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Our Staff

Shawn Royer, Director (she/her)

Musician, educator, and clinician, Shawn Royer, is an Assistant Professor of Music at Marian University in Indianapolis where she currently directs the jazz ensemble, teaches clarinet and saxophone, and works with preservice educators in music. She has previously served as an Associate Instructor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is currently a Doctoral Candidate, and served as Adjunct Instructor of Music at IUPUI and at the Butler University School of Music.  

Shawn was the clarinet clinician for the Music for All National Festival in 2015 and 2017, and she presents clarinet and jazz workshops regularly to educators and students at music educator conferences, high schools, and middle schools as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist Clinician.  

Shawn is featured on three Wave Mechanics Union albums and her first solo album, Not Benny’s Goodman, was released in September 2013. in 2019, Shawn presented research at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) National Conference in Reno and at the International Symposium on the Philosophy of Music Education in Canada. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Music in Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music.

Shawn is the Director of the 65th Street Klezmorim and maintains an active career performing jazz. Shawn Royer plays Yamaha clarinets and saxophones exclusively. (


Sarah Breann Royer, Assistant Director (they/them)

Sarah Breann Royer is a composer/arranger, musician, and educator. Breann’s compositions often incorporate unusual items such as plastic hand clappers, toy pianos, or household items to make musical sounds, as well as typical band instruments used in unusual ways. Breann studied trumpet performance and music education at Missouri Southern State University and psychology at Marian University. 

Breann's compositions and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles around the Midwest including ensembles at Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, the University of Indianapolis Handbell Choir, the 65th Street Klezmorim, as well as many high school and middle school groups. 

Some of Breann's SYO duties include; directing the Handbell Choir, Ukulele Ensemble, and the Adaptive Percussion Ensemble, maintaining the website and social medias, grant writing, creating promotional materials, and overseeing the College Internship Program.

Breann performs regularly throughout the Indy area, teaches private lessons and sectionals at local schools, techs for marching bands, and composes and arranges music for small groups, band/orchestra, and handbells.  ​​

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