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.

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.


Anna LoPrete
Music Librarian


Anna LoPrete joined the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2021 as the organization’s first Music Librarian. In this Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded position, Anna’s primary focus is on the Bethards-Massey collection of radio station arrangements from the West coast. Additionally, Anna catalogs musical materials in multiple formats, supervises volunteers, and performs other library tasks. Anna comes to us from the Cook Music Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was a cataloger of musical scores and books for seven years. Anna holds a Master of Library Science from Indiana University with a Music Librarian Specialization as well as a Master of Music in Music History and Literature from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.


Anna can be reached at or 317.844.5849.


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.