Clarke to Host Region V Society of Composers Conference, Feb. 22-24

posted on February 1, 2007

Musicians and composers from throughout the country will gather at Clarke College from February 22-24 when the College’s music department hosts the Region V Society of Composers, Inc. conference. The conference is sponsored in part by a grant from Mediacom.

The four-day event will feature eight public concerts, five paper presentations and a conducting symposium with internationally known conductor Stanley DeRusha. Admission to all events, with the exception of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble performance, is free and the public is invited to attend. All events will be held on the Clarke campus. Cost for the symphony performance is $25 for adults and $10 for students. A complete schedule and listing of performers can be found at

The concert events will feature the works of 60 composers representing 23 states, with all composers on campus during the performances and to meet with the public. Area performers include the choirs and faculty soloists from Clarke College, Loras College, the College of Dubuque, the College of Wisconsin – Platteville, and Wartburg Seminary, as well as the Dubuque Trumpet Ensemble, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, and the Julien Dubuque Chamber Singers.

On Friday, Feb. 23, from 4-6:30 p.m., Stanley DeRusha will host a conducting symposium in which six conductors will be selected to conduct the Clarke College New Music Ensemble and receive instruction and critical comments by DeRusha. One of the selected conductors is William Rowley, band director at Dubuque Senior High School. The public is invited to attend the symposium and admission is free.

World-renowned DeRusha is resident conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, music director and conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and professor of music at Butler College, in Indianapolis, Ind. American born and trained, he has conducted throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. His credits include numerous American and world premiere performances, and he has won the praise of many distinguished composers, including William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Karel Husa, Ernst Krenek, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller, Michael Schelle, John Downey, and John Corigliano.

Media requesting more information should contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.


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