Our teachers

Ensembles classes are taught by these highly qualified and carefully selected teachers.

Adam Kleinert

Art

Adam holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University, where he studied drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and design. He is the founder and Senior Designer at Hatch Design Co for over 20 years. Adam’s catalyst for his love of all things pop culture has taken shape with Adamkleinertart.com. Adam lives in rural Clark County where he loves spending time outdoors with his family and his goats.

Amy-Kristin Carroll

Art

For Amy-Kristin, visual arts, literature and music gave vibrancy to a challenging childhood. As an adult, the vibrancy hasn’t dulled and she enjoys being able to connect with students from ages 3 to 103 and seeing their joy as they develop skills and are encouraged. Color and texture are evident throughout her artistic endeavors. From her personal art, to working as a Middle School Art teacher, costumer, set designer, freelance painting instructor, Master Sewist and Homeschooling, creativity is a vital part of it all. Amy-Kristin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in painting, drawing & interior architect along with a Minor in Art History, a Masters in Art Education, and has interned & worked as a Master Artist for Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft (KMAC) in Louisville. Her personal mantra is “Pray & create, Father God will lead.”

Chris Spencer

Percussion

Chris has played drums and percussion for over 15 years. Throughout his time at Charlestown High School, he served at different times as both drumline and pit percussion captain in the Marching Band of Pirates, as well as first chair percussionist in concert band. Additionally, he has played in several bands in the Southern Indiana area, covering a multitude of genres including pop, rock, punk, thrash, funk, and jazz. In 2019, he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Film/Video and Theatre Production. At Purdue, he employed his percussion skills to score his and his peers' projects. He is credited in the feature film Tom of Your Life for percussion music he contributed.

Chris also serves as the current president of the Charlestown Lions Club.

Ericka Johnson

Art

Ericka Johnson is the owner of Red Headed Princess Designs located in Sellersburg, IN. Ericka was born and raised here in Southern Indiana. She and her husband have been married just four years but between them have three great kids! They love Sellersburg and are happy to call it home! Ericka loves painting and making things, and enjoys sharing that passion with others.

Ericka truly enjoys sharing her talents with young artists. She believes there is something special about seeing a young person learn to love art. She says, “Creating art is empowering and can help build confidence in kids and adults alike.”

Gracie Willis

Ukulele

Gracie has been a part of the Southern Indiana music community for her whole life, performing at many local farmers markets and showcases in the area over the past 20 years. She has 10+ years of experience teaching ukulele and guitar lessons and is passionate about sharing her love of music with others. She once fundraised and donated 15 ukuleles and various percussion instruments to an elderly end-of-life facility in Haiti, and spent 3 months there living with the residents and teaching music. She is super excited for the opportunity to teach in Charlestown, which she calls home with her husband and three year old daughter.

Raven Ohlemacher

Voice

Raven's passion for singing and music was ignited at a young age. Her formative years were filled with singing and playing around the kitchen table with her family to their favorite songs, which paved the way for a high school choral career as Lead Soprano and soloist. She then went on to perform with the IU Southeast Concert Choir and competed in the 2011 NATS competition. Today, she spends her free time making music with her friends and performing vocals for our Ensembles Community Jazz Band! Her guiding principle in vocal coaching is that the voice is more than just a sound; it is the expression of who we are, what we believe, and how we feel.

Rebecca Putman

Piano, Ukelele, General Music

Rebecca grew up in Charlestown and has a master's degree in Music Education. Rebecca has over 30 years of teaching teaching experiece both in the classroom and as a private teacher. As a private piano teacher, Rebecca looks for creative ways to get her students making music with others. She is super excited about Ensembles because she believes making music with others is fun and helps us to develop our skills and grow musically.