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Weston Noble Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Weston NObleIn honor of more than 50 years of outstanding service as a conductor and music educator, the Iowa High School Music Association has selected Weston Noble, Luther College class of 1943 and professor emeritus of music, to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Noble was presented with the award at the All-State Music Festival Concert, the final event of the 2015 All-State Music Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Hilton Coliseum on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is also awarded on behalf of the the Iowa Bandmasters Association, the Iowa Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association and the Iowa String Teachers Association.

Noble served as conductor of the Luther College Nordic Choir from 1948-2005 and the Luther College Concert Band from 1948-1973. In addition to his 57-year tenure as a conductor and music educator at Luther, he has served as guest director for more than 900 all-state bands, orchestras, choirs and festivals across four continents. In recent years, he has conducted the Pacific Summer Music Festival of Guam, the Korea National Choir in Seoul, and the International Schools Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Noble's accomplishments in the fields of conducting and music education have been honored around the world. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Augustana University, St. Olaf College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Carthage College and Wartburg College.

Noble was awarded the St. Olav's Medal by King Harald V of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian-American relations and was the first recipient of the Weston H. Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Choral Art from the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association.

Online Voting System Test Ballot

We are testing our new IBA Online Voting System this week. The online voting system will have a fictional ballot for you to practice your vote. The system will automatically send an invitation email to all paid voting members. Voting members include paid Active, Retired and Life members.

Each voting member receives a unique link that can be used to vote one time. The link automatically logs you in to the IBA website and allows you to vote.

Please check your spam/junk mailbox as this is a new system email never before received. Add this email address to your contacts!

Once you have completed your vote there is a link to a feedback survey. We hope you will provide positive feedback about the process, as well as what could be improved.

Use this link to watch a video tutorial of the online voting system.

This practice vote will allow us to make any improvements or changes that are needed before our Spring 2016 Elections.

Thanks for your patience and support with this process.

Mike Golemo., IBA President

Jerry Bertrand, IBA Elections Chair

Steve Cook, IBA Secretary

Liz Fritz, IBA Webmaster


Support for Blind Musicians

Do you have blind students in your school district who are old enough for band this year or next? Most band instructors won't know what to do about braille music for their student and Iowa does not have an education plan to help. Often, blind students are taught by rote and by ear instead of being taught to read braille music. That method may have some initial success, but it does not last long because the student is never able to be musically independent, so they give up.

A better solution is to give the gift of music reading to blind students through braille music notation.

3rd Annual Iowa Band Conductors Forum


You are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual Iowa Band Conductors Forum, to be held January 22-23, 2016 on the campus of Drake University. This is the continuation of a shared initiative of the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa Sate University, and the University of Iowa to further the Art of Conducting for band conductors of all levels of teaching and conducting skills.

The faculty for this event includes:
Michael Golemo, Director of Bands at Iowa State University
Mark Heidel, Director of Bands at the University of Iowa
Ron Johnson, Director of Bands at the University of Northern Iowa
Bob Meunier, Director of Bands at Drake University

The event features a variety of discussions, presentations, and activities all centered around the development of band conducting skills. There are also opportunities for twelve participants to conduct the Drake University Wind Symphony and receive feedback about their conducting from the event faculty.

The event is free of charge to all participants and course credit may be available to you for your continuing education.

To register for the event visit the Drake University Music Department website at: www.drake.edu/music and follow the Educator Resource link.

This event is generously sponsored by the Iowa Bandmasters Association and Drake University.

We hope that you will join us!

Robert Meunier
Director of Bands
Professor of Music
Drake University
Des Moines, IA 50311

Frank Battisti Residency








Frank Battisti  is offering a 2-day conducting workshop for school band directors and music education majors.  The event will take place at Hoover High School on Nov. 6 & 7 (see schedule below).  There is no cost to participate or observe.  As you'll see below, there needs to be an ensemble for 2 of the sessions (Friday, Nov. 6 from 4-5:30pm and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  If you can play on either/or both days, please email Mitch Lutch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location - Hoover High School, Des Moines, IA

Rehearsal Approach for the School Band Director, Frank L. Battisti, clinician

89th Annual IBA Conference

May 11 - 14, 2016

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309