Jeff Lindberg

Faculty at Large Lecture to Feature Jeffrey Lindberg

Professor of music to speak March 8 at The College of Wooster

16 February, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Jeffrey Lindberg, professor of music and director of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and the Wooster Jazz Ensemble at The College of Wooster, will present “The Art of Jazz Transcription: Listening, Research, Intuition” at the second Faculty at Large lecture of the spring semester on Tuesday, March 8. The free public lecture will begin at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Lindberg’s lecture will focus on his work as a creator of jazz transcriptions or, “the realization of notated musical arrangements based on jazz recordings and, in some cases, musical manuscripts available at such institutions as The Smithsonian (Duke Ellington Collection),” says Lindberg.  He will give an overview of this process and his development as a transcriber, from his earliest years in college (when the process was based entirely on aural skills) to his current work as a published editor/transcriber.

Lindberg, who joined the faculty at Wooster in 1986, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also received a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International for post-graduate study at the Academy of Music in Vienna and a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO), which has recorded two LP's and three CD’s and has performed with such jazz artists as Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie. He recently conducted the CJO in performance at the Chicago Jazz Festival' "Tribute To Billy Strayhorn," during which several of his transcriptions were performed.  His transcription/edition of Strayhorn's "Pentonsilic" was published last fall by Alfred Publishing Company.  Later this month, Lindberg will conduct the CJO in a performance of his version of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music (Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College Naperville, Ill.), and on May 20, he will conduct the CJO in a Tribute to Sarah Vaughan at Symphony Center in Chicago.

The next Faculty at Large lecture will be Thursday, April 21, when Megan Wereley, associate professor of education at Wooster, will speak. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2576) or email.