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Music Department News: April 2010

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Tubaphonium Members Perform for St. Andrew’s Village Residents

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Tubaphonium EnsembleMembers of the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, under the direction of IUP Music Department faculty member Dr. Zach Collins, performed for the residents at St. Andrew’s Village in Indiana on April 20, 2010.

The program included performances of chamber works composed and arranged for tuba/euphonium quartets and trios.More photos of the event.

Tuba Quartet

Santos, Young, and Students to Perform for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

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The IUP Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Keith Young, and the IUP Bass Ensemble, directed by Nathan Santos, will perform at the 2010 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference on April 22 in Pittsburgh.

The PMEA Conference is a three-day event attended by music educators from all across Pennsylvania. Student groups are selected to perform from a live-performance CD by a blind screening process.

The Saxophone Ensemble is directed by IUP Department of Music professor Dr. Keith Young and is made up of thirteen current music majors, including freshmen through seniors. The ensemble will perform at 8:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Nathan Santos will be presenting a clinic on April 22 at 10:45 a.m. to demonstrate the variety of functions and techniques on the acoustic and electric bass. He will be assisted by IUP students Kevin Huhn, Tony Grande, and Brennan Proud. Santos teaches double bass and string methods at IUP.

The IUP Department of Music is a sustaining member of PMEA and consistently has faculty and students perform and present clinics at the annual conference.

“Lots of Horns” to Perform at CornoCopius Festival

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The annual CornoCopius (Lots of Horns) Festival, which presents the IUP Horn Studio, will be held Sunday through Tuesday evenings, April 18–20, 2010, in the DiCicco Rehearsal Room (121 Cogswell Hall). All programs will begin at 8:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 18, IUP horn professor Jack Scandrett will present a concert titled “Just Horn(s) and a Little Harp.” The program will feature works for horn alone plus a duet for horns with IUP alumnus Jason Allison ’98 performing with Scandrett. The program will also feature IUP harp professor Lucy Scandrett performing alone and with her husband, Jack.

On Monday evening, the students of the IUP Horn Studio will be featured in solo works for horn. On Tuesday evening, the IUP Horn Ensemble will perform works for three, four, six, and eight horns. The IUP Horn Ensemble is comprised of the students in the Horn Studio plus several non-music students as well as one IUP professor, Dr. Ken Coles.

All programs will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the DiCicco Rehearsal Room in Cogswell Hall.

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IUP Students Perform Side by Side with Members of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Twenty-six IUP Music majors had the unique privilege of performing with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during that ensemble’s performance in Fisher Auditorium on March 26, 2010.

This marvelous opportunity, ten years in the making, was a result of the partnership between the IUP College of Fine Arts and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Though the chamber orchestra and full orchestra have presented programs and master classes on campus, this concert marked the first time in more than three decades that IUP students performed side-by-side with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.


Fourteen brass, piano, and percussion majors performed Richard Danielpour’s Icarus and twelve string students participated in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.

One student commented, “What an honor is was to play with such a prestigious group of people and represent IUP! It was an experience I'll never forget!” 

(Photos are of IUP students with members of the PSO in rehearsal at Heinz Hall for the March 26 performance on campus.)

Four of Harps to Present Concert

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The Four of Harps ensemble—made up of three college students and their teacher, IUP Music Department member Lucy Scandrett—will present a concert Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in Cogswell Hall, Room 126 (the Music Theater rehearsal room). A reception will follow.

Although all study with Scandrett, each attends a different school where Scandrett teaches. Jacqueline Gordon is a sophomore Elementary Education major with a minor in Music at IUP; Cristina Kruk is a sophomore at Geneva College majoring in human services with a double minor in music and psychology; and Emily Baroody is a freshman music therapy major at Seton Hill College.

Also performing on the program will be La Petite Ensemble. This ensemble is composed of four young harpists from Indiana who also study with Scandrett. The members of the La Petite Ensemble are Maggie Conjelko (seven), Katarina McCaffrey (seven), Jenna Monteleone (eight), and Ceci Sherwood (seven), daughter of IUP faculty members Dawn Marie Smith-Sherwood and Kenneth Sherwood.

Lucy Scandrett is an active teacher and performer in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area. In addition to the colleges above, she teaches at Chatham University, the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Ellis Academy, and Musik Innovations.

For many years, Scandrett was the principal harpist for the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Civic Light Opera orchestras as well as the Westmoreland, McKeesport, and Johnstown Symphony orchestras. She is very active in the American Harp Society and presently serves as the national president.


Collins to Perform and Teach for Marshall University Tuba Day

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IUP Music Department faculty member Dr. Zach Collins will perform and teach as a guest artist during Marshall University’s 2010 Tuba Day.

Collins will perform alongside George Palton (Marshall University), Sean Greene (Lincoln Memorial University), and Lloyd Bone (Glenville State University) the event’s resident tuba/euphonium quartet. Their performance will feature arrangements and compositions by Collins and IUP theory/composition student Anthony O’Toole.

Collins will also give a master class on incorporating the use of recording into musicians’ practice sessions.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found on the Tuba Day website. 

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