Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance to feature alumnus
Stephen Schepper ‘76
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[November 18, 2014]
- Millikin University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present a
concert of traditional and contemporary music on Thursday, Nov. 20,
2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The program will
feature Millikin alumnus Stephen Schepper ‘76, horn soloist,
performing “The Glass Bead Game” for horn and wind ensemble by James
Beckel. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will include the “Wiener Philharmonic
Fanfare” for brass and timpani by Richard Strauss, “Commando March”
by Samuel Barber, “Amazing Grace” arranged by William Himes, “Old
Wine in New Bottles” for chamber winds by Gordon Jacob and “Galactic
Empires” by David Gillingham. The Millikin Clarinet Choir under the
direction of Solomon Baer, Millikin adjunct associate professor of
clarinet, will also perform during the concert.
Stephen Schepper holds degrees from Millikin University and the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After retiring in 2010
from the Decatur Public Schools (DPS), Schepper returned to his alma
mater as assistant professor of horn in fall 2011. He also plays
principal horn in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO).
As a performer, Schepper has traveled to the Dominican Republic with
the Faculty Brass Quintet and to Rotterdam with the Faculty Woodwind
Quintet. Career highlights also include two performances with the
Canadian Brass. He is an accomplished musician on all brass
instruments, drum sets and timpani, and performs regularly with the
Decatur Municipal Band, Decatur Big Band, West End Trio, and the
Four Voices, a group replicating the vocal style of the Four
During his 30 years at DPS 61, Schepper served as music coordinator,
taught beginning band at several grade schools, and was director of
bands at Roosevelt Middle School and Stephen Decatur Middle School.
In 1995 he was named assistant director of bands at MacArthur High
School. His efforts at these levels created a standard of
excellence, which was reflected in the internationally recognized
Decatur MacArthur band program.
The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the University’s premiere
large instrumental ensemble, and includes students who major in
music as well as many other academic disciplines at Millikin
University. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Gary
Shaw, Millikin professor of music and director of bands.
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The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform four times this year at
Kirkland Fine Arts Center. Each performance features either a
Millikin faculty or student soloist.
On Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 4 p.m., faculty pianist Silvan
Negrutiu will perform the “Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble”
by University of Iowa composer, Zack Stanton. Professor Stanton
will be the guest composer in residence for the weekend,
listening to rehearsals and working with Millikin student
The final concert of the year is on Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 4
p.m. The concert will feature student winners of the Wind
Ensemble Solo Competition.
Millikin’s School of Music is committed to developing complete
musicians artistically, technically and intellectually by
emphasizing the integration of theory and practice with other
disciplines across the University. For more information on
Millikin’s School of Music, visit millikin.edu/music.
For more information on Kirkland Fine Arts Center, please visit
kirklandfinearts.com. Events at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center
are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts
Council, a state agency, and the Midwest Arts Council.
[Media Relations, Millikin