Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Concert Band, and the Mt. Zion High School Band will present a special concert featuring the music of guest composer John Mackey on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Millikin University School of Music will also host a guest lecture featuring John Mackey on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

John Mackey holds a master's degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. His works have been performed at the Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the Dance Theater Workshop.

Mackey has received numerous commissions from the Parsons Dance Company, as well as commissions from the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute, Dallas Theater Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, New York Youth Symphony, Concert Artists Guild, Peridance Ensemble, and Jeanne Ruddy Dance, among many others.

Mackey's wind version of "Redline Tango" won the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize in 2004. In 2005, "Redline Tango" won the American Bandmasters Association's ABA/Ostwald Award, making him the youngest composer to receive the honor. John again received the ABA/Ostwald Award, as well as the National Band Association's William D. Revelli Award for "Aurora Awakes" in 2009. Mackey served as music director for the Parsons Dance Company from 1999-2003, and taught at California State University, Long Beach from 2008-2009.

For further information on John Mackey, visit

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, professor of music and director of bands at Millikin University.

The University Concert Band is one of the premiere bands at Millikin, performing in Kirkland Fine Arts Center and other campus locations throughout the year. Students from all majors are invited to participate in concert band. The University Concert Band prepares and performs top quality band literature with an emphasis on achieving the most professional sound possible. The University Concert Band is conducted by Dr. Neal Smith, associate professor of music at Millikin.

The Mt. Zion High School Band is conducted by Brianna Bjerke '08, director of bands at Mt. Zion High School.

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 performing ensembles, visit

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.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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