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News Archive 2005-06


Finding a New Way Back with Peter Bassano

Peter Bassano - renowned scholar, performer, conductor, early music specialist, former trombonist of London's Philharmonia Orchestra, descendant of the musically famous Bassano family of Venice, and much more - visited Bloomington in November to work with our Early Music Institute. One of his lecture-demonstrations that generated interest among our brass students was a fascinating view of informed performance practices in which he began with Mahler, "time-warped" back to Gabrieli and then forward again through, among others, Beethoven and Berlioz to Stravinsky - all in 90 minutes! Those who attended came away with fresh perspectives to read, hear, and interpret music from all periods. Bassano also took time to work with a sophomore quartet venturing into a first time encounter with sackbuts, playing repertoire by Schuetz and Marini.

Sophomore Sackbuts
In non-period dress, from left:
Michael Flowers, Ryan Erp, Matt Warming, Steve Spang,
Bernard Gordillo, Peter Bassano, Carl Lenthe

Audition Eve recital series enters third season

The trombone faculty is pleased to present this year's first "Audition Eve" recital on Friday January 13th, at 8pm in Auer Hall. With this evening, the successful Audition Eve recital series goes into its third year, with three Friday evening faculty/student recitals and receptions on the evenings before the respective audition Saturdays. Further Audition Eve recitals are planned on February 3rd (7pm in Auer Hall), and March 3rd (7pm in Ford Hall).

All attending trombonists and euphonium players (students, candidates, amateurs and professionals young and old) are encouraged to bring their instruments for the "Grand Finale"! A reception in the Auer Hall Green Room will follow the concert, offering the chance to meet informally with students, candidates, and faculty over punch and cookies.

The January 13th program includes solo performances by Professors Stewart, Lenthe, and Ellefson in works by Bach, Bourgeois, Hidas, and others.

For those new to campus, Auer Hall is in the Simon Center - the building with the semi-circular fountain in front. Click here for a campus map with the Simon Center highlighted.

Ellefson features

Peter Ellefson will be a featured soloist on Orchestra Night at the 2006 Eastern Trombone Workshop. On March 16th he will play Derek Bourgeois' Trombone Concerto with the US Army Strings. Click here for the ETW Webpage

In October, Peter Ellefson was the guest of the Trombones de Costa Rica for their International Festival 2005. Forty low brass players from many Central and South American countries attended the festival. The festival included recitals by Ellefson, the Trombones de Costa Rica as well as ensemble recitals by the participants. He will return for the festival in the late fall of 2006 as well.

Peter Ellefson is spending part of his winter break performing with the Chicago Symphony. He is playing 8 concerts with the orchestra over the break. Says Ellefson, "One of the great joys of teaching at an institution like IU is that it allows for and encourages continued professional activity. It is always a high point for me to work with the CSO."

Placement auditions for Wind Ensemble and Orchestra announced

Repertoire and sign-up information for the Spring 2006 Orchestra and Wind Ensemble placement auditions has been posted.

Click here for details

 New Trombone Choir live recordings uploaded

Works by Gabrieli, Barber, and Biebl, as recorded live at the Trombone Choir's October 9th concert at Butler University, have been uploaded as mp3 files, and can be accessed on both the Trombone Choir and the mp3 Webpages.

"Dee Day" a success on all fronts

The October 1st celebration for Professor Stewart's 70th birthday, dubbed "Dee Day", was a great event, bringing many friends and visitors from near and far. The afternoon concert in Auer Hall contained fun, festive, and celebratory music for trombones, as well as congratulatory remarks by Dean Gwyn Richards and others.

The evening dinner was a wonderful time of visiting and sharing. A surprise accent was friend and former Philadelphia Orchestra colleague Glenn Dodson joining Dominic Spera's band for two tunes!

Perhaps the crowning testimonial, among many sentiments shared about Dee that day, is the fact that the newly established Trombone Artistic Advisory Fund has reached the endowment level of $10,000! This fund will be used to fund artistic and scholarly activity in and for the trombone department. Many thanks go out to all who contributed!

 Trombone faculty and Trombone Choir perform at "Dee Day"
October 1st, Auer Hall


Faculty recital - Peter Ellefson

Professor Peter Ellefson continues his series of authoritative solo recitals with a September 30th performance in Auer Hall, beginning at 8pm. Performing works by Hidas, Peaslee, Small, Gabaye and Arnold, Professor Ellefson will be accompanied by Kimberly Carballo on piano. For further details click here.

Professor Stewart celebrates his 70th!

With M. Dee Stewart's 70th birthday approaching in October, the trombone faculty, students, and Mrs. Stewart - or Rozella, as the students affectionately know her - are all collaborating to launch an event to celebrate this milestone in Dee's illustrious career dedicated to music, musicians, and students. A concert of festive, fun, and celebratory trombone music is planned for Saturday, October 1st at 2:30 pm in Auer Hall, and invitations have gone out for a dinner afterward.

Rozella relates how her inspiration for initiating the event comes from seeing how happy Dee is in his work with his colleagues and talented students (that would be all of them) at the IU School of Music. To commemorate that fact and to help "promote the tradition of excellence in trombone pedagogy and performance at the Indiana University School of Music", a Trombone Artistic Activity fund is being established.

Information about contributing to this fund can be obtained by contacting Lynn Lewis, Director of Development, either by email, or by phone at (812) 855-1850.

Trombone Choir plays "Away Game" at Butler University

On Sunday, October 9th at 7:30pm, the IU Trombone Choir will play a concert at Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, which has been described to us as "a Barry Bonds shot behind Clowes Memorial Hall" on that campus. The invitation to perform at Butler was extended to Professor Lenthe by Jared Rodin, who is trombone instructor at Butler, amidst his many other musical activities. The program will include works by Gabrieli, Barber, Bach, Fillmore, Carmichael, and others. The trombone choir will also accompany IU graduates Jared Rodin and Joe Burnam in solo features.

Aaron Burkhart's band 'HAL' brings out CD

Aaron Burkhart (BME senior in Lenthe's studio) has helped found and build up an acoustic rock band that uniquely incorporates the solo trombone into its sound. Going by the name "HAL", the band recently put out a 7 song 'Extended Play" CD that is now on sale for only five dollars. For more information on the band, upcoming gigs, and to get the CD, go to HAL's website.

Synergy Brass Quintet performs for IU students

Monday evening 9/12 saw all of the brass master classes combining to experience the Synergy Brass Quintet in a dynamic, exciting, and fun performance master class presented to a standing room only MA452. This young group, which was born as a student quintet at Boston University, is already very much in demand, with close to 200 performances planned this year. Their entire program was performed by memory, with effective yet natural stage movements and grouping helping to underscore the musical moments as they unfolded.

The quintet was able to establish a captivating performance aura while intermittently slipping into a relaxed, informal atmosphere to tell the students about their experiences and take questions. Each individual member was able to share experiences pertinent to our students' envisioned career goals. The fact that these young artists are all just a few years out of college made the messages especially vivid.

Those assembled showed great enthusiasm for the group's offerings and many thanks are offered again here to the Synergy Brass Quintet for taking the time to visit and perform for us in the midst of their busy tour.

Summer Festival in review

Engaging top conductors, soloists, and guest artists, the IU School of Music has in recent years been able to elevate the second summer session to true festival format, with chamber music, music theatre, master classes, opera, symphony concerts, presentations, and open air band concerts abounding. Many a medium-sized city would gladly be able to offer its citizenry that which Bloomington - through its School of Music - presents as a matter of course, both during the summer months and the rest of the year too, of course. While the Beaux Arts Trio, the Penderecki Quartet, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra certainly set the tone of the Summer Festival, there were many events and performances of particular interest to brass players as well.

The Saint Louis Brass Quintet offered two concerts to standing room only crowds in Auer Hall. The IU Festival Orchestra - made up of faculty and top students - performed Mahler's 2nd Symphony with Roberto Abbado and Shostakovich's 7th Symphony with Leonard Slatkin. The Summer Band offered three outdoor concerts, featuring Matt Maslanka as euphonium soloist in two of them. The Summer Orchestra performed a concert including Schumann's 4th Symphony and Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments with Cliff Colnott, conductor of Chicago's Civic Orchestra, and also performed in Gilbert and Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore".

The trombone students enjoyed their regular lessons with Professors Stewart and Lenthe (Professor Ellefson was engaged in many exciting activities away from IU this summer), as well as weekly master classes. In addition to the regular open forum and coaching opportunities, these classes were also used to hold mock collegiate interview presentations for our attending doctoral students. Degree recitals at the senior, masters, and doctoral levels of most brass instruments were an added attraction.

Professor Stewart once again hosted and led his successful College Audition Preparation (CAP) program, bringing ambitious high school seniors in all wind and percussion instruments to campus for a week of instruction and drill, as well as recitals by IU students and faculty.

All of this, in the relaxed Bloomington summer - with moderate enrollment (parking, practice room, and restaurant spots easily available!), the nearby lakes and bike paths beckoning, and so much more!

Above: IU Festival Orchestra Low Brass after performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony under Roberto Abbado, 7/21/05:

From left: M. Dee Stewart, Angie Slaughter, Joel Shonkwiler, Jake Harris, Carl Lenthe, Dan Perantoni

Below: the same section during rehearsal,
onstage in the MAC


Ensemble placement auditions announced

Ensemble placement auditions for orchestras and Wind Ensemble will take place on Monday 8/29/04 beginning at 6:30 pm in MA452. Please sign up in person for the audition in

Sycamore Hall 246

before noon on 8/29. Upon signing up, you will receive your audition time. Further information and repertoire lists are available here.

Information for placement in Symphonic and Concert Bands is available at

For information about Jazz Band placement, please contact that department through the faculty links found at:

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