University of Indianapolis Music Department announces technology upgrades to broadcast equipment and multi-disciplinary learning opportunities for students

The University of Indianapolis Department of Music announced today extensive upgrades to video and broadcast production equipment, allowing for multi-disciplinary learning for music students as well as improving the concert-going experience, in the age of COVID and beyond.

UIndy music students get hands-on experience with the new technology.

UIndy music students get hands-on experience with the new technology.

“This expansion offers an incredible opportunity for our music technology students to both work on the audio side of live video broadcast productions and on the video side itself, on equipment found in many concert halls, churches, and venues,” said Brett Leonard, assistant professor and director of the Music Technology program at the University. “This cross-training puts our students in a great position to enter a variety of roles within our increasingly multi-medium industry.”

Upgrades to the production system at the University of Indianapolis, which hosts dozens of concerts, lectures and events every year, include:

Panasonic 4K cameras
Switching and recording equipment from Blackmagic Designs
Remote-operated PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras

Live streaming technology at the UIndy Department of MusicThe upgrades will work together to allow for 4K streaming to multiple websites and viewing platforms, which is especially important while audience attendance is limited or prohibited due to COVID restrictions. The new system will also allow for simultaneous multi-camera recording for large-scale recording projects like the annual Christmas from Campus concert.

Not only focused on the livestream experience, the upgrades will provide real-time feeds of multi-camera content to the lobby for patrons waiting to be seated—and offers the opportunity to provide an overflow area for oversold events.

Livestreamed concerts have a viewership that approaches that of typical concert attendance, according to Leonard, so it is important for the University to maintain high broadcast quality. Now, these entirely student-run 4K multi-camera broadcasts—complete with multi-track audio and isolated camera recordings—will provide concert streamers a performance experience as close to being “in the house” as possible. For students and performers with friends and family all across the country this is an important step for helping the Department of Music adapt to new COVID norms.

“The pandemic pushed us all into new roles within the industry,” Leonard added. “Giving our students more opportunities to learn new skills will leave them better prepared for entering an industry that has seen rapid change during the pandemic.”

About the University of Indianapolis Department of Music
Music students at the University of Indianapolis have the chance to engage with first-rate faculty, experience performances in a world-class concert venue, and connect in a close-knit educational environment, all within minutes of downtown Indianapolis. The music technology program provides hands-on experience within the recording and broadcast facilities in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, an exquisite, Viennese-style concert hall, as well as dedicated recording facilities in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center to engage in learning across a wide variety of specialties within the field of music technology. Close proximity to the downtown area and the Fountain Square district provides a vibrant setting for internship possibilities as well as culturally engaging opportunities for Indianapolis residents and University students alike.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 5,600 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” Learn more: uindy.edu.

Music Therapy students providing telehealth services

This summer, the University of Indianapolis Music Therapy Program students provided music therapy sessions under the supervision of board-certified music therapists via teletherapy platforms.  Music therapy students are required to obtain a minimum of 180 pre-clinical hours at the undergraduate level before moving onto their 6-month internship. 

Here’s what music therapy majors Moira John ‘21 and Paulina Beleckaite ‘21 had to say about their experience this summer.

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Q: Why is music therapy so important?

John: Music therapy is important because it aids with healing people emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Many people already have a strong relationship with music so it is easier to be connected with therapy when music is involved. Oftentimes, the client does not even feel like they are in therapy, just sharing music!

Beleckaite: Music therapy is important for a variety of reasons. It helps our clients/patients work on and potentially reach whatever goals they are working towards through the use of music. These goals can include social, emotional, motor skills, cognitive, educational, communication, and anything that is beneficial for the client to improve their quality of life.

Q: What was the hardest part of conducting music therapy virtually?

John: It is hard to keep clients engaged when you are not in front of them and in person. It’s easier to track data and gain someone’s attention when you are there in front of them, but when we are just on a screen it is easier for the client to lose focus.

Beleckaite: The hardest part of virtual music therapy was not being able to be with the client in person and having that face-to-face interaction. Another difficulty was the lag that was present during the sessions, especially when playing/singing music together with the client. However, my client was in a different state, so a positive of teletherapy was being able to connect and still have successful sessions no matter our locations.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

Beleckaite:  I am currently an intern at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital! For the music therapy degree, students have to complete a six-month internship after their four years of undergrad, in order to be eligible to sit for the board certification exam and become a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC). The internship can be done at any approved music therapy internship site, and I’ve always loved kids and been interested in the hospital setting, so I am super grateful to be interning at my dream place!

Music class forges generational connections

Jo with Tabitha Chambers '23 (music therapy)

Jo with Tabitha Chambers ’23 (music therapy)

Students participating in a Department of Music class not only learned to adapt to the demands of distance learning this semester. They also got the chance to develop newfound relationships.

Rebecca Sorley, director of student support and professor of music at the University of Indianapolis, taught a spring term class entitled, “Connecting Generations Through Music.” The Center for Service-Learning was involved in the creation of the course a few years ago. Sorley formed the syllabus when she was in a cohort of faculty who were learning how to teach a service-learning course.

It was Sorley’s fourth time teaching the class, with one notable difference. Students typically traveled as a group to an assisted living facility near the University and conducted music activities with residents, along with speaking with them. Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, each student was assigned an older adult to partner with. Students took on the responsibility of setting up virtual interviews with someone they’d never met.

This would not have been easy for any age group, but the students really stepped up and made this service a priority in their lives,” Sorley said.

Lou with Hannah Hunziker '22 (music therapy)

Lou with Hannah Hunziker ’22 (music therapy)

Sorley paired her students with 13 older adults from Woodland Terrace of Carmel, where her daughter, Allegra Hein, works as a music therapist. She also connected students with older adults from her church connections and from the University’s Adult Music Program.

The requirement called for a fifteen-minute Facetime or Zoom call with the adult six times in the three-week term. As well as talking about music, students and their interviewees talked about past experiences, technological challenges, COVID-19 restrictions/challenges, and life in general.

“The students have really stepped up to make this a special thing for their partners and, in doing so, it has been meaningful for the students as well. The requirement was a 15-minute call, but I have heard stories of calls going over an hour because they had so much to talk about,” Sorley said.

Both students and their partners proclaimed the class a huge success.

“Nothing is as important as education! I saw how my student partner came alive because of the way the class was structured. I also enjoyed learning at my age. Education can be fun, interesting and informative. I just wish all young people and adults would take advantage of it,” said Jane Williams, resident at Woodland Terrace of Carmel.

The students fostered relationships that will last a lifetime.

Sally and Alie Rico '22 (music education)

Sally and Alie Rico ’22 (music education)

“I looked forward to every meeting because it was just so nice to have someone new in my life who looked forward to meeting and chatting with me,” said Alejandra Rico, ’22, (music education). “I loved listening to all of her stories and hearing all of the amazing things she has done over the years. She opened up to me so much, and she was never shy! She told me so many things about herself, her family, her experiences. It was amazing to absorb all of the information and learn more and more about my new friend every week.” 

In their reflections, students revealed feeling nervous about calling someone they didn’t know. But gradually their interviewees became friends by the end of the course. Several students plan to continue their new relationships and meet in person when possible.

“The course was meant to provide a service to the older adults, but it worked both ways. The students really enjoyed having one-on-one conversations with someone who had more life experiences than they had,” Sorley said. “This was probably my most fulfilling teaching experience of my life!”

Internationally acclaimed jazz artist Emmet Cohen returns for spring residency at the University of Indianapolis

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

Emmet Cohen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), these events have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

Emmet Cohen, the 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, returns to the University of Indianapolis for a masterclass and performance in March following a stunning fall debut. Cohen serves as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence in partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. Cohen’s residency through spring 2021 includes providing lessons to students, engaging with faculty, presenting masterclasses and hosting performances.

Cohen will perform with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The first half of the evening is devoted to Cohen as solo pianist. He teams with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble to conclude the concert. Admission is free.

On March 19, Cohen will work with University of Indianapolis Department of Music students for a jazz improvisation masterclass. The public is invited to this exciting exchange of musical ideas and unique behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process. The masterclass will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

“The University of Indianapolis community has welcomed me with open arms, and it has been a true joy to integrate into their music program. The students are all hard-working, beautiful human beings, and continue to inspire me musically and otherwise. I look forward to returning to Indianapolis and can’t wait to continue the work we began last semester,” Cohen said.

Learn more at events.uindy.edu.

About Emmet Cohen
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. He has appeared in the Newport, Monterey, Jerusalem and North Sea jazz festivals, among others, and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. Cohen has headlined at the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Jazzhaus Montmartre. He is Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s SMOKE jazz club.

A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). Emmet Cohen has performed, recorded or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria and Bill T. Jones.

About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 40 years and has been based in Indianapolis since 1982. It has a professional staff of seven, headed by Dr. Joel M. Harrison. The American Pianists Awards, held for both classical and jazz artists, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each winner receives a two-year fellowship, valued at over $100,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities. All American Pianists Awards events are produced as public recitals and feature the finalists in a variety of settings. The organization greatly values the individual artistic sensibilities of each pianist, nurtures such individuality and does not impose any repertoire requirements during the competitions other than those necessary for the different genres. American Pianists Association strives to be the bridge between professional training and a full-fledged professional career. www.americanpianists.org.

About the University of Indianapolis
The University of Indianapolis, founded in 1902, is a private university located just a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The University is ranked among the top National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, with a diverse enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students. The University offers a wide variety of study areas, including 100+ undergraduate degrees, more than 40 master’s degree programs and five doctoral programs. More occupational therapists, physical therapists and clinical psychologists graduate from the University each year than any other state institution. With strong programs in engineering, business, and education, the University of Indianapolis impacts its community by living its motto, “Education for Service.” uindy.edu.

Indianapolis Quartet to give New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, March 5, 2020

The Indianapolis Quartet—violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington—will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

Established in 2016 in Indianapolis, the quartet is in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. The member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

The March 5th program at Weill Recital Hall will be a showcase of stellar music-making from a quartet that has committed artistic capital to the city that brought them together. The quartet’s technically assured, interpretively compelling, and emotionally connected performances across a broadening repertoire have provided them a solid foundation as they now expand their scope beyond Indianapolis.

Frank Felice’s Five Whimsies for Non-Grownups (2010) opens the concert. The Butler University composition faculty member’s offering is a set of five movements in the tradition of a capriccio and is based on five children’s books. The quartet recently recorded this piece for release on CD in 2020.

Schumann’s opus 44 piano quintet will follow; a collaboration with rising star pianist Drew Petersen. The ensemble’s outing in this work last spring received high praise: “Petersen and the quartet displayed a fine balance of forces from the start…notable for flexibility of tempo and a unanimity of ‘paragraphing’—a sense of the movement’s units of significance and subtle changes of direction” as well as their “variety of dynamics and astute accentuation.” (Jay Harvey Upstage)

After intermission, the quartet will give the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 3, a work they have commissioned for this occasion. During the last two seasons, the quartet has performed the first two quartets by the New York-based, Grammy-nominated composer. Paterson has a catalog of more than 100 works and has earned awards and accolades from ASCAP, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and the Copland House, among many others. The quartet is slated to record all of Paterson’s string quartets in May 2020 for release on the American Modern Recordings label.

The landmark Debussy quartet, a work that has become deeply embedded in the ensemble’s repertoire, will close the concert.

Tickets for this concert range from $38 to $45 and are available online at CarnegieHall.org; by phone at 212-247-7800; or at the box office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

About the Artists

The Indianapolis Quartet, now in its fourth season, made its Chicago debut in March 2018. In the last year, they have broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Recent concert engagements include appearances at Vermont’s Taconic Festival, Vermont Public Radio, Cincinnati’s St. Francis@4 series,

Indiana Landmarks Center, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana. They have also appeared in concert and in residencies at Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Arizona State University, and at Indiana State University, where they were the featured ensemble for the 53nd annual Contemporary Music Festival.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including pianists Orli Shaham and Soyeon Kate Lee, cellists Mark Kosower and Nicholas Canellakis, clarinetist Todd Palmer, and composers Robert Paterson and Frank Felice have afforded the quartet a reach into new audiences and a creative expansion of its repertoire. Two recordings featuring the works of Paterson and Felice will be released in the next year.

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue formerly served as concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Known among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the ISO in 2007. DePue is a founding member of Time for Three, with which he performed for 12 years. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo.

Joana Genova, second violinist, serves as assistant professor of violin and director of chamber music initiatives at the University of Indianapolis. She is also co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series across the U.S. Prior to her posts in the United States, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Genova earned a bachelor’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss has performed around the world appearing on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festivals across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with the quartet and Shlomo Mintz, as well as a critically acclaimed SACD recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets. As soloist, he released recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata (world premiere), David Finko’s Viola Concerto (Centaur), and Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur). His chamber music recordings include the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 series of music by living composers and the Oberlin Music label release Wordless Verses—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10, and at age 20 he was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra. Huntington is the recipient of numerous awards on both the national and international levels. He placed first in the 2012 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition and the 2009 MTNA National Sting Competition. He has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Robert deMaine, Cynthia Phelps, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Augustin Hadelich.

Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. He is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association, as well as a residency at the University of Indianapolis.

He has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, Pacific and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and has given solo recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, University of Indianapolis, and Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago. Most recent performances include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, orchestral performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has also now released his first solo recording—a showcase of American piano works on the Steinway & Sons label—for which BBC Music Magazine acknowledged Petersen’s “really stunning, full-bodied sound” and “superb technique and measured voicing.” The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with orchestras in Sarasota, Fort Smith, Buffalo, Waco, and Columbus, as well as recitals in Madison, Duluth, Savannah, including his Kennedy Center debut.

UIndy partners with Sycamore Services to provide music therapy

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When Sycamore Services was considering ways to enhance their client programs, they didn’t have to look far. The University of Indianapolis music therapy program is part of a blossoming partnership with Sycamore, which provides services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other conditions that can limit participation in life’s daily activities.

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Consumers at Sycamore receive services paid for primarily through waiver funding. This can become an issue when those dollars run out, however. One of the programs that Sycamore offers is music therapy. “We have people on the waiver who get music therapy, and we also have people who would like to do music therapy, but because they utilize so many other services, they may not have enough waiver dollars to do it,” explained Trina Blackburn, project coordinator at Sycamore.

That’s where UIndy came in. “My first thought was connecting with UIndy to see if some music and art therapy students would be interested in coming to our day program and doing music for our clients,” said Blackburn.

“We reached out and explained what we were interested in doing, we told them about our idea of having some students come over and do some music and art, and hopefully try to have a long term partnership where the students can come over and do this like an internship.”

Because the UIndy students can provide music therapy through a partnership with Sycamore Services at a cost that is free to the consumers it opens up a host of new opportunities for them. 

“For some of the consumers, it’s something different than they’d normally get to experience,” Blackburn said. “Because if it is not on their plan, they wouldn’t have the ‘waiver dollars’ to be able to experience it.” 

The music therapy provided by UIndy students is also important because many of the consumers at Sycamore are unable to go to a concert or an art studio and experience those types of activities and there is no guarantee there is anyone on staff that is qualified to lead them.

“Our staff is great,” Blackburn said. “But they don’t have the expertise in doing art or music, so for us to be able to bring someone in that has that knowledge base, that helps tremendously.”

Jan Schreibman, director of the music therapy program, took two students to Sycamore to provide a music therapy session and determine the types of consumers that Sycamore’s day program served. After the success of the initial visit, Blackburn and Schreibman are hopeful the partnership will continue and expand once students are back on campus this fall.

Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 3.39.50 PM Screen Shot 2019-07-24 at 3.56.16 PM “We want this to be an ongoing partnership,” Blackburn said, “providing art and music for our consumers by utilizing UIndy students, even on a weekly basis. We’re so close to each other, it just makes sense!”

Music therapy provides many benefits for those who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. It can stimulate the mind, while being soothing or relaxing, but is also very interactive for the consumer.

Some ways that music therapy can help consumers achieve physical and psychological benefits include:

  •     Playing a drum to increase the mobility of their arms, which could eventually help them become more independent doing activities like eating and writing
  •     Singing the words along to preferred songs can help those with Alzheimer’s/dementia recall past experiences
  •     Singing can also help people with traumatic brain injuries or difficulty speaking learn to pronounce and say words more clearly, which helps them communicate in their daily lives
  •     Discussing and analyzing lyrics to songs, or writing lyrics to a song, can help people that struggle with depression relate to others, share experiences and self-express.

 Practical experience is required for music therapy board certification, but that’s not the only reason it is important to UIndy students. “Practicum experiences are essential for music therapy students to gain experience working with different populations of people with varying needs,” said Amy Foley, who is serving as the UIndy clinical experience coordinator. “This hands-on experience allows students to learn from a board-certified music therapist and have a safe environment to practice skills they are learning through their coursework with people in the community.”

Providing this service is so important because it is about giving back to the community,” said professor Schreibman. “Opportunities like this help us identify how our resources can best fit and provide a service to others.”

“The music therapy program at UIndy is very hands-on and allows for a lot of experience doing supervised work in the field,” said Katelyn Snider ’20 (music therapy). “This has really prepared me to feel comfortable and confident in a professional setting.”

“My experiences working in places like Sycamore have really helped me grow academically and personally. I was able to become more comfortable relating to and communicating with all people.”

“We have so many people who could benefit from art and music in a small group setting” said Blackburn. “It gives them something to look forward to. You can tell that it really is bringing joy to their lives.”

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New music series establishes UIndy as classical guitar hub

Department of Music students benefit from one-on-one instruction from guest artist Martha Masters.

Department of Music students benefit from one-on-one instruction from guest artist Martha Masters.

A new classical guitar series at the University of Indianapolis is connecting Department of Music students and the local community with world-renowned guitarists. With masterclasses and on-campus performances, the series is carefully designed to bring students together with master musicians who provide one-on-one coaching and mentoring, while expanding access for music aficionados.

Nemanja Ostojić, associate adjunct professor of music, started the classical guitar series in part as preparation for the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2020 convention at the University of Indianapolis. The University was chosen in the summer of 2017 to host the event, which is considered to be the largest guitar festival in the world. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the festival, which will be held June 22-27, 2020.

“We’re trying to engage the community and prepare the groundwork for the festival,” said Ostojić. “The festival will be packed with guitarists from all over the world. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and the local community to get involved. In return, UIndy will receive global exposure in leading guitar magazines and publications that cover the event, simultaneously placing our campus and our city on the world map of guitar.”

The GFA 2020 convention is just one example of the Department of Music’s commitment to networking students with expert musicians, whether they be faculty or guest artists. Ostojić has organized trips for students to participate in the annual Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, and plans to return in March 2019.

Martha Masters provided advice on technique and repertoire.

Martha Masters provided advice on technique and repertoire.

Ostojić also is organizing on-campus visits from classical guitarists, including Martha Masters, who held a masterclass and concert in fall 2018, and Andrew Zohn, who performs April 18 at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. Plans are in the works to bring the Texas Guitar Quartet to campus for a November 24, 2019 performance. That educational component is crucial, according to Ostojić.

“My goal is to expose students to high-level performance and personal instruction from renowned artists,” he said.

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Students participate in a two-hour masterclass with the guest artist, with each student performing for 25 minutes and receiving individualized feedback. Afterward, a question-and-answer session allows the students to ask about technique, repertoire, careers and future plans.

Jamie Johnson ’19 (music and psychology double major) was in the class with Martha Masters.

Martha3“The value of this experience was enormous,” Johnson said. “Just being able to play for her was a great opportunity in itself. Receiving advice and encouragement from her was not only helpful but also inspiring and gave me more motivation to play the guitar.”

Johnson, who participated in the XVIII Guitar Art Festival in 2017, added that the experience provided her with a different perspective on how to approach her playing.

“[Martha Masters] gave me helpful information on how to be more relaxed when playing and gave me advice on how to shape my nails to get a better sound,” Johnson said.

The classical guitar series is made possible by a generous grant from Jerry Roush, in memory of Nyla Roush. Admission is free. Ostojić hopes that the concerts, which aim to bring a master musician to campus every semester, spark interest throughout the community as the University of Indianapolis prepares for the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2020 convention.

“When students experience the thrill of working directly with internationally recognized guitarists, that’s going to build on the excitement leading up to the convention next year,” he said.

Students also benefit from one-on-one support and mentoring from faculty like Ostojić, who himself is a sought-after soloist and top prizewinner in more than 15 major international guitar competitions around the world.

“Professor Ostojić has helped me a lot along the way with my music studies by always being encouraging and supportive, and especially because he encouraged me to become a music major here at UIndy to begin with,” Johnson said.

Written by Sara Galer, communication manager.

Indianapolis Quartet presents “Secrets from the Masters”

The Indianapolis Quartet will present its second concert of the season featuring some of western music’s most important works of art.

Debut performance of the faculty artist series String Quartet in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on November 7, 2016. Quartet is composed of Zachary DePue, violin; Austin Hrtman, violin; Austin Huntington, cello; and Michael Strauss, viola. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

Debut performance of the faculty artist series String Quartet in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on November 7, 2016. (Photo by D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the University of Indianapolis campus. Concert admission is free, although registration is required.
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