Prairie Wind Ensemble Season Opening Concert, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12:

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Prairie Wind Ensemble, in residence at Illinois Central College will open their 37th Season on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Illinois Central College. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Joseph Manfredo, Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music at the Illinois State University. The concert will also feature Katherine Janssen, oboe soloist.

Music for the afternoon will include: “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Lincolnshire Posey”, “Selections form My Fair Lady”, “Pacem(A Hymns for Peace)” , “Celebrations” and closing with Sousa’s “The Washington Post March”, Ms. Janssen, our soloist will be performing the Cimarosa “Concerto”.

Dr. Joseph Manfredo is an Associate Professor of Music for the School of Music at Illinois State University. At ISU, Manfredo is the Coordinator of Music Education and teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental music education. In addition, he is coordinator of the student teaching program.

Originally from Calumet City, Illinois, Manfredo received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Earl Boyd and piano with Dr. Catherine Smith. His graduate studies included a Master of Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from EIU and a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois. During his doctoral residency, Manfredo was awarded the band conducting internship to study with the legendary Dr. Harry Begian. In addition, he also studied with Gary Smith and James Curnow. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Fritz Thelan Prize by the International Society for the Promotion and Investigation of Wind Music (IGEB) in 1994. The Thelan Prize was for “the outstanding American doctoral dissertation on the wind band, 1990 – 1994”.

Professor Manfredo is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. He has conducted various All-State Bands and Honor Bands throughout the mid-west and southeast United States. In addition, he has presented lectures and clinics at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Music Educators National Conference national conference, College Band Directors National Association national conference, National Band Association national conference, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Biennual Colloquium, and the Conn-Selmer Institute. He has made presentations at state music conferences in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas, and internationally in Shanghai China, Mainz Germany, Echternach, Luxembourg, Graz Austria, Coimbra, Portugal, and in various cities throughout Brazil.

Katherine Janssen holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bradley University and a Master of Music Education degree from Illinois State University. As a member of Pear Tree Double Reed Trio, she has performed on the St. Martin de Porres Chamber Players Series and at the International Double Reed Society Conference. Originally from Galesburg, she has performed with the Knox-Galesburg, Peoria, Illinois and Jacksonville Symphonies and the Peoria Bach Festival Orchestra. She has also played in the Peoria, Pekin, and Knoxville Municipal Bands, the Knox-Galesburg Community Band and the Western Illinois Wind Band. She is in her 28th year as a band director in the Pekin elementary school district and began her teaching career in Morton and Rock Falls, IL. This is her fifth solo performance with the Prairie Wind Ensemble.

The PWE has a rich history owed to its founder, Conductor Emeritus Dr. Donald Lewellen, who created the ensemble in 1977. Dr. Lewellen led the ensemble until his retirement in 2003. Dr. Manfredo took over the ensemble beginning in January 2012. The ensemble membership represents many professional backgrounds. Approximately 70% of members are current or retired professional music educators. The remaining 30% represent a diverse set of occupations including recording technician, nurse, educator, information technologist, electronics technician, engineer, attorney, homemaker, electrician, retail manager, and project manager. Members are from Knoxville, Canton, Macomb, Bloomington, Normal, Peoria Heights, Washington, North Pekin, Marquette Heights, Galesburg, Chillicothe, Dunlap, Glasford, Mapleton, Bartonville, Metamora, Germantown Hills, Marseilles, Farmington, Peru, Spring valley, Marseilles as well as Peoria, East Peoria and Morton.

Other concerts throughout the season include: December 12 at Grace Presbyterian Church featuring Kristin Stewart, Organ and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale Youth Chorus under the direction of Courtney Vercler; March 15, 2015 will feature Justin Bainter, trumpet and May 8, 2015 will feature our Earl Barnes Student Soloist Competition Winner.

Tickets are $8.00 per concert, $6.00 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased through the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center by phone (309- 694-5136) or in person. Group tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Box Office. There is limited availability at the door the day of the performance.

Further information, pictures, contacts and updates for the ensemble can be found on the website: www.prairiewindensemble.com. Chairman of the PWE Board: Dan Dietrich, Ddietrich55@gmail.com or 309-691-8711 Elizabeth Lehnhausen Driscoll, PWE Publicity edriscol@Dishmail.net or by phone 309-635-6389.