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Shanklin Services Set

October 27, 2015

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Services for WIU School of Music Director Bart Shanklin will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at New Hope Baptist Church near Latham (TN), with burial to immediately follow in New Hope Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. The body will lie in state at New Hope Baptist Church from 11 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Shanklin passed away in Iowa City Oct. 25.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Shanklin's memory can be made to the New Hope Cemetery Association, c/o Kenneth Rogers, 117 Walker Road, Dresden, TN 38225.


Posted 10/26/15

WIU Mourns Death of School of Music Director

MACOMB, IL -- Bart Shanklin, 64, director of the Western Illinois University School of Music, passed away Oct. 25 in Iowa City.

"The Western Illinois University community mourns Dr. Shanklin's death," said President Jack Thomas. "We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Shanklin had served as the director of the School of Music since July 2005. He was named the school's first director upon the renaming of the department to the School of Music. Prior to joining the WIU College of Fine Arts and Communication, Shanklin taught at Southern Utah University for 15 years and had served as music department chair there since 1992. Previously he was choral director and an assistant professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Blue Mountain (MS) College. He also has taught at the high school level and has served as a minister of music.

Shanklin directed Western's comprehensive curriculum with bachelor degree programs in applied music, including instrumental performance, vocal performance, jazz studies and composition; as well as in music education, music therapy and music business and graduate programs.

Shanklin, who often served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator, was an active member of NASM and served as a visiting accreditation evaluator for this national accrediting organization. He had also served as an adjudicator of NATS competitions and singing artists auditions, as well as for numerous public school vocal solo competitions.

Choirs under Shanklin's direction received critical acclaim in concert tours throughout the U.S., Canada and England, where they performed at Cambridge University, the University of Warwick and St. Clement Danes Church in London.

Shanklin earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from Union University, Jackson, TN; a master of music degree in voice performance from Florida State University; and a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from Arizona State University. He had additional graduate work at the University of Illinois.

Services are pending.

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