Two World Premieres Planned for IUP Concert

Posted on 2/18/2011 4:30:05 PM

The IUP Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and University Chorale will premiere a new work by African American composer Stephen Michael Newby during a concert on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.

The concert, presented in celebration of Black History Month, will be performed in Fisher Auditorium of IUP's Performing Arts Center. The concert is presented by the IUP Department of Music.

The work, titled “Our Enduring Spirit,” written for chorus and wind ensemble, is partially based on speeches by President Barack Obama.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Newby earned his Bachelor of Arts in vocal music education and flute performance from Madonna College in Livonia, Michigan. He earned his M.M. in jazz composition and arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and his D.M.A. in composition from the University of Michigan. There, he studied with William Albright, Michael Daugherty, George Wilson, Fred Lerdahl, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett.

Newby’s compositions have earned him numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment of the Arts Continental Harmony Grant, the King County Arts Commission of Washington Grant, and the Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal.

Newby is director of the Office of University Ministries and the Center for Worship, an associate professor of music, and director of the Gospel Choir at Seattle Pacific University.

The concert will also include the world premiere of senior IUP music major Anthony O'Toole's “Concerto for Tuba,” with IUP faculty member Zach Collins as soloist. The IUP Symphony Band will open the concert with works by noted American composers Robert Russell Bennett and Norman Dello Joio.

Tickets are available through Friday, February 25, at the Hadley Union Building on the IUP campus and will be sold at the door starting Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for seniors (age sixty-two and older) and for groups of fifteen or more, and $6 for students and children. A special $5 price for high school groups is available by calling the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or by e-mailing All seating is by general admission.