Jacobs School of Music doctoral students complete tour of Portugal

IU Jacobs School of Music doctoral students Bruno Sandes and Marta Menezes recently returned from a tour of Portugal, where … Continue reading

Jacobs School Student appointed Director of Musical Arts and Administration at Saint John Cantius in Chicago

Jonathan Rudy, current Indiana University student and candidate for the Doctor of Music degree in organ and sacred music has been appointed to a new position in Chicago.

On July 16th, he will assume the role of Director of Musical Arts and Administration at Saint John Cantius Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. The church, comprised of over 2,500 families, is well known for its top-notch music program, magnificent organ, high liturgy, and influence on the surrounding community.

Rudy received his Master of Music degree in organ and sacred music from the Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, and pursued minors in music theory and choral conducting. He was the recipient of both the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. His debut album, entitled Three Halls, utilized two venues located on Indiana University campus: the Fisk Organ, Opus 91, in Alumni Hall and the Fisk Organ, Opus 135, in Auer Hall.

Jonathan Rudy currently serves as Music Director at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN, where he lives with his wife, Katie. They plan to move to Chicago in early July in preparation for the new position.

Learn more about Jonathan Rudy by visiting www.jonathanrudy.com.

Jonathan Rudy

Jonathan Rudy

Jacobs School of Music Alumna Joins Faculty at Temple University

Alumna Kathryn Leemhuis will join the faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance as Assistant Professor of … Continue reading

Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music Alumna Joins Temple University Faculty

Alumna Kathryn Leemhuis will join the faculty at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance as Assistant Professor of Voice/Opera. As a professional opera singer, Leemhuis has performed roles with companies such as the Dallas Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Fort Worth Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater. She has performed concert works with the Richmond Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra, and at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, the Ravinia Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. In the vocal competition arena, Leemhuis has won prizes from Opera Birmingham, Florida Grand Opera, the Lissner Foundation, the Fort Worth McCammon Foundation, the Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Sullivan Foundation, the George London Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Leemhuis received her BM from Oberlin College and her DM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Kathryn Leemhuis

Kathryn Leemhuis

Indiana University’s Jacob School of Music alumna joins Des Moines Symphony

Erin Brooker-Miller joins the Des Moines Symphony this fall for their 80th anniversary season, Music in Motion, after a successful audition for the Principal Harp position.

Ms. Brooker-Miller is the Executive Director of the USA International Harp Competition, a founding member of the Archaea Tree Ensemble (flute, percussion, and harp), and a member of the pop harp quartet HarpCore4. She received her MM degree in harp performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2017 and BM degree in harp performance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2014. An advocate for interdisciplinary music making, she is both a Classical and Irish harpist dedicated to expanding the knowledge and repertoire of the harp through performing works new and old.

Erin Brooker-Miller

Erin Brooker-Miller

MUSIC, BUSINESS, PEACE Summit Announced for May 12

You’re invited to join us!

A day that brings together national and international researchers, activists, and artists who currently focus on two major fields of interest – “Music and Peace” and “Business and Peace” – in a series of presentations and discussions.

Friday, May 12, 2017| William and Gayle Cook Library, M285
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


As the first summit of its kind, the project will actively juxtapose and cross-pollinate a wide range of intellectual and artistic practices in the belief that a coherent set of understandings can emerge on how the two disciplines interact with and co-inhabit their worlds. The day is a discovery of ideas that will lead to a larger conference in May 2018.

> Sign Up Here if you plan to attend (either in-person or online)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Friday, May 12, 2017

Invited participants come from a broad cross-section, including those whose careers are centered on global studies, peace and peace building. Local, national, and international entities are represented.

  • 9:00am – Tim Fort: Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am – Olivier Urbain – “Business and Music in Peacebuilding: Parallels and Paradoxes”
  • 9:45am – Scott Shackelford: “Cyber-Peace”


  • 10:30 – Carolyn Calloway-Thomas: “Empathy”
  • 11:00 – Kathleen Higgins: “Connecting Music to Ethics”
  • 10:30am – Alexander Bernstein with Connie Cook Glen: “Leonard Bernstein’s Legacy: Moving Forward”
  • 12:00pm – Ruth Stone and Alain Barker: Summing Up


  • 2:00pm – Connie Cook Glen: Conversations with Each Other
  • 2:10pm – Andre De Quadros with Aida Huseynova: “The Awkward and Troubled Business of Music and Peace”
  • 2:45pm – Cindy Schipani: “Recording Artists, Music, Social Change, and the Business World”


  • 3:30pm – Nancy Love: “From Settler Colonialism to Standing Rock: Hearing Native Voices for Peace”
  • 4:00pm – Jerry White with Tim Fort: “Reflections on Quantifying the Hard to Quantify”
  • 4:30pm – Connie Cook Glen and Alain Barker: Concluding Discussion

Summit Planning Team: Alain Barker, Timothy Fort, Constance Cook Glen, Aida Huseynova, Scott Shackelford, Ruth Stone.

Any Questions? Please send thoughts and any questions to Connie Cook Glen: cglen@indiana.edu.

An event hosted and/or sponsored by the IU Jacobs School of Music and the IU Kelley School of Business.

Monica Dewey Wins Hilde Zadek Competition

Posted By: Francisco Salazar April 24, 2017 Monica Dewey has won the 10th International Hilde Zadek Vocal competition. The 27-year-old … Continue reading

Professor Mauricio Fuks adds Reina Sofía School appointment

Mauricio Fuks, professor of violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been appointed visiting professor at the prestigious Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid, Spain.

He will combine this appointment with his responsibilities as visiting professor at the Masters Academy in Kronberg, Germany, and as International Chair for Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

These appointments will take Professor Fuks to Europe twice a year.

Grigory Kalinovsky featured on two-CD set of Mieczysław Weinberg’s complete sonatas for violin and piano

Grigory Kalinovsky, professor of violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, recently teamed with pianist Tatiana Goncharova to record the complete sonatas for violin and piano by composer Mieczysław Weinberg. The two-CD set is now available on the Naxos label.

“Recording the full set of sonatas for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg has been an incredible journey,” said Kalinovsky. “These sonatas span almost his entire life—from the first one, written when the composer was only 23 years old, to the last one, Sonata No. 6, written in 1982, the manuscript discovered only a few years ago in the composer’s archives. Each sonata has its own unique atmosphere, from deeply profound to unearthly to even a charming operetta (like the 1949 Sonatina), but all of them clearly and recognizably Weinberg, undoubtedly one of the greatest twentieth-century composers.”

Kalinovsky and Goncharova have been playing together since their college days—over 25 years. They recorded the CD Dmitri Shostakovich: 1 Violin Sonata + 24 Preludes for violin and piano for Centaur Records in 2003, and since Weinberg was Shostakovich’s close friend and protégé, it seemed like a logical continuation to the duo. “In addition,” according to Kalinovsky, “the music is wonderful, but very rarely played, and was only starting to be rediscovered when we started the project for Naxos in 2010.”

Weinberg is now recognized as one of the outstanding Russian composers of the second half of the twentieth century. Feted for his symphonies and string quartets, he also wrote a sequence of violin sonatas crucial to the development of his distinctive and elusive musical idiom. Shostakovich’s influence is evident in the Third Violin Sonata, as are Jewish melodic elements, while the Fourth Violin Sonata is alternately somber and hectic. Weinberg’s masterpiece is the Fifth Violin Sonata, symphonic in scale but subtle in form and containing some of his most affecting writing.

Review: Ambiance just right for IU’s production of ‘The Music Man’

By Peter Jacobi | H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com Apr 9, 2017 Meredith Willson must have loved Mason City, Iowa. He … Continue reading