12:15 p.m. • May 23 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
Music faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania present a jazz combo performance.
Stanley Chepaitis, Electric Violin
Stanley Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree as well as the coveted Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied violin with John Celentano, Renato Bonacini, Carroll Glenn, and Raphael Bronstien. He has studied jazz composition and improvisation with John Blake, Bill Dobbins, and Rayburn Wright. He currently chairs the string faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is first violinist of the Litton Quartet.
His recent performances include recitals at the Eastman School’s Kilbourne Hall and at the Academies of Music in Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has recently performed concerti with orchestra by Prokofiev, Dvorak, Beethoven, Bach, Saint-Saens, as well as his own “Paganini in the Vernacular” for violin and orchestra.
Dr. Chepaitis has recorded three CDs of original works. His latest CD, Double Take, features works by Bach and Telemann alongside original jazz compositions based on those works. He has also recently released a recording of progressive rock compositions by heavy metal drummer Mike Barnett.
Dr. Chepaitis has created an innovative, holistic approach for teaching improvisation to string players of all ages and is much sought-after as a clinician. His recent clinics have taken him to Hannover, Germany; Michigan State University; Washington State University; Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland; University of Ohio; University of Oregon; University of New Mexico; Eastern Washington University; Seattle; Wilmington, Del.; and the Pittsburgh Music Academy. He was a master clinician for the American String Teacher’s Association’s first Alternative Styles Conference and has since presented at ASTA conferences in Reno, Nevada, and Kansas City, Detroit, Albuquerque, and Louisville, Ky.
Keith Young, Saxophone
Keith R. Young is professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches saxophone performance studies and directs the IUP Jazz Band, musical Pit Orchestras, and classes in woodwind methods and music theory. In 1998 he retired as the principal saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. With that ensemble, he performed on saxophone and piano with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring throughout the world.
As saxophone soloist, Dr. Young has performed on international tours with the U.S. Air Force Band and as guest soloist with college and high school bands. Solo performances have included the 1986 International Bandmasters and Orchestra Directors Conference in Chicago; World Saxophone Congresses in the United States, Japan, Italy, and Canada; the 1988 MENC; the 1989 ABA Convention; Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina music educators conferences; the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums; and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop.
Dr. Young has a solo compact disc with Crystal Records entitled Saxophone Voices from Five Countries, sold on Amazon. He has also published two master class compact discs with The Saxophone Journal on saxophone performance techniques.
As a music educator off campus, Dr. Young is active as guest conductor and clinician for jazz festivals, as well as regularly taking the IUP Jazz Band to perform in public school settings. His saxophone students from IUP have won the Johnstown and Butler Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; the IUP Student Solo Recital Competition; and the Bronze Medal for the prestigious 2002 Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition Senior Winds Division.
Dr. Young received music degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Maryland. He also studied in Bordeaux, France. Saxophone professors have included Jean Marie Londeix, Dale Underwood, Reginald Jackson, Louis Marini, Sr., and jazz saxophonist Chris Vadala.
Nathan Santos, Bass
As a musician with a variety of interests, Nathan Santos has shared the stage with such respected performers as Bernadette Peters, Joe Morello, Sherryl Milnes, Lou Christie, John Blake, Jr., George Young, Bruce Hornsby, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Carrie Tillis, Five By Design, and many others. He has also appeared on various recordings representing a wide range of styles.
Nathan is originally from northeastern Pennsylvania. Born into a very musical family, he’s had an eclectic musical background. Beginning formal piano lessons at age 5, and progressively learning other instruments (clarinet/saxophone, guitar/bass, percussion) as well as voice, he performed extensively with his family, church choirs, National Federated Music Clubs, National Piano Teachers’ Association, High School ensembles and musicals, District and Regional Choral and Band Festivals, and rock groups.
He spent his undergraduate years at Wilkes University as a music performance major, studying bass with Gary Karr pupil, Perry Orfanella, and also vocal studies with Richard Chapline, Dr. Stephen Barton, and Helen Ralston. As well as university ensembles, he performed professionally with other organizations. Some include tenor soloist with the Scranton Singers’ Guild, Wyoming Valley Oratorio Society, and First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, founding member of Cincopella (an a cappella vocal quintet), bassist for jazz and variety groups: Central City Nite Flight, River’s Edge, Dynamite, and teacher/counselor/conductor at the Encore Music Camp of PA.
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree, he then pursued his Master’s of Music Degree at the University of Miami in Florida. At U.M. his focus was Jazz Performance, although he was a student of Dr. Lucas Drew (principal double bassist of the Florida Philharmonic) and performed with the university orchestra under the baton of Thomas Sleeper. Instruction was received gratefully and respectfully from Don Coffman (Jazz Bass, Jazz History, and Jazz Pedagogy), Rob Lussier (Jazz Arranging), Gary Keller (Jazz Improvisation), Ron Miller (Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Composition, and Avant Garde Ensemble), Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Marvin Stamm, Carrie Tillis, Five By Design, Steve Lippia, and many others.
He then moved to Johnstown, PA, to be with his wife, Kristen (also a very multi-talented educator and musician), and has since been performing and teaching in the surrounding areas including central and western PA, Maryland, and West Virginia.