The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit 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.


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her four grown children, grandchildren and friends, preferably outdoors.


Lisa may be reached at or 317.844.9457.

Cathy A. Burton

Director of Museum Planning & Audience Enrichment


Cathy Burton joined the Songbook Foundation staff in January 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art (Art History) and a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology. She has worked for four museums during her career emphasizing museum education and programs. At the Songbook Foundation, Cathy researches and plans how to build a Songbook museum to meet the needs of diverse audiences; she welcomes, trains, and works with volunteers, and is a team member producing enjoyable and memorable activities for gallery visitors and specific audiences. Cathy has many interests; she volunteers for an arts organization, enjoys creating in visual arts, and travels and participates in museums with friends and family.


Cathy can be reached at or 317.844.9454.

Renée La Schiazza

Manager of Programs & Communications

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.  Renée most recently appeared as Lucy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina, while also working full-time in their Marketing & Development office.

Renée can be reached at or 317.844.5832.


Jason Butram
Property Manager & Director of Security

Joe Landers
Maintenance Supervisor