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Andrew Simpson (DM ’95) Composes Score for “The General” to Show at IU Cinema Nov 5, 2014

Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton’s fild “The General” will now feature a new orchestral score by Andrew Simpson (DM ’95) …

Eötvös awarded Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation commission Oct 1, 2014

Melody Eötvös (DM ’14) has been selected by the League of American Orchestras and Earshot for an orchestral commission supported by …

Update from Sang Mi Ahn (DM ’14) Sep 22, 2014

Sang Mi Ahn’s Metabolism was realized in a sound installation called “Sound Planetarium” in three different locations (Tours, Bourges, and …

Ara Cho (MM ’13) Wins 4th Ilshin Composition Prize Sep 19, 2014

Ara Cho (MM ’13) won the 4th Ilshin Composition Prize, which included the premiere of a new composition at the …

Justin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) featured on new releases Sep 10, 2014

Justin Merritt (MM ’99, DM ’03) has 3 new CDs of his music available: “American Lyricism” by pianist Christ Atzinger,” …

Keith Fitch (BM ‘89, MM ‘92, DM ‘95) wins Copland House Residency Sep 10, 2014

Keith Fitch (BM, ’89; MM, ’92, DM, ’95) spent the month of July in residence at The Copland House (Rock …

Update from Ben Taylor (DM 2014) Sep 10, 2014

Benjamin Taylor (DM 2014) enjoys an active career as a composer/performer/entrepreneur. He has recently had performances of his compositions in …

Eric Nathan (MM ’08) wins Guggenheim Fellowship, appointed visiting assistant professor at Williams College Sep 10, 2014

In April, Eric Nathan (MM’08) was awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition and was appointed Visiting …

Album release featuring David Jones’ (DM ’95) trombone music Sep 10, 2014

The trombone music of Dr. David P. Jones (DM 1995) is featured exclusively on “Bone Moan”, a CD (Summit) released …

Robert Patterson (MM ’01) wins Utah Arts Festival Commission Competition Sep 10, 2014

Robert Paterson’s recent accomplishments include winning the Utah Arts Festival Composition Competition, which included the premiere of his commissioned work …

Dana Navarro appointed IU Jacobs School of Music director of marketing and publicity

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Navarro as director of marketing and publicity, effective Nov. 10.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts ‘Music of Terezin’ symposium

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present the day-long symposium “Terezin: Music and Memory during the Nazi Period” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Emmy-winning film composer Larry Groupe

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and its Center for Electronic and Computer Music will host a free talk by Larry Groupe, “The Hollywood Film Composer Today,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, in the Simon Music Center’s Sweeney Lecture Hall.

IU Jacobs School Summer Philharmonic presents explosive performance June 28

Offering diverse programming in a symphonic presentation, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present a unique concert by the Summer Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jacobs professor David Effron, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, in the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series features assortment of world-class concerts

As part of Indiana University's fourth annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music will present Summer Music, a series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 7 through July 25. The series will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, jazz, chamber music, piano, choral, band, percussion, opera and other special events.

Alain Barker appointed director of entrepreneurship and career development at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Alain Barker as director of entrepreneurship and career development, and lecturer, effective July 1, 2014.

IU Jacobs School of Music and IU School of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance collaborate on 'Hammer and Nail' concert

Students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the IU School of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance will perform two shows of original choreography and music on April 23 and 24 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington in the annual "Hammer and Nail" concert.

IU Bloomington honors students, mentors for research and creative activity

Five Indiana University Bloomington students have received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, recognizing exceptional and original academic work. Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel presented the awards and recognized the students and their faculty mentors during the 2014 Student Honors Convocation at the IU Auditorium.

Jacobs School presents music theorist Danuta Mirka and composer Steven Mackey as part of 'Five Friends Master Class Series'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes music theorist Danuta Mirka and composer Steven Mackey this week as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

Jacobs School of Music students perform chamber works of black composers

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in collaboration with the IU African American Arts Institute and the IU Archives of African American Music and Culture, will present the Extensions of the Traditions concert at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 23, in Auer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

IU Jacobs School of Music to premiere opera believed to be first set in Vietnamese culture

"The Tale of Lady Thi Kính," an opera composed by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty member P.Q. Phan, will receive its world premiere by IU Opera Theater at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center Feb. 7. Phan is also the opera's librettist. Widely considered to be the first opera set in the Vietnamese culture, the work is based on a folktale that captivated Phan as a child. The story itself dates back at least a millennium, appearing in many different Buddhist traditions and is frequently re-told through traditional Vietnamese theater known as Hát Chèo.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents composer Libby Larsen as part of 'Five Friends Master Class Series'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes renowned composer Libby Larsen, in residence Dec. 4-5 as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

IU Jacobs School of Music presents music theorist Richard Cohn as part of 'Five Friends Master Class Series'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes Richard Cohn, Battell Professor of Music Theory at Yale University, in residence Oct. 23-25 as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

IU Jacobs School of Music presents the 'Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents an in-depth view into the creation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as it presents the "Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score," including several free public events this month.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Emmy-winning film composer Larry Groupe

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and its Center for Electronic and Computer Music will host a free talk by Larry Groupé, "The Hollywood Film Composer Today," at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, in the Simon Music Center's Sweeney Lecture Hall.

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.

IU Jacobs School of Music partners with IU Cinema on 'Double Exposure' featuring student composers and filmmakers

Following a successful premiere last year, "Double Exposure" -- an annual project that pairs composition students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with IU film students -- returns to IU Cinema at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3. The new program of works will feature scores performed live by an ensemble of student musicians.

Schubert scholar Brian Newbould in week-long residency at the Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Lecture Committee is delighted to welcome Schubert scholar Professor Brian Newbould, Professor Emeritus of Music at University of Hull (UK,) for a series of events, Feb. 20-24, including two public lectures and the premiere of his transcription of a Schubert composition.

Award-winning composer Claude Baker releases new CD
Flights of Passage

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the IUMusic label release of "Flights of Passage," a collection of chamber music written by internationally celebrated composer and faculty member Claude Baker over a period of 25 years.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni contend for Grammys
Eric Guinivan

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to be a contender on the nominee list for the annual Grammy Awards, to be presented live on Feb. 10, 2013, on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

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.

Workshop performance of new 'Alamo' musical part of IU's Summer Festival of the Arts
Summer Festival of the Arts

A workshop performance a new musical about the fated Battle of the Alamo, co-written by a professor in the Jacobs School of Music, will take the stage June 2 on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. The event is a highlight of the university's second annual Summer Festival of the Arts, a 113-day celebration that features visual arts, music, cinema, dance and theater.

Composition Awards announced in the Jacobs School of Music

The faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Composition Department is pleased to announce results for the 2012 Dean's Prize Composition Competition, the 2012 Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award and the 2012 Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Awards for New Music Performance.

IU Cinema premieres 'Double Exposure' collaboration featuring student filmmakers and composers

In what could be the first collaborative undertaking of its kind at an American university, original works created by Indiana University film and musical composition students as part of the "Double Exposure" project will premiere at IU Cinema on Sunday, Feb. 19.

IU Cinema to host world premiere of silent film score written, conducted by Jacobs School of Music students
Ari Fisher and Nick Hersh

The world premiere of "The David Copperfield Project," a collaboration between IU Cinema and the Jacobs School of Music, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The cinema commissioned IU sophomore Ari Fisher to score the 75-minute silent film, which will be performed by a 17-member student orchestra conducted by master's student Nicholas Hersh.

IU students, alumna named 2012 Marshall Scholars
Miles Taylor

Indiana University students Madalyn Parnas and Miles Taylor and alumna Elizabeth Ogonek have been named 2012 Marshall Scholars, tying the university's 1995 record for highest number of recipients for the prestigious scholarship in a single year. Founded by the British Parliament in 1953 to commemorate the Marshall Plan, in which the United States helped the countries of Western Europe rebuild after the destruction of World War II, the scholarships pay for graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom.

IU Jacobs School of Music student receives Fromm Music Foundation Commission
Jeremy Podgursky

Jeremy Podgursky, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow and associate instructor in music composition, has been awarded a 2011 Fromm Music Foundation Commission in the amount of $10,000.

IU Jacobs School of Music professor Claude Baker commissioned to write symphonic work

Claude Baker, class of 1956 provost's professor of composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been commissioned to write a multi-movement symphonic work commemorating next year's 75th-anniversary season of Ohio's Canton Symphony Orchestra.

IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series presents workshop performances of new opera by P.Q. Phan

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Summer Music series, a highlight of the IU Summer Festival of the Arts, will present two workshop performances of a new opera, The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh by Jacobs faculty composer P.Q. Phan, July 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. Both performances are free and open to the public.

National composer awards go to five IU Jacobs School of Music students and alumni
BMI 2011 Winners

Two Indiana University Jacobs School of Music composition students, two alumni and one incoming student have been named winners in the 59th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards competition. The Jacobs-affiliated contingent captured five of the total 11 awards that went to young classical composers ranging in age from 14 to 27.

Jacobs undergrad wins competition to score IU Cinema premiere of 1922 'David Copperfield' film
Ari Fisher

The Jacobs School of Music and IU Cinema have teamed up for a collaboration known as "The David Copperfield Project," the result of which will be seen -- and heard -- in February 2012. Undergraduate Jacobs student Ari Fisher, a composition major with a minor in orchestral conducting, has been selected to score the entire, 70-minute silent film David Copperfield (the rare 1922 Nordisk version), based on the novel by Charles Dickens. The IU Cinema will gradually disburse the prize of $6,000 to Fisher for the project.

Dean's Prizes in composition awarded
Brian Ciach

Indiana University's Composition Department has announced the 2011 Dean's Prize Composition Competition awards in categories that include Orchestra or Wind Ensemble, Chamber or Ensemble, Undergraduate Composition and Electronic Music. The Dean's Prize competition, sponsored by IU's Jacobs School of Music Office of the Dean and Composition Department, has been held annually since 1977 and since 1993, has also included the commission of a new work from the winner of Chamber or Ensemble.

Composer Aaron Travers appointed to faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music

After serving as visiting professor, composer Aaron Travers has been appointed assistant professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University. His appointment begins Aug. 1, 2011.

Jacobs School Professor David Dzubay receives 2011 American Academy Arts and Letters Award

David Dzubay, professor and chair of the IU Jacobs School of Music Department of Composition, has been awarded a 2011 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Music. One of four composers to be recognized for outstanding artistic achievement, the award acknowledges "the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice." The award of $7,500 is matched by an additional $7,500 toward the recording of one work from each composer.

IU Jacobs School of Music celebrates 80th birthday of composer Frederick Fox
Frederick Fox

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will celebrate the 80th birthday of composer and former faculty member Frederick Fox with a concert on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall. The audience at this free public event is invited to attend a post-concert reception in the Musical Arts Center lobby.

IU students well represented among international fellowship and scholarship recipients
Brendan Faegre

Students from Indiana University Bloomington received more than 35 nationally competitive awards that sent them to study in countries around the world last summer and during the 2010-2011 academic year. The awards are sponsored by a number of agencies including the Departments of State and Education, the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Marshall and Rhodes programs of the United Kingdom, the American Scandinavian Foundation and the German-American Exchange Service.

The works of 'Contemporary Masters,' IU choreographers, featured at annual concert
Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance masterpieces from the 1980s will be performed by Indiana University dance majors in the upcoming Contemporary Masters, the annual faculty/guest artist concert presented by the Indiana University departments of Kinesiology and Theatre and Drama. Famed modern dance choreographer Bella Lewitzky's seminal piece, Suite Satie, has been restaged for the first time, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

IU Jacobs School, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to present free concert in Bloomington

Bloomington and regional audiences will be treated to a free performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Musical Arts Center. The concert will be led by international conductor Gilbert Varga and will feature the world premiere of From Noon to Starry Night by Chancellor's Professor of Composition Claude Baker. Baker's composition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the IU Department of Music.

Jacobs student Natalie Williams pronounced "Iron Composer"

Natalie Williams, doctoral fellow and associate instructor in composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, took first place in the Analog Arts "Iron Composer" competition at Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio, Oct. 22. She was selected as a finalist from a nationwide call for scores and competed alongside four other accomplished composers from across the country.

IU Jacobs School of Music releases 'Song Tapestry' CD

The IU Jacobs School of Music announces the release of the double-CD set Song Tapestry on the IU Music label. The collection of works features Associate Professor of Voice Patricia Stiles, mezzo-soprano, and colleagues from the Jacobs School in songs that represent a wide range of cultures and languages, touching on themes of nature, love, conflict, dreams, death and God. The compositions were written by eight current and past composers from the Jacobs School of Music.

IU Jacobs School of Music student composer wins Bowdoin Festival competition

Elliott Bark, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has won the Bowdoin International Music Festival's third annual student composition competition. His work, autumn leaves canvas for Harp, will make its world premiere during the July 31 Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music concert at Bowdoin College in Maine.

Unique music and technology show stretches boundaries
"Annunciation"

Annunciation + Visitation, a unique musical performance exploring two vastly different expressions of female sexuality, stretches the boundaries of what defines opera.

IU President's Concert to feature Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, violinist Kerr

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra returns to Bloomington Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. for the inaugural Indiana University President's Concert in the Musical Arts Center. The concert, offered free by the university to the campus and Bloomington community, will be conducted by renowned maestro Juanjo Mena and will feature Jacobs School of Music Professor Alexander Kerr in a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Kerr is also the principal guest concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Additional works on the program include Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 and IU composer and Jacobs Professor Claude Baker's "Aus Schwanengesang."

Jacobs composition student receives Student Composer Award from BMI Foundation
Brendan Faegre

Brendan Kelley Faegre was standing in his kitchen, talking to his roommate, when his cell phone rang. Caller ID showed the number as "unavailable," and he assumed it was probably a telemarketer but picked up anyway. The master's student in music composition at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music soon learned that the unidentified caller was actually Ralph Jackson, president of the BMI Foundation. He was calling to give Faegre good news.

IU Jacobs Professor Jeffrey Hass awarded Bogliasco Fellowship

Indiana University Professor of Composition Jeffrey Hass was recently awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship to live and work at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities on the Mediterranean coast south of Genoa, Italy. Hass, who also serves as director of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music at the Jacobs School of Music, will begin the fellowship in September 2009. The fellowship announcement follows three other honors for Hass, including a $17,000 IU New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant; first prize and an orchestral commission for a work for the 2009 Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City; and having a piece accepted for performance at the 2009 conference of the International Computer Music Association in Montreal this August.

Choreographers and composers collaborate for fourth annual 'Hammer and Nail' concert
Hammer and Nail photo

The Indiana University Bloomington Contemporary Dance Program and Jacobs School of Music Student Composer Association have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to create the "Hammer and Nail" concert. This year's event will feature 14 new works created by a group of 30 student artists.

Choreographers and composers collaborate for fourth annual "Hammer and Nail" concert
Hammer and Nail photo

The Indiana University Bloomington Contemporary Dance Program and Jacobs School of Music Student Composer Association have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to create the "Hammer and Nail" concert. This year's event will feature 14 new works created by a group of 30 student artists.

Orion String Quartet to premiere work by Jacobs composer David Dzubay

The Orion String Quartet, the resident quartet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be premiering a new work by Jacobs Professor and Composition Department Chair David Dzubay in a free concert on Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

Students fuse their art to create "Hammer and Nail"
Hammer and Nail

The collaboration between Kelly McCormick Bangs and Gabriel Lubell began last semester with a form of speed dating, when Indiana University choreographers and composers came together in search of their like-minded counterpart. Rather than dinner and a movie, the creative pairings resulted in 15 new and robust dance/music works that will be performed this weekend at the third annual "Hammer and Nail" concert in Bloomington.

Masterpieces and high tech: Modern dance at Indiana University
Contemporary Dance

Modern dance performers at Indiana University will perform seminal works of modern dance icons as well as original faculty creations featuring cutting edge technology during the IU Contemporary Dance Program's annual guest artist and faculty concert on Jan. 11-12 on the Bloomington campus.

IU New Music Ensemble opens cutting edge season Oct. 20
New Music Ensemble

The Indiana University New Music Ensemble (NME) will break musical boundaries with its new season that will feature some of the most imaginative and adventurous electronica ever heard, with a unique twist -- it will be arranged for chamber ensemble. The NME season opens on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Jacobs School of Music's Auer Hall.

Composer David Dzubay receives Guggenheim Fellowship

The Jacobs School of Music congratulates Professor David Dzubay, composer and chair of the composition department, who was recently named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow. The prestigious award is one of the most affirming research awards worldwide for artists, humanists, and scientists.

Composer Claude Baker receives two major IU distinctions

IU Jacobs School of Music Professor of Composition Claude Baker has received two of Indiana University's most distinguished accolades. This spring, Baker was appointed to the rank of Chancellor's Professor and, this fall, he will receive the Indiana University 2007 Tracey M. Sonneborn Award.

Four Guggenheim fellowships go to Indiana University faculty
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Four of this year's Guggenheim Fellows are professors at Indiana University Bloomington. The election of IUB science historian Domenico Bertoloni-Meli, composer David Dzubay, Near Eastern languages and cultures Professor John Walbridge, and sociologist Pamela Barnhouse Walters brings IU's total of Guggenheim Fellows to 123.

New music to get big treatment on IU New Music Ensemble tour

Featuring 20 musicians who deftly glide through new solo, chamber and large ensemble works from composers around the world, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble expects to make a sizeable impact on the East Coast music scene next month when it tours the area with a concert titled "New Music from Indiana."

A composer's dream
Arri Simon

How do you improve upon something that's already so perfect? That was the challenge Arri Simon confronted when, during his freshman year at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, his music composition master class was assigned to set a segment of Martin Luther King Jr.'s legendary "I Have a Dream" speech to music. In what would be a dream scenario for many composers, Simon's resulting piece, written to complement the magical nature of King's words, will be performed by two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair on Tuesday (Feb. 20) in Atlanta.

Composer Don Freund receives Guggenheim award

The School of Music congratulates composer and Professor of Music Don Freund who was recently named a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow.

Four Guggenheim fellowships go to Indiana University
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Four of this year's Guggenheim Fellows are professors at Indiana University Bloomington. The election of IUB biologists Lynda Delph and Jeffrey Palmer, composer Don Freund and historian Michael Grossberg brings IU's total of Guggenheim Fellows to 117.

Music Notes
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The following tip sheet provides information about music news and events happening at the Indiana University School of Music. This issue we feature an 85th birthday celebration in honor of Juan Orrego-Salas, founder of IU's Latin American Music Center and champion of Latin American classical music; the U.S. premiere by IU's New Music Ensemble of a composition by famed British composer Harrison Birtwistle; and a glimpse of a "not so ordinary" The Nutcracker as performed by students of IU's Ballet Theater.

Media Advisory: The Beatles are coming!
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Indiana University Bloomington rock and roll historian Glenn Gass is available to discuss the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America.