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Oct. 10, 2006

Timothy Stalter Discusses Conducting For 'Saturday Scholars' Oct. 14

Why does the conductor stand there waving his arms?

Timothy Stalter, director of choral activities at the University of Iowa School of Music, will answer that question and others when he presents "Waving Your Arms: A Conductor Struggles to be Understood," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest.

Stalter's talk is part of the Saturday Scholars series presented by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). Each event is free and open to the public and includes a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. Refreshments will be served.

If you have ever wondered what exactly a conductor is doing up on a podium in front of the performers, or how much he or she can actually affect the music being made, this is the opportunity to hear the answers from an experienced conductor. In his presentation, Stalter will explain what he does from the moment he privately starts studying a score to his appearance on stage with an ensemble.

"The most important aspect in the work of a conductor is a vivid, mental-aural image of the composition," Stalter says. "Without this, time is wasted, energy worthlessly expended, and the composition in performance is not transported to a higher plane."

Members of the UI's premier vocal ensemble, Kantorei, will be present to perform varied selections throughout Stalter's presentation.

Remaining events in the 2006 "Saturday Scholars" series will be:

--Oct. 28: "Development and Disease: Fishing for Answers," Diane Slusarski, associate professor of biological sciences.

--Nov. 11: "Politics: What's Emotion Got to Do With It?" David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science.

Saturday Scholars was developed by CLAS Dean Linda Maxson to give members of the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. Additional information on the series is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 319-335-2611.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;