Eftihia “Effie” Arkoudis, who is studying for a master’s degree in flute performance in the studio of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music, traveled to Vienna in late March to perform with the Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Vienna), where she is principal flutist.
“During March 22 to 25, we were recording our two first CDs, with music by the Greek composer Athanasios Simoglou,” she said. “The CDs are titled “CAVAFY” and the songs are based on the poetry of the famous Greek composer Kavafis. The recording took place in “Sofiensäle” in Vienna and I performed both the flute and the alto flute.”
On March 26, the orchestra presented a charity concert in the Greek Cathedral Orthodox Church in Vienna. There, among other artists and a program that included works from Mahler (“Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen”), Stradella, Gounod and Faure, Effie performed as a soloist, premiering the work of the Cypriot composer Solon Michailides, titled “Au Mariage du Village,” for flute and string orchestra. Proceeds from the concert went to the ’’Pancyprian Association of the Protection of Spastic and Handicapped Children (Anemoni)’’, located in Nicosia/Cyprus.
Earlier in the spring, Effie won first alternate in the Houston Flute Club’s Byron Hester Solo Flute Competition, one of the largest flute competitions in the United States. The competition is held at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music each year and is open to high school, college and professional-level flutists from all over the country.
Effie, who is from Corfu, Greece, performs with the WVU Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of Polytropon Ensemble, which performs throughout Europe.
This year she also received the Susan B. Hardesty Music Scholarship and also the Eleanor Tucker Donley Memorial Music Scholarship at WVU for outstanding academic status and achievements. She was a finalist in the WVU Young Artist Competition in 2014.
Effie holds artistic diplomas with distinctions and awards from both the Prayner Conservatory of Vienna and the Athens Conservatory, in Greece. She has been the principal flutist of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Bayreuth, in Germany, and the Greek-Turkish Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, she is translating a book about the American composer John Adams, from German to English, and she also writes for the official website of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Vienna
WVU School of Art and Design alumnus Jacob Lewis, the director of Jacob Lewis Gallery in New York City, will be the guest speaker for the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 16.
The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center and is open to the public.
Jacob Lewis was born in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in painting and printmaking from West Virginia University. Upon graduation, Lewis moved to New York City, where he began a 13-year career with Pace Prints. In 2007, he was instrumental in inaugurating Pace Prints’ Chelsea gallery as its first director.
During his seven years as director, Lewis developed many personal and professional relationships with the artists whose work he has championed. With their encouragement and support, he opened Jacob Lewis Gallery to present a breadth of imagery and artistic mediums that resonate with the aesthetics of the Millennial generation.
In January, Lewis brought the New York artists How and Nosm to the WVU Creative Arts Center, where they showed their works in the Mesaros Galleries, presented the Deem Distinguished Artist Lecture in the School of Art and Design, and created a special mural that will be unveiled at the dedication for the new Art Museum of WVU in August 2015.
For more information, see the Jacob Lewis Gallery website:
During the May 16 Commencement ceremony, the College of Creative Arts will individually recognize approximately 100 graduates, including those who completed their requirements in August or December of 2014. Alison Helm, director of the School of Art and Design, Keith Jackson, director of the School of Music, and Joshua Williamson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance, will recognize each of the degree candidates by name and they will receive congratulations from Dean Paul Kreider, Associate Dean William Winsor, and Assistant Dean John Hendricks.
There will also be several special presentations, including awards to outstanding students in Art & Design, Music, and Theatre & Dance.
Student Marshals, who lead the procession of graduates, are undergraduates in the College who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in their division. The Student Marshals for 2015 are: Lindsay May Dieffenbaugh, School of Art and Design; Ashley Elliott, School of Music; and Lauren Kimberly Waldron, School of Theatre and Dance.
Outstanding Graduating Senior awards for the three divisions include: Emily J. Hersman, School of Art and Design; James David Conkle, School of Music; and Rachael Anne Cowne, School of Theatre and Dance.
The College of Creative Arts Outstanding Graduating Senior for 2014-2015 will be announced by Dean Kreider during the Commencement.
Doors to the Lyell B. Clay Theatre will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are not required for admission and seating is open except where reserved for degree candidates. The academic procession begins sharply at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available at various locations near the Creative Arts Center. Families and friends of graduates are welcome to take photos during the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception in the lobby of the Creative Arts Center for the graduates, their families and friends, and College of Creative Arts faculty and staff.
The College of Creative Arts is offering a wide variety of camps and workshops during the summer of 2015 for students of all ages. Offerings include:
Community Music Program (classes for all ages, including babies)
Dance Academy (for ages 5 to adult, as well as for teachers)
Teacher’s Institute: Smithsonian Certification Folkways Course in world music pedagogy (for K-12 teachers)
Viola Boot Camp (ages 15 to adult)
Percussion Camp (ages 14 to 18)
Acting Academy (ages 10-17)
Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy (high school students in grades 10-12)
Piano Festival and Competition (for artists and students of all ages, as well as teachers)
International Flute Symposium (featuring Junior High and High School Flute Camps, as well as a Collegiate/Amateur/Professional Category)
Mountaineer Drawing Academy (ages 14 to 17)
See more information, in order by date:
Community Music Program – June-August, 2015
The WVU School of Music’s Community Music Program provides a comprehensive program of musical training for students of all ages and experience levels. The summer program features many different kinds of classes for children and adults, as well as private music lessons. Some popular classes returning this summer include: Piano For Fun For Adults, Eurhythmics For Children, Music For Babies, Explore & Enjoy for Toddlers, and Harp On It! New offerings include Vocal Choirs, Violin Camp, and more children’s classes and activities. See the entire schedule of classes, coming to the website soon.
Registration: Registration begins Tuesday, May 26 and classes begin June 1. To register, see the website or contact Karen Taddie, director, at Karen.Taddie@mail.wvu.edu, phone 304-293-6946.
Summer Dance Academy – June 13-20, 2015
Join us for another exciting and danced-filled week of technique classes and special workshops taught by WVU Dance faculty and special guest faculty. The programs include a Young Academy for children ages 5-10 years old, to be held June 15-19; a Teen Academy for ages 12-18 with at least 3 years of previous dance experience, to be held June 14-20; and a Teachers Academy for dance educators K-16, to be held June 14-20. In addition, this year there will be a one-day K-12 Dance Professional Development Intensive on Saturday June 13 (no registration fee). For questions or further information please see the website or contact the Dance Office at (304) 293-8623.
Times: All day; Young Academy daily 9 a.m. to 1 pm.
Registration: For registration information, email email@example.com or call 304-293-2020. On campus room and board is available. A special tuition discount is offered to teachers who register their students.
Deadline: May 30 for early bird registration. Registration fee on or before May 30 is waived. After May 30 the registration fee is $30.
WVU Teacher Institute: Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy June 14-20, 2015
West Virginia University’s School of Music will host its first Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy (WMP), June 14-20, 2015. Teachers will engage with world music in daily workshops featuring the musical cultures of West Africa, Brazil, and Central Appalachia led by WVU faculty and guest artists. Through this partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, teachers will develop a foundation in world music pedagogy and will have access to the rich ethnographic audio, film, and print resources of Smithsonian Folkways. This course is intended to help teachers build innovative curricula that connect K-12 music programs with local and global musical cultures. Teachers successfully completing the course will receive certification from the Smithsonian Institute documenting specialization in world music pedagogy. A limited number of scholarships are available for WV teachers.
Credits: 3 CEU or graduate credits
Registration: For information contact Dr. Janet Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Viola Boot Camp – June 15-18, 2015
Viola Boot Camp is a four-day intensive event is for violists, ages 15 to adult. All ability levels are welcome! The founder and director of the camp is Andrea Priester Houde, who is Assistant Professor of Viola in the WVU School of Music. The camp includes daily lessons, master classes, technique classes, lectures and ensembles.
Times: all day
Registration: Registration includes tuition and campus housing. Hotel accommodations are also available for adult participants. To register, contact Andrea Priester Houde, WVU Assistant Professor of Viola, at email@example.com or call 304-293-5777.
Deadline: Students may register up until the first day of Boot Camp.
Percussion Camp – June 15-19, 2015
This popular week-long event is for young percussionists, ages 14 to 18. The founder and director of the camp is George Willis, who is also director of the Percussion Program at WVU. The camp includes daily workshops and clinics, solo performances, public percussion ensemble performances, and much more. Students will perform with and learn from some incredible guest artists. The camp will educate every level of percussionist and all of the students will perform in a percussion ensemble that will present a public concert at the end of the week.
Times: all day
Registration: To register, contact George Willis at George.Willis@mail.wvu.edu or phone 304-293-5274. In addition to the registration fee, there is a housing fee that includes all meals. The fees will be paid upon checking into camp.
Deadline: Students may register right up until the beginning of camp.
Summer Acting Academy – June 22-26, 2015
A one-week professional theater training program for youth, ages 10 to 17, who wish to explore and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theater experience, the academy includes classes in acting, movement, monologues, voice & speech, character masks, improvisation, stage combat and rehearsal/production. All classes will be led by WVU School of Theatre and Dance faculty, and guest artists. Enrollment is limited, so that each student will receive training specifically geared to their experience level. The program culminates in a student presentation at the Creative Arts Center on June 26.
Times: Monday Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-293-2020. A copy of the registration form is also available on the website.
Deadline: Register by June 8 to guarantee enrollment.
The Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy – June 22-26, 2015
The Mountaineer Music Leadership Academy provides the finest experiential musical leadership training for all interested high school instrumental and vocal/choral students entering grades 10-12. All students attending, especially section leaders and drum majors, will be given increased musical skill and methods and materials for instructing and leading their peers. Our goal is to certify that every student attending leaves with a depth of knowledge and skill previously unknown to them that will provide greater enjoyment in the musical arts and a basis for lifetime accomplishment in leadership, regardless of the chosen field of professional endeavor.
Times: all day
Registration: Applications are available on the website or by calling 302-293-3097. Students should return the application via postal mail with deposit. Entire fee schedule includes instruction, meals and board. Commuter packages available.
Deadline: Reduced fees for early applications until April 30, 2015. Applications and payments in full due by June 8, 2015.
Intersection of Jazz & Classical Music Piano Festival and Competition
June 28-July 1, 2015
During this four-day celebration of the piano, set in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, students, teachers and audience members explore how both jazz and classical styles inform, inspire and enliven the great art of playing the piano. This festival the only one of its kind offers outstanding artists, teachers, workshops, concerts, panel discussions, competitions and more. Guest artists for 2015 will be Ann Schein and Stefan Karlsson, as well as invited presenters from across the United States, and WVU faculty.
Times: all day
Registration: For registration information, contact Peter Amstutz at Peter.Amstutz@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-4532. Registration fee required. Participants may also register for a Day Pass.
Deadline to register for competitions: May 20, 2015
Deadline for general registration: Attendees may register up until the day the festival begins.
International Flute Symposium – July 15-19, 2015
The WVU International Flute Symposium offers the widest variety of performances, workshops, and masterclasses as well as the largest roster of world-renowned flutists and university professors from the orchestral, classical and jazz fields of any university flute symposium in the United States. IFS is open to flutists of all abilities, ages 12 through adult. Events include daily flute masterclasses, flute choirs, and gala concerts as well as body mapping and flute repair workshops, high school and young artist competitions, and private lessons.
Times: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except July 15, which begins with a 7:30 pm concert, and July 19, which ends with a 1 pm concert.
Registration: Register online at the website for the Junior High/High School Camp or the Collegiate/Amateur/Professional Category. Registration fee, plus tuition, housing costs and meals required. Participants may also register for a Day Pass.
Deadline: July 15, 2015 (Discounts apply if register before May 30)
Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy – July 22-25, 2015
Mountaineer Summer Drawing Academy provides West Virginia youth, ages 14 to 17, with experiences in art, so that they will have improved observational abilities and an understanding of how artistic skills activate an understanding of space, place, perspective, and structure. Campers will participate in workshops that will enhance their personal understanding and artistic skills. Guest speakers and assemblies will emphasize daily themes and field trips will provide the opportunity for artistic exploration inspired by interacting with the landscape and our natural environment. The camp closes with a Student Showcase and Reception on July 25.
Times: all day
Registration: Registration is available on-line at the website. Scholarships are available to those who register by July 1. Registration includes tuition and campus housing.
Deadline: July 22, 2015 (pre-registration deadline). Camp registration is 12:30-1:00 p.m. on July 22.
Four alumni from the College of Creative Arts who have had successful careers after leaving the Creative Arts Center will return to the the CAC in April to work with students as part of the “Alumni-in-Residence” Series. They include: Sage Perrott, a 2010 graduate of the School of Art and Design, Mark Davis, a 1997 graduate of the School of Music, Bob Shreve, a 1980 graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance, and Dan Fisher, a 1986 graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance. All four will be giving presentations that are open to the public. Welcome back, everybody!
Sage Perrott – Thursday, April 9, 2 pm, Litho Studio (Room 507A)
Sage Perrott is a printmaker and illustrator from Morgantown, West Virginia. She is the creator of Haypeep, and co-founder of Eyebag Press. Perrott completed a BFA from the WVU School of Art and Design in 2010, and an MFA from Ohio University. She predominantly creates screenprints, most of which feature a cast of lumpy, cranky, imagined creatures. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group shows. Most recently, she had a solo show in Columbus, Ohio, titled “Ghost Alphabet.” She currently teaches at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. During her visit on April 9, Sage will speak to WVU printmaking students and also critique their works. For more information, see her website at: www.haypeep.com .
Mark Davis – Wednesday, April 15, 9 am, Room 440A
Mark Davis, originally from St. Albans, West Virginia, was named Kanawha County Teacher of the Year in 2012 and currently serves as Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist for the Kanawha County school district in West Virginia, where he supervises and manages all of the arts programs county-wide, K-12. Mark earned his B.M. in Music Education in 1997 and his M.A. in Educational Communication in 2009, both from WVU. He went on to earn his Level I and Level II Orff teaching certification from the University of Kentucky and taught elementary general music in Kanawha County for more than 15 years. His presentation at the CAC on April 15 is titled “A Path Worth Travelling: The Real View from the Road of Music Education.” He will also give a demonstration of applied teaching methods and WVU music students will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.
Bob Shreve – Friday, April 17, 2 pm, Antoinette Falbo Theatre
Robert Shreve, of Fairmont, West Virginia, is currently Corporate Vice President for Attractions Development at Herschend Family Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob graduated from the WVU School of the School of Theatre and Dance in 1980 with a degree in technical theatre. Prior to designing theme parks, he was deputy commissioner for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, taught technical theatre at WVU, and worked as a professional theatre designer and technician. In the 1990s Bob served as SQS coordinator at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked to maintain the overall guest experience at EPCOT. Before joining Herschend, he served as executive producer of the design department for all Universal Parks & Resorts. Products developed during his tenure included “Revenge of the Mummy,” “Shrek 4D,” and “Universal Studios Shanghai.” He was also show producer for the Revenge of the Mummy attraction at Universal Orlando. During his visit on April 17, he will speak to students and faculty about his career in theme park design and management. A Q&A session will follow.
Dan Fisher – Friday, April 24 – time and place to be announced
Dan Fisher, a native of Middlebourne, West Virginia, graduated from the School of Theatre and Dance in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in technical theatre and almost immediately began working in the film industry. One of his first jobs was as production assistant on the popular 1987 John Sayles film “Matewan,” about a West Virginia coal mine strike in 1920. Since then, he has worked in the art departments of many other well-known films, including several by writer and director John Sayles. Some of his credits include “Mississippi Burning,” “City of Hope,” “Passion Fish,” and “Men in Black.” In recent years Dan has worked as property master for some of the most popular TV shows on the air, including “Law and Order,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Mad Men,” “White Collar,” “Girls,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and most recently the Ed Burns police drama “Public Morals.” While at the CAC, Dan will share his experiences and knowledge about film and television with the students and faculty.
Mark Davis (BM Music Education 1997)
As a music student at the CAC in the 1990s, Mark Davis was a member of the African Ensemble and Percussion ‘90, two groups that were often on the road performing for a wide variety of audiences and events. But he says it was the performances in the public schools all over the state that really made an impact on him and led to his 15-year career teaching elementary music in the Kanawha County schools.
In 2012, Davis was named Kanawha County Teacher of the year and today he serves as Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist for Kanawha County schools, where he supervises and manages all of the arts programs county-wide, K-12.
During a return visit to the CAC on April 15, he will share his background and “real world” perspective as a teacher, arts administrator and performing musician with current students in the WVU School of Music.
“There are some things I learned at WVU that I still use every day,” he said. “I want today’s students to know that they should take advantage of the many learning opportunities available at the CAC, because you can never predict which direction a career path will go. I think it is beneficial to have a wide range of experiences so students can be ready for whatever opportunities may lie ahead for them.”
From left: Rusty Bonasso, Dr. Cynthia Anderson, Sarah Murphy, Billy Titus, Rachel Rabeneck, Stephen Oswalt. and Evan Klein at Café Central
The WVU Oboe Studio and Professor Cynthia Anderson took a trip to Vienna and Salzburg recently to experience the musical and cultural events that Austria has to offer.
During the week-long visit, students met with an oboist from the Vienna Symphony and learned about the unique Viennese oboe, an instrument unlike our French-style oboes, played only in Austrian orchestras. They attended a performance of “Le Nozze de Figaro” at the Vienna State Opera, toured the Hofburg Treasury Museum, viewed masterpieces of art by Klimt and Schiele at the Belvedere, watched the Lipizzaner Stallions in their morning exercises, and rode the world-famous Prater Wheel for a sky-high view of the city.
In Salzburg, they walked through the streets of Mozart’s hometown (and yes, there were plenty of reminders of “The Sound of Music” too). Their visit to the capital city included sampling world-famous pastry at Café Central under portraits of Emperor Franz-Joseph and Empress Sisi, schnitzel at Figlmuellers, and the occasional coffee at Starbucks.
“Vienna is the world’s music capital, and for WVU’s oboe students, it was an enlightening and inspiring trip of a lifetime,” Dr. Anderson said. “It was a unique and happy time for all!”
Spectacular St. Peter’s in Vienna
Look for more “Studio Stories” coming to the blog soon! This new feature highlights the activities of students in the different studios located at the Creative Arts Center.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Tommy Joe Anderson, music educator, recording engineer & producer
Tommy Joe Anderson, a graduate of the School of Music (MM Composition ‘74, DMA Composition ‘81), is making the music of his mentor, Herman Godes, available to the public. What’s your story? Send us a blurb and we’ll try to print it in one of our future newsletters. We’d love to hear from you!
Tommy Joe Anderson’s company, ACA Digital Recording, Inc., based in Atlanta, Georgia, has recently released two recordings in their “Legacy Piano Series” by pianist Herman Godes, who was a highly respected artist-in-residence and teacher in the WVU School of Music for more than 40 years. A native of Latvia, Godes survived wartime service and incarceration in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and restarted his concert career with renewed energy, only six months after liberation.
“As a student and friend of Herman’s since 1969, he was a major influence on my career,” Anderson said. “When Herman passed away in 2007, I collected all of his known recordingswhich included 100 reel-to-reel and cassette tapesfrom his wife Catherine and re-mastered them to CDs. From this collection, I chose two performances that I had recorded in 1970 and in 1978 for download release, in order to show his great artistry.”
The 1970 performance was recorded at the WVU Creative Arts Center. In it, Godes shows incisive technique with lots of warmth and poetic beauty during the recital of choice selections by Scarlatti, Albeniz (Evocation), Debussy, and Handel (Passacaglia), plus an excellent Chopin Sonata No. 3.
The 1978 recording is from a recital at DeKalb Community College in Georgia. It consists of Godes working his magic again in performances of Handel’s Passacaglia, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 28, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2, shorter works by Chopin and Prokofiev, and a luminous account of Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit.
These download-only releases are available on iTunes and Amazon:
Tommy Joe Anderson studied at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music where he received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance. He continued piano study with Herman Godes at WVU and earned the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition with Thomas Canning. Dr. Anderson is a Professor Emeritus of Music from Georgia Perimeter College-Clarkston Campus (formerly DeKalb College) in Clarkston, Georgia, where he taught piano, composition and music theory. Many of his compositions are published and receive numerous performances in the United States and Europe. He is the president of ACA Digital Recording, Inc., and is the producer of THE ATLANTA MUSIC SCENE heard weekly over Atlanta’s WABE-FM 90.1. He also produces the Spivey Soiree (Sept.-Nov.) and is one of the recording engineers for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra broadcast recordings also heard weekly (Feb.-July) on Atlanta’s WABE-FM 90.1, state-wide on Georgia Public Broadcasting and nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today and SymphonyCast.
ACA Digital Recording now has more than 120 releases of classical chamber music, solo recitals, choral works and traditional jazz being distributed nationally by Albany Music Distributors with downloads distributed through The Orchard. For more information, see the website: www.acadigitalrecording.com.
Arthur White, a graduate of the WVU School of Music, who is currently Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri, will visit the Creative Arts Center on Monday, March 16, to work with students and take part in the Jazz Ensembles Concert that evening.
His visit is part of the College of Creative Arts Alumni-in-Residence Series, in which outstanding alumni of the College return to work with students.
Originally from Kansas, Dr. White received his Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from WVU in 2000. He also holds a BA in Music from Emporia State University and a doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
White conducts the Concert Jazz Band at the University of Missouri, which has risen to national prominence since his arrival at MU in 2009. Additionally, he directs the Graduate Jazz Combo and Creative Improvisation Ensemble, and oversees the combo program. He teaches courses in improvisation, pedagogy, arranging and composition.
Previously, White was the director of jazz studies at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. During his tenure there, he produced five critically acclaimed CDs with the NSU Jazz Ensemble; two of those recordings were named as Blue Chip Award winners by Jazz Education Journal, signifying the recordings as among the 10 best in college jazz recordings. NSU named White as a Centurion, naming him as one of the 100 most influential people in the university’s history. He was also named the 2007 Oklahoma Jazz Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Jazz Educators Alliance.
Ensembles under White’s direction have recorded with a veritable Who’s Who in modern jazz: Bobby Watson, Russell Malone, Henry Johnson, Scott Wendholt, Robin Eubanks, Mike Mainieri, Mike Metheny, Byron Stripling, Bob Sheppard, Sean Jones, and Jimmy Greene. White has also been fortunate to record CDs with legendary trombonist Fred Wesley, Chris Murrell (vocalist with Count Basie), and jazz legend Dewey Redman.
He is also in demand as an arranger and has written music for jazz luminaries James Carter, John Clayton, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Eric Person, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany, Henry Johnson, Dewey Redman, Scott Wendholt, Bobby Watson, Bob Mintzer, Robin Eubanks, Kathy Kosins, Paul Hanson, Russell Malone, Bob Sheppard, Andy Narell, and Randy Brecker.
He has performed with numerous nationally acclaimed jazz and pop artists. High school and college jazz ensembles throughout the country have performed his arrangements and original compositions. White is also active as a clinician with high school and college bands, and as an adjudicator at jazz festivals, throughout the United States.
The WVU Wind Symphony, a 51-member select group of the finest wind and percussion performers within West Virginia University, will participate in the annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago, during March 5-8.
The Wind Symphony will perform in concert on Saturday, March 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Orchestra Hall at Chicago Symphony Center at 200 South Michigan Ave. Tickets are free to the general public, but must be reserved in advance. To reserve tickets, go to the website at: Grainger Band Festival.
According to WVU Director of Bands John Hendricks III, who is also conductor of the WVU Wind Symphony and Assistant Dean of the College of Creative Arts, other groups performing during the March 7 concert will include the East Texas Baptist University Symphonic Band, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the Ada High School Wind Ensemble from Ohio.
“All of the groups will be performing works by Percy Grainger,” Hendricks said. “The WVU Wind Symphony will be performing two of Grainger’s most famous works’Handel in the Strand’ and his wind band masterpiece ‘Lincolnshire Posy.’
“Australian-born Percy Aldridge Grainger is best remembered as a pianist of great skill and a composer of many memorable tunes for piano. The arrangement and compositional skills shown in his settings of the many folk songs collected by himas well as his original works for wind ensemblesare still considered pinnacles of achievement.”
Membership in the WVU Wind Symphony is earned through audition. The group performs at a near-professional level, presenting at least four concerts each year at WVU, comprised of the finest classical and contemporary wind literature.
While in Chicago, the WVU Wind Symphony will receive a clinic by Dennis M. Layendecker, director of the George Mason University School of Music and retired conductor of The United States Air Force Band of Washington, D.C.
The Wind Symphony will also attend a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and tour several of the main museums in Chicago during their visit to the “windy city.”
The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival is hosted by Music Celebrations International, a professional performance touring company.
The WVU Wind Symphony tour to Chicago is generously funded by an anonymous donor, as well as by the Dean’s Office of the College of Creative Arts and by the WVU School of Music.
For more information about the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival and the March 7 concert, go to the website at: http://graingerbandfestival.org.
WVU alumni attending the concert who would like to sit with a group of fellow WVU alumni and friends can reserve tickets through WVU College of Creative Arts Development Director Anna Justice by calling 304-293-4331 or by emailing Anna.Justice@mail.wvu.edu.
The visit to the Creative Arts Center by Robert Shreve on Friday, Feb. 27, has been cancelled due to the weather. It will be rescheduled.
Shreve is a graduate of the WVU School of Theatre and Dance who is currently corporate vice president for Attractions Development at Herschend Family Entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia. He was scheduled to speak students at the Creative Arts Center about his career in theme park design management, as part of the College of Creative Arts Alumni-in-Residence Series, in which outstanding alumni of the College return to work with students.
Shreve graduated from the School of the School of Theatre and Dance in 1980 with a degree in technical theatre. He has been engaged in theme park design management since 1990, working with project teams at Disney and Universal Studios, as well as at Herschend Family Entertainment.
We will post the rescheduled date for his visit as soon as it is available.