Professor receives Indiana Arts Commission grant

November 25th, 2015 | SMWC


John McIntyre, D.M.A., professor music at SMWC (l) and Jon Robeson, executive director of Arts Illiana (r)

Creating musical moments that are preserved for generations to enjoy is at the heart of musicians.

John McIntyre, professor of music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has yet another opportunity to do just that while inspiring other musicians.

McIntyre was selected as a recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission grant. The Arts Commission advocates arts development opportunities across the state, and stewards effective use of public and private resources for the arts. McIntyre’s award is in the category of Individual Artist Program, which provides support to artists in all disciplines for career development projects.

With years of experience as a celebrated composer, McIntyre intends to serve the community by organizing and presenting a concert entirely of works of his own compositions. This will also provide the opportunity to obtain recordings of live performances of works that may be published. The concert will engage approximately sixty musicians, both instrumentalists and vocalists and will provide an energy and excitement for new music.

“There is nothing more important to a composer than to have his or her creative efforts performed and heard. I have been very fortunate to have my music performed in venues from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods to Europe and South America, but I am particularly proud and honored that this grant from the Indiana Arts Commission will be used to present instrumental and vocal compositions here at home,” said McIntyre.

Composing is an area in which he is quite familiar.  For 15 consecutive years, he received the ASCAPlus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) which honors distinguished composers. In 2013, McIntyre composed a new arrangement of “Back Home Again in Indiana” for a special “Year of the River” performance.

“I am most grateful to the Indiana Arts Commission grant for helping me to present a recital in the spring of 2016 and I look forward to continuing to participate in the outstanding arts community of the Wabash Valley.”