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Percussion academy helps round out summer concert offerings Jul 22, 2014

By Peter Jacobi   Summer Music, the annual series of concerts sponsored by Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, depends …

Marco Schirripa awarded first place in Southern California International Marimba Competition Jun 5, 2014

Marco Schirripa (Percussion M.M. 2014) has been awarded first place in the Southern California International Marimba Competition, which took place in Orange, Calif., May …

DM candidate Josh Bowman accepts teaching position at Christopher Newport University Aug 9, 2013

Doctoral percussionist, Joshua Bowman will assume a new role as Instructor of Percussion at Christopher Newport University, Newport News Virginia. …

Marco Schirripa wins First Place in Great Plains International Marimba Competition Aug 7, 2013

Beginning his second year as an M.M. percussion performance major at the Jacobs School this fall, Marco Schirripa was recently …

Alumnus Brian Blume appointed as Instructor of Percussion at Southeastern University in Florida Jun 17, 2013

Alumnus Brian Blume (BM 2007, MM 2010) has been named Instructor of Percussion at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL (www.seu.edu) …

Andrew Riley selected to participate in the Aspen Summer Music Festival Feb 9, 2013

Andrew Riley has been selected to participate in the 2013 Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Andrew is a junior at the …

Bobby Conselatore selected to participate in the Aspen Summer Music Festival Feb 9, 2013

Bobby Conselatore has been selected to participate in the 2013 Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Bobby is a native of Washington, …

Percussionist Bridget Leahy named director of bands at Defiance College Jan 4, 2013

Second-year MM precussion student Bridget Leahy has been named director of bands at Defiance College (DC) in Defiance, Ohio. Her …

Erin Jeter awarded internship with Percussive Arts Society Dec 12, 2012

Student percussionist Erin Jeter has recently been appointed as the spring 2013 intern for the Percussive Art Society (PAS), beginning in January. …

REVIEW: (HT Percussion Ensemble) Program included fun piece mimicking radio sounds Nov 15, 2012

HeraldTimesOnline.com PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT MUSIC REVIEW: Program included fun piece mimicking radio sounds By Peter JacobiH-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com November …

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 Percussion Ensemble Wins Prestigious International Competition

The IU Jacobs School of Music's Percussion Ensemble, directed by Jacobs School faculty John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, has won the Percussive Arts Society's International Percussion Competition. The ensemble will perform at the society's international convention in Indianapolis, November 15, 2013.

Alumnus donates 'Saturday Night Live' drum set to IU Jacobs School percussion department

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus and "Saturday Night Live" band drummer Shawn Pelton recently worked with percussion students in Bloomington and donated a drum kit he used on the set of NBC's Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase.

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.

Ritmos Unidos ensemble, directed by Michael Spiro, releases first CD

IU Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Spiro, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is having a huge impact on Bloomington's local and regional music scene since being hired to teach at the school in 2011. His impact took another leap forward recently with the forming of Ritmos Unidos, a high-energy ensemble, which released its first CD in January -- "iFunklorico!."

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 faculty and ensembles featured at Percussive Arts Society convention

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is being featured prominently at the Percussive Arts Society's 50th Annual International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis Nov. 9-12.

Renowned percussionist Michael Spiro joins IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Following three years as a visiting faculty member, internationally recognized world percussionist, recording artist and educator Michael Spiro has been appointed associate professor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

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.

Drum Corps from Gary school highlights School of Education partnership, ArtsWeek
Watson Drumline

A group of fourth- through sixth-grade students from the Gary Community School Corporation's Watson K-6 Boys Academy Drum Corps will perform at noon on Monday (Feb. 21) at the IU School of Education, along with students from the IU Jacobs School of Music Department of Percussion. The performance in the Wright Education Building atrium is part of ArtsWeek.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni contend for Grammys

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. 13, 2011, on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Among Jacobs-related nominees are faculty member Michael Spiro and alumnae Jamie Barton and Vivica Genaux.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins national competition

Jake Harpster, who received a bachelor's degree in percussion performance last May from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won the Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition June 19-22 at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill. Harpster received $5,000 in retail credit towards a professional model Yamaha instrument and an opportunity for a New York City performance debut at Yamaha Artist Service, Inc.

2010 IU Summer Music Festival includes soprano Angela Brown, USA International Harp Competition, tributes to Schumann and Chopin

Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events running from June 19 through Aug. 10, the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus welcomes alumna soprano Angela Brown and the 8th USA International Harp Competition, and celebrates the 200th anniversary of composers Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin's birth. In addition, an array of world-class orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events will be offered. Tickets are on sale starting Friday, May 28.

Fran Snygg arts award recipients announced
Selene Carter

Indiana University's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs has announced the winners of the Fran Snygg Endowment Fund and the Fran Snygg Grant for Artistic Collaboration. This year's recipients are Joseph Galvin from the Jacobs School of Music, and Gwendolyn Hamm, Elizabeth Shea and Selene Carter from the Department of Kinesiology in the Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts renowned Brazilian and Chinese ensembles
Sao Paulo State University Percussion Ensemble

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will welcome two world-renowned international ensembles this semester--the São Paulo State University Percussion Ensemble, Grupo PIAP, from Brazil and the Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin University in China. The Percussion Ensemble will present a concert Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. Peiyang Chorus will present a concert March 10 at 7 p.m. in Auer Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

IU Jacobs School of Music Percussion Department shines at convention

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Percussion was a prominent player at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention (PASIC) Nov. 11-14 in Indianapolis. Jacobs School percussion majors participated and competed in a host of events, garnering awards in several categories.

Percussion gurus to convene at IU's Jacobs School
Tafoya

For the first time ever, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Percussion Department will offer an intensive, five-day summer percussion workshop (July 14-18) featuring clinics, master classes and special performances by IU percussion faculty and internationally acclaimed percussion artists. The workshop includes a number of performances that are free and open to the public.

George Gaber Remembered

It is with great sadness that the Jacobs School of Music shares the news of the death of Distinguished Professor Emeritus George Gaber, who died on November 21, 2007, in Bloomington at the age of 91. Read his obituary and tributes from a number of his students.

IU Jacobs School of Music welcomes John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo
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This fall, two top-flight percussionists will join the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion Department's already formidable faculty ranks. Jacobs alumnus John Tafoya, principal timpanist for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., since 1999 and director of percussion studies at the University of Maryland School of Music, will become professor of music, pending approval by IU trustees. Kevin Bobo, assistant professor of percussion at the University of Kansas at Lawrence since 2003, has been appointed associate professor of music.

Israeli conductor Uriel Segal to join IU School of Music's orchestra program for the 2004-05 season
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With the addition of Israeli-born conductor Uriel Segal to its ranks, the School of Music may have cemented its status as one of the world's elite destinations for orchestral study and performance.