DM candidate Josh Bowman accepts teaching position at Christopher Newport University

Bowman-200Doctoral percussionist, Joshua Bowman will assume a new role as Instructor of Percussion at Christopher Newport University, Newport News Virginia. In this new position, Joshua will teach applied percussion, direct the university percussion ensemble, and work with the Christopher Newport University Marching Band. He will also teach percussion techniques classes for music education majors and courses in music technology.

Joshua received his Masters degree from Indiana University in 2006 while studying with Gerald Carlyss and Anthony Cirone. As a doctoral student, Joshua studied with John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo. Additional studies were with Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

 

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Marco Schirripa wins First Place in Great Plains International Marimba Competition

MarcoSchirripaBeginning his second year as an M.M. percussion performance major at the Jacobs School this fall, Marco Schirripa was recently named the winner in The First Annual Great Plains International Marimba Competition, which took place July 25-27 at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Thirteen competitors advanced to the semi-final round from the first (taped) round on May 1. Each semi-finalist performed a maximum 20-inute program consisting of a movement of Bach solo violin or cello music, followed by a piece from a set list. Three finalists were selected to perform on July 27, each with a new 20-minute program of a piece from the set list and one free-choice work.

For the first round, Schirripa performed the Sarabande from Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin, and Paul Lanksy: Three Moves for Marimba. For the finals, he performed Gunther Schuller: Marimbology and played the world premiere of Mind Blow, by Josh Oxford.

The top prize included various equipment provided by the sponsors: Zildjian, Malletech, Encore Mallets, and Innovative Percussion, as well as the Wanda L. Bass Marimba Prize, totaling $2,000.

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Alumnus Brian Blume appointed as Instructor of Percussion at Southeastern University in Florida

BrianBlume-150Alumnus Brian Blume (BM 2007, MM 2010) has been named Instructor of Percussion at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL (www.seu.edu) where he will be teaching applied percussion, percussion methods, marching percussion, and Introduction to Music theory.

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Andrew Riley selected to participate in the Aspen Summer Music Festival

Andrew Riley has been selected to participate in the 2013 Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Andrew is a junior at the Jacobs School of Music, majoring in Percussion Performance. Riley grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he received a background in jazz, classical and marching percussion. Before moving to Bloomington, Andrew was a member of groups such as the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra and the Kentucky All-State Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, and Michael Spiro, and has since been a member of various IU ensembles including the Bands and Orchestras and the Percussion, Steel Pan, Brazilian and Afro Cuban Ensembles. In 2012, Andrew performed as a member of The Phantom Regiment Drum Corps.

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Bobby Conselatore selected to participate in the Aspen Summer Music Festival

Bobby Conselatore has been selected to participate in the 2013 Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Bobby is a native of Washington, D.C. and is currently a junior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At IU, Bobby performs with the Philharmonic Orchestra and has studied with John Tafoya, Michael Spiro, Kevin Bobo and Steve Houghton. Outside of school he is a member of the Square Peg Round Hole percussion quartet. He is an alumnus of the National Music Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar and American Youth Philharmonic. Past teachers include marimba soloist Rebecca Kite and James Swartz of the US Navy Band. Bobby can be heard with Square Peg Round Hole on WFIU on February 19th at 10:00 PM.

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Percussionist Bridget Leahy named director of bands at Defiance College

Second-year MM precussion student Bridget Leahy has been named director of bands at Defiance College (DC) in Defiance, Ohio. Her duties will include the creation of a new marching band (The Marching Yellow Jackets), directing the pep band, the DC Community Band, supporting the DC Strings and Big Band, and providing percussion lessons and other music courses.

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Erin Jeter awarded internship with Percussive Arts Society

Student percussionist Erin Jeter has recently been appointed as the spring 2013 intern for the Percussive Art Society (PAS), beginning in January.

During the six-month internship, Jeter will be part of the team that is planning the 2013 international convention (PASIC), work with the PAS Museum Curator to help manage the museum collection, and be the principal tour guide for the Rhythm! Discovery Center.

The PAS headquarters are located in Indianapolis.

She is graduating from the Jacobs School of Music in December 2012.

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REVIEW: (HT Percussion Ensemble) Program included fun piece mimicking radio sounds

HeraldTimesOnline.com

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

MUSIC REVIEW: Program included fun piece mimicking radio sounds

By Peter JacobiH-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com
November 14, 2012

Kevin Bobo was the gentleman in charge on Monday evening as the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble gathered for an often scintillating program in Auer Hall. Not only did he conduct most of the pieces, but he wrote one.

The one he wrote, ironically, he did not conduct. Written for four players, it was performed, as music written for string quartets and such usually is, conductor-less. But the four musicians involved — Michael Ahearn, Cy Miessler, Julia Ross and Marco Schirripa — certainly knew what they were about, most likely having been coached by composer Bobo.

The work, called “Radio,” written just this year, brought forth chuckles from the audience. It was meant, says Bobo, to recall childhood memories of “listening to the radio on long car rides where stations would come in clearly at times, only to be lost or mixed up with others as the trip would progress.” Sure enough, the four musicians, using a battery of percussion instruments, approximated such an experience. One heard jumbles of music shifting in styles and rhythms, fading in and out. There was occasional static. There was talk made mumbling and close to indistinguishable by one of the musicians speaking into a plastic cup.

The musical journey was clever, fun to listen to, and a well-met challenge for the performing quartet.

Monday’s concert held three other compositions. Most interesting and unusual was “Six Invocations to the Svara Mandala,” composed in 1973 by Walter Mays, a celebration of a deified harp used in the classical music of India, a harp comprised of a resonator box across which metal strings are stretched. Using 13 players, Mays created soundscapes that reflected instrumental derivatives, labeling his invocations “Brass and Steel,” “Bowed Bronze,” “Bowed Glass,” “Bowed Aluminum,” “Wood and Membranes” and “Apotheosis.” In each, the titled materials were employed to make arcane sounds, as if in ceremonial fashion.

A wonderfully nimble marimba player, Josh Bowman, was soloist in “Uneven Souls,” a 1992 composition by Nebojsa Zivkovic, meant to suggest the Slavic populations in the Balkans, “souls” that, according to the composer, “are free from any ‘strict rules,’ any ‘ultimatums,’ or any ‘square, even’ way of behaving.” Bowman, three terrific fellow instrumentalists, and four colleagues chanting “Ahs” delivered a smashing performance, overflowing in virtuosity.

The program began with Adam Silverman’s “Gasoline Rainbow,” a tonal painting for eight instrumental “painters.” Composed in 2010, the score piled drums upon mallet instruments and mallet instruments upon those of bowed metal, a prescription for sonic overload. Not surprisingly, however, since this was the IU Percussion Ensemble and director Bobo was in charge, the sounds were as orderly as they were noisy.

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2012

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Alex Wadner selected as principal timpanist for New World Symphony

Alex Wadner, BM’10, percussion performance, was recently appointed principal timpanist with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Fla.

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Matthew Levine joins Air Force Academy percussion

Student Matthew Levine (M.M., percussion) was recently awarded the position of percussionist for the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

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