Dr. Jack Stamp, 2008–2009 University Professor and chair of the IUP Department of Music, was recently invited to present conducting workshops at Great Britain’s Royal Military School of Music. He will present sessions for their student bandmasters and many of the conductors in the field starting November 20, 2009.
The trip will begin with a two-day workshop at RMSM followed by a conducting clinic with the Royal Signals Band in Blanford. His trip will conclude with a concert of his music with the musicians of the Poole Grammar School.
This is Stamp’s third vsit to the Royal Military School of Music, having guest conducted their band in 1995 in a performance featuring his own compositions. The RMSM was established by the Duke of Cambridge at the request of Queen Victoria after a debacled performance of “God Save the Queen” for her fiftieth birthday. The institution is housed in Kneller Hall, former estate of the famous painter Godfrey Kneller.
Stamp is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout North America and Great Britain. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States, and he has won the praise of American composers Richard Danielpour David Diamond, Norman Dello Joio, Ron Nelson, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Nancy Galbraith, and Bruce Yurko for performances of their works. He is also a contributing author to the “Teaching Music Through Performance in Band” series released by GIA Publications.
In addition to chair of the Music Department, Stamp serves as director of band and conducts the IUP Wind Ensemble. He founded the Keystone Winds, a unique ensemble combining IUP faculty members and advanced students with professional alumni musicians and others with direct connections to the IUP Department of Music.
A professor of music, he teaches graduate courses in conducting. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from IUP, a master’s degree in percussion performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from Michigan State University, where he studied with Eugene Corporon.