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Couple Supports Establishment of Scholarship Brass Quintet

An IUP graduate and his wife have donated $100,000 in support of the Department of Music to establish the IUP Scholarship Brass Quintet Award.

With their gift, Jim and Jamie Self, of Los Angeles, are offering scholarships to five students, who will be selected by Music faculty members specializing in brass. These students will form the IUP Scholarship Brass Quintet, which will perform an annual recital and play at selected university events throughout the academic year.

In recognition of this gift, Cogswell Hall’s Room 116 will be a brass and jazz rehearsal hall named for Jim and Jamie Self.

“Jim Self is, arguably, our most famous music alumnus,” Dr. Jack Stamp, chair of the Music Department and the 2008–2009 University Professor, said.

“He has never forgotten the educational foundation he received at IUP and continues to support us through his generous gifts.

“This new undergraduate brass quintet scholarship is unique in that most quintet scholarships at other institutions are reserved for graduate students. Not only will this scholarship attract high-quality students, but the competitiveness of its awarding will have a positive effect on the performance level of our brass area.”

“The kind generosity extended to IUP by the Selfs is absolutely remarkable and very much appreciated,” Terry R. Carter, vice president for University Relations, said. “Scholarship support is a critical resource for IUP students and one we must continue to aggressively expand. I’m hopeful that the Selfs’ leadership will motivate others to step forward and partner with us.”

Self, a native of Franklin, is a 1965 graduate of IUP and a 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. This is the highest alumni award offered by the university and has been given to only three hundred of the university’s 110,000 graduates.

Self is a freelance musician and holds principal tuba positions with the Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He is also principal tuba-cimbasso in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.

Since 1974, he has performed on scores of more than 1,500 motion pictures, television shows, and records, most notably as the voice of the mother ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Other solos can be heard on soundtracks by John Williams, on James Horner’s Casper, and on Marc Shaiman’s Sleepless in Seattle. He also has produced ten albums ranging from jazz to classical to Americana and is a published composer and arranger, with thirty-five titles for band, orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo tuba, and trombone to his credit.

He also serves as adjunct professor of tuba and chamber music at the University of Southern California.

In addition to his IUP honor, he is the emeritus winner of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MVP for Tuba and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Tuba-Euphonium Association at the Cincinnati Conservatory. Self also is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

In addition to his IUP degrees, he received a Master of Music from Catholic University of America in 1967 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in 1976.

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