Michael Burkhardt

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. 


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Linda Bauer has been part of the HHAV faculty since 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education in organ and vocal music from Wayne State University.  She taught elementary school vocal music for several years while also serving as organist at several churches in the Detroit area.  She has directed handbells since 1986 and has travelled across the USA and to France, performing with Classical Bells Handbell Ensemble.  She is serving as interim Handbell Director at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe Farms, and continues as a substitute organist in her retirement.

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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!!!

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Julie Ford

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.

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Jan Swanson

Jan Swanson is a music educator and organist from Columbus, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree (organ, piano, voice) from Baldwin Wallace University. She holds a Master of Education degree from Kent State University in addition to National Board Certification. Jan taught music in three northeast Ohio school districts, Rocky River, Solon and Medina, grades K-12. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Jan served as Director of Music, Handbell Choir Director and substitute Organist/Choir Director at The United Methodist Church of Berea. (Berea, Ohio) She currently serves as Director of Music, Chancel Choir Director and Junior Choir Director at Asbury United Methodist Church in Delaware, Ohio. Jan has over 30 years of experience in school and church music as well as having served in college admissions at Baldwin Wallace and Westminster Choir College. (Princeton, New Jersey). Jan joined the Hearts Hands and Voices program in 2018.

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Zachary Zieschang serves as Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. 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, handbell choir director, children’s music ensemble director, he also enjoys teaching private lessons on a variety of instruments. Zach entered the HHAV Apprenticeship Program in 2018.


Program Coordinator:

Ellen Batkie has served as Coordinator for Hearts, Hands and Voices Worship and Fine Arts Program since its inception in 2009.

Liturgical Art Team:

  • Ashleigh Altemann, Director of Lifelong Faith Formation at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, MI. Ashleigh joined the team in 2019.

  • Joan Onkka, experienced liturgical art leader. Joan has been part of HHAV since its inception in 2009.

  • Sue Scherbarth, experienced liturgical art leader. Sue had been part of HHAV since its inception in 2009.

Camp staff:

Shepherds/Faculty Assistants:

  • Linda Bozgan, retired elementary school teacher. Linda has been part of HHAV since 2015.

  • Rev David Hendricks, serving as Interim Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, MI. Pastor Dave is experiencing HHAV for the first time in 2019.

  • Michelle Ketepa, Minister of Faith Formation at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Michelle has been part of HHAV off and on since 2010.

  • Dominic Kryst, 2019 EMU graduate who studied with Michael Burkhardt and serving as Director of Music and Liturgy Coordinator, John the Evangelist Catholic Parish in Jackson, MI. Dominic has been an HHAV intern since January 2019.

Camp Assistants:

  • Ed Baker, retired from Chrysler Corporation. Ed has been with HHAV since 2017.

  • Rose Dillon, retired elementary school teacher with significant experience assisting special needs children. Rose is experiencing HHAV for the first time in 2019.

  • Charles Eidelman, studying organ with Michael Burkhardt, is experiencing HHAV for the first time in 2019.

  • Maks Juasek, EMU undergraduate student studying organ with Michael Burkhardt, is in his second year with HHAV..

  • Emily Katynski, EMU undergraduate student majoring in piano and studying organ with Michael Burkhardt, is experiencing HHAV for the first time in 2019.

  • Jeff Hatteberg, engineer with Ford Motor. Jeff has been involved with HHAV nearly since its inception in 2009, dedicating vacation time to assist with camp.