We are extremely excited that you are considering studying the art and science of music!
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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Mari Wilkerson, 2015 IWU Graduate, competed as a semi-finalist in the National Music Theater Competition in Chicago. The competition was part of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) convention held July 8-12, 2016. Mari placed in the top 24 vocalists after an extensive audition process that took place in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and online.
While at IWU, Mari received a degree in Music Education and studied voice with Dr. Lisa Dawson. She also spent a lot of time on the stage. She had the lead role as Mary Lennox in “The Secret Garden” and appeared as Beth Moss in “The Tender Land” as well as other shows, recitals and performances. During her Junior year of college, Mari was awarded First Place in the advance Music Theater Category at the Indiana NATS Competition.
IWU Alum, Jesse Thompson, graduated with an applied degree in guitar and bass. Jesse's new Indianapolis based band, Be On It, released their first CD on July 9, 2016. It is available on iTunes and Amazon and is a mix of instrumental jazz, R&B, funk, and hip-hop. Jesse can be seen playing guitar on Be On It's first video.
Justin Colwell (‘16 BM Piano Performance) competed at the final round of Indiana Music Teachers Association Piano Audition as a district winner and was selected as the state winner of 2016. He performed works by Schubert, Liszt and Ullmann. He will attend the summer Masterworks Festival in June then move to Kansas City to pursue a Masters of Music at UMKC Conservatory where he has been awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
IWU piano faculty, Phoenix Park-Kim, performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488 as a soloist with the Atlantida Symphony Orchestra in the Castle of Cuellar in Segovia, Spain on June 12, 2016 presented by the Cultural Foundation of Segovia and Town Council of Cuellar. At the conclusion of the Mozart concerto, she played a solo encore on the spot in response to the audience’s enthusiastic demand. On this performance tour in Spain, she also gave a recital featuring works by Debussy, Chen Yi, Rorem, & Brahms with her ensemble Duo Dolce and presented a masterclass to students from the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica in Guadalajara and Madrid.
IWU Alum, Brice Johnson, was commissioned for a new orchestral work from the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Jeter. The premiere of the piece took place on Saturday May 14, 2016, at the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith Arkansas, to a sell-out audience.
The piece was written for the Orchestra's final concert of the season, titled "Peak of Perfection," and was the opening work on the program. The commissioned work, titled "Primal Silhouettes," was programmed alongside Tchaikovsky's "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in Bb minor, op. 23" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68."
The only guidelines for this work were for duration and instrumentation, but total creative freedom was given to the composer. Brice decided to write a piece about humankind's inner primitivism/sin-nature and how we are unable to rise above and transcend these feelings, but the shadows of our humanity can truly only be removed through the redemption awaiting us in a savior. Brice sought to bring about a redemptive narrative parallel to his own, where the old self is but a silhouette of the new.
IWU Alum, Samantha Gossard, was the Midwest Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held in Kansas City, MO. She went on to compete at the National Auditions in March at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. While in New York she had the opportunity to be coached by some of the finest opera singers in the world.
The Indiana Jazz Legacy Project was held on April 10 at The Palladium in Carmel, Indiana. In a storytelling session that opened the event, master jazz musicians from Indiana shared their memories about the golden era of Indiana's rich jazz legacy. Participants included trombonist/arranger Slide Hampton, bassist Larry Ridley, vocalist Everett Greene, pianist Rev. Marvin Chandler,and trumpeter Pharez Whitted. The event concluded with a jam session that featured the honored Jazz Masters along with other fine musicians from the present-day Indy jazz scene such as drummer Kenny Phelps, and saxophonists Rob Dixon and IWU's Todd Williams. They were joined by students from the Indiana High School All-State Jazz Combo and Indy Jazz Fest Jazz Futures.
Staff Sergeant Pamela Terry represented the US Army in the Superbowl 50 performance. A joint chorus made of of 50 service members representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and from the premier military bands in the nation's capital were chosen to perform "America, The Beautiful" on Sunday, Feb. 7 in San Jose, CA.
Pamela is a member of "Pershing's Own" Army Band and performs with The U.S. Army Voices.
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In the picture, Pamela is second from the right in the second row
Last updated: 07/20/2016