Board of Directors

John Urban

Chair & Artistic Director

John is beginning his Doctorate at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music this August. An aspiring performer as well as teacher, he enjoys being an Associate Instructor of piano there. In addition to studying and playing the classical piano repertoire, John also plays with the eclectic music-healing ensemble Whole Notes. His other interests include Walt Whitman, being a global flaneur and esoteric traditions.
RiverSong Music Festival is John's idea of a non-tradtional music festival located in a beautiful and transcendental area of Galena to heighten the depth and meaning with the wide array of musical selections.

Anne Hawk

Vice Chair

Annie Hawk was the coordinator of the Lorain County Family
Fun Fair, a one-day event in Oberlin, Ohio, for 13 years. She
was also an organizer of the Music@Grace concert series at
Grace Episcopal Church in the South Loop in Chicago for eight
years. She has written and received grants for musical
performances from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Brown
County Community Foundation. She’s also received funding for
a music education grant for preschoolers which she wrote, in
collaboration with Kitty Jarjisian at the Oberlin College
Conservatory, from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for
the Oberlin Early Childhood Center in Oberlin, Ohio when Annie
was the program director there. Annie has also taught school
and pre-school, was a circulation manager for the Morning
Journal in Lorain, OH, and was a New York Life agent for 17
years. She has a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College,
Annapolis, a BS in Elementary Education from the University of
Maryland, and a MS in Early Childhood Education from Indiana

Ariana Cappon


Since picking up the violin 20 years ago, Ariana Cappon has been humbled time and again by the emotion of the music she seeks to transmit. A native of New York, Cappon began her musical studies at age 3 at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege with Dorothy Roffman, and later with Grigory Kalinovsky. She is honored to have studied with Mauricio Fuks and Mark Kaplan the Jacobs school of Music at Indiana University, where she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree, and where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Mathematics last year. She has received lessons and chamber music coachings from Menahem Pressler, Norman Krieger, Kevork Mardirossian, Emile Naoumoff, Stanley Ritchie, and the Pacifica Quartet. Outside of Indiana, she has received instruction from Alexis Galperine, Gérard Poulet, Patinka Kopec, and James Buzzwell. As a teacher at the Stafford Music Academy, she tries to convey all that she has learned from her wonderful instructors.
Her performances include solo and chamber music recitals at Manhattan School of Music and the Indiana University, and a concert as a soloist with the Bergen County Philharmonic under David Gilbert. She has played in concerts and masterclasses with Paul Coletti, Philippe Quint, and Philippe Graffin. As an ensemble player, she has performed with Indiana University’s orchestras and Latin American Ensemble, and was concertmaster with the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed at festivals, such as the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, the Heifetz International Music Institute, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Conservatory Music in the Mountains at Durango, Colorado. She is excited to attend Orford Musique in Quebec with her trio this summer.

Andrew Licko


Andrew Licko is currently a senior at Indiana University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Tuba with an outside field in Marketing and an Arts Management minor. He is honored to be under the tutelage of Daniel Perantoni and a part of the IU studio while performing for the various school orchestras. Andrew, during his time at IU, has collaborated with fellow students creating the popular brass band, B-Town Brass Band. During the summers, he has worked as a camp leader in his hometown San Carlos, CA while also spending time as a local private lesson teacher for many low brass students in San Carlos and surrounding areas. On top of this, he has spent the past two summers as a promotions assistant at the San Francisco Cumulus Station and worked as an Operations/Marketing Intern for Legarza sports camp, both based in the Bay Area.

Advisory Board

Susie Licko

Marketing Consultant