir director at Hope Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Indianapolis. Currently, she is a member of Northside Baptist Church where she is highly involved in the music ministry and volunteers her time in the music department of Westlane Middle School and North Central High School.

Rebecca is married to Charles Holt and has three children: Ian, Brianna and Linnea.


Brianna Holt
Interim Choir School Director
(317) 253-6461, ext. 309
BHolt@SecondChurch.org

Brianna Holt

Brianna Holt is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from North Central High School in 2013 and was a member and co-president of the top choir, the Counterpoints. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2017, with minors in Conducting and Theatre & Drama. Studying voice under the direction of Jane Dutton, Brianna will also receive a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in the near future with the completion of her senior recital!

This past year, Brianna was the Director of Choirs at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. During much of her time in college, she was a section leader in the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, Indiana. She has also made many appearances at Second Presbyterian Church singing in the choir as a soprano.  This past July, she sang with the choir of Second Presbyterian Church on their Greece Tour. Brianna is extremely excited to meet the members of the church and work with the Choir School and their families this season!


Candi Granlund
Co-Director of Second Winds
(317) 253-6461, ext. 309
secondwinds@secondchurch.org

Candi Granlund

Candi Granlund is in her fifteenth year as the Band Director at Sycamore School, and has several years of experience as a band director, music educator, clinician, and performer. Previous teaching experience includes five years at the Delphi Community School Corporation in Delphi, Indiana where she served as the assistant director of bands. Prior to her position at Sycamore, Mrs. Granlund served as the Band Director for the Saratoga Community Consolidated School in Morris, Illinois.

Bands under the direction of Mrs. Granlund have earned numerous honors and awards at national, state and local festivals and competitions. The Sycamore School Symphonic Band was selected to perform at the 2009 IMEA/MENC North Central Division Convention, and the 2005 IMEA convention. The Symphonic Band travels yearly for performances in festivals and concerts. Past venues include St. Louis, Cleveland, Atlanta, and Chicago. Granlund is a co-founder and clinician of the Ball State University Bassoon Camp.

She has been a clinician at the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention three times and served as a guest conductor for the 2007 Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) All-Region Honor Band. She served as the music librarian for IBA from 1997-1999 and the IBA Middle School Representative and All-Region Honor Band Chair from 2010-2012, and also served as the recording secretary on the IMEA executive board of directors in 1999-2000. She served on the IMEA executive board as the awards chair from 2003-2011. She currently serves as the co-chair of the IMEA/IBA Jr. All-State Band. Professional memberships include IMEA, NAfME, Phi Beta Mu and IBA.

Mrs. Granlund is also an accomplished bassoonist, performer, and private lesson instructor. Performance credits include Lafayette Symphony, Lafayette Citizens Band, Kokomo Park Band, Lafayette Directors Woodwind Quintet, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and the National Honors Orchestra. Private lesson students of Mrs. Granlund have gone on to hold first chair positions in the All-State Orchestra, All-State Honor Band, Interlochen Arts Academy ensembles, and earn undergraduate and graduate bassoon performance degrees and music education degrees. She was selected as a 2013 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow. As a part of the $10,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation, Candi traveled to Austria and Hungary to bicycle through the countryside, visiting historical sites related to the lives of Mozart, Mahler, and Franz Liszt. She then returned to study the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with Dr. Keith Sweger in preparation for a performance of the solo with members of the Sycamore Symphonic Band in the winter of 2013.

Mrs. Granlund is a graduate of Ball State University where she was a Presidential Scholar and was awarded the prestigious Young Artist Award. She has completed masters coursework at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, and the Masters of Arts in Education with a focus on music from the University of Indianapolis. Mrs. Granlund is married to Rick Granlund who is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. They have three children, Elise (15), Connor (13), and Laurel (10).


Rick Granlund
Co-Director of Second Winds
(317) 253-6461, ext. 309
secondwinds@secondchurch.org

Rick Granlund

Rick Granlund serves as Performing Arts Department Chair at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has held similar positions at Perry Meridian High School (2001-2004), Morris Community High School (Illinois 2000-2001), Delphi Community High School (1994-2000), and Caston Jr./Sr. High School (1992-1994).

Bands and individual students directed by Mr. Granlund have earned numerous honors, awards, and distinctions at state and local festivals and competitions. Under his direction, the North Central High School Wind Ensemble was ISSMA State Concert Band Champions in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The NCHS Jazz Ensemble has been named the Honor Band at the prestigious Purdue Jazz Festival.

Mr. Granlund was honored as a band director who makes a difference with SBO Magazine's 17th Annual, 2014-2015 "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" Award and in 2014 as the Phi Beta Mu Indiana Bandmaster of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellow. As a part of the $10,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation, Rick traveled to Austria and Hungary to bicycle through the countryside, visiting historical sites related to the lives of Mozart, Mahler, and Franz Liszt. He then returned to study conducting and score preparation with Steve Pratt in preparation for a performance of works by these composers with NCHS students in the fall of 2013. In 2012, he was awarded the Ball State University Alumni Achievement Citation.

Mr. Granlund was honored with the Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding High School Music Educator Award in 2011. He has also been a guest clinician for the IMEA non-competitive festivals. In 1998, his Delphi Community Middle School 8th grade band served as a demonstration group for band composer Mr. Mark Williams at the IMEA Convention. Mr. Granlund served as a clinician at the 2003 IMEA state convention. The convention clinic focused on "Forgotten Works for Wind Band" with the Perry Meridian High School Wind Ensemble serving as the convention demonstration group. The North Central High School Wind Ensemble was a featured ensemble at the 2006 IMEA convention and the 2009 MENC North Central Division Convention. Mr. Granlund has served as a conductor for the IBA All-Region Bands and the IBA All-District Bands, an adjudicator for the ISSMA organizational festivals, and a clinician and state chair for the IMEA Non-Competitive Festival. Mr. Granlund served as President of the Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA) from 2007-2009, and served as President of the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) for the 2010-2011 school year. Professional memberships include IBA, Phi Beta Mu, IJEA, IMEA, and NAfME.

Rick Granlund earned his undergraduate degree in music education in 1992 from Ball State University, where he was a Pressler scholar. In addition to completing masters coursework at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Indiana University, Purdue University, and Illinois State University, he completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Indianapolis in 2004. Rick is married to his wife, Candi, who serves as the band director at Sycamore School in Indianapolis. They have three children: a daughter, Elise; a son, Connor; and a daughter, Laurel.