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A year as the Jacobs School

One year after celebrating its official naming, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music looks back on a year filled with exciting change and accomplishment and a coming together around the lives of five extraordinary musicians.

Anniversary

In the case of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a new name has brought with it an exciting flurry of creative activity and change, noteworthy accomplishments and an infusion of new talent that will ensure the school stays at the forefront of music education and performance for years to come.

Since the school officially adopted its new name (in honor of the late David H. Jacobs and his wife, the late Barbara Jacobs) on Feb. 24, 2006, it has witnessed the world premiere of an opera by New Rorem, a star-studded Summer Music Festival headlined by Grammy-winning IU alumnus Joshua Bell, major performances by Jacobs ensembles in the region and state, and the arrival on the school's faculty of such internationally known musical luminaries as Alexander Kerr, Carol Vaness, Sylvia McNair and Leonard Slatkin.

An operatic world premiere

On the day of its official naming, the school seized the spotlight and the nation's attention with the IU Opera Theater world-premiere of Our Town, based on the quintessential American play by Thornton Wilder and composed by Rorem, the Pulitzer Prize-winner. The performance was widely praised and garnered new acclaim for the school's opera program, IU Opera Theater, which music critic Andrew Porter has called "just about the most serious and consistently satisfying of all American opera companies."

Remembering five friends

In the year since the naming, the Jacobs School of Music has experienced remarkable highs—and one significant challenge that ultimately proved to strengthen its sense of community. On April 20, a small plane crash in Bloomington claimed the lives of five of the school's most talented students. The devastating loss of Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak, and Robert Samels was felt deeply around the university and the music world. It also revealed the closeness and supportiveness of the Jacobs School and IU community, which immediately rallied around the families and friends of the five students.

A memorial Web site (http://music.indiana.edu/publicity/tragedy) became a gathering place for visitors to express just how much the students touched and transformed the lives of others. To this day, the students' lives, along with the outpouring of love and support from the community, continue to serve as an inspirational reminder of the human spirit and transformative power of music.

Moving forward

That inspiration carried the school forward through the days and months leading up to the annual Summer Music Festival in Bloomington, held from June 18 to Aug. 12. Last year's celebration boasted the most star-studded lineup to date, including such notable performers as violinist and alumnus Joshua Bell, Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler and the Beaux Arts Trio, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, directed by Distinguished Professor David Baker, a chamber series populated by many of the school's faculty members, and a Festival Orchestra series conducted by renowned guest conductors Michael Stern and Leonard Slatkin. It also showcased, for the first time ever, a Festival Jazz Orchestra, led by Baker and featuring the crème de la crème of jazz alumni whose lives impact the Indiana jazz world and beyond.

Those who couldn't make it to Bloomington through the year, benefited from the school's involvement in the university's Moveable Feast of the Arts initiative, designed to showcase IU's cultural resources to Hoosier communities and IU campuses across the state. Student and faculty performers made celebrated visits during the year to Fort Wayne and New Albany.

Audiences also could keep track of the schools activities by downloading regularly updated podcasts. The inaugural podcast, launched in November and found within the school's new "IUMusicLive" Web site (http://music.indiana.edu/iumusiclive), included performances by Bell, Stern and the Beaux Arts Trio, as well as three IU Opera Theater productions. Jacobs School Dean Gwyn Richards called them "IU performances in your pocket," and described the podcast as a longtime dream—"to disseminate performances of faculty and students in a more immediate and flexible fashion."

Two television documentaries produced in partnership with the IU Jacobs School of Music populated the national this past year. The first, Circling Around: the Violin Virtuosi, focused on the premier ensemble of the Jacobs String Academy, directed by Mimi Zweig, and was shown on more than 220 public television stations around the country. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Beaux Arts Trio, Beaux Arts at 50, produced by WTIU, was aired nationwide by PBS on October 23, 2006. Both documentaries are on sale through the Jacobs School's online Marketplace site (https://www.indiana.edu/~mrktpl/).

New Faculty

Through the year, the faculty ranks continued to swell in size and prominence with the arrival of several of the world's most well-known musicians and academics. At the start of the fall semester, the school welcomed a class of new faculty headlined by world-renowned sopranos Carol Vaness and Sylvia McNair and new ballet chair Michael Vernon, who made his official debut as chair in October with From Balanchine to Baker: An International Evening of Dance at the Musical Arts Center. Later that fall, the school named the venerable Orion Quartet its resident ensemble and announced that five-time Grammy Award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin had agreed to join the faculty as the Arthur R. Metz Foundation Conductor. Slatkin, the longtime music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will begin his involvement at the Jacobs School this fall through residencies of several weeks.

In celebration of his extraordinary accomplishments, from rewriting the definitive text on the history of Western music, to establishing himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on American composer Charles Ives, J. Peter Burkholder was named a Distinguished Professor at Indiana University. In November, the Jacobs School of Music congratulated Associate Dean for Instruction Mary Wennerstrom, who received the nationally significant Gail Boyd de Stowolinski Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Music Theory Teaching and Scholarship.

Ruling the nation's capital

Fittingly, the year closed with a performance in December by two of its most high-profile faculty appointees—Slatkin and Grammy-winning pianist André Watts—in the nation's capital. Performing together for the first time since being named to the Jacobs School's faculty, Slatkin and Watts brought down the house at the Kennedy Center's Hall of Nations with a rousing performance of Saint Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2.

In an interview conducted shortly before that performance, Slatkin mentioned how special the Jacobs School is for the study of music and how the presence on the faculty of such leading musicians as Watts, soprano Sylvia McNair and violinists Jaime Laredo and Alexander Kerr impacted his decision to come to IU.

"For the last two summers, I came [to IU] for the Summer Music Festival. I saw an intensity and commitment to music that you don't see much," he said. "Indiana University is truly focused on the young people, and I saw a real seriousness of purpose to grow in an intense musical environment. The young people there clearly know they are there for the purpose of learning."

IU JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC NEWS HIGHLIGHTS 2006-2007

2006

01/17 INDIANA GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAMATION

The Indiana General Assembly honored the Jacobs School of Music on January 17 with an official proclamation, read into the record, recognizing all of the school's remarkable contributions to the state and beyond.

01/24 MOZART 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Mozart's 250th birthday (Jan 27) is cause for celebration, discussion at IU Jacobs School, including Mozart Society of America's third biennial conference, Feb. 10-12

02/14 JACOBS SCHOOL PRESENTS CONCERT AT KENNEDY CENTER

IU Jacobs School students to showcase talent in Kennedy Center program

02/24 NAMING OF IU JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC

02/24 PREMIERE OF 'OUR TOWN' BY IU OPERA THEATER

Ned Rorem's opera "Our Town" to receive world premiere at IU Jacobs School of Music

03/09 MAURICIO FUKS NAMED RUDY PROFESSOR BY IU TRUSTEES

03/20 J. PETER BURKHOLDER NAMED IU DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR

04/20 THE LOSS OF FIVE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

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

05/01 ALUMNUS LAWRENCE BROWNLEE WINS RICHARD TUCKER AWARD

Voice alumnus Lawrence Brownlee wins 2006 Richard Tucker Award. Brownlee is the first African American to win the prize.

05/05 FACULTY RECEIVE SIX HONORARY DOCTORATES

Doctorates bestowed upon David Baker, David Effron, Jaime Laredo, Menahem Pressler, Gwyn Richards, and Janos Starker

06/29 2006 IU SUMMER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

Joshua Bell to headline star-studded lineup at IU Summer Music Festival

06/30 IU SUMER FESTIVAL JAZZ 'DREAM TEAM' DEBUT

07/07 DEAN GWYN RICHARDS PROFILED IN IU ALUMNI MAGAZINE

10/06 WORLD PREMIERE OF JAMES MACMILLAN'S "SUN DOGS"

FALL INCOMING NEW FACULTY

KYLE ADAMS, assistant professor (music theory); BRENDA BRENNER, associate professor (music education); TRAVIS GREGG, academic specialist, coordinator of audio production (audio); ALEXANDER KERR, professor (violin); SYLVIA MCNAIR, senior lecturer (voice); PAUL POPIEL, lecturer (bands); SCHARMAL SCHROCK, senior lecturer (voice); MICHAEL STUCKER, lecturer (audio); CAROL VANESS, professor (voice); MICHAEL VERNON, professor (ballet); YAEL WEISS, associate professor (chamber music);

FALL PREMIERE OF PRE-COLLEGE VIOLIN DOCUMENTARY

Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi premieres on more than 200 public television stations throughout the United States beginning March 2006.

09/08 DAVID BAKER RECEIVES IU SONNEBORN AWARD

10/01 BAKER PREMIERES CELL PHONE CONCERTO

Distinguished Professor David Baker's composition "Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra" is premiered by the Chicago Sinfonietta

10/06 BALANCHINE TO BAKER: MICHAEL VERNON'S DEBUT

From Balanchine to Baker: An International Evening of Dance (Oct 6, 7). Michael Vernon's official debut as the newly appointed chair

10/19 JAIME LAREDO RECEIVES VERMONT'S HIGHEST ARTS AWARD

10/23 "BEAUX ARTS AT 50" RELEASED TO THE USA BY PBS

10/23 ORION QUARTET NAMED RESIDENT ENSEMBLE

10/27 FACULTY APPOINTMENT ANNOUNCED: LEONARD SLATKIN

11/03 DEAN WENNERSTROM RECEIVES NATIONAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

11/07 IUMUSICLIVE! ANNOUNCED

IU Jacobs School of Music launches inaugural podcast

11/12 INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY PERFORMS AT THE MUSICAL ARTS CENTER

Featuring as soloists Jacobs faculty members Jaime Laredo (violin) and Sharon Robinson (cello)

11/16 HORNIST JEFF NELSEN APPOINTED TO JACOBS FACULTY

12/18 MOVEABLE FEAST: IU PHILHARMONIC IN FORT WAYNE

Directed by David Effon, with Alexander Kerr as Soloist

12/15 KENNEDY CENTER PERFORMANCE WITH SLATKIN AND WATTS

Leonard Slatkin and Grammy-winning pianist André Watts performed together for the first time as faculty members of the IU Jacobs School. With the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center Dec 15

2007

01/16 TWO HAMBURG STEINWAY GRAND PIANOS ARE GIFT

Georgina Joshi's parents donate two Steinways in her memory (arrive Jan 16, 2007)

01/27 MOVEABLE FEAST: IU PHILHARMONIC IN NEW ALBANY

01/31 IU MARCHING HUNDRED RECEIVES TOP HONORS

IU Marching Hundred receives the national Sudler Trophy award

02/02 TOO MANY SOPRANOS PRODUCED BY IU OPERA THEATER

IU Opera Theater presents work of faculty member Edwin Penhorwood

02/18 INAUGURAL JEAN SINOR MEMORIAL LECTURE

In memory of world-renowned Music Education faculty member Eugenia Sinor, the Jacobs School begins an annual lecture series.

02/19 JACOBS SCHOOL RANKED HIGHLY IN NATION FOR SCHOLARLY PRODUCTIVITY

A new, independent, Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index -- a survey which assessed faculty research and scholarly activity from more than 350 universities in 2005 -- has recognized music scholarship from IU Bloomington (in which the IU Jacobs School of Music plays a leading part) as second in the nation, behind Harvard University.

02/18 WINDY CITY HOSTS EARLY MUSIC PERFORMANCE FROM JACOBS SCHOOL

The period instrument Classical Orchestra and Pro Arts Singers, led by John Poole, performed in Chicago earlier this month