Leta Sena-Lopez is a 29-year veteran teacher and Director of Bands at Kahler Middle School in Dyer, Indiana. She attended Indiana State University on the George M. Graesch Wind Scholarship, where she studied saxophone and received her B.S. in Music Education. She went on to study conducting with Dr. John Boyd, and completed her M.M. in Wind Conducting at ISU. As a guest conductor and clinician, she has worked with Indiana All-Region and All-District Honor Bands as well as various festivals in Illinois and abroad. She has served as middle/junior district representative for the Indiana Band Master’s Association and her ensembles have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in music performance by the Indiana State School Music Association.
Over the years, she has mentored many student teachers attending universities in Indiana and in the Chicagoland area as well as beginning teachers and colleagues. Leta is a former member and featured soloist with Windiana Concert Band of Northwest Indiana and toured with the group to China in 2006. In 2007, Leta was selected as Outstanding Minority Educator of the year by the Indiana State Teachers Association. She has been recognized by her school administration for numerous musical achievements, her impact on the scholastic advancement of her students, and as a finalist for Teacher of the Year. Last fall, Leta was selected as the first recipient of Influential Women of the Year in the Arts, by the Northwest Indiana Influential Women's Association. Her recent interest in educational technology has led to the integration of technology platforms for the instrumental and choral programs grades 6-12 in the Lake Central School Corporation.