Province 5 is honored in presenting our Special Guest speaker, Dr. Karl Paulnack at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale on Saturday April 21st, 2018 at 2pm. This event will be Open and Free to the Public.

Dr. Paulnack is the dean of the Ithaca College School of Music, the Commisioner of the National Association of Schools of Music, and a Province Governor for Province 17 of Phi Mu Alpha.

Dr. Paulnack will be presenting his Keynote titled “Music History for Humans”

“… Fossil evidence and cave drawings suggest that we were manufacturing instruments 40,000 years ago. Around 35,000 years ago we had music pedagogy: adult humans were teaching those who came after them how to make music.        By contrast, we did not yet have reading, writing, or even simple systems of counting things until about 6,000 years ago. (Band Directors: that's 32,000 years of rehearsals with no pencils, no fingerings, and no counting. Wrap your head around that.)                                                                                                            Music is the most ancient, sacred, continuous practice that human beings carry as a species. It preceded everything else that we currently teach our kids, and recent research suggests that without the powerful effect music exerts on the brain (neuroplasticity) we might not ever have learned how to read and write. It is entirely possible we sang our way into our ability to solve complex differential equations, entirely possible that our musical practice as a species caused our brains to advance in the ways they have.                                                                            Most modern "curricula" have our history upside down. I'm here to set the record straight.”

From Ithaca.edu

 “Hailed by the Boston Globe as “a firecracker of a pianist” and “master of his instrument,” Karl Paulnack has partnered vocal and instrumental soloists, chamber groups, orchestras, conductors and opera companies in well over a thousand concerts throughout North America, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, and Russia.  Engagements of recent and current seasons include the festivals of Bard College, Madeline Island, Round Top, Royaumont, Sonic Boom and Tanglewood, as well as the Bridge, Noe Valley, Stillwater, Walker Museum, Williams College, UC Davis, UT Austin and University of Oregon concert series.  He has appeared in concert at Alice Tully, CAMI, Carnegie, Merkin and Weil recital halls; Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, the Library of Congress and the Hollywood Bowl.  His regular recital partners include violinist Jorja Fleezanis, soprano Lucy Shelton, and numerous chamber ensembles.

As an advocate for music and the arts, Dr. Paulnack is increasingly in demand as a keynote speaker and lecturer.  His thoughts on music have been translated into six languages and appeared on well over 100,000 websites, in print publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, and in the program books of dozens of symphony orchestras and concert series around the world. Last spring, Linda Ronstadt read from his writings during her official testimony to the United States Congress on behalf of funding for the arts.

Dr. Paulnack holds a B.M. in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith. He is also a graduate of the Boston University Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which honored him in 2011 with the Signature Sinfonian award and National Honorary membership.”

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The chapters of Province 5:

Beta Theta
Millikin University; Decatur, IL.

Epsilon Kappa
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale; Carbondale IL.

Epsilon Upsilon
University of Evansville; Evansville, IN

Iota Psi
Southeast Missouri State University; Cape Giraudeau, MO

Xi Tau
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville; Edwardsville, IL

Xi Upsilon
Eastern Illinois University; Charleston, IL

Province Leadership

Province Governor
Ben Luttrull
Delta Lambda (Ball State University) '07

Deputy Province Governor
Nicholas Kenney
Upsilon (University of Nebraska - Lincoln) '08

Collegiate Province Representative
Brenden Tisler
Epsilon Kappa (Southern Illinois University - Carbondale) '15

Assistant Collegiate Province Representative
Chad Brown
Iota Psi ( Southeast Missouri State University) '13

Province Alumni Coordinator
Cameron Thomas
Epsilon Kappa (Southern Illinois University - Carbondale) '10

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Iota Psi ( Southeast Missouri State University) '13