William Gerlach appointed as Principal Trumpet in National Symphony Orchestra

IU aWilliam Gerlachlum William Gerlach (BM ’12) was appointed as Principal Trumpet in National Symphony Orchestra earlier in September.

This is one of the biggest, if not, the biggest appointment of any trumpet student to come through the IU trumpet program. William studied with John Rommel (2008-2012), and was appointed as the new principal trumpet in September.

William Gerlach began his position as principal trumpet with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. Growing up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, he started playing trumpet when it was time to join the 6th grade band. William (Billy) earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University under the instruction of John Rommel. During his time at IU he attended the Aspen Music Festival, once as a member of the Third Street Brass Quintet, and once as a New Horizons trumpet fellow. In the fall of 2012 he began his master’s degree at Northwestern University with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer and followed them to Rice University in the Fall of 2013. Other significant teachers throughout his studies include Mark Niehaus, Christopher Martin, Thomas Hooten, Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb.

More Information Here:http://web.kennedy-center.org/~/media/Files/KC/Press%20Releases/September%202014%20Releases/UpdatedNSOAnnouncesFourNewMembersPressRelease

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Mirari Brass signed by Ariel Artists

The Mirari Brass, a brass quintet that originated at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been signed by Ariel Artists, a management agency in Boston. Three of the five members are graduates of the Jacobs School of Music: Alex Noppe, trumpet, Jessie Thoman , horn , and Sarah Paradis, trombone.
Mirari will be recording their second album in May 2015 (hoping to release in fall 2015). The quintet continues to be commissioned for several works of the genre including collaboration with Indiana University Alumnus Clint Needham.  The piece for Brass Quintet and Wind Symphony will be premiered with The Ohio State Wind Symphony in spring 2016. The Mirari Brass Quintet also has several residencies at universities, including the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

 

More information here:  http://arielartists.com/artists/mirari-brass-quintet/

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Mike Walker (DM) appointed Visiting Lecturer II at the University of New Mexico

Walker_Mike_squareThe Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Horn Area is excited to announce that
Mike Walker (DM) has been appointed to a Visiting Lecturer II at the University
of New Mexico. Mr. Walker will be teaching the horn Studio, brass pedagogy and
performing with the faculty woodwind and brass quintets. Mr. Walker studied with Jeff Nelsen while pursuing his DM degree in horn. Mr. Walker commented that, “I feel extremely well prepared to step into this environment with
amazing new colleagues and students. Indiana University was a great training
ground for my new position and I cannot wait to share some Hoosier traditions
among my Lobos students”.

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Former Jacobs professor dies at 96

By Carolyn Crowcroft

Professor Emeritus William Adam of the Jacobs School of Music died Nov. 25 at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He was 96 years old.

Adam, a renowned trumpet pedagogue, taught at Jacobs for 42 years, from 1946 to 1988.

Born in 1917 in Kansas City, Kan., Adam began playing the trumpet at age seven. He took his first lessons from Ben Foltz, a former cornetist with the John Philip Sousa Band.

Adam’s determination to master the instrument carried on throughout his childhood. According to a Jacobs press release, he used to take rides from his Fort Collins, Colo., home to Denver to study under Denver Symphony Orchestra trumpet player John S. Leick. At the age of 16, he left home to play professionally in the Hal Kemp Orchestra in California.

During his time in California, Adam also played for the Lucky Strike Hit Parade and the Los Angeles Civic Orchestra as well as a number of radio shows. He also attended Pasadena Junior College and the University of California-Los Angeles.

During World War II, Adams returned to Colorado to join the army at Ft. Logan in Denver. Though he failed to pass the physical examination due to a previous injury, Adam worked for the Remington Arms Munitions Factory.

Following his service, Adam completed his studies at the University of Colorado at Denver and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, earning a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance.

Adam taught music in high schools in Colorado and performed in hotels and radio orchestras. In 1948, he earned his master’s degree in music theory and composition from  Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

In 1946, Adam began his career as a professor at Jacobs, where he worked until the late 1980s.

John Rommel, a trumpet player and professor of music at Jacobs, studied privately under Adam.

Though he was already playing professionally when he started taking lessons with Adam, Rommel said he was feeling discouraged by his trumpet playing, and it was Adam who helped turn his attitude around.

“He always said you can accomplish whatever you want if you just stay positive and focus on a task,” Rommel said. “He changed the way I thought about pretty much everything, but definitely the trumpet. His outlook kept me in music.”

Rommel said over the years, Adam’s earned a devoted group of students who were touched by his influential teaching skills.

“There have been a lot of great teachers at Jacobs, and he’s one of them,” Rommel said.

A celebration of Adam’s life will be at a later date. Members of Adam’s family have requested memorial contributions to be made to the William Adam Trumpet Scholarship through the IU Foundation.

Condolences can be shared online at caringbridge.org/visit/williamadam  as well as on the Jacobs School’s blog.

© Indiana Daily Student 2013

 

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Remembering Professor Emeritus William Adam

William Alexander Adam, 96
Oct. 21, 1917 - Nov. 25, 2013

You are invited to leave your thoughts and remembrances about this extraordinary trumpet pedagogue. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to submit your comments.

Bill AdamThe Indiana University Jacobs School of Music mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus William (Bill) Adam, 96, who died on Nov. 25 at the Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Adam taught trumpet at the Jacobs School of Music for 42 years, from 1946 to 1988. After his retirement, he continued to teach privately at his home through Oct. 14, 2013. He is widely considered to have been one of the greatest trumpet pedagogues of the 20th century.

“If it was not for William Adam and his philosophy of teaching, I might very well have quit playing the trumpet in my mid-twenties,” said John Rommel, Jacobs professor of trumpet, who knew Adam for the past 30 years and studied with him privately. “His inspirational approach to teaching and dedication to his students made him one of the most influential trumpet teachers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. All those who studied with him take great pride in sharing his natural approach to playing the trumpet with their students. This ensures that his philosophy of teaching, caring and personal attention to his students will be continued for generations to come.”

Adam was born on Oct. 21, l917, in Kansas City, Kan., to Andrew Walker Adam and Wilda Blose Adam. He grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., graduating from Fort Collins High School at the age of 16. He began taking trumpet lessons at the age of seven from Ben Foltz, third cornetist with the John Philip Sousa Band.

When Adam was 11 years old, he hitchhiked from Fort Collins to Denver twice a week to study trumpet with John S. Leick, who was the first trumpet player in the Denver Symphony Orchestra. Adam left home at the age of 16 to play professional trumpet in California in the Hal Kemp orchestra with Skinnay Ennis; he also played for the Lucky Strike Hit Parade, the Los Angeles Civic Orchestra and numerous radio shows.

During the years he was in California, Adam attended Pasadena Jr. College and the University of California in Los Angeles. In the summers, he played at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco with Ennis, and with the Joseph Serpico band at the Yellowstone Grand Canyon Hotel.

He returned to Ft. Collins to join the army at Ft. Logan during World War II. Due to a previous injury he was unable to pass the physical for active duty but worked at the Remington Arms Munitions Factory for six months. Adam then attended both the University of Colorado at Denver and Colorado State College in Ft. Collins, earning his bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance.

Adams’ first teaching job was as band director at Rifle High School in Rifle, Col., in l940. He was there for one year before taking a job as band director at Englewood High School just outside Denver so he could play professionally. On the weekends, he played at the Brown Palace Hotel. He was first trumpet for the KOA Radio orchestra and played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. During the summers, he attended Eastman School of music, earning master’s degrees in music theory and composition from l947 to 1948.

Adam taught at Englewood High School for three years, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Tiemann. They were married in February l945. He took a job at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the fall of 1946, where he taught trumpet for 42 years, retiring in l988. After his retirement, he continued to teach trumpet privately at his home through Oct. 14, 2013.

Throughout his career, he earned numerous awards, including the 2002 Robert A. Phillips Service to Music Award, Mentor of Trumpet Players World Wide, the 2004 James B. Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Indiana Wind Symphony and the 2004 Lifetime Trumpet Teaching Award from the International Trumpet Guild.

He is survived by his three children and their spouses: Donald Walker Adam and Rita Hambidge Adam, Diane Adam Davis-Deckard and Donald L. Deckard, and William Walker Adam and Pam Faith; five grandchildren: William Lee Davis, Andrew Walker Adam, Haley Summer Adam, William Alexander Adam and Malcolm Walker Adam; one great-grandchild: Graham Bertram Davis; a sister: Elizabeth Adam Ward, a niece, two nephews, two cousins and their families, and hundreds of devoted trumpet students. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, William Alexander Adam.

There will be no funeral and no visitation. A memorial service and celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Allen Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the William Adam Trumpet Scholarship through the Indiana University Foundation.

In addition to the form below, on-line condolences may also be expressed at caringbridge.org/visit/williamadam, a site set up by the family including photos and more.

 

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Alumnus tubist Kevin Wass in recital at Jacobs Tuesday, Nov. 5

Wass_Kevin.2013FA.headshot.uneditedJacobs alumnus and tubist Kevin Wass will be in recital with his wife, Jacobs alumna and pianist Susan Wass, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Kevin Wass, associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Texas Tech University, holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree (summa cum laude) from Dana College in Blair, Neb., and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University.

He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including the Disneyland All-American College Band, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Omaha, Lincoln, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and various brass chamber groups. Solo appearances have included competitions in the United States, Canada, and the Czech Republic, and recitals and concerto appearances at colleges, universities, and regional and international tuba-euphonium conferences.

Wass’s teaching experience is equally varied, with experience as a band and orchestra director at the elementary and high school levels as well as private studio and classroom teaching at the college level. In addition to his duties at Tech, he has served on the faculty of the Las Vegas Music Festival and currently serves as principal tubist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. His principal studies have been with Fritz Kaenzig, Daniel Perantoni, Harvey Phillips, and Craig Fuller.

A long-time member of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association (ITEA), Wass has served on the board of directors of the organization as conferences coordinator and was founding chair of the ITEA Harvey G. Phillips Awards for Excellence in Composition.

Wass_Susan.2013FA.headshot.uneditedCollaborative pianist Susan Wass performs regularly with string, woodwind, and brass artists in recitals and conferences throughout the United States and abroad, including the International Tuba and Euphonium Association’s international conferences in Linz, Austria; Regina, Saskatchewan; Tucson; and Cincinnati; and regional conferences in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as the annual Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

She specializes in flute and tuba/euphonium repertoire and has played with such artists as Carol Wincenc and Jean Ferrandis on flute, Oystein Baadsvik, James Gourlay, and Tim Buzbee on tuba and Steven Mead, Brian Bowman, and Ben Pierce on euphonium.

Wass attended the University of Houston, where she studied piano with Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. She completed her master’s degree at Indiana University, where she studied with Leonard Hokanson. She has held the position of senior staff accompanist at Texas Tech University since 2002 and especially enjoys playing new music as well as rarely performed music.

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Music Review: Brass Choir

By Peter Jacobi

Feast of brasses

In Auer Hall on Sunday evening, the IU Brass Choir played a program of 20th century compositions, most of them American. Director/conductor Edmund Cord has a way of putting together interesting programs, as he did once again on this occasion. He also managed, as per usual, to make the 20 brass musicians, plus three percussionists, play with exemplary skill.

A bracing arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Grammy winner Victor Vanacor, commissioned by the IU Brass Choir, set the tone for what was to follow. One heard Michael Torke’s “Tiger in the Sun,” a bright fanfare honoring tigers and written for the World Wildlife Fund just two years ago; then, Paul Beckhelm’s somber and searing “Tragic March,” punctuated by pounding timpani and clashing cymbals.

Throughout, the brasses — six each of trumpets and horns, four trombones, two euphoniums and two tubas — had thrilling workouts, thanks to their gifted players. An IU alum, James Beckel, principal trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony since 1969, provided “Musica Mobilis,” a short piece of swiftly changing moods and textures meant to reflect the sculptures of Alexander Calder.

The eminent Libby Larsen’s robust “Northern Star Fanfare” was performed, yes, robustly, as was William Presser’s strangely titled “Research,” a four-movement item that could have symbolized research as well as most anything else; what counts is that the music was well made and well performed. A chorale-like “O Nata Lux” by another IU alum, the Canadian Rob Teehan, gave the musicians a chance to calm down and harmonize. Joseph Turrin’s “Structures,” which concluded the concert, had little to do with either calm or harmony. It features serious dissonance and volume. The musicians rose to the occasion with a rousing, ears-splitting performance.
© Herald Times 2013

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Jerrod Price (MM, ‘05) appointed Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Interlochen

Alumnus Jerrod Price was recently appointed as the new Director of Admission and Financial Aid at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. He joins the staff after nearly five years as Director of Admissions at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Jerrod holds a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from the University of Akron and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his duties at Interlochen, he maintains a private studio and is an active performer.

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HT Music review (Jacobi): Brancart terrific in moving performance; brass played with gusto

HeraldTimesOnline.com

SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN AUER HALL

Music review: Brancart terrific in moving performance; brass played with gusto

By Peter JacobiH-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com
March 26, 2013

Outside on Sunday afternoon, snow threatened. Inside IU’s Auer Hall, music beckoned.

The overlap was minimal, with flakes starting to come down just a matter of minutes before pianist Evelyne Brancart completed her masterful performance on the Steinway of supreme challenges by Beethoven, Schumann, and Chopin. Earlier, Edmund Cord and the Indiana University Brass Choir offered an intriguing lineup of works written by composers from Eastern Europe, all of which were played with gusto and very well.

Brasses galore

Conductor Cord has become a savvy program designer, managing always to find interesting pieces for his brass players. For this occasion, he located, as a starter, four centuries-old Fanfares from Czechoslovakia. The Brass Ensemble’s trumpeters were lined up in the organ loft to send forth bold and bracing statements that set the stage for what was to follow, first an Allegretto, also labeled Fanfare, from the 1925 Sinfonietta by another Czech composer, Leos Janacek.

Cord admitted one non-Eastern European into the program mix, Benjamin Britten, who was represented by his evocative “Russian Funeral,” built on a melody used to honor those killed while protesting at the Tsar’s Winter Palace in 1905, a forerunner of the revolution to come.

A Concerto for Euphonium by the contemporary Croatian composer Vanja Lisjak not only gave faculty brass specialist Carl Lenthe a chance to show his considerable skills but made this listener yearn to hear more music by a composer new to him.

Post-intermission, Cord and his players performed a Concertino in A Minor by Shostakovich, originally written for two pianos but transcribed into a celebration for brass by Geoffrey Bergler.

So, too, one heard three perky piano pieces by Prokofiev, altered for brass ensemble. The program closed with a delights-filled Divertimento by Karel Husa, still another Czech who, however, has spent most of his adult life in the United States.

Cord and company honored the piece.

Keyboard thrills

An Evelyne Brancart recital always brings promises of excitement. On Sunday afternoon, the pianist did not disappoint as she dove into three Romantic era masterworks that had her playing for an uninterrupted hour-and-a-half without benefit of scores.

She turned initially to Beethoven, his C Major Sonata, Opus 53 (“Waldstein”), a glorious work that requires the soloist to embrace both control and passion. Some of the music is calm, almost hushed, and yet laden with emotional suggestiveness.

Of course, there are developments, too, that require high-level virtuosity, these again, however, needing to be positioned carefully into a disciplined weave. Brancart accomplished the weave and fashioned a moving performance.

Speaking of passion: there was much of it required and provided for Schumann’s Sonata Number 1 in F-Sharp Minor, which the composer admitted was a love letter to Clara Wieck, the pianist that Schumann would later marry over the strong objections of her father.

This massive series of expositions, most exuberant, even flamboyant, in style, takes physical and emotional stamina to realize.

For Brancart, such efforts have never been a problem. She seems to revel in them, as she did ever so successfully on Sunday.

The pianist is an acknowledged Chopin devotee. She ended her program with his twelve Opus 25 Etudes. What can one say except that the remarkable Brancart hit not only all the right notes across their span of half an hour but all the right sentiments that inhabit these magical exercises.

She was terrific.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2013

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Sarah Paradis accepts position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ohio University

paradis-1Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Doctoral Candidate Sarah Paradis has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  While on the OU faculty, she teaches trombone, bass trombone, trombone choir, trombone pedagogy and repertoire, and plays in OhioBrass the faculty brass quintet.  She is currently completing her DM in Brass Pedagogy at the Jacobs School.  Throughout her graduate studies at IU, she was a member of the Pete EllefsonCarl LentheM. Dee Stewart and Jeff Nelsen studios.

Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance from IU in 2007 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2005. She is the principal trombonist in the Richmond, Indiana Symphony Orchestra and the second trombonist of the Springfield, Ohio Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she continues to tour the country performing recitals and presenting masterclasses as a member of the Mirari Brass Quintet and the Tromboteam! trombone quartet.

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