Tickets on sale now for Music Department Scholarship Concert Feb. 28

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
February 12, 2010

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Tickets are now available for the Indiana State University music department's 19th annual Wind/Percussion Scholarship Concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in Tilson Auditorium.

The concert will feature guest soloists Nobuya Sugawa and Scotty Steppe, the ISU Symphonic Band, conducted by Doug Keiser, and the Wind Orchestra, under the direction of John Boyd.

A graduate of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sugawa is the winner of numerous prizes in his native Japan. Having made his professional debut in 1984, he performs more than 100 concerts per year and has released approximately 30 CDs.

He astonished the Japanese classical saxophone world by receiving the Art Award of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in both 1996 and 2001.He has played with most of the leading orchestras in Japan, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and Alan Gilbert, and abroad, in addition to the BBC Philharmonic under Sachio Fujioka, has appeared with the Württembergische Philharmonie under Norichika Iimori, the Orchestra d'Harmonie de la Garde Républicaine, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

He has commissioned works for saxophone, which have been taken up by performers around the world in addition to being appointed as concert master of Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.

Stepp, an Indiana State alumnus, is an assistant professor of music at DePauw University, teaching saxophone. During 2001-2003 he was granted a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harriet Hale Wooley scholarship to study in Paris, France under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Stepp was a visiting adjunct faculty saxophone instructor at Indiana State from 1999-2001 and 2004-2005.

He is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois. Steppe completed his Master of Arts in Saxophone Performance at Bowling Green State University under the tutelage of John Sampen. He studied with Paul Bro while a student at Indiana State.

He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. Most notable are performances at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, selected performer at the German-American Fulbright Program's 50th anniversary conference in Berlin, Germany and performances in Greece, Cyprus, and Italy. He has performed with the Chicago Civic, Lafayette, Toledo, Canton, Columbus, Carmel, and Terre Haute symphony orchestras as well as the State Orchestra of Thesaloniki, Greece.

The concert is sponsored by the ISU music department, Yamaha, Inc., Conservatory of Music, WFIU Radio and the Tribune-Star.

Admission is $5 for students and $15 for adults, with special patron tickets available for $40 that includes attendance at a reception following the program hosted by ISU President and Mrs. Dan Bradley.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at the ISU band and music offices. For more information, call the music department at 812-237-2771.

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Contact: John Boyd, director of Bands, (812) 237-2752

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu