The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational, arts, and cultural organization.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences.

Songbook Staff


Chris Lewis
Executive Director

Chris Lewis joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in August 2011 as Director of the High School Vocal Academy and Competition, now known as the Songbook Academy®. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has worked as a history teacher and special education liaison for the New York City Department of Education. He is an accomplished musician with experience as a professional vocalist, choral director and voice teacher, and was a member of the vocal jazz octet, Pieces of 8. 

Chris can be reached at or 317.844.9446.

Lisa Lobdell


Archivist Lisa Lobdell has had a life-long interest in preserving and organizing things dating back to her childhood when she used rainy days to reorganize her coloring books and games. She worked in banking, manufacturing, and property management prior to returning to her first love. She joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in May 2010 after completing her graduate degrees in library science and history.


Since joining the Songbook Foundation, she has moved the collections twice, provided input on the design of office space, and serves as both head librarian and museum curator along with her archival duties. Today she oversees a team of volunteers and interns who work to make all of our collections accessible in a variety of ways to our user community.


Lisa may be reached at or 317.844.9457.


Renée La Schiazza
Director of Programs


Renée La Schiazza joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in February 2018. Though a new staff member, she was no stranger to the Great American Songbook Foundation, as she was a 2012 Songbook Academy Alum and interned for the organization in 2013.  Renée holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre and a B.A. in Arts Administration from Elon University.  She is an accomplished performing artist with experience as a professional actress, associate director/music director and choreographer at regional theaters and performance venues throughout the country.  Prior to joining the Songbook Foundation staff, Renée worked at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, in Marketing and Development.


Renée can be reached at or 317.844.5832.



Marissa Nielsen
Individual Giving Officer


Marissa holds a master’s degree in philanthropy from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Prior to joining The Great American Songbook Foundation, Marissa served as a Philanthropic Advisor for the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), managing a portfolio of over 100 donor-advised funds representing approximately $32 million. She previously worked as a graduate intern for the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and in staff positions for other community, family and private foundations.  Recently, Marissa advanced her 21/64 Certification which recognizes youth and multi-generational family philanthropy as an area of expertise.


Marissa can be reached at or 317.844.9454.


Chelsea Reynowsky

Program Coordinator


Chelsea Reynowsky joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2020 as the organization's Program Coordinator. After earning her M.M. in Voice Performance (2015) from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Chelsea relocated to Indianapolis and shifted her focus to humanities and research. Prior to her work with The Great American Songbook Foundation, she served in administration at Opportunities for Positive Growth, Inc. and was involved with Butler's Music First! program. Since returning to her native city, Chelsea has created a presence in the Indianapolis music community―lending her talents to sacred music, benefit concerts, and recording sessions with Aire Born Studios.


Chelsea can be reached at or 317-844-5847.


Jason Butram
Property Manager & Director of Security

Joe Landers
Maintenance Supervisor