Phil Thomas named 2020 Middle School Educator of the Year by Indiana Music Educator’s Association31st January 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Phil Thomas, longtime director of the IU Southeast concert band and adjunct instructor in the music education program, has been named Middle School Educator of the Year by the Indiana Music Educator’s Association (IMEA). Aside from his duties at IU Southeast, Thomas teaches band at Highland Hills Middle School, and …

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Indiana bluegrass musicians Jim Smoak and Michael Cleveland to livestream performance at IU Southeast2nd September 2020

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2020) – Renowned Indiana bluegrass musicians Jim Smoak and Michael Cleveland will livestream a performance on Monday, Sep. 7, at 4 p.m. from the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on the IU Southeast campus. While there will be no in-person audience, this free event will be livestreamed on …

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Voice student Jareth Gaddis helps to celebrate rebirth and renewal through music16th April 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–In a haunting and memorable ceremony, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz led the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, Kentucky. Due to the ever-expanding spread of COVID-19 and state restrictions on public gatherings, the expansive Cathedral was empty except for a handful of readers and celebrants. But it …

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IU Southeast Concert Choir invited to sing at Indiana Music Education Association conference13th November 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–For the first time in its history, the IU Southeast Concert Choir has been invited to perform at a state conference. In January, the choir will sing at the Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) conference, to be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. To win the invitation, the choir was selected …

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A/Tonal to perform at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville7th November 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The contemporary music ensemble A/Tonal, co-founded by Erich Stem, associate professor of music at IU Southeast and the group’s composer-in-residence, will perform a free concert at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville on Sunday, November 10, at 7 p.m. It’s music like you’ve never seen it before. That’s right: seen. A/Tonal …


Music by David Neville, IU Southeast composition student, receives world premiere31st October 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–On November 15, the IU Southeast Concert Band will perform a new piece that tells the story of the 96th U.S. Infantry Division, a celebrated Army unit that served in such crucial Second World War battles as Leyte Gulf and the invasion of Okinawa. The work, “Remember the Deadeyes,” by …


Joanna Goldstein brings women composers into the light20th March 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—When pianist and Professor of Music Joanna Goldstein takes the stage this Friday with a small chamber ensemble, it will mark a major milestone in a journey of academic, creative and political exploration. That journey includes not only the concert, but extensive research and the recording of women composers from …

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Jeramy Nichols reveals secrets of sight-singing in published article11th October 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Close your eyes and listen to a piece of choral music. As a listener, you revel in pure sound. But for the performers, all that pristine audio is the product of a lot of visual training that starts with sight-singing, what you might call “reading music cold.” The ways and …

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International recognition for Mildred Kemp, pioneering trombonist and IU Southeast adjunct instructor17th July 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—In the mid-1950s, Mildred Kemp discovered the trombone at Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky. Within a decade, the Prospect native was playing the instrument in the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City under famed conductor Leopold Stokowski, moonlighting in other orchestras and on Broadway, and giving lessons at …

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“Taste the Feeling” composer delivers real-world tips to performance, composing, audio engineering students10th March 2017

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—It’s probably safe to say that tens of millions of people in over 200 countries have seen Coca-Cola’s ad campaign, “Taste the Feeling.” The ads premiered in Jan., 2016 and the campaign hit stride during last year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The music for the uplifting, …


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