Founder & Co-Owner
Sean began playing viola at age 10, beginning his studies with Kathy Hershberger shortly after. Sean performed with the New World Youth Orchestras and the Honors Orchestra of America throughout high school and studied with Eva Lieberman until he went to Butler University.
Sean studied Arts Administration at Butler University, graduating in 2015. He was fortunate to study viola with Richard Clark and participate in many ballets, chamber performances, and operas throughout his studies.
While at Butler, he had the opportunity to work with a variety of non-profit sector organizations during his undergraduate career, including The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Alpha Kappa Psi. Following graduation, Sean accepted a full-time position as a the Communication Coordinator with Alpha Kappa Psi before making the decision to attend Indiana University, McKinney School of Law with a focus on Intellectual Property Law.
Sean participated in a four-week Chinese Law Summer Program at Renmin University in Beijing, China to gain a better understanding of International and Chinese Law. During his second year, he also accepted a position on the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review as a student note candidate, writing with a topic interest in cultural property and illicit international transactions. He has also accepted a position for his third year as the Executive Production Editor for the Law Review.
When he is not performing or studying, Sean can be found traveling or enjoying the outdoors with his dog. He also is an active volunteer as a District Director for the music fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon.
Founder & Co-Owner
Grace studied Music Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education at Indiana University, graduating in 2015 after 3 semesters of student teaching in urban Indianapolis public schools. Following two years of teaching Special Education, she made the hard decision to leave the world of education and dedicate fully to The Deoc Ensemble. Although Grace misses her students, working for Deoc is truly a dream come true!
Even though Grace began her musical studies on the violin, she began playing the cello at the age of nine under the instruction of Dona Vellek Klein. During her high school years, Grace performed with the New World Symphony Orchestras and studied with Ingrid Fischer-Bellman. In addition, she performed as a soloist at The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. While at the Jacobs School of Music, Grace continued her training in the Starker method as she studied with Benjamin Karp and Adriana Contino.
When she is not performing, Grace loves traveling worldwide with her husband, Jordan. Her passions include hiking, spending time in her community of Speedway, and reading.
Digital Media & Communication Manager
Haley is a senior Music and Communications double major at Butler University in Indianapolis and is involved in many different organizations including the Student Government Association, the Butler Collegian Newspaper, interning with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and formerly acting as Vice President of Mu Phi Epsilon Kappa Professional Music Fraternity.
Haley began playing viola at the age of ten and began her studies with Kathy Hershberger at age sixteen. During her high school years, Haley performed as a soloist in the Franklin Central Orchestra and played with the New World Youth Symphony for two years, during the final of which she was principal violist. She was a member of both the Music for All Honor Orchestra of America and Indianapolis Side-by-Side for three years before receiving a performance scholarship to play with the Butler Symphony Orchestra.
In Spring of 2018, Haley studied viola at Scuola Civica di Musica in Milan, Italy with Francesco Borali, concertmaster of the Milano Metropolitan Orchestra, and chamber music with Silva Costanza. She currently studies viola with Maestro Richard Auldon Clark and violin with Professor Larry Shapiro at Butler University.
The Deoc Ensemble has been playing together for over a decade. Within that time, our group has played for weddings, cocktail functions, luncheons, dinner parties, holiday parties, birthdays and more. We offer a wide range of ensembles and have become known for offering beautiful music and exceptional service.
We require no amplification (unless performing for a large crowd or large outside area) which provides the ability to move from one part of a venue to another quite easily, if required. The ensemble also draws upon a network of talented and professional musicians from around the Indianapolis area when faced with high demand.
Our live music creates a very special ambience at a wedding ceremony. The background music is also suitable for cocktails and dinners at a reception. The ensemble is also available for other functions such as corporate luncheons, birthday parties and dinners. Our extensive playlist has something for everyone and is constantly expanding.