Barbara Resch, D.M.E.
Department Chair and Professor
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499
Office: Rhinehart Music Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne will be commemorated by the Department of Music, including concerts by the University Bands.
On October 9, 2014, both Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will showcase works including the monumental composition for band, Aaron Copland’s Emblems, which also is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Featured works include Percy Grainger’s famous Colonial Song and up-and-coming composer Michael Markowski’s exuberant Turkey in the Straw.
December will see a celebration of the IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s 1977 tour of Mexico with a performance of H. Owen Reed’s most famous work for band, La Fiesta Mexicana, along with a multi-sensory rendition of Carlos Chávez’s Xochipilli (An Imagined Aztec Music). Other works include those by Gustav Holst, John Mackey, and Joseph Schwantner’s haunting masterpiece From A Dark Millennium.
In spring 2015, the Department of Music will commemorate the past 50 years with a return of many band alumni for a joint performance with the University Bands on March 5, 2015! If you are a proud University Bands alum and would like to take part in the reunion concert, contact Dr. Daniel Tembras, director of instrumental studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org. As the bands reflect on their past, they also will be steadfastly blazing toward the future while sharing the stage with renown guest artists performing works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers William Bolcom and John Corigliano. The season will be capped with the world premiere of a work by IPFW faculty member Christopher Rutkowski April 23, 2015.
The department also will celebrate with a 50-handed Monster Piano Concert on March 20, featuring piano music for multiple pianists. Current students, alumni, and past and present faculty, as well as a few special guest artists, will collaborate for this memorable musical event.
The Department of Music’s production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors November 7 and 8 will mark the fourth time the beloved opera has been presented at IPFW. Performers from the 1978, 1984, and 1998 productions are invited to contact the department so that they may be recognized at one of these performances. The role of the Mother will be sung by 2011 Bachelor of Music graduate Shannon Schoville.
The Jazz Ensemble also is taking the opportunity to include alumni in their October 10 and December 5 concerts and will be performing pieces written by former professors and students throughout the season.