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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.

Alumna Edmondson Recognized as Teacher of the Year

IUP music alumna Rebecca Edmondson ’78 was recently recognized as the 2022 Hancock County Teacher of the Year. Edmondson teaches at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she has taught since 1990. 

Twenty-Five Alumni Join Forces for Alumni Jazz Band

The IUP Alumni Jazz Band performed on Sunday, April 24, 2022, as part of the annual IUP Jazz Festival. Twenty-five alumni spanning seven decades (1965 to 2021) assembled on Saturday to rehearse in preparation for Sunday's performance.

Department of Music to Celebrate Percussion Alumni

In a first-of-its-kind performance, the IUP Music Department and the College of Arts and Humanities will present a concert by the IUP Alumni Percussion Ensemble on Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. The group is comprised of 20 performers spanning over five decades of percussion instruction and performance at IUP.

Four Music Alumni Recognized at State Conference

Congratulations to four IUP Department of Music alumni for receiving awards at the 2022 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association annual In-Service Conference.

Alumnus Cramer Recognized for Volunteerism

Dennis Cramer (BSEd ’75, MA ’82) was recognized on April 9, 2022, by IUP with the Regional Impact Award, given to a volunteer who champions IUP in their region by engaging alumni through events, supporting recruitment efforts, or providing internship or employment opportunities.

Rice Wins Dean’s Award at 2022 Scholar’s Forum

Senior BFA piano major Teryl Austin Rice was awarded the Dean’s Award (College of Arts and Humanities) in the 2022 IUP Scholar’s Forum.

IUP Symphony Orchestra to Perform at State Conference

Selected through a competitive application process, the IUP Symphony Orchestra, conducted by IUP Director of Orchestral Studies Alexandra Dee, will perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

IUP Alumni, Faculty Participate in Area High School Musical

Alumni and faculty of IUP’s Department of Music participated in Conemaugh Township High School's recent production of “The Music Man.” The musical was performed March 17–20, 2022.

Percussion Ensemble to Present Spring 2022 Recital with Guest Artist

The IUP Percussion Ensemble will present its spring concert on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. in Cogswell Hall room 121. Under the direction of Ronald Horner, this concert will highlight the versatility, artistic depth, and charm of the steelpan—the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago

2022 Cavalcade of Choirs Guest Artist Named

This year’s Cavalcade of Choirs, held in late April, will feature Grammy award-winning guest clinician and adjudicator Adam Luebke.

IUP Steel Band to Perform with Regional Orchestras

The IUP Steel Band will perform pre-concerts before upcoming concerts of the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras in March 2022.

Denison Conducts PMEA District Choir

IUP Department of Music faculty member Craig Denison directed the PMEA District 3 Chorus in Punxsutawney in February 2022.

Denison Presents at National Retreat in Arizona

IUP Department of Music faculty, Craig Denison, presented a session titled “Finding Meaning in Boys’ Singing” at the American Choral Directors Association National Children and Youth Retreat held in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2022.

Ferguson Participates in Four Area Music Festivals

IUP Department of Music faculty member Laura Ferguson conducted and presented at several Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events in the 2021–22 school year.