Music

The Sacred Heart School for the Arts music program offers private lessons, group classes, and ensemble opportunities. Private lessons are offered in brass, cello, dulcimer, guitar, harp, music composition, Suzuki (Click here to learn more about Suzuki) piano and violin, traditional piano and violin, viola and voice. Students also have the opportunity to participate in group classes such as band, harp ensemble or keyboarding for singers.

As a performance based school, all students participate in a recital each semester performed in either the SHSA Recital Hall or the Ursuline Arts Center.

Visit the Summer Camps and Courses page to view summer music programming.

Below is a brief listing of Music Classes traditionally offered in the Fall and Spring.To view a complete description of each course and class times, please view the SHSA Course Catalog.


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  • 15 minute Private Suzuki Lessons (ages 3-6)
  • 30 Minute Private Suzuki or Traditional Lessons (ages 5 and up)
  • 45 Minute Private Lessons (ages 5 and up)
  • 60 Minute Private Lessons (ages 5 and up)
  • Band (ages 10 and up)
  • Harp Ensemble (ages 6 and up)

Music Faculty


Rozanna Thompson (Department Chair)

Rozanna Thompson joined Sacred Heart School for the Arts in 1993. She is the chair of the music department and the Sacred Heart School for the Arts harp instructor. Ms. Thompson holds music degrees from Georgetown College and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music. She taught piano and English in Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil for two years in the Journeyman Program. Ms. Thompson added the harp to her repertoire after studying with Linda Rollo Wood of Indiana University. She plays the harp professionally with ARVS VIVA (harp/mandolin/flute) and The Underhill Trio (harp/violin/cello). Ms. Thompson has been in pit orchestras with The Broadway Series, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Music Theatre of Louisville. For 20 years, Ms. Thompson has played with The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Orchestra. She enjoys teaching harp at SHSA, where her Debutante Harp Ensemble performs at an array of local functions throughout the year. She has completed the Grade 8 level of Harp Performance and the Diploma of Harp Pedagogy with The Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

Dr. Laura Chipe

Dr. Chipe brings 42 years of expertise to our music program where she teaches voice, beginning piano, handbells and our Arts Integration music classes at Sacred Heart Preschool. She also serves as the musical director for our Youth and Intermediate drama classes, as well as the Gleetastic Summer Camp experience. Originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, she earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Georgetown College in 1970. She later attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a master’s in church music in 1993 and a doctorate in musical arts in 2000. While in graduate school, she studied with Metropolitan Opera star Marilyn Mims and sang with the Kentucky Opera. She was assistant professor of music at the University of the Cumberlands from 1997 to 2007, where she taught music appreciation, school music for elementary education majors, and applied voice. She created and directed the opera workshop at the university, and served as the conductor of the hand bell choir, women’s chorus and youth chorale, a community children’s choir, which she founded in 1998. Prior to returning to the U.S. in 1989, Dr. Chipe lived and taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for 14 years. She sang with the Brazilian National Opera, studied voice with renowned Brazilian professionals and taught at the American School of Rio and Our Lady of Mercy School of Rio. As a singer, Dr. Chipe concertized in Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, and Natal. She also appeared as the lead in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, H.M.S. Pinafore, Gondoliers, and Pirates of Penzance. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Associação Brasileiro de Canto, Music Educators National Conference, and Choristers Guild International. She is fluent in Portuguese but loves to speak “Portanol” with her husband, Jose, who hails from Ecuador. Her dissertation Alberto Berio Nepomuceno surveys an important Romantic Brazilian composer and his body of classical song in the Portuguese language. Villa Lobos considered him his mentor, making the “unsingable” Portuguese language lyrical and accessible for serious composition.

Grace Kim

Grace Kim teaches piano, voice, and all string instruments. She first joined SHSA’s music faculty in 2004 teaching private lessons and also directing music in the Montessori program, now part of Sacred Heart Preschool. Shortly after joining the faculty she became certified in Kindermusik. She earned her master’s degree in church music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Chong-Shin University in Seoul, South Korea. She has been the music director and soloist for several churches in California, Kentucky, and Uzbekistan where she served as a missionary for five years. Ms. Kim currently serves as the director of adult choir at The Louisville Immanuel Korean Church and the director of orchestra at Stuart Middle School in the Jefferson County Public School System.

John Little

Mr. Little holds the Masters of Music degree from the University of Louisville. In addition he studied at Haverford College, The New School of Music Institute, Indiana University, and Northwestern University, and is I.B. certified. Mr. Little is the band and applied music teacher at Sacred Heart schools. The Music Teachers National Association awarded Mr. Little the STAR award in 2008, and Kammerer Middle School named him Friend of the Arts in 2012.

Mary Ann Mattingly

I began here at Sacred Heart Schools about 6 years ago as the Drama Accompanist for Sacred Heart School for the Arts. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Pedagogy from the U of L School of Music. Currently I am the Preschool Music Teacher in Angela Hall. This is my third season to teach. What I love about teaching is the smiling faces of all the children that greet me every morning. My wish for this school year is for a successful Christmas Program and the continuation of communication between the two Preschools and SHSA. We are off to a wonderful beginning!

Laura Meyer

Ms. Meyer has taught music to all ages since 1985 and has taught students at the Sacred Heart School for the Arts for many years (1986-1988 and 1996 – present). Ms. Meyer currently teaches piano, class piano/piano laboratory, music theory, dulcimer and violin/viola at SHSA and is a member of the American College of Teachers. Through a coordinated grant between SHSA and the Louisville Central Community Center, Ms. Meyer has been teaching recorder and violin at LCCC since the fall of 2012. She was the SHSA 1998-1999 recipient of the St. Angela Award for Community, Reverence, Leadership, and Service granted by Sacred Heart Schools. During the hours when she is not at SHSA, Ms. Meyer can be found substitute teaching at the DePaul School and in Southern Indiana schools. In addition to teaching, Ms. Meyer has been a pastoral musician and a director of worship in the Roman Catholic Church since 1978. Her duties have included: organist, pianist, cantor, ensemble director, choir director, liturgy coordinator, and lay minister trainer. Ms. Meyer has earned certificates in liturgical music & organ, cantoring, and liturgy. In addition to playing piano and organ at local Catholic churches, she is also the director of music at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY.

Anna Blanton

Anna Blanton grew up in Greenville, IN and currently resides in New Albany, IN. Anna picked up her first violin at the age of 9 in her grade school orchestra program when she eventually began lessons with Catherine Moeller-Cunanan. She continued her classical studies of the violin with J. Patrick Rafferty at the University of Louisville and graduated in Spring of 2010, on a music scholarship, with a Bachelor of Arts in music with emphasis in violin performance and a minor in marketing. While at UofL she was a three year member of the Intercollegiate Orchestra, took a semester jazz improvisation course from Ansyn Banks, and has studied fiddle and mandolin on and off with renowned bluegrass musician Jeff Guernsey. Anna now enjoys a busy performance career and teaches as Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY and the Conservatory of Music in Clarksville, IN. In April 2015 Anna completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training in Violin Books ECC-4.

Anna Blanton is an Endorsee Artist of Nicola Brand Strings. Anna's current performance career includes being a member of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Pop/Americana band Southern Sirens, and the bluegrass band The Porch Possums. She can also be seen frequently performing in the "Bee Strings" string quartet section with The Newbees on occasion. Southern Sirens' highlights include:

Top 11 Finalist out of 5,000 entries in the Pepsi Southern Original Contest

Performed at Bigfoot Music and Outdoors' CMA Fest Showcase in Nashville.

Performed for 2015 WE Day Kentucky for 1,300 students from around the state.

Top 70 Act on ABC's Rising Star Season 1

Top 10 Finalist in the 2015 Pepsi Southern Original Competition

Opened for Bruno Mars at Congo 14

Opened for Carlene Carter at Mercury Ballroom

Performed for a Little Big Town VIP Event at the Louisville Palace

Performed at the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards with world renowned cellist, Michael Fitzpatrick, and CJ Vanston, multi Grammy-nominated producer, film composer, session keyboard player and songwriter.

Anna has performed at 'Abbey Road on the River' since 2010 in the KaLeidoscope I's backup string section where they shared the stage with 2x Grammy Winner Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney's Wings), The Orchestra (former members of ELO), and Ambrosia. She took over as string leader in 2015.

She's also performed in the backup orchestra of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on a number of occasions.

Michael Vettraino

I began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was fortunate enough to cut my teeth in various local groups over the course of the next several years. Around the age of 16 my playing really took off after I began taking structured private lessons and also began teaching beginner lessons to my peers. After taking time off after high school I enrolled in the University of Louisville’s music department and graduated in the winter of 2011 as a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. While at U of L I learned many different valuable skills such as advanced music theory, ear training, how to lead a band, conducting, how to be a sideman in a band, how to carry yourself as a professional musician, and how to arrange for various instrumentations including big band, the string quartet and solo guitar.

In the summer of 2013 I accepted the guitar position in a nine-piece theatre group on a European cruise ship. For the next seven months I played a different style of music six nights a week in front of a 1000+ audience and was able to reunite with all of the musical styles I fell in love with when I was younger.

In the spring of 2014 I started learning the trade of audio engineering from the experts at Downtown Recording Studio; the subtle blend of science and art makes this musical avenue particularly satisfying. In the fall I transitioned into the role of guitarist and currently do session work there, I also have clients nationally & internationally that I work with via the internet. Session work is my main focus and I love the challenge of performing in various styles such as Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, Pop, Country, Soul, Bluegrass, Motown, R&B, & Classical.

I have a no-stone-unturned philosophy when it comes to music and am delighted that I will never stop learning. More importantly I am thankful for the daily inspiration that music provides and the opportunity to share it.

Michael Vettraino is currently endorsed by Nicola Brand Strings based in Santa Rosa, CA.

Yun Yang

Yun Yang received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance (Piano) from Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea. She is a very active piano teacher even before she came to the United States in 1993. When she was in Korea, she founded and established her own teaching studio, the Two Hands Piano Studio for children as well as adults to learn how to play piano and to learn music theory. Ms. Yang received her Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from the Southern Baptist theological Seminary, studying with Dr. Maurice Hinson. Ms. Yun Yang has been teaching piano and music theory for more than 25 years and also working as a piano accompanist even longer. Ms. Yang currently serves as an accompanist at Bethany Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

Elizabeth Huling

Elizabeth Huling teaches voice and acting as well as musical directs and stage directs for these organization. Elizabeth attended Carson Newman University, Southern Baptist Seminary, The University of Louisville and Manhattan School of Music. Elizabeth has been a Regional Metropolitan Opera Audition Finalist, a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood and a Young Artist at Chautauqua Opera. After Elizabeth made her professional debut at Kentucky Opera in 1985 she relocated to New York and began her opera career with a New York debut at Carnegie Hall. She sang opera exclusively for ten years until she discovered her versatility as an actor and singer and was cast in an Equity production of “A Christmas Carol”. She earned her Equity card and realized this was her ticket to Broadway! Her Off Broadway debut followed as Ruth in “Pirates of Penzance” with The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society and soon after her Broadway debut in “The Phantom of the Opera". She is honored to be a member of The Professional Musical Theatre Workshop at Manhattan School of Music founded by Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim.

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