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Piltzecker, Ted

Piltzecker, Ted, vibraphone, composer, educator; b. Passaic, NJ, 22 May 1950

He grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ and received his bachelor's and master's degree from the Eastman (where he wrote "Bus" for the jazz ens. conducted by Chuck Mangione) and Manhattan School of Music. He toured internationally with George Shearing, performed as a soloist for Affiliate Artists, traveled throughout the United States and Canada with his jazz duo, and currently records with his quartet in the US and Europe. He has been awarded grants in both performance and composition from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and is currently the ASCAP Foundation's Composer-in-Residence for the Lincoln Center Institute. His works have been aired on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and the Canadian Broadcasting Company's  "Arts National." 

He has also been a composer-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony. His commissioned work for percussion ensemble entitled "Junctures" has been performed at the Aspen Festival, the University of Michigan, The Eastman School, the University of Northern Iowa, and at Berklee. He has collaborated with an actress and a dancer to create an original theatrical work entitled "Fate's Play" which was commissioned by the University of Nebraska. A frequent guest soloist at colleges and festivals, his educational activities are endorsed by Ludwig Drums, a division of the Selmer Company. He is currently the mallet instrument chairperson for the International Association of Jazz Educators and a guest teaching artist at the University of Michigan. He directed the jazz program at the Aspen Music Festival for eight years where he regularly performed with guest artists. He has taught jazz arranging at William Paterson College in Wayne, New Jersey, and is currently a professor at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He's also taught at the Manhattan School of Music. He is a professor at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, State University of New York.

In the late 1990s he played duo concerts with Gene Bertoncini in New York, solo showcases at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Phoenix and the International Association of Jazz
Educators in Chicago, an appearance as conductor/soloist with the San Diego Symphony in a special program entitled "Vibes Alive," and several New York area concerts with his group featuring guitarist, Vic Juris, bassist, Andy McKee, and drummer Lewis Nash. Recent European engagements include work as a soloist and composer with the UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki, two return tours to Germany including a featured performance at the Deutsches Percussion Symposium in Hannover, and concerts at the Guild Hall School and Wellington College in London. His works have been aired on National Public Radio's "Performance Today" and the Canadian Broadcasting Company's "Arts National." Ted has performed in New York area concerts and clubs with guitarists Gene Burtoncini and Vic Juris, bassists Rufus Reid and Todd Coolman, drummers Lewis Nash, Dennis Mackrel, and Clarence Penn, pianists Jim McNeeley, John Hicks, and Bill Charlap, and with saxophonists Chris Potter and Javon Jackson.

Ted appears as a featured soloist in percussion festivals around the world, from Hannover's Deutsches Percussion Symposium and London's Percussive Arts Society (UK) to Brazil's Ritmos da Terra. In 2003 he will perform at Puerto Rico Conservatory and at the Festival in La Patagonia, Argentina. His appearances with orchestras, including the Tucson Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestras have variously spotlighted Ted as a performer, composer, and conductor. European engagements as a jazz headliner include the esteemed UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki (guest soloist/composer) and several tours of German clubs and concert halls.

His diverse performing interests have included tours with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble of Tokyo, appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York with organist Dorothy Papadakos, and concerts with classical cellist, Yehuda Hanani.

He is also a licensed pilot and a unicyclist.

Destinations (1986); Unicycle Man (1998); Standing Alone (2001)
As sideperson:
John Pizzarelli with the George Shearing Quintet: The Rare Delight of You

Awards and honors:
National Endowment for the Arts, performance fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts, composition fellowship
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, fellowship
New York State Arts Council, composition fellowship
International Association of Jazz Educators, resource team member representing mallet instruments
Lincoln Center Institute composer-in-residence
National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship to premiere new work
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, composer's award
MacDowell Colony composition fellowship
Commissioned composer

Education: Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, M. Mus. June 1985 Program: Jazz and Commercial Music, Course Concentration: Composition and film writing;
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Graduate Studies in composition 1972-1973
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY , B.M. June 1972, Program: Performance/trumpet, Course concentration: Composition and arranging (Warren Benson, Robert Gauldin, Daryll Scott, Rayburn Wright)

Aesthetic Education - Brief Outline
Ted Piltzecker is a member of the artist faculty of Lincoln Center's pioneering aesthetic education program, the Lincoln Center Institute. LCI focuses on a teaching approach which extends the ability of a general audience to perceive a work of art. It is a hands-on, multi-diciplined, team teaching examination of the creative process, and of the choices which an artist makes. Ted has taught summer sessions for LCI in the Juilliard School with a team comprised of an actor, dancer, visual artist and musician, and also presented special workshops on jazz. He has done several school residencies for the Institute as well. This experiential learning approach requires looking at art with a broad perspective, and has been an asset to his own composing. For seven years, Ted has also been an artist/teacher in residence at the summer workshops at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (an LCI affiliate), and has created commissioned works which are interdisciplinary in nature. In June of 1999 Ted performed with jazz artists John Blake and Sumi Tonooka in the "Arts are Basic" program at the Lied Center. In 2000 he worked with Chinese pipa virtuoso, Gao Hong and the "Spirit of Nature Ensemble.College Teaching - Brief Outline. Ted is a currently a professor at the Purchase Conservatory, State University of New York. He is a member of the innovative Studio Composition department where both his writing and performing skills contribute to the education of students aspiring to compose, perform and produce music. For a more detailed look at Purchase and Ted's teaching philosophy, please visit his page at the Conservatory web site.

After graduating from the Eastman School, Ted's college teaching career started as a graduate assistant in jazz at the Ohio State University where he taught arranging, conducted and wrote for the big band at OSU (Winner of best composer award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival). At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ted has taught improvisation, coached ensembles, and most recently has been engaged as a special Guest Teaching Artist concentrating on his specialty, the vibraphone. He has also been a guest composer and performer at the school. As a teacher of arranging/composition and a small group coach, Ted's work in the active jazz department at William Paterson University in New Jersey has been rewarding for all. The Aspen Music Festival, where Ted taught arranging and improvisation, directed small and large ensembles, and headed the jazz program, offered college credit for his courses through the University of Colorado. During his eight year tenure as jazz director, the program grew substantially. The University of Bridgeport 's program highlighted Ted's ability to successfully address an extremely diverse student population and a wide variety of subject matter. Courses taught included aesthetics, computers, senior seminar (a discussion group on the Lewis and Clark Expedition), jazz courses, and general music classes. This teaching flexibility made him an asset to the institution.

Teaching Positions: Conservatory of Music, State University of New York at Purchase, 2000-present, Position: Studio Composition Department Faculty, Duties: Teach private lessons in composition, classes in ear training and musicianship, jazz seminars
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1993-2000, Position: Asst. Professor, Director of Jazz Program, Duties: Teach jazz composition and arranging, jazz history, independent study, computers and music, music theory, direct large and small ensembles, faculty recitals and special events, plan curriculum, and advise students;
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1997-98, Position: Visiting Artist Faculty, Duties: Teach private lessons to percussion students
William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, 1996, Position: Adjunct Professor, Duties: Teach advanced arranging, coach ensemble
Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Colorado, 1984-1993, Position: Director of Jazz Studies, Duties: Teach composition and arranging, compose, coordinate program, supervise faculty, plan curriculum, recruit students, select guest artists, program and conduct big band concerts
Lincoln Center Institute, New York, New York, 1994-present, Position: Teaching Artist, Jazz artist and composer, Duties: Teach a variety of seminars in aesthetic education, perform with own ensembles
Selmer Company, Musser Division of Ludwig, Inc., 1980-present, Position: Artist Clinician, Duties: Present master classes at university music schools throughout the country, represent manufacturer at state and national conventions as an artist and teacher, perform and record using Musser vibraphones
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1985-1987, Position: Lecturer in Music, Duties: Teach improvisation, coach jazz ensembles, teach private lessons to percussion students, advise graduate students on special projects, coach students on use of computer music programs
Private students in vibraphone and composition, 1980-present
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1972-1973, Position: Graduate teaching assistant, Duties: Teach arranging, compose and perform for jazz ensemble, direct ensembles

National touring for Affiliate Artists, Inc.; National Touring with Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble of Tokyo; Guest Performer/Composer with UMO Jazz Orchestra, Helsinki, Finland;
Guest Artist / Ritmos da Terra, Campinas, Brazil; Clinics - From Berkeley to North Texas State, from the University of Michigan to the Aspen Music Festival, be it the percussion or jazz departments, Ted Piltzecker delivers memorable presentations with enduring value.
Ted has appeared as a clinician throughout the United States and Canada, and in Europe at the Royal Conservatory in London, the Percussive Arts Society European Convention at Wellington College in Crowthorne, England, The Deutsches Percussion Symposium in Hannover, Germany, the Fachakademie Fur Musik in Tubingen, Germany, the Konservatorium Der Stadt in Nurnberg, Germany, "Ritmos da Terra" in Brazil, and has made frequent presentations at the Percussive Arts Society and the International Association of Jazz Educators conventions.  (Reference to published articles about the vibes )

Contact information:
www. tedvibes.com

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