Accent - Winter 2015
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Welcome to the second issue of our e-newsletter, Accent. Fall 2014 was full of events including a visit from Doc Severinsen and the naming of Daniel DiCicco Hall in Cogswell Hall. Our faculty have been active in performing and teaching regionally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, our students have been successful in regional and state-wide competitions and will be competing in the next levels in the early part of the Spring semester. Read on for more information!

Daniel DiCicco Hall Naming

Daniel DiCicco Hall was dedicated on December 6th following the IUP bands concert. Since the renovation of Cogswell Hall, DiCicco Hall has been one of the most important rooms in the building. Large ensembles such as the IUP Symphony Orchestra, IUP Marching Band and concert bands rehearse in the space. Because of its resonant acoustics, DiCicco Hall has been used increasingly for concerts and recitals as well. Daniel DiCicco Hall also houses the $400,000 Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ on permanent loan to IUP from the American Guild of Organists. The Department of Music is thankful for the alumni, faculty, and friends that made financial contributions towards honoring Dr. DiCicco with this naming.
Pictured below: Dr. Daniel DiCicco's daughters (l-r) Diane DiCicco Hunsicker, Darla DiCicco Elkin, Dana DiCicco Piccolini with the new plaque outside of Daniel DiCicco Hall.

Dr. Stamp Retirement

Dr. Jack Stamp will be retiring at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.  A final gala concert weekend has been planned beginning with performances by the IUP Symphony Band and Concert Band on Friday, April 24th.  Dr. Stamp, known for his involvement in the commissioning of new works, will present his final concert with the IUP Wind Ensemble at 7:30pm on April 25.  The concert will feature world premiere performances of works by Anthony O'Toole, Molly Joyce, Carl Holmquist, and Daniel French.  A highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of A Jack Stamp Suite, with movements by contributing composers Bruce Yurko, Andrew Boysen, Timothy Broege, Timothy Mahr, Mark Camphouse, and Dwayne Milburn.  The weekend will conclude with a performance by the Keystone Wind Ensemble on Sunday, April 26th at 2 PM.  The Keystone Wind Ensemble, founded by Dr. Stamp, is comprised of IUP faculty, alumni, and current students and has more than 20 commercially available discs to its credit.

Doc Severinsen

Legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen opened the 2014–15 Lively Arts Ovations season in September with an incredible show that featured the Keystone Big Band, an ensemble made up of IUP faculty, alumni, and students including Alexander Price (guitar), Richard Firestone (saxophone), and Nick Adams (bass). In addition, 21 students from the IUP Chorale were selected to sing “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” with KansasCity-based singer Vanessa Thomas. Following the concert members of Phi Mu Alpha sang to Mr. Severinsen.

You can read The Penn's article about the concert here.

Firestone Wins Johnstown Symphony Young Artist Competition

Saxophonist Richard Firestone, senior music education major, recently won the Johnstown Symphony Young Artist Competition. As the winner, he will perform Jacques Ibert’s “Concertino da Camera for Saxophone and Orchestra” with the JSO on April 11, 2015, at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown.

Richard will graduate from IUP in May 2015. He is currently applying for graduate saxophone performance studies at several major universities. At IUP, he performed as principal saxophonist with the IUP Wind Ensemble, as well as lead alto saxophonist with the IUP Jazz Ensemble. He has spent the past two summers performing with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra and as a musician in Hershey Park.

Hetrick Wins Butler Symphony Young Artist Competition

Sarah Hetrick, saxophonist and junior music education major, won first place in the 2015 Butler Symphony Young Artist Competition on Sunday, January 18. She will perform “Tableaux de Provence” by Paule Maurice with the Butler Symphony Orchestra on April 11.

Sarah is principal saxophonist with the IUP Wind Ensemble. She is also soprano saxophonist with the Ehos Saxophone Quartet, an IUP ensemble which recently performed at the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and which also won first place in the MTNA Pennsylvania State Chamber Ensemble Young Artist Competition. 

Sarah serves as president for IUP’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and has been awarded a spot on the Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters.

IUP Music Students Win State Music Teachers National Association Competition

Several IUP music students performed at the 2014 Music Teachers National Association State Preliminary Competition at Penn State University on November 23, 2014.

Senior BS Music Education saxophone major Richard Firestone won the Young Artist Solo division. Rick studies saxophone with Keith Young. Brendon Goff, a junior BFA Music Performance/BS Music Education major and flute student of Therese Wacker, won second place/alternate.

Eileen Kane, a senior Music and English Education major, has been selected as the state-wide winner in the Young Artist brass division.  She will compete in the National Finals to be held in Las Vegas in March.

The Ehos Saxophone Quartet, an IUP student ensemble coached by Keith Young, won the Chamber division. The IUP Semi-Sophomore Brass Quintet, coached by Heidi Lucas, won second place/alternate.

Ehos Saxophone Quartet (l-r):

Zachary Cable, senior, BS Music Education
Justin Mathis, senior, BA Music
Savvas Makaritis, senior, BFA Music Performance
Sarah Hetrick, senior, BS Music Education


Semi-Sophomore Brass Quintet (l-r):

Roxanne Person, trumpet; sophomore, BS Music Education
Alex Swackhamer, horn; junior, BS Music Education
Abigail Weaver, tuba; sophomore, BS Music Education
Noah Riek, trombone; sophomore, BS Music Education

Emily Brown, trumpet; sophomore, BS Music Education

IUP Percussion Alums elected to International Board of Directors

Two IUP percussion alums have recently been elected to the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors.  Dr. Brian West (pictured on right), who graduated from IUP in 1994 with a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance and also served as the Graduate Assistant in Percussion from 1992-1994.  Brian is currently Professor of Percussion & Coordinator of Percussion Studies in the School of Music at Texas Christian University.  Jim Catalano (pictured on left) graduated from IUP in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree and currently serves as the Percussion Business Manager for Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion.

Crimson Hawks Invitational Choral Conference

The first annual Crimson Hawk Invitational Choral Conference was a huge success and plans are already underway for next year. On Tuesday, September 30 115 high school students came to campus for an intensive day of side-by-side rehearsals with members of the IUP Chorale, IUP Director of Choral Studies Dr. Ryan Beeken, and guest conductor Dr. Kristina MacMullen of Ohio State University. Concurrent to rehearsals, IUP faculty members Drs. Laura Ferguson, Dan Abrahams, Mary Logan-Hastings and Joseph Baunoch presented continuing education sessions to attending teachers. Students were also able to audition for the IUP music department; David Saylor of Conemaugh Township High School was awarded a scholarship to study music education at IUP next Fall.

Choral Students Place in Competitions at National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference

Advanced Lower Graduate Division
Esther Hull, winner
Sophomore Women Division
Heather Heuft, winner
Musical Theater Upper Division
Briana Thomas, winner
Senior Men Division
Mitchell Jerko, semifinalist
Joshua Lutman, semifinalist
Jonathan Walker-Vankuren, semifinalist

Vocal Arts Area News

The Vocal Arts Area has several notable events planned for spring 2015. On April 11 all IUP choirs will perform Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" with the Altoona Symphony.  The IUP Chorale and Chamber Singers will tour eastern and central Pennsylvania on April 23rd and 24th concluding with a concert at the Grand Halle in Johnstown.  Lastly, the Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs will be held on May 1 at IUP. At the Cavalcade of Choirs high school ensembles 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 will be professionally recorded. In addition, choirs will be provided written and verbal feedback from IUP faculty and distinguished guests, Dr. Derrick Fox of Ithaca College and Marko Vatovec from the University of Ljubljana Academy of Music in Slovenia.

Live Streams

The Communications Media Department will be streaming the IUP Wind Ensemble concert on April 25th at 7:30.  On May 2nd, the IUP Jazz Ensemble concert will be streamed at 8 PM.  Both concerts can be viewed at this link.

Recent Department of Music News

Dr. Jacob Ertl Invited to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Dr. Ryan Beeken Teaches at Univerza v Ljubljani Akademija za glasbo

Dr. Ryan Beeken Conducts Blair County Senior High Honors Choir

Dr. Henry Wong Doe Guest Artist at West Virginia Music Teachers Association State Conference

Faculty Trio Perform in Pennsylvania and New York

World-Renowned composer, Alvin Singleton, Visits IUP

Dr. Ryan Beeken Conducts PMEA District 5 Honors Choir

Dr. Ryan Beeken Conducts Louisiana All State Choir

Dr. Ryan Beeken Serves as Guest Conductor in Iowa and Ohio

Dr. Jacob Ertl Performs Recital for Alia Musica in Pittsburgh

Pianist, Henning Vauth, visits IUP


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Upcoming Events

For a full and up to date listing of events visit the events page on our website.
January 20
Ovations!: Sister Act
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 1
Sound Choices: Heroes and Martyrs from WWII
4 PM - DiCicco Hall
February 7
Sound Choices: Leaves of Grass
7 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
February 8
2nd Annual Indiana Musicale Piano Monster Concert
3 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 11
Ovations!: Te Amo, Argentina
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 18
Faculty Recital: Jacob Ertl & Guests
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
February 19
TrumpetFest: Faculty Recital
6 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
February 20
TrumpetFest: Student Performance
6 PM - Gorell Recital Hall

TrumpetFest: Guest Artist Performance
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
February 21
TrumpetFest: Guest Artist Clinic
2 PM - Gorell Recital Hall

TrumpetFest: Studio Recital
4 PM - Gorell Recital Hall

Ovations!: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 22
IUP Concert Band and Brass Ensemble
3 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 24
Litton Quartet
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
February 27
IUP Symphony Orchestra
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
February 28
Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band
7:30 PM - Fisher Auditorium
March 1
IUP Choir: And The Time Is
3 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
March 18
Ovations!: The Vienna Boys Choir
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
March 21
Sound Choices: Bach & Beyond
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
March 26
Ovations!: Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
March 28
An Evening of Dance and Percussion
7 PM - Fisher Auditorium
March 31
IUP String Ensemble
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
April 9
IUP Brass Ensemble
6 PM
April 14
Brent Shires Guest Horn Recital
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
April 21
IUP Percussion Ensemble
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
April 23
HoodleBug Brass
8 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
April 24
IUP Concert and Symphony Bands
7:30 PM - Fisher Auditorium
April 25
IUP Wind Ensemble
7:30 PM - Fisher Auditorium
April 30
IUP Symphony Orchestra
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
May 1
2nd Annual Crimson Hawks Cavalcade of Choirs
All Day - Fisher Auditorium
May 2
IUP Jazz Band and Ensemble
3 PM - Fisher Auditorium
May 3
IUP Choral and Brass Ensembles
3 PM - Gorell Recital Hall
May 4
Ovations!: Memphis
8 PM - Fisher Auditorium
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