Faculty Update: Stephen Pratt

Stephen Pratt, Professor of Music and Director of Bands/Wind Conducting, was active during the 2013/14 academic year at a number of events off-campus. In November, he was artist in residence at The University of Alabama where he gave conducting lessons, gave several lectures and guest conducted the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble. In March he was the conductor of the South Carolina All-State Honor Band in Greenville. On May 17 he will receive the James B. Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award at the concert of the Indiana Wind Symphony at the Palladium Concert Hall in Carmel, Indiana. In addition, in May he will be serving on the adjudication/clinician panel at the 2014 Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands, May 20-23 in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

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Jason H. Nam published in the Journal of the National Band Association

Jason H. Nam, Doctoral Wind Conducting student of Professor Stephen W. Pratt, was recently published in the Journal of the National Band Association (Vol. 54/Winter, 2014).

The publication is disseminated to band directors at all levels across the country, with a focus on current models and techniques in wind and percussion pedagogy, literature, and research. Nam’s article, entitled “The Mid-Twentieth Century Renaissance and the ‘American Symphony for Band,’” is one of the first to be published in the NBA Journal’s new section dedicated to peer reviewed research.

The article examines the implications of the American band symphonies written between the years 1949 and 1959, as well as the broader historical development of the symphony as a genre for the wind band. Additionally, the article illustrates the contrasting rationale behind composing a band symphony between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the progress of the band as a viable medium for artistic expression.

Nam is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting where he serves as an associate instructor for the Jacobs School of Music Department of Bands. He is also currently serving as Associate Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble based out of Bloomington.

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New Copland Transcription to be Premiered by IU Wind Ensemble

richardsonThe Indiana University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Stephen W. Pratt, will be premiering a new wind band transcription by Brett A. Richardson of Aaron Copland’s “Music for the Theatre” on April 8, 2014.

Completed with the express permission of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and publisher Boosey & Hawkes, this transcription will mark the earliest work by Copland to be transcribed for wind band and represents the culmination of Richardson’s doctoral final project.

“Music for the Theatre” is set in five diverse movements for chamber wind ensemble and features various jazz inflections, blues-colored harmonies, and idioms derived from popular song.

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Director of Bands in residence at the University of Alabama

As part of the Endowed Chair artist in residency series at The University of Alabama, Stephen Pratt, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting, spent several days in November in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During the residency he was guest conductor with the Alabama Wind Ensemble, gave several lectures and master classes, and worked with a number of graduate conducting students.

http://music.ua.edu/endowed-chair/

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Brett Richardson to Participate in Wind Conducting Research Study at the University of Georgia

brett richardsonBrett A. Richardson, Doctoral Wind Conducting student of Prof. Stephen W. Pratt, was recently invited to the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music to serve as a participant in a research study on gesture in wind conducting. The project was led by Curran Garrett Prendergast, a doctoral student in Wind Conducting at the University of Georgia. As one of only four invited participants from across the country, Richardson was a guest conduct the University of Georgia Wind Symphony and participated in a series of interviews with the research team. The project took place on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Richardson is completing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting where he serves as an associate instructor for the Department of Bands. He also serves as the Resident Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble based out of Bloomington.

http://www.brettarichardson.com

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Stephen Pratt Guest Conducting – 2013 Spring

prattStephen Pratt, Professor of Music and Director of Bands/Wind Conducting, was active during the 2013 spring semester at a number of events off-campus.

In February, he was a guest conductor at West Virginia University where he conducted the High School Honor Band and guest conducted the WVU Wind Ensemble. In March he was a guest clinician in the Conducting Workshop at the University of Redlands in California. In May he was the conductor of the North Carolina All-State Honor Band in Greensboro. In addition, in June he was the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra at the IU Summer Music Clinic in Bloomington.

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REVIEW (HT): SUMMER BAND CONCERT 1

HeraldTimesOnline.com

SUMMER BAND CONCERT 1

Music review: Musicians’ performance impressive

By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com
June 28, 2013

The weather Wednesday night was absolutely awful, enough so to have the first of this year’s Summer Concert Band concerts moved indoors from the lawn of the Musical Arts Center. The storms might have discouraged a few folks from coming, but the true enthusiasts seemed to all be there, and they certainly expressed enthusiasm for what they heard.

But then, why not? The musicians assembled on the MAC stage performed extremely well, and they had a welcomed variety of pieces in their evening repertoire. Conductor Stephen Pratt fit 11 items into just over an hour, from overtures to marches, from show collections to bits of new compositions, the likes of which we hear during more formal wind concerts in the fall-winter-spring season. And throughout, he proved the maestro, offering interpretive sensitivity, calling for flexible and spirited response from his players, and maintaining praiseworthy control.

A Gershwin march, more specifically, the familiar “Strike Up the Band,” from the 1927 Broadway musical of that title, served to get matters underway with pizzazz, and a catchy 1893 march, “Northwind,” by W. Paris Chambers, had one’s feet moving in place at the end.

The in-between highlights were numerous, among them “Colonel Bogey,” written by the British march king, Kenneth Alford, and used prominently in the classic film, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” A current IU Doctor of Music candidate, Benjamin Taylor, supplied Movement III from his recently completed work for band, “Trailing Clouds of Glory,” music craftily orchestrated, easy to listen to and sagaciously compressed for maximum impact; Pratt and the band performed it with breadth and gusto.

Cheers erupted after the 12-member clarinet section stood in place as a chorus of soloists to play Leroy Anderson’s capricious “Clarinet Candy,” a delightful exercise of tuneful fun requiring absolute precision ultimately in Indy-Car speed. Frank Ticheli’s affecting 1993 Cajun Folk Songs featured regional melodies that ranged from haunting to jaunty.

Also heard were a bombastic overture, “Millenium III,” by Alfred Reed, written in 1998 to foreshadow the arrival of the new millennium; “Chant and Jubilo,” a score, indeed, of chanting, then jubilation, by the late composer laureate of Arkansas, W. Francis McBeth; a rousing Balkan War-inspired 1912 march, “A Slavic Farewell,” by Vasilij Ivanovitj Agapkin; Glenn Osser’s “Beguine for Band,” honoring the old pop standard, “Begin the Beguine,” and a collection of ’60’s and ’70’s songs by Burt Bacharach, arranged by John Edmondson.

The concert covered extensive territory. The readings of its components by Pratt and his summer contingent were marked with authority and rich in sounds designed to please the ears.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2013

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Jeff Gershman to guest conduct the Dallas Wind Symphony

Gershman_JeffAssociate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands, Jeffrey D. Gershman will lead the Dallas Wind Symphony this year in their annual Fourth of July concerts.  Gershman will conduct three performances in and around Dallas during the holiday, culminating in a subscription concert on the afternoon of July 4 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

The Dallas Wind Symphony is the leading professional civilian wind band in the United States today. Comprised of 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players, the band performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Bernstein and Sousa to Strauss. The ensemble has recorded twelve highly acclaimed CDs on the Reference Recordings label under conductors Howard Dunn, Frederick Fennell, and Jerry Junkin and is regularly heard on National Public Radio on the syndicated shows Performance Today and Audiophile Audition.

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Richardson to present at 2013 Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference

BRichardson-250Brett A. Richardson, an Associate Instructor and third-year Doctoral Wind Conducting student of Professor Stephen W. Pratt, has recently been invited to present at the 2013 Midwest Clinic: An International Band & Orchestra Conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Held annually since 1946, the Midwest Clinic host over 17,000 attendees from over 36 countries for a week filled of workshops and clinics centered on music education, conducting, repertoire, and instrumental pedagogy. Richardson’s presentation is entitled “Taking The Next Step: Ten Ways to Maximize Your Student Teaching Experience” and is designed to provide music education students with strategies to make their student teaching experience both positive and effective. Richardson last presented at the Midwest Clinic in 2007.

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Concerto competition winner Curtis Prichard and Otis Murphy are featured on upcoming Wind Ensemble concert, April 2

compositeJacobs School student co-winner of the recent Brass Concerto Competition Curtis Prichard, euphonium, will perform with the IU Wind Ensemble on Tuesday night, April 2nd in Auer Hall at 8pm.

Prichard, a doctoral student studying with Dan Perantoni and M. Dee Stewart, will perform Martin Ellerby’s “Euphonium Concerto.” Prichard has performed throughout the United States and China as a featured soloist and a member of the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band, and the University of Michigan Symphony Band. His euphonium playing can be heard on albums of the Tech Tuba Ensemble, the Tubas Unlimited, the Tech Faculty Brass Arts Quintet, the University of Michigan Symphony Band and the IU Wind Ensemble. Prichard completed his master’s degree at the University of Michigan. Now a doctoral student at Jacobs, he is pursuing professional auditions while maintaining an active performance schedule.

Professor Otis Murphy will perform on the concert in the world premiere performance of David DeBoor Canfield’s saxophone concerto, “Elevator Music.” Otis Murphy holds the position of associate professor of music in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having gained wide recognition on four continents: North America (United States and Canada), Europe (Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Wales), Asia (Japan, Singapore and Taiwan), and Australia. Murphy has performed in some of the great concert halls of the world including Isaac Stern Concert Hall in Miyazaki, Japan; Merkin Concert Hall in New York City; Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain; the Strathmore in Washington, D. C.; Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan; Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Spain; Phoenix Hall in Osaka, Japan; and Casals Hall in Tokyo.

Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts will be represented with a performance of his “Millennium Canons,” premiered at Symphony Hall in Boston with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart.

Also on the program are classic works of Percy Grainger (Irish Tune), Walter Piston (Tunbridge Fair) and Percy Fletcher (Vanity Fair).

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