M. Dee Stewart
Performing and pedagogy are equally important in the career of M. Dee Stewart (BSMusEd/MMMusEd), Professor Emeritus and former Brass Department Chair of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. An avid supporter of ITA and one of the original members, Stewart formed the Van Haney Philharmonic Prize and was a proud recipient of the Neil Humfeld Award as well as the Presidents Award. After 18 years in the Philadelphia Orchestra and teacher at The Curtis Institute of Music, Stewart joined Indiana University. Stewart students are carrying his joy of music and life throughout many great bands, orchestras and scholarly institutions. The expansive scope of Stewart’s work is evidenced by books on Arnold Jacobs and Philip Farkas, creating College Audition Preparation (CAP), six soloistic CDs, recordings with Eugene Ormandy and Ricardo Muti in addition to six recordings with the six member Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli with the brass of the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra won two Grammys.
The death of Arnold Jacobs was a great loss to the brass community, and the music world as a whole. M. Dee Stewart remembers his friend and colleague in this touching memorial.
Lewis Van Haney and I used to compare our experiences with various pieces. I remember he said that Leonard Bernstein wanted the notes in the chorale to be quite separate. Whereas, my experience with Eugene Ormandy was that he preferred a very legato interpretation. The exact meaning of the dots under the slurs has always been confusing to the trombone players. It is an indication that is more common in string writing.