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Dec. 1, 2010

Dec. 11 UI concert will be a memorial to David Nelson

The University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts will present a memorial concert for David Nelson, the division's founding director, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Riverside Recital Hall, 405 North Riverside Drive. Nelson passed away on Oct. 13.

The event will include performances by the Maia Quartet and School of Music faculty members Maurita Mead, clarinet; Stephen Swanson, baritone, and Delbert Disselhorst, organ; and choreography by Department of Dance faculty member Alan Sener.

Words of remembrance will be offered by Alan MacVey, director of the Division of Performing Arts and the Department of Theatre Arts.

Nelson was also a professor of music and director of the School of Music, and he served as interim chair of the Department of Dance. He served his profession as an elected member of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.

William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies, paid this tribute to his colleague: "David was the consummate collaborative administrator who celebrated others’ achievements and made our department function smoothly through his quiet, disciplined leadership and genuine compassion for students and faculty."

Nelson's artistic career included both violin performance and conducting. In addition to many solo and chamber recitals, he was principal second violin with the Madison Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. More recently, he led the UI Symphony Orchestra and served as frequent guest conductor of the Chamber Orchestra.

His research is published in national and international journals that include the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and Design for Arts in Education. For many years he served as editor for the journal Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education.

Before coming to the UI, Nelson was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and music director of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras. He also taught at Murray State University in Kentucky and at McGill University in Montreal.

Nelson earned his doctorate in music education at the University of Texas at Austin and a masters degree in violin performance at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

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