Artistic Director & President/CEO
Joel Harrison has been President/CEO of the APA since 2008 and Artistic Director of the APA since 2001. He was previously a faculty member at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Mississippi State University, where he was also director of the Mississippi Piano Showcase and a Touring Artist for the Mississippi Arts Commission. His duties at APA include the oversight of all artistic programs, most especially the Classical and Jazz Fellowship Awards, relationships with collaborative organizations, strategic planning, staff development and oversight, Board communications, community and external relationships, fundraising, and representing APA to a national and international constituency.
Harrison holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Indiana University and Northwestern University, in addition to studies in Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Dr. Harrison has served on local, regional and national arts committees and boards, been a jury member for international piano competitions, and since 2003 has toured frequently as a cultural envoy of the United States Department of State Cultural Programs Division in Asia, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Northern Africa, accompanied by Classical or Jazz Fellows. He is a recipient of the 2010 Paderewski Award for distinguished contributions to society and culture, given at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC. He occasionally reviews submissions for Indiana University Press, and has served as a music consultant for Sky Magazine of Delta Airlines. In addition to music, he pursues an interest in contemporary art and architecture.
Kim Lewis has been employed at the American Pianists Association since 2004 and is currently the General Manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1995 and with a Master of Arts in Theatre from Northwestern University in 2002.
Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Ms. Lewis was the Community Arts and Education Coordinator for Arts Council Lake Erie West in Ohio as well as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago. Ms. Lewis actively volunteers with organizations such as Giving Sum and Indy Hub.
Director of Development
Julia Holbrook, CFRE, has been the Director of Development for the American Pianists Association since 2006. Ms. Holbrook received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music from Indiana University in 1994 and 1996.
Ms. Holbrook is a former board member of IndyFeral, Inc. and a current board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Indiana. She volunteers with Matinee Musicale and the Harmoni Historic Midtown Initiative.
Bridget Rawlins graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Rawlins came to the American Pianists Association in the Spring of 2007.
She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for the APA and oversees all marketing for the organization. Ms. Rawlins currently serves on the Leadership Team for Indy Hub’s Presidents’ Roundtable and, on the committee for the annual event, Young Professionals Unite.
Milner Fuller holds an M.A. in Musicology from Indiana University and a B.A. in Music from Denison University. Milner joined the American Pianists Association in January of 2013 as a Development Officer.
Prior to his work with the APA, Mr. Fuller served as the Tyler Young Artist Program Manager at Opera on the James in Lynchburg, VA, and taught chamber music at Virginia Episcopal School. He currently volunteers with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
Cassie joined the APA in June of 2010. She has a degree in music education and worked as Assistant to the Endowment Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis then joined the Indianapolis Symphony as Executive Secretary. She filled several roles at the Symphony including secretary to the President & CEO and Music Director as well as administrative assistant in the Education and Operations departments. After leaving the Symphony she was personal assistant to Maestro Mario Venzago.