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    Conference 2017 - John Whitwell, Michigan State University - Emeritus

     
    Keynote 11:00 AM on Friday, May 12th Iowa Ballroom
     
    "What I learned from my Teachers and Mentors"
  • Conference 2017 - Dr. Robert Lark, DePaul University

    Friday May 12th 2:00 pm Clinic Windows on 7th
    "What I learned from Jazz Icons"
     

     
  • Conference 2017 - New Sousa Band

    Keith Brion, director         

    Thursday, May 11th, at 6:30 PM  IOWA BALLROOM

Young Artist Concerto Competition

Announcing the 2017 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition

wcfsymphony is now accepting applications from Iowa's student musicians to compete in the wcfsymphony Young Artist Concerto Competition on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The competition will be held in Davis Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.  Piano, string, woodwind, brass and percussion students in grades 8 through 12 are eligible to participate in the competition (applicants must be Iowa residents).

Cash prizes of $400 for first place, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place will be offered. The first place winner may perform with wcfsymphony on March 30, 2017 at the discretion of Artistic Director Jason Weinberger. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2016.

The Young Artist Concerto Competition is chaired by Jo R. Capoccioni. Information and application form are available online at wcfsymphony.org  under EDUCATION.  More information is also available by contacting Jo R. Capoccioni at 319-215-5885 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boston Brass at Iowa State University

The internationally-acclaimed Boston Brass will perform in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall at Iowa State University on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 pm.   They will be joined for one special selection by the ISU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Director of Bands Michael Golemo.
 

Request for survey participation

Dear Directors:  

 

My name is Vicki Tam-Anderson, a middle school band director in Minnesota currently working on a master’s thesis at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  This thesis looks at the experiences of female band directors and how they balance their personal life with their career.  In particular, I am investigating the impacts the responsibilities of teaching secondary level band have on a female band director’s personal life decisions as well as the relationships between a female band director’s family life and their professional choices and goals.   

 

A portion of my research into this subject involves surveying female band directors at the secondary level.  As a current secondary-level band director, you are invited to participate in an important survey regarding the experiences of female band directors and how they balance their personal life with their career.  This research is being conducted as part of a graduate thesis through the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

ISU Double Reed Day

Iowa State University will be hosting their annual All-State Double Reed Day on Sunday, October 2 from 12-4 p.m. in the Music Hall at Iowa State University. All high school double reed students auditioning for the 2016 Iowa High School All-State Festival should plan to attend this workshop.

Faculty members Amy Christensen, oboe and Kevin Judge, bassoon will hold masterclasses to include in-depth study of the etudes and a review of required scales. Students should bring their instruments, etudes and prepared solos and be prepared to play for the group. Light refreshments will be provided. The day will conclude with a one-hour concert given by the ISU Wind Ensemble.

Richard Goettsch passes

Longtime Webster City Middle School band director Richard Goettsch passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016. He was 81. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. at the Foster Funeral and Cremation Center in Webster City. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Webster City. 

Here is the link to the online obituary.
http://www.fosterfuneralandcremation.com/obituary/156702/Richard-Goettsch-of-Webster-City-Iowa/

90th Annual IBA Conference

May 10 - 13, 2017

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa  50309