Alumni Conductors Return for Music Celebration

Posted on 2/2/2010 1:03:40 PM
Alumni Stamp

Jack Stamp, chairperson of the IUP Department of Music and director of band studies, is celebrating his twentieth year of teaching at IUP by inviting several of his former students to return to campus and guest conduct the IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band in an evening of band classics. The concert, titled “Twenty Years at IUP: A Celebration of Alumni Conductors,” will be presented February 13, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Joining Stamp will welcome five former graduate students and two former undergraduates, including Jason Worzbyt, Donald McKinney, John Wacker, Hugh Whaley, Christian Zembower, Janet Wright-McCaskill, and Robert Hunter. Each was asked to select a classic work for the concert, with selected composers ranging from Bach, Schuman, and Mendelssohn to Bruce Yurko, Peter Menin, Walter Piston, and more. Stamp, himself a 1976 IUP graduate, will conduct “Trauermusik” by Richard Wagner.

Alumni WorzbytWorzbyt is a professor of bassoon and associate director of bands at IUP and also the conducs the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, a professional wind ensemble in residence at Seton Hill University. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from IUP, an M.M. in Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas, and a D.M.A. in Bassoon Performance from the University of North Texas. Worzbyt lives in Sarver, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Michelle, and newborn son, Christian James.

Alumni McKinneyMcKinney is the newly appointed band conductor for Interlochen Arts Academy located in Interlochen, Michigan. He is currently a candidate for the D.M.A. degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, received his M.M. in 2004 from IUP , and holds a B.S. from Duquesne University. His primary conducting teachers include Michael Haithcock, Stamp, and Robert Cameron.

Alumni WackerJohn Wacker is an associate professor of Music at Western State College of Colorado, where he conducts the Symphony Band and Varsity Band and teaches brass lessons and music education courses. Wacker holds a J.D. degree from the University of Wyoming, an M.M. degree in Conducting from IUP, and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Wacker is an active performer on trumpet and recently completed a D.M.A. degree in trumpet performance at the University of North Texas.

Alumni ZembowerZembower is director of bands and assistant professor of music at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He holds a D.M.Ed. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg; an M.A. degree in Music Education from IUP, where he studied with Stamp and Gary Bird; and a B.S. degree in Music Education from Frostburg State University (Md.). An avid performer on euphonium and trombone, Zembower is a member of the Keystone Winds, a professional wind ensemble founded by Stamp and comprised of IUP music alumni and faculty.

Alumni WahleyWhaley is director of bands at Trexler Middle School in Richlands, North Carolina. He holds a B.M. degree with honors from East Carolina University and an M.M. degree from IUP, where he served as the graduate conducting associate under Stamp. As a performer on horn, Whaley can be heard on all compact disc recordings of the Keystone Wind Ensemble and in his regular performances with the Wilmington (N.C.) Symphony.

Alumni McCaskillJanet McCaskill is lecturer of music and director of the Warrior Marching Band and Pep Band at Wayne State University. She also conducts the campus band and low brass ensemble and teaches euphonium and tuba. McCaskill holds a B.S. in Music Education from IUP, an M.M. in Tuba Performance from Arkansas State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Music Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is highly active as a guest conductor, clinician, performer, and adjudicator.

Alumni HunterRobert C. Hunter is the director of bands at William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has served as music director and conductor of the Triangle Wind Ensemble since 2004. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Hunter received his B.A. in Applied Trumpet and B.S. in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his M.A. in Instrumental Conducting from IUP. Hunter met his wife, Jennifer, in 1998 when she played horn in the IUP Wind Ensemble. They are expecting their first child in June.

Tickets for this special IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band concert are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance. Tickets are $9 for regular admission, $8 for seniors (62 and older), and $6 for students and children. For more information, contact The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail