IUP Music alumni Robert Read (BS 1980, MA 1990) and Jeremy Leidhecker (BS 2009) recently collaborated on the world premiere of Leidhecker’s composition “Dear Stephanie” at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa., on March 10, 2015.
Read has served as the band director at Gateway High School for the past 33 years. Leidhecker did his student teaching with Read in 2009, and the two have shared a wonderful rapport and friendship ever since.
In November 2013, Read’s daughter, Stephanie, passed away at the age of 21. She had lived with a profound handicap throughout her life, and this was a devastating loss for the family. A few months later, Leidhecker proposed the idea of composing a work for the Gateway High School Wind Ensemble in memory of Stephanie. The work was very well received at the premiere on March 10, and Read’s son, Brian, performed on piano with the ensemble. More information about “Dear Stephanie,” including a video of the premiere performance, can be found on Jeremy Leidhecker's website.
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