UNI School of Music Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert Sept. 30

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

John Vallentine, director, UNI School of Music, (319) 273-2024
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- World-class trumpeter and Grammy Award-winner Clark Terry will join students and faculty at the University of Northern Iowa for the School of Music's 24th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, '24 - it's magical!,' at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30.

Terry will perform with the UNI Jazz Band One in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. A jazz legend, whose career spans more than 60 years, Terry has performed with many jazz greats from Ella Fitzgerald and Doc Severinsen to Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.

Other performances will be by the UNI Varsity Men's Glee Club, conducted by Brad Barrett; Jeffrey Brich, tenor, and Genadi Zagor, piano; the UNI Faculty String Quartet, featuring Frederick Halgedahl, Therese Fetter, Julia Trahan and Jonathan Chenoweth; Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, and featuring award-winning student pianist Ivana Tjandra; UNI Wind Symphony, conducted by Ronald Johnson, with UNI Concert Chorale, UNI Chamber Singers, and Nicole Lamartine, soprano; Jean McDonald, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Brich, tenor; and Brad T. Barrett, baritone.

Following the concert will be a gala reception, 'Broadway and Ivories,' and a silent auction. Singers and chamber ensembles will perform in the McElroy Lobby, and internationally recognized faculty pianists Sean Botkin and Genadi Zagor, and a host of student pianists, will showcase their talents with 'A Little Night Music' in Davis Hall.

'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert continues to receive standing ovations,' said John Vallentine, director of the UNI School of Music. He noted, 'Providing scholarships to talented students allows us to attract outstanding musicians to UNI. Many of these students win local, regional and international awards for performance excellence and become teachers throughout Iowa and the United States. We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to attract the best students, we must be able to provide financial assistance for them.'

'Being granted a music scholarship was, honestly, one of the best things that could have happened to me,' wrote one recipient from the class of 2005. In addition to alleviating financial concerns for herself and her family, she added, 'It helped give me more confidence in my abilities as a musician because I knew that I would not have been granted any scholarship money if I did not have a certain level of talent. It was good to know that someone was willing to invest some faith, on a financial level, in me as a musician, so that I could strive to attain whatever successes and musical goals I chose.'

Tickets are $35 ($30 is tax deductible), and may be purchased in advance at the GBPAC box office, by visiting the Web at (click on UNI School of Music), or by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or (877) 549-SHOW. Tickets also are available at the door.