College of Visual and Performing Arts

Spring 2018 Upcoming Concerts

Saxophone Day    

IPFW will welcome Professor Emeritus of Music Dr. Randy Smith from Truman State University as our guest teacher and performer. Middle and high school students are invited to participate in the saxophone choir reading session, masterclasses with Dr. Smith and Dr. Vernon on ISSMA solos and ensembles, all culminating in a mini-recital by Dr. Smith at 7:30 p.m., in Rhinehart Recital Hall. Pizza will be provided to participating students. Farrell Vernon, director
Sunday, Jan. 21     3:00 - 8:30 pm (Mini-Recital, 7:30 pm)
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission will be free for everyone


IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition Finals and Winners Recital

The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition is for young pianists, ages 18 and under, from within 100 miles of Fort Wayne. It regularly attracts competitors from Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.Hamilton Tescarollo, coordinator.
Saturday, Jan. 27    10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Winners Recital, 6:30 pm) 
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission will be free for everyone


Faculty Vocal Recital featuring Sam Savage, tenor and Jonathan Mann, piano

Enjoy an afternoon of rousing arias by Tosti, Turina, and Ginastera.
Sunday, Jan. 28        5:00 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital featuring Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

We welcome Italian-born pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi to celebrate our new nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano. Pompa-Baldi is a laureate of the Cleveland and Van Cliburn International Piano Competitions and performs regularly at the world’s major concert venues. In addition, he serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His recital will feature works by Chopin, Schumann, Medtner, Piaf, Poulenc, and Rubinstein. He will also work with IPFW students in a masterclass that is free and open to the general public.
Wednesday, Jan. 31     Masterclass  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                     
Thursday, Feb. 1            Solo Recital  7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Three Rivers Honor Band Final Concert

The annual weekend brings together some of the brightest and most talented middle and high school musicians from the region for a spectacular weekend of learning and performing under the batons of conductors Dr. Damon Talley, director of bands from Louisiana State University; and Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt, Professor of Music Education at Texas State University.
Daniel Tembras, coordinator
Saturday, Feb. 3  1:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone.

Music Therapy Client Recital

Music therapy helps clients develop social, motor, academic, self-help and music skills. Come see the benefits of music therapy for yourself by attending this recital. Practicing music therapists will assist their client performers in demonstrating skills they have developed through participation in music therapy services. This recital is free and open to the public. For more information contact Peggy Farlow, director at 260-481-6041 or by email at
Saturday, Feb. 10   2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone.

Flute and Clarinet Day Recital featuring Guest Artists Kevin Schempf, clarinet and Roma Duncan, flute

This event is open to flutists and clarinetists, regardless of age, and will feature workshops and performances led by faculty artists Vivianne Belanger and Cynthia Greider. Special guests are Kevin Schempf, Professor of Clarinet at the Bowling Green State University and flutist, Roma Duncan of the Minnesota Orchestra. Instrumental vendors also will be on hand. Participants also will be performing in an ensemble in the 7:30 p.m. concert. Please contact Cynthia Greider at or Vivianne Belanger at for more information.
Sunday, Feb. 11   2:30–9:00 p.m. (Free admission to instrumental day)                                  
Recital  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Mardi Gras Showcase Concert

The IPFW Department of Music presents a festival of music on the theme of Mardi Gras! Faculty, studio, and choral and instrumental ensembles are all participating. Students from the Department of Visual Communication and Design will display their entries in the Mardi Gras Mask and Costume Competition to help get everyone in the spirit.
Judging for that competition will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Auer Lobby. Vaughn Roste, director
Tuesday, Feb. 13                 
Mask and Costume Judging 7:00 p.m.
Concert  7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Trumpet Studio Showcase

Trumpet students from the studio of Andrew Lott will present solo works and varied ensemble selections.
Sunday, Feb. 18   2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Community Orchestra Concert

The concert will feature winners of the annual student Concerto and Aria Competition, vocalists Brianna Gamble, Sonia Salas and Stephen Stachofsky, clarinetist Mark Townsend and percussionist Ryan Springer.
David Cooke, conductor
Monday, Feb. 19  7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Jazz Ensemble will continue the Mardi Gras concert theme with several additional tunes from the Big Easy. The program will be rounded out with jazz standards from Thad Jones, Maynard Ferguson, and Benny Carter.
Farrell Vernon, director
Friday, Feb. 23   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Brahms: A German Requiem

The IPFW University Singers join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Chorus downtown at the beautiful Embassy Theatre to present one of the greatest musical masterpieces of the nineteenth century.
Saturday, Feb. 24                  7:30 p.m.
Embassy Theatre
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Box Office
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Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Brass Day with Demondrae Thurman, Euphonium and IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble

IPFW brass faculty welcome high school students from around the Midwest, as well as renowned euphonium artist and pedagogue Dr. Demondrae Thurman, for a day of brass coaching, masterclasses, and performances.  The day’s events culminate in an evening performance by the Brass Day Ensemble, made up of all high school and IPFW student participants, and the IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble featuring Dr. Thurman as soloist.  Advance registration required for high school participants. Contact Chance Trottman-Huiet at for more information and to register.
Sunday, Feb. 25    12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Registration fee applies for daytime activities)
Concert   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Vocal Division Showcase

Vocal division alumni from the last ten years will return to IPFW to perform in a variety of styles (classical, jazz, and popular) as well as with their vocal ensembles from area schools and universities.
Tuesday, Feb. 27  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Bands Concert

This evening will highlight artist-in-residence and award-winning guest composer Steven Bryant’s masterpiece Ecstatic Waters and Professors Andrw Lott and Dr. Pavel Morunov performing Copland’s haunting Quiet City. Other works by Grantham, Markowski, and MacBeth will be performed. The bands are joined this evening by the Goshen High School Wind Ensemble.
Daniel Tembras, Conductor
Thursday, Mar. 1 7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Faculty Jazz Combo

The IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo is a unique collective of musicians who bring their own individual style and a wealth of experience to the group as soloists, bandleaders, and composers. Dr. Ken Johnson, guitar; Jim Steele, piano; Dr. Farrell Vernon, saxophones; Brad Kuhns, bass; and Eric Schweikert, drums, make up this exciting faculty combo. These IPFW professors create original works and arrangements of jazz and pop standards for each concert.
Tuesday, Mar. 13    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Center

IPFW Choral Ensembles Joint Concert with LaPorte High School

The IPFW Choral Ensembles join forces with visiting LaPorte High School choral ensembles to present a memorable evening of choral works, both separately and together.
Thursday, Mar. 22    7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Music Faculty Recital featuring Hamilton Tescarollo, piano

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies Hamilton Tescarollo has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, as well as in South America. His solo recital will feature Beethoven’s “Les Adieux” sonata and Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9, as well as works by J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Friday, Mar. 23   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Faculty Recital featuring Chance Trottman-Huiet, tuba and Andrew Hicks, bass trombone

IPFW tuba faculty member Chance Trottman-Huiet will perform a wide range of works featuring music by J.S. Bach, Anthony Plog, Libby Larsen, as well as a unique work for bass trombone and tuba by Michigan State University composition professor, Ron Newman.
Tuesday, Mar. 27   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Trombone Ensemble Spring Concert

The IPFW Trombone Ensemble performs a wide variety of music that always entertains its audiences, whether in the beautiful Rhinehart Recital Hall, or at high schools across the region . They showcase music from Gabrieli, Haydn, and Brahms to Ewazen, Weezer and Earth, Wind and Fire!
David Cooke, conductor
Wednesday, Apr. 4   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Opera Ensemble presents Suor Angelica

Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica), a one-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, made its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918. Taking place in a convent in Siena in the latter part of the 17th century, plot twists involve a wealthy inheritance, an illegitimate son and heavenly visions leading to mortal sin. Just the right themes to keep any great opera lover on the edge of their seat.
Friday, Apr. 6        7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 7   2:30 p.m.
First Wayne Street United Methodist Church
300 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, Ind.

Flute Studio Showcase

Students of IPFW flute professor Vivianne Belanger offer solo literature performances along with a flute ensemble that includes piccolo and alto flutes.
Sunday, Apr. 8     7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Friends of IPFW Star Music Showcase

Join the Friends of IPFW for an hour long concert featuring the most outstanding students from the music program performing a wide variety of vocal and instrumental selections.  The showcase is a true potpourri of music styles and personnel.
Monday, Apr. 9   3:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall                           
Admission is free for everyone

String Studio Showcase

Students of our Philharmonic string faculty will perform solo and ensemble repertoire featuring orchestra string instruments topped off with a wonderful string quartet.
Tuesday, Apr. 10    7:30   p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Sweetwater WindFest 2018

This event offers high school and middle school bands the opportunity to experience a non-competitive performance and clinic by renowned instrumental pedagogues from around the United States. Each ensemble will be provided digital comments and a thirty-minute clinic on their concert work immediately following the stage performance. This event will be valuable as a pre-festival experience or as a substitute for the ISSMA festival. Contact Director John Egger at for more information.
Wednesday, Apr. 11    All Day
Thursday, Apr. 12        All Day
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone.

Guitar Ensemble Concert

Guitar students from the studio of Laura Lydy will perform works by Machado, Ponce and Kindle.
Wednesday, Apr. 11   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Piano Studio Showcase

A program of varied solo piano music will feature pianists from the studio of Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo.
Thursday, Apr. 12                7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference

IPFW will welcome student and professional tuba and euphonium enthusiasts from across the Midwest for three days of competitions, masterclasses, presentations, and performances. Please visit to register for the conference. Contact Chance Trottman-Huiet at for more information.
Friday, Apr. 13 – Sunday, Apr. 15    All Day
Rhinehart Recital Hall /Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone.

Jazz Ensemble Welcome Home Concert

The IPFW jazz alumni return to the stage with the current ensemble to offer standard jazz arrangements from swing through jazz-rock.
Farrell Vernon, director
Friday, Apr. 13    7:30 p.m.                  
Auer Performance Hall

Eclectica in Concert

The program features pop, jazz, and classical music.  Performers include Boston’s Robert Margo (mandolin/guitar/lute), and PFW’s Farrell Vernon (saxophone), Laura Lydy (guitar), Betsy Ley (voice/keyboard), Melanie Bookout (viola da gambas), Russell Bookout (guitar, lute), and Anne Martin (viola da gamba).
Sunday, Apr. 15    2:00 p.m.
Allen County Public Library – Downtown
Main Library Theater
Admission is free for everyone

Percussion Ensemble Concert

The Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of works by Burritt, Rouse and Green. Come enjoy the wide array of sounds available to the percussion section!
Eric Schweikert, director
Sunday, Apr. 15   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Guitar Studio Showcase

Beautiful solo repertoire from the students of Laura Lydy.
Wednesday, Apr. 18   7:30 p.m. 
Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Bands Concert Final Showcase Event

The final concert of the IPFW Bands concludes with what will be a memorable collaboration with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective in Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story! This concert will also feature guest conductor and musical director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Andrew Constantine. In memory of a friend of IPFW, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform David Maslanka’s Requiem. Other works highlighted will be by Grainger, Marquez, Bach, Hanson, and Clifton Williams. We also welcome the Elkhart Memorial High School’s Advanced Concert Band to share the stage this evening!
Daniel Tembras, conductor
Thursday, Apr. 19    7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Spring Choral Concert – “A Celebration of Life”

Come celebrate with all three IPFW Choirs in a spring concert that highlights various aspects of life including birth, love, aging, and celebration!
Vaughn Roste, conductor
Friday, Apr. 20   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Concert

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor Cynthia Greider showcases student performances from her woodwind studio, including a performance by the 12-member clarinet ensemble.
Cynthia Greider, conductor
Sunday, Apr. 22    2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Horn Studio Recital

Join students from the studio of Fort Wayne Philharmonic Principal Horn and IPFW Horn Professor Mike Lewellen as they present solo works and ensemble selections.
Sunday, Apr. 22    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Community Orchestra Spring Concert

The Community Orchestra performs a program that includes Gustav Holst’s beautiful and enigmatic A Somerset Rhapsody, and selections from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé” Suite, a musical journey through the life of a non-existent Soviet soldier!  It will also showcase concerto competition winner, Christian Karkosky on saxophone.
David Cooke, conductor
Monday, Apr. 23   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Student Brass Quintet Recital

Avariety of spirited repertoire for this popular brass ensemble will be performed.
Wednesday, Apr. 25  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Saxophone Quartet and Choir Recital

This recital, performed by students of Farrell Vernon, will be one to remember. The Saxophone Quartet will play Rise by Steven Bryant and the saxophone choir will perform Dusk by Steven Bryant and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
Thursday, Apr. 26   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guest Artist Masterclass with Alexander Toradze, piano

Alexander Toradze appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. Prior to his performance with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic this weekend, he will work with IPFW pianists in a masterclass setting that is free and open to the general public.
Friday, Apr. 27   4:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

All concerts are in the Rhinehart Music Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Regular Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 12:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Rhinehart Box Office opens one hour prior to the start of events in the Rhinehart Music Center.
  • Summer Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 11-4 p.m.
  • Phone: 260-481-6555Music box office
  • TTD: 260-481-4105
  • Purchase Tickets online:
    • Free admission for IPFW students with ID
    • Free admission for students 18 years of age and younger
    • $7.00 Adults
    • $6.00 Seniors (60 and older)
    • $4.00 All other students

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Underwrite a Concert or Recital!

The IPFW Department of Music is pleased to present a broad array of concerts and recitals featuring superb faculty artists, exceptional guest artists, as well as our outstanding resident vocal and instrumental ensembles.  We are always delighted to have you with us for our performances!

Private contributions play an important role in our mission to provide inspiring and entertaining musical events for the campus community, Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana and for audiences outside our region.  

If you would like to contribute to this effort, we invite you to consider underwriting a Department of Music concert or recital.

Your tax deductible gift of $250.00 or more allows you to choose the performance you wish to support. Underwriters will be acknowledged in the printed concert program and will receive 10 (ten) free tickets to the sponsored concert.

If you would like to underwrite a Department of Music performance, please contact the Chair of the Department of Music, at 260-481-6726.

 We hope you enjoy this year’s performances and look forward to having you with us often!