This ensemble, set to perform every other year, will be comprised of a full orchestra and choir. This opportunity is open to all collegiate undergraduate and graduate students majoring in an area of music (music education, performance, therapy, etc.).
Eligibility and Selection
Eligibility is restricted to nominations approved by a faculty member who is a member of IMEA. There is no restriction on the number of nominations or the type of nomination (choral/instrumental) that a faculty member can submit. For example — if only one faculty member is a member of IMEA (which is hopefully not the case) — the entire department may submit their nominations through that individual.
In order to maintain as diverse a population as possible, placements will in part be based on the number of nominations a school has submitted. For example, if University XYZ only submits one nominee — we will weight that nomination in order to try and ensure that that school is represented in the larger ensemble.
January 17, 18, 19, 2019
St. Francis Performing Arts Center
431 W Berry St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7:30pm
125 W Jefferson Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
$40 per student. This cost includes registration to the IMEA Professional Development Conference.
October 2018 TBD. Students will be notified of their acceptance by November 1st.
Matthew Kraemer, Music Director and Principal Conductor, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is
quickly making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and
versatility. The Buffalo News has noted, “He presents a tall, dignified and stately podium presence with
a quite clear beat, a good sense of shaping melodic lines, and an all business attitude that focused on
the music without any histrionics.” Following an international search, Mr. Kraemer was appointed
Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in July 2015. He
additionally serves as Music Director of the Butler County Symphony in Pennsylvania. His active guest
conducting schedule includes appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the
Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina,
Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as Canada’s Mississauga
Symphony, Niagara Symphony, and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic
and the Orquesta de Cadaqués. Future engagements include the Indianapolis Symphony, West
Michigan Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Marion Philharmonic.
Mr. Kraemer served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2009 to 2014, where he
regularly led the orchestra on each of its concert series. The BPO’s award-winning education concerts
grew exponentially under his leadership, expanding to reach over 40,000 students throughout western
New York. A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed the works of many living composers
during his career. Prior to his appointment in Buffalo, he served for three seasons as associate
conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast regularly on
NPR’s Performance Today.
Recipient of the distinguished Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship and the Bruno Walter Career
Development Grant, Mr. Kraemer served a residency with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2006 Salzburg
Music Festival. Equally at home in the opera pit, his credits include fully-staged productions of The
Magic Flute,The Barber of Seville, Madame Butterfly,La Traviata, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a
Hat,Happy Birthday Wanda June (world premiere), Too Many Sopranos, and Mansfield Park (American
professional premiere). He has collaborated with many leading artists, including Lang Lang, Jennifer
Koh, Elmar Oliveira, Gary Karr, Awadagin Pratt, Richard Stolzman, Wu Man, Bela Fleck, Ben Folds, and
Chris Botti. As a frequent collaborator with Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, he has served as
conductor for many of her numerous symphony engagements nationwide.
An Indiana native, Mr. Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was
twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. His conducting teachers
include David Zinman, Robert Spano, and Jorma Panula. Mr. Kraemer is a graduate of Butler University
and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip
Ruder. An accomplished violinist in his own right, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet.
When he is not performing, Mr. Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading. He and his wife Megan
reside in Indianapolis with their sons Gabriel and Nathaniel.
Questions? Contact our program chairs!
Kerry Glann, Associate Director of Choral Activities, Ball State University
Erik Rohde, Director of String Activities, Indiana State University