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The Apolline Winds (Kerry Clinton, flute, Andrea Heyboer, oboe, Sebastien Duguet, clarinet, Robert Douglass, horn, Kate Goldstone, bassoon) were formed in 1997 from the principal players of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, the School of Music's top orchestra. Their first performance last November featured the playing of IU professor and pianist Evelyne Brancart. Principal coaches include IU professors Kim Walker and Thomas Robertello. The Apolline Winds are currently semi-finalists in the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, which will take place in South Bend, Indiana, in May.


Edward Auer, Professor of Music. B.M., Juilliard School of Music, 1966. Concerts and recitals in 30 countries, including the United States, Europe, Japan, Israel, Australia and the former Soviet Union. Chamber music performances at Santa Fe, Seattle and Sitka Festivals. Soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta, Detroit and Baltimore Symphonies. Prize winner at the Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Marguerite Long and Queen Elisabeth competitions. Numerous recordings on RCA Japan, Toshiba/EMI, Camerata and other labels.


A native of Iowa, Keith Benjamin came to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music as Professor of Trumpet in 1989. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler. Current orchestra positions include principal trumpet in the Northland Symphony, extra trumpet for the St. Louis Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and principal trumpet in the Colorado Mahlerfest. Dr. Benjamin is a clinician for the Selmer/Bach companies.


Paul Biss, Professor of Music (Violin). M.S., Juilliard School of Music, 1968. Former instructor at Tel Aviv University and University of Akron. Assistant conductor, Akron Symphony. Former member of Berkshire Quartet. Chamber music concerts, conducting appearances and master classes in Europe, Israel and North America.


Stephen Boe, violin, received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Indiana University, where he was an Associate Instructor and assistant to Henryk Kowalski. As well as assisting Mr. Kowalski's studio, Mr. Boe has had the honor to assist in the teaching of Josef Gingold's and Franco Gulli's students. His teachers include Henryk Kowalski, Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Dorothy Mauney. A prize-winner of several competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he has appeared in concerts at such places as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and has toured throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Mr. Boe has extensive experience in chamber music, having held positions in the New Artists String Quartet, the Brooks String Quartet, and the Beaux Jeux Duo. He has been privileged to study chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, Leonard Hokanson, Menaham Pressler, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and has been the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to perform chamber music. Stephen Boe is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at Indiana University and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Violin at DePauw University.


Brenda Brenner, Assistant Professor (Violin). D.M.A., Eastman School of Music. Assistant Director of the Young Violinists Program. Previously on the faculty of Carleton College. Active teacher and performer of chamber music throughout the United States. Member of Augustine Quartet.


Stephen Burns, Professor of Music (Trumpet). B.M., 1981, and M.M., 1982, Juilliard School with Gerard Schwarz, William Vacchiano, Mark Gould, and Pierre Thibaud in Paris. Appearances with symphony orchestras worldwide such as Atlanta, Houston, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Caracas, Amsterdam. Awards include the 1981 Young Concert Artists Auditions, 1982 Avery Fischer Career Grant, 1983 NEA Recitalists Grant, Outstanding Brass Performer at Tanglewood, and First Prize-1988 Maurice Andre International Competition. Soloist, conductor, chamber musician, and Director of the International Trumpet Academy in Mountreux.


James Campbell, Professor of Music. B.M., University of Toronto, 1971. Soloist and chamber musician worldwide performing with the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra. Glen Gould, the Borodin Trio, and the Allegri String Quartet. Has issued more than 30 recordings and discography encompasses most of the clarinet's solo repertoire. Has appeared with the Guarneri, Amadeus, and Fine Arts Quartets, Ely Ameling, and Aaron Copland. Performs with jazz great Gene DiNovi and has had jazz works composed for him by David Baker and George Shearing.


Andrew Carlson began learning fiddle tunes at age five from his grandfather Earl Murphy. Shortly thereafter he was enrolled in a Suzuki violin program which introduced him to the realm of classical music. Andrew has managed to be successful in both of these musical worlds. He has twice been named the Georgia state fiddle champion and has also won the Georgia state level of the MTNA Wurlitzer collegiate artist competition three years in a row. As a studio musician Andrew has recorded for record companies including Warner Bros., Atlantic, Elektra, Geffen and Capricorn. His most recent studio appearance is with the band R.E.M.

Andrew has earned both a MM and BMus from the University of Georgia and is currently an Iowa Performance Fellow at the University of Iowa. He is also a faculty member at the Preucil School of Music.


Emilio Colon, Lecturer in Music (Cello). Graduate with Honors, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, 1986. M.M., Indiana University, 1989. Executive Director, Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center Foundation, L.T.D. Recitals, Concerts Chamber Music Concerts, and Master Classes in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Spain, and North America. Member of the Casals Festival Orchestra, 1987-92. Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music Rural Residencies grant, "Artist in Residence." Upper Iowa University, Hawkeye College, Iowa, 1993-95.


William Conable, professor of cello and head of the keyboard/strings area, holds the B.A. from the University of Illinois and the M.M. and D.M.A. from Boston University, where he was a Danforth and Woodrow Wilson Fellow. For eleven years he was principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and has been principal cellist of the Youngstown Symphony and the Dayton Opera. Conable is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He specializes in both Baroque and contemporary music and is a member of the Cipriani Trio. In addition, Conable is a renowned expert on the Alexander Technique, a method for improving physical coordination and kinesthetic perception which is helpful to performing artists of all kinds.

The Concord

The voices of The Concord Ensemble (Daniel Carberg, tenor; Daniel Cole, bass; Pablo Cora, tenor; Paul Flight, countertenor; N. Lincoln Hanks, tenor; Sumner Thompson, baritone) came together toward the end of 1996 to experiment with various "read through" sessions of late renaissance and early baroque vocal literature. Almost instantaneously the members of the group recognized they had something really special on their hands.

In addition to giving concerts of early music in the Midwest, The Concord Ensemble has also been engaged in the performance of several contemporary vocal works such as Libby Larsen's Billy the Kid, and two works by Hayes Biggs at the National Convention of the Society of Composers, Inc.

The Concord Ensemble was a featured vocal sextet at the 1997 Bloomington Early Music Festival, where it premiered several newly discovered manuscripts of sacred Latin-American colonial works. A close collaborative effort with musicologist Egberto Bermúdez from the Fundacion Musica and the Indiana University Latin American Music Center, yielded a performance which combined the voices of The Concord Ensemble and the Philadelphia-based renaissance wind band Piffaro. Angela Mariani, producer for WFIU's syndicated program Harmonia recently featured this live performance in a NPR radio broadcast highlighting the best of the 1997 Bloomington Early Music Festival.

For the short history of The Concord Ensemble, the sextet has gained an impressive reputation at a local level. The Indianapolis Catholic archdiocese featured the group in the performance of Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass, in the first Latin missa cantata, or Latin "sung" mass since the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. In addition, The Concord Ensemble's commitment to new musicological research has also created new and exciting opportunities for performance, such as a program based on George Houle's edition and study of the French chanson Doulce memoire, and several contemporaneous sacred and secular pieces.

The ensemble continues to perform extensively in the Midwest while preparing to record its first release sometime in the near future. This program will feature a mass by Cipriano de Rore, Clemens non Papa's Magnificat primi toni, and a variety of other sacred and secular works. Forthcoming performances include an engagement with the Indiana University Singers in a performance of twentieth-century American works.

Frequent collaborations with various organizations, both cultural and academic, and with a diversity of local performers and associations have resulted in musically enriching exchanges. To date, the group continues to maintain the highest performance standards it set out to achieve from its very inception, when a bunch of six multi-talented individuals simply got together to experience the sheer joy of singing superlative vocal literature for the sake of its beauty and potential for artistic expression.

The Contemporary
Vocal Ensemble

The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University is one of the most progressive and interesting performing groups within an academic setting in the United States. Dedicated to the study and performance of the vocal and choral repertoire of the twentieth century, it includes singers, composers, and instrumentalists who manifest their special interest and affinity for the music of our time. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble adjusts its size to perform solo and chamber choral works or larger oratorio-like compositions. After its foundation in 1980 by Alan Harler, the ensemble was directed by Professor Jan Harrington until 1992. It is presently conducted by Professor Carmen Tellez.

The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble explores all significant streams in art music of our century, from classic masterpieces to works at the forefront of the contemporary music scene. Concerts may combine recognized compositions with premiere performances and special commissions by internationally recognized composers as well as by Indiana University faculty, alumni and students. The group also encourages collaborations with other artists for the development of interdisciplinary or music theater projects.

The Ensemble offers an annual series of concerts at Indiana University and performs in special events and festivals as well. Recent projects include the commission, performance and recording of the Missa brevis by the noted Mexican composer Mario Lavista, a staged performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's choral opera Atmen gibt das Leben...,, and the IU Premiere of James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross. The CVE is recording a series of works especially composed for the group.


Edmund Cord, Professor of Music (Trumpet). B.M., Indiana University, 1972. Principal trumpet and soloist with the Israel Philharmonic and the Utah Symphony. Principal trumpet with the Santa Fe Opera. Guest principal trumpet with St. Louis, Houston and San Diego symphonies. Former faculty member of the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv and the University of Utah. Director of I.U. German Band. Presents clinics, workshops and master classes in brass performance throughout the United States.


Ray Cramer, Professor of Music. Chair of Band Department. D.M.and B.S., Western Illinois University; M.A., University of Iowa. Past president of the College Band Directors' National Association. Member of the board of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. In constant demand as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator across the nation. Conducts the Symphonic Band as well as other School of Music ensembles, teaches graduate conducting and wind literature classes.


Nicholas Daniel, Professor of Music. One of the United Kingdom's most distinguished and charismatic soloists. His career has taken him all over the world and highlights have included his Japanese and American debuts, BBC Prom appearances and concerts and recordings with many distinguished soloists and orchestras. He has made seventeen CD's for companies including Chandos, Collins, Hyperion, Virin, Leman Classics and BMG/Conifer. He is also a fellow of both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.


Mezzo-soprano Eileen Davis has performed in recital and as soloist with prominent orchestras internationally and nationally. Conductors with whom she has performed include Lorin Maazel, Erich Leinsdorf, Gery Bertini, and Leonard Slatkin.

Her recitals in London, New York, and Europe were universally well-received with such comments as "a refined and sensitive artist" London Daily Telegraph and "a singer with a beautiful quality of voice, marvelous technique and extreme musicality" Elliniki Ora, Athens, Greece. Of her recital in New York as recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Tim Page of the New York Times commented "her musicality, clean sense of pitch and her ability to build narrative continuity with words . . . were exemplary throughout the evening."

Currently Professor of Voice at The Ohio State University, Eileen Davis combines teaching with an active performing career. Her many reviews from the Columbus Dispatch include comments such as "Davis' singing was impeccable . . . always intelligent and musical, her renditions . . . were masterful, the timbre of her voice magnificent . . . one could not have wished for a more sincere and genuine interpretation."


Jeremy Denk, Associate Professor of Music. Garnered a top prize at the Second London International Piano Competition in 1994 performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall, performing with Violinist, Robin Sharp, with whom he forms the Denk-Sharp Duo. Attended Oberlin Conservatory and College, receiving degrees and honors both in chemistry and piano performance, then completed his masters degree with Gyorgy Sebok. He is currently completing a doctoral degree at the Juilliard School.


David Dzubay, Assistant Professor; Director, New Music Ensemble. D.M., Indiana University, 1991. Recipient of NEA grant, ASCAP Young Composers awards (1988, 1989, 1990) and BMI-SCA awards (1987, 1988). Compositions performed by the orchestras of Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville, Honolulu, Vancouver, Aspen, Indianapolis and the New World and Oregon Symphony Orchestras. Commissions from the National Repertory Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and Voices of Change. Music published by MMB Music. Former faculty member, University of North Texas.


Dr. Ellsworth holds a Ph.D. in musicology from The Ohio State University, and has taught at Kenyon College, and The Ohio State University. She is past president of the Central Ohio Composers Alliance, and is active both as musicologist and clarinetist.


Miriam Fried, Professor of Music (Violin). Diploma, Rubin Academy, 1962. Soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York and Philadelphia orchestras. Recitals at Carnegie Hall, throughout North America and Europe. Awards include first prize, Paganini International Violin Competition (1968) and first prize, Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition (1971).


Andrew Glendening is Associate Professor of Trombone at Morehead State University, Morehead, KY. Formerly on the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from the Indiana University School of Music. While attending Indiana University, Dr. Glendening was awarded the school's highest honor, the Performer's Certificate. His primary teachers have been Thomas Cramer, Per Brevig, and M. Dee Stewart.

As a soloist and proponent of new music, Dr. Glendening has premiered numerous works for the trombone. Recent performances have included appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Beyond...(A Celebration of Computer Music and Art), Festival D'Rostropovich, June in Buffalo, Music of Our Time, Eastern Trombone Workshop, Electronic Music Plus 17, Alfresco, the Birmingham Arts Music Alliance, and Midwest Composer's Symposia as well as recitals and lectures at such institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, Indiana University, and the Universities of Illinois and North Texas.


Rudolf Haken came to the University of Illinois in 1996 from the faculty of West Virginia University. He has completed three critically acclaimed recital tours of Europe, appearing in halls such as the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Stadthalle Heidelberg, Goethe-Institut Gottingen, and Schloss Bourglinster in Luxembourg. Haken is also active as a composer, violinist, and pianist, having conducted his first orchestral works at the age of ten and subsequently appearing as guest conductor, composer, and soloist with numerous American orchestras. Haken has earned rave reviews throughout his concert career. The Freiburger Zeitung praised Haken's "absolutely infallible intonation, intense concentration, and endless variety of interpretation," while the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung lauded him for his "extroverted, resonant tone" and the "delicate, yet strong intensity" of his playing. Other reviewers have noted his "acrobatic virtuosity" and have hailed him as "the young American genius," "perhaps one of the great men of music," and "a musician out to conquer the world." Haken's two compact discs, Sonatas and Rags and Louisiana Funeral March, have received air play throughout the United States. In 1996 Haken received a major grant from the Radiological Consultants Association to compose a trumpet concerto which was premiered by Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony. Haken has served as violist for the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera, as viola instructor at the Interlochen Music Camp, and as adjudicator for the Houston Symphony Young Artists, Midwest Young Artists, and Chicago Viola Society competitions. Performing on the viola as well as the five-string electric viola, Haken's repertoire ranges from baroque to rock and includes many contemporary works.


Celesta Haraszti, began her dance training in Budapest, Hungary and later received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography from the University of Utah. She has been acknowledged as "one of the leading soloists of the avante-garde dance world" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Having firmly established herself as an undaunted collaborator with many internationally known composers and directors of multimedia productions, she has performed and created over 40 works. Since 1982 she has toured as a member of the Electric Arts Duo ensemble performing throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. "Ms. Haraszti has a uniquely individual virtuosic style that combines the strength of an athlete with the grace of ballet and is noted for her dramatic ability to establish a perfect equilibrium between the rival magnetism of music and dance" (The St. Louis Dispatch). The late John Cage referenced Burton Beerman's Night Calls for clarinet and solo dancer, "a real tour de force, beautifully executed." Her teachers have included, Viola Farber, Bill Evans, John Wilson, and Gus Solomons, Jr. Master classes with artists Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Bill T. Jones, Daniel Nagrin, Marcel Marceau, and David Parsons. In 1994, Celesta established the Virtual Media Foundation, a non-profit organization to encourage the development of artistic works that concern themselves with humanistic social issues that are consciousness raising.


Jan Harrington, Professor of Music. D.M., Indiana University, 1978. Former director of choral activities at University of Oklahoma. Conductor of Festival Chorus, State University of New York at Fredonia. Faculty member and conductor at Aspen Choral Institute and Dartmouth Conducting Institute. Active clinician in conducting and score analysis at many choral festivals throughout the USA. Member of editorial team for Choral Conducting: A Symposium, 2nd edition. Recordings on Spectrum Records.


Leonard Hokanson, Professor of Music. M.A., Bennington College, 1954. Studied with Artur Schnabel. Former professor, University of Frankfurt School of Music and International Summer Academy in Hitzacker, Germany. Awards include the Steinway Prize of the City of Boston and the Busoni Competition of Bolzono (Italy). Active internationally as soloist, chamber musician, and Lieder pianist. Recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Harmonia Mundi, Angel, Mance, Musical Heritage, RCA and Amadeo labels.


The International Vocal Ensemble recreates vocal music from outside the western art tradition. To the degree that is possible, they sing with integrity of vocal and musical style and always in the native language. In order to develop an understanding of the music in relation to aspects of the culture from which it comes, the singers meet and learn from natives such as Sheasby Matiure and Brent Michael Davids. Even when using notated scores, the songs are presented aurally by live or recorded native models. Mary Goetze has received several grants from IU for her work with the International Vocal Ensemble. Her Strategic Directions Initiative project, Multicultural Music Education, proposed with the support of Ruth Stone, Folklore and Darrell Bailey, the Music Technology Facility at IUPUI, includes traveling to the country and bringing artists to campus to work with IVE. As part of the project, she and Jay Fern of IUPUI have developed the CD Rom mentioned above. This July, they will present a session demonstrating this innovative approach to teaching diverse musics at the International Society for Music Education conference in Pretoria, South Africa.

Borst Jones

Katherine Borst Jones, associate professor of flute at The Ohio State University since 1985, is a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and also co-principal flute of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and principal flute with the New Sousa Band, a group which has toured the United States and Japan extensively. Currently immediate past-president of the National Flute Association, she has also served as secretary/treasurer and program chair for the 1992 Los Angeles convention. She was part of the NFA's delegation to the Soviet Union. Founder of the OSU High School Flute Workshop - a program that attracts over fifty students each summer, Jones is in frequent demand as a clinician, recitalist and judge nationally. She has studied flute with Keith Brion, Robert Willoughby, Kyril Magg, Donald McGinnis and Julius Baker. She has recorded for Summit, CRI and D'Note.


Jeremy Koch is a Master's student in saxophone performance at the University of Illinois where he is a member of the Tower Saxophone Quartet. Beginning in the fall of 1998, he will be playing in the Air Force Band at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.


Kathryn Lukas, Professor of Music. M.M., King's College, University of London (1971). Principal flute of the Santa Fe Opera Company. Several seasons as assistant principal flute with the Chicago Symphony. Guest principal flute with the English Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the London Symphony and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Numerous broadcasts for the BBC, Radio France and regional German radio stations. Commissioned several new works through the Arts Council of Great Britain. Fulbright Fellowship, 1968. Recordings for Nimbus and Wergo.


Kevin McCormick (b. 1967) studied composition with Don Freund and classical guitar with Ernesto Bitetti at Indiana University where he recieved a Performer Diploma in 1997. He has studied with William Ash at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts and with Sergio Notaro in Rome at Centro Romano della Chitarra. From 1991 to 1995 he lived in Nagoya, Japan composing, performing, and studying the koto. His compositions cover a variety of styles and include song cycles, works for guitar, and a Japanese Mass.


Imre Pallo, Professor of Music. Attended Budapest Conservatory majoring in piano, composition and percussion. Graduated from Vienna Academy of Music where he worked with Herbert von Karajan. Made American conducting debut in 1973 with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Has conducted major orchestras in the USA and Europe such as New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Israel Philharmonic, St. Louis Opera, San Francisco Opera and Canadian Opera, Berlin State Opera, Dortmund Opera, and Frankfurt Opera.


Daniel Perantoni, Professor of Music (Tuba). Renowned soloist, clinician, chamber musician, artist and teacher. Featured artist in Carnegie Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, Spoleto Festival(USA), Adelaide Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Montreux Brass Congress, and throughout Japan. Appearances with US Army Band, San Antonio Symphony, and Amsterdam Philharmonic. Served on faculty of Arizona State University, and University of Illinois. Performing member of St. Louis Brass Quintet, the Summit Brass and Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort. Numerous solo recordings.


Sal Percoco holds music degrees from the Crane School of Music and the University of Illinois where he studied with John Ellis and Ray Sasaki. His recent performances include Trio for Trumpet and Two Loudspeakers by Tucker Robinson at the 1996 SEAMUS National Conference and Milton Babbitt's All Set at the ThreeTwo Festival in Greenwich Village. As a member of Ensemble Screamer, he's performed Zach Browning's Breakpoint Screamer at the 1996 Bang on a Can Marathon concert, Lincoln Center, and at the 1997 SCI National Conference in Miami. Currently, he is a private trumpet instructor and performing artist in the Champaign, IL area.

Stephen W.

Stephen W. Pratt, Professor of Music. Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Summer Music Clinic. M.M., University of Michigan; B.M.E., Indiana University. Conducts the Concert Band, chamber winds and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting. Guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician in the USA. 1993 recipient of The Distinguished Service to Music Medal awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi, national collegiate band honorary organization.


Thomas Robertello, Professor of Music. Has held positions in three of the top American orchestras. At age 20, Mstislav Rostropovich invited him to join the National Symphony in Washington D.C. Two years later he became principal piccolo with the Cleveland Orchestra. The following year, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony and played co-principal for eight seasons. Has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Insitute of Music and Carnegie Mellon University and has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming as principal flute and in many chamber music concerts. Has given recitals and master classes in the U.S., South America, China, South Korea and Japan. Has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony on two occasions and his first solo CD recorded in a recital during a tour of Japan in 1996 was recently released.


Eugene Rousseau, Distinguished Professor of Music. Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1962. Concert performances throughout the world. First saxophone teacher at Hochschule fur Music and Prague Conservatory; chief consultant on saxophone research and development, Yamaha Corporation (Japan). Author of Method for Saxophone, Saxophone High Tones and Marcel Mule: His Life and the Saxophone. Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Delos, Coronet, Golden Crest and Liscio.


Born in Edmonton, Canada, Merwin Siu has been playing the violin since the age of 5. At 20, he graduated from a double degree (BA and B.Mus) progam at McGill University with first class honors and high distinction in performance. He returned to Montreal as the soloist in Shostakovich's op. 99 violin concerto in January of 1998. Currently pursuing a M.Mus at Indiana under the tutelage of Henryk Kowalski, Merwin actively pursues strong interests in chamber music and twentieth century music, and has participated in gala concerts of string and chamber works by Violet Archer, Bengt Hambraeus, R. Murray Schafer, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.


Janos Starker, Distinguished Professor of Music, (Cello). Graduate, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, 1939. Holder of 5 Honorary Doctorates. Former principal cellist with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago, Dallas Symphony orchestras. Performs as soloist and recitalist on all continents with all major orchestras and festivals; master classes worldwide. Author of An Organized Method of String Playing. Inventor of a bridge design to enhance the acoustical properties of stringed instruments. Over 100 recordings.


Carmen Tellez was born in Caracas where she completed studies in piano and composition at the conservatories in her city, and then traveled to the United States to study at the prestigious Indiana University School of Music where she obtained her Doctor of Music degree in conducting in 1988. Since the beginning of her professional career in 1985, Carmen Tellez has conducted orchestras, choruses and opera in the United States, Europe and Latin America, giving special emphasis to the contemporary and the Latin American repertoire, and to genres which combine music with other arts. Tellez has also directed a variety of musical projects which combine her experiences as conductor and researcher.

Since July of 1992, Carmen Tellez is the Director of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble and of the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University. Apart from her regular conducting performances in Latin America and the United States, she has been the Artistic Director of the two Inter-American Composition Workshops, "Words and Music" and "Crossroads of Traditions," in Bloomington.

Sally Renee

Sally Renee Todd, pianist, has garnered rave reviews for her performances of new music from composers such as Claude Baker, John Corigliano, and Mario Lavista. Creative programs of contemporary and infrequently performed solo and chamber works are the result of her passion for bringing excellent, unknown music to audiences. Todd expresses her musical activism through the performance and teaching of music not yet established in the standard repertoire, from works of Clara Schumann to those of 20th-century composers.

Most recently, she was resident pianist for the June in Buffalo Festival, the International Workshop of Conductors in Zlín, Czech Republic and a pianist/harpsichordist and production assistant for the 1997 Bloomington Early Music Festival and Crossroads of Traditions: the Second Inter-American Composition Workshop at Indiana University.

A new member of the piano faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ms. Todd also maintains an active schedule as a solo and chamber pianist and commissioning artist. She holds performance degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Leonard Hokanson and Karen Taylor.


Thomas Walsh, Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz. An active performer of both jazz and classical music, he performs regularly with the Louisville Orchestra and has performed with many well-known entertainers. He has recorded compact discs with Eugene Rousseau and the Winds of Indiana, the Dominic Spera Big Band, the Eugene Rousseau Big Band, and jazz vocalist Janiece Jaffe. Mr. Walsh has taught at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Purdue University and Millikin University. He is also on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.


Kim Walker, Professor of Music. Studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, the Scola Cantorum Basel, the Curtis Institute of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. Former professor of bassoon at the Conservatories of Music in Lausanne and Geneva; founder and director of the "Etoiles Musicales d'Archigny" in France. Performs regularly as soloist with the world's finest orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, RAI Torino, and Montreal Symphony. Twelve highly-acclaimed CD's for DECCA, GALLO, COLLINS, and REGENT. First bassoonist to receive the ler Prix de Geneve in 1979, first winner of the Pope Foundation Music Awards in 1992, and winner of the Stresa and Ancona international awards. Actively working to enlarge the repertoire in collaboration with major contemporary composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Giya Kancheli, Sofia Gubaidulina, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Simon Bainbridge.


Thomas Wells holds the D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers were Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kent Kennan, and Hunter Johnson. He is a member of Duo Contemporain, viola and piano duo which specializes in the performance of contemporary music. His compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and other major orchestras, and his chamber- and computer-music compositions have been performed internationally. He has received grants from the Soros Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Pennsylvania Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council and Texas Commission for the Arts, and was recipient of the 1990 Governor's Award for Outstanding Individual Artist in the State of Ohio. His reviews and articles have appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Electronic Musician, and Computer Music Journal. He has served on the National Council and Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc., and was co-chair of the 1984 American Society of University Composers Festival Conference and the 1989 International Computer Music Conference. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of The Society of Composers, Inc. as the Director of the SCI Streaming-Audio Archive. His music has been recorded on C.R.I., and his book, The Technique of Electronic Music, was published by Schirmer (Macmillan) in 1981. Wells recently returned from a one-month residency in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, working on a new computer-music work based on Yugoslav folk material. The residency was sponsored by the Soros Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council. He was recently commissioned by the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus to write a new work for the October, 1998 inauguration of the Southern Theater as that orchestra's new home. Following that premiere, ProMusica will perform his Piano Concerto again in January, 1999, on their 20th anniversary season. Wells was also commissioned by renowned clarinet virtuoso Robert Spring to compose a new work for solo clarinet.


Maria Williams is currently a Visiting Professor of Voice at Indiana University where she has performed numerous roles with the IU Opera Theater including Constanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mimi in LaBoheme, and Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Ms. Williams has been a Metropolitan Opera National Finalist in 1993 and 1996 and was the recipient of an Artist Development Grant from the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. Ms. Williams has been a NATS winner, a National Winner in the North American Bel Canto Foundation competition, and a finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini Competition. Ms. Williams has performed the Verdi Requiem in Chicago and most recently with the Bach Choral Society in Lafayette. Ms. Williams debuted with Arizona Opera as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore in 1995. A frequent recitalist and soloist, Ms. Williams has performed with the IU New Music Ensemble, The IU Chamber Orchestra, The Indianapolis Symphony and the Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association.

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