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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.

Wong Doe Gives Masterclass at Duquesne University

IUP Department of Music Piano Professor Henry Wong Doe gave a masterclass to two piano majors at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University on Wednesday, February 16.

IUP Piano Studio Participates in “Piano Pedagogy Day”

Members of the IUP Piano Studio, in collaboration with Indiana Musicale, the Indiana Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, participated in a Piano Pedagogy Day in Cogswell Hall Room 120, Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Jung Performs Solo Piano Recital at IUP

Assistant professor of piano at Lee University, Joong Han (Jonathan) Jung will give a solo piano recital on Monday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall (second floor of Sutton Hall). His program will include works by J.S. Bach, Liszt, Ravel, and Prokofiev. Admission is free.

Welsh Selected as Concerto Competition Finalist

Indiana University of Pennsylvania flautist Colleen Welsh has been selected as one of six finalists in the West Shore Symphony Orchestra's fourth annual Concerto Competition.

Trumpet Studio to Hold Reunion in February

The IUP Trumpet Studio will hold a Trumpet Studio Reunion on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Crimson Youth Choir Presents Fall Concert

The Crimson Youth Choir, the children and young adult choir of the IUP Community Music School, and under the direction of Kye-Won Doyle, will present their end-of-semester fall concert in a cabaret style at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, in the Blue Room of Sutton Hall on the IUP main campus.

Music Department and Community Music School Partner In New Student-Centered Ensemble

The IUP Music Department and the IUP Community Music School are excited to partner for the spring 2022 semester in offering University Band, a special topics course [MUSC 281]. This new, student-centered ensemble will provide a unique and intergenerational playing opportunity for non-music students, music majors on their secondary instruments, and community members ages 15 and up.

Indiana Concert Band Fall Concert

The Indiana Concert Band of the IUP Community Music School will present its fall concert on Thursday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall. Under the direction of IUP music professor Jason Worzbyt, the band will present a variety of selections from the concert band repertoire.

Student Brass Quintets to Present Recitals

The IUP Freshman Brass Quintet and the Legacy Brass Quintet will present recitals on Sunday, December 5, in DiCicco Hall (Rm. 121) in the Cogswell Music Building on the IUP campus. The programs will begin at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and are free and open to the general public.

Music Faculty Member Performs at Three High Schools

Department of Music faculty member, Zach Collins, has worked with Blairsville, North Hills, and Shaler High School music programs in October and November 2021. 

Department of Music Announces Winners of Concerto Competition 

From a field of 12 competitors, three students were selected as winners in the return of the Department of Music’s Concerto Competition: David Earnest, trombone; Kayla Holsopple, tuba; and Austin Widmann, trumpet.