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Music Department News: October 2013

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IUP Trumpet Ensemble to Present Fall Recital

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The IUP Trumpet Ensemble will present its 2013 fall recital on Thursday, November 14, in Room 121 of Cogswell Hall on the IUP campus. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the general public. Kevin Eisensmith directs the IUP Trumpet Ensemble.

The program will feature numerous pieces for the 22-member ensemble, along with works for smaller groups. The performance will begin with an arrangement of Malcomb Arnold’s “Hoffnung Fanfare,” originally written for 32 trumpet players. Chandler Wilson, a graduate candidate in conducting, will direct “System Overload,” which will feature Eisensmith as trumpet soloist. “System Overload” was written for Eisensmith and a group of students who attended the Orvieto Musica “TrumpetFest” in Orvieto, Italy, in summer 2013 by IUP alumnus Michael Gaydeski. Gaydeski is currently a master’s candidate in composition at Oklahoma City State University. The program will conclude with Gaydeski’s arrangement of “O magnum Mysterium,” followed by Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from “Messiah.”

The IUP Trumpet Ensemble includes both Music majors and non-music majors, who audition for acceptance into the group. For more information about the IUP Trumpet Ensemble recital, please contact Kevin Eisensmith at 724-357-1246.

A recital featuring members of the IUP Trumpet Studio will begin at 8:00 on the same evening.

Jazz Weekend at IUP to Feature IUP Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, and IUP Alumni Jazz Band

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The IUP Jazz Band and IUP Jazz Ensemble will present their annual Fall Jazz Concert on Saturday, November 9. Performing on Sunday, November 10, will be the IUP Alumni Jazz Band. Both performances will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus.

Mike BodolowskyThe IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble, both led by Kevin Eisensmith, will perform on Saturday, November 9, beginning at 7:30 pm. Featured soloist for this performance is drummer Michael Bodolosky. Mike is currently executive director of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, director of Bands, musical conductor, and music instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown.

Mike is a graduate of IUP, where he holds both a B.S. and M.Ed. in Music Education. A native of Laureldale, Pennsylvania, Bodolosky retired as director of Bands and Fine Arts Department chair for the Richland School District in 2007. During his tenure at Richland, he also served as choral director and musical producer. He began his teaching career in the Greater Johnstown School District, where he was choral director and assistant high school band director. While at Richland, his bands have performed in Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Toronto, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C., Walt Disney World, and the Florida Citrus Bowl. Previously, he has served as state chair of Public Relations for Music in Our Schools Month and three terms as District 6 president for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He was recipient of the Pennsylvania Music Educators “Citation of Excellence in Teaching” in 2011, 2002, and 1987 and is listed numerous times in Who’s Who Among American Teachers. He was recipient of the Bottle Work’s Arts Center 2007 Artist’s Hall of Fame Award and the Johnstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Cultural Affairs Award. He is currently serving as president of the school board for the Richland School District. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, the National School Bandmasters Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Honorary Music Fraternity, and Phi Sigma Kappa National Fraternity. Bodolosky is founder and leader of Jazz in Your Face Big Band, an 18-piece jazz band dedicated to jazz education, entertaining audiences through regular appearances in the Greater Johnstown area and western Pennsylvania. He has performed with the Emporia State University (Kansas) Jazz Ensemble at the Montreux, Switzerland, Jazz Festival. He is an active clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and freelance musician.

Tickets for this concert are available at the HUB: regular $9, discount $8, I-Card $6. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before the performance.

The IUP Alumni Jazz Band will hold its performance on Sunday, November 10, beginning at 2:00 pm. Over 20 IUP alumni, spanning seven decades and all former members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble (previously known as the Mellowmen) or Jazz Band, make up the membership of this band.

The band will be led by former director Kevin Eisensmith, who was a member of the Mellowmen under Dan DiCicco in the late 1970s and who has led the IUP Jazz Ensemble since 1998. The music of two alumni, Dan Borlawsky (1959) and W. Roy Mitchell (1989), will be featured. This performance is free and open to the general public.

The Mellowmen group was started in 1938 as a dance band by Valgene Roush, and later was directed by Charlie Davis.

The IUP Jazz Ensemble placed first in the Villanova Jazz Competition in 1991 and has performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference in Pittsburgh in 1992 and 1999. For seven years, the band was involved in the annual fund-raising effort for Cerebral Palsy sponsored by the Franklin Elks of Franklin, Pa. Throughout the years, many well-known guest artists have performed with the ensemble, including guitarist Joe Negri; euphoniumist Rich Matteson; trumpeters Vince DiMartino, Marvin Stamm, Doc Severenson, and Dave Detwiler; drummers Peter Erskine, Steve Houghton, and Jim Rupp; pianists Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Peter Nero; Hollywood tubist Jim Self; flutist Jim Walker; vocalists Cleo Laine, Rosemary Clooney, and Kathy Wade; trombonists John Fedchock, Jim McFalls, and Urbie Green; and saxophonists Don Aliquo, Jr., Chris Vadala, John Dankworth, and Rick DiMuzio.

This concert will be presented in memory of Daniel “Doc” DiCicco, who was an IUP alumnus (1954) and who served as director of Bands at IUP for 33 years prior to his retirement in 1987. Funds are being accepted in order to name the Music Department’s band room after DiCicco. The vision for the DiCicco Rehearsal Hall in the heart of Cogswell Hall on the IUP campus is nearly realized. Thanks to the philanthropic generosity of many IUP music alumni and friends, the Music Department has received gifts and pledges in excess of $57,000 to support the naming of the department’s largest rehearsal hall in memory of emeritus director of Bands Daniel “Doc” DiCicco ’54.

In seeking the minimum $100,000 necessary for the formal naming of the rehearsal hall by the IUP Council of Trustees, we are asking alumni to consider designating a gift, outright or through estate, to the Dan and Dorothy DiCicco Music Fund. In addition to current gifts to the DiCicco fund, all gifts through estate (i.e., bequest, IRA beneficiary, insurance beneficiary, etc.) will be counted towards the naming opportunity of the rehearsal hall.

For more information and gift planning assistance, please contact College of Fine Arts Development Officer Patti Simmons at or Associate Vice President Evan Bohnen at or toll-free 855-477-5266.

Join us for an exciting weekend of big band jazz! For more information regarding this and other programs, please call the Department of Music, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, at 724-357-2390.

October 26 IUP Cello Festival Now Open to All String Players

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On Saturday, October 26, the IUP Music Department String Area will host an IUP String Festival, a day-long workshop highlighting guest Matt Turner, Indiana Area School District Director Julianne Laird, and IUP faculty member Linda Jennings. String players of all age and ability levels are encouraged to attend the festival and explore the many facets of string playing.

Sessions throughout the day will feature Alternative Cello Styles with Matt Turner, a Cello Fiddling session led by Julianne Laird, and the Cello Festival Ensemble led by Linda Jennings. The day will conclude with a Cello Festival Concert at 4:30 p.m. in Gorell Hall highlighting Matt Turner, Linda Jennings, the IUP Cello Choir, and participants in the Festival Ensembles.

Register online at IUP String Project.

Updated Information

  • All sessions and concert will take place in Gorell Hall (2nd floor of Sutton Hall) on the IUP campus.
  • Cellists begin sessions at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at 8:50 a.m.
  • All other strings (violin, viola, bass) begin sessions at 11 a.m. Please arrive at 10:50 a.m.
  • A pizza lunch will be provided for all participants who register for the full day.
  • Participants should bring their own instrument and cellists should bring a rockstop.
  • Participants will perform on the Festival Concert at the end of the day.
  • Participants should bring bright clothing for the Festival Concert.
  • The Festival sessions throughout the day are free to registered participants.
  • The Festival Concert is free and open to the public. Family and friends welcome.

For information about Act 48 credit, or for other questions, contact Dr. Linda Jennings at or (724)356-2649.


8:40 a.m. — Registration

9:00 a.m. — Cello Festival Ensemble (Cellists only)

10:00 am — Cello Fiddling Session (Cellists only)

11:00 a.m. — Alternative Cello Styles (All strings)

12:00 pm — Pizza lunch provide for full day registrants

1:30 p.m. — Alternative Cello Styles (All strings)

3:30 pm — Cello Festival Ensemble (Cellists only)/Break for other string participants

4:30 p.m. — IUP String Festival Concert featuring clinicians and participants

Matt Turner
Special guest Matt Turner is regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists. Also a highly accomplished pianist, Turner performs everything from jazz standards and 20th-century new music to alternative rock and improvised avant-garde. Turner completed his undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen, and Joe Maneri, and also was the recipient of a Distinction in Performance Award. Turner has performed at many music festivals, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Avignon Jazz Festival, Festival en Haute-Garonne, International Cello Festival in Montreal, the New Directions Cello Festival, the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, and with CUBE, Present Music, and Dadadah.

Turner appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Nato/Hope Street, Ayler, Illusions, Meniscus, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Geode, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz, Tautology, Crouton, Fever Pitch, and other labels. Turner has recorded with jazz artists Marily Crispell, Joseph Jarman, Bill Carrothers, Bill Stewart, Scott Fields, Myra Melford, Jeff Song, Ken Schaphorst, Kitty Brazelton, and others. He has shared the stage with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell Peter Kowald, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz Musican Bobby Mcferrin. Turner has also performed in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Turner teaches improvisation at Lawrence University and performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien, and the Jean-March Foltz Trio. He presents numerous improvisation workshops to string students and string teachers each year. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist. For more information on Turner please visit his website.

IUP Orchestra Performs for County School Children

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The IUP Orchestra regularly partners with the Indiana Area Arts Council to provide educational outreach to elementary students from across Indiana County by performing a concert in Fisher Auditorium on the IUP campus

This year, Stanley Chepaitis will conduct the IUP Orchestra in a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16. As in past years, the performance will be supplemented with insights and vignettes to make the experience most rewarding for children in the second and third grade age range. This service continues to be offered at no charge to the students or schools. More than 500 attendees are expected.

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Jazz Ensemble to Perform Music of Mary Lou Williams

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The IUP Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Eisensmith, will present a lecture/recital featuring the music of Mary Lou Williams. This performance will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall on Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Mary Lou WilliamsA two-time Guggenheim Fellow later in life, Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but spent most of her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and showed herself to be a prodigious talent at the piano from a young age. She was on the road by the time she was 12 years old, earning a living as a band member with a group on the black vaudeville circuit.

At 18, she made her first solo piano recording of a song called “Nite Life,” a remarkable, three-minute tour de force of the stride piano style. She also joined her husband as a member of Andy Kirk and her Clouds of Joy, a “territory band” whose home base was Kansas City, a thriving center for the development of hard-swinging jazz in the 1930s.

She taught herself to read and write music and began arranging for the band, and quickly became the band’s chief arranger and composer in addition to her duties as pianist. In the 1940s, her style evolved, incorporating aspects of bebop as well as modernist art music. Her music was in demand from the leading bandleaders of the day, including Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Williams’s career fell on hard times toward the end of the 1940s, and despite a successful extended tour in Europe in 1952, she walked away from music altogether for a short time.

Always a spiritual person, she found comfort and new life in the Catholic church, and by 1957 her priest convinced her to resume her music career and make the most of her God-given talents. From that time on she maintained an active performing and composing schedule and even accepted a teaching position at Duke University in 1977, a position she held until her death brought on by cancer in 1981.

This concert brings to Gorell Hall Williams’s music that was edited by Ted Buehrer in MUSA (Music of the United States of America) Volume 25, published by A-R Editions in 2013. The pieces that appear in the edition derive from various source materials, including autograph scores, sets of parts, and transcribed audio recordings. The music is notable for the ways in which it reveals the trajectory of Williams’s compositional style over the span of a remarkable 40-plus year career. Buehrer will narrate portions of the concert to provide historical context.

Ted BuehrerTed Buehrer is a professor of Music at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. In addition to the above, he has also published editions of Mary Lou Williams’s Music for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library (Alfred Music Publishing, 2009). In addition to his classroom teaching in music theory and jazz history, theory, and composition, he also leads the Kenyon College Jazz Ensemble. He was a 2006–2007 Fellow at the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, N.C).

This concert is free and open to the general public. It will be repeated on Thursday, November 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh as part of the American Musicological Society’s annual conference. For more information, contact the IUP Department of Music at 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department calendar.

Ertl Performs on the Johnstown Concert Series

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Jacob Ertl, assistant professor of piano, will perform on the Johnstown Concert Series on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Ertl will perform a recital featuring Beethoven’s Sonata Op.90, Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, two pieces from Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimmage,” and a transcription of Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”

Ertl will also present a master class for local piano students from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Additional information can be found at the Johnstown Concert Series website.

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IUP Hosts Allegheny Chapter of American Musicological Society

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The IUP Music Department will host the Allegheny Chapter of the American Musicological Society’s Fall Meeting on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in Cogswell 126. Eight presenters from around the region will give papers on subjects ranging from folk tunes to electronic dance music.

The complete program is available online. Students and others who are interested in music history are welcome to attend.

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