Jack Scandrett, associate professor of Horn at IUP, will present his farewell recital on Monday, March 31, at 8:00 p.m. in 121 Cogswell Hall.
Scandrett, who retires at the end of the Spring 2014 semester, will be joined by his wife, Lucy, adjunct Harp professor at IUP, as well as Music Department colleagues Henry Wong Doe, piano; Jacob Ertl, piano; and Michael Kingan, percussion. The program will include the Sonata for horn and piano by Beethoven, Duke for solo harp by Bernard Andres, and the Glass Bead Game, after Hermann Hesse for solo horn, harp, piano, and percussion by James Beckel. The program will also feature a premiere written especially for Jack and Lucy by IUP composer Jack Stamp.
Scandrett joined the IUP music faculty as a part-time instructor in fall 1980 and became a full-time faculty member in 1981. He has taught applied horn since he began and has graduated many students who have gone on to teaching careers, as well as several who have pursued performance careers. He has also taught music theory and aural skills and was a pioneer in the use of technology in teaching music. He established the first computer lab in the Music Department, and was instrumental in establishing the College of Fine Arts technology teaching lab, housed in Sprowls Hall. From 1996–2000, he served as chair of the Music Department and spearheaded the drive to renovate Cogswell Hall.
Before joining the IUP faculty, Jack was a freelance musician in the Pittsburgh area, performing with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Orchestras, as well as the McKeesport, Westmoreland, and Johnstown symphony orchestras. He was solo horn with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and subbed with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He was principal horn for the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra when it was formed in 1987, and he still performs as third horn with that group. As he became more involved in the use of technology in teaching music, he pursued a degree in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh and received an EdD in 2005.
Over the years, he has performed regularly with other IUP music faculty and in recital. He has been a member of the IUP Woodwind Forum, the Hoodlebug Brass, and the Keystone Wind Ensemble. As well as performing across Pennsylvania and the Eastern Atlantic area, he has given numerous presentations on the use of technology in music in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Florida.