October 8, 2006

UNF Percussion Ensemble

featuring Matt Wardell
Charlotte Mabrey, director
Simion Fabian | Will Hall | Kristen Hampton | Jason Ellerbee | Jody Morgan

Eugen Novotney (b. 1950)
Intentions-- II. Proposal

Steve Reich (b. 1936)
Nagoya Marimbas

Rupert Kettle (1940-2005)

Kristen Shiner McGuire (b. 1958)
Please Pass the Beats, or, What an Ugly Vegetable

Thom Hutcheson (1947-2000)
Sonix I

Bob Becker (b. 1947)

George Hamilton Green (1893-1970)

PROGRAM NOTES (click for pdf)

Cleveland Ohio's Eugene Novotney (b. 1960) received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music Degree & Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology, and has studied traditional folkloric percussion idioms in South America and Africa. He has been a member of the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Iowa Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, and the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and has served on the faculty of the University of Illinois and the University of South Dakota. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Music at California State University-Humboldt. His has released recordings on several different labels, and his compositions and arrangements have been performed internationally.

Steve Reich (b. 1936) as been called "America's greatest living composer" (The Village VOICE), "the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker), and "among the great composers of the century" (The New York Times), and The Guardian (London) observed that Reich is one of "just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history." From his early taped speech pieces, It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his collaboration with video artist Beryl Korol for the video opera Three Tales (2002), Mr. Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies and rhythms of non-Western music traditions, as well as jazz and other American vernacular idioms.

Rupert Kettle (1940-2005) was an American composer of mostly stage and chamber works that have been performed in the U.S. and Europe, and was active as a percussionist and writer.  Mr. Kettle privately studied composition with John Cage, Richard Cone, Henri Gibeau, Teije Ito, and Ted Maters, and percussion with Donald Patterson, James Salmon and Walter Walski.  He studied drumkit and Latin percussion with Henry Adler, mallet percussion with Doug Allen, and timpani with Alfred Friese.  In 2000, he received a DFA honoris causa from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, where he had taught percussion since 1972.

Kristen Shiner McGuire
(b.1958) is Director of Percussion Studies and Assistant Latin Jazz Ensemble Director at Nazareth College of Rochester, where she has taught since 1984, and where she received the 1998 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.  Professor McGuire holds a Bachelor of Music degree with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois, and a Master 's degree in Percussion Performance together with a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.  She studied with renowned marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, and other teachers have included Keith Copeland and Jamey Haddad.

(Lynn) Thomas Hutcheson (1947-2000) was a hometown graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, received his Master's degree from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in composition from The Florida State University.  He was Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University from 1972 until his death from cancer in 2000, and received MTSU's Distinguished Creative Activity Award for 1993-1994.

Bob Becker (b.1947 holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with William Street and John Beck, and composition with Warren Benson and Aldo Provenzano.  He continued his studies with post-graduate work in the World Music program at Wesleyan University.  As a founding member of the percussion ensemble NEXUS, Becker has been involved with the collection and construction of a unique body of multicultural instruments as well as the development of an extensive and eclectic repertoire of chamber and concerted works.

Considered one of history's greatest xylophone players, George Hamilton Green (1893-1970) started playing at age 11, and by 13 was performing solos with his father's band.  At 19, he entered vaudeville and in one year was proclaimed "the fastest, most artistic, and most wonderful xylophonist and soloist in this country or abroad."  Also a fine teacher, his pedagogical materials are still in use, and his solo xylophone compositions retain enormous popularity.  In 1946 he retired from music and became a successful illustrator.


The UNF Percussion Ensemble is an active performing group at UNF. Members of the ensemble are both classical and jazz majors performing percussion repertoire. The ensemble is building a reputation for performing works of area composers as well as standard percussion literature. Over the years the ensemble has performed at PASIC, as guests of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and as invited performers for several functions at UNF. Often the Percussion Ensemble visits area schools to perform concerts. The audiences include area elementary, high school and college students.

Jacksonville native Matt Wardell (b. 1983) has been a member of the Florida All-State Band, Tennessee's All-West Band, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, various ensembles at the University of Florida, the UNF Wind Ensemble, and the UNF Percussion Ensemble. In 2000, Matt  was awarded the Red Cross' Crescent Award for the Performing Arts. In the summer of 2004 Matt Studied timpani with John Feddersen, and percussion with Eric Schweikert and Christopher Norton at the Eastern Music Festival.  Other Percussion teachers include Ed Murray, Dr. Frank Sheffer, Ken Every, Dr. Kenneth Broadway and Charlotte Mabrey.  His primary composition teachers have been Dr. Anatoli Khatchatourov, Dr. Samm Hamm and Dr. Paul Richards, and Matt's compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe.  He is currently working toward his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of North Florida, and plans on pursuing a Master's degree in orchestral conducting. Matt is from the studio of Professor Charlotte Mabrey.

Charlotte Mabrey is a full Professor of Music at the University of North Florida, as well as conductor of the UNF Percussion Ensemble. In 2001 she was chosen Outstanding Professor at UNF, and in 2003 she was awarded the Students Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty. In addition to her duties at UNF, Professor Mabrey has been principal percussionist of the Jacksonville Symphony since 1977.