It is one thing to say that you have a good school of music; it is quite another to have an outside body recognize that your programs are in good standing.
The Division of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1994. NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities with approximately 630 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. We recently went through this peer review process and were found to meet all of the national standards for undergraduate degrees and other credentials.
The Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale strives to present the finest level of performance and ministry in choral music. Membership in this 85-voice ensemble represents a wide spectrum of majors.
Over the years, the Chorale has been honored to participate in many special events, including the Gaither Praise Gathering and the 2000 dedication of the Van Kampen Foundation's Hampton Court in Herefordshire, England. The Chorale has also appeared as musical guests at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, and at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Chorale has also performed in Europe with concerts in St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland; St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England; Sacre Coeur, Paris, France; St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy; and St. Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy.
Each year, the Chorale prepares for several regularly scheduled concerts throughout the Midwestern United States, as well as a weeklong spring tour.
The Indiana Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble strives to present the finest level of performance and ministry through concert band and wind ensemble literature. Membership in this ensemble represents a wide spectrum of majors.
The concept of the Wind Ensemble was developed in the mid-'50s by conductor and musician Frederick Fennell, using only one instrumentalist per part. Fennell's concept grew in popularity throughout the '50s and '60s and continues today.
The IWU Wind Ensemble was founded in 1995, and it soon became the premier touring instrumental ensemble of the University.
The Wind Ensemble presents several performances on the Marion campus and many regularly scheduled concerts throughout the Midwest, including two weekends in the fall and two in the spring, and a weeklong tour during IWU's spring break.
Soprani Compagni, comprised of IWU Music Professors Lisa Dawson and Tammie Huntington (sopranos) and Phoenix Park-Kim (piano), performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on Friday, March 2, 2012, at 8 p.m., as part of the DCINY 2011/2012 Distinguished Concerts Artist Series. The concert consisted of two 45-50-minute halves, separated by an intermission.
The DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) Series is reserved for refined, professional musicians of the highest caliber. It offers artists a chance to showcase their talents in an artistic and unique manner on one of the world's most renowned concert stages.
Professor Keith Brautigam has performed the role of Christus in Bach's "St. Luke Passion" with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium. He has also sung the Faure "Requiem" and the Bach "Magnificat" with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
On Monday, April 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., Brautigam sang the Dvorak "Te Deum" with the Indiana University-Purdue University Chorus and Orchestra in Auer Performance Hall.
On Sunday, May 1, 2011, Brautigam sang the Bach "Missa in G"; the Handel Chandos Anthem, "Let God Arise"; and the Buxtehude "Magnificat" with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Fort Wayne.
On Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 5 p.m., Brautigam sang Mendelssohn's "Elijah" (in the role of Elijah) at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, with Gary Matthews directing his choir and orchestra.
Over the last year, Assistant Professor Michael Flanagin, has served as guest conductor and adjudicator throughout the region. In 2014, Flanagin conducted the ACSI Music Festival at Bethel College and he will conduct the Wabash County Music Festival at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, IN in March. He has adjudicated marching band contests throughout Indiana and Illiniois. During the summer of 2014, Flanagin conducted a combined American/Zambian orchestra in Choma, Zambia as well as Livingstone, Zambia.
In the past, Flanagin has served as guest conductor at the 2011 ACSI Music Festival, Bethel College, March 2011; at the 2011Adams/Wells County Combined Band Festival, February 2011; at the 2010 Howard County Band Festival, Greentown, Indiana; and for the 2010 IBA All-Region Band, Greentown, Indiana. His ensembles from IWU have performed at the Indiana Music Educators Conferences in both 2001 and 2012.
Flanagin currently serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Choma Academy of Music in Zambia. This is one of the fastest growing music education centers in Africa. Over the short history of the Academy, the school has grown to serve nearly 300 students, many of which are orphans. Because of the education in music, students that would normally not have the opportunity to go to college are getting music scholarships at higher education institutions throughout Zambia.
Professor Chris Lessly represented IWU by participating in a 12-member national music education delegation traveling to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 13 - 21, 2011. The mission of the delegation was to review required curriculum in music education classes for elementary, intermediate and secondary schools, as well as universities of Brazil; to discuss national and regional standards for music education curriculum; to discuss formal assessment strategies used in Brazil's music education classes; and to explore types of music and music ensembles in Brazilian schools. The delegation made recommendations for further collaboration between U.S. and Brazilian music educators.
Associate Professor Phoenix Park-Kim gave a Guest Artist Recital at Portland State University on May 23, 2011.
Park-Kim has participated in the following performances:
Park-Kim presented a master class on March 26, 2011, at the North Indiana Music Teachers Association. She has also been a part of the IMTA State Conference (October 9 and 10, 2010) and the IWU Piano Pedagogy Conference (April 8 and 9, 2011). She presented a Paper/Lecture Recital on November 6, 2010, at the ISU Diversity Research and Teaching Symposium in Terre Haute, Indiana. She adjudicated the Carmel Arts Council Young Performers Auditions on February 26 and 27, 2011.
Here is audio of some of Park-Kim's piano performances: