Celebrate 50 Years
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Music

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Stevens Amidon, Ph.D.
Interim Department Chair
Associate Professor of English

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Phone: 260-481-6726
Fax: 260-481-5422
Email: music@ipfw.edu

Office: Rhinehart Music Center
Room: 144
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

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Wind Ensembles Concert

IPFW band alumni will return to campus to perform in a wonderful joint performance with the University Bands, commemorating the past 50 years of music at IPFW. The concert will feature works by John Mackey, Eric Whitacre, and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano’s Chaconne from The Red Violin, featuring the incredibly talented Mr. Derek Reeves from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on viola.
Thursday, March 5                7:30 p.m.
Daniel Tembras, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Jazz Ensemble

Celebrate Hollywood with the IPFW Jazz Ensemble. An audience favorite, the concert features some of the most popular themes from television and the movies. They will play favorites themes from Get Smart, Perry Mason, Frazier, Johnny Carson, James Bond's Skyfall, and many others.
Friday, March 6                     7:30 p.m.
Farrell Vernon, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Faculty Jazz Combo

The IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo is a unique collective of musicians that bring their own style and a wealth of experience to the group as soloists, band leaders, and composers. These IPFW professors create original works and arrangements of jazz and pop standards for each concert. Dr. Ken Johnson, guitar; Dr. Chris Rutkowski, piano; Dr. Farrell Vernon, saxophones; Dr. Adam Johnson, trombone; Al Parr, trumpet; Brad Kuhns, bass; and Eric Schweikert, drums, make up this exciting faculty combo.
Monday, March 16                7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

50 Hands Monster Piano Concert
A Featured IPFW 50th Celebration Event

The Department of Music will highlight IPFW’s 50th Celebration with exciting music for piano ensemble, featuring 4 to 50 hands playing together. Highlights of the program include Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide overture arranged for 32 hands (8 pianos, 16 pianists) by Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny; Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance in an arrangement for multiple pianos and pianists; Copland’s Hoe Down; and a number of other works for various “hand” combinations. The concert will bring together music faculty, students, and alumni, as well as special guests – among them, Chancellor Vicky Carwein and former Director of Keyboard Studies, Masson Robertson. A memorable event not to be missed!
Friday, March 20                   7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Mid-American Guitar Ensemble Festival (MAGEF) Opening Concert 

Guitar ensembles from colleges and universities throughout mid-America gather annually for this exciting festival. Host to the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival in 2007, IPFW is thrilled to have this fine gathering of excellent musicians once again on our campus. The Friday evening concert will feature several festival ensembles and highlight their unique repertoire
Friday, March 27                   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

MAGEF Featured Concert - The Canadian Guitar Quartet

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet (CGQ) has garnered a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. CGQ, the featured guest ensemble for the guitar festival, has made appearances around the world. Guitarists include Julien Bisaillon, Renaud Côté-Giguère, Bruno Roussel, and Louis Trépanier. “The Canadian Guitar Quartet tackles all with great brilliance and an optimal mastery of their instruments … thereby confirming a secure musical reality of international dimension.” - GuitArt magazine – Italy.
Saturday, March 28               7:30 p.m.
Admission is $15 for everyone
Rhinehart Recital Hall

MAGEF Festival Orchestra Ensemble Concert

With so many universities guitar ensembles attending MAGEF, it takes two entire concerts to feature them all! This final concert will conclude with the Festival Guitar Orchestra, comprised of more than 120 guitars performing the premier of Thunder and Strums by Patrick Roux. Thunder and Strums was commissioned by the festival for this event.
Sunday, March 29                 1:00 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Faculty Recital – Sam Savage, tenor

Sam Savage, tenor, and Ji-Young Jeoung, piano, will perform Despite and Still, Op. 41, Samuel Barber’s song cycle for voice and piano that explores themes of loneliness and lost love, along with the Liederkreiss, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann.
Sunday, March 29                  5:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Philharmonic Mentor Recital

The concert will feature the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentors that teach for the Department of Music, along with other colleagues from the Department of Music, IPFW campus and community.
Tuesday, April 7                    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

French Concours de Poesie

The French love their language and so do IPFW students! The Department of International Language and Culture Studies collaborates with the Department of Music to present the Concours de Poesie, a poetry competition featuring French students reciting French poetry and music students singing French songs. Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, April 8
Refreshments                         6:00 p.m.
Presentation                           6:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Opera Ensemble

The IPFW Opera Ensemble will perform scenes from a variety of bel canto operas including Bellini’s Norma and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love). Bel canto, Italian for beautiful singing, is a style of singing that features vocal agility and legato or smooth singing often in a higher register.

Friday, April 10                     7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12                   2:30 p.m.
Sam Savage, director
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Jazz Combo Recital

Under the direction of Dr. Ken Johnson, the student jazz combo will perform jazz standards and original selections in an intimate combo setting emphasizing small group interaction and solo playing.
Monday, April 13                  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Community Orchestra Concert featuring the
IPFW Choral Ensembles

The IPFW University Singers, IPFW Choral Union, Concordia Lutheran High School choirs, Fort Wayne Children's Choir and the IPFW Community Orchestra combine forces under the baton of conductor David Cooke to create Carl Orff's powerful and stirring choral masterpiece, Carmina Burana. Prior to the presentation of ​Carmina Burana, the program will feature the IPFW Chamber Singers under the direction of Kristofer Sanchack.
Tuesday, April 14                  7:30 p.m.
David Cooke, orchestra conductor
Kristofer Sanchack, choral conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Guitar Ensemble Recital

Guitar Ensemble students perform from a vast classical guitar repertoire including works by J. S. Bach, Villa-Lobos and Gasper Sanz.
Wednesday, April 15            7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Composition Showcase

The recital features new music by student composers in the studios of Continuing Lecturer Ken Johnson and Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Rutkowski.
Thursday, April 16                7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

An Afternoon of Art Song

The most beloved art song literature of Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss will appear in this recital coordinated by Robert Bean, Professor Emeritus of Music at IPFW. Featured vocalists include Jodi Thomas, Julie Donnell, Sam Savage, Mark Stachofsky, with Cynthia Greider, clarinet, and Robert Bean, piano.
Sunday, April 19                   2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Jazz Ensemble Tribute to the Jazz Nonet

During the 1960's there was a movement in jazz called the “Birth of the Cool.” Gil Evans and Miles Davis spearheaded a new sound in jazz featuring a group in size midway between a big band and a jazz combo called the Jazz Nonet (nine players). The IPFW Jazz Ensemble will re-create these wonderful sounds, under the direction of Dr. Farrell Vernon.
Sunday, April 19                   5:00 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Flute Studio and Ensemble Recital

Students from the flute studio of associate faculty member Vivianne Belanger perform works for both solo flute and flute ensemble.
Sunday, April 19                   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Percussion Ensemble Recital

This thundering concert is brimming with exciting music. The evening begins with Danza Furioso by Jonathan Ovalle, a very quick and lively Spanish-inspired piece for xylophone soloist and marimba ensemble. Next is Anthony Korf’s Blue Rhythm Quintet, dedicated to drumming legend Gene Krupa, followed by Big Country, Bela Fleck’s popular composition for large percussion ensemble. Performed for the first time at IPFW, the concert concludes with Fandango 13 by Michael Burritt. Composed for six percussionists, the piece is full of mesmerizing forward momentum: a perfect balance of drums, percussion, and melodic percussion instruments.
Monday, April 20                  7:30 p.m.
Eric Schweikert, director
Auer Performance Hall

Strings Studio Showcase

Students from the orchestral string area will perform solos and chamber string ensemble selections for violin, viola, cello and bass.
Monday, April 20                  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Trombone Ensemble Recital

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor David Cooke showcases students from his trombone studio featuring music by George Frideric Handel, Johannes Brahms, and Eric Ewazen, Dr. Ken Johnson, Eric Clapton, and more. Joined by several IPFW alums, the trombone ensemble will delight the audience with 20 trombonists on stage!
Tuesday, April 21                  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guitar Studio Showcase

Guitar students from the studio of Laura Lydy will perform solo works from a vast classical guitar repertoire.
Wednesday, April 22             7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Wind Ensembles Concert

The IPFW Bands will feature a world premiere for wind ensemble by their very own Dr. Christopher Rutkowski. Special guest artist Dr. Farrell Vernon will perform Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Concert Suite (for Alto Saxophone). The beautiful Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin will spotlight guest conductor Dr. Dennis Llinás, associate director of bands at Louisiana State University. Wild Nights! by Frank Ticheli will round out the evening.
Thursday, April 23                7:30 p.m.
Daniel Tembras, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Piano Studio Showcase

A program of varied solo piano music will feature pianists from the studios of Dr. Joyanne Outland and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo.
Friday, April 24                      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Recital

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor Cynthia Greider showcases student performances from her woodwind studio.
Sunday, April 26                    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Choir Recital

IPFW saxophone alumni will return to perform a piece by Professor Emeritus Dr. James Ator, written to celebrate the university’s 50th Celebration. The saxophone quartet and choir are comprised of players from the campus, area high schools, and community performing a varied program of literature on saxophones of all sizes.
Monday, April 27                   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Showing of “Note by Note: The Making

of Steinway L1037” and performance

A feature-length independent documentary that details the creation of a Steinway concert grand from forest floor to concert hall, followed by a performance by IPFW piano faculty and Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo. The featured film was a winner in the “Best documentary” category of the Sarasota Film Festival. This event is part of a fundraising effort to acquire a new Steinway concert grand for the Rhinehart Music Center.
Friday, May 1           7:30 p.m.            
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

 

Masterclasses

 

Masterclass with Ilya Yakushev, piano

On Friday, April 17, the world-renowned pianist Ilya Yakushev will conduct a masterclass with selected IPFW music majors in advance of his performance the following evening with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He delighted Fort Wayne audiences with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in 2012. This April the charismatic artist returns to perform Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 4. This intimate learning opportunity is open to pianists of all ages and is free of charge. For more information contact IPFW Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo at 260-481-6723 or by email at tescaroh@ipfw.edu
Friday, April 17                    4 - 5:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission for the masterclass 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:   www.ipfw.edu/tickets
  • boxoffice@ipfw.edu
    • Admission for IPFW students with ID is free
    • $7.00 Adults
    • $6.00 Seniors (60 and older)
    • $4.00 All other students
    • Children ages 10 and younger are free

we invite you to…

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 two (2) Complimentary Tickets for each concert or recital for the remainder of the performance season.

If you would like to underwrite a Department of Music performance, please contact Dr. Barbara Resch, Chair of the Department of Music, at 260-481-6726 or e-mail Dr. Resch at resch@ipfw.edu

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