College of Visual and Performing Arts

Fall 2015 Concerts and Recitals

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Fall Faculty Collaborative Recital

This collaborative performance will feature joint performances by our award-winning faculty and students as well as solo performances. Works featured will run a gamut of styles and include Strange Humors and Damn from guest composer-in-residence, John Mackey.
Wednesday, Oct. 7                7:30 p.m.

Rhinehart Recital Hall

IPFW Bands (Wind Ensembles) Concert

The first IPFW Bands concert of the season features the residency of award-winning composer John Mackey and will feature works including The Frozen Cathedral, Sheltering Sky, as well as works by Debussy, Barber, and Bernstein. Also joining us for this concert will be the Penn High School Symphonic Winds from Mishawaka, Indiana.
Thursday, Oct. 8                   7:30 p.m.

Daniel Tembras, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Faculty Jazz Combo

The combo will perform original jazz compositions, along with a variety of jazz standards. The faculty jazz combo is comprised of Dr. Farrell Vernon, saxophones; Dr. Ken Johnson, guitar; Jim Steele, piano; Brad Kuhns, bass; and Eric Schweikert, drum set and percussion.
Monday, Oct. 19                    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

See, see My own Sweet Jewel: Music of the English Renaissance and Beyond

Dr. Melanie Bookout and her early music ensemble present chamber music of the English court. The recital will feature lute, voice, and string instruments of the 16th and 17th centuries, including music composed by William Byrd, John Jenkins, John Dowland, and more. Joining Dr. Bookout will be Russell Bookout and Anne Martin, with special guests Dr. Philip Serna, viola da gamba, and Elizabeth Piercy Putt, soprano.
Sunday, Oct. 25                     2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Vocal Division Showcase

This evening of English and American Art Songs features performances by students and faculty of the IPFW Department of Music vocal division.
Tuesday, Oct. 27                    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Flute Day Recital – Tim Munro

Flutist Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, double-Grammy-winning solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. His diverse work as a flutist, speaker, writer, and teacher is united by a single goal: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world. He has held faculty positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Chicago, and University of Richmond, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at more than 50 universities across America.

Munro will perform in concert at IPFW to conclude a day of flute-centric workshops, masterclasses, and rehearsal with the coordinator of IPFW Flute Day, Philharmonic musician Vivianne Belanger, and all of the Flute Day participants. IPFW Flute Day is free and open to all flutists regardless of age or skill level. Participants also will receive a free ticket to the concert that evening. To learn more about IPFW Flute Day contact Vivianne Belanger at
Sunday, Nov. 1                      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Community Orchestra Concert

The concert will feature two student soloists: Evan Gidley, saxophone, performing Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone and String Orchestra, and Andrew Nesler, piano, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor. The program also will feature the rousing overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) and the sublime Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel.
Monday, Nov. 2                     7:30 p.m.
David Cooke, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

IPFW Violin Day

Violinists of all ages are invited to join Featured Guest Artist Dr. Rebecca Hunter and IPFW Associate Faculty and Philharmonic Mentor Marcy Trentacosti for an afternoon of workshops focused on enhanced violin technique, culminating with a performance with the Dr. Hunter and Ms. Trentacosti. The afternoon is free of charge and open to players of all skill levels.
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Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015               12 - 5:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Music Center

IPFW Opera Ensemble

The IPFW Opera Ensemble will present scenes in English from American operas including Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone.
Friday, Nov. 6                        7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8                      2:30 p.m.
Sam Savage, director
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Fall Choral Ensembles Concert

The IPFW choral ensembles present their fall concert featuring “the music of the night,” with composers ranging from di Lasso to Saint-Saëns to Whitacre. Additional composers include Joseph Rheinberger, Susan LaBarr, and Eriks Ešenvalds.
Wednesday, Nov. 11             7:30 p.m.
Vaughn Roste, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Three Rivers Choral Festival

This year the Three Rivers Choral Festival will be conducted by Henry Leck, associate professor of music at Butler University, and the founder and artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. The festival will feature the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Youth Chorale, Northside High School, Bluffton High School, New Haven High School, Concordia Lutheran High School, Heartland Sings, and the IPFW University Singers.

Clinicians for the festival include Heartland Sings Artistic Director Robert Nance, IPFW Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Studies Vaughn Roste, and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Busarow.

During the concert each choir will sing selections from their own repertoire. To conclude, the choirs will join together to sing “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, directed by Mr. Leck and accompanied by principal players from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Saturday, Nov. 14                 4:00 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Choral Festival Admission
Children 10 years of age and under are free
$5 for all others
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Trombone Ensemble Recital

The recital program features the music of Franz Josef Haydn, Eric Ewazen, Michael Davis, Tutti Camarata, and more!  The trombone ensemble is under the direction of Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor David Cooke.
Tuesday, Nov. 17                   7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guitar Studio Showcase

Guitar students from the studios of Laura Lydy and Robert Ferguson will perform solo works from a vast classical guitar repertoire.
Wednesday, Nov. 18             7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Saxophone Quartet and Saxophone Choir Recital

Considered the most homogenous chamber group aside from the string quartet, the saxophone quartet includes soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. The first half of this concert will feature the saxophone quartet. The second half of the concert includes the IPFW Saxophone Choir, which expands the saxophone family by adding the sopranino saxophone as the highest voice and the bass saxophone as the lowest voice. Musical selections will include works by Paul Creston, John Mackey, Nigel Wood, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and IPFW’s own Geoff North.
Thursday, Nov. 19                7:30 p.m.
Farrell Vernon, director
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Piano Studio Showcase

Pianists from the studios of Dr. Joyanne Outland and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo will present a varied and exciting program of solo piano works.
Friday, Nov. 20                      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Recital

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor Cynthia Greider presents student performances from her clarinet studio.
Sunday, Nov. 22                    2:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Percussion Ensemble Recital

Always delving into exciting new work, the Percussion Ensemble will perform three IPFW premieres. Just a few of the sounds in Adam Silverman’s Naked and on Fire include triangles, maracas, the Egyptian riq, and tuned gongs. Gravity by Marc Mellits features five mallet instruments while Damn by John Mackey, is a piece for amplified clarinet player and percussion quartet. Along with these premieres the Percussion Ensemble will perform Fanfare for Tambourines, a work for six tambourine players, and Chromatic Fox-Trot, a xylophone solo from the ragtime era supported by a marimba ensemble.
Monday, Nov. 23                   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.
Tuesday, Dec. 1                     7:30 p.m.
Laura Lydy, coordinator
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guitar Ensemble Recital  

The IPFW  Guitar Ensemble directed by Laura Lydy will perform works by Scarlatti, Lévesque and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
Wednesday, Dec. 2               7:30 p.m.      
Laura Lydy, director
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Symphonic Wind Ensembles Concert  

The concert will feature the “Acrostic Song” from Final Alice by Pulitzer Prize winner David del Tredici. Other works will include composer Aaron Perrine’s Pale Blue on Deep and Viet Cuong’s Sound and Smoke. As a special treat, IPFW Associate Professor Dr. Samuel Savage will perform Lieder (German art songs) from Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder.
Thursday, Dec. 3                   7:30 p.m.
Daniel Tembras, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Holiday Swing Jazz Concert  

This year’s concert will feature some of Duke Ellington’s arrangements of the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. Additional holiday favorites including ‘Zat You, Santa Claus and Carol of the Bells will round out this program. Come sing along to your favorite holiday tunes, as the IPFW Jazz Ensemble swings you into the holiday season.
Friday, Dec. 4                         7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Flute Studio Recital  

The IPFW flute studio presents a recital filled with solo and chamber music.
Sunday, Dec. 6                       7:30 p.m.
Vivianne Belanger, coordinator
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Holiday Concert 

The weekends are packed during the holidays, so plan early to attend the holiday concert Monday, December 7, with the entire family. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sounds of the season with the IPFW Department of Music’s annual Home for the Holidays concert. The Community Orchestra, Choral Ensembles, and other department chamber ensembles celebrate during this annual end-of-semester concert with popular holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and an audience sing-along.
Monday, Dec. 7                     7:30 p.m.
David Cooke, conductor
Vaughn Roste, conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Jazz Honor Band Concert

Come hear the best young high school jazz talent in northeast Indiana directed by Dr. Farrell Vernon during the concluding concert of the IPFW Honor Jazz Weekend.
Saturday, Dec. 12                  2:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

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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
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    • 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 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 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!