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MUSIC REVIEW: NOTUS Mar 13, 2014

IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble ready for New York audience   By Peter Jacobi   You know the old give-and-take. Give: …

NOTUS to perform in DCINY’s Distinguished Concerts Artist Series Feb 27, 2014

Ad Astra Singers, NOTUS and UC Berkeley Chamber Singers Join Forces for DCINY  Concert at Carnegie, 3/21   Three innovative …

Review: University Singers Feb 27, 2014

Music for chorus By Peter Jacobi     Betsy Burley hasn’t been on the IU Jacobs School faculty for very …

James Allbritten (MM, ’90) named General Director for Piedmont Opera Feb 19, 2014

Alumnus James Allbritten was named the General Director of Piedmont Opera after ten years as Artistic Director of Piedmont Opera, …

Dominick DiOrio receives an inaugural grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music Feb 3, 2014

Dominick DiOrio, assistant professor of choral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is the recipient of an inaugural …

Wallinga and Sink named winners of NOTUS Student Composition Contest Dec 10, 2013

Two Jacobs School composition students have been named prizewinners in this year’s NOTUS Choral Composition Contest. Patricia Wallinga is the …

Alumnus E. Wayne Abercrombie receives Lifetime Achievement Award Nov 4, 2013

E. Wayne Abercrombie recently received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 29th annual Alfred Nash Patterson awards ceremony on …

MUSIC REVIEW: ‘ ESTHER ’ Nov 4, 2013

Splendid work in oratorio By Peter Jacobi It is said to be the first English oratorio, and Handel’s, too, this …

Faculty member Dominick DiOrio in-residence at UT-Knoxville Oct 30, 2013

Choral conducting faculty member Dominick DiOrio was invited to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville to give a masterclass to the composition/theory …

Music Review: Opera Chorus and University Singers Oct 22, 2013

2 concerts showcase IU’s choral talents By Peter Jacobi   A pair of choral concerts this week offered further proof …

IU Jacobs School jazz ensembles invited to perform at 'Jazz at Lincoln Center'

Three ensembles from the Indiana University Jazz Studies program at the Jacobs School of Music will serve as jazz ambassadors from Indiana during a featured performance on the final concert of the 2014 New York City Jazz Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

Jacobs School of Music presents cellist Janet Horvath, tenor Mathew Polenzani and choral conductor Vance George in lectures and master classes

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes three more renowned guests this year as part of its Lecture Series and "Five Friends Master Class Series."

NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

NOTUS, the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dominick DiOrio, Jacobs School of Music assistant professor of choral conducting, will act as a musical ambassador of the Midwest during a high-profile concert in New York City.

Two Jacobs School choral ensembles featured at ACDA conference

The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers and NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble are representing the Jacobs School of Music at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Regional Conference Feb. 26-March 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents soprano Deborah Voigt during 'Five Friends Master Class Series’

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt, who will give a master class at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Musical Arts Center as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

IU Singing Hoosiers present second Fall Preview concert under director Steve Zegree

Kicking off its second year under music director Steve Zegree, Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will present a Fall Preview concert Oct. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts Met district auditions

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Indiana District Auditions at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

Darmon Meader appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music vocal jazz faculty
Meader, Darmon [thumb]

Meader -- recognized in both the vocal and instrumental jazz worlds -- has achieved global recognition as founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist and vocalist with New York Voices.

Jacobs School of Music partners with WFIU for July 23 simulcast of Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert
Dominick DiOrio

In the third such collaboration in recent years, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is partnering with WFIU Public Radio to present a simulcast of the Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, in Auer Hall.

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp begins new life at IU

Another chapter in Steve Zegree's activities at IU begins this summer with the first annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp. Offered to high school and college students, teachers and professionals, the 2013 camp has welcomed more than 40 participants this June from 16 states around the U.S., as well as Switzerland and Sweden.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints Walter Huff to full-time choral faculty
Walter Huff

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that renowned opera chorus master Walter Huff will join its faculty as associate professor of music this fall, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University. The appointment follows a year in which Huff taught at the Jacobs School as an adjunct faculty member and directed IU Opera Theater choruses.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

Celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday with free 'Requiem' performances by IU Jacobs School of Music
David Effron

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday with a free public concert of the Italian composer's "Requiem" at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, the school's first formal appearance at the center's Palladium. The performance, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, will feature the Jacobs School's Concert Orchestra, Oratorio Chorus and four student soloists.

Singing Hoosiers to present first Spring Concert with new director at IU Auditorium

The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will perform their first spring concert with new director Steve Zegree at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the IU Auditorium. The 63rd annual family friendly spring event will open with a unique number written, arranged, produced and choreographed by members of the group, followed by compositions of Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Billy Joel, Mozart and others, showcasing up-tempo choreography and a high-energy style.

Choral conductor Simon Carrington in residence at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Choral Conducting Department will host a series of two master classes and a concert with conductor Simon Carrington, professor emeritus from the Yale School of Music, Jan. 12 through Jan. 20. All three events are free and open to the public.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints Betsy Burleigh to choral faculty
Betsy Burleigh

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that choral conductor Betsy Burleigh will join its faculty as associate professor of music (choral conducting) in January 2013, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

IU Opera Theater presents "Cendrillon" with French flair

Indiana University Opera Theater will present Jules Massenet's "Cendrillon (Cinderella)" with a French flair when it opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Musical Arts Center for one weekend only, ending with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 11.

IU Jacobs School of Music receives $1 million to establish 'Five Friends Master Class Series'
Five students

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced the establishment of the "Five Friends Master Class Series," honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students -- Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak and Robert Samels -- made possible by a recent gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Haydn masterwork "The Creation" in Bloomington and Indianapolis
William Jon Gray and choir

The Indiana University Pro Arte Singers and the IU Chamber Orchestra, both from the Jacobs School of Music, will present Joseph Haydn's masterwork "Die Sch"pfung" ("The Creation") in three free performances, in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

IU Singing Hoosiers Fall Preview first concert under new director Steve Zegree
Singing Hoosiers Rehearsal

In its first concert under new music director Steve Zegree, Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will present a Fall Preview concert Oct. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. The concert will include a special guest performance by IU Distinguished Professor of Music Timothy Noble, baritone.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces 2012-13 season live streaming
Don Giovanni Streaming 2012

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced its 2012-13 live streaming schedule, including performances from IU Opera and Ballet Theater. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall stages.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints Walter Huff to choral faculty
Walter Huff

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that renowned opera chorus master Walter Huff will join its faculty as adjunct associate professor of music (choral conducting) this fall, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

Conductor Dominick DiOrio appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music choral faculty
Dominick DiOrio

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that conductor and composer Dominick DiOrio will join its faculty as assistant professor of music (choral conducting) this fall, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints Steve Zegree to faculty and as director of Singing Hoosiers

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced that internationally recognized vocal jazz conductor and educator Steve Zegree will join its faculty in the fall as the Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music and director of the legendary Singing Hoosiers, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

"Glory Without Love?" Lully opera selections performed in Baroque style

The delights of Jean-Baptiste Lully's magical dances, airs, recitatives and triumphant marches will be on display April 21 and 22 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall as the Early Music Institute, Jacobs School Ballet Department and Pro Arte Singers combine forces to present "Lully: Glory Without Love?"

'Make Your Own Kind of Music' -- WTIU to debut documentary on Singing Hoosiers

Long before "Glee" came ... the Singing Hoosiers. A new documentary on the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's 100-member show choir will premiere on WTIU at 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 5.

Upcoming Singing Hoosiers concert to feature music of Cole Porter and friends

The Singing Hoosiers, one of America's most popular show choirs and often considered Indiana University's ambassadors of song, will pay tribute to one of Indiana's most iconic jazz composers, Cole Porter (1891-1964), in a free concert. "Cole Porter and Friends" is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall at the IU Jacobs School of Music. A repeat performance is scheduled for the following night, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the same location.

IU Jacobs School professor Robert Porco receives Chorus America award
Robert Porco

Robert Porco, adjunct professor of choral conducting and senior advisor to the Choral Department chair at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is the recipient of the Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art from Chorus America.

Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler among artists to perform at Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' series
Joshua Bell

As part of the inaugural Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a "Summer Music" series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 20 through Aug. 10. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, chorus and other special events. Highlights this year include violin virtuoso and Jacobs faculty member Joshua Bell, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler and eclectic string trio Time for Three.

IU Jacobs School of Music Singing Hoosiers to tour China

Known as "the ambassadors of song for Indiana University," the Singing Hoosiers will embark on a 13-day performance tour of China beginning May 9. A group of 40 members of the 90-voice ensemble from the IU Jacobs School of Music plan to participate in this experience along with music director Professor Michael Schwartzkopf.

Singing Hoosiers to present Spring Concert at IU Auditorium

The Singing Hoosiers, otherwise known as Indiana University's "ambassadors of song," will perform a concert of American popular songs at IU Auditorium Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Led by Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Schwartzkopf, the ensemble will perform an entertaining program of Broadway favorites, jazz selections and other American popular songs, all with dazzling choreography, energy and style. "It's always thrilling to be back in the IU Auditorium for our spring concert," Schwartzkopf said. "After traveling far and wide during the year, it's our opportunity to celebrate this great music with Bloomington audiences and the many choir alumni who visit for the event."

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Handel's 'Judas Maccabaeus' in Indianapolis and Bloomington

A formidable force of 60 musicians and singers from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is set to present George Frideric Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63. The ensemble will perform the work three times: on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and on Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday March 6, at 4 p.m., in Bloomington's Auer Hall.

IU Singing Hoosiers and Purdue Varsity Glee Club join in Indianapolis performance

For the first time since 1997, two rivals -- the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and the IU Singing Hoosiers -- will become one voice. "This will be an event that no one will want to miss," said Michael Schwartzkopf, professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and music director of the Singing Hoosiers. "We may be rivals on the fields and on the courts, but music will bring us together in exciting harmony."