Meet Our Staff
Music and Fine Arts Staff
Dr. Michelle L. Louer
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
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
As an arts education and non-profit management specialist, Carol Baker enjoys strengthening communities through supporting and cultivating meaningful civic and arts education activities. Having served as director of education for Indianapolis Symphony, Carmel Center for the Performing Arts and Indianapolis Opera, Ms. Baker has also served as a program, board, and grants consultant for organizations like Actors Theatre of Indiana, Hamilton County CVB, Ronen Chamber Ensemble, VSA Indiana and 100 Black Men of Indy.
Ms. Baker holds a MPA from IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a Bachelor of Music Education from University of Louisville. In addition, Ms. Baker has completed courses in Aesthetic Education through Lincoln Center Institute and early childhood music from John Feierabend, creator of the First Steps in Music program. In 2006, Ms. Baker received an Arts Council Creative Renewal Fellowship.
Coordinator of Music and Fine Arts
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.
Mr. Terion Cooper is a Michigan native who received his Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in French degrees with honors from Grand Valley State University. In Michigan and Indiana, Mr. Cooper has taught in both private and public schools in the areas of general music, band and choir. He spent his first few years in Indianapolis Public Schools at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities, and Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, before moving to his current school, Shortridge High School, where he teaches band and choir. Mr. Cooper directs the Indianapolis All City choir, a select choir of high school students from all of the Indianapolis public schools and the Indianapolis Sänger Chor, a German-heritage choir. He also sings with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
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 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.