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The Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Music seeks to develop students in an awareness of accountability to God and the importance of a personal commitment to Christ. It is the faculty's strong desire that this commitment become apparent in the student's attitude toward his or her music. We believe it is vital to recognize that all gifts and talents are given by God, to be cultivated to their highest potential for his glory and service.
The Division of Music recently received reaccreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This is a testimony to the strength of our programs and the level of respect our division enjoys among other colleges and universities.
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Division News & Events
IWU Music Division Involved in Teaching Composition at Honeywell Center
Dr. Todd Syswerda, Professor of Theory and Composition at IWU worked with selected students from elementary schools in Wabash County as part of the FAME event at the Honeywell Center on April 18. This event, called Destination China focused on Chinese art, music and dancing and was geared toward elementary aged children.
Dr. Syswerda had the opportunity to teach the students about Chinese music and the use of the pentatonic scale. Each student wrote a melody that was included in a 7 minute composition called "From Glory and Back." This work by Todd Syswerda was then premiered at the FAME Celebration by the IWU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Michael Flanagin and Dr. Chris Lessly. Each student involved received a medal, a certificate, as well as a score of the composition with their melody highlighted within the music.
The Foundation for Art and Music in Education's (FAME) mission is to empower teachers to nurture artistic creativity; celebrate the artist in every child and develop pathways to explore the arts; understand and appreciate cultures through experiences with indigenous art forms; and make the arts enjoyable and a part of everyday life.
CCCU Grant Awarded to IWU Music Faculty
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has awarded a three-year initiative grant for 3 faculty members within the IWU Division of Music. "Soprani Compagni: Portraits of Women in Contemporary Soprano Duet" will commission works for soprano duet that emphasize significant women and their many varied and valuable contributions to our society, during Biblical times and beyond. These new duets will be anthologized, recorded and performed in concerts both within and outside North America. The project will be co-directed by Lisa Dawson, Tammie Huntington and Phoenix Park-Kim, all of Indiana Wesleyan University. Team members will include: Jesse Ayers (Malone University); Robert Denham (Biola University); David Fuentes (Calvin College); Leanna Kirchoff (University of Denver); and Todd Syswerda (Indiana Wesleyan University).
Music Education Program Receives University-Wide Honor
The Music Education Program at Indiana Wesleyan University was honored by IWU at the 2015 Assessment Awards Banquet on April 1, 2015. This award was to honor the music education faculty as they were able to demonstrate student learning success across the curriculum. The music education faculty is comprised of Dr. Chris Lessly (Coordinator), Todd Williams and Michael Flanagin. Dr. Marc Wooldridge serves as the assessment coordinator for the IWU Division of Music.
Dr. Isai Jess Munoz Performs in New York City
Lauded by the New York Times for his "extraordinary blend of colorful voice and powerful stage presence,” Dr. Isai Jess Munoz, alongside his wife, pianist Dr. Oksana Glouchko will return to the recital stage in 2015 with performances throughout the United States. Their recital tour will begin in New York City on January 29th at The Historical Marble Collegiate Church as part of the acclaimed "Visionary Voices” concert series. The New York program will highlight composers whose works have been underrepresented as a result of racial censorship. The duo will then appear at the University of Dayton, Illinois State University, Missouri State University, and the University of Central Florida with performances of Iberian and Latin American Music. These recitals are made possible by career grants from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for the duo's work in the dissemination of underrepresented Hispanic vocal repertoire.
Tenor Jess Muñoz has appeared with The New York City Opera and The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, The American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Alvin Ailey Dance on Broadway, The Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, The Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and many more organizations around the world. Dr. Muñoz enthusiastically works with a vast array of students- from young beginning singers to celebrity clients performing on Broadway, in opera, and other varied areas of contemporary and classical commercial music.
IWU Professor Guest Conducts at Juilliard
IWU's Todd Williams served as the guest conductor for the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on Wednesday, January 21st in the Sharp Theatre at the Juilliard School of Music. The Jazz Orchestra played the music of Ornette Coleman. The picture above is Professor Todd Williams directing the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. This photo is used courtesy of Hiroyuki Ito and Juilliard.