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John 'Michael' Lasater

Profile Updated: July 7, 2022
Residing In
South Bend, IN USA
Lois Taber
Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications, Indiana University South Bend
Amy Elizabeth (born 1983)
Grandsons Edmond (born 2014) & Henry (born 2018)
Military Service
U.S. Army, USMA Band, West Point, NY  
Oberlin Major

Music Performance Trombone


M.M. Juilliard School, 1975. Worked as a professional trombonist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, United States Military Academy Band-West Point, Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Music Center Orchestra/Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestral Association, and Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Italy. Director of Marketing for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 1977-1980. Produced the SSO's Carnegie Hall debut, opera with the Opera Theatre of Syracuse, and multiple concerts throughout New York State.

M.S. Film/Television 1981 and Ph.D. Mass Communication 1992, Syracuse University. Produced video documentaries on subjects in poetry, music, and literature, with broadcast and distribution by the National Educational Television Association/PBS, Barr Films, Kentucky Educational Television (KET), and Coronet Film & Video. Awards from the American Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, International Film and Television Festival of New York, National Monitor Awards of New York, and U.S. Film and Video Festival, Chicago.

Gallery work in art video in 120 + solo, invitational and juried exhibitions, multiple awards – La Mama, New York; Film and Video Poetry Society Symposium, Los Angeles; Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis/New York; Hun Gallery, New York; Art in General, New York; Örebro International Video Art Festival, Sweden; artvideoKÖLN events in Europe, the US and Asia; Los Angeles Center for Contemporary Art; South Bend Museum of Art; Kansas City Artists Coalition; Union Street Gallery, Chicago; Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago; California Museum of Photography; Athens Institute for Contemporary Art; Dallas Center for Contemporary Art; Target Gallery, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art; Pennsylvania School of Art & Design; South Shore Art Center/Boston Cyberarts Festival; and Georgia Museum of Art/University of Georgia.

Poetry published in The Coop: A Poetry Cooperative; The Closed Eye Open; Heartland!; Kansas Time + Place: An Anthology of Heartland Poetry (Little Balkans Press); Cathexis Northwest Press; and The Heartland Review, winner of the 2019 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Poems also appear in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 chapbooks of ekphrastic poetry published by the South Bend Museum of Art, and are archived in INverse, the Indiana state poetry archive established by Poetry editor Adrian Matejka, and in IU Scholarworks.

Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications and past Chair, Department of Integrated New Media Studies, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN.

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