{"notes":[{"name":"Dennis L. Williams","year":"1970","degree":"BME, Music Education","note":"In February, Dennis L. Williams published Firepower for the Church Musician, a collection of essays on Christian church music. Williams has served in 15 churches across the U.S. and Europe, in both professional and volunteer positions\u00ac\u2014as minister of music, director of music, organist, pianist, and youth choir director. His diverse ministry spans numerous churches, and he has also served as cantor in a Hebrew Synagogue, and choir member in Methodist and Episcopalian churches. A lifelong music educator, Williams started teaching in middle and high school, moving onto college level and serving on the music faculty of six colleges and universities. He lives in Muncie, Ind."},{"name":"Carol A. Huffman","year":"1973","degree":"BME, Music Education","note":"Carol A. Huffman was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award by Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the lives of others as teachers, mentors, and role models. Huffman is past president of the American Orff\u2013Schulwerk Association, an organization of music educators dedicated to utilizing, advancing, and preserving a developmental learning approach to music education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. Huffman is also past adjunct professor of the IU Jacobs School of Music and past workshop clinician for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. The author of Making Music Cooperatively, she has traveled the world giving workshops combining reading, cooperative learning, and the Orff\u2013Schulwerk approach. Huffman lives in Bloomington, Ind."},{"name":"Liz Kwant","year":"1976","degree":"BM, Violin Performance","note":"Over the years, Liz's violin students of Fairfield, IA have won 53 Gold Medals at the Ottumwa Solo Day Festival. 53 wins out of a total of 54 possible is by far a landslide record. Try number 54 was off only by a few points. All medals were won with generally 95% highest possible scores. \"This is a very first,\" said Mr. Gullion, Director of the Solo Day Festival, \"In all 50 years of existence, this has never happened before.\"\r\n\r\nAs a result, Liz, teacher, has been asked to be inspirational soloist for the school children, and has also been appointed as the consultant for the String Education Department. "},{"name":"Laura S Youens","year":"1978","degree":"PhD, Musicology","note":"Laura S. Youens (MA \u201973, PhD \u201978) retired as\r\nProfessor Emerita from George Washington University\r\nin 2014. She published \u201cNine Shepherds\r\nand the Virgin's Milk\u201d in Tijdschrift van de\r\nKonkinklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis,\r\nVol. LXV (Spring 2015), a festschrift\r\nfor a distinguished IU graduate, Barton\r\nHudson. She also presented the paper \u201cThe sad\r\ncase of \u2018Si par souffrir\u2019\u201d at the spring meeting of\r\nthe Capital Chapter of the AMS in 2016."},{"name":"Colleen M (Farrier) Athparia","year":"1979","degree":"Master of, Piano Performance","note":"Colleen Athparia, after graduating with distinction from IU in 1979 studying under legendary pianist & pedagogue Gyorgy Sebok, has just been awarded Distinguished Music Teacher in Canada (one of three) for 2017, by the Royal Conservatory of Music.\r\nAs a champion of contemporary Canadian music, she was recognized nationally in 2009 as one of the top 50 esteemed performers and composers in Canada.\r\nColleen has made an international career as a performer, reputable teacher and recording artist. \r\n\r\n"},{"name":"Adam R. Levin","year":"1979","degree":"BM program, Composition","note":"Adam Levin (Composition) was accepted into the Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA). Co-founded by composer and electronic music pioneer Herbert Deutsch, LICA is \"the only organization devoted to creating, promoting, presenting, recording and preserving the best original, contemporary music by composers working and living on Long Island.\" Its luminaries have included Lukas Foss and Elie Siegmeister. Among the works on which Levin's induction was based are his recently produced 'Things Left Unsaid' and 'Islands: I. Pandora's Box II. Needle's Eye III. Testament', released by Different Drum Music (ASCAP)."},{"name":"John E Bradford","year":"1976","degree":"BME, Music Education - Horn","note":"John Elliott Bradford (BME, \u201876) of Chaska, MN and formerly Crown Point, IN passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018. He passed in peace and comfort surrounded by his loving family. He was aided through his journey with cancer by a team of caring medical professionals who added quality to his life and dignity to his death.\r\n\r\nJohn is survived by his wife, Cynthia, (MME, \u201880) and their daughters Jill Baller (Jakob) and Meredith Bradford (Alex Keeney); three grandchildren, James Bradford Baller, Matilda Elizabeth Baller and Bear Bradford Keeney; as well as by his sister Barbara Bradford Gardner (Randy) of Cincinnati, OH. (BA \u201975)\r\n\r\nJohn was an outstanding musician (French horn) and was a student of Ethel Merker and Philip Farkas at Indiana University. John was a beloved teacher\/conductor for nearly 40 years. He taught band in the Rensselear and Tri Creek Schools, but the majority of his career was teaching strings\/orchestra in the Merrillville School Corporation. Music and teaching were the joy of John\u2019s life, and every student was important to him. John served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Music Education Association and was active in the Indiana State School Music Association activities. \r\n\r\nHe was honored to play in both professional and semi-professional musical organizations throughout his life. While living in Minnesota, John performed as a member of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Encore Wind Ensemble, Plymouth Concert Band, Hopkins Westwind Concert Band and the Westwind Five Woodwind Quintet, Minneapolis South Community Band, Camerata Brass Ensemble, and the Twin Cities Horn Club. The music made in these groups and the friendships garnered through them were a great joy to John.\r\n\r\nA musical remembrance and celebration of John\u2019s life was held on March 3, 2018 at St Albans Episcopal Church in Edina, MN. Those wishing to remember John as a teacher and musician are encouraged to get out their instrument and practice for 30 minutes, support their local school music organization, or to donate to the John E Bradford Scholarship Fund for private lessons at Merrillville High School (276 E 68th Pl Merrillville, IN 46410).\r\n"}]}