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Trustees Approve Naming Resolutions in Honor of Long-Time Music Faculty

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved naming spaces in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, home to the Department of Music, in honor of two long-time faculty members.

Legacy Brass Named for Fall 2021

The IUP Department of Music is proud to announce the new members of Legacy Brass Quintet for fall 2021: Austin Widmann (trumpet), Justin Bianconi (trumpet), Anna Zurawski (horn), David Earnest (trombone), and Kayla Holsopple (tuba).

Saylor Named Interim Marching Band Director

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the appointment of Nevin Saylor as interim director of the IUP Marching Band.

String Project Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Semester 

The IUP String Project, a community music education outreach program for children ages five to 18 in Indiana and the surrounding area, is now accepting applications for private lesson instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass.  Applications are due on September 1.

Opera/Music Theater Fall Production Audition Information

Announcing audition information for the IUP Opera/Music Theater fall production

Collins Receives Recording Award

IUP Department of Music faculty member, Zach Collins, was given the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording for his album, "Chronicle," at the 2021 Virtual Tuba Euphonium Conference in June. 

Dickinson Honored for 35 Years of Teaching

On Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Christian Dickinson, Professor of Trombone, was honored for his 35 years of teaching at IUP.

Members of IUP Brass Area Meet with Alumnus Composer O'Toole

On May 3, 2021, brass students from the IUP Department of Music met with composer Anthony O’Toole ’11, who was commissioned to write a new work for brass quintet. This work will be premiered by the department’s scholarship brass quintet as part of their fall 2021 recital.

Music Department Presents 21st Annual IUP Jazz Festival

The Department of Music of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the IUP Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 1, in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus. The Festival begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to IUP faculty and students only, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The recital will also be live- streamed on YouTube.

Marching Band to Delay 100th Anniversary Celebration to 2022

For everyone to stay safe and healthy while enjoying an epic celebration, we have determined that delaying the celebration until fall 2022 will assure the chance for us to celebrate fully together as this monumental anniversary deserves. We look forward to planning and celebrating the Legend’s Centennial with you.

IUP TrumpetFest, April 23-24

TrumpetFest 2021 is scheduled for April 23 and 24, and will feature performances by IUP trumpet students and faculty. All events will be held in Gorell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall, and are free and open to members of the IUP campus only, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Trumpet Ensemble to Present Spring 2021 Recital

The IUP Trumpet Ensemble will present its annual spring recital on Tuesday, April 20, in Gorell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall on the IUP campus. The program will begin at 8:00 pm and is free and open to members of the IUP campus and will also be live-streamed on the Music Department’s YouTube channel.

IUP Music Faculty and Friends Perform A Springtime Soirée March 26

IUP music faculty and friends bring their dynamic performance skills to a program of music both new and old, including violin sonatas by Beethoven and Grieg, a Handel cantata, plus an exciting new work for string trio.

Department of Music to Hold Cellobration Day, Now Accepting Applications

The IUP String Area is hosting an IUP Cellobration Day on Saturday, April 10, featuring Linda Jennings and Alexandra Dee in the morning and Cello Fury in the afternoon. Cellists in grades 6–12 are invited for a free day of music-making in Fisher Hall on the IUP campus.

Department of Music Hosts Middle School Honors Orchestra

The IUP Department of Music String Area hosted the IUP Middle School Honors Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 20. The all day event was led by IUP Director of Orchestral Studies Alexandra Dee and IUP cello professor Linda Jennings.

IUP String Area Hosts High School Honors Orchestra Festival

The IUP Music Department's String Area hosted the IUP High School Honors Orchestra Festival on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Students from seven high schools spent the day rehearsing and then performed a live-streamed concert.

Wong Doe Presents Workshop for Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania

Piano faculty member Henry Wong Doe’s online workshop, “Timing, Phrasing, Balance, and Pedalling: Refining Your Approach to the Piano,” focused on important aspects of piano playing. The attendees were around 40 students from private teachers in the greater Pittsburgh Area, members of the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Engelstad Presents on Conducting Vocabulary at FMEA Conference

On January 16, 2021, IUP clarinet professor Rosemary Engelstad and Brittan Braddock ’16, director of bands at University of Western Florida, co-presented “Balance, Posture, and Gesture: Expanding Conducting Vocabulary for Better Health,” a session for music educators at the 2021 Florida Music Educators Association conference.

Wong Doe Presents at Nanyang International Piano Academy, Singapore

IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe presented, judged, and performed at the 2021 Nanyang International Piano Academy, Singapore, January 14–17.

Jennings Presents Virtual Master Class for Cello Students in Wisconsin and Thailand

Linda Jennings, professor of Cello in the Department of Music, was invited to present two master classes on December 4, 2020, for young cellists at UW–Whitewater in Wisconsin and in the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra, one of the leading youth orchestra programs in Thailand.

Music Students Meet With Jazz Vibraphonist Miceli

Members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble and the IUP Percussion Studio participated recently in a Zoom clinic with Tony Miceli. Miceli is an internationally renowned jazz vibraphonist.

Jazz Ensemble Meets with Jazz Trombonist Fedchock

Members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble met recently with jazz trombonist John Fedchock on Zoom. Fedchock is acquainted with IUP, having served as the guest artist for the 2002 IUP Jazz Festival.

Wong Doe Presents for Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association

IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe gave an online presentation “Kiwis and the Keyboard” for the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association on Wednesday, November 18.

Voice Students Win Big at National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition

Voice students from IUP competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing annual competition November 10–14, 2020. Listed here with their respective voice professors are this year’s winners from IUP.

Trumpet Ensemble Recital Online Nov. 19

The IUP Trumpet Ensemble will present its annual fall recital on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. The performance was prerecorded and will air at this time on the Department of Music YouTube channel.