This fall, Şirin Pancaroğlu, an IU Bloomington alumna and co-founder of the Şimdi Ensemble, returned to campus for the first time in nearly 25 years to complete a three-week residency at the Jacobs School of Music. Pancaroğlu was also joined by two members of her ensemble for the visit, which coincided with this year’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. The group taught workshops, presented a lecture to IU Bloomington students and performed its traditional Turkish music in concerts at the IU Art Museum and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater as part of Lotus Festival.
The visit also marked a much-anticipated reunion for Pancaroğlu with her former harp professor and mentor, Susann McDonald. “It was an emotional moment to be able to play for her,” said Pancaroğlu, who received a master of music performance from Jacobs in 1992. “She’s such an amazing figure, and she inspires me every day in my professional life.”
The group concluded its residency by meeting with students participating in the Jacobs School’s Project Jumpstart, which offers career development and entrepreneurship programming for students.