Malone University Professor of Music Jesse Ayers’ commissioned piece will be performed in Fort Wayne IN this weekend
January 24, 2014 | Release # 6821
Malone University professor of music, Jesse Ayers, D.M.A. will have a commissioned work performed this weekend at the Indiana Music Association Conference in Fort Wayne.
Dr. Ayers was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmasters Association for their Junior All-State Band to perform the work. The commissioned piece, Private Eye Prowl, is composed for grades 3-4, and is described as a playful piece, intended to be fun for the young musicians and the audience alike. Dr. Ayers assures that educational components are present as well – teaching syncopated patterns common in big band charts, but carefully constructed to recycle the syncopations in repeating phrases so that students only need learn a few patterns to successfully perform the piece.
Dr. Ayers' music has been performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and more than 100 U.S. cities, and has twice been selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music to represent the United States at the prestigious World Music Days festival. He began composing around age 14, and while still in high school conducted one of his own works with the University of Tennessee Symphonic Band. He earned the bachelor's (cum laude) and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee and the doctor of musical arts from the University of Kentucky. Since 1997, he has taught at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, where he has received the school's Distinguished Faculty Award. His other awards include a MacDowell Fellowship, the 2007 Individual Creativity Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, sixteen awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and grants from Meet The Composer and the American Music Center. He has been a guest composer on university campuses in California, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
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