- Feb 13, 2010 7:30 PM
The Superior Winds, Michigan Tech's 50-member wind band, and its director Nick Enz welcome one of the country's most honored college band directors to campus this week for a series of workshops and a concert. Dr. Milton Allen, Director of Bands and of the Instrumental Division at Eastern Illinois University, will be in residence in Visual & Performing Arts Wednesday through Saturday, February 10-13. On Saturday, he'll join Enz, Michigan Tech's director of bands, in conductingDances at Dusk.
Allen will conduct Superior Winds rehearsals throughout the week, and also visit area high school bands for music workshops. Regional band instructors will be on campus during the day on Saturday for an conductors' workshop in the Rozsa Center, with the Superior Winds as the model band.
Saturday night's concert will include a lot of toe-tapping, dance-themed music, Enz says. Highlights include the fun and infectious "Four Symphonic Dances" by Leonard Bernstein, which includes some of the music from "West Side Story." American composer Alfred Reed's 1972 suite called "Armenian Dances" is based on the collection of folk music amassed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabedhich.
The concert will be a treat for anyone who loves the complex sounds and rhythms of a wind band playing the music of master composers like these.
Dr. Milton Allen's refreshing and practical approach to both music education and conducting has taken him throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as a clinician and guest conductor. From British Columbia to Glasgow, Scotland, in schools, conferences, and conventions, Dr. Allen's humor, passion and experience illuminate the possibilities of music and live performance.
Ensembles under Allen's direction have received numerous awards including recognition by the U.S. Congress for Musical Excellence, and he has received several college teaching awards. In addition to Eastern Illinois, he has taught and conducted at Wittenberg University and The Ohio State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in music education at the University of North Texas, a master's in conducting at Missouri-Columbia, and the doctor of musical arts from Ohio State.