October 26 IUP Cello Festival Now Open to All String Players

Posted on 10/21/2013 1:14:57 PM

On Saturday, October 26, the IUP Music Department String Area will host an IUP String Festival, a day-long workshop highlighting guest Matt Turner, Indiana Area School District Director Julianne Laird, and IUP faculty member Linda Jennings. String players of all age and ability levels are encouraged to attend the festival and explore the many facets of string playing.

Sessions throughout the day will feature Alternative Cello Styles with Matt Turner, a Cello Fiddling session led by Julianne Laird, and the Cello Festival Ensemble led by Linda Jennings. The day will conclude with a Cello Festival Concert at 4:30 p.m. in Gorell Hall highlighting Matt Turner, Linda Jennings, the IUP Cello Choir, and participants in the Festival Ensembles.

Register online at IUP String Project.

Updated Information

  • All sessions and concert will take place in Gorell Hall (2nd floor of Sutton Hall) on the IUP campus.
  • Cellists begin sessions at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive at 8:50 a.m.
  • All other strings (violin, viola, bass) begin sessions at 11 a.m. Please arrive at 10:50 a.m.
  • A pizza lunch will be provided for all participants who register for the full day.
  • Participants should bring their own instrument and cellists should bring a rockstop.
  • Participants will perform on the Festival Concert at the end of the day.
  • Participants should bring bright clothing for the Festival Concert.
  • The Festival sessions throughout the day are free to registered participants.
  • The Festival Concert is free and open to the public. Family and friends welcome.

For information about Act 48 credit, or for other questions, contact Dr. Linda Jennings at ljenning@iup.edu or (724)356-2649.


8:40 a.m. — Registration

9:00 a.m. — Cello Festival Ensemble (Cellists only)

10:00 am — Cello Fiddling Session (Cellists only)

11:00 a.m. — Alternative Cello Styles (All strings)

12:00 pm — Pizza lunch provide for full day registrants

1:30 p.m. — Alternative Cello Styles (All strings)

3:30 pm — Cello Festival Ensemble (Cellists only)/Break for other string participants

4:30 p.m. — IUP String Festival Concert featuring clinicians and participants

Matt Turner
Special 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 the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen, and Joe Maneri, and also 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 Marily Crispell, Joseph Jarman, Bill Carrothers, 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. Turner has also performed in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Turner teaches improvisation at Lawrence University and performs and records with Bill Carrothers, Randy Sabien, and the Jean-March Foltz Trio. He presents numerous improvisation workshops to string students and string teachers each year. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist. For more information on Turner please visit his website.