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Annual Wind/Percussion scholarship concert features premieres by Indiana State composers

February 21, 2014


Tickets are now available for the Indiana State University School of Music's 23rd annual Wind/Percussion Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in Tilson Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Roby George, and premieres the works of three composers with ties to Indiana State - Dan Powers, Alexis Bacon, and Kevin Howlett. The program also features an arrangement of "Plenty of Horn" by former director of bands, John Boyd.

Works on the program include Powers' "Intrada," "Shadows" by Howlett, and Bacon's "Suite for Band."

Powers teaches composition at Indiana State and is the composer in residence and violist for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. His catalog of works includes compositions for orchestra and chamber groups, as well as songs and choral works. He has received commissions from the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (Symphony No. 2), the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (Irresistible Force), the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne (A Prayer for Freedom and Two Meditations), saxophonist Paul Bro (Riding the Wind and Peel Out!), the Indiana State University Wind Quintet (Impulse, recently recorded on CD), and others. In 2003, Powers was the first winner of the Ned Rorem Award for Song Composition.

In addition to his activities with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Powers is a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Danville Symphony Orchestra.

Bacon is a violist and composer of electroacoustic and acoustic music. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the 2010 Ossia International Composition Prize. Her work "Cradle," for alto saxophone and tape, was the first place recipient of the 2007 ASCAP/SEAMUS student composition commission, for which she wrote "Cowboy Song" for percussion and tape. During the summers she serves as Instructor of Music Theory and Electronic Music at Interlochen Arts Camp. She has taught at West Texas A&M University and Indiana State.

Howlett, a senior music liberal arts major at Indiana State, has composed solo works, works for chamber and large ensembles, as well as electronic music. His music has been performed by numerous student groups at Indiana State as well as several of the School of Music's performance faculty. Howlett is a two-time recipient of the Paul W. Hagan Composition Prize -- 2009 and 2011.

The concert is sponsored by the School of Music, Tribune-Star and the Indiana State Friends of Music.

Admission is $5 for students and $20 for adults. All proceeds go to fund scholarships for wind/percussion students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance from the band and music offices. For more information, call the School of Music at 812-237-2771.



Contact: Roby George, director of bands, (812) 237-2752

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or