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March 20, 2006

Iowa Percussion Celebrates Music Therapy With March 31 Concert

Iowa Percussion, the performance arm of the percussion area of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present their spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, titled "A Celebration of Music Therapy," will be under the direction of Dan Moore. Special guest artists on the program will be Kate Gfeller, director of the Music Therapy program at the UI School of Music, and baritone John Muriello from the School of Music voice faculty.

A steel band made up of UI Music Therapy alumni will also perform on the concert, which will be free and open to the public.

"Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals of all ages," Moore explained. "Music Therapy has a long standing tradition of using percussion to aid their work, so it is appropriate that Iowa Percussion dedicate their Spring concert to this important field.

"Iowa Percussion is an internationally recognized program that maintains a reputation for the highest standards of musical performance. We invite everyone to join us for an evening of explorations into the human condition."

The complete program for Iowa Percussion's "Celebration of Music Therapy" will be:

-- "Verbum Salutis" by Paul Elwood with Gfeller appearing as hand signer soloist;

-- "Three Poems to Handicapped Children" by Thomas Lacina with Muriello narrating;

-- "It Takes Two to Tango" by Hoffman and Manning with Muriello as vocal soloist;

-- "Atenteben" by Bob Becker;

-- "Salute to Truckers" by J.C. Combs;

-- "The Devil's Bolero" by Dick Schory; and

-- performances by the Music Therapy Alumni Steel Band.

One of the most active performing groups at the UI School of Music, Iowa Percussion presents concerts and educational programs on campus and across Iowa. Each year the group performs for hundreds of Iowa school children through the UI Arts Share program.

Formed in 1958 as the UI Percussion Ensemble, the organization performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Iowa Percussion performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

Gfeller is director of the Music Therapy program in the UI School of Music and a faculty member in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She holds a F. Wendell Miller endowed professorship and served the College of Liberal Arts as associate dean for faculty 1993-96.

Gfeller's primary research focus is music perception and aural rehabilitation of adults and children who have significant hearing losses. She is Principal Investigator for the Music Perception Project of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Research Project at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has also studied applications of music therapy for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, which was funded by the Federal Administration on Aging.

She presents regularly at national and international meetings and her research is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, Ear and Hearing, and the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology. She is co-author of An Introduction to Music Therapy: Theory and Practice, now in its second edition and published in four languages.

Past awards include a 2001 Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, the National Association for Music Therapy Outstanding Researcher Award in 1996 and the UI/ Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in 1991. She was appointed Visiting Research Professor of the Humanities at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 1997, has been an invited lecturer at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow in 1993.

A singer whose work ranges from opera and operetta to concert and musical theater, Muriello joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997. Recent engagements include performances in the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater productions of "Die Fledermaus" and "The Merry Widow." In the fall of 1998 he made his directing debut with the UI School of Music production of the musical comedy "The Fantasticks," and he directed "A Little Night Music" for the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater in the summer of 2003.

Muriello has performed operatic and musical theater roles with Opera Carolina, the Banff Centre in Canada, L'Opera Francais of New York, Skylight Opera Theater, Ohio Light Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta. He performed as the Narrator and Mysterious Man in Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and Marcello in "La Boheme" for Lyric Opera Cleveland. Other roles have ranged from Guglielmo in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to Voltaire in Bernstein's "Candide."

He has also performed in concert and recital throughout the Midwest and the Southeast, singing in performances of Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs" and "Hodie," the Brahms "Requiem" and the Bach Mass in B minor.

He was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in North Carolina, in the Washington International Competition and the Louise D. McMahon International Song Competition in Oklahoma, and toured two seasons with the Mantovani Orchestra.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically triggered sounds.

In 1985, he formed the Britain/Moore Duo (BMD) with Nashville-based steel drummer and percussionist Mat Britain. BMD tours nationally with their eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic percussion. Their most recent CD," Little World of Rhythm" (Cricket City 2001), was described by a reviewer as having "a musical spirit that lifts the soul."

In 1998 Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999. Reviewer John R. Raush wrote, "Credit Dan Moore for successfully accomplishing the Herculean tasks associated with a project of this nature, for his outstanding contributions as a performer throughout the disc, and most of all, for bringing this unique music back from the past."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He received an undergraduate degree from East Texas State University, who recently awarded him their Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as a master's degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Moore is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and Sabian Ltd., a signature artist for Innovative Percussion and an endorsee for the Latin Percussion Music Group. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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