Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor
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The 2014 Indiana University Summer Music Clinic faculty will be posted in January 2014. The 2013 faculty 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 2013 faculty member to read their bio)
Sharilyn Spicknall, Violin/String Ensembles
Beth Sievers, Violin/String Ensembles
Karen Lord-Powell, Violin/String Ensembles
Cindy Watson, Viola/String Ensembles
Helen Ford, Cello/String Ensembles
Brian Powell, Double Bass/String Ensembles
Christopher Dortwegt, Flute/Woodwind Ensembles
Cynthia Lambrecht, 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
James Lambrecht, Trumpet/Orchestral Brass
Alan Conrad, Horn/Brass Techniques
Glenn Williams, Trombone/Jazz Band
Will Petersen, Euphonium & Tuba/Brass Techniques
Trae Blanco, Percussion/Percussion Ensemble
Nancy Hublar, Historian/Woodwind Ensembles
Lissa May, Jazz Band
Jennifer Bollero, Music Theory
Amanda Herceg, Music Theory
Jason Nam, Conducting
Beverly McGahey, Accompanist
Benjamin Taylor, Composition
Kevin Watson, Jazz Improvisation
Stephen W. Pratt is professor of music and director of Bands/Wind Conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting as well as other courses in the Wind Conducting graduate program. Under his direction, the renowned Indiana University Wind Ensemble has performed at several national conventions and in other distinguished venues.
He has been a member of the IU Jacobs School of Music faculty since 1984. In 1993, he was a national recipient of the Distinguished Service to Music Medal awarded by Kappa Kappa Psi, the national collegiate band honorary organization. In 1998, he was honored with the Outstanding Bandmaster Award by the Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 2001, he was honored with the Outstanding University Music Educator Award, given by the Indiana Music Educators Association.
Professor Pratt is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician of bands and orchestras across the nation. He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, MENC, Phi Beta Mu, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. He is music director/conductor emeritus of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra as well as past president and current board member of the Big Ten Band Directors Association.
Sharilyn (Sharry) Spicknall is a freelance musician. A violinist, violist, 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 (IL) and Indiana State University string quartets, 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.
Karen Lord-Powell: Noted as a “special player with remarkable phrasing", violinist Karen Lord-Powell has pursued a varied career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher. She recently moved to Miami from Louisville, KY, where she was Principal Second Violin of the Louisville Orchestra and Director of Strings at Bellarmine University. Past solo work includes appearances with the Glenelg Chamber Orchestra, the Northwestern Chamber Orchestra as concerto competition winner, and in recital at the National Governor’s Convention in Washington, D.C. Upon moving to Miami, Karen joined the Sona String Quartet, with whom she plays both formal and school concerts as part of the Miami Music Project. She plays regularly with the Naples Philharmonic, has a small private studio, and teaches at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as adjunct faculty. Karen enjoys playing in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Western New York every summer, and considers it a personal challenge to fit everything--including her husband’s double bass, their toddler, and their cat--into the family car for the yearly drive.
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 Louisville, Kentucky, where she has a private studio.
Helen Shively Ford serves on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy. Previously, she served on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she also served as string department chair and chamber music coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Tanya Remenikova and Robert Jamieson. Mrs. Ford was a member of the Minneapolis-based 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.
Brian Powell is the assistant professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching from Indiana University, and he is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, and has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition.
As an educator, Mr. Powell was formerly the director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as double bass instructor. His orchestra at Eastern was selected to perform at the KMEA State Convention in 2004 and 2011. In 2009, he was selected Jefferson County’s High School Music Teacher of the Year. Mr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and he remains an active performer and clinician throughout the U.S.
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. From 2007-2012, Dortwegt served as Assistant Director of Bands at Plainfield South High School in the suburbs of Chicago. While at Plainfield South 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.
Cynthia Lambrecht has been the Instructor of Oboe and English horn at Augustana College since 1989. She also teaches Woodwind Methods, Oboe Pedagogy, Oboe Literature, Music Appreciation and coaches wind chamber ensembles. Each June Mrs. Lambrecht is a member of the music faculty for the Indiana University Summer Music Clinic in Bloomington, Indiana. From 1985-1988 she taught at Olivet College and Spring Arbor College in Michigan. Mrs. Lambrecht received her B.M. degree in Oboe/English Horn Performance from Illinois State University in 1982 where she studied with John Ferrillo. In 1984 she completed a M.M. in Oboe/English Horn Performance with a minor in Musicology at Indiana University. Mrs. Lambrecht currently performs with the Augustana Faculty Wind Quintet and freelances throughout the Midwest. She is frequently asked to judge as well as clinic high school and college age students. She has been English hornist with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, oboist with the Augustana Wind Quintet Outreach Tours and the Bloomington-Normal Symphony Orchestra.
Pam Holt is the Director of Bands at Maine East High School in Park Ridge, Illinois where she teaches two concert bands, chamber ensembles, marching & pep bands, band, musical pit orchestra, and AP music theory. As a bassoonist, she maintains an active clinician and adjudication schedule and is currently principal bassoon of the Northshore Concert Band in Glenview, IL. This is Ms. Holt's eighth year teaching bassoon and reed making at the Summer Music Clinic. Pam is excited to be back at IUSMC in 2013 after taking 2012 off to take care of her new baby.
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 from 2001-02, where the marching band participated in the 2002 London New Year's Parade. 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.
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, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Pratt currently performs regularly with the Bloomington Pops Orchestra and in pit orchestras of local musical productions.
James M. Lambrecht is the Director of Bands and Professor of Trumpet at Augustana College, where he conducts the Symphonic Band, teaches studio trumpet, and courses in wind conducting and brass methods. Dr. Lambrecht holds a B.M. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as a M.M. and D.M. from Indiana University. In addition to serving frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the country, Dr. Lambrecht has performed with the Augustana Brass Quintet, the Quad City Brass Quintet, the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, the Madison (Wisconsin) Symphony, the Beloit-Janesville (Wisconsin) Symphony, and the Battle Creek (Michigan) Symphony.
Alan Conrad: Since 2008, Alan Conrad has been the Director of Bands at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Indiana. At Lebanon, his responsibilities include teaching two concert bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble, music theory and music appreciation classes as well as directing the Tiger Pride Marching 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.
Glenn Williams is Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois. In addition to instructional leadership duties with visual art and music at Downers South, Mr. Williams also teaches Jazz Lab Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Concert Band Brass. Mr. Williams is a member of the jazz faculty at the Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. As a professional performer, Mr. Williams has performed with numerous entertainment and jazz luminaries, including The Four Tops, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, and the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz Septet.
William Petersen is Assistant Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music (Bands & Tuba/Euphonium) at the University of South Alabama. From 2005-2009, he was the Associate Director of Athletic Bands and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium in the Department of Music at Virginia Tech. His duties included serving as the Assistant Director of the 330 member Marching Virginians, Director of the Hokies Pep Band, and conductor of the University Campus Band. In addition, he taught courses in music theory, coached chamber groups and served as the tubist in the Virginia Tech Faculty Brass Quintet. Mr. Petersen is active as a clinician, arranger and drill writer for concert and marching bands.
Trae Blanco is pursuing a 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. Trae taught in the New Mexico Public Schools for four years where he was the Director of Bands at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, NM. He was named the New Mexico Music Educators New and Emerging Teacher of the Year in 2010. During his time at Las Cruces High School, Trae developed the Las Cruces High School Percussion Group, giving performances annually of percussion ensemble and solo literature for high school. Trae also maintained a private percussion studio during the summer as well as started a Beginner Percussion Class at the two feeder Middle School to Las Cruces High School.
Nancy Hublar has been involved with the Summer Music Clinic for many years. She was a clarinet faculty member then 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 and has taught clarinet sectionals for several bands in the northeast part of the metropolitan Indianapolis area.
Jennifer Bollero is co-chair of the Performing Arts Department at Bloomfield Schools (IN), where she teaches elementary music, and directs the 6th grade, junior high, and high school concert and marching bands, as well as the pep band and jazz band. Ms. Bollero's students perform at concerts, parades, festivals, and varsity basketball games throughout the school year.
Amanda Herceg serves as the Band and Choir Director at Tri-North Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana. She also directs an after school jazz band program, and she assists with the Bloomington High School North Cougar Marching Band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the IU Jacobs School of Music in 2010 where she received the Outstanding Future Educators Award. Se is on the Jazz from Bloomington board of directors, and as a clarinetist Mrs. Herceg performs regularly as member of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.
Beverly McGahey has spent her life in music: as a performing musician (collaborative pianist, church organist, choral singer), teaching piano (college and independently), and until recently, working in the music industry for 30 years. She has degrees from the IU Jacobs School of Music and Northwestern University. She moved to Bloomington in 2006, after 27 years in San Diego as music editor for an educational music publisher. Beverly enjoys her teaching, making music with others, singing in the Bloomington Chamber Singers, substituting for church organists, being active outside with changing seasons, and having extended family within driving distance.
Benjamin Taylor is a composer, improviser, accordionist, ukulele-sit, and dixieland trumpet player. He currently serves as an Associate Instructor at IU where he is completing his doctorate in music composition. Recently named a winner in the 2013 Frank Ticheli Composition Contest, Mr. Taylor's prizes and honors include a 2011 Barlow Endowment Commission, a 2011 BMI Student Composers Award, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Finalist for a 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, First Place Winner of the 2008 SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Competition (Region VII), and First Place Winner of the 2008 International Society of Bassist’s Composition Competition (media division). Mr. Taylor lives with his wife and three sons in Bloomington, Indiana.
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 Director of the Western University Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Watson previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, a Visiting Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island, and 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.