Hutchins Concert Hall, Maine Center for the Arts
Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series
Project Abstract/ Summary
For the fifth straight year, the University of Maine music department is partnering with Eastern Maine Charities to hold a Three Bands Concert as a fundraiser for the charity and for community involvement for the University. More than 600 people attended the concert last year, and proceeds were used to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and Acadia Hospital's Speak Out for Kids. The three bands concert, held in April at Hutchins Concert Hall at Maine Center for the Arts, includes a local middle or elementary school band" a local high school band, and the UMaine Concert Band. As an added attraction for this year's concert! UMaine Concert Band Director Chris White would like to invite a guest artist to conduct the concert. If funds are obtained, Bruce Yurko would be invited to work with the University of Maine Concert Band for the event. While here, he would also work with the U Maine Symphonic Band, and would visit music theory classes and/or Ananging/Orchestration classes. In addition he would work with the high school band that will be performing at the 3 bands concert.
For bakground information, Bruce Yurko received his B.S. in Music Education from Wilkes College and his Masters in Performance-Composition from the Ithaca College School of Music. He has studied horn conducting and composition with many leaders in those fields. From 1974-1981 Mr. Yurko was Director of Bands at Madison High School in Madison New Jersey. Since 1981 he has been the Director of Wind Ensembles at Cherry Hi[ High School East and West. Additionally at High School East, he directs the Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and the Chamber Wind Ensemble, which in 1987, toured the Soviet Union. In September 2000, Mr.Yurko was appointed the Director of the Princeton University'Wind Ensemble.
Bruce Yurko's music has been performed by college, university, high school and middle school wind ensembles and concert bands across the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. In January 2000, the Eastman Wind Ensemble performed his Concerto for Percussion. He has served as guest conductor for the colleges and symphonies in New Jersey, Colorado, Texas, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Mr.Yurko was elected to the Who's-Who of American Teachers and received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.
School of Performing Arts, "Three Bands Concert" (2001). Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series. 84.