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Area Musical Features IUP Musicians

Bishop McCort Catholic High School recently presented Stephen Sondheim's musical "Anyone Can Whistle." Several people, including the assistant dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, a current student, and numerous alumni, served as members of the pit orchestra.

Bringing New Zealand Composers to the World

Music professor Henry Wong Doe has premiered compositions from New Zealand, his native country, around the world. His latest project, Perspectives, commissioned six New Zealand composers to write short piano pieces reflecting their experiences through the pandemic.

IUP Community Music School Spring Performances

The IUP Community Music School is pleased to announce its end-of-semester/year performances for all ensembles, as well as two recitals of private lesson students.

Council of Trustees Approve Naming of Trumpet Studio in Honor of Retired Faculty Member Eisensmith

At its meeting on March 23, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees honored retired Music Department faculty member Kevin Eisensmith by naming a space in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, home to the department, in his honor.

Local Musical Production Features IUP Alumni Talent

The IUP Department of Music was well represented in the pit orchestra for Conemaugh Township's recent production of "Footloose."

IUP Alumnus Sicheng He to Perform Solo Recital

IUP Masters of Arts in Performance graduate SIcheng He will give a solo recital this Friday, March 3, 7:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall (2nd floor of Sutton). The program will include works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Liszt, Guarnieri, and Stockhausen. Admission is free.

Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Calvary Presbyterian Church

The IUP Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rebekah K. O'Brien, offers an evening of music at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature works by Verdi, Elgar, Franck, and Saint-Saens, with the world premiere of "Refuge(e) for Organ and Orchestra" by Roger Zare and performed by IUP organist Christine Clewell. The performance is free and open to the public.

Accepting Applications for IUP Honor Orchestra Festival, Mar. 25

The IUP Symphony Orchestra and String Area is hosting an IUP Honor Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 25, directed by our new IUP Symphony Orchestra director, Professor Rebekah O’Brien.

Department of Music Thankful for Opportunity to Celebrate Black History Month

Wednesday evening, under the direction of Moses Phillips, the IUP Chorale and the IUP Chorus had the opportunity to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with words by James Weldon Johnson and music by John Rosamond Johnson, at the IUP basketball game. As a prelude to the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the performance of “Lift Every Voice” was intended to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans during Black History Month.

Denison Presents at District 6 Music Educators Event

In January 2023, Craig Denison presented his lecture, "Finding Meaning in Boys’ Singing," at the PMEA District 6 Professional Development Day.

Music Faculty to Perform in Pittsburgh January 22

Laura Ferguson, professor of Music Education, will perform with her jazz combo, Laura Ferguson and Friends, on Sunday, January 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Con Alma Jazz Club at 6th St. and Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh.

Music Alumnus Honored by United States Navy

2016 Department of Music graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brenden Goff, was recently recognized by the United States Navy with the Blue Jacket of the Year award. Goff is a flutist in the US Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia.

IUP Marching Band 100th Celebration Just Around the Corner

The IUP Marching Band celebrates its 100th anniversary November 4–6, 2022.

Accepting Applications for IUP Cellobration Day: Saturday, November 12

The IUP String Area is hosting an IUP Cellobration Day on Saturday, November 12, featuring guest cellist Janet Anthony and IUP faculty member Linda Jennings. The theme of the Festival is Social Justice through Music – Building Leaders Using Music Education in Haiti. Anthony will share her experiences mentoring music students and teachers in Haiti over the past 30 years.

IUP Hosting Internationally Known Composer, Conductor for Residency Sept. 26–29

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host two internationally known music artists for a four-day residency September 26–29. Composer Cindy McTee and conductor Leonard Slatkin will offer lectures, masterclasses, and leading rehearsals during the residency as Edward R. Sims Distinguished Artists.

IUP String Project Accepting Applications for Fall 2022 Semester

The IUP String Project, a community music education outreach program for children ages 5–18 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. An IUP String Project Open House will kick off the season on Saturday, September 10. Lessons will begin the week of September 12.

Join the IUP University Band

Did you play in your high school band? Are you looking for a place to reconnect with your love of music? Look no further! Please consider joining the IUP University Band this fall.

Tubaphonium Ensemble Performs at International Conference

Ten members of the IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, held June 19–26, 2022, at Emory University. The IUP tuba and euphonium players, all members of the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, were invited, along with their professor, Zach Collins, to be featured performers during the festival. Zach Collins was also featured as a resident composer.

Paul Presents Conducting Workshop at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Summer Conference

The 2022 PMEA Summer Conference, the first in-person since 2019, was held in Reading, Pa. July 18-19. Tim Paul was selected to present a conducting clinic entitled "Proper Hinge Use = Healthy Conductors."

Drum Major Academy Revived and Revamped for 2022

The IUP DMLGA was held June 27–July 1, 2022, on IUP’s campus. Seventy applicants, ranging from ninth graders to high school seniors registered to be a part of the camp.

Music Department Hosts First Summer Music Camp

The IUP Department of Music held its first Summer Music Camp June 26–July 2, 2022. More than 50 seventh- through 12th-grade student musicians participated in the week-long camp. 

Registration for Marching Band 100th Anniversary Reunion Now Available

You are invited to a special reunion celebrating 100 years of the IUP Marching Band. Join us November 4–6, 2022, to participate in the alumni band halftime performance and attend the alumni reception and dinner. Be there as we debut "Sustaining Grace," a documentary produced and created by Marching Band alumni.

Wong Doe Receives Arts Grant from Creative New Zealand for "Perspectives"

IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe received an Arts Grant from Creative New Zealand (Arts Council of New Zealand) of NZ$65,690 (approximately US$40,375) for his upcoming commissioning and recording project "Perspectives."

IUP Senior Music Major Places at International Competition

IUP senior music education and music performance major Kayla Holsopple earned second place in the Artist Division Solo Competition at the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2022.

Wong Doe Performs in Sacramento

IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe performed a solo recital at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, on Sunday, June 12, 2022.