Vocalist Needed

Graduate Students from all disciplines at the University of Iowa are invited to present their work at the 14th Annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference, held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Iowa Memorial Union!

The submissions website opens TODAY, Wednesday JANUARY 4th 2010 and will close on February 3rd 2012 at 5pm. It is time to start thinking about what you would like to present at the Conference!

The Jakobsen Conference is an annual conference for University of Iowa graduate students, organized by fellow graduate students. Held each spring semester, the Jakobsen Conference provides a well-attended, public forum for oral and poster presentations. The Jakobsen committee has experienced yearly growth in Conference participation and attendance, and we anticipate this trend will continue in the future.

Additionally, graduate students can choose to have their work judged by faculty for cash prizes. If you wish to have your work judged, please follow the instructions accompanying the electronic submission. All graduate students who apply will be accepted to present, regardless of whether you wish for you entry to be scored.

To use the electronic submission, visit the following link on the Graduate Student Senate Website:
You will be prompted to login using your HawkID and password. After logging in, you will be taken to the electronic application.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

James Skretta, Judging and Submissions Co-Chair, Tiara Perez Morales, Publicity Co-Chair, Kate Wohlman, Event Planning Co-Chair, Danielle Dietz, Special Events Co-Chair,

For more information about the 2012 Jakobsen Conference, co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate College, please visit:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact James Skretta, JFJ Co-Chair, 319-335-2502.

For further information please see this FLYER!

Sunday, Nov. 11th at 4:00 in Riverside Recital Hall!

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Iowa's top jazz orchestra, Johnson County Landmark, is performing this Thursday November 3rd in the Riverside Recital Hall on Riverside Drive near Park. (Formerly St. Thomas More Catholic Church.) The concert is free and open to the public, with recital attendance available to enrolled students.

For those of you coming to this hall for the first time, there is ample parking available in the Hancher lot and the Levitt Center just below Riverside Drive. There are steps leading up the hill to the church. Some patrons may choose to drop off passengers at the front entrance and then park.

Our program will include recently published orchestrations of Radiohead compositions. The band is on fire this year with many splendid soloists; we hope you can join us!

Lecture with Trevor Harvey, Lecturer in Musicology/Ethno-musicology at the School of Music. Tuesday, November 1st!

Please see this for FLYER more information.

Super Marimba Concert!

Payton MacDonald will be playing a Super Marimba concert on Saturday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. in 150 MIWB.

Faculty and students will enjoy the show and it won't be too long (about 45 minutes). Marimba will include looping pedals and distortion pedals. Groovy, minimalist stuff, densely layered, with improvisation and an ambient vibe at times.

Please join us!


WHEN: Monday, October 24. 4:15-5:30PM
WHERE: Wickham Elementary, 601 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA 52241-3365
WHAT: Songwriting Workshop presented by Guest Clinician, Cormac McCarthy. Cormac lives in southern Maine. Please see the workshop link on his website for more details about his background <>

FREE! Thanks to the University of Iowa School of Music!
If you have any questions, contact Mary Cohen, Area Head of Music Education at The University of Iowa at

Follow this link to RSVP:
(You can still attend if you do not RSVP)


Friday, October 21st
Chamber Music Room 1, University Capitol Centre

Saturday, October 22nd
7:30 PM
Recital Hall, University Capitol Centre
Mozart's K. 428, Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2 and Beethoven's Op. 131

The Jupiter Quartet concertizes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America. They have enjoyed playing in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and Library of Congress. Other recent concerts include debuts in Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Boulder, Buffalo, Calgary, Chicago, Cincinnati, Davis, Dayton, Detroit, Edmonton, Jacksonville, Joplin, Palo Alto, Raleigh-Durham, San Antonio, San Diego, Tallahassee, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, among others. They have also been enthusiastically received at several major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Caramoor International Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Honest Brook Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.

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Sacred Music Concert

You are invited to attend a Sacred Music Concert October 23, 2011!

University of Iowa voice students and mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will perform a concert of Sacred repertoire for voice and piano at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday October 23, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., 320 E. College Street.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

They will be accompanied by Canadian pianist, Christine Tithecott, a DMA candidate at the University of Iowa. The program will consist of songs primarily written in the 20th century, but will also include three baroque era compositions. The singers are embarking on a year-long project of developing various genres of music. Next semester they will present concerts of Irish and Jazz music as fund raisers for two organizations. This first program will seek to explore the music used in sacred church services by both men and women composers.

The complete program will include excerpts from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Larsen’s Missa Gaia and other individual songs by: Curtis Bryant, J. Halvor Benson, S. Wesley, Jay Gach, David Evan Thomas, Alan Hovhannes, Lori Laitman, Ronald William, Emma Lou Diemer, and song arrangements of Amazing Grace, All Creatures of Our God and King, and .

“I hope to introduce the audience to some sacred repertoire far off the beaten track of the typical art-song or organ recital,” Eberle said. “This music is extremely beautiful, dramatic and emotional, which will delight those that cherish sacred music for the voice.”

In addition to the masterclass, Mr. LeGrand will be guest teaching the Alexander Technique class Mon. Oct. 24th in 160 CSM 6, 5:30-8:30, which anyone who attended the masterclass is welcome to observe. He will also be available for individual lessons at 720 S. Dubuque St. on Oct. 17 and 24 during the day (see note below announcement)

You are invited to a Masterclass in The Alexander Technique with William LeGrand!
October 17, 5:30 - 8:30 in the UCC Recital Hall

William LeGrand assists training Alexander Technique teachers in Urbana, IL with world-renowned Alexander Technique teachers Joan and Alex Murray.
He has presented workshops, masterclasses, and lessons for the American Society for the Alexander Technique, the University of Northern Iowa School of Music, the Iowa Music Teachers' Association, the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and the University of Illinois Department of Dance.

LeGrand received his BA (jazz guitar) and M.M. (Musicology) from the University of Northern Iowa and was a faculty member of the Coe College Department of Music. He has aided students with performance skill (athletes, musicians, dancers, actors), surgical recovery (double hip replacement), pain management/alleviation (tendonitis, scoliosis, low back, fatigue), and/or general quality of life (injury prevention, elderly issues). He currently lives in Champaign, IL, pursuing post-graduate studies with Joan and Alex Murray.


Those attending the masterclass in the Alexander Technique at the University of Iowa should find the group session to be stimulating and informative. However, the Alexander Technique is most commonly taught, and most vividly understood, through the personalized experience of private lessons.
LeGrand will be offering private lessons on the above days (Oct. 17 and 24) in an office at Rachelle Tsachor's practice, 720 S. Dubuque St., to students and faculty from the UI ($20/30-minute lesson or $35/60-minute lesson.)

If you are interested in scheduling a private lesson, please email LeGrand your availability (

See this FLYER for more information!

Volunteer Opportunity!

Hello, my name is Elizabeth Schlegel and I am currently in charge of gathering volunteers for various opportunities throughout the Orchestra Iowa season.

Here are the dates and the times for the concerts this year:

  • December 4th – 6PM – Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
  • January 22nd – 1PM – West High Auditorium
  • February 11th – 6PM – West High Auditorium
  • March 25th – 1PM – West High Auditorium
  • May 13th – 1PM – West High Auditorium

Gathering volunteers has always been difficult in Iowa City so I wanted to contact the School of Music to see if I could spark any interest with the students.

For each concert we ideally need 6-8 volunteers to help usher, hand out programs, and take tickets. Volunteers would arrive at 6:00 PM and be able to leave around 8:00 PM (as soon as the concert starts) or stay and enjoy the concert.

Please e-mail me at the address below to let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in volunteering.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Schlegel
Development Associate
Orchestra Iowa
119 Third Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
319.366.8203 or 800.369.8863

The Chamber Orchestra will be holding a concert at the new Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday October 9, at 3:00pm. This is a free concert, open to the public and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Dear Colleagues!

In addition to funding available to you from within the School of Music, there are a variety of applications and grants for which you can apply through our student government organizations, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS). Below is a short description of the grants currently available, as well as a link to the application and more information.

Two notes of importance:
*The evaluating committees are particularly picky about applicants following exact instructions. At each grading session, over 25% of applications are disqualified for the applicants not following directions.
**In almost all cases, the questions on these grant applications are worded with research presentation in mind. Performers, you must shape your answers accordingly – it may take a little creativity. In the past, numerous performers have had applications approved, so do not be discouraged!!

GSS Travel Grants -
These funds are available to any Graduate Student who wishes to present research, perform or compete at conferences and other events, both domestically and internationally. There are 5 deadlines that remain, with November 10 being the next.

GSS Supplemental Travel Award for Research -
Students needed to travel to complete work for a project are encouraged to apply for this grant. This grant will NOT support paper/poster presentations, workshop attendance, internship travels, service learning projects, job interviews, etc. The next deadline is November 10.

Professional Advancement Grants (PAGs) Research Grant -
A travel award for research – much like the previous grant above. The next deadline is October 7.

PAGs Professional Development Grant -
This award is intended for students attending conferences and workshops. Applications are divided into two categories: conferences and international experiences.

PAGs Travel Grant -
This serves a similar purpose and has a similar application as the GSS Travel Grant mentioned above. The next deadline is September 25.

If you have any questions regarding these, please feel free to use the contact information provided in each link. I am also willing to help direct your questions to the correct committee chair.

Thank you for your time and best wishes!!

James Skretta
Membership Officer, Graduate Student Senate
School of Music, University of Iowa