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Double bassist Jeffrey Turner appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Sept. 7, 2018

Jeffrey Turner

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Turner as professor of music in double bass.

Turner was previously principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1992, after joining the orchestra in 1987. He was principal bass of the New American Chamber Orchestra from 1984 to 1986 and played with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for its 1986-87 season.

“In his years as principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony and as a faculty member at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon, Jeffrey Turner has demonstrated his artistic leadership and his pedagogical effectiveness, both of which are now directed to the benefit of the students of Indiana University,” said Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean. “At the launch of this new year, anticipation is great as these young artists begin their work with Professor Turner.”

Turner served many years as the director of orchestral studies at Duquesne University, where he also served numerous terms as chair of the Strings Department. He has served as visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and University of Maryland, and as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.
He has been artistic director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra and music director of the Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has conducted both opera productions at Carnegie Mellon and All-State Orchestra festivals throughout the nation.

Turner gives annual recitals and master classes throughout the world, and serves as a resident artist for annual festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra (USA) and National Orchestral Institute.

He completed his bachelor’s degree with James VanDemark at the Eastman School of Music, while his other teachers include Lawrence Hurst (Jacobs) and Robert Gladstone. Turner earned a master’s degree in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Robert Page.

“I am honored and tremendously excited to join the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music,” said Turner. “It is my lifelong dream to be able to serve students at the highest level. The traditions of excellence, the ongoing commitment of resources and the exceptional community of faculty, staff and students all make Jacobs an ideal school for our students.”

Linda Cajigas
Assistant Director of Communications
IU Jacobs School of Music
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