YVI Staff

Marian Bender
Founder and Artistic Director, Director of Concert Choir and Encore Singers

BenderMrs. Bender received her Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and Piano from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. As member of the world-renowned Westminster Choir, she performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Spoleto Festival with the chorus in residence for the New York Philharmonic. Following graduation from Westminster, she began her career as a music educator as the Director of Music at Grace Episcopal School in Monroe, Louisiana, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2001. She held the position of assistant music director at Delhi Presbyterian Church 1999-2001 and also served as the director of the Training and High School Choirs of the Masterworks Young Singers, a regional children’s choir in Louisiana. Insert that picture of Marian

In 2001, she relocated to Indianapolis, where she studied as a graduate assistant under Henry Leck, founder of Indianapolis Children’s Choir at Butler University. From 2001 through 2004, she held the position of Director of Children’s Music Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Bender has taught Kindermusik and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

Currently, Mrs. Bender teaches music at St. Richard’s School and directs the St. Richard’s Singers. A dedicated music teacher and choral director, Mrs. Bender founded the Young Voices of Indianapolis in the summer of 2005. Young Voices of Indianapolis has been a dream realized for Mrs. Bender as she strives to achieve enthusiastic, dynamic teaching as a means of nurturing and creating a lifelong love and knowledge of music in children. She is passionate about community service and mission work and hopes that through Young Voices of Indianapolis, children can experience the joy of helping others. Mrs. Bender is a wife and mother of an energetic four-year old. She loves traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Nie
Preparatory Choir Director

Jennifer Nie has a bachelor of music from DePauw University where she double majored in Vocal Performance and Music Education.  In 2003, she received her Masters of Music from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education.   While a Masters student, Jennifer taught a Vocal Techniques class, as well as an Elementary Methods class each quarter to undergraduates at CCM.

Mrs. Nie’s prior teaching history also includes Seven Hills Country Day in Cincinnati and Chicago Public Schools. While teaching in Chicago, Jennifer started an elementary choir for children ages 5-10 years old.

In 2004, she brought her diverse experiences to Park Tudor School where she is currently in her thirteenth year of teaching Early Childhood and Lower School Music, as well as Private voice. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Jennifer performs regularly with the Indianapolis Opera.  She is a Lyric Mezzo-Soprano and performs regularly throughout the Midwest.

Jennifer lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children.

Cheryl Eiszner
Director of Cherub Choir & Assistant Director of Concert Choir & Encore Singers

CherylCheryl Eiszner cannot remember a time when she did not sing! Mrs. Eiszner received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Theatre from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Choral/Vocal Music from Butler University, She taught private voice for twenty years, was an adjunct music faculty member at Marian College for three years, and served as the director of music at All Saints Episcopal Church, where she directed the parish choir and founded their concert series, then known as Art at All Saints.

Mrs. Eiszner is thrilled to be venturing into the area of choral conducting and is delighted to work with such and outstanding and inspiring director. Working with the children of Young Voices has strengthened her belief that there are many incredible young people preparing to make the world a better place. Mrs. Eiszner and her husband, John, have been married for twenty-six years and have tow wonderful daughters, Julia and Sara.



Jennifer Hufford
Staff Accompanist

Caitlin Foster
Staff Accompanist 

Caitlin Foster is a versatile member of Indianapolis’ musical community, as an active performer of classical, jazz and new art music. Numerous performances abroad have included the premieres of original compositions through the summers of 2011-12 at the Cortona Sessions and SoundSCAPE Festival in Cortona and Maccagno, Italy. In addition, her experience accompanying vocalists of the La Musica Lirica opera program brought her to Novafeltria, Italy, in 2010. Caitlin earned her Masters of Music in Performance and Bachelor of Music in Performance from Butler University. She has studied with Kate Boyd, Gary Walters, Michael Kirkendoll and Thomas Rosenkrantz. She currently serves as staff accompanist for Young Voices of Indianapolis and Butler University. She also teaches classical and jazz piano both independently and through Butler University, IUPUI and Verity Institute.