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Update on alumnus Jason Wickson Apr 14, 2014

Since mid-2012, tenor Jason Wickson has been on a non-stop 18 month journey, performing and debuting eight of opera’s most …

Singing Hoosiers perform spring concert Apr 4, 2014

By Alyssa Schor   It was a blend of old and new. The Jacobs School of Music’s Singing Hoosiers took …

MUSIC REVIEW: POLENZANI RECITAL Apr 4, 2014

Remarkable recital features tenor, pianist on passionate journey By Peter Jacobi   Less than two weeks ago, I saw Matthew …

Tenor Matthew Polenzani in recital March 30 in Auer Hall Mar 28, 2014

One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew Polenzani will perform at 2 p.m. on …

MUSIC REVIEW: FRANCOIS LE ROUX RECITAL Feb 21, 2014

Visiting master class instructor was born to sing Debussy songs By Peter Jacobi   For this reviewer, Wednesday evening presented …

Brian Horne inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of Singing Feb 12, 2014

Dr. Brian Horne, Associate Professor of Voice and Voice Pedagogy, has been inducted into the American Academy of Teachers of …

IU Opera and Ballet Theater 2014-15 season includes audience favorites

Two new productions, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific," will be featured in an eclectic collection of audience favorites during the 2014-15 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

IU Opera Theater season closes with cutting-edge new production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

Indiana University Opera Theater will reveal a cutting-edge new production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" when the curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

Jacobs School of Music presents cellist Janet Horvath, tenor Mathew Polenzani and choral conductor Vance George in lectures and master classes

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes three more renowned guests this year as part of its Lecture Series and "Five Friends Master Class Series."

NOTUS: IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

NOTUS, the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dominick DiOrio, Jacobs School of Music assistant professor of choral conducting, will act as a musical ambassador of the Midwest during a high-profile concert in New York City.

Two Jacobs School choral ensembles featured at ACDA conference

The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers and NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble are representing the Jacobs School of Music at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Regional Conference Feb. 26-March 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jacobs School of Music presents performance by students at the Kennedy Center

Several students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. EST, at the Terrace Theatre on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is free, open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

Applications being accepted for Georgina Joshi International Fellowship at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the recently established Georgina Joshi International Fellowship.

IU Jacobs School of Music students dominate Indiana District Met National Council Auditions

Three students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music took home prizes from the Indiana District competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions that took place Oct. 12 at IU's Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents soprano Deborah Voigt during 'Five Friends Master Class Series’

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt, who will give a master class at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Musical Arts Center as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

IU Singing Hoosiers present second Fall Preview concert under director Steve Zegree

Kicking off its second year under music director Steve Zegree, Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will present a Fall Preview concert Oct. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts Met district auditions

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Indiana District Auditions at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

Soprano, IU Professor Emerita Martina Arroyo to receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Emerita of Voice and renowned soprano Martina Arroyo is one of five people recently selected to receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The annual award is presented for lifetime contributions to American culture in dance, music, theater, opera, film or television.

IU Jacobs School alumna Jamie Barton is BBC Cardiff's Singer of the World

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, an alumna of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is the winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. In addition to winning the main prize, which includes an award of approximately $23,000, she received the competition's Song Prize, an award of approximately $7,600.

IU Jacobs School faculty help lead workshop in Kenya
Carballo et al. in Nairobi

Led by Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty member Kimberly Carballo and Mpingo Studios Director Diana Smith Nixon, five Bloomington musicians will join their counterparts in Nairobi, Kenya, this month for a three-week teaching and performance workshop at schools in the area.

Soprano Sylvia McNair among speakers at 2013 IU Baccalaureate ceremony
Sylvia McNair

Two-time Grammy Award-winner and Indiana University faculty member Sylvia McNair will be among the speakers at Baccalaureate, an interfaith celebration of academic achievement held on Friday, May 3, the day before undergraduate commencement at IU's Bloomington campus.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater 2013-14 season travels around the globe

A world premiere, an additional new production, an updated production and a tribute to one of the Jacobs School of Music's most distinguished faculty members await explorers of all kinds at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during the 2013-14 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season -- "9 Stops: 1 Incredible Journey."

Celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday with free 'Requiem' performances by IU Jacobs School of Music
David Effron

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday with a free public concert of the Italian composer's "Requiem" at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, the school's first formal appearance at the center's Palladium. The performance, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, will feature the Jacobs School's Concert Orchestra, Oratorio Chorus and four student soloists.

IU Opera Theater season closes with Verdi's comedic 'Falstaff'

Indiana University Opera Theater will bring its 2012-13 season to a close by celebrating the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with a production of his "Falstaff" April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

Michael Brandenburg wins Grand Prize at Met Opera National Council Auditions

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student and Jacobs Fellow Michael Brandenburg was named one of six winners at the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals on March 10.

Jacobs School students win in National Society of Arts and Letters competitions

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the school.

IU Opera Theater taking 'Akhnaten' production to Indianapolis Opera in their first collaboration
Akhnaten Illustration

Marking their first-ever collaboration, Indiana University Opera Theater -- housed in the Jacobs School of Music -- will present its production of Philip Glass' "Akhnaten" as part of the Indianapolis Opera season March 8 and 9 at Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis. The presentation will follow a series of IU Opera Theater performances in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 and March 1 and 2.

IU Opera Theater presents 'Cendrillon' with French flair

Indiana University Opera Theater will present Jules Massenet's "Cendrillon (Cinderella)" with a French flair when it opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Musical Arts Center for one weekend only, ending with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 11.

IU Jacobs School of Music students sweep Indiana District Met National Council Auditions

Five students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music took home prizes from the Indiana District competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions that took place Oct. 27 at IU's Musical Arts Center. Michael Brandenburg and Kelly Glyptis were named winners.

IU Jacobs School of Music receives $1 million to establish 'Five Friends Master Class Series'
Five students

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced the establishment of the "Five Friends Master Class Series," honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students -- Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak and Robert Samels -- made possible by a recent gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts Met district auditions
Met Audtion Competitor

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the Indiana District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at noon in the Musical Arts Center. The annual event is free and open to the public.

IU Opera Theater presents 'Roaring 20s' production of 'The Merry Widow'

Indiana University Opera Theater's new production of the musical comedy operetta "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehár opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Musical Arts Center for one weekend only, ending with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Distinguished Professors Emeritae McBride, Zeani receive IU President's Medal
Medal Presentation

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the President's Medal for Excellence to Angela B. McBride, Distinguished Professor Emerita from the Indiana University School of Nursing, and Virginia Zeani, Distinguished Professor Emerita from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The President's Medal is the highest honor an IU president can bestow.

'Don Giovanni' opens IU Opera and Ballet Theater's 2012-13 season 'with a vengeance'

The 2012-13 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season opens with a vengeance with a reprise of W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces 2012-13 season live streaming
Don Giovanni Streaming 2012

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced its 2012-13 live streaming schedule, including performances from IU Opera and Ballet Theater. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall stages.

Jacobs School of Music alumni featured in 'Opera News' magazine
Opera News Cover

Three Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumni are featured in the August 2012 cover story of Opera News, "Opera's Next Wave: the Voices and Faces of the Future."

IU Opera Theater, Indianapolis Opera partner in presentation of Philip Glass' 'Akhnaten'
Akhnaten

In a groundbreaking strategic partnership, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, home of IU Opera Theater, will join Indianapolis Opera to present two performances of Philip Glass' seminal opera "Akhnaten" on March 8 and 9, 2013, at Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler University campus.

Workshop performance of new 'Alamo' musical part of IU's Summer Festival of the Arts
Summer Festival of the Arts

A workshop performance a new musical about the fated Battle of the Alamo, co-written by a professor in the Jacobs School of Music, will take the stage June 2 on Indiana University's Bloomington campus. The event is a highlight of the university's second annual Summer Festival of the Arts, a 113-day celebration that features visual arts, music, cinema, dance and theater.

IU Jacobs School presents workshop performance of new musical by Timothy Noble

"Alamo," a new musical featuring music and lyrics by Distinguished Professor Timothy Noble, will receive its first public reading on Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. The free event will include narration throughout.

Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship awarded to soprano Jessica Beebe

Following the final round of performances by some of the top singers in the Jacobs School of Music, the 2012 Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship has been awarded to soprano Jessica Beebe, a graduate student of Costanza Cuccaro and Paul Elliott. The award is given to a Jacobs School graduate student to assist with full-time study.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2012-13 season

Three new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," will take the stage at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during the 2012-13 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season.

Teresa Kubiak receives major Polish award

Congratulations to IU Jacobs School of Music Professor Teresa Kubiak, who was awarded the Medal Fides Et Ratio (Medal of Faith and Reason) by the Warsaw University Association, Warsaw, Poland.

Jacobs School students excel in local NSAL competition

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2012 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the Jacobs School of Music. The top two winners in each category will perform at the NSAL 46th Annual Showcase of the Arts on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert at IU Auditorium a farewell for director Michael Schwartzkopf

In a farewell concert for its music director, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Michael Schwartzkopf, the Singing Hoosiers -- widely considered one of the finest collegiate show choirs in the United States -- will present its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. March 31 at IU Auditorium.

Visit by two Royal College of Music faculty members for competition and master class

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is ready to welcome two faculty members of the Royal College of Music, who will be in Bloomington, Feb. 28-29, to adjudicate the 2012 Georgina Joshi International Fellowship competition. In addition, they will offer a master class for selected vocal students on Monday, Feb. 27, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Recital Hall.

IU Opera Theater presents 'Der Rosenkavalier' for first time in more than 40 years
Der Rosenkavalier

When the curtain opens Feb. 24 at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center, audiences will witness the premiere of one of the largest productions to be mounted by Indiana University Opera Theater since 1966, the previous time it presented Richard Strauss's masterpiece "Der Rosenkavalier."

Romance CD featuring vocalist Sylvia McNair released by Jacobs School's Latin American Music Center

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Latin American Music Center (LAMC) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the pre-release of "Romance: A Collection of Latin Love Songs," a new CD featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair and jazz faculty members Tom Walsh, Jeremy Allen and Luke Gillespie.

IU Opera presents British comedy 'Albert Herring' at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

One does not usually think of British humor, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and Indiana University Opera Theater in the same sentence. However, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 to 11 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 12, all three will align to create a unique entertainment experience in downtown Bloomington, with Benjamin Britten's popular comic opera "Albert Herring."

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces spring 2012 live streaming
Rosenkavalier

Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater at the Jacobs School of Music has announced its spring 2012 live streaming schedule. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center stage.

The passing of opera star Camilla Williams

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus Camilla Williams, who died in Bloomington, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. >> Please click here to visit a memorial site in her honor.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumna Abigail Mitchell wins international vocal competition

Abigail Mitchell, an alumna of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, recently won first prize in the 2011 "Vokal Genial" international singing competition in Munich with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

IU Opera Theater presents encore performances of cutting-edge 'La Bohème'

Regional audiences will enjoy the grandeur of 19th-century Paris when Indiana University Opera Theater raises the curtain on its spectacular production of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.

Two IU Jacobs School of Music students win Indiana District Met National Council Auditions

Two students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music were named winners in the Indiana District competition of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions that took place Oct. 30 at IU's Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts Met auditions this month
MET Auditions

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the Indiana District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, starting at 11 a.m. in the Musical Arts Center. The annual event is free and open to the public.

IU Opera Theater's 'A View from the Bridge' a glimpse into tragic desperation
A View from the Bridge Cast

Eddie Carbone has a problem. He likes his niece just a little too much. Thus the inner struggle begins for the tragic protagonist in Indiana University Opera Theater's second production of the season, A View from the Bridge, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. Based on Arthur Miller's "gripping tale" of the same name, the production takes the stage at the IU Jacobs School of Music's Musical Arts Center, Oct. 21-22 and 28-29.

Peter Thoresen appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty to coordinate Project Jumpstart

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced Aug. 22 that Peter Thoresen will join its faculty as a visiting academic specialist and interim coordinator of student career development program Project Jumpstart this fall.

Pianist Kevin Murphy and soprano Heidi Grant Murphy appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Heidi Grant Murphy

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today that pianist and vocal coach Kevin Murphy and soprano Heidi Grant Murphy will join its faculty as professor of practice and adjunct professor of practice, respectively, this fall. Both artists, whose careers have flourished internationally for the past two decades, are alumni of the Jacobs School.

Baritone Wolfgang Brendel appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Wolfgang Brendel

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (July 29) that international baritone Wolfgang Brendel will join its faculty as professor of practice (voice) this fall.

IU Jacobs School of Music students to perform at Kennedy Center
Cicely and Madalyn Parnas

Five students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Sunday, February 27, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center's Conservatory Project, a weeklong concert series showcasing artists from America's leading music schools. The 6 p.m. performance on the Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Web at 6 p.m. EST. The streamed concert will be available at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

IU Jacobs School of Music Professor Carlos Montané celebrates 'Half a Century of Being a Tenor'

Carlos Montané, professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will make a rare Bloomington stage appearance as he sings in "Half a Century of Being a Tenor" on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. The concert celebrating his 50-year career is free and open to the public.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni contend for Grammys

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to be a contender on the nominee list for the annual Grammy Awards, to be presented live on Feb. 13, 2011, on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Among Jacobs-related nominees are faculty member Michael Spiro and alumnae Jamie Barton and Vivica Genaux.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts Met auditions this month
MET Auditions

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host the Indiana District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. in the Musical Arts Center. This annual event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. This year, 32 singers are scheduled to compete in the Indiana auditions.

Opera star Angela Brown to perform in Bloomington October 16
Angela Brown

Internationally renowned opera star Angela Brown, who honed her craft at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, will perform her much-anticipated one-woman show, Opera from a Sistah's Point of View, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. at IU's Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music student new 'Opera Idol'

Michael Match, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is America's new "Opera Idol." The countertenor learned July 26 that he had won Cincinnati's second annual Opera Idol Competition with his rendition of "L'angue offeso" from Handel's Julius Caesar. He will receive a $3,500 contract with Cincinnati Opera.

IU Jacobs School of Music student wins national singing competition

Thomas Florio, a doctoral student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award (NATSAA) competition July 2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned a $10,000 cash prize, a $1,000 gift certificate from Hal Leonard Publishing and a sponsored recital at Carnegie Hall next summer. In addition, he will be the featured artist at the 2012 NATS convention in Orlando, Fla. He was also named the winner of the Kirsten/Browning Award for the most vocal promise, earning him an additional $1,500.

Angela Brown concert at IU Jacobs School of Music rescheduled for October

Angela Brown's "Opera From a Sistah's Point of View" one-woman show, originally scheduled for July 30 as part of the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival, has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 8 p.m. The concert will take place at the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus wins international opera competition

Ljubomir Puskaric, an alumnus of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, received the gold medal in the Ondina Otta Opera Competition June 12 in the National Theater of Slovenia. The award includes a prize of 4,000 Euros and a performance with the Slovenian National Opera.

IU Jacobs School of Music releases 'Song Tapestry' CD

The IU Jacobs School of Music announces the release of the double-CD set Song Tapestry on the IU Music label. The collection of works features Associate Professor of Voice Patricia Stiles, mezzo-soprano, and colleagues from the Jacobs School in songs that represent a wide range of cultures and languages, touching on themes of nature, love, conflict, dreams, death and God. The compositions were written by eight current and past composers from the Jacobs School of Music.

IU Jacobs School of Music Contemporary Vocal Ensemble to perform in Caracas

Members of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE), directed by Professor of Music Carmen Helena Telléz, will perform in the Latin American Music Festival of Caracas, Venezuela, for its closing concert on May 30.

2010 IU Summer Music Festival includes soprano Angela Brown, USA International Harp Competition, tributes to Schumann and Chopin

Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events running from June 19 through Aug. 10, the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus welcomes alumna soprano Angela Brown and the 8th USA International Harp Competition, and celebrates the 200th anniversary of composers Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin's birth. In addition, an array of world-class orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events will be offered. Tickets are on sale starting Friday, May 28.

First Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship awarded in the IU Jacobs School of Music

The inaugural Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music soprano Sharon Harms, a graduate student of Professor Carol Vaness. The fellowship was presented March 2 following an evening concert at Meadowood Retirement Community in which six finalists performed and presented their works. The award is given to a Jacobs School graduate student to assist with full-time study.

Jacobs School of Music professor emerita Camilla Williams honored with Sagamore of the Wabash

Renowned opera singer Camilla Williams, a professor of voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1977 to 1997, was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award at a Feb. 27 Black History Month Gala organized by the City of Bloomington. The award, the highest honor the governor of Indiana can bestow, recognizing individuals who have brought distinction and honor to the state, was presented by Indiana State Rep. Peggy Welch.

First Georgina Joshi International Fellowship awarded in the IU Jacobs School of Music
Abigal Mitchell

The inaugural Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, given to a graduating Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student for two years of study in the Artist Diploma Program at the RCM International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, was awarded on Jan. 19, 2010. The prestigious fellowship went to soprano Abigail Mitchell, a student of Professors Carol Vaness and Patricia Wise.

IU Opera Theater presents Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

As its first production of the spring semester, Indiana University Opera Theater will present Gaetano Donizetti's gripping, tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor Feb. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center in Bloomington.

IU Jacobs School of Music and Indianapolis Clowes Hall host Met auditions this month
MET Auditions

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University will host two competitions for the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) this month. The Indiana District Auditions will be Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m., in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center. A week later, Saturday, Jan.16, at noon, the Tri-State Regional Auditions -- including winners from the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana District rounds -- will be held in Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis. Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Regional Emmy recognizes program featuring IU's Sylvia McNair
Sylvia McNair

Indiana University faculty member and two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair is used to winning recognition for her singing. But her latest honor is something a little different. "Mickey's Corner," a television series hosted by her friend Michael S. "Mickey" Maurer, won a regional 2009 Emmy Award for a program that featured McNair talking about her life and performing music.

IU Jacobs School of Music student Olivia Hairston is Indiana "Campus Super Star"

Soprano Olivia Hairston, a graduate student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, took home the Grand Prize of $5,000 from the 2009 Indiana Campus Super Star competition April 19 at the historic Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

IU Jacobs School to compete in Met Auditions Grand Finals

Soprano and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduate student Kiri Dyan Deonarine has made it through to the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the elite competition to identify the best young opera singers throughout the United States and Canada. Jacobs alumna Jessica Julin, a soprano who studied with Costanza Cuccaro, is also among the eight finalists.

IU Singing Hoosiers to perform in D.C. at inaugural ball

The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will be a part of history in the making on Jan. 19 when they perform at the Indiana Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., one of several inaugural balls celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

IU's 2008 Summer Music Festival welcomes Canadian Brass and Chanticleer
Canadian Brass

The Grammy Award-winning, all-male chorus Chanticleer and internationally renowned quintet Canadian Brass -- both of which have strong ties to Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music -- will play at IU's Summer Music Festival July 27 and Aug. 3, respectively.

IU Jacobs School students in showcase performance at the Kennedy Center

A group of students from the IU Jacobs School of Music will reveal their talents on Saturday, May 26th, at 6pm at the John F.Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., as they participate in a concert series that focuses on the remarkable vitality and virtuosity being cultivated by America's top music programs.

IU Jacobs School of Music hopes to make noise at Grammy Awards

Move over Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake. Step aside Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some red hot musicians from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music are ready to crash the Grammy Awards. With one legendary faculty member and a host of alums competing, the school will be heavily represented at the annual awards ceremony, to be held on Feb. 11.

Lorna Dallas to come "Back Home Again" to Bloomington

Soprano Lorna Dallas, musical theater star and alumna of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will give a free benefit performance of "The Great American Songbook" on Sunday (Nov. 5) at 3 p.m. in the IU Auditorium.

Betsy Uschkrat's crowning achievement

Soprano Betsy Uschkrat has been named Miss Indiana! Last February, she was crowned Miss IU, automatically qualifying her for the June 24 Miss Indiana competition. The Miss Indiana judges could not resist the aria she performed from La Boheme, winning the talent competition that night. With her Indiana win, she will compete for the Miss America crown in January. Uschkrat is a student of Costanza Cuccaro.

The Jacobs School of Music mourns the loss of five extraordinary musicians in an air accident.

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the five IU Jacobs School of Music students who lost their lives around midnight on April 20, 2006. A dedicated Web site has been established.

Acclaimed soprano to join School of Music's voice faculty

Carol Vaness, one of the most sought-after opera sopranos in the world, is set to join one of the world's pre-eminent voice programs. Vaness, who performs regularly at major theaters, opera houses and concert halls across the globe and sang opposite Luciano Pavarotti in his celebrated final operatic performance, has been appointed to the Department of Voice faculty at the Indiana University School of Music, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

IU School of Music to host benefit concert for Katrina victims

The Indiana University School of Music will host a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. "A Benefit for New Orleans: The Cradle of Jazz" will feature the IU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Distinguished Professor of Music David Baker along with IU alumna and Grammy Award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair and Distinguished Professor of Music and renowned baritone Timothy Noble. All proceeds raised from the benefit concert will be given to the Red Cross in support of its efforts to assist New Orleans refugees.

Indiana University Singers Embarks on West-Coast Showcase Tour

The University Singers, the top-rated choir from the IU School of Music, directed by Jan Harrington (Choral Department Chair), is set to embark on a tour of the West Coast with featured performances at the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) in Los Angeles and two full-length public concerts in Southern California.

Two Tenors Join the School of Music Voice Department
Arts Icon

Indiana University School of Music is pleased to welcome two new prestigious members to the Voice Department, Robert Harrison and Brian Horne. In addition to their own achievements in performance, Mr. Harrison and Mr. Horne have mentored students who have won awards and participated in prominent concerts and festivals. Their experience and talents will be a valuable addition to the Voice Department for both faculty and students.

Angela Brown to debut at Carnegie Hall and the Met

Indiana University School of Music alumna Angela Brown is busy preparing for her debuts on two of the world's grandest opera stages, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera.

Super-tenor Jose Cura to visit IU School of Music on Sunday
Arts Icon

Argentinean opera star Jose Cura, one of the next generation of "super-tenors," will deliver a guest lecture at the Indiana University School of Music on Sunday (Jan. 18) at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

World-renowned cantor to give concert at IU School of Music
Arts Icon

Alberto Mizrahi, the world-renowned "Pavarotti of Jewish music," will perform an evening of cantorial music and Jewish song on Feb. 6 at the Indiana University School of Music's Auer Hall.