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 Fall 2005                           at Iowa State                          University

                                                        Alan Greiner
Wayne Bailey                Paul Bro                    Iowa State High School      Jay Kawarsky
Arizona State University    Indiana State University    Music Association           Rider College
2005 Outstanding Music      2005 Outstanding Music      2005 Outstanding Music      2004 Outstanding Music
Alumni Award                Alumni Award                Educator Alumni Award       Alumni Award

Four to receive music alumni awards
    Four distinguished      Fastidious Notes by Jay     including Complete               Jay Kawarsky (‘81)
Iowa State University       Kawarsky performed by       Marching Band Resource      is a professor of music
music alumni are the        the ISU Wind Ensemble       Manual.                     theory and composition
inaugural recipients of     with fellow alumnus              An associate           and chair of the musical
alumni awards from the      saxophonist Paul Bro.       professor of music at       theatre program at
Department of Music.             Others participating   Indiana State University,   Westminster Choir
    The four will be        in the concert will be      Paul Bro (‘80) has          College of Rider
recognized during Iowa      fellow music alumni         performed throughout        University in Princeton,
State’s Homecoming          and award winners           the United States and       NJ. He was the founder
celebration Oct. 21-23.     Wayne Bailey and Alan       Canada as well as           and conductor of the
    To honor these          Greiner.                    Europe and Taiwan. As       New Jersey Gay Men’s
individuals, a special           Wayne Bailey (‘77)     part of the Bro/Street      Chorus from 1991-98,
Homecoming concert          is the director of the      Duo, the saxophonist        conductor of the
will be presented by the    School of Music and         has appeared on             Brunswick Symphony
ISU Wind Ensemble at 3      professor of music at       Minnesota Public Radio      and was artistic director
p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.    Arizona State University.   and the Canadian            of the Lehigh Valley Gay
The concert will be held    He has held similiar        Broadcasting                Men’s Chorus in
in the Martha-Ellen Tye     positions at the            Corporation.                Allentown, PA, from
Recital Hall and is free    University of Tennessee          Alan Greiner (‘85)     1996-2004. As a
and open to the public.     and Texas Tech              is the director of the      composer he has written
    Each alumnus will       University. A trumpeter     Iowa State High School      for all genres including
participate in the          and band director, he is    Music Association           solo instrument,
concert which will          the author of three         where he is responsible     orchestra, band, choir,
feature the premiere of a   widely used music           for the all-state music     voice and music theatre.
composition entitled        education textbooks         program.
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From the Chair
     As new department chair, I’m    Orchestra, State Singers, Wind
excited to tell you about the        Ensemble, and soloist Simon
changes and events for the new       Estes will appear at our third
academic year. As you may know,      “President’s Concert” on Sunday,
Dr. Sue Haug, our former             March 26th at 3:00 pm in Omaha’s
department chair, is the new         brand new performing arts
Director of the School of Music at   center. Please check our concert
Penn State University. Sue was a     calendar website for more
faculty member of the ISU Music      information about this event, and
Department for 30 years, the last    all of our concerts and programs
13 as department chair. Although     at www.music.iastate.edu.
we are all saddened to say                We are fortunate to have
goodbye to Sue, we wish her the      Pulitzer Prize winning composer
best in this new and exciting        Libby Larsen on our campus
chapter of her life. Penn State is   from April 6-8, 2006 as our         contribution of $30, your
indeed fortunate to have her         artist-in-residence. During her     membership provides you with a
heading its department.              residency she will be teaching,     printed concert calendar and
     As an alumnus or friend of      lecturing, and assisting in         invitations to special events.
our music department, we would       rehearsals to prepare for two       Joining “Friends of Music” is a
like to know what you are doing!     concerts of her music by various    great way to provide support that
This newsletter, which is            ensembles and soloists. We are      enhances the mission and vision
published twice a year, is the       excited to have a composer of her   of our department. If you would
perfect forum to share with          stature on campus to work with      like additional information about
others what is happening in your     our students.                       “Friends of Music” please contact
life. Please let us know about            Lastly, if you would like to   me at mgolemo@iastate.edu.
your career and your family –        support our department in a
weddings, births and deaths of       financial way, please consider      Yours in music,
our alumni and friends. We’re        joining our “Friends of Music”      Michael Golemo
proud of your accomplishments        program. For a minimum              Chair
and will share this information in
our newsletters.
     We are justifiably proud of
four alumni who will be honored
this October as the first
                                     Music Today
                                     Michael Golemo, chair               Please address all
recipients of the Music
                                     William David, editor               correspondence to the editor:
Department’s Outstanding
Alumni Awards. These four            Dave Gieseke, public relations      wdavid@iastate.edu
alumni – Wayne Bailey, Jay           manager, College of Liberal Arts    515-294-5364
Kawarsky, Paul Bro and Alan          and Sciences                        Iowa State University does not
Greiner – will receive their                                             discriminate on the basis of race,
awards at a special concert of the   Music Today is published twice      color, age, religion, national origin,
Wind Ensemble on Sunday,             a year for the alumni, friends,     sexual orientation, gender identity,
October 23rd at 3:00 pm in the                                           sex, marital status, disability, or status
                                     students and faculty of the
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall.                                           as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be
                                     Department of Music at Iowa         directed to the Director of Equal
Please help us honor these           State University, an academic       Opportunity and Diversity, 3680
distinguished alumni who will
                                     department in the College of        Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.
each participate in this unique
                                     Liberal Arts and Sciences.
     And speaking of unique
concerts, the Symphony               www.music.iastate.edu
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student news
And a one, and a two                                                        previous night, afterwards she
                                                                            felt good about the performance.
                                                                                 “The choir responded really
Recent graduate Shelby Sievers earns national
                                                                            well to me the second night,” she
undergraduate conducting award.                                             said. “Everything went like I

             hen Shelby Sievers                                             wanted it to. I felt really good
             submitted an audition                                          about it.”
             videotape for a                                                     She should have. Sievers was
national conducting competition                                             named the winner of the ACDA
last October, she didn’t think                                              Undergraduate National
much would come of it.                                                      Conducting Competition,
     That was until she was home                                            winning a $500 prize.
for break between semesters.                                                     While at Iowa State, Sievers
     “I got this letter saying that                                         has taken conducting courses
out of 100 applicants I was one                                             with James Rodde, the Louise
of eight national semi-finalists,”                                          Moen Chair in Music and
the senior vocal music education                                            director of choral activities. She
major said. “I was pretty ecstatic.                                         directed a college student choir
So ecstatic that my mom thought                                             at Collegiate Methodist Church
something was wrong.”                                                       and served as the assistant
     As a national semi-finalist,                                           director of Celebration Iowa, a
Sievers traveled to Los Angeles                                             summer high school vocal
for the American Choral                                                     ensemble at Luther College.
Directors Association (ACDA)                                                     Those experiences made it
national convention in early                                                easier for Sievers to compete at
February. Each semi-finalist was           “The choir was tired and I       the ACDA nationals.
asked to prepare a series of          felt like they just wanted to be           “I had lots of opportunities to
musical selections he/she would       done,” she said. “I agonized over     practice as well as watching a
conduct at the competition.           every pitch and phrase prior to       wonderful group of (faculty)
     “I hadn’t even heard the         the concert. Once I was               conductors here at Iowa State,”
pieces before,” she said, “but as a   rehearsing with the choir, the        she said. “They taught me that
musician I’m used to learning a       eight minutes just flew by.           you have to think one beat ahead
lot of new music.”                         “I wasn’t very confident after   when you are conducting.
     In the first round of the        we were through,” Sievers                  “But it’s like an instrument,
competition, Sievers and the          continued. “I wasn’t expecting        the more you practice, the better
other semi-finalists each             anything but I was just happy to      you get.”
conducted an elite high school        make it to the semi-final round.”          That’s what made the ACDA
choir from Salt Lake City, UT.             But again Sievers was wrong.     experience all that more difficult.
Each student conducted the            She was named one of four                  “As a conductor one has to
choir in an eight-minute              finalists who competed the            try to predict the trouble spots a
performance.                          following night with the same         choir will have with a particular
     Sievers was the last             choir – albeit with two different     piece,” Sievers said. “I had to
competitor to conduct the choir       musical selections.                   guess at the trouble spots at the
in the semi-final round –                  This time, Sievers was the       competition, since I had never
something that she thought            third student conductor to            heard the choir before nor was
would work against her.               compete. And unlike the               familiar with the pieces.”
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 Director’s Journal: Wind Ensemble’s European Tour
                                                                            that it was Ari Micich’s birthday
                                                                            (a trumpet player in the Wind
                                                                            Ensemble) and his parents back
                                                                            in Des Moines had contacted our
                                                                            hotel – arranging to provide the
                                                                            famous sachertorte to help
                                                                            celebrate Ari’s birthday!
                                                                                 While in Vienna, we
                                                                            performed at a very elegant
                                                                            “Senior Residenz Center.” For
                                                                            this concert we included livelier
                                                                            music than that used in the
                                                                            church performances, including
                                                                            Strauss’ “Tales of the Vienna
                                                                            Woods” and the famous
                                                                            “Radetzky March” – where
                                                                            everyone claps along – somewhat
                                                                            like an Austrian version of our
                                                                            “Stars and Stripes Forever
 By Michael Golemo                    by Schubert, Mozart and Dvorak.            After leaving Vienna, we
 Director of Bands                         The concert concluded with       made two short stops on our way
     The ISU Wind Ensemble            “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” –      to Salzburg. The first was at the
 made its second European tour        a similar arrangement to that         former Mauthausen
 from May 9-18, 2005. The 45-         used by the Canadian Brass. To        Concentration Camp, where we
 member ensemble performed            be honest, I was worried if this      received a guided tour which
 concerts in Prague, Vienna and       selection would be appropriate or     reminded us of the cruelties of
 Salzburg. In addition to the band,   well-received. Basically, it          the Nazi era. Our tours were led
 faculty member Don Simonson          brought down the house. They          by young men who also shared
 performed as tenor soloist.          LOVED this jazzy selection and        their personal experiences as
 Former department chair Sue          seemed to applaud forever. It was     they had become friends of both
 Haug also accompanied us on          an incredibly special concert.        former prisoners and guards.
 this tour.                                After our time in Prague, we     This chilling tour gave us all time
     The band’s tour began in         traveled to Vienna. Although we       to reflect upon the inhumanity of
 Prague, where we toured the          had a tour guide in each city, Dr.    man and the horrors of war.
 castle district and visited the      Simonson had lived in Vienna for           After a short drive to St.
 Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral,   many years and was able to point      Florian, we visited the St. Florian
 and the Golden Lane. Our tour        out many additional sights to         Monastery. This complex is an
 guide led us over the famous         help us all to enjoy this beautiful   outstanding example of Austrian
 Charles Bridge, crossing the         city. While in Vienna, the entire     Baroque architecture with a wing
 Moldau River to the Old Town         band enjoyed a cruise on the          of apartments built especially for
 Square area and its renowned         “Blue” Danube, and toured many        the Habsburg royal family. Of
 Astronomical Clock. Old Town         of downtown Vienna’s sights,          particular interest to musicians is
 Square is also the site of the       including the Hofburg Palace,         the fact that the composer Anton
 historic St. Nicholas Church –       Belvedere Palace, and St.             Bruckner was the organist and
 where we performed to a              Stephens Cathedral. When we           music director. His last wish was
 standing-room-only audience.         arrived at our hotel, they had        to be buried beneath the great
 We played music appropriate to a     sachertorte (Viennese chocolate       organ of the cathedral. After
 Baroque church, including works      cake) waiting for us. It seems        touring the monastery, we
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European adventure for Wind Ensemble
visisted Bruckner’s coffin, which                                           cities, sights and food. As an
is placed in the crypt, directly                                            ensemble, we truly became a
below the organ.                                                            “family” and created memories
     Following St. Florian, we                                              that will surely last forever. We
continued to Salzburg, the                                                  are all grateful to those who
birthplace of Mozart, and the city                                          generously donated to our travel
used in the filming of “The                                                 fund that helped to make this
Sound of Music.” Salzburg is                                                trip a reality.
truly one of the most beautiful
cities in the world, featuring the
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impressive Cathedral, the             also performed a short concert.
                                                                           members (left to right) Chris Feay,
catacombs, the Getreidegasse,         Again, they LOVED the                Andrew Sprung, Alexis Olson, Kari
Mirabell Gardens, and the             Dixieland selection!                 Williamson and Laura Ferguson
Hohensalzburg fortress. It is easy        While in Salzburg, the entire    model their special clothing - required
to think that you are living in the   band was able to take a tour of      for a tour of the Salzburg salt mines.
18th century when you visit           the salt mines. After donning
Salzburg. One evening we had a        special white mining clothes, we     This Page - top left: The Wind
meal at St. Peters Stiftskeller, a    toured the mines on foot, on an      Ensemble takes a bow while receiving
superb restaurant. This               underground boat, and by sliding     a rousing ovation at the St. Nicholas
                                                                           Cathedral in Prague.
restaurant has been in                down wooden chutes. What fun!
continuous operation since 883.           We concluded our tour with
                                                                           Top right: Members of Kappa Kappa
Hard to believe – but true. Many      a day in Dinkelsbühl, Germany        Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Band
students attended mass (even          which is one of the pristine         Fraternity and Sorority stand in front
non-Catholics) at one of the          medieval cities among the            of the birthplace of Mozart. From left
impressive cathedrals. It was         Romantic Road region.                to right, Mary Beth Golemo, Michael
strangely beautiful to hear a         Exploring the ramparts,              Golemo, Sue Haug, Ben Harper,
church service entirely in            watchtowers, and city                Kathryn Norby, Chris Saito,
German.                               transported us back 500 years.       Kimberlee Gage, Steve Hovey, Omar
     During our stay in Salzburg      We enjoyed a group farewell          Aleman, Stephanie Law and Sarah
we performed as part of morning       dinner at our bed and breakfast
mass at a local church. This          style hotel – which was built over
                                                                           Middle Photo: An outdoor view of the
occurred on Pentecost Monday,         400 years ago.                       St. Nicholas Cathedral in Prague - site
which is a national holiday in            This trip was a marvelous        of the Wind Ensemble’s first concert
Austria. Following the mass, we       combination of music, culture,       on their tour.
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                                                                                 So during breaks in marching
                                                                            band camp this past August, the
                                                                            conversation among Storey's
                                                                            fellow cymbal players typically
                                                                            turned to the goofy, kind and
                                                                            caring cymbal player in Iraq.
                                                                                 One of those discussions led
                                                                            to a symbolic gesture in support
                                                                            of Storey.
                                                                                 "We wanted to come up with
                                                                            a way to remind ourselves of
                                                                            Adam, but also to show other
                                                                            people that we were thinking
                                                                            about him as well and were
                                                                            missing him," said Sarah Besch.
 Symbolic cymbals                                                                So instead of talking about
                                                                            Adam one break, the group
 Marching band unit honors former member serving in                         decided to do something
                                                                                 A trip to Hobby Lobby later
 The following story is about the     almost derailed his chance to be      netted handkerchiefs with stars
 2004 Cyclone Football “Varsity”      the marching band as a freshman.      and stripes and some puffy paint.
 Marching Band.                            "I got lucky getting in," he     The group met at an apartment
                                      writes by e-mail. "I was at boot      and spent the rest of the

         very break the talk would    camp during tryouts, but my           afternoon decorating their
         gravitate back to Adam.      high school director was an Iowa      cymbal bags with homemade
           "The drumline meets a      State alum and he pulled strings      American flags made from the
 week before the rest of the band     for me.                               handkerchiefs and messages to
 in August and all of the cymbals          "Being in the drumline was       Adam.
 were returning members, or were      the best thing I did at Iowa State         "We didn't do this to show
 in the band last year, so we had     and I'm so glad I got a chance to     other people necessarily, or to
 lots of time to spare," said Susie   be a part of that group."             make people pay attention,"
 Schreck.                                  In just a few short weeks,       Schreck said. "We mostly did it
      "And we talked about Adam       Storey made quite an impression       for ourselves and Adam."
 a lot."                              on his fellow cymbal players.              Schreck's fellow cymbal
      That's because instead of            "When he first showed up         players agree.
 wearing the uniform of the Iowa      last year after missing all of band        "The concept of putting the
 State University Cyclone Football    camp, I was surprised because he      flags on the bags was an
 "Varsity" Marching Band, Adam        was at the Music Hall ready for       extremely thoughtful one to me,"
 Storey is donning the uniform of     band at nine on a Saturday            said Nick Elliott. "But it wasn't
 the United States Marine Corps.      morning after graduating just the     until later on in the season that I
 He is currently serving as a         afternoon before," said Rob           realized that it was the least we
 reservist in the Marine Corps and    Franz. "I was expecting a very        could do, considering what
 has been stationed in Iraq for the   disciplined, very serious no-         Adam is doing for us and our
 past two months.                     nonsense type of person due to        country."
      But before his duty in Iraq,    the fact that he had just come             "We think about him every
 the Des Moines resident was a        from boot camp.                       game - it's just not the same
 forestry major at Iowa State his          "It didn't take me long to       without him," Besch said.
 freshman year where he was a         realize, however, that he was one          The tight-knit group
 cymbal player in the marching        of the goofiest guys I know. But      continues to correspond with
 band.                                he was also the kindest and most      Storey on a weekly basis through
      Yet his duty with the Marines   caring person I know."                AOL instant messenger. Schreck,
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cymbals                                                                           Dr. James and Kathleen
                                                                                  Rodde and members of the
                                                                                  Iowa State Singers pause by
who attended high school in Des                                                   the Cathedral of Our Lady
Moines with Storey, says she tells                                                of the Angels after three
                                                                                  convention performances.
him about life on campus and
with the band.
     "Susie tells me how the line
is doing," Storey said. "When I
heard about the flags, I was very
surprised. I can't believe all the
support I got from those guys.
     "Their concern more than
anything has been very touching.
                                     California singing
I only knew them for one year,           The Iowa State Singers               Prior to these concerts, the
and they care that much for me.      traveled to California in February   mixed chorus were featured at a
My friends from the drumline,        2005 to perform at the American      special reception and
and specifically the cymbal line,    Choral Directors Association         performance of Iowa State
have really shown me a lot of        (ACDA) national convention in        alumni at the Hyatt Regency at
love and given me more than I        Los Angeles. This was the first      Macy’s Plaza in Los Angeles.
ever gave them."                     appearance at the national               More than 75 alumni
     The caring goes beyond the      convention by the ensemble,          attended the event, which
decorated cymbal bags.               directed by James Rodde, the         concluded with the singing of
Invariably the conversation          Louise Moen Endowed Chair of         “The Bells of Iowa State” by
during breaks turns back to          Music and director of choral         current and past members of
Storey.                              activities.                          Iowa State choirs.
     "We just talk about Adam,           Leading conductors, through
telling stories and sharing what     a blind tape audition process,       Going to China
we've heard from him," Schreck       chose the Iowa State Singers to          The Iowa State Singers are
said. "We plan on sending him a      participate in the national ACDA     preparing for a performance tour
package with this year's drumline    convention.                          in China, May 14-24, 2006.
and cymbal shirt and other               “It’s reasonable to say that         The group will sing concerts
items."                              being selected to sing a solo        in Beijing, Shanghai, and
     "This is just something our     performance at a national ACDA       Hangzhou, sharing some
section does because we miss         convention represents the            performances with choirs from
him a lot and want to show our       pinnacle of achievement for an       Chinese universities.
support of him to others and to      American choir,” Rodde said.             In addition to preparing their
include him on the (cymbal) line     “Since there was an                  music, which will include some
while he is in Iraq," said Rita      unprecedented number of tapes        Chinese and American folk
Tisinger.                            submitted for this year’s            songs, the singers are working
     Other members of the cymbal     convention, I feel especially        hard to raise funds for the trip.
line included Kylie Behm, Ross       proud that the Iowa State Singers    Contributions in any amount to
Bradshaw and Kristi Kingland. It     were selected.”                      help these students with this
was Behm's idea to decorate the          The Iowa State Singers gave      once-in-a-lifetime experience
cymbal bags.                         three solo performances              would be greatly appreciated.
                                     including concerts at the                Donations may be sent to:
                                     Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and       ISU Foundation, 2505 Elwood
                                     two at the Cathedral of Our          Drive, Ames, IA, 50010
                                     Lady of the Angels.
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 department news
 Ensembles Omaha-
 bound for concert
                                        After appearances in
                                    Minneapolis and Chicago, the        with each ensemble.
                                    Department of Music is once              Another special aspect of the
                                    again taking its President’s        President’s Concert will be the
                                    Concerts on the road - this time    Iowa State Singers’ performance
                                    to the new Holland Performing       of the world premiere of a new
                                    Arts Center in Omaha, NE.           work by René Clausen entitled
                                        The third annual President’s    The Early Bird. The piece is a
                                    Concert will again feature the      setting of a poem by Ted Kooser,
                                    Iowa State Singers, the ISU Wind    current U.S. Poet Laureate and
                                    Ensemble and the ISU Symphony       2005 Pulitzer Prize winner.
                                    Orchestra. International opera           Kooser is a Iowa State
                                    star Simon Estes, the F Wendell
                                                            .           alumnus and resident of nearby
                                    Miller Distinguished Artist in      Lincoln, NE.
                                    Residence, will again be featured

 Ames Children’s Choirs
 celebrate 10th anniversary
     The Ames Children’s Choirs     former ACC singers are currently
 (ACC) program celebrated its       ISU music majors: Ted Brimeyer
 tenth anniversary in 2005. The     (ACC singer from 1995-1997),
 program has included an            Cathy Compton (1996-2000),
 apprenticeship program, which      and Pavithra Rajagopalan (2001-
 has provided training for more     2003).
 than 30 ISU students over the          The Concert Choir was the       Arlington and performed a
 years.                             only children’s choir selected to   special service in honor of Dr.
     Current ISU student            perform a solo concert for the      Munsen’s brother, Lt. Craig
 apprentices include Melissa Day    sixtieth Anniversary Conference     Marvik Munsen (USN, 1966-
 and Cathy Compton. Former ISU      of the Michigan Music Educators     1996) who has a memorial
 students who serve as the          Association in January. The choir   marker at Arlington. Additional
 assistant conductors of the Prep   also toured to Washington, DC,      concerts were performed at the
 Choir and Chorale include:         where it performed a solo concert   Jefferson Memorial, the WWII
 Shauri Bair (2004 grad), Sonia     at Washington’s National            Memorial, Mt. Vernon, and for
 Goodrich Johnson (1996),           Cathedral on Sunday, June 26.       the Lake Barcroft Association.
 Hannah Keeling (2003), and         The choir laid a wreath at the
 Mindy Phomvisay (1998). Three      Tomb of the Unknown at
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          Orchestra pipeline
Faculty, students and alumni maintain strong presence with Des Moines Symphony.

         uring a break at a recent   a full-service professional          nature of the research for
         rehearsal of the Des        orchestra which performs seven       performing musicians. You have
         Moines Symphony, a          pairs of classical concerts          to play – that's what you do. I
photo (above) was taken of           throughout the season as well as     would compare it to other faculty
everyone in the group who has        a pops performance, family           members presenting papers."
an Iowa State University             concerts, in-school ensemble              Stuart and Messenger say that
connection. It was quite a           performances, and its annual         they are lucky to have a
mixture.                             Yankee Doodle Pops concert on        professional orchestra in close
    Professors in the Department     the State Capitol grounds.           proximity to their primary job.
of Music were there. Current ISU         Messenger auditioned for the          "In some ways it's the best of
students, long-time members and      orchestra when he first arrived      all possible worlds," Stuart said.
recent additions to the              on campus 36 years ago. He has       "You have to go where the job is
Symphony all lined up for the        been a member ever since.            and playing jobs aren't as
photo.                                   "It's an extra job for           plentiful here in the U.S. as they
    In fact almost one-fourth of     everyone" he said. "I would say      are in Europe, South America
the entire symphony membership       about three-fourths of the           and, in some regards, Asia."
either works, goes to school or is   orchestra is involved in some sort        While playing with the Des
an alumnus of Iowa State. It         of musical employment, typically     Moines Symphony or any other
wasn't always that way.              teaching, while the rest came        group is secondary to teaching,
    The Des Moines Symphony          from various careers.                the Iowa State music faculty
was established in 1937 as an            "There are a number of           members say that performing has
adjunct of Drake University and      people who have been in the          helped them in the classroom.
remained that way for the next       orchestra 15 to 25 years," he             "The Symphony has
30 years. Recently, however, the     continued. "Amazing, we've had       definitely helped my playing,
group has taken on a decidedly       a very stable membership."           particularly in the areas of
Iowa State flavor.                       One of those stable members      rhythm and pitch consistency,"
    "The Iowa State membership       is David Stuart, associate           said Jonathan Sturm, associate
in the Symphony has fluctuated       professor of music, a member         professor of music and the
depending on openings," said         since 1976.                          Symphony's concertmaster.
Joseph Messenger, professor of           "A job opened up right when           "It has also helped my
music and a long-time clarinetist    I came to Iowa State," the           teaching because I demand more
with the group.                      trombonist said. "Performing         precision in these areas from my
    The Des Moines Symphony is       with a symphony orchestra is the     Continued on page 10
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 Orchestra                                was used to playing for," she
                                          said. "But it's the most rewarding
                                                                               performers in his section.
                                                                               Typically he will seek out an
                                          experience musically I've had,       Iowa State student.
 pipeline                                 especially performing with
                                          world-renowned guest artists like
                                                                                    "If I can walk up to a student
                                                                               and tell them they can make
 Continued from page 9                    Yo-Yo Ma, which was earlier this     $500 for a week's work doing
 students as well.”                       year. That was quite special."       something they love, they jump
      "Being in the company of                Theesfield is a permanent        at it," Larkin said. "It's a real
 other musicians, making music            member of the group. Other           thrill to have students up on the
 with other people, working with          members, some with Iowa State        stage with me during a
 different conductors – it all            connections, are extras who will     performance."
 makes me a better teacher,"              perform on a special composition          The performances are what
 Stuart said. "It's good for me to        during a concert. Auditions are      keep Larkin, Sturm, Stuart and
 find out a different approach to         held for the extra players,          Messenger coming back.
 something."                              primarily in the wind and                 "I keep thinking it would be
      Stuart uses rehearsals and          percussion sections.                 fun when I retire to spend
 performances to find out                     The principal percussionist      another year or two just playing
 different approaches. The                for the Symphony is Barry            with the Symphony," Messenger
 Symphony rehearses on average            Larkin, associate professor of       said. "It would be fun to have a
 about one week per month.                music. Like Messenger and            year when I only had to play the
 Sturm says he spends another             Stuart, Larkin auditioned for the    clarinet. I have been an orchestra
 five to 10 hours practicing the          group right after he arrived on      junkie all my life. It's a wonderful
 music to be ready for rehearsals         campus in 1993.                      thing I get to do – to perform the
 and concerts.                                One of the perks, he says, to    most gorgeous music ever
      It's a little different situation   the job is that he hires extra       written."
 for Gretchen Theesfield, who
 plays second violin in the Des
                                          Music technology initiatives awarded grant
 Moines Symphony. A 2005 violin                 By Christopher Hopkins         technological support in
 performance graduate of Iowa                 Assistant Professor of Music     instruction and learning, the
 State, Theesfield is in her fourth            The Department of Music         new design provides an
 season as a member of the                has taken large steps forward in     important operational model for
 orchestra.                               its initiatives to provide new       use in the professional
      "I always thought if I stuck        technological resources for          preparation of future music
 around Ames I wanted to be a             teaching, professional               teachers. Recent changes in the
 part of the Symphony," she said.         preparation, and curriculum          music education curriculum not
      Theesfield worked her way           expansion. This fall, with the       only incorporate technology in
 up through private lessons while         assistance of over $61,000 in        the process of learning, but
 she was a student in the Ames            grants awarded by the College of     provide practical instruction in
 School District. Then she joined         Liberal Arts and Sciences            the use of software, servers, and
 the Central Iowa Symphony                Computer Advisory Committee,         computer labs for teaching.
 while in high school and is a            the department opened a                  The lab expansion also
 member of the ISU Symphony               renovated and expanded music         provides support for an
 Orchestra.                               computer laboratory. The lab         expansion of the curriculum in
      Now she juggles her on-             was redesigned to provide an         music technologies, the goal of
 campus responsibilities with the         increase from eleven to twenty       which is to establish the
 Des Moines Symphony.                     student workstations and to          department as a significant
      "It was nerve wracking at the       reorient the student                 contributor to the university’s
 beginning and a little                   “workstations” to better take        strengths in science and
 intimidating because the                 advantage of “smart classroom”       technology. The department’s
 professionalism of the Symphony          technologies. Beyond serving an      long-range initiatives include an
 is at a whole different level than I     expanding need for                   Continued on page 17
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faculty news
New Ames Piano Quartet recording features
contemporary American music instead of standards.

        he eighth and latest               "This music is all important,"   on the patriotic aspects of the
        recording the Ames Piano       David continued. "However we're      Bicentennial, Bolcom instead
        Quartet has just released      finding audiences are somewhat       chose to focus on what he
is unlike anything the resident        afraid of this type of music. They   described as "a tragic flaw in the
chamber music ensemble at Iowa         want more works by familiar          American psyche that seems to
State University has ever done.        composers."                          lead inexorably toward violence."
    "This a departure for us from          Dark Rosaleen - Rhapsody on           David describes the piece as
the recordings we've done in the       an Air of James Joyce by composer    more avant garde and "very
past," said William David, the         Lee Hoiby was commissioned by        different from the Hoiby -
pianist in the group. "We've done      the Ames Town and Gown               strikingly dissonant and
most of the traditional piano          Chamber Music Association to         compelling."
quartet repertoire out there."         celebrate its 50th anniversary in         Like Dark Rosaleen, the Ames
    Instead of names like Mozart,      2000. Hoiby wrote the piece          Piano Quartet has performed this
Bach and Brahms this recording         specifically for the Ames Piano      piano quartet before. It was on
features composers such as             Quartet, which has performed         the concert program for their
Hoiby, Bolcom and Willis.              Dark Rosaleen several times on       New York City premiere.
    Not exactly household              campus and throughout the                 The final piece is Richard
names.                                 United States.                       Willis' Variants, which was
    "It's critical that the music of       This one movement, a 20-         commissioned in 1990 for a
today be heard," he said. "The         minute piece, is based on a          piano quartet at Texas Tech
music on this recording is all         melody that young James Joyce        University.
very powerful and intense. If that     wrote while in school. Hoiby was          “Variants is similar to the
happens it's not a bad thing no        extremely interested in getting      Hoiby piece," David said. "It's
matter when the music was              the work recorded and assisted       more contemporary and an
composed.                              the Ames Piano Quartet in            excellent example of American
                                       securing a recording contract.       music."
                                           "Lee (Hoiby) was anxious to           The CD is available at the
                                       get the piece recorded," David       Albany Records web site
                                       said. "This company (Albany          (www.albanyrecords.com).
                                       Records) focuses on American              Besides David other members
                                       repertoire and was extremely         of the Ames Piano Quartet
                                       helpful in recording the Hoiby       include George Work, cello;
                                       piece."                              Mahlon Darlington, violin; and
                                           Also included on the             Jonathan Sturm, viola.
                                       recording is a piano quartet by
                                       Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
                                       William Bolcom. Written in
                                       1976, the piece is the “oldest” on
                                       the recording. Instead of focusing
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To Russia with ISU
Two major projects beckon Music’s Jeffrey Prater to
                                                                             title, is hard to categorize.
                                                                                  “This work is not an oratorio
                                                                             although the forces required are
                                                                             similar, and it’s not a concerto,
Kaliningrad, Russia.                                                         although the solo flute and

        alk about making the                                                 soprano parts are weighty
        most of a chance meeting.                                            enough for that consideration,”
         Just over 25 years ago,                                             he said.
Jeffrey Prater struck up a                                                        “Neither is it a symphony,
conversation with a German                                                   although the unifying musical
woman and her 12-year-old                                                    elements and developmental
granddaughter in a restaurant in                                             procedures used in the
Salzburg, Austria.                                                           composition could be thought of
     Turns out these Germans and                                             as symphonic. Veni Creator
Prater had something in common                                               Spiritus is really a combination of
– a love for music.                                                          all these musical genres.”
     The Iowa State professor of                                                  A more recent musical
music stayed in close touch with       Cathedral. These performances         composition by Prater was also
the family over the years, and         featured American soloists, the       performed on the second half of
that relationship has led to           ISU Chamber Singers and the           the orchestral concert. Promise is
numerous cooperative                   Kaliningrad State Symphony            a nine-minute piece for flute and
international projects.                Orchestra, conducted by Arkadi        string orchestra and was
     The girl’s father, Dr. Eberhard   Feldman.                              premiered on campus last spring.
Neumann-von Meding is a                     Just last month, Prater led           Autobiographical in nature,
physician, musician, historian         another Iowa State delegation         Promise was composed in just
and patron of the arts. Neumann        back to Kaliningrad at the            three weeks. Prater says it was
helped find housing in Germany         bequest of Feldman and                written, in part, as a way to help
for Prater and his family during       Neumann. This time, Prater,           him come to terms with
Prater’s Faculty Development           three other Iowa State music          rebuilding his life following the
Assignment leave in 1988-89.           faculty members and two               recent death of his wife Jane,
Then, in 1995, Neumann helped          professional musicians with           former medical records
Prater raise funds for a trip to       former Iowa State ties performed      administrator at Thielen Health
Germany by the ISU Chamber             two full-length concerts as part of   Center.
Singers, which participated in a       a citywide festival                        “Although I am planning
festival honoring the composer         commemorating the 750th               soon to compose a large work
Johann Christoph Friederich            anniversary of the founding of        specifically in memory of Jane, I
Bach.                                  the city of Koenigsberg/              wrote Promise for myself in order
     Five years later, with            Kaliningrad.                          to help me deal with my personal
Neumann’s assistance, the                   Once again, Prater’s large       grief and to help the healing
Chamber Singers and Prater             work Veni Creator Spiritus was        processes,” Prater said.
returned to help publicize and         the featured composition in a              After the rest of the Iowa
raise funds for a joint German/        performance which took place in       State delegation returned home,
Russian efforts to rebuild the         the newly renovated Koenigsberg       Prater stayed on in Kaliningrad.
Koenigsberg Cathedral located in       Cathedral                             as a Fulbright lecturer in
Russian city of Kaliningrad.                “This is the most significant    Kaliningrad. He is lecturing to
     During the 2000 visit, Prater’s   piece I’ve composed in terms of       American Studies Program
55-minute composition Veni             length, weight and content,” said     students at Kaliningrad State
Creator Spiritus for solo flute,       Prater.                               University (Albertina University)
solo soprano, mixed chorus and              Prater admits that Veni          on “Musical Culture in the
orchestra was performed on two         Creator Spiritus, which is based      United States.”
benefit concerts for the               on an 8th-century Gregorian
rebuilding of the Koenigsberg          chant tune and text of the same
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Rock ’n                               experience the British Invasion
                                      first hand.
                                           It took the assassination of
                                                                             transformed by such artists as
                                                                             Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and
                                                                             Little Richard in the 1950s.
                                                                                  “These artists took the Blues
                                      ex-Beatle John Lennon, however,

David Stuart and a
                                      to really get him started on the
                                      origin and history of rock ’n’ roll.
                                           By then, Stuart was on the
                                      music faculty at Iowa State and
                                                                             format, sped up the tempo and
                                                                             added youth-oriented lyrics to
                                                                             their music,” Stuart said.
                                                                                  “Correspond that with the
graduate student explore              along with sociologists and            Baby Boomer era that now has
the history of the music              others on campus, he taught a          disposable income and things
                                      seminar that included music of         start happening in the industry.”
genre.                                The Beatles era.                            At approximately the same
                                           That seminar evolved into a       time, something similar was
                                      history of rock ’n’ roll course that   happening in New York City
                                      he teaches every spring semester       where songwriters were taking
                                      with assistance from Ryan              the music from American
                                      Sheeler, graduate student in           musical theatre and transforming
                                      interdisciplinary studies.             it into pop music.
                                           For years, the two have used           On the West Coast the “surf”
                                      the same textbook for the course,      music of the Beach Boys and Jan
                                      but in the most recent edition         and Dean spoke of a different
                                      switched to a chronological            lifestyle. Latin rock in the late
                                      approach.                              1950s with such artists as Ritchie
                                           “If you write a textbook for      Valens became popular as did the
                                      the arts you need a hook or            rockabilly music of Buddy Holly.
                                      different approach,” Stuart said.           “I think when we talk about
                                      “So when a publishing                  this country’s melting pot and
                                      representative asked us if we          how it affects culture, that
                                      were interested in writing a           melting pot is reflected more in
                                      textbook on rock ’n’ roll we           pop music than anything else,”
                                      thought about it for a while and       Stuart says.

          e’s studied at the          then said yes.”                             From Bakersfield to Beale
          Academy of Music in              From Bakersfield to Beale         Street will look at the history of
          Vienna with members of      Street – a Regional History of         American rock ’n roll through its
the Vienna Philharmonic               American Rock ’n’ Roll is              origins until the 1990s.
Orchestra.                            scheduled to be released in
     He himself has been a long-      January 2006 by Kendall-Hunt
time trombonist with the Des          Publishing. Stuart and Sheeler
Moines Symphony.                      plan to use the book during the
     Rock ’n roll however has         rock ’n’ roll course in the spring
always held a special place in        semester.
David Stuart’s heart.                      While many texts organize
     “I’ve always been a legit        information chronological or by
(classical) musician,” says the       musical genre, in their book
associate professor of music. “But    Stuart and Sheeler take the
I’ve been into pop music since        unique approach of organizing
high school.”                         their material by regional music
     That’s when Stuart first heard   tastes.
The Beatles. Later when he                 One section will look at how
studied abroad in college he got      the classic Memphis Blues was
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                                    Golemo selected as department chair
                                         Michael Golemo, associate      while Golemo has been the
                                    professor of music and director     director. In 2003 the group had
                                    of bands, has been named chair      performances in Stuttgart,
                                    of the Department of Music.         Munich and Salzburg.
                                         Golemo replaces Sue Haug,          With over 200 instrumental
                                    professor of music, who is now      arrangements, transcriptions and
                                    the director of the School of       compositions to his credit,
                                    Music at Pennsylvania State         Golemo has had works
                                    University.                         performed by a variety of
                                         A faculty member in the        performers including Wynton
                                    Department of Music since 1999,     Marsalis, Anita Baker, Simon
                                    Golemo is the conductor of the      Estes and Louie Bellson.
                                    ISU Wind Ensemble and teaches           As a saxophonist, Golemo
  James Bovinette                   courses in music education and      has performed with such artists
                                    saxophone. As director of bands     as Natalie Cole, The Temptations,
Bovinette top                       at Iowa State, he oversees a
                                    program of eight bands.
                                                                        Ray Charles, Robert Goulet, Red
                                                                        Skelton, the Rockettes, Mitzi
teacher                                  Under Golemo’s direction,
                                    the ISU Wind Ensemble has
                                                                        Gaynor and several symphony
                                                                        and jazz orchestras.
     In the spring of 2005, LINC,   performed for the Iowa                  He is a past national
Leaders INspiring Connections,      Bandmasters Association, in         president of Kappa Kappa Psi
asked Iowa State students to        Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall and     Honorary Band Fraternity and is
nominate outstanding faculty and    in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. The    president of the Big XII Band
staff members on campus.            group just recently returned from   Directors Association.
     On March 8th, 2005, a          a 10-day tour of Central Europe         William David, University
Faculty and Student recognition     with performances in Vienna,        Professor of music, has been
ceremony was held in the            Prague and Salzburg. This is the    named the department’s assistant
Campanile Room to honor             second time the ISU Wind            chair.
outstanding faculty/staff           Ensemble has toured Europe
members, outstanding student
leaders, and the Senior Class
Council Award Recipients.
                                    David named University Professor
     Among the faculty/staff          William David, professor of
members selected by students        music, has been named a
and among peers for their           University Professor at Iowa
dedication to Iowa Staters was      State.
James Bovinette, associate              A founding member of the
professor of music.                 internationally-acclaimed Ames
     Bovinette is the director of   Piano Quartet, David has had a
the Jazz Ensemble program at        long-lasting impact on Iowa State
Iowa State and a professor of       through his work on curriculum
trumpet.                            committees and the university
     As a solo artist he has        and college levels.
performed works for trumpet and         The title of University
orchestra with the St. Louis        Professor recognizes faculty
Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois    members who have had a
Contemporary Chamber Music          significant impact on their
Ensemble and the Classical          departments and the university
Music Festival Orchestra in         in the course of their careers at
Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria.     Iowa State.                         William David
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Faculty notes
During spring of 2005 the Ames Piano Quartet           Fantasies in October.
(Mahlon Darlington, Jonathan Sturm, George
Work, and William David) performed in Orange           Alliance and Hal Leonard recently published four
and Palm Springs CA. For the second consecutive                                        new editions of
summer, they gave three concerts and served on the                                     choral works by
faculty at the Madeline Island (WI) Music Festival.                                    James Rodde,
James Bovinette was awarded a Faculty                                                  Sweelinck’s
Improvement Leave fall semester 2004 to conduct                                        Pseaume 43 and
research at the French Bibliotheque National in                                        Ev’ry Time I Feel
Paris, and the Library of Congress in Washington                                       the Spirit by Moses
DC. Professor Bovinette is working on a book about     Hogan. Dr. Rodde has been invited to conduct All-
the famous nineteenth century cornet virtuoso and      State choruses in Wisconsin in 2005, and in Texas,
founder of the first cornet class at the Paris         South Dakota, and Iowa during 2006.
Conservatory, Jean Baptiste Arban. Other projects
associated with this research include his              In the fall of 2004 Donald Simonson performed the
collaboration with James Tenor to produce new          title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Taiwan,
editions of Arban’s music for cornet à pistons and     Republic of China. He also performed as soloist
piano, and the production of a CD featuring the        with the ISU Wind Ensemble during their tour of
ISU Wind Ensemble accompanying Dr. Bovinette           the Czech Republic, and Austria. Dr. Simonson
performing Arban’s music arranged for cornet           presented a paper at the sixth International
soloist and band. Dr. Bovinette gave the premiere      Congress of Voice Teachers in Vancouver, BC, in
performance of the first of these arrangements by      August, 2005
Dr. Golemo with the Ames Municipal Band this
July.                                                  During the past year Matthew Smith judged
                                                       marching band competitions in Raceland, LA, and
During 2004, Christopher Hopkins had                   Ankeny, IA, during his free weekends in the fall. In
performances of his Voices of the Autumn Wind, in      May, he served as guest conductor of the Central
New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, with Lucy      Iowa Symphony, leading a program of Beethoven,
Shelton and Karl Paulnack, and conducted the           Schubert, Stravinsky, and Hanson. In addition, he
premiere of Mirror Antiphonies II: The Mirror of       adjudicated the ISHA Orchestra Festival in West
Enigma at the Krannert Center in Champaign-            Des Moines. During the summer of 2005 he was in
Urbana with University of Illinois Faculty. In         East Lansing where he began work toward the
December, his recording conducting the Society for     DMA degree in wind conducting at Michigan State
New Music in his own Sonatas in Dark to Light          University.
appeared on an Innova CD “Society for New Music:
American Masters for the 21st Century”. Sonatas in     During the summer of 2004 Jonathan Sturm spent
Dark to Light was commissioned by the Society          two weeks in Albania teaching and performing. In
with funds from the National Endowment for the         addition to continuing to serve as concertmaster of
Arts. During Spring 2005 Dr. Hopkins had two           the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, he was a
premieres, Inscape and Relinquaries, a composition     featured soloist with the orchestra last February. Dr.
for musical speaker and instrumental ensemble on       Sturm’s violin
poems of Ted Kooser, premiered during a                students have
University Lectures/CEAH event with the poet, and      recently been
Sonata of the Seaven Teares, a sonata for ‘cello and   chosen
piano commissioned by the Iowa Music Teachers          winners of
Association and premiered by George Work and           the Central
William David. James Hannon and the Central            Continued on
Iowa Symphony will premiere his Fanfares and            page 16
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                                                         Introducing new faculty
Faculty notes
Continued from page 15                                   Sonja Giles
Iowa Symphony Concerto Competition, the Des                   Sonja Giles was appointed assistant professor
Moines Symphony competition, and third prize in          of flute beginning fall 2005. Dr. Giles has
the national MTNA high school string competition.        performed with the American Wind Symphony
                                                         Orchestra, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, the
During the summer of 2005, Tin-Shi Tam                   Cedar Rapids Symphony,
performed carillon recitals at the 63rd Congress of      the Oskaloosa Symphony
The Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at           Orchestra, the Center for
                                The Grand Valley         New Music and the
                                State University in      Ottumwa Symphony
                                Grand Rapids, MI;        Orchestra.
                                Middlebury College            She holds a Doctor
                                in Middlebury, VT;       of Musical Arts from
                                and Norwich              University of Minnesota,
                                University in            a Master of Music from
                                Northfield, VT. Dr.      the University of Iowa,
                                Tam’s carillon CD The    and a Bachelor of Music
Bells of Iowa State, featuring Cyclone favorites and a   from the University of
commissioned work by Jeffrey Prater, is available        Alabama.
from the ISU Alumni Association.                              In the past year, she was a featured soloist with
                                                         the ISU Symphony Orchestra and ISU Wind
In addition to becoming Chair of the Music               Ensemble. In April, she premiered Jeffrey Prater’s
Department on July 1, replacing Sue Haug,                Promise for flute and orchestra. Dr. Giles gave the
Michael Golemo, director of bands, was elected           Russian premiere of this work with the Kaliningrad
Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kappa Kappa        Symphony Orchestra in August.
Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity. Golemo
served this past spring as an adjudicator for both
the state of Illinois and Nebraska high school
                                                         Michael Giles
concert band competitions. He served as a guest                Michael Giles joins the music faculty as a
conductor for several honor bands, and continues          lecturer this fall teaching saxophone and jazz. A
to conduct the Ames Municipal Band during the             native Iowan, Giles studied vocal jazz at the
summer. Golemo is also serving as President of the        Southwestern
Big XII Band Directors Association.                       Community College
                                                          School for Music
Sylvia Munsen recently conducted at the following         Vocations and
festivals: OPUS Fifth and Sixth Grade Honor Choir         classical saxophone
at C. Y. Stephens Auditorium; Iowa Choral                 at the University of
Directors (ICDA) Association; NC District Fifth           Iowa (B.M., M.A.)
and Sixth Honor Choir in Hubbard; NW District             He has taught at the
Fifth and Sixth Grade Honor Choir in LeMars; and          University of
Midwest Children’s Choir Festival at C. Y. Stephens.      Wyoming and in the
She also presented several workshops for the              Minneapolis Public Schools while maintaining a
Arizona Music Education Association State                 busy freelance calendar.
Conference in Phoenix.                                         He focuses on contemporary classical
                                                          saxophone repertoire, and is an active improviser.
                                                          He also moonlights as a jazz pianist.Last summer,
                                                          Giles performed in Kaliningrad, Russia.
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James Hannon                                              Christopher Hopkins
                                   James Hannon                Christopher Hopkins
                              joined the music faculty    works in music
                              as the Director of          composition, theory and
                              Orchestral Activities in    analysis, performance,
                              the fall of 2004. At Iowa   and applications of
                              State he conducts the       technology. As a
                              ISU Symphony                composer his interests
                              Orchestra and teaches       include both
                              instrumental                experimental and
                              conducting.                 traditional forms, with
                                   A native of Battle     special interests in
                              Creek, MI, Hannon           electroacoustic music and
began his musical studies on the violin. He received      dialectics of historical and contemporary musical
his bachelor’s degree in music education from             forms. He joined the Iowa State faculty in the fall of
Michigan State University, where he studied violin        2004. His analytic and theoretic research includes
with I-Fu Wang and Lyman Bodman and string                phonological description of unusual performance
pedagogy with Judith Palac.                               techniques, innovative computer-based musical
     Hannon went on to earn a Master of Music             notations, and tonal analysis of pre-Classical and
degree in orchestral conducting from Southern             early twentieth-century music.
Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he was              He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from
also a Suzuki pedagogy student of John Kendall.           Cornell University, where his principal mentors
     He has completed all coursework for a                were Karel Husa (composition) and John Hsu
doctorate in orchestral conducting from the               (performance), and a Master of Music degree from
University of Wisconsin-Madison as a student of           the Cleveland Institute of Music.
David E. Becker.                                               His compositions have been performed at
     Hannon has served as orchestra director and          major festivals in Basel, Grenoble, Hong Kong,
violin professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau       Honolulu, Melbourne, New York, Tanglewood,
Claire, as well as assistant professor of music and       Toronto, Vienna, and Zürich.
director of orchestras at the University of                    He has been director/conductor of
Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he also taught violin          contemporary music ensembles at Cornell
and viola.                                                University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, as
     He was recently appointed conductor of the           well as guest conductor with professional new
Central Iowa Symphony.                                    music ensembles.

Grant to aid music technology efforts
Continued from page 10                                    This course will serve a dual purpose of being a
undergraduate minor in music technologies as well         requirement in the music technology minor and an
as an expansion of courses appropriate for                advanced elective for the music major. These new
interdisciplinary programs in broader performing          courses also allow beneficial changes to established
arts technologies, art and design, engineering, and       courses, Introduction to Music Technologies
media studies. During 2005-2006 two new courses           becoming more specialized for the music education
in music technology will be added. The first              curriculum and the course in Electronic Music
provides an integrated introduction to the                Synthesis focusing on more advanced sound
fundamentals of theory, composition, and music            synthesis techniques.
software, taught entirely through technology. This            On the horizon are initiatives to provide
is a course for non-majors and is being tested as a       additional studies in the areas of recording
model for a future ‘gateway’ course for the music         techniques, interactive and live performance
technology minor. The second course specializes in        technologies, and advanced applications of
MIDI and fundamental digital audio techniques.            technology in music education.
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alumni news                                           Join the Alumni Band!
                                                An invitation:
                                                    Do you miss the music? The marching?
                                                The memories?
                                                    You can relive your college days in the band
                                                one more time and join us for the 25th Annual
                                                ISU Alumni Band Reunion. Our goal is to have
                                                250 marchers on the field to commemorate the
                                                past 25 years.
                                                    In addition to the Alumni Band reunion,
                                                thee will be a very special reunion of past band
                                                directors. In attendance will be Marty Province
 25th Annual ISU                                (1996-2002); Dustin Seifert (1998-2000); Will
 Alumni Band Reunion                            Rapp (1986-88); Dan Phillips (1980-88); and
                                                Jimmie Howard Reynolds (1972-80).
 Friday, October 21                                 So whether you haven’t picked up your
 4:10 pm - 2005 “Varsity” Marching Band         instrument in decades or you’re fresh out of
    Rehearsal                                   college, mark your calendar for Homecoming
         Band Practice Field, south of Design   Weekend, Oct. 21-22, 2005 and return to Ames
         College                                to celebrate with the greatest Alumni Band in
 7 pm - Silver Anniversary Celebration          the land!
         Sun Room, Memorial Union                   Information on hotel rooms and reunion
 8 pm - Program
                                                updates can be found at the Alumni
         Sun Room, Memorial Union
                                                Association’s web site (www.isualum.org/
 Saturday, October 22                           events/alumniband) or on the Alumni Band
 Times to be determined when game time is set   website (www.isualumniband.org/home.php).
                                                    We’ll look forward to seeing you at
 Alumni Band Rehearsal                          Homecoming 2005!
        Band Practice Field
 Combined Band Rehearsal                        Dennis Goering
        Band Practice Field                     Alumni Band President
 Meal & Annual Business Meeting
        Scheman Building
 Line up to march to stadium
        Hilton Coliseum west doors
 Halftime Performance                           ALUMNI:
        Jack Trice Field
 Executive Board Meeting
                                                Send your professional and
        Scheman Building                        personal news to
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Making a lasting impact
By Melissa Johansen
Director of Development
     Raising funds to support the
                                                                          Alumni news
                                                                          Danny Dickinson, B. Mus. (’05)
Department of Music continues to be a                                     received a Fulbright Fellowship
priority in the College of Liberal Arts and                               for the summer of 2005. He
Sciences, recognizing the impact the                                      worked in the Laboratory for
department has on so many students at                                     Molecular Radiobiology at
the university. From support for student                                  University Hospital in Zurich,
scholarships to professorships and                                        Switzerland. He describes his
outreach events like the President’s                                      work as follows: “My project
Concert to technology and equipment                                       seeks to better understand, on a
upgrades, the department has identified                                   molecular level, the changes that
many important funding priorities for the next several years.             occur in a cell upon treatment
     I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the alumni    with radiation. This fall, Danny
and friends who have supported the efforts of the Department of           will begin graduate study at
Music over the last year. Few pleasures in life offer more personal       Stanford University.
satisfaction or endure longer than helping others to achieve their
dreams.                                                                   Jennifer Porto, B. Mus. (‘00) has
     When I talk with alumni and friends about why they decided to        received a Fulbright Scholarship
make a gift, they give several reasons. For some, it is a way to say      to study at the Hochschule in
thank you to the department for opportunities they received as a          Leipzig. Her area of emphasis
direct result of their education. Others feel compelled to assist         will be lieder not usually
students of today and tomorrow to ensure they receive opportunities       performed or known in the
they experienced while in school, creating memories that have lasted      United States. Her scholarship is
a lifetime for them.                                                      for the 2005-2006 school year.
     The department received many gifts this past year, but there was     She will spend six weeks in Kiel
one very special gift to recognize. Ellen (’61 Journalism) and Tom        at the Goethe Institute before
Walvoord (‘61 Animal Science) have committed to support the               going to Leipzig in October.
department with a gift of $1 million. And although the focus of the
gift is yet to be determined, Ellen and Tom’s generosity will impact      Recent ISU graduates have
the department and countless students for many years to come.             accepted teaching assignments in
     As you think about your reasons for giving, please know that         Iowa public schools:
your generosity provides much needed financial support to students,       Becky Christensen (‘05),
faculty and the department. It is impossible to overstate the impact of   Ventura
personal contributions to the Department of Music. Knowing your           Melissa Danforth (‘05), Earlham
gift, no matter what size, touches the lives of so many is one of the     Jaqui Scanes (‘05), Fort Dodge
greatest personal rewards you will experience.                            High School
     Perhaps you have said that once you are comfortable and secure,      Shelby Sievers (‘04), Lewis
you would like to help those causes near to your heart. If you are one    Central High School, Council
of those people, making a charitable bequest by including the Iowa        Bluffs
State University Foundation in your will or codicil is an easy way to     Amanda Tomlinson (‘05), Prairie
turn your good intentions into action. We can help you and your           City-Monroe
estate planning advisors develop a plan best suited to satisfy both       Rose Rumohr (‘05), United
family and philanthropic goals.                                           Community, Boone
     Please remember that every gift has a lasting impact on the          Sarah Wright (‘05), Northeast
quality of education, research, faculty and service we provide. Your      Hamilton
gift counts and we are deeply grateful for your ongoing support. For
more information about making a gift to the Department of Music or
including it in your estate plans, please contact me at
mjohans@iastate.edu or 515-294-8868.
Music Today
Department of Music
Iowa State University
149 Music Hall
Ames, IA 50011

Upcoming Special Events
october                              november                        january
Saturday, October 8                  Thursday & Friday, Nov. 10-11   Friday and Saturday, January 13-14
Naoko Takada, marimbist              ISU Opera Studio                41st ISU Madrigal Dinner
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall        “Side by Side by Sondheim”      Great Hall, Memorial Union
7:30 pm $                            Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall   5:30 pm $
                                     7:30 pm $
Sunday, October 9                                                    march
Collage of Choirs                    Sunday, November 13             Sunday, March 26
Stephens Auditorium                  ISU Band Extravaganza           The President’s Concert
3 pm $                               Stephens Auditorium             Holland Performing Arts Center
                                     3 pm $                          Omaha, Nebraska
Sunday, October 23                                                   3 pm $
ISU Wind Ensemble                    december                        Reception, 1 pm $
Homecoming Alumni Concert            Sunday, December 4
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall
3 pm
                                     ISU Holiday Festival Choral     april
                                     Stephens Auditorium             April 6-8
                                     3 pm $                          Libby Larson
Friday and Saturday, October 14-15
Lipa Festival of                                                     Composer-in-Residence
Contemporary Music                                                   Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall
Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall

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