Stephen Pratt receives prestigious awards

Stephen Pratt

Stephen Pratt, professor of music and chair of the Department of Bands, received the Outstanding Hoosier Musician Award on Jan. 12 at the Indiana Music Education Association’s (IMEA) annual professional development conference in Fort Wayne. The award gives recognition to an individual who has contributed to the advancement of music education in the state of Indiana and who has contributed outstanding service to local, state and national music organizations.

The award was presented by Lissa May, associate dean of instruction at the Jacobs School of Music and former president of IMEA, and Kevin Gerrity, associate professor of music education at Ball State University and current president of IMEA.

In addition, Pratt recently received the Paula Crider Outstanding Band Director Award from the national council of Tau Beta Sigma. The award is presented to those college and university band directors who have distinguished themselves in the field of university bands and also support and promote the purposes and qualities of Tau Beta Sigma. The award may be given once every biennium in conjunction with the national convention.

The award ceremony took place at the Tau Beta Sigma reception at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on Dec. 21. The award was presented by Kyle R. Glaser, Tau Beta Sigma national vice-president for professional relations and associate director of bands at Texas State University-San Marcos, and Jonathan Markowski, Tau Beta Sigma national president.

Pratt will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, after 34 years on faculty at the Jacobs School of Music. His final concert as a Jacobs faculty member will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in the Musical Arts Center.

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Ray Cramer to guest conduct Springfest April 21

A Spring Festival of Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion
April 21, 8pm, Musical Arts Center
featuring the Jacobs Concert Band, Jason H. Nam, conductor; Symphonic Band, Eric M. Smedley, conductor; and Wind Ensemble, Ray E. Cramer, guest conductor
with Briana Engelbert, brass concerto competition winner

Cramer_Ray-2.smallerRay E. Cramer was a member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty from the fall of 1969 through May 2005. In 1982, Mr. Cramer was appointed Director of Bands. Under his leadership the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances including the 1982 American Bandmasters Association Convention, Indianapolis; the 1984 joint American Bandmasters Association/Japan Bandmasters Association Convention, Tokyo; the 1988 MENC National Convention, Indianapolis; the 1991 National CBDNA Convention in Kansas City, the 1994 National MENC Convention in Cincinnati, the 1995 American Bandmasters Association Convention in Lawrence, Kansas; the 1997 National CBDNA Convention in Athens, Georgia; a 2000 spring tour to Japan performing in six cities and the All Japan Band Clinic; The 2003 CBDNA National Convention in Minneapolis, MN; a December 2003 performance at The Midwest Clinic; plus numerous other regional and state conventions. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting Chair, Mr. Cramer taught graduate courses in wind conducting, history and literature. He also conducted the University Orchestra for seven years during the fall semester. Mr. Cramer enjoyed a 36-year tenure at Indiana University with the final 24 years as Director of Bands.  He and his wife, Molly, reside in Colorado Springs because they love the mountains and to be closer to family and grandchildren.

Briana Engelbert is featured on this concert as the 2016 IU Brass Concerto Competition winner. Simultaneously pursuing Master’s degrees in Euphonium Performance and Music Education, Briana enjoys sharing her passion for music with whomever she meets.  Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, she was lucky enough to be taught by her aunt, Kristen Engelbert, before pursuing her B.M.E. at Tennessee Tech University, where she studied with the illustrious R. Winston Morris and met her partner-in-euphonium-crime, Austin Vogt.  Briana then traveled through India, Paris, England, and Amsterdam, where she learned about musical cultures, taught master-classes, and studied with the euphonium virtuoso, Steven Mead.  Now under the tutelage of the famed Dan Perantoni, she hopes to perform with a premier military band, teach at the high school level, and share her experiences with enthusiasts of all ages!


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Indiana University to build $10M marching band facility

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University officials are planning a new $10 million building for the school’s Marching Hundred Band on the Bloomington campus.

The 30,000-square-foot facility would be built just south of Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium on the campus’ northern end.

The Herald-Times reports the proposal calls for a 6,000-square-foot rehearsal space, along with two smaller rehearsal rooms and space for instrument and uniform storage and repair. The project would be paid for with donations to the IU Foundation.

The Marching Hundred Band performs at home football games and some other events.

A vote on approving the project is expected during the IU Board of Trustees meeting on Friday.


© Indy Star 2015

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Marching Hundred could get new facility

By Kat Carlton


Approval of a new, $10 million building for IU’s Marching Hundred Band is on the agenda for the Indiana University Board of Trustees meeting this week on the Bloomington campus.

The 30,000-square-foot building would be located on the southeastern corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 17th Street, across the street from Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium.

According to the trustees’ meeting agenda, the building would include a 6,000-square-foot rehearsal space, in addition to two smaller rehearsal rooms measuring 2,600 square feet each. It would also house instrument storage and repair space, uniform storage and more. The project would be funded by gifts through the IU Foundation.

IU’s Marching Hundred is composed of students who audition and take specialized music classes. They rehearse nearly every day from 4:10 to 5:45 p.m. at Hundred Hall on the corner of Matlock Road and the Ind. 45/46 Bypass. Each year, the band performs at all home football games, one away game and the Rose Bowl (or another bowl game).

The trustees are scheduled to vote on the project at their business meeting on Friday.

Other highlights of the trustees’ agenda include:

• Design approval for a new gateway at the northeastern corner of the Third Street and Indiana Avenue intersection. The plan includes using brick paving to replace concrete sidewalk, the addition of a fabricated limestone wall, and column-flanked entries. According to the agenda, it is a continuation of the Bloomington Campus Master Plan recommendation to enhance the campus arrival experience via the use of gateways, which also help define campus edges.

• Design approval for a two-story addition to the Kelley School of Business. The 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot addition to the north side of Kelley’s tower would add a northern entry to the school. The IU trustees initially approved the estimated $14 million addition at their October meeting.

• Design approval for a renovation to the Sigma Nu fraternity, along with a two-story addition adjacent to the Bloomington campus. This includes shingle replacement on the roof; new limestone veneer; new windows; an entry addition; structural, mechanical and electrical work; and a new 8,300-square-foot addition.

• A declaration of surplus for about five acres of IU property in Brown County at 3980 Bear Wallow Road, which would allow the land to be sold.

• Approval of an amendment to IU’s retirement plan that would broaden elective deferrals to all eligible employees, except certain groups including some students and nonresident aliens. IU’s plan currently excludes employees working less than a 50 percent full-time equivalent.

The trustees will discuss agenda items in meetings on Thursday and Friday and will vote on all action items at their regular business meeting on Friday.

Follow live coverage highlights of the meetings on Twitter, @KatCarlton.


© Herald Times 2015

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IU Wind Ensemble to perform at national college wind band convention

The Indiana University Wind Ensemble will perform at the College Band Directors National Association national conference in Nashville, Tenn., this Thursday evening, March 26. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the home of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen Pratt

Stephen Pratt

The IU Wind Ensemble is conducted by Stephen Pratt, Jacobs School of Music professor, and will feature Jacobs professor Jeff Nelsen as guest soloist performing The Glass Bead Game by James Beckel.

Nelsen is best known as the hornist of the Canadian Brass, with which he toured and recorded for eight years. As professor of horn at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Nelsen teaches horn and chamber music. As a horn soloist, he has performed concerti with orchestra and given recitals on five continents. He has performed with dozens of orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston and National symphonies, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras, and the Canadian and New York City Opera companies. He has held full-time positions in the Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg symphony orchestras.

The IU Wind Ensemble was selected, along with several other groups from across the nation, to perform at the national convention after a rigorous screening by a distinguished panel of musicians.

The concert will include music by two members of the Jacobs School composition faculty: Ra! by David Dzubay to open the concert and Jug Blues and Fat Pickin’ by Don Freund to bring the concert to a virtuosic conclusion. A brand new work by internationally known conductor and composer André Previn, Music for Wind Orchestra – No Strings Attached, will also be featured. The ensemble will also present the second performance of Rite of Passage arranged by Cliff Colnot. Colnot is a frequent guest conductor at the Jacobs School of Music and arranged the work for a performance by members of his Chicago Civic Orchestra, which premiered the work.

The IU Wind Ensemble holds a distinguished reputation for musical leadership in the wind band field. Recognized as one of the finest collegiate wind ensembles in the world, the ensemble is composed of some of the most advanced music majors from all areas of the Jacobs School of Music. The group performs a wide variety of the finest wind literature, including classics of the repertoire, chamber music for winds and contemporary works.

The ensemble has performed previously at all of the most important wind band national venues, including, in the last seven years, conventions held by the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association and Music Educators National Conference.

Pratt teaches graduate wind conducting courses and is the chair of the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Jacobs School. In demand as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of wind bands and orchestras across the country, he is recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music medal awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national collegiate band honorary organization. He has also been honored with the Outstanding Bandmaster award, Gamma chapter (Indiana) of Phi Beta Mu (1998), the Outstanding University Music Educator award, Indiana Music Educators Association (2001) and the Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award (2014).

Pratt is a past president of the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division and past president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association as well as a former member of the executive board of the National Band Association and has been a member of the Jacobs School of Music faculty since 1984.

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Alumnus Trae Blanco declared finalist in The American Prize in Conducting – Band/Wind Ensemble Division

BlancoTrae Blanco, MM in Wind Conducting 2014, was declared a finalist in The American Prize in Conducting – Band/Wind Ensemble Division. The American Prize recognizes and celebrates excellence in the arts.

A student of Stephen Pratt, Blanco was a student at the Jacobs School of Music from 2013 to 2014 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in music at Arizona State University.

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Dale Hedding (BM ’86) Joins Arts Consulting Group

Dale-Hedding-3383041_220Nonprofit fundraising expert Dale C. Hedding (BM ’86) has joined Arts Consulting Group as vice president. Mr. Hedding will lead the firm’s growing revenue enhancement practice, working with arts and culture organizations throughout North America. Most recently, Mr. Hedding served as vice president of development of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Hedding served four years as principal trombone in the U.S. Air Force Band of New England. Mr. Hedding received his Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Master of Business Administration in Arts Administration from Binghamton University School of Management, State University of New York.

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Stephen Pratt receives Music Educator Award, among other activities

prattStephen 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 received the James B. Calvert Outstanding Music Educator Award at the concert of the Indiana Wind Symphony at the Palladium Concert Hall in Carmel, Ind. Also in May, he served on the adjudication/clinician panel at the 2014 Alberta Band Association Festival of Bands 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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