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Four New Faculty Members Join the Music Department

The Music Department welcomes four more faculty members for the 2021-22 academic year.

Jeremy Allen is committed to connecting with all people, regardless of their background, through music. His concert works have been performed by internationally renowned performers and groups such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Emily Ondracek-Peterson (Voxare String Quartet), Natalie Lin (Kinetic Ensemble), HALO Ensemble and MOSAIC, among many others, and Cleveland Plain Dealer has called them "poetic", "seductive" and "fascinating". He has worked extensively with modern dance companies in the United States and has served as a composer-in-residence for the Inlet Dance Theater since 2010.

His film music has been commissioned by institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the LeBron James Family Foundation. He has also twice received the Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence (2012 and 2016).

Allen is a co-founder of FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO), a Cleveland-based modern chamber music band committed to bridging the gap between pop culture and modern art music. He has taught theory and composition at the University of Kentucky, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and John Brown University.

Susumu Watanabe was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Fine Arts in Composition from the City University of New York, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

He has served as the musical director of many ensembles, including Fenway Brass Art Orchestra, UMASS Jazz Lab Ensemble, UMASS Jazz Ensemble I / Studio Orchestra, Bay Colony Brass and UNL Big Band, and Tokyo Brass Art Orchestra. He appeared as a guest conductor for the Jazz Ambassadors of the United States Army Field Band and the Big Band of the Vermont Jazz Center.

His works for jazz orchestra are performed in the United States, Taiwan and Japan. Recently, Watanabe's wind ensemble composition With All Sails Set won first prize and was chosen to be a competition piece for the Japan National Jazz and Symphonic Pops Competition for Wind Ensemble 2019. It was Released by Japan Ground Self Defense Force the Eastern Army Band under the leadership of Lt. Cmdr. Yoshiyuki Kato. His works are not only for jazz ensembles, but also for various chamber ensembles, wind ensembles and symphony orchestra.

He previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Concordia University, Nebraska.

This fall semester, Watanabe will be teaching Jazz Studies courses that include Jazz History (MUHS 3713), Jazz Improvisation I (MUAC) and Jazz Combo for Beginners (MUEN 1241).

"I am very excited to be a part of the Music Department at the University of Arkansas as a professor of jazz studies," said Watanabe. "I think it would be a wonderful opportunity for me and my family. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the university and community in Northwest Arkansas and working with everyone in the department. I look forward to meeting the distinguished faculty members and my friends. students and making music together! "

Tim MacDuff joined the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and its flagship string quartet, the Quapaw Quartet, in 2019. Originally from upstate New York, MacDuff began his musical studies with the support of his public school teachers.

He earned a Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music with Shelly Tramposh and a Master of Music from Rice University studying with James Dunham. After discovering her passion for education, MacDuff completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland under the guidance of her mentor Katherine Murdock. His doctoral work focused on the relationship between music and the written word.

MacDuff performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Round Top and Lake George festival orchestras. He has also served as a backup musician with the New World Symphony in Miami. In 2017, MacDuff received first prize at the University of Maryland Concert Competition and performed Ernest Bloch's Suite 1919 with the orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.

As a chamber musician, MacDuff has performed in the DC area, inducing performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian's Baird Theater, and the National Cathedral. He appears regularly in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's River Rhapsodies chamber series at the Clinton Library in Little Rock. MacDuff has coached student chamber groups at the Manitou Springs Chamber Music Festival, Faulkner Chamber Music Festival, Crane Youth Music Camp, and the University of Maryland.

In addition to joining the U of A faculty, MacDuff teaches students at the Sturgis Academy and Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Jesse Collett Conductor of the Bentonville High School Orchestras since 2009, whose orchestras serve more than 200 students. Collett conducts four string orchestral ensembles at BHS and the BHS Symphony Orchestra. He is also the musical director of musicals for BHS, and conducts an entire pit orchestra.

Collett earned a BA in music in 2000 and an MA in viola performance in 2008 from the U of A. He also earned a performance certificate in 2009.

Beyond his teaching responsibilities at BHS, he serves as Principal Violinist for the Northwest Arkansas Symphony with Paul Haas, Principal Violist for the Ft. Smith Symphony under the direction of John Jeter, and is a regular substitute musician for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

Collett has been the principal conductor of the Bentonville Orchestras since 2009, where he frames the instruction of beginning musicians around the Suzuki philosophy for the first two years. The focus of instruction is to develop excellent technique, intonation and sound quality through memorization.

The BHS Chamber Orchestra is the elite orchestra, determined by audition, and is one of the four thriving BHS orchestras. The BHS Chamber Orchestra has competed and performed at festivals and clinics in New York City, Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Tampa, Albuquerque, Orlando, and Nashville. The BHS Chamber Orchestra ranked third on the ASTA NOF in 2016 and competed in the Orchestra Cup in New York City in 2017.

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