Accent - Winter 2016
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We hope to see many of you at the annual PMEA Conference in Hershey, PA March 31-April 2. Stop by the booth in the exhibition hall and catch our faculty in the sessions listed below.

IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Thursday, March 31
8:15 AM and 11:50 AM

Alumni Reception 
Thursday, March 31
9 PM
Hershey Lodge

Dr. Ryan Beeken
PMEA All-State Chorus
with HoodleBug Brass

Saturday, April 2
3 PM

IUP Music in Russa

The IUP Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintet (HoodleBug Brass) toured St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia October 11-22, 2015. Their tour included concerts at the State Polytechnical Institute and Capella Hall in St. Petersburg and Rubenstein Hall in the Moscow Conservatory. The musicians also gave master classes at the Rimsky Korsakov Academy in St. Petersburg and the Moscow Conservatory.  As part of their concert series, the two quintets performed "Ice Breaker," a newly-commissioned work for combined woodwind and brass quintets, by composer Robert Litton. Additionally, the Woodwind Quintet performed “Vignettes” by IUP alumnus, Jim Self (BSEd 1965). The quintets were made up of Therese Wacker (flute), Stephanie Caulder (oboe), Rosemary Brumbelow (clarinet), Jason Worzbyt (bassoon), Heidi Lucas (horn), Jeff Wacker (horn), Kevin Eisensmith (trumpet), David Ferguson (trumpet), Christian Dickinson (trombone), and Zach Collins (tuba).

See more pictures from the tour on the IUP Music in Russia Facebook page.

IUP's Production of Tender Land Wins Award

Scene from The Tender LandIUP’s Fall 2014 production of The Tender Land won second place in the Opera Production category of the American Prize Competition. The Tender Land was directed and produced by Tania Arazi Coambs, and the pit orchestra was conducted by Jack Stamp.

The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication, and regional, national, and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community, and secondary school levels.

Northeast Horn Workshop

Heidi Lucas, Assistant Professor of Horn, and the IUP Department of Music hosted the Northeast Horn Workshop January 22-24. More than 300 student, amateur, and professional musicians registered to attend the conference.

The conference featured performances, master classes, and lectures from several of the leading performers and pedagogues on the horn. Featured artists included Frøydis Ree Wekre, The Pittsburgh Symphony Horn Section (William Caballero, Stephen Kostyniak, Zachary Smith, Robert Lauver, Mark Houghton, and Joseph Rounds), Tom Varner, and Genghis Barbie. Additionally, competitions were held in the following divisions: solo, high and low horn mock auditions, quartet, composition, and jazz.

The conference featured efforts from faculty, staff and students across the IUP College of Fine Arts. Events were held in Cogswell Hall, Gorell Recital Hall, and Fisher Auditorium as well evening jam sessions at Spaghetti Benders. Sixty music majors from Sigma Alpha Iota, Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha, Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, and the IUP horn studio helped with setup, registration, stage crew, and tear down. In addition to Dr. Lucas, eleven IUP music faculty (Drs. Therese Wacker, Stephanie Caulder, Rosemary Brumbelow, Kevin Eisensmith, Zach Collins, Christian Dickinson, Keith Young, Mike Kingan, Sun Min Kim, Henry Wong Doe, and Timothy A. Paul), emeritus faculty member, Jack Scandrett, Matthew Emanuelson (student), and the members of the IUP Horn Choir performed at the conference. Hank Knerr, Cate Planisky, Jeff Wacker, and Dave Surtasky from Lively Arts helped with production of the Genghis Barbie concert. IUP Department of Music secretaries, Vickie Morganti and Meghan Moore, aided with preparation of the program and logistics.

Saxophone Alumni Event: March 20

To celebrate his retirement and the students he taught throughout his tenure, Dr. Young is inviting past students to attend and play a few mass saxophone ensemble pieces at the annual saxophone ensemble concert this spring at Cogswell Hall, Room 121! Follow this link for more details.

Rehearsal is the same day of the concert:
Rehearsal: 12:30 pm
Concert: 2:00 pm
Picnic: 3:30 pm

Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs

The IUP Choral Area is excited to host the third annual Crimson Hawk Cavalcade of Choirs on April 28, 2016! At the Cavalcade of Choirs each ensemble will have the opportunity to perform for other high school singers in a noncompetitive format.

Ensembles will sing in IUP’s beautiful Fisher Auditorium and be professionally recorded. In addition, choirs will be provided written and verbal feedback from IUP faculty Dr. Ryan Beeken and Dr. Craig Denison. Each choir will receive direct instruction via an on-stage clinic. This year’s distinguished guest is Elizabeth Hogan McFarland. McFarland serves on the faculty of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri as the conductor of the Women’s Choir. She also teachers courses in choral music education and is the deputy director of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. 

Crimson Hawks String Festival for Alumni and High School

The IUP String Area is excited to host the first Crimson Hawks String Festival for Alumni and High School students on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  This one-day event will include string pedagogy sessions, Festival Orchestra and Cello Choir rehearsals for participants, and an informal recital featuring IUP faculty.  The Festival will feature special guest IUP alumnus Scott Laird and IUP faculty members Dr. Stanley Chepaitis and Dr. Linda Jennings.  The day will also showcase two regional violin makers – Robert Gordon and IUP alumnus John Thorell - who will have instruments for participants to play.  The day will end with a Festival Concert featuring guests and participants.  Although geared for IUP alumni and High School students, string players of all age and ability levels are welcome to attend the festival and explore the many facets of string playing.  For more information see

Tubaphonium Day

On March 20th IUP will host the second IUP Tubaphonium Day.  Our featured artists will be Mike Waddell and Zach Collins.  Tubaphonium Day is a chance for tuba, euphonium, and baritone players of all ages to join the IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio for a day of performance and learning.  Participants will be able to participate in master classes, perform as part of a mass tuba-euphonium ensemble, and hear performances from the featured artists and IUP music students.  Go to for more information and links to register.


IUP will host a “Trumpet Day” on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  All interested trumpet players, from high school to adult, are invited to attend.
Events will include warm-up sessions, clinics, rehearsals and an afternoon performance by all of the participants!  The guest artist will be Peter Bond, a member of the trumpet section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Pete will present a clinic to all Trumpet Day attendees, and will give a recital.
For more information please contact Dr. Kevin Eisensmith at


The IUP Jazz Festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 7:00 pm and will feature the IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble.  The featured guest soloist for the concert is trumpeter George Rabbai.
George Rabbai’s first national recognition as a trumpeter came when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist.  During his two-year stay, Rabbai performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and abroad, and recorded with Herman on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels.  George’s lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of Baseball, a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS in 1994. He can also be heard in Burns’ epic documentary The West.  More recently George has been working with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein’s double CD, “Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film.” George has also recorded with Margaret Whiting and was featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, “Tony Bennett With Love.”  He is currently on the faculties of Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey.  He makes frequent appearances at area schools as a jazz clinician, festival adjudicator and featured artist.
Mr. Rabbai will present a clinic in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 1:00 pm.  The clinic is free and open to the general public.  Cost of tickets for the evening concert is: $10.00 regular admission, $8.00 for senior citizens and students, and $6.00 with an I-Card.


Upcoming Ovations! Concerts

Mamma Mia: March 2

Moscow Festival Ballet - Swan Lake: March 28

American Tapestry: April 14

Arnoldo Cohen: April 26
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Upcoming Events

For a full and up-to-date listing of events visit the events page on our website.
January 25
Rosemary Brumbelow Faculty Clarinet Recital
8 PM - Gorell
February 4
Jarrod Williams Guest Tuba Recital
8 PM - Gorell 
February 8
Miha Hass Guest Piano Recital
8 PM - Gorell

February 9
Ovations!: Drum Tao
8 - Fisher

February 11
Percussion Ensemble: Intensity
8 PM - Gorell
February 16
Christian Dickinson Faculty Trombone Recital
8 PM - Gorell
February 19
Kevin Eisensmith Faculty Recital
8 PM - Gorell
February 20
Joe Nibley Guest Trumpet Recital
8 PM - Gorell
February 22
Pablo Mahave Veglia Guest Cello Recital
8 PM - Gorell
February 25
IUP Symphony Orchestra
8 PM - DiCicco Hall
February 26
IUP Choirs
8 PM - Gorell
February 27
IUP Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble
8 PM - Fisher
February 28
IUP Concert Band and Brass Ensemble
3 PM - Fisher
February 29
Henry Wong Doe Faculty Piano Recital
8 PM - Gorell
March 2
Ovations!: Mamma Mia!
8 PM - Fisher
March 3
Heidi Lucas Faculty Horn Recital
7:30 PM - DiCicco
March 18
Tuba and Euphonium Studio Student Showcase
6 PM - DiCicco Hall
March 20
Alumni Saxophone Ensemble Concert
2 PM - DiCicco Hall

Zach Collins Faculty Tuba Recital
4 PM - DiCicco Hall
March 22
Litton Quartet
8 PM - Gorell

Laura Ferguson Faculty Voice Recital
7 PM - DiCicco Hall
March 28
Ovations!: Swan Lake-Moscow Festival Ballet
7 PM - Fisher
April 2
Percussion Ensemble
8 PM - Fisher
April 9
Dance Theater: Carmina Burana
7 PM - Fisher
April 14
Ovations!: American Tapestry
8 PM - Gorell
April 14
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 15
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 16
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 17
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
2 PM - Waller
April 19
HoodleBug Brass
8 PM - Gorell
April 20
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 21
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 22
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller
April 23
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee
8 PM - Waller

Concert Band and Brass Ensemble
8 PM - Fisher
April 24
Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble
3 PM - Fisher
April 25
Horn Studio
7:30 PM - DiCicco Hall
April 26
Ovations!: Arnoldo Cohen, Steinway Artist
8 PM - Fisher
April 28
Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs

Symphony Orchestra
8 PM - Gorell

April 30
String Project
10:30 AM - Gorell

Jazz Festival
7 PM - Fisher

May 1
IUP Choirs
3 PM - Fisher

Recent Department of Music News

Olmsted Honored by Ohio University Percussion Ensemble

Faculty Ensemble Releases Album

Beeken Presents at Florida Music Educators Conference

Kim Presents at Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Conference

Kim Performs at Marshall University and McNeese State University

Kim Performs at Bogota International Piano Festival

Wong Doe Gives Piano Master Class at School of the Arts, Singapore

Faculty Brass Quintet Tours Eastern PA and NJ

Graduate Student Wins Position at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Beeken Conducts in New York Finger Lakes

Caulder Serves as Guest Conductor for Westmoreland Senior High County Band

Collins Conducts Cambria County Band

Voice Professor Records “Dichterliebe” for Radio Television Hong Kong

Music Alumna Coleman Releases New Compact Disc Recording

Beeken Conducts Honor Choirs Across Pennsylvania

Hetrick Wins Mtna State Competition

Student Very Selected to Participate in State Conducting Competition

Beeken Presents Invited Session for National Conference

Denison Research on Harmonic Discrimination Published

Wong Doe Performs at Brussels Piano Festival

New Work for Organ, Voices, and Woodwind Quintet to be Premiered

Collegiate Chapter of American Choral Directors Association Hosts Alumnus Munson

Beeken is Guest Artist at Bowling Green State University

Indiana Musicale Hosts Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

IUP Trumpet Studio Travels to Cleveland to Hear Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Denison to Present Poster at Society ff Music Teacher Education Conference

Music Education Students Rock Out

Alumna Berry To Debut With Wichita Grand Opera

Baunoch Invited to Teach Voice In Rome
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