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PE - 3/4/15 - Butler Institute Of American Art

Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Glenn Schaft, Director 

4 March 2015

 Butler Institute Of American Art, 12:15PM

Scratch (2008)                                                                                                    Eugene Novotney (b. 1960)

      Mvts. I, IV, III

Novotney’s Scratch features four players playing scrapers or guiros. Eugene Novotney was raised in Mentor Ohio and experienced jazz, classical, and symphonic repertoire as a young child but soon became heavily influenced by Motown and the sound of rock & roll. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he chose to continued his studies at the University of Illinois where earned the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts. Eugene is Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Humbolt State University in Arcata California. Notes by Glenn Schaft

A Palimpsest (2014)                                                                                                    Dan Trueman (b. 1969)

For Alto Saxophone and Percussion Ensemble

Wilson Poffenberger - Alto Saxophone

Spencer Reed - Digital Prepared Piano

A Palimpsest was commissioned by the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) and Columbus State University. The piece requires the saxophonist to use“unconventional” techniques such as semitones, pitch bends, slap tongues, and the altissimo (high) register to create a unique soundscape. The digital prepared piano created by Dan Trueman adds another color to the spectrum and utilizes microtonality.

Wilson Poffenberger is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education. While at IUP, Wilson was an active member of the Marching Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Crimson Combo and various Saxophone Chamber groups. While a member of the IUP saxophone studio Wilson was invited to perform with various chamber groups at the 2010, 2012, and 2013 International Navy Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA as well as the 2010 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Wilson has also had the privilege to travel and record with IUP’s well known Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jack Stamp. He recorded multiple CDs with the IUP Wind Ensembles including “Radiant Joy”. Wilson also recorded with the Jazz Ensemble and can heard on their latest CD “Back For More” as featured soloist on two different tracks. 

Wilson is currently pursuing a masters degree in saxophone performance at YSU and is a graduate assistant in the jazz department and saxophone studio. Wilson has held principal positions in the YSU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1, Dana Symphony Orchestra and Dana Saxophone Quartet. Recently Wilson toured with the YSU Wind Ensemble ending in a performance at the 2015 Ohio Music Educators Conference. As a concert soloist Wilson was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Delta Omicron Solo Competition, a finalist in the 2013 Butler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, a chosen competitor in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and winner of the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition. This summer, Wilson will attend the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France where he will study intensively with some of the world’s best classical saxophonists. Wilson’s teachers include, Keith Young, James Umble, and Kent Engelhardt. Notes by Wilson Poffenberger

Mallet Quartet (2009)                                                                                                     Steve Reich (b. 1936)

Mallet Quartet (2009) is scored for two vibraphones and two marimbas. The piece is in three continuous movements, fast, slow, fast. In the two outer movements the marimbas set the harmonic background which remains rather static compared to recent pieces of mine like Double Sextet (2007). The marimbas interlock in canon, also a procedure I have used in many other works. The vibes present the melodic material first solo and then in canon. However, in the central slow movement the texture changes into a thinner more transparent one with spare use of notes, particularly in the marimbas.

Mallet Quartet is about 15 minutes in duration. It was co-commissioned by the Amadinda Quartet in Budapest on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, Nexus in Toronto, So Percussion in New York, Synergy Percussion in Australia, and Soundstreams in Canada. The world Premiere was given by the Amadinda Quartet in Bela Bartók National Concert Hall on December 6, 2009. The American Premiere was given by So Percussion at Stanford University Lively Arts in California on January 9, 2010. Notes by Steve Reich


Charles Battaglia, Warren, OH 

Edward Butcher, Salem, OH

Zachary Connolly, Boardman, OH

Jesse DeLorenzo, Wampum, PA 

Sean Guerrieri, Struthers, OH

Evan Gottschalk, East Palestine, OH

Aaron Graneto, Canfield, OH  

Cory Grant, Victor, NY 

Nathan Negro, Wooster, OH 

Moriah Placer, Girard, OH  

Damon Poole, Mayfield Hts., OH 

Tommy Starr, Pittsburgh, PA 

John Guido Vitullo, Austintown, OH 


Glenn Schaft and the YSU Percussion Studio wish to thank Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Co., Remo Inc, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion for their support.

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