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DePauw Band Plans Collaborative Performance for Old Gold Weekend

"October is my favorite month," writes composer Eric Whitacre. "Something about the crisp autumn air and the subtle change in light always makes me a little sentimental." This Sunday, October 5, dancers from Company Unspoken join the DePauw University Band in a performance of October, composed by Whitacre, conducted by Craig Paré and with choreography by André Williams ’15. The collaborative performance will take place over Old Gold Weekend at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located within DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Williams was just founding his new dance company at DePauw when he received the invitation to choreograph October. Nonetheless, he says when Dr. Paré proposed the idea of a joint performance it was truly an offer he could not refuse.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing professor and influence on my life. When coming up with the choreography, I focused primarily on capturing Whitacre’s description of the piece and, after listening a great deal, took myself back to what I remember most about fall during my own childhood," the senior observes.


Erin Johnson '03 Sings Way to Idol Prize

"Erin Johnson sang her way to the top Thursday night and became the Prescott 2014 Idol in the grand finale of summer-long competition at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center," writes Karen Despain in today's The Daily Courier.

The 2003 DePauw University School of Music graduate teaches choir and guitar at Mile High Middle School and Granite Mountain Middle School in Arizona.

"In general, I am a musician," Johnson said in The Courier. "I love all music, and I try to to teach my kids to experience as much music as they can — all realms. That's what it's all about."

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Cancer Researcher, Cellist, Clarinetist: Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03 Profiled

Dr. Sarah Mordan-McCombs '03 "delights in seeing the growth her students make during their time at Franklin College," according to a profile of the professor published today by the Indiana college.

"Mordan-McCombs plays the cello and the clarinet," notes the profile about the DePauw Symphony Orchestra and Tiger Pep Band alumna. "She participates in the Frankling Community Band and the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra."

The professor, who earned her bachelor's degree at DePauw University before completing her Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame, supports the educatonal benefits of undergraduate students participating in research.

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Adam Hilkert '08 to Conduct U.S. Army Bands

Adam Hilkert '08, a Tiger Pep Band Director Emeritus, has been selected to become one of just 22 conductors of the U.S. Army Bands after highly competitive national auditions.

"This is a great honor and privilege for which I am very grateful to have earned the opportunity," says Hilkert on Facebook today.

The U.S. Army Bands invited Hilkert to participate in the grueling two-day audition process. Candidates perform with their primary instrument two works in contrasting styles, followed by music theory examinations. Then they conduct nine works for concert band and the Soldier's Chorus. Finally, they are interviewed by a panel of senior officers and noncommissioned officers.

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