- Jacobs School of Music
, known from 1921–2005 as Indiana University School of Music, is considered to be one of the best music schools in the world.
Academics and programs
With more than 1,600 students — approximately half of whom are undergraduates — the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is one of the largest in the nation (the University of North Texas College of Music is slightly larger depending on the semester). The breadth and number of performance opportunities are unparalleled in college music study, with the school offering more than 1,100 performances a year. This includes 7 fully-staged large theatrical musical works per year at the Musical Arts Center, which generally range from operas to operettas, but occasionally includes musicals as well.
Admission to the IU School of Music is regarded as among the most competitive in the country. Though the admissions process differs slightly for some students, the general process consists of one audition at the school itself, in which two to three prepared pieces are performed. For
singers and pianists, a preliminary screening CDor tape must be sent in. If the applicant passes that round, a live audition is then scheduled. The acceptance rate was 12 percent for the entering class of 2011, and about nine percent for the class of 2012. The IU School of Music also offers a masters of music technology degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Awards and honors for the IU School of Music
IU Jacobs School of Music has been ranked first in the nation by Change magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and U.S. News and World Report. It plays a key role in educating performers, scholars, dancers, and music educators who influence performance and education around the globe. "
U.S. News & World Report" has consistently showered the school with praise and acclaim. Here is a short list of rankings in various categories.
Master of Musicprogram (tied with Eastman and Juilliard).
*Number one voice department among graduate schools.
*Number one music librarianship specialty.
In addition to "
U.S. News & World Report", the school has been ranked first in the nation by "Change" magazine and the "Chronicle of Higher Education".
The IU School of Music as a whole was recently listed first among the "Top Ten Voice Schools in America" by "Classical Singer". IU Jacobs School of Music voice students are frequent winners in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in
New York Cityeach spring. The school has had five grand winners in the last five years and 33 grand winners overall. An unparalleled twenty students and alumni have received BMI Student Composer Awards.
The school has more than 170 full-time faculty members that include performers, scholars, and teachers of international renown. In addition, many top musicians and scholars come to the school each year to give master classes and guest lectures or to serve as visiting artistic directors, conductors, and faculty. Over the last few years the school has hired pianists
André Wattsand Arnaldo Cohen, violinist Jaime Laredo, and sopranos Sylvia McNairand Carol Vanessas faculty members. Violinist Joshua Belland conductor Leonard Slatkinrecently joined the Jacobs faculty.
Other notable faculty members include:
Atar Arad, violist
David Baker, jazz cellist and educator
Joshua Bell, violinist
Alan Bennett (tenor)
Myron Bloom, horn
*Kevin Bobo, percussion
Bruce Bransby, double bass
*James Campbell, clarinetist
Edmund Cord, trumpet
Costanza Cuccaro, coloratura soprano
Eli Eban, clarinetist
David Effron, conductor
Luke Gillespie, jazz pianist
Julian Hook, music theorist
Steve Houghton, percussion
Lawrence Hurst, double bass
Paul Kiesgen, bass
Howard Klug, clarinetist
Carl Lenthe, trombonist
William Ludwig, bassoonist
Michael McCraw, baroque bassoonist
Susann McDonald, harp
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Otis Murphy, classical saxophone [http://www.otismurphy.com]
Jeff Nelsen, horn
*Timothy Noble, baritone
Daniel Perantoni, tubist
*John Poole, conductor [http://www.johnpoole.net]
Menahem Pressler, pianist and commander in Order of Arts and Letters
John Rommel, trumpet
Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
János Starker, cellist
M. Dee Stewart, trombonist
*John Tafoya, timpani and percussion
Joey Tartell, trumpet
Carol Vaness, soprano
Arthur Weisberg, bassoonist
*Mimi Zweig, violin & Director of IU String Academy
The school's facilities, including five buildings located in the heart of the IU Bloomington campus, comprise outstanding recital halls, more than 170 practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, and more than 100 offices and studios.
Musical Arts Center
The Musical Arts Center, known as the MAC, is the school's largest performance facility. The Musical Arts Center (MAC) was completed in
1972at a cost of $11.2 million. It is equipped with an opera theaterwith European-style seating for 1,460 and room for a 100-piece orchestra. The MAC also houses studios, classrooms, and rehearsal facilities for music and ballet. The 90x60 foot stage is often compared to that of the Metropolitan Opera Housein New York. It features acoustical design and technical capabilities that are among the best in the nation. The backstage area occupies more than half of the building and provides state-of-the-art technical space for producing eight fully staged operas and three ballets a year.
"Peau Rouge Indiana", a large sculpture by
Alexander Calder, sits on the lawn in front of the MAC. It was renovated over the course of two months during the Fall 2007 semester. [http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/6947.html]
imon Music Center
The Simon Music Center (pictured at the top of the page) opened after an extensive renovation in 1995 and houses the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Auer Hall, Ford-Crawford Hall, Sweeney Lecture Hall, classrooms, and administrative and faculty offices.
In 1907, Charles Campbell arranged for a recital of the
Schellschmidt Quartetof Indianapolis, the proceeds of which established a music fund, "to lead ultimately to the equipment of a school of music in the university." In 1909, he offered a series of noncredit lectures on the history of music, which eventually lead to a full fledged music department. In 1919 Barzille Merrill took the position of department head and worked to create a separate school of music. He campaigned for a new music building as well, which was dedicated in 1937, and renamed Merril Hall in 1989. In 1921 the Department of Music officially became the School of Music.
In 1938 Robert L. Sanders was appointed Dean and remains the school's youngest-ever dean. Through his efforts, the school gained membership in the National Association of Schools of Music and built the Hall of Music (now known as the Indiana University Auditorium). In 1941 the Indiana University Auditorium was dedicated and offered 15 events including appearances by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the San Carlo Opera Company.
In 1942 the school staged its first full opera. "
Cavalleria Rusticana". That year the Metropolitan Opera Companyvisited IU for the first time, performing " Aida", and would return again for the next 15 years, presenting two operas each visit.
Leonard Bernsteinspent six weeks at the school to work on his final opera, " A Quiet Place". In 1980, the School of Music launched a weekly radio chamber music series produced by WFIU. In its first year, the series featured student and faculty performers and was broadcast on six Indiana stations. By 1981 (and through 1984), "Music from Indiana" had achieved national syndication on American Public Radio, and in 1983, the number of stations carrying the program had jumped to 54.
2005the school announced it had received a gift of $40.6 million from Barbara and David H. Jacobsfor the school of music. [http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/2626.html] At the time, it was the largest single gift for a school of music at a public university and it is also the largest single gift ever given by individuals to IU. The school will use $20 million of the gift to endow graduate student fellowships and $10 million to endow undergraduate scholarships. The gift also establishes endowed faculty positions, including the Dean Charles H. Webb Chair in Music, the Henry A. Upper Chair in Music and the David H. Jacobs Chair in Music. The venerable Indiana University School of Music was renamed the "Indiana University Jacobs School of Music".
In December 2007 the Lilly Endowment donated $44 million toward a new faculty studio building for the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. [http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=62064&comview=1]
Jamey Aebersold, jazz educator
*Kenny Aronoff, drumset
David Baker, jazz composer
Joshua Bell, violinist
Chris Botti, jazz trumpeter
Michael Brecker, jazz saxophonist
*Carl Broemel, lead guiarist/vocalist/saxophone for
My Morning Jacket
Angela Brown, soprano
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
*Andres Cardenes, violinist, Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony
Hoagy Carmichael, songwriter and actor, author of the famous songs "Stardust" and " Georgia on My Mind"
*Sara Caswell, jazz violinist
*Corey Cerovsek, violinist
*John Clayton, jazz and classical bassist, composer and arranger
*Frederic Chiu, pianist
*Peter Richard Conte, organist; Grand Court Organist of the
*Jeremy Denk, pianist
*Hank Dutt, violist, founding member of the Kronos Quartet
*Donald Erb, composer
Peter Erskine, jazz drummer and educator
*Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Vivica Genaux, mezzo soprano
*Heidi Grant-Murphy, soprano
Tom Gullion, jazz saxophonist
*Elizabeth Hainen, harpist, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra
*Jeff Hamilton, jazz drummer
*Mike Flynn, Producer/Recording Engineer
*Gary Hoffman, cellist and solo artist
Jacques Israelievitch, violinist, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony
*Joan Jeanrenaud, cellist, former member of the Kronos Quartet
Booker T. Jones, songwriter, producer and frontman of the band Booker T. and the MGs
*Paul Katz, cellist, founding member of the Cleveland Quartet
*Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
Gordon Lee, jazz pianist, educator and composer
*Sebastien Lipman, harpist, former principal harp of the Berlin Philharmonic
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Edgar Meyer, bassist, MacArthur Fellow
William Preucil, violinist, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra
Larry Ridley, jazz bassist and music educator
*Richard Roberts, violinist, principal concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
*Richard Stillwell, baritone
Michael Sweeney, composer of Concert Band literature
Pharez Whitted, jazz trumpet and composer
*Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist, member of the Kronos Quartet
DaXun Zhang, classical double bass
=The "Musical Ivy League"=
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is considered to be a member of the "Music Ivy League", a group of music schools considered to be, in many ways, the finest in the world.
* [http://www.music.indiana.edu/ Official site]
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