Creating a World-Class Music Destination in the Midwest

Emmet Cohen Announced as UIndy Artist-in-Residence

Emmet Cohen, 2019 APA Winner, recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz

Emmet Cohen, 2019 APA Winner, recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz

To say that Emmet Cohen has had a whirlwind year is something of an understatement. The world-renowned jazz pianist and composer was honored in April as the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. In partnership with the American Pianists Association and the University of Indianapolis, Cohen becomes the next artist-in-residence at the University, beginning in Fall 2019.

Always prolific, Cohen has been performing non-stop all year. Speaking from his home base in the New York City area, Cohen said his experience as a finalist in the 2011 and 2015 American Pianists Awards helped him with preparation.

“On the one hand, I knew what to expect going into the competition, but I didn’t necessarily expect to win. I was surprised and happy,” Cohen said.

Cohen will visit the University of Indianapolis campus during the fall and spring semesters to perform and to hold master classes with students, including ensembles and improv classes.

“The University of Indianapolis partnership with the APA provides a wonderfully unique opportunity for Emmet Cohen to become immersed in the UIndy community and culture–serving as guest lecturer, providing master classes, public performances and private lessons to our undergraduate student musicians, and demonstrating the importance of musical collaboration,” said Dr. Brenda Clark, assistant dean of the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences and director of music education programs.

See performance dates: events.uindy.edu

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Drew Petersen, the 2017 American Pianists Awards winner and Christel DeHaan fellow, recently completed his residency in Spring 2019.

“UIndy has been incredible. It’s such a welcoming, warm community. What’s lovely about being in a university setting is that you have the resources and wisdom of other faculty around you all the time,” Petersen said.

Kate Hamori ’21 was one of several music students who had the opportunity to work with Drew Petersen during his residency.

“The artist-in-residence program is extremely valuable for students. Not only does it give us a chance to see world-class performers in our very own performance hall, but it allows us to interact with them on a personal basis and gives us the opportunity to learn about the musical world outside Indiana. Meeting people like Drew always acts like an instant dose of motivation,” Hamori said.

Cohen, meanwhile, is looking forward to collaborating with students, which he says is a process involving an equal exchange of creativity. Drawing from his extensive experience performing, traveling and composing, Cohen said he’s eager to share what he’s learned.

“Teaching is one of the greatest experiences we can have as artists. Whenever you teach something, you understand it in a different way and re-examine it in a new light.”

University to Host 2020 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition

Ian Tubbs, right, has been studying with classical guitarist Nemanja Ostojić, associate adjunct professor of music at the University of Indianapolis.

Ian Tubbs, right, has been studying with classical guitarist Nemanja Ostojić, associate adjunct professor of music at the University of Indianapolis.

Cultivating the space for life-changing professional opportunities is built into the curriculum at the University of Indianapolis, whether it’s connecting students with visiting master musicians or bringing elite competitions to campus.

When Nolan Winters ’22 (music) participated in the 2019 Guitar Art Festival in Serbia, it was his first time outside the United States. The experience left him with a new career goal: to win an international guitar competition.

“Not only were the city and people so beautiful, the music at this festival was like nothing I had ever been exposed to,” he said.

While Winters was planning to travel to Parma, Italy, to participate in his first international competition at the BorGuitar Festival over the summer, there is one major guitar event he won’t have to travel for.

The University of Indianapolis announced plans to host the largest classical guitar festival in the world in June 2020. The Guitar Foundation of America’s (GFA) 2020 Convention and Competition will gather hundreds of classical guitar masters and enthusiasts from all over the world.

The annual GFA Convention includes three concerts per day, a wide array of lectures, hands-on workshops, masterclasses and private lessons, the famous International Concert Artist Competitions, a Hall of Fame awards ceremony and two guitar orchestras, open to all attendees. Performances are open to the public.

Classical guitarist Andrew Zohn, left, provides one-on-one instruction to Nolan Winters ’22 during a masterclass.

Classical guitarist Andrew Zohn, left, provides one-on-one instruction to Nolan Winters ’22 during a masterclass.

Nemanja Ostojić, associate adjunct professor of classical guitar studies, organized the GFA Convention as part of a broader strategic effort to connect students and the local community with world-renowned musicians.

“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,” Ostojić said.

Building on the excitement of the GFA Convention is the Classical Guitar Series, which brings world-renowned guitarists such as Andrew Zohn, Daniel Quinn and Martha Masters to campus for performances and workshops. Winters received one-on-one instruction from these musical artists, but he’s also grateful for the University’s music faculty.

“I can say with reverence that my professors in the Department of Music have each enriched my musical abilities tenfold,” he said.

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