Alumnus Michael Berkowitz (’67, ’71) to Conduct Star-Studded Pops Concert

With next season’s star-studded line-up, SRS and Wells Fargo Center for the Arts will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their successful collaboration. The Symphony Pops Series of four Sunday afternoon performances continues to be helmed by conductor/drummer/raconteur Michael Berkowitz, who has proved himself an extreme audience favorite.

Pops concerts begin on October 26, 2014, with
The Way They Were: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Streisand,featuring guest vocalist Haven Burton. Pops tickets must be purchased through the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Box Office at (707) 546-3600 or

Eötvös awarded Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation commission

melody_sizeMelody Eötvös (DM ’14) has been selected by the League of American Orchestras and Earshot for an orchestral commission supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The Toulmin commission is a part of a new program to provide commissions and premieres for scores composed by women. Eötvös was selected from among six composers who took part in EarShot’s series of rehearsals, career development workshops and mentoring sessions with orchestras around the country.

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OPERA REVIEW: IU’s revival of Rossini’s ‘Italian Girl in Algiers’ ‘awfully good fun’

By Peter Jacobi The downer on both Friday and Saturday evenings was that there were too many empty seats in … Continue reading

The Jacobs School mourns the passing of alumnus Thomas Mastroianni

thomas-mastrioanni-450It is with sadness that the Jacobs School of Music shares the news of the death of pianist Thomas Mastroianni, September 19, 2014.

Thomas earned his BS and MS from Juilliard and after military service, he earned his Doctorate in Piano Performance (’70) from Indiana University where he worked with Bela Nagy and Sidney Foster.

He served as dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music from 1972 to 1981 and as a faculty member in Piano from 1972 and as head of Piano Studies from 1981 until his retirement in 2000. From 2000, he continued teaching piano students on a part-time basis.  Mastroianni was an internationally respected pianist, having performed extensively throughout the United States (including many performances at Carnegie Hall), Europe, Mexico, South America, and Asia.  He was an authority and champion of the music and other writings of the 19th-c. composer Franz Liszt, whose works Mastroianni performed throughout his career.  He was the longstanding president of the American Liszt Society and planned several conferences on Liszt’s music as well as being frequently invited to give lectures on Liszt in the U.S. and Europe.  He was a 1992 recipient of the Medal of The
Hungarian Liszt Society and had recently returned to Hungary with various presentations on the composer.

Update from Sang Mi Ahn (DM ’14)

Sang Mi AhnSang Mi Ahn’s Metabolism was realized in a sound installation called “Sound Planetarium” in three different locations (Tours, Bourges, and Orélans) in France during the Arts & Science Days (JAS 2014).  In July, her Convergence was performed by Theofilos Sotiriades at The 3rd International Summer Music Academy in Kavala, Greece and also performed by Lindsay Vickery at the 2014 Australasian Computer Music Conference in Melbourne, Australia..

Ahn completed a Doctor of Music degree in Composition from Indiana University, where she also earned her Master of Music in Composition and served as an Associate Instructor in Music Theory.  Her teachers at Indiana include Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Dzubay, P. Q. Phan, Aaron Travers,  John Gibson (electro-acoustic), Jeffrey Hass (electro-acoustic), and Alicyn Warren (electro-acoustic).  She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition from Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) with top distinction in her class.

Constance Cook Glen elected board member of College Music Society

Constance Cook Glen, coordinator of the Jacobs Music in General Studies program, has been elected as a board member of the College Music Society.

The CMS Governing Board is made up of five officers and eight board members representing the seven major music specialties (Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Music in General Studies, Music Theory, Musicology, Performance), and an at-large member currently representing music business, music technology, and music therapy.

Glen will be the representative for Music in General Studies beginning January 1, 2015.

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

Ara Cho (MM ’13) Wins 4th Ilshin Composition Prize

ara choAra Cho (MM ’13) won the 4th Ilshin Composition Prize, which included the premiere of a new composition at the Seoul Spring Festival.  With an additional prize of ten thousand dollars, her piece “The Star” was performed by Ensemble TIMF for Seoul Spring Festival in Korea.

Cho’s teachers of composition include Jiesun Lim, Soyeon Lee, Aaron Travers and P.Q.Phan.

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Ching-Yi Lin is September Entrepreneur of the Month

portrait-212Ching-Yi Lin spent her formative musical life as a talented performer focused on a concert career. While studying at IU, her entrepreneurial spirit was ignited while working with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner, co-directors the Jacobs School’s String Academy. Today, she runs the Western Kentucky University Pre-College Strings Program, the first of its kind for the university.

She recently received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington, D.C., in recognition for her work in bringing music into the lives of young people throughout her community.

“I get to engage in almost every aspect of music,” says Dr. Lin of her work with the program. “With all of these different roles, my most important guiding principle is to stay flexible.” Project Jumpstart recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Lin about the choices and opportunities that led to her current career, as well as her thoughts on mixing performance, education, entrepreneurship, and outreach in a music career.

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Grant Opportunity for arts activity in Bloomington!

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association and BEAD accepting applications for Zone Arts Grant Program

Bloomington, Ind. – The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) are now accepting applications for the Zone Arts Grant Program.

The Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone. Individual artists, teams of artists, local businesses, and non-profit organizations (including neighborhood groups) are eligible to apply for project support that will do one or more of the following for residents and businesses within the Urban Enterprise Zone: facilitate involvement in arts and cultural activities; provide an opportunity to participate in the creative process; advance the quality and availability of the arts in the Zone; or celebrate or enhance the identity of the Zone.  Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, art markets, art space development and public art (including murals) are all examples of the types of projects eligible for funding through the BUEA and BEAD Zone Arts Grant program.

Guidelines and application for the program are available on the City of Bloomington website at  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. October 17, 2014.

For more information on the grant program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at  or (812) 349-3534.


The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association provides the means to improve the economic, physical, and social environment for Zone residents and businesses and contributes to economic development efforts in Bloomington’s urban core. The Enterprise Zone operates in accordance with Indiana State Code and has created or retained hundreds of jobs and spurred millions of dollar in increased investment. For more information on the BUEA, visit


BEAD seeks to bring the business and creative sectors together to advance commerce and culture, build community and spur economic development.  BEAD is a geographically defined, mixed-use cultural district in downtown Bloomington which capitalizes on local and regional assets that are specific to the cultural, economic and social issues of Bloomington. BEAD emphasizes the high concentration of creative assets and related activities to strengthen and enhance the overall economic development of the community and provides a connective link to a variety of incentives, programs and grants to benefit its major stakeholder groups and users: the community, visitors, the creative, cultural and entertainment sectors and small business.

Four Sessions on Audio, Video, Photography, and Websites


Refine your skills in multimedia through a series of
interactive workshops that give you hands-on experience
with techniques that help create great results.

Note: All sessions are available to Jacobs School students
and will be repeated over a three week period.

{Free cookies, and juice at all sessions!}

Monday, Sep. 29, Oct. 6
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Jon Stante and Robbie Rittman
Bring your cameras computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/29 | 10/06

Tuesday, Sep. 30, Oct. 7
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Rafael Porto and Veronica Simonetti
Bring your computers with you!
SIGN UP HERE: 09/30 | 10/07

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8
7pm-9pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Scott Scheetz and Rachel Rodgers
Bring your cameras and computers with you!
SIGN UP: 10/01 | 10/08

Thursday, Sep. 25 (postponed to next week), Oct. 2, 9
6pm-8pm in Jumpstart Central MU011
Led by Rachel Rodgers and Alain Barker
Bring your computers with you!
SIGN UP: 10/02 | 10/09