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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
IPFW Department of Music Chair Barbara Resch received a $29,000 grant on behalf of her department to refurbish the piano laboratory on the second floor of the Rhinehart Music Center as part of the IPFW Transformational Allocation Proposals (TAP).
“I’m really excited about getting this grant,” said Resch. “The keyboards our students were working with had been in use for more than 20 years and they were beginning to have problems. We were able to work with our friends at Sweetwater Sound, a wonderful partner in the arts to IPFW, to purchase ten new Yamaha Clavinovas.”
IPFW received $326,000 in non-recurring state funding for the creation of projects and initiatives that could improve recruitment, retention, and revenue growth in fall 2013. IPFW sent out an invitation to faculty to determine designation of these funds, asking for grant proposals. The proposals were to be built around ideas that had the potential to increase recruitment and retention, or promote growth in some way.
All incoming freshmen and sophomore music majors are required to take piano and be piano proficient. Students need a quality instrument on which to learn or they could become discouraged. “Having these new clavinovas will help us with student retention and with recruitment,” explained Resch. “The TAP grant allowed us not only to replace the eight existing keyboards, but also to add two more clavinovas to the lab.”
Students begin their instruction in group classes held in the piano lab, using electronic keyboards. The students each plug in a set of headphones to listen as they play and the professor also uses headphones and a microphone to listen to their work and give instruction. “Professors now have the opportunity to teach piano and know that their students will be focused on the lessons, rather than on faulty equipment that causes frustration in the learning process,” explained Resch.
Buenos Aires, Argentina and the College Music Society’s International Conference was the summer destination for two music faculty members where Confluence, the new composition for cello and piano written by Chris Rutkowski for the Audi-Tescarollo Duo received an international premiere.
The work written by Rutkowski, clinical assistant professor of music composition and technology, was inspired by the confluence of the three rivers in downtown Fort Wayne, and performed by pianist Hamilton Tescarollo, associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at IPFW, and cellist Carlos Audi in June in Buenos Aires. The piece was performed at the La Usina del Arte, a converted electricity-generating plant and one of the city’s most sought-after concert venues.
The Audi-Tescarollo Duo, which specializes in South American music, also was selected to present the program entitled Hidden Gems of Brazilian Music during this prestigious conference from more than 200 proposals submitted by international artists and scholars. The performance took place at the Borges Cultural Center, Auditorio Piazzolla, in downtown Buenos Aires.
Associate Professor Farrell Vernon recently released two CDs through Centaur Records. Convergence: Sopranino Saxophone Across the Centuries (CRC3252) and Sempre Saxophone Quartet: Music of William Schmidt, (CRC3262) are both available on Amazon and iTunes. Convergence was recorded with a number of musical artists associated with the IPFW Department of Music including Melanie Bookout, viola da gamba; Brandon Ford, percussion; Laura Lydy, guitar, and Hamilton Tescarollo, piano. Vernon is contracted to record two additional CDs with Centaur Records within the next two years.
Melanie Bookout, associate professor of music, has been rehearsing for six concerts all set for performance in fall 2013. Three of these concerts will be part of the Locke and Loaded tour, a collaboration between IPFW baroque gambists Melanie and Russell Bookout, Fort Wayne baroque soloists and New Comma Baroque. Locke and Loaded will feature English music spanning a period of great musical and political upheaval featuring works by Hely, Locke, Jenkins, Purcell, Simpson and Young. Performances are scheduled for Indiana Wesleyan, Valparaiso University and IPFW on Saturday, September 14, at the Rhinehart Recital Hall at 2:30 p.m. Contact the IPFW Box Office at 260-481-6551 or www.ipfw.edu/tickets.
IPFW Associate Professor Dr. Nancy Jackson (l.) and Tammy Else of Lutheran Hospital appreciate the wealth of instruments donated by Blue Star.
Nancy Jackson, IPFW associate professor of music and director of music therapy will be facilitating a new music therapy practicum program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Music therapy students enrolled in Practicum III will be placed at Lutheran to complete their clinical training course requirements. The program, which begins in January 2013, will offer an excellent opportunity for IPFW’s music therapy students to gain real-world experience in the application of music therapy.
The collaboration began as a conversation at a 2011 conference, sponsored by Erin’s House for Grieving Children, between Jackson and Tammy Else, child life specialist at Lutheran Children’s Hospital, has found additional support in the form of a donation of musical instruments from Blue Star Connection, which will help Jackson’s students with their work at Lutheran Children’s Hospital.
“The IPFW students who would go to Lutheran would be enrolled in clinical training practice,” said Jackson. “Most likely it would be the most advanced level of practicum they would do before going out to do a full-time internship somewhere. It will provide a really good balance of getting some independent work in while still having close supervision.”
Caroline Johnson of Blue Star, a nonprofit organization that raises money to facilitate music programs for children in need, contacted Else not long after the program had been created. After a second conversation with John Catt, founder of Blue Star, Jackson and Else received a shipment of keyboards, kazoos, guitars, recorders and percussion instruments.
Jackson’s students are currently involved as interns at Park Center, area schools, Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults, as well as long-term patient care facilities throughout the Fort Wayne area.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to welcome current colleagues in their new administrative roles. Dr. Barbara Resch, professor of music, will serve as the new chair of the Department of Music and Craig A. Humphrey, associate professor of theatre will serve as the interim chair of the Department of Theatre for the 2013-14 academic year.
Dr. Resch began her tenure as chair of the Department of Music on July 1 and has served most recently as the director of music education. Resch received the B. Mus. in organ performance from Valparaiso University, M.F.A. in musicology from Syracuse University and D.M.E. from Indiana University. Resch has been a full-time faculty member at IPFW since 1995 and served as associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts from 2007 - 2013. She has also helped to steer the direction of music education policy at both the state and the national levels through her position as president of the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA).
As president of IMEA, Barbara Resch led a delegation to Washington D.C., meeting with Indiana’s representatives and senators to discuss the concerns of music educators and the role of accreditation in public education. Also, having been president of IMEA, Resch is familiar with all of the music programs offered across the state. “We have a music program at IPFW that is second to none in the state of Indiana. I’m so proud of the education our students receive at IPFW,” said Resch.
As chair, Resch wants to discover even more about her music colleagues to better understand their areas of research, interest and expertise so that the department can better promote their talented faculty. “IPFW has a great music faculty, a great talent pool. I want to be sure that we are using their expertise,” Resch explained. “I am finding out more about the University and how to affect change. I want to make things work for our department and to make the department more viable to the community of Fort Wayne.” Visit Dr. Resch's faculty page.
Craig A. Humphrey is the director of design technology and resident costume designer for the Department of Theatre and holds a M.F.A .in Costume Design from the University of Massachusetts and a B.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Along with his teaching and administrative duties, he will direct the department’s production of Into the Woods in April.
Humphrey came to IPFW in 1991 from the University of Mississippi, where he served for three years as assistant professor of costume design. During his many years at IPFW he has taught a wide range of courses in a variety of areas. He regularly teaches courses in costume design, period styles for the theatre, American musical theatre, musical theatre performance, make-up, fundamentals of performance and textual analysis. The university will conduct a nation-wide search for a new chair for the Department of Theatre to replace John O’Connell who was promoted to the dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Visit Craig Humphrey's faculty page.
The jazz combo Postmodern Prohibition was invited to perform at the New York City Jazz Festival held April 18-21. Sponsored by Sweetwater Sound, which helped finance the trip, the group (also known as the Sweetwater Jazz Project) includes two IPFW music majors, sophomores Evan Gidley on sax and Travis Lyons on guitar, and two high school seniors, Leland Nelson on bass from Canterbury High School and Sean Christian Parr on drum set from Carroll High School.
Postmodern was one of only ten groups selected to play at the festival. Other festival performers included four big bands from high schools and a middle school from California, Florida, New Jersey and Canada, along with five vocal jazz ensembles from high schools and a small university. They performed in the Allen Room located in Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on the fifth floor of the Time Warner building, overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park.
“The entire experience was very memorable,” reflected Gidley, “and it was a ton of fun to finally go after all of the hours spent playing gigs around town to make the money we needed to pay our portion of the trip.”
Other highlights of their trip included listening to live jazz at Birdland and the Jazz Standard jazz club, participating in a clinic by a local jazz pianist David Berkham and attending a Q&A session with John Fedchock, a trombonist from NYC, and Janis Siegal, one of the members of the renowned vocal jazz group, the Manhattan Transfer. The festival concluded with a concert featuring Fedchock’s big band and Siegal singing with members of the vocal jazz ensembles, followed by a midnight cruise on the New York Harbor for the festival’s participants.
Music has been the major love of Rosalie Haritun’s life; and even into her upcoming retirement, she has plans that continue to center around music. Rosalie Haritun, associate professor of music, will be retiring at the end of spring semester 2013 after serving as a member of the Department of Music faculty since 1988. “When I first came to IPFW my classes were held in the Liberal Arts Building in the basement,” recalled Haritun, “That’s been a few years, 25 years to be exact.”
After receiving her Bachelor in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, Ohio, Haritun earned an M.S. from the University of Illinois and earned an Ed.D. from Columbia University in New York City. During her tenure at IPFW she has served as the Department of Music chair and as coordinator of music education, along with teaching music education and music appreciation courses.
Music for the Listener is a general education course that helps students listen to music with a critical ear. Classical music can be a bit intimidating to many, but Haritun has worked to make it accessible to literally thousands of students in her 25 years at IPFW. “I love classical music. I always have. I feel like a musical missionary and I believe everyone has the ability to enjoy classical music if someone opens them up to the possibility,” said Haritun.
To help guide new music educators, Haritun wrote the Music Teachers Survival Guide: Practical Techniques & Materials for Elementary Music Classroom, Parker Publishing, in 1994. She also has been a field editor for Prentice Hall textbooks since 2002 and has plans to continue that work into the future. “I had been teaching music education classes for a few years and saving all my lesson plans,” explained Haritun. “One day I realized I had this huge stack of them and I thought, well that’s enough to pull a book together. So I did.”
Haritun has loved music her entire life and has been in a classroom either as a student or teacher since she was five years old. “I can remember when I was little, I took a stick and I pounded a few nails in it and I would pretend that it was an instrument. I’d sit out on the front porch pretending to play that thing lifting my fingers up and down on those nails,” Haritun recalled.
She went on to learn to play several instruments including clarinet and trombone. She had considered becoming a professional musician, but fell in love with teaching along the way. “I really could swing that trombone though,” said Haritun with a laugh.
While Haritun grew up in New York and still owns a home there, she plans to stay in Fort Wayne. “It’s where my friends are, where my community is. I haven’t really planned the rest out,” said Haritun. “I never really had the chance to travel; I’d like to do some of that.”
The Department of Music has planned a reception in honor of Dr. Haritun Monday, April 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Auer lobby prior to the Community Orchestra Concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friends, colleagues, students and former students are invited to visit with Dr. Haritun to wish her well. For more information call the Department of Music at 481-6714.
SmartARTS ~ Take Five
What do you think of when you hear the words “take five?” Do you think of a candy bar? Or maybe a well-deserved break? For millions of people these words are forever linked to a jaunty syncopated tune written by Paul Desmond, alto saxophonist for the David Brubeck Quartet. The group recorded the tune on what would become a landmark recording, Time Out, in 1959.
Take Five, written in 5/4 time was the antithesis of all pop music held sacred at the time: three minutes, three verses and 4/4 time. To this day it is one of Brubeck’s most popular recordings, selling more than five million copies. On March 18 the IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo will present A Tribute to the Music of Dave Brubeck.
The music of David Brubeck, who died in December 2012 at the age of 91, was hugely popular in the 1950s and the 1960s. Those too young to remember the era might be current fans of the AMC period drama Mad Men, which harkens back to the ’60s or TV Land’s nostalgic hits like The Dick Van Dyke Show. The ’60s also are remembered for the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War. During these years Brubeck made history not only with his music, but also by standing up to a number of college deans who asked him not to perform with racially mixed bands when performing at their colleges.
As a child Brubeck was forbidden to listen to music on the radio. His mother believed that if you wanted to hear music, you should play it. As a result Brubeck and his brothers played a variety of instruments at early ages. Born cross-eyed, Brubeck learned to play by ear because sight reading was almost impossible for him. Despite his poor eyesight Brubeck graduated from the College of the Pacific at Stockton, Cal., with a bachelor of music in 1942. Upon graduation Brubeck joined the U.S. Army, and served in northeast France during WWII, where Brubeck’s prowess as a musician was noticed by a commanding officer. It was decided that Brubeck’s skills would best be used as a military musician backing USO performers.
The IPFW Jazz Faculty Combo will be performing arrangements of great Brubeck jazz classics including Take Five, The Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo ala Turk and Three To Get Ready on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. Admission is $7 and under with IPFW students and children 10 and under admitted free. For information call the IPFW Box Office at 260-481-6555 or purchase tickets online.
On Feb. 13, 2013, when guest artist Kate Boyd sits down at 7:30 p.m. to perform at the seven-foot Steinway "prepared" piano in Rhinehart Recital Hall, she will perform some of the most avant-garde, manipulated music most of us ever have heard coming from this time-honored instrument. She will be playing Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano by contemporary composer John Cage (1912-1992).
So, what in the world is a “prepared” piano? Very simply, a “prepared” piano is a piano that has had its sound modified by the insertion of small foreign objects between the strings of the instruments, such as screws, nuts, bolts, weather stripping, pieces of felt, paper, wood and rubber. The concept was created and used by Cage and is strictly a contemporary convention. George Crumb (b. 1929) expanded on Cage's idea by using other techniques to modify the piano sound such as muting a string with the finger or by placing a metal chain over the strings.
Although this is a contemporary technique, piano builders have been working to manipulate the sounds coming from their pianos for centuries, mainly by modifying the sound of the piano through its pedals. The left pedal in the modern piano (called “una corda,” or “one string”) modifies the sound of the piano by not only making it softer but also mellower. Some 19th-century pianos had seven pedals, each creating a different effect. This included the insertion (activated by the pedal) of parchment paper or cloth between the hammers and the strings. Some of these pianos even had bells (again, activated by a pedal), which enabled the performer to “accompany” him/herself when playing marches and other suitable compositions.
To find out more about Boyd’s upcoming performance visit http://new.ipfw.edu/calendar/event-detail.html?id=1a0a0338-4665-4297-bf94-cb1d45b15d40
The first annual Fort Wayne Fringe Festival will feature two IPFW Department of Music students when it debuts this weekend at Wunderkammer Company located at 3402 Fairfield Avenue in the former Casa D’Angelo location. Singer/songwriter and pianist Hope Arthur will debut music from her upcoming album when she and her orchestra take the stage. An eclectic mix of classical piano, quirky accordion and sounds of the orchestra set her music apart. Arthur is a senior Music and an Outside Field major at IPFW.
A member of the IPFW guitar ensemble, Kurt Roembke’s studies focus on music technology at IPFW. He will perform an original piece entitled Hunting Mushrooms at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival. The piece originally started as an homage to John Cage’s score for Jackson MacLow’s play The Marrying Maiden. This unspoken word performance relies on rearranging and manipulating recorded sound. Tickets are only $5 for each performance. More information can be found at http://fwfringe.tumblr.com/
Hope Arthur and Her Orchestra
Hunting Mushrooms by Kurt Roembke
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra announced Caleb Stuckey as the winner of their recent concerto audition held Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Stuckey performed Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A Minor and will perform it again April 28, 2013, with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Cooke.
Stuckey, who is homeschooled and takes private music instruction from Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo through the IPFW Community Arts Academy (CAA), also was the third place winner in the Junior Division (ages 13-15) of the first annual Gene Marcus Piano Competition. He was one of 12 prize winners from the competition held in the Rhinhart Recital Hall at the IPFW campus on June 17, 2012.
Stuckey’s performance with the Youth Symphony Orchestra will be April 28, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall. Tickets will be available at the door and are $5 for adults and free for children ages 18 and under.
Trentacosti at work during the IPFW Summer String Camp.
Marcy Trentacosti, IPFW adjunct faculty, IPFW Community Arts Academy instructor and Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, has received a 2012 Artie Award from the Arts United in Fort Wayne. Artie Awards were presented at the Bravo Celebration on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Arts United Center. Nominated by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Trentacosti received the Magaret Ann Keegan Award for Outstanding Arts Educator.
Trentacosti has been a musician in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for the past 36 years and has taught at IPFW and through the IPFW Community Arts Academy for 17 of those years. During that time she has taught violin to hundreds of children throughout our region with individual lessons and her annual IPFW Strings Camp each summer. Attracting nearly 50 students each year, these young musicians receive one-on-one and group instruction as well as coaching by Philharmonic musicians, all culminating in a concert at the end of the week.
Trentacosti is also the conductor of the Philharmonic Youth Concert Orchestra, a program that she started from scratch in 2010. In the first year, Trentacosti assembled an orchestra of 41 young muscians, doubling the size of their youth symphony program. In the first year, she also started a chamber music program for the Youth Concert Orchestra musicians in addition to coordinating three joint concerts with the Youth Symphony.
The Artie Awards are designed to honor individuals and organizations that serve as champions for arts and culture in the Greater Fort Wayne area. Click here for more information about the 2013 Summer String Camp.
The Auer Lobby of the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center.
Fort Wayne-based SchenkelShultz Architecture and Brenner Design of Indianapolis have won a merit award for interior design for their design of the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center. The award was given by American Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of an annual design competition. AIA’s panel of judges described the interior of Rhinehart as elegant simplicity.
The IPFW John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center was designed to serve the university and the community. Visually exciting, the building was created with glass-prismed piano studios, a conference room and lobbies that provide exquisite space for learning and interaction, with panoramic views of the IPFW Arts Plaza and the heart of the campus. It features a 250-seat recital hall, classrooms, studios, administrative offices and a 1,500-seat auditorium.