Michael Burkhardt, D.M.A., is Founder and Artistic Director of Hearts, Hands and Voices. He is internationally known for his creative work with children, having published numerous works and resources geared to inspiring and equipping both student and teacher. In addition to his work with HHAV, he is Artist-Professor of Organ at Eastern Michigan University, and travels extensively as a choral and organ clinician, organ recitalist and hymn festival leader.
Sandy Burkhardt is a happily retired Elementary PE teacher living in Flagstaff, AZ. She has 18 years of teaching experience, including 7 years working with homeless and disadvantaged students. After college, she spent a couple years in Sweden playing/coaching professional basketball. She has led HHAV recreation a for two years and loves working and playing with the children! And she is also Michael's sister!!!
Julie Ford serves as Director of Music and Liturgy at Ss Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit. A frequent organ recitalist in Southeast Michigan, she holds a Masters in Church Music from the University of Michigan. Julie has been on HHAV faculty since 2010.
Doris Granum retired several years ago after teaching elementary-school music in an Athens, Georgia, public school. She also has directed church children's choirs for much of her career. From 1987-91 she sang soprano under conductor Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, ASO Chamber Chorus, and Robert Shaw Singers. Her undergraduate degree was from Carson-Newman College, and her master's and doctorate degrees are from The University of Georgia. She was a contributing writer to the recent children's-choir book, Of Primary Importance, III, published by Choristers Guild. Doris is now active with the music ministries of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor.
Tom Granum has served as Director of Music Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, since 2012. Previously he served as Director of Music & Organist at First Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia, for 30 years. Tom studied at the University of Georgia and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He sang under the late Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, ASO Chamber Chorus, and Robert Shaw Singers.
Sipkje Pesnichak is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in Jackson, Michigan. Currently she is Director of Music and Organist for Jackson's First Presbyterian Church, Schola Director for the Latin Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Jackson and is a music instructor for the Community Music School of Jackson. Bachelor’s degree at SUNY Fredonia in Instrumental Music Education and a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at the University of Michigan. She has had the privilege of studying oboe with Dr. Sarah Hamilton and Dr. Nancy Ambrose King and organ with Dr. Marilyn Mason and Dr. Michael Burkhardt. Sipkje was the first HHAV intern, joining the Program in 2015.
Zachary Zieschang serves as Director of Music at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Livonia. Zachary studied at Concordia University Chicago, graduating with Bachelor degrees in Church Music and Music Education as well receiving his Piano Pedagogy certification. In addition to his church music duties as organist, adult choir director, children’s music ensemble director, brass ensemble director and pre-school music teacher he also enjoys teaching private lessons on a variety of instruments – currently including piano, organ, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and voice.