Indiana University

Music Clinic

Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor

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2014 Faculty

The 2014 faculty is ranked among the finest of any music camp of its kind in the United States. Comprised of nationally and internationally recognized conductors, instrumentalists, and teachers, these leaders in their respective fields provide our students with an unparalleled opportunity for musical and personal growth.

(click on the name of the 2014 faculty member to read their bio)

Conductors

Charles Latshaw, Symphony Orchestra
Stephen W. Pratt, Cream Band
Eric M. Smedley, Crimson Band

Strings

Sharilyn Spicknall, Violin/String Ensembles
Beth Sievers, Violin/String Ensembles
Cindy Watson, Viola/String Ensembles
Helen Ford, Cello/String Ensembles
Tiffany Freeman, Double Bass/String Ensembles

Woodwinds

Christopher Dortwegt, Flute/Woodwind Ensembles
Natasha Keating, Oboe/Oboe Reed Making
Pam Holt, Bassoon/Bassoon Reed Making
Scott Schleuter, Clarinet/Orchestral Woodwinds
Darlene Pratt, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Scott Stewart, Saxophone/Leadership

Brass & Percussion

Travis Peterson, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Alan Conrad, Horn/Brass Techniques
Tim Coffman, Trombone/Jazz Band
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Chris Murphree, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble

Elective Faculty

Nancy Hublar, Historian/Woodwind Ensembles
Lissa May, Jazz Band
TBA, Music Theory
Meredyth Petersen, Music Theory
Jason Nam, Conducting
Gail Novak, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition
Kevin Watson, Jazz Improvisation

Sharilyn (Sharry) Spicknall is a freelance musician. A violinist, violist, and pianist, she enjoys and sustains a longtime and active career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording studio artist, collaborative pianist, orchestral musician,  adjudicator, and teacher/coach/clinician.

Sharry is first violinist of the Downstate String Quartet (IL), and violinist of the Indiana State University Faculty String Trio, Concertmaster of the Eastern Symphony (IL), section first violinist of the Evansville Philharmonic (IN), and the Danville Symphony (IL), as well as a substitute in many other orchestras in Indiana and Illinois. 

Mrs. Spicknall’s academic affiliations have included teaching positions at Indiana State, Purdue, and DePauw Universities, as well as Saint Mary of the Woods College, after teaching for over a decade in Indiana public schools.  She has been a member of the IU Summer Music Clinic string faculty since 1990, work that continues to be both an honor and a labor of love. 

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Cindy Watson holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has been the Orchestra Director at Shawswick Middle School in Bedford, Indiana, and Pointe South Middle School in Clayton County, Georgia. In addition to teaching private string lessons for over 10 years, she has served as a string clinician at Walton High School, Druid Hills High School and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked as an adjudicator in Baltimore, Maryland.  She frequently performed with orchestras in the greater Baltimore area, including the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra, the Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestra, the Maryland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baltimore Philharmonia, where she served as principal violist for the 2008-2009 season, and also the Harrisburg and Lancaster Symphonies in Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Watson first participated in the IU Summer Music Clinic as a high school student in 1988, and has served as a counselor or a teacher almost every year since. Mrs. Watson resides in Louisville, Kentucky, where she continues her work as a freelance musician, clinician and private teacher.

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Helen Shively Ford teaches cello and coaches chamber music at the Indiana University String Academy, and is the executive director of the Bloomington-based Musical Arts Youth Organization. Previously, she served on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she held the roles of string department chair and chamber music coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Minnesota, studying with Tanya Remenikova and Robert Jamieson. Mrs. Ford was a member of the Sartory String Quartet and performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, and other regional ensembles. She was active in the contemporary music scene in Austin, Texas, as a member of the group Audio Inversions and as a frequent guest with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Currently, Mrs. Ford performs as a member of the Bloomington chamber music collective, Studio in Bloom.

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Tiffany Freeman, originally from St. Louis, MO, received her Bachelor’s in Double Bass Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master’s from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Double Bass performance with her primary teacher, Bruce Bransby. From 2006-2008, she was a bass coach for the Musical Arts Youth Organization in Bloomington. She has played in many different chamber groups, is currently a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with many orchestras including the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra.

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Christopher R. Dortwegt is pursuing the Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. From 2007-2012, Dortwegt served as Assistant Director of Bands at Plainfield South High School in the suburbs of Chicago.  While there he served as a member of the school improvement team, taught AP Music Theory, conducted the pit orchestra, and co-directed the concert and marching bands. In his tenure, he was instrumental in expanding the band program from 2 to 3 concert bands, implementing a comprehensive 4-year curriculum in performance music classes, adding AP Music Theory to the curriculum, and starting a percussion course. Chris received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University and in 2007 was selected as one of five Indiana University Education students to receive the Outstanding Future Educator Award given by the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Natasha Keating received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Brigham Young University and her Master of Music Degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is pursuing a Doctoral Degree from Indiana University where she is serves as an Associate Instructor for the oboe studio. She has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, and the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Scott Schleuter is Director of Bands at Perrysburg High School, where he coordinates all band activities and conducts the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Basketball Pep Band, and teaches Music Theory. Prior to this, Mr. Schleuter served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Bands and Interim Director of Bands at the University of Toledo. He also served as Assistant Director of Bands at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, and Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Schleuter received his BME and MM in conducting from Indiana University where he studied conducting with Ray Cramer and Stephen W. Pratt and clarinet with Howard Klug.

Mr. Schleuter has spent over 20 years performing with and conducting bands and orchestras. He was principal clarinet with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra and the Bloomington Symphony, and has been guest soloist with several high school bands and the IU Concert Band. As a conductor, Mr. Schleuter has led performances across the nation and in Canada, England, and Japan. Since 2002, he has been on the faculty of the IU Summer Music Clinic. Mr. Schleuter is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and National Association for Music Educators.

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Darlene Pratt received her Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Education degrees at Indiana University where she was a student of Bernard Portnoy. She taught in the South Montgomery School Corporation and is a former band director at Harrison Junior High School in Merrillville, Indiana. Mrs. Pratt has had numerous private clarinet students and been a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Bloomington Pops Orchestra, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Pratt currently performs regularly in pit orchestras of local musical productions.

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Alan Conrad has been the Director of Bands at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana since 2008. His responsibilities at Lebanon include teaching two curricular concert bands, jazz band, jazz combo, percussion ensemble, music theory and music appreciation classes as well as directing the Tiger Pride Marching Band and the basketball pep band.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Alan is a founding member of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.  At this year’s clinic, Alan will coach the horn sections and teach brass techniques.

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Chris Murphree is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, having received his Bachelor of Music degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is currently the associate instructor for the IU Marching Hundred Drumline, where his responsibilities include teaching and writing for the drumline. He has marched with several Drum & Bugle Corps: Spirit of Atlanta in 2008, The Cavaliers in 2009 and 2010, and Music City Mystique in 2010. While with the Cavaliers, he competed in the Marimba I&E competition, receiving 5th place in 2010. He worked with the Troopers front ensemble in 2011 and is currently with Phantom Regiment as a front ensemble technician. Chris has also written for and consulted with high schools and universities throughout the Midwest and with the Cavaliers front ensemble.

Chris has performed in solo and ensemble competitions at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC), including PASIC's Keyboard Individuals (2009, 2011 5th place) and Small Ensemble (MTSU Percussion Group 2011, 3rd place). He was also featured in the MTSU PASIC Drumline Clinic in 2009 on snare drum, where he presented a clinic on incorporating world percussion styles into the drumline setting. He has performed as a featured soloist for several groups including the MTSU and Indiana Percussion Ensembles. His major influences include Erik Johnson, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, Lalo and Julie Davila, and Leigh Howard Stevens.

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Nancy Hublar has been involved with the Summer Music Clinic for many years. She was a clarinet faculty member and later became head counselor for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and teaches clarinet privately in Indianapolis. Nancy has taught clarinet sectionals for several bands in the northeast part of the metropolitan Indianapolis area. She plays in two community bands and a woodwind quintet.

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Jason H. Nam is pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Wind Conducting and serves as an Associate Instructor in the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also serves as Associate Conductor for the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, a community wind band based in Bloomington, Indiana. He holds a BM degree in Music Education and an MM in Conducting from the University of Redlands. From 2006-2010 Mr. Nam taught in the Santa Barbara Unified School District serving as Director of Bands at both La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. He also served as a lecturer in the Department of Music at California State University San Bernardino, where he taught brass methods to undergraduate music education and composition majors. Mr. Nam holds professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Gail Novak, a resident of Mesa, Arizona, is in demand as a collaborative artist in the United States and abroad. Gail performs often at Arizona State University and in the Phoenix area with university faculty, students, and guest artists.
She has served as an official accompanist for International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests in Tempe, Columbus, Ostend, Tokyo, North Ridge, Lincoln; and for the International Trumpet Guild, International Double Reed Conferences and the National Flute Conventions, the national trumpet competition in Fairfax, Virginia, as well as being the featured collaborator at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium for many years in Norman, Oklahoma. Gail has played with David Shifrin, Jon Manasse, and Larry Combs, and can be heard with great instrumentalists on Potenza, Crystal and Summit Records. She plays organ and piano at Apache Wells Community Church in Mesa and maintains a small piano studio of amazing students!

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Benjamin Dean Taylor is a composer of contemporary art music. His energetic, adventurous music provides a uniquely refreshing sonic experience for performers and audiences alike. Trained as a trumpet player and pianist, he performs with and writes music for a variety of chamber ensembles, jazz combos and big bands, wind bands, orchestras, choirs, and experimental ensembles. He received degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University and Bowling Green State University and is now a doctoral student at Indiana University. Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a BMI Student Composers Award, two Barlow Endowment Commissions, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and First Place Winner of the SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Region VII). His music is frequently performed in the United States and abroad. Ben resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and three sons.  Listen to his music at benjamintaylormusic.com

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Dr. Kevin Watson is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at Western University in London, Canada, where he teaches courses in music education and serves as the Artistic Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble. Before joining the faculty at Western, Dr. Watson previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education, and served as a supervisor of music student teachers. Dr. Watson has also previously served as a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island, and as a band director in the public schools of Massachusetts. He regularly serves as a music festival adjudicator and clinician (jazz and concert band). Dr. Watson is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Berklee College of Music.

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