IUP Cello Festival 2013, Featuring Internationally Acclaimed Guest Cellist Matt Turner

Posted on 9/19/2013 8:05:48 PM

The IUP Music Department String Area will host its first IUP Cello Festival, a day-long workshop highlighting guest Matt Turner, IASD Orchestra Director Julianne Laird, and IUP faculty members Stanley Chepaitis and Linda Jennings. Cellists of all age and ability levels are encouraged to attend the festival and explore the many facets of cello playing. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Sessions throughout the day will feature Alternative Cello Styles with Matt Turner, a Cello Fiddling session led by Julianne Laird, a Cello Techniques session led by Linda Jennings, and the Cello Festival Ensemble conducted by Stanley Chepaitis. The day will conclude with a Cello Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Gorell Hall highlighting Matt Turner, Linda Jennings, the IUP Cello Choir, and participants in the Cello Festival Ensemble.

All sessions and the final concert take place in Gorell Hall (second floor of Sutton Hall) on the IUP campus. Participants should bring their own cello and rockstop. Grade-school students are encouraged to attend the afternoon sessions and concert only. For information about Act 48 credit, please contact Linda Jennings at ljenning@iup.edu or (724) 357-2649.

Registration Fees:

$25 for general registration; $15 for half-day for grade-school students.

For more information and to register, go to the IUP String Project.


All events take place in Gorell Hall

  • 8:30 a.m. — Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. — Cello Festival Ensemble, Stanley Chepaitis
  • 10:30 a.m. — Alternative Cello Styles, Matt Turner
  • 12:00 p.m. — Lunch (on own)
  • 1:15 p.m. — Cello Fiddling Session, Julianne Laird
  • 2:15 p.m. — Cello Master Class, Linda Jennings
  • 3:15 p.m. — Alternative Cello Styles, Matt Turner
  • 4:45 p.m. — Cello Festival Ensemble, Stanley Chepaitis
  • 7:30 p.m. — IUP Cello Festival Performance

Matt TurnerSpecial guest Matt Turner is regarded as one of the world’s leading improvising cellists. Also a highly accomplished pianist, Turner performs everything from jazz standards and 20th-century new music to alternative rock and improvised avant-garde. Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and received his Masters of Music degree in Third Stream Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen, and Joe Maneri and where he was the recipient of a Distinction in Performance Award.

Turner has performed at many music festivals, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Avignon Jazz festival, Festival en Haute-Garonne, International Cello Festival in Montreal, the New Directions Cello Festival, the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, and with CUBE, Present Music, and Dadadah.

Turner appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Nato/Hope Street, Ayler, Illusions, Meniscus, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Geode, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz, Tautology, Crouton, Fever Pitch and other labels. Turner has recorded with jazz artists Marilyn Crispell, Joseph Jarman, Bill Carrorthers, Bill Stewart, Scott Fields, Myra Melford, Jeff Song, Ken Schaphorst, Kitty Brazelton and others. He has shared the stage with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell, Peter Kowald, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz musician Bobby McFerrin, and has performed in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Turner has also recorded with numerous singer-songwriters, including Kyle Fisher, LJ Booth, Tret Fure, Jo Gabriel, Josh Calhoun, Mark Hillstrom, and Susan Howe. His compositions and arrangements are published by Latham Music and Alliance Music. He presents numerous improvisation workshops to string students and string teachers each year. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Turner teaches improvisation at Lawrence University and performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien, and with the Jean-Marc Foltz Trio. He presents numerous improvisation workshops to string students and string teachers each year. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist. 

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