THE IMA 2018 CONFERENCE IS ALMOST HERE …
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The IMA is dedicated to the promotion of academic and musical excellence in both large and small instrumental
and choral ensemble performances. This commitment is promulgated through annual conferences, workshops,
recitals, regional concerts, lectures, demonstrations, and other collaboratives, while advancing opportunities
in music education, performances, and technology.
North Carolina Central University has named Thurman D. Hollins as interim director of bands. Hollins will begin his duties on July 1, 2014. Known as a highly respected and accomplished musician, …
The Intercollegiate Music Association (IMA) was founded in 1961 as a vehicle for enriching and enhancing the development of the students of its member institutions. For over forty-five years, IMA has enhanced the overall ethos of music performance and education for some of the most significant historically black colleges and universities located on the east coast.
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Since the host institution must print up the program in a timely manner, each institution should forward the name of the performers and the titles of the works performed to the Recital Coordinator no later than February 1.
This request should include requests for an accompanist, and include program notes (composers correct spelling/dates, movement from multi-movement works, selections from operatic or oratorical works etc.).
Soprano Roberta A. Laws hails from Brooklyn, New York and earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music. She has graced audiences worldwide on both the opera and concert stages of San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Grand Rapids, The Kennedy Center and the Den Norske Opera House in Oslo where she portrayed the role of Bess in Porgy &Bess for the King and Queen of Norway as well as George Gershwin’s “Bess” Dame Anne Brown. She has also given command performances of this role for President Nelson Mandela and the Prince of Wales. Her charismatic performances with the Houston Grand Opera earned her a nomination for the N.A.A.C.P. Award for Best Actress and an invitation as Artist in Residence with the Houston Grand Opera Education Program.
Her operatic roles include Puccini’s Angelica in Suor Angelica, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Musetta and Mimi in La Boheme, Butterfly in Madame Butterfly, Liu in Turandot; Iris and Suzel in Mascagni’s Iris and L’amico Fritz; Adriana in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur; Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele; Mme. Lidoine in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites; Fiordiligi and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni and her debut role with the Kennedy Center as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night
Dr. Adolph E. Wright is Director of University Bands at Bowie State University. As an alumnus of BSU he is proud to direct the fantastic “Symphony Of Soul” Marching/Pep Band, University Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band in addition to teaching music and applied performance classes. His students benefit greatly from his expertise in the composition and arrangement of band and orchestra music. Dr. Wright’s dissertation, “Analyzing the Relationship between Personality Types and Leadership Styles of College and High School Band Directors” was recognized during the “Doctoral Research of the Year Awards Ceremony” and received the Dean’s Award for research. He was formerly the Associate Director of Bands at Howard University where he earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music Education Degrees.
Dr. Wright was confirmed as the President of the Intercollegiate Music Association during the 53rd Annual Conference held at Virginia State University February 7-9, 2013. The Intercollegiate Music Association has enhanced the overall ethos of music performance and education for students at some of the most prestigious historically black colleges and universities on the east coast for more than fifty years. Dr. Wright is an executive board member and has also served as the Jazz Facilitator for the IMA as well as conductor/clinician for the IMA Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band, paying tribute to jazz giants, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Clifford Brown, and Miles Davis, as well as performing compositions by Quincy Hilliard, David Holsinger, and Clifton Williams. The Intercollegiate Music Association annually features the most talented student musicians from Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as guest conductors from around the United States. Bowie State University students have performed with the IMA Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band every year during Dr. Wright’s tenure.
An outstanding musician, Dr. Wright has performed on tours in Austria, Barbados, Columbia, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands and major U.S. cities. His talent as a percussionist is his greatest musical asset as he is well versed in a multitude of percussion instruments and skilled in idioms of music ranging from Orchestral, Contemporary and Ethnic to Cultural, Jazz and Rock. Among his numerous professional engagements and recording projects, Dr. Wright has performed with countless national and international entertainers and organizations including: Kathleen Battle, Chuck Berry, David Benoit, Tom Brown, Cecil Bridgewater, Gene Chandler, ray Charles, The Chesapeake Orchestra, The Coasters, Bo Diddley, Tim Eyerman, Jon Faddis, Shawn Fleming, Aretha Franklin, Guy, Lionel Hampton, Milt Hinton, Freddie Jackson, Jennifer Holiday, Al Jarreau, Maurice Hines, Gladys Knight, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marilyn McCoo, Melissa Manchester, Melba Moore, Sam Moore, The National Symphony Orchestra, Pine Top Perkins, Lou Rawls, Wallace Roney, Ester Satterfield, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Percy Sledge, Sister Sledge, Kirk Stewart, Angie Stone, Donna Summers, Kevin Toney, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Willis and many others. His performance credits also include the Broadway musicals “The “Wiz”, “God Spell”, “When Hell Freezes I’ll Skate”, “Behive”, “Raisin”, “Harlem Suite” and “Black Nativity”.
The BSU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Wright has performed on the same stage with India Irie at the Strathmore Theatre and Ray Charles at Pier One in Baltimore, MD. The BSUJE performs annually at Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. respectively as well as are a featured ensemble at the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival. The BSU Jazz Ensemble has enjoyed exciting workshops with internationally renowned musicians Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts and Sean Jones during the Annual Big Band Jam in Washington, DC. The ensemble performed during the opening for the Mayor’s proclamation, that April 24th will henceforth be Andrew White Day in the District of Columbia. The event concluded with a performance critique by John Jenson of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Steve Lipman, one of the country’s leading experts on contemporary music education. The BSU Jazz Ensemble was one of two big bands that performed during the Ella Fitzgerald 100th Anniversary on International Jazz Day in Washington, DC. The group also recorded Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” with two time “Grammy” award winner Raymond Reeder on the University Gospel Choir’s CD entitled “Magnify the Lord”.
Mr. Cox is from Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Hampton University, where he was a member of the Baritone section (E.U.), and served as graduate assistant to previous Directors Barney E. Smart and Alfred L. Davis, Jr. He received the Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Teaching from Hampton University. Mr. Cox previously taught at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA where he arranged music and wrote drills for the Marching Band, directed the Orchestra, and directed the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Cox is a member of the Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. and serves as one of the faculty advisors.
Timothy Holley is an alumnus of BaldwinWallace University and The university of Michigan. He has collaborated with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997. His doctoral dissertation at U-M focused on the cello music of AfricanAmerican composers,
and he has given premiere performances of works by T. J. Anderson, William Banfield, Trevor Weston and Adolphus Hailstork (including the Sonata for Solo Cello, written for him). He has performed Valerie Capers’ Song of the Seasons for soprano, cello and piano with Louise Toppin in Weill Hall at
Carnegie Hall in New York. He can also be heard on commercial recordings with Nneena Freelon (“Homefree”), Oral Moses (“Songs of America”), and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (“American Spectrum”). He recently performed with the Mallarme Chamber Players (on short notice!!) in a concert of “Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” with pianist and composer Billy Childs. He has participated in recent Gateways Music Festivals for Black Classical Musicians at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), the VIDEMUS@25 Festival at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012). He co-hosted A Symposium of celebration for the 100 th birthday of Margaret Bonds at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in March 2013. He also participated in the Colour of Music Festivals of Black Classical Musicians in Charleston, South Carolina (2013, 2014, 2017). Dr. Holley has given lectures on the aesthetic diversities of African-American concert music, as exemplified by the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, the poetry of Langston Hughes, and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson. He has made two cello transcriptions of works by William Grant Still, and contributed encyclopedia entries on the Negro String Quartet and the Symphony of the New World. In 2013 he started the online Facebook group “The African American Cello History Collective”, and also maintains a related blogsite titled “A View
From The Scroll”, www.viewedscroll.blogspot.com.
Hampton Inn, 403 E. Rosalyn Rd,
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Reservation Cut Off: January 25th, 2017
Please make your reservations as soon as possible. Please let me know if there is anything that you need from I.M.A. in order to complete your travel request. In addition, send recommendations for clinic workshop topics to Mr. Maurice Jones (email@example.com)