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Department of Music

Barbara Resch, D.M.E.
Department Chair and Professor

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

Phone: 260-481-6714
Fax: 260-481-5422
Email: music@ipfw.edu

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

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Students in the Department of Music are among the most active on campus, distinguishing themselves as artists and scholars. Throughout their student years, regardless of degree program, they are very involved in department ensembles and in local and regional music activities.  In addition, all music students perform degree recitals.
 
Academics:  Each year, approximately 33% of music majors achieve dean's list status.
 
Student Successes:  Students in the Department of Music demonstrate their talent through their successes in academics, research and performance.
 

2014

Jason Simon was named the Department of Music’s 2014 Outstanding Senior in Music Performance. The winner of numerous prizes and awards, he graduated from IPFW in spring 2014 with a B.M. in piano performance and will be pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music starting in the fall.

The Pep Band Ambassadors

The IPFW Pep Band traveled along with the men’s basketball team to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for the Summit League Basketball Championships March 8-11. The IPFW men's basketball team made their first appearance in the championship game. Though the team was unable to bring home a win, in many ways the Pep Band delivered.

Throughout the tournament, the Pep Band represented IPFW in a very positive way, receiving numerous compliments from fans and supporters of IPFW’s opponents on Twitter. There was so much activity that comments about the Pep Band began trending on Twitter (@IPFWPepBand) during the game. The talents of the IPFW Pep Band also were recognized by the Summit League Commissioner who commented on the fine musicianship and the spirit of the band. 

While in Sioux Falls the IPFW Pep Band also performed at R.F. Pettigrew Elementary School, presenting a program to the students about making good choices. Click here to see the IPFW Pep Band in action.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrKGMBxiaoE

Music Therapy

Music therapy majors Lisa Irvin and Jessica Barcus have been selected to present at the World Congress of Music Therapy taking place in Krems an der Donau, Austria, in July 2014. Irvin and Barcus developed a session proposal on transcultural preparation for music therapy students and submitted their proposal for review to the World Federation of Music Therapy. The proposal review was uncategorized and blind, meaning that the students’ proposal was considered alongside proposals submitted by professionals from around the world before being selected for presentation. They also have had an abbreviated version of the session accepted for presentation by the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association, at their annual conference in Rosemont, Illinois, in March 2014.

2013

Several IPFW music students received high honors from the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). This year’s NATS competition was held at DePauw University on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Competitors were required to sing three songs for the three adjudicators in their vocal range category. The winners included Kristopher Andorfer, freshman/tenor who placed third; Jonathan Casey, sophomore/bass who placed second; and Megan Derbyshire, junior/soprano, who was awarded third place. Stephen Stachofsky, freshmen/tenor, and Evan Stuerzenberger, junior/tenor, both received honorable mention at the competition.

IPFW Community Arts Academy (CAA) student Caleb Stuckey was selected to perform in at Gilbert Kalish's masterclass at the Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference on November 2 at Butler University in Indianapolis Ind. Kalish, professor of piano and director of performance activities at the State University of New York Stonybrook is considered one of the most distinguished artists of his generation. High school, undergraduate and graduate students from across Indiana competed for the honor of becoming one of three students chosen to perform in the masterclass with Kalish. Stucky studies piano with Associate Professor Hamilton Tescarollo, director of IPFW’s keyboard studies.

Music major Drew Low was a semi-finalist in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition held in New York City in May. The competition, sponsored by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, was created by Mrs. Lissner, a Metropolitan Opera subscriber for 77 years in an effort to provide young opera singers with the financial support they need to pursue their craft and excel in the world of opera.

Music education major Amy Schwarz presented a research poster entitled “Classical Connections” at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) professional development conference on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. Schwarz’ research grew out of her Chapman Scholars senior project during Fall 2012 in which she arranged recitals by IPFW student musicians in area retirement communities. After each recital the audience members filled out surveys indicating their level of enjoyment of the music, as well as information about their early musical training and experience. While the research did not show a significant connection between early music education and enjoyment of the music, there was a connection between concert attendance as young people and current interest in concert attendance.

Caleb Stuckey (CAA student, age 16) – placed first in the Junior division at the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) Hoosier Auditions, at Butler University in Indianapolis.   As the state winner, he is invited to perform at the IMTA State Conference in November.

Mario Cervantes (Music Technology Major, sophomore) received an Honorable Mention in the Collegiate Division.

Hope Arthur, Mario Cervantes, Alec Rajcany, Jason Simon, Jordan Tomecek (IPFW Music Majors) and Caleb Stuckey (IPFW CAA student) performed at the Indiana Music Teachers Association Germanfest Recital at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church.
 
Caleb Stuckey won the second prize ($400 cash award) at the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition, Senior Division, June 9. He also performed at a master class by Dr. Caio Pagano, Regent's Professor of Piano at Arizona State University, June 11.

Music major Kurt Roembke’s three-movement electro-acoustic composition Hunting for Mushrooms was commissioned for the November 2012 IPFW John Cage Centennial celebration. The composition was greatly expanded and performed at the first Fort Wayne Fringe Festival in January 2013. Subsequently, excerpts from Hunting for Mushrooms were choreographed by Melinda Jean Myers for performances at the Illinois State University Spring Dance Concert in May 2013.
 
Jason Simon (senior piano performance major) performed at the History Center's annual banquet, at the History Center Ballroom. He also presented a chamber music recital during the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp, collaborating with string players Brian Klickman (senior cello performance major, Cleveland Institute of Music), Aaron Mossburg (graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a viola performance major), Caleb Mossburg (graduate of IU-Bloomington, violin performance major) and Rachel Mossburg (incoming student at Oberlin Conservatory as a viola performance major), performing Dvorak's Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, as well as Hamilton Tescarollo performing Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major.

Freshman vocal performance major Jonathan Casey was a featured soloist with the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne during their Baroque Festival on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Casey sang the role of Judas and Aria Soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) under the artistic direction of Dr. Daniel Reuning. Casey is a student of Mark Stachofsky, assistant faculty member with the Department of Music.

Music education major Amy Schwarz presented a research poster entitled “Classical Connections” at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) professional development conference on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. Schwarz’ research grew out of her Chapman Scholars senior project during Fall 2012 in which she arranged recitals by IPFW student musicians in area retirement communities. After each recital the audience members filled out surveys indicating their level of enjoyment of the music, as well as information about their early musical training and experience. While the research did not show a significant connection between early music education and enjoyment of the music, there was a connection between concert attendance as young people and current interest in concert attendance.

Ashlee Beth Bickley’s student Okara Imani, a double major in music performance, with a concentration in voice and music therapy, is the new Miss IPFW for 2013 and will be representing IPFW in the Miss Indiana pageant in June. “I believe a large part of her success in pageants has to do with the talent portion,” explained Bickley. Imani sang “At Last” for the Miss IPFW talent portion and will be singing another jazz standard for the Miss Indiana pageant. Imani’s platform is entitled “We Can Do More to Treat Veterans, and Music Can Help.”

Amy Schwarz, senior, BME in Instrumental / General Music has been accepted into Indiana University's Master in Public Affairs and Arts Administration Program.

Congratulations to the 2012 - 2013 Outstanding Seniors, elected by the music faculty:

Adam Robison: Outstanding Senior in Music Technology
Dalen Wuest, Saxophone: Outstanding Senior in Music Performance
Kavin Ley: Outstanding Senior in Music Education
Cassandra Haines: Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy
Hope Arthur: Outstanding Senior in Music and an Outside Field

2012

Music education major Amy Schwarz presented a research poster entitled “Classical Connections” at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) professional development conference on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne. Schwarz’ research grew out of her Chapman Scholars senior project during Fall 2012 in which she arranged recitals by IPFW student musicians in area retirement communities. After each recital the audience members filled out surveys indicating their level of enjoyment of the music, as well as information about their early musical training and experience. While the research did not show a significant connection between early music education and enjoyment of the music, there was a connection between concert attendance as young people and current interest in concert attendance.

Brianna Gamble, sophomore vocal performance major, was selected to participate in the Opera Festival of Rome this summer. Gamble appeared in several opera productions and studied voice, diction and stagecraft.

Sophomore piano performance student Jason Simon was the first place winner at the statewide competition for the Indiana Music Teachers Association Hoosier Auditions, Collegiate Division (ages 19-22) held at Butler University in May, 2012. As winner of this competition, he will be performed at the Indiana Music Teachers Association state conference in the fall.

Drew Low, junior vocal performance major was selected to participate in the Opera Festival of Rome during the summer of 2012. Low, in addition to studying voice and diction, performed the role of Monostatos in The Magic Flute.

Congratulations to the 2011/2012 Outstanding Seniors, elected by the faculty for exceptional accomplishment and professional promise:

Elise Cummings: Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy
Molly Bock:  Outstanding Senior in Music Performance (Voice)
Joel Helton:  Outstanding Senior in Music and an Outside Field (Music Technology)
Jaclyn Nason:  Outstanding Senior in Music Education
Robert Rue-Wilder:  Outstanding Senior in Music and an Outside Field (German)

Sophomore piano performance student Jason Simon was the first place winner at the statewide competition for the Indiana Music Teachers Association Hoosier Auditions, Collegiate Division (ages 19-22) held at Butler University on Saturday, May 19. As winner of this competition, he will be performing at the Indiana Music Teachers Association state conference in the fall. Simon is from the studio of assistant professor of piano Hamilton Tescarollo and has completed his second year at IPFW. Simon also studied with Tescarollo through the Community Arts Academy during high school. For more information about the Community Arts Academy private music instruction call Melinda Haines at 260-481-6025.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is once again proud to have a Chapman Scholar among its freshman class of 2012–13. Kassandre Yenser from Columbia City, Ind. is an incoming music therapy major.

Seven IPFW music majors were selected to participate in the Indiana Music Educators Associate (IMEA) Intercollegiate Honor Band during the recent convention in January at the Grand Wayne Center.  VPA would like to congratulate Trever Curry, Neil Cindrich, Ben Essick, Kenny Woods, Chris Adamisin, Laura Tomlinson and Katie Hillyer for this prestigious honor.

Music major and guitarist Justin Zych continues to receive international requests for his Metallica medley for classical guitar, arranged in collaboration with Laura Lydy, continuing lecturer in guitar.  He recently was contacted by a guitar ensemble instructor in Melbourne, Australia for permission to perform the piece.  The work appears on the Department of Music YouTube channel that has been viewed more than 46,000 times, making it a significant source of international communication for the department.  Listen

Congratulations to Molly Bock, senior in vocal performance, who won second place at the national level in the Young Artist Competition of Music Teachers National Association in New York, March 26.  Ms. Bock was accompanied by sophomore piano performance major, Jason Simon.

2011

Congratulations to the 2010 / 2011 Outstanding Seniors, elected by the faculty for exceptional accomplishment and professional promise:

Brad Crossland: Outstanding Senior in Bachelor of Science in Music/Outside Field
Evan Keenan: Outstanding Senior in Music Performance
Kim Yoder: Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy
Aubree Doud: Outstanding Senior in Music Education

Aubree Doud, senior music education major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the honor band of the Collegiate Band Directors National Associations annual convention, Seattle, March 22 – 27, 2011;  upon arrival at the convention she won first chair in the flute section of the Honor Band

Aaron Trammel, senior music education major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the honor band of the Collegiate Band Directors National  Association’s annual convention, Seattle, March 22 – 27, 2011 upon arrival at the convention won second chair in the trumpet section of the Honor Band

Kenny Woods, senior music education major was selected through competitive audition to participate in the honor band of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association’s annual convention, Seattle, March 22 – 27, 2011. Kenny won the only baritone saxophone slot for the national Honor Band

Hope Arthur, senior in the Bachelor of Science in Music degree program, was selected to participate in the Saarburg (Germany) piano festival where she studied chamber music, solo piano, and performed in recital, July 3 – 17, 2011

Jason Simon, sophomore piano performance major, was selected to participate in the Saarburg (Germany) piano festival where he studied chamber music, solo piano, and performed in recital, July 3 – 17, 2011

Senior Molly Oliver, mezzo-soprano, was a featured soloist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic October 21, performing operatic excerpts. In December, sophomore Brianna Gamble, soprano, will be the featured soloist performing in eight "Holiday Pops Concerts" with The Phil.

Student composer Justin Zych recently enjoyed the power of social networking. Zych was contacted by another university student in California who was interested in performing one of his guitar compositions after seeing the performance from the Department of Music posted on YouTube.

2010

Congratulations to the 2009 / 2010 Outstanding Seniors, elected by the faculty for exceptional accomplishment and professional promise:

Nicholas Bobay: Outstanding Senior in Bachelor of Science in Music / Outside  Field
Richard Bicknase: Outstanding Senior in Music Performance
Brandon Eiler: Outstanding Senior in Music Education
Emily Paar: Outstanding Senior in Music Therapy

Ben Essick
, junior music education major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the Honor Band of the Indiana Music Educators Annual Convention, Indianapolis, January 21, 2010;  upon arrival at the convention he won first chair in the saxophone section of the Honor Band

Aubree Doud, junior music education major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the Honor Band of the Indiana Music Educators Annual Convention, Indianapolis, January 21, 2010;  upon arrival at the convention she won first chair in the flute section of the Honor Band

Aaron Trammel, junior music education major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the Honor Band of the Indiana Music Educators Annual Convention, Indianapolis, January 21, 2010;  upon arrival at the convention he won first chair in the trumpet section of the Honor Band

Shannon Schoville, senior vocal performance major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the Operafestival di Roma, June 30 – July 25, 2010, performing roles in operas and taking classes in stagecraft, language, diction and voice

Molly Bock, senior vocal performance major, was selected through competitive audition to participate in the Operafestival di Roma, June 30 – July 25, 2010, performing roles in operas and taking classes in stagecraft, language, diction and voice