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Region V Conference Review

Indiana State University
November 13-14, 1998
Daniel McCarthy, host

Day One began with the SCI Region V Business Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Only Region V Co-Chair James Chaudoir and Host Daniel McCarthy were in attendance, perhaps due to the early hour. The first of seven concerts began at 10:00 a.m. and included music by Peter D. Pecere, Daniel Powers, and Zae Munn. Unfortunately, this concert had the only two casualties of the conference. Due to personal circumstances, one of the performers for the Jeffrey Radcliffe string quartet was unable to come to the conference. Also, the Vision Saxophone Quartet was unable to attend and play the Michael Edgerton quartet.

After a luncheon gathering, the conference resumed with Gary Lee Nelson's Lecture/Demonstration "Mathematical Models for Musical Composition." Concert II began at 3:00 p.m., and included performances of music by Andrew Dionne, David Gillingham, James Lentini, and Daniel McCarthy. The evening concert, Concert III featured music by Brian Field, Edward Mallett, Michael Murray, Carter Pann, and James Waters. Concert III was the only concert with participation by a high school group, the North Vigo High School Counterpoints, a chamber choir.

Day two began with Concert IV that featured music for piano. Brian Bevelander played the solo for his own piece Synthecisms No. 5 and Hye Kyung Lee played her composition Suite for Solo Piano. Carter Pann and Erik Santos were the performers for Santos' Guernica Dances. Other composers represented on this concert were Sue Dellinger and Stephen Wilcox.

Guest composer Samuel Adler, accompanied by his wife Emily Freeman Brown, gave the keynote address "Should We Be Optimistic About New Music in the New Century". A group discussion followed the keynote address. Concert V featuring electro-acoustic music began at 2:00 p.m. and included the music of Greg D'Alessio, Zack Browning, Tom Flaherty with his wife Cynthia Fogg performing, Michael Kallstrom, and Mikel Kuehn.

The Indiana State University Percussion Ensemble presented Concert VI. Composers Bruce Hamilton, Daniel Hosken, Robert Lemay, Eric Santos, and Rob Smith received the performances on this concert.

After the SCI Region V Banquet, the conference concluded with Concert VII: Music of Samuel Adler. Featured performers were the Indiana State University Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Brass Quintet, the ISU Festival Chorus and Wind Ensemble, The Terre Haute Children's Choir, ISU faculty saxophonist Paul Bro with accompanist Martha Krasnican, and Akron University Organist Richard Shirey.

The post conference gathering at a local pub was most successful.

Daniel McCarthy