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About uimusic

The University of Iowa School of Music has long been recognized as one of the excellent university-based schools of music in the U.S. Its international reputation within the fine arts community attracts the highest-caliber students in graduate and undergraduate programs for performance, conducting, composition, musicology, theory, music therapy, and music education. The school’s enrollment of approximately 450 students majoring in music is large enough to sustain strong programs in all areas of specialization, yet small enough to ensure the individual attention essential to each student’s development. The music faculty consists of highly trained and internationally recognized artist-teachers in every area of specialization. Private lessons with faculty members are offered in all band and orchestra instruments, voice, piano, and organ.

School of Music faculty nominated as “First Year Champions”

Several School of Music faculty were among those honored at a celebration sponsored by the Provost’s Office and student retention, called First Year Champions. UI faculty were nominated by a first year student in their first three weeks on campus, through a survey delivered through the Provost’s office, to determine ways to help students with their transition to Iowa. Each faculty member was nominated as ‘the person who most helped their transition to Iowa.’ The anonymous survey is a testament to the hard work and dedication of School of Music faculty to their students. Great job!

Left to right: Music Therapy Professor Mary Adamek, Tuba/Euphonium Professor John Manning, UI President Sally Mason, Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens, Piano Professor Rene Lecuona, and Bassoon Professor Benjamin Coelho.

Left to right: Music Therapy Professor Mary Adamek, Tuba/Euphonium Professor John Manning, UI President Sally Mason, Hawkeye Marching Band Director Kevin Kastens, Piano Professor Rene Lecuona, and Bassoon Professor Benjamin Coelho.

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Plans are unveiled, federal funding commitment reaffirmed

A February milestone. An injection of suspense in June. And a moment of praise (and a chance to exhale) in October. This sequence provides a snapshot of the progress made in 2012 with regard to the replacement of flood-damaged arts facilities at the University of Iowa. Read the complete state of the arts building article in this morning’s Iowa Now>>

The new Voxman School of Music will be located in downtown Iowa City, with its main entrance at the intersection of Burlington and Clinton streets. The structure will feature a largely glass exterior and second-floor auditoriums; substantial completion was projected for August 2016.

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Hawkeye Marching Band attracts national recognition

Congratulations to the 250-member Hawkeye Marching Band and their director, Professor Kevin Kastens. The Hawkeye Marching Band was singled out on October 26 as one of the best college bands in the nation on CNN Headline News. Fans were able to nominate their favorite band; videos of the bands were then collected by the cable news network.  Based on the submissions, CNN chose 14 bands from across the country for broadcast on their Morning Express show with Robin Meade (6:00-10:00AM, EST). The Big Ten was well-represented in the “Battle of the Bands.” In addition to the Hawkeye Marching Band, the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State University marching bands were also recognized.

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UI String Quartet Residency Program completes first residency with JACK Quartet

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The JACK Quartet completed the first residency in a new chamber music program at the University of Iowa School of Music. In its inaugural year, the UI String Quartet Residency Program (UISQRP) will host three professional string quartets  for week-long residencies to work with student musicians at the School of Music. Each quartet residency will include public performances, master classes, public presentations, and numerous opportunities for students to work one-on-one with the ensembles.  Subsequent years will involve four string quartets.

The JACK Quartet maintained an extremely busy schedule during their time at UI. They gave numerous chamber music coachings and master classes (including a wind quintet and saxophone quartet), performed two composer reading sessions where they read the new works of UI student composers, performed outreach concerts at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids and City High in Iowa City, and gave a presentation on entrepreneurship called “Under the Hood: Behind the Scenes with the JACK Quartet.” The JACK performed a public concert on October 25, which included a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds and his composition “not forgotten.”

The upcoming spring semester will feature two string quartet residencies: the Linden String Quartet will be on  campus from February 26 to March 6, and the Cavani String Quartet will be in residence April 9-13.

To read more about UISQRP, read the article featured in Iowa Now, “A program of note”>>

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Federal report on major flood recovery projects generates statewide, congressional response

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Iowa River floodwaters envelop Voxman Music Building, Clapp Recital Hall, Hancher Auditorium, and other UI campus buildings in June 2008. The Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex has been closed the four years since, leaving arts programs scattered across temporary facilities.

By now, many of you have heard about the decision by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General to reverse funding to replace UI’s flood-ravaged buildings, including the Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall. The UI School of Music remains optimistic that this situation will resolve favorably for the school and the University of Iowa. UI officials, the Iowa Board of Regents, and Iowa’s congressional delegation have reacted strongly in favor of advancing our flood recovery efforts without further delay. Students, faculty and staff, donors, and potential donors to these projects can be assured of the determination of the UI and the State of Iowa to work through the challenges posed by the historic flood of 2008 and its equally precedent-setting FEMA response. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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UI celebrates Voxman

Himie VoxmanThe University of Iowa will host a special Himie Voxman Celebration at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Colleagues, friends, and students of the long-time director of the School of Music, will travel from near and far to pay tribute to Voxman, whose hundreds of publications made him famous among wind players the world over.

The legendary educator, administrator, pedagogue and clarinetist died in Iowa City in November 2011 at the age of 99.

Among his students who will speak and perform are:

—Bob Glidden former dean of the Florida State College of Music and president of Ohio University.

—Larry Mallett, director of the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

—Internationally famous saxophone virtuoso Eugene Rousseau, professor emeritus at Indiana University, and now professor of saxophone at the University of Minnesota.

—Larry Linkin, past president of the National Association of Music Merchants.

—Charles W. West, professor of clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Helen Chadima, a Department of Dance emerita and longtime friend of Voxman, will also speak. They shared a hometown, Centerville, Iowa, and her father, William Gower, was a long-time collaborator with Voxman on hundreds of important pedagogical publications.

Read about Voxman’s remarkable life and career, and the Himie Voxman Scholarship Fund here.

For additional information or accommodations for this event, contact the school at 319-335-1603. The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Alumni Association is sponsoring this celebration. Though free and open to the public, registration is preferred. To register in advance, visit iowalum.com/voxman/.

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Cellist Holman to join New York City Ballet

Hannah Holman, the former cellist of the Maia Quartet and lecturer in the School of Music in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has won a position as a cellist for the New York City Ballet orchestra. Holman’s appointment with the New York City Ballet begins Sept. 1, 2012. She will divide her time between New York City and Iowa City.

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