The WVU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mitchell Arnold, is one of two collegiate orchestras invited to perform at the 2014 College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) National Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference will be held Jan. 23-25 at Texas Christian University.
“This invitation represents the widening recognition of the achievement and growth of the WVU Symphony Orchestra program. To be one of only two orchestras invited to perform at this important annual conference is quite an honor for our students, the School of Music, and the College of Creative Arts,” said Dr. Arnold who has been Director of Orchestral Activities at WVU since 2007.
“We have seen tremendous growth in the program over the last few years. It is very gratifying to have been invited upon our first ever submission to the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA).”
The CODA invitation process includes a review of submissions by a panel of judges.
Of interest is the fact that the 2014 conference is being held at a Big 12 institution, Texas Christian University. The TCU orchestra, the hosting ensemble, will also perform. The other invited orchestra, from Baylor University, is also a Big 12 institution.
“Just as our athletic teams have had their first taste of Big 12 competition, so will the WVU Symphony Orchestra, one of WVU’s outstanding performing ensembles, have its first exposure among other Big 12 organizations,” Arnold said.
“Participation in this conference gives the WVU Symphony Orchestra exposure among many important institutions. CODA has a large and growing membership and serves as the only national organization of its type.”
The WVU Symphony Orchestra was also recognized as one of the best in the country by being named one of six finalists in The American Prize Competition in 2013, which is for excellence in orchestral performance by a college or university orchestra.
The WVU Symphony Orchestra is known for performing with precision and intense passion and these performances celebrate great music played by a young, vigorous and dedicated group of musicians.
Last fall, the WVU Symphony went on its first tour of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, which is also a reflection of the growing status of the WVU School of Music as one of the region’s most important music programs, and of the WVU Symphony as one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the region.
Contributions to the WVU Performing Arts Touring Fund will help to reduce the substantial cost of the WVU Symphony’s trip to Texas. Individuals who wish to make a gift should visit Symphony at CODA and select Performing Arts Touring Fund from the dropdown menu.
Mitchell Arnold, who has been director of orchestral studies at WVU since 2007, received a doctorate in Conducting from Northwestern University and has an extensive background in new music.
Before coming to WVU, he was director of orchestras at Northern Illinois University and assistant director of orchestras at Northwestern University. He has also served on the faculties at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Baldwin-Wallace College. In the spring of 2013, Arnold made his guest conducting debut with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Piano faculty member Lucy Mauro received an outstanding review of her new solo CD, From the Unforgetting Skies: The Piano Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang, in the November/December issue of American Record Guide. Calling the CD an “engaging release”, the review said “Mauro is a polished advocate, with delightful interpretations communicating the richness and variety of her piano works” and “Lang’s colorful imagination and use of picturesque poetry is admirably illustrated through Mauro’s excellent balance, sensitivity, and taste.” The complete review is below:
“From the Unforgetting Skies reintroduces Margaret Ruthven Lang, a representative composer of the Second New England School. Though she was the first female composer to have her works performed by major American symphony orchestras, she ceased composing in 1919 and was then forgotten, many of her works destroyed. Mauro is a polished advocate, with delightful interpretations communicating the richness and variety of her piano works.
Most pieces are short, with descriptive titles, ranging stylistically from the virtuosic and dramatic (‘Rhapsody’) to the uncomplicated and undemanding (‘One Summer Day’). Lang’s colorful imagination and use of picturesque poetry is admirably illustrated through Mauro’s excellent balance, sensitivity, and taste. ‘Rhapsody’ employs advanced tonal harmony reminiscent of Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage (Lang’s father was one of Liszt’s students). ‘The Spirit of the Old House’, composed close to end of Lang’s career, shows the influence of French impressionism alongside wistful vestiges of romanticism in its nostalgic evocation of “sweet evenings long ago”. Mauro plays ‘Meditation’ superbly, emphasizing the rich harmonic progressions and conveying the grandiosity of the piece. Even the simpler pieces, many written for pedagogical purposes, convey charm and detail. Mauro captures the lucidity of ‘Starlight’, a fluid effort even for Lang’s first published piece. ‘3 Pieces’ is captivating and not without humor, and the more substantial ‘One Summer Day’ sparkles under Mauro’s touch.
The beauty in this sampling makes the listener lament the shortness of Lang’s career. Program notes, by ARG’s Lindsay Koob, are informative and well crafted, including all relevant poetry. This engaging release should encourage listeners to listen to the rest of the composer’s output, especially Mauro’s two recordings of Lang’s vocal repertoire with tenor Donald George on Delos.”
College of Creative Arts students awarded Canady Scholarships
Nineteen students studying in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts have been awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation. The Canady Scholarships are among the most prestigious awards given in the college.
The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988. Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.
Loulie and William Canady, Valerie’s parents, and long-time residents of the Morgantown community, present the awards annually in December. Loulie Canady is a long-time supporter of the WVU School of Music and Dr. William Canady is professor emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry in the WVU School of Medicine. The Canadys are also the major patrons of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performances at WVUa series that is named in memory of Valerie.
This year’s Canady scholars include:
Daniela Londono-Bernal, of Medellin, Colombia, who is currently a senior in the intermedia and photography program. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has studied French as well. She is an outstanding artist and has shown her work in New York City and in Chicago. In 2012 she won the Director’s Choice Award in the first Student Juried Exhibition in the WVU School of Art & Design.
Szilvia Kadas, of Budapest, Hungary, is studying for a master’s degree in art history. She speaks three languages fluentlyHebrew, Hungarian and Englishand is currently studying German. She also has a Master of Fine Arts in studio art and graphic design from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in design and visual communication from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
Sora Lee, of Korea, is studying for a doctorate in collaborative piano, as the first student to enter this new program. She is fluent in Korean and English and works with wind, string, voice and other piano students in the School of Music, as well as the choir and other ensembles. Lee also studies the organ with Dr. William Haller and serves as organist at First Baptist Church, Waynesburg, Pa.
Joyce Chiao Su Wang is a doctoral piano performance major from Hattieville, Belize, who was born in Taiwan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU in 2008 and graduated in December 2010 with a master’s degree in piano pedagogy. She is also a cellist and teaches private lessons for students of piano and cello, as well as performing in the WVU Symphony Orchestra.
Lucia Zung de Andrade, of Brazil, is an undergraduate student in bassoon performance. She had nearly completed a piano degree in Brazil when an injury to her wrist forced her to switch to the bassoon three years ago. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish and also taught herself English and previously studied at the Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana in Brazil.
Dipendra Sunam, of Nepal, is a doctoral student in piano, who completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance at Berea College and Northern Arizona University. In addition to his native language, he speaks English and German. He has studied with music professionals from around the world, and was keyboardist with a Nepali pop band named Nepathya, which released several professional recordings.
Achareeya Fukiat, of Thailand, is a doctoral student in piano, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Mahidol University in Bangkok. She speaks Thai and English. Due to her exceptional talent and great dedication, she earned the prestigious Yamaha music school scholarship in Thailand and graduated from Mahidol University with first class honors for her master’s degree in music education.
Juliana Yap, of Thailand, is completing her doctorate in piano performance and also in collaborative piano this year. She formerly studied at Sedaya College in Bangkok, Thailand, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from WVU in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She speaks English, Malay Languages (Indonesian and Malaysian) and Chinese Languages (Mandarin and Hokkien).
Angel Lin, of Taiwan, is a doctoral student in piano, who received her master’s degree from the University of Kansas. She also plays the flute and has been an active recitalist in Taiwan, China, Germany, Canada and the United States and has received numerous awards and scholarships. She has performed for some of the world’s most prominent performers and teachers in master classes in both this country and abroad.
Mirim Lee, of Korea, is studying for a master’s degree in flute performance and is fluent in three languagesEnglish, Korean and Bulgarian. She was a winner of last year’s Young Artist Concerto Competition at WVU and plays principal flute in both the WVU Symphony Orchestra and the WVU Chamber Winds. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree in music at one of the top conservatories in Bulgaria.
Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong, of Thailand, is a doctoral student in piano performance, who won honors in several piano competitions in Bangkok, where she is also a faculty member (currently on leave) at Mahidol University, the largest school of music in Thailand. She has a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Chulalongkorn University, also in Bangkok, and a master’s degree in music performance from Mahidol University.
Kyung Soo Hwang, of Korea, is studying for a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy. He is fluent in Korean and English and, has sung professionally in German, Italian and French. He is primarily a bassist, but also plays the saxophone and traditional Korean percussion. Before coming to WVU he was an award-winning teacher at a Community Korean Language School and also earned a degree at the Berklee College of Music.
Diego Gabete-Rodriguez, of Spain, is a doctoral student in violin performance and serves as concertmaster for the WVU Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Musikene-Centro Superior de Musica del Pais Vasco, Spain, and from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbus State University in Georgia. This December he will return to Spain to perform a recital for the Argentinian consulate.
Kirill Tyulkov, of Russia, is studying for a master’s degree in music education. He is fluent in Russian, English and French. He has a master’s degree in French from Nizhny Novgorod Linguistics University in Russia and also received a degree in music technology from California University in Pa. In addition, he also holds a law degree. He is studying both classical and jazz piano in the studio of Dr. James Miltenberger.
Nicoletta Ciampa, of Monroeville, Pa., is studying for a bachelor’s degree in music education and voice. She spent a semester in Brazil as part of the Music Alive! exchange program. While there she became fluent in Portuguese. She also spent four weeks in Ghana, West Africa, on a WVU summer study abroad course. She is member of the Gamelan, African Music and Dance, and Brazilian ensembles at WVU.
Arthur de Amorim, of Brazil, is studying for a bachelor’s in piano and also studies organ. After coming to WVU as part of the Music Alive! program, he was awarded a Fine Arts Scholarship. He is fluent in English and studies Russian. He received first prize in the 2012 WVMTA Mountain State Competition and was selected for WVU’s Jazz & Classical Music Festival competition, as well as a prestigious festival in Prague.
Hyejeong Seong, of Korea, is a doctoral student in piano. Prior to coming to WVU she earned her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and held a graduate assistantship in accompanying at the University of Iowa. Her solo playing approaches the level expected from international concert artists. She will join WVU violin professor Mikylah Myers McTeer for a performance in Korea in May 2013.
Xia Yi Zhang, of Columbia, Md., is studying for an MFA in ceramics. She was born in China, but moved to the United States at age six, and grew up in a dual language and an extremely dual cultured environment. She speaks fluent Cantonese. She participated in the WVU study abroad program in Chinese ceramics in the fall of 2012 and had the chance to visit her ancestral home in Guangdong Province.
Kelsey Morgan Hotaling, of Charles Town, W.Va., is studying for a bachelor’s degree in art history, with minors in Italian studies and ceramics. Her second language is Italian. She is currently studying abroad in Italy at the Lorenzo de Medici International Institute in Florence, where she is taking advanced Italian, courses that range from the Renaissance to contemporary Italian art, and an internship in a Florentine museum.
Caption: Left to right, front row: Dipendra Sunam, (kneeling); Dr. William Canady, Loulie Canady, Kyung Soo Hwang. Back row: Szilvia Kadas; Daniela Londono-Bernal; Joyce Wang, Xia Zhang; Nicoletta Ciampa, Juliana Yap; Achareeya Fukiat; Angel Lin; Sornsuang Tangsinmonkong; Mirim Lee; Arthur de Amorim; Hyejeong Seong; Lucia Zung de Andrade; Kivill Tyulkov; and Diego Gabete-Rodriguez.
The city of Charleston, W.Va., welcomes The WVU Chamber players, an outstanding ensemble of WVU faculty performers, conducted by Mitchell Arnold, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, for a concert featuring the music of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Cavendish Hall, located at 207 52nd Street in Charleston. The concert is free and open to the public.
The program, performed with stunning virtuosity, consists of Igor Stravinsky’s “Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) Suite,” Benjamin Britten’s exuberantly youthful “Sinfonietta” for ten players, and the vibrant “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, also in an arrangement for ten players.
“It is a great pleasure to make music with such fine musicians as my colleagues from WVU,” said Dr. Arnold, director of Orchestral Activities at WVU, where he also conducts the WVU Symphony Orchestra.
“Our faculty performers bring great nuance, virtuosity, and feeling to all the wonderful twists and turns in this exciting program,” he said. “We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring these musical jewels to the Charleston audience.”
The WVU Chamber Players consists of some of the finest musicians in the state of West Virginia and surrounding regions. This concert marks the beginning of the ensemble’s second season. Last year the WVU Chamber Players performed in both Pittsburgh and Morgantown. Later this season the ensemble will perform in Morgantown and Wheeling.
The ensemble consists of the following musicians:
Nina Assimakopoulos and Alyssa Schwartz, flutes; Cynthia Babin Anderson, oboe; John Weigand, clarinet; Lynn Hileman, bassoon; Virginia Thompson and Jennifer Presar, horns; John Winkler, trumpet/cornet; H. Keith Jackson, trombone; Mikylah Myers McTeer and Diego Gabete, violins; Andrea Houde, viola; William Skidmore, violoncello; Andrew Kohn, double bass; James Miltenberger, piano; George Willis, percussion; and Mitchell Arnold, conductor.
For more information, call the Cavendish Hall office at 304-348-4830.
Igor Stravinsky “Histoire du Soldat Suite”
Benjamin Britten “Sinfonietta”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov “Capriccio Espagnol”
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Music alumnus and internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti made his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” in October, and was congratulated after his performance by College of Creative Arts Dean Paul Kreider and a group of WVU alumni from the Chicago area.
Valenti received rave reviews from the Chicago Sun-Times, which said: “Looking every bit a strapping naval officer and possessing a fluid, full-bodied tenor voice that could hardly be better suited to this opera, tenor James Valenti seemed completely at home in the role of Lt. B. F. Pinkerton. He made the most of the character’s soaring arias and managed to convey both the character’s blithe self-centeredness and authentic remorse at the end.”
A native of Clinton, New Jersey, Valenti earned a bachelor’s degree in music from WVU in 2000, where he studied with former music professor and artist-in-residence, Augusto Paglialunga, as well as opera program director Robert Thieme, and former choral director Kathleen Shannon. They were the first to notice the young singer’s raw talent. Valenti experienced exceptional growth artistically and culturally while at the Creative Arts Center, going from a fresh-faced 18-year-old attending his first opera in Pittsburgh on a WVU trip, to auditioning for national opera apprenticeships upon graduation. He went on to study with William Shuman at the distinguished Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
At age 25, Valenti made his professional debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma where he played Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohême.” Since his debut, he has scored one triumphal role after another and has had the opportunity to perform in many of the most celebrated citadels of opera in the world and to work alongside some of the greatest opera voices and maestros in the industry.
Valenti has received a number of accolades in his young career including the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finals, where many of today’s opera luminaries have been discovered as promising young artists, the New York City Opera’s Outstanding Debut Artist Award in 2008, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009, and the Richard Tucker Award in 2010, which is considered the “Heisman Trophy of Opera.”
Currently, Valenti is expanding his musical repertoire and preparing for a number of exciting roles for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In March of 2014, he will be making his debut as Italian film star Rudolph Valentino in the new biographical opera, “Dream of Valentino.” He is also scheduled to perform as Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Don Jose in “Carmen” and will be making his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera as he performs in “Madama Butterfly” in April 2014.
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October 24, 2013
Cabaret opens Oct. 30 and continues Nov. 1-3!
Get your tickets by calling (304) 293-SHOW or visiting the CAC Box Office (M-F 10am-6pm).
Meet Cabaret’s wonderful director, musical director, and choreographer!
Professor Lee Blair (Director)
Lee Blair is a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. His career as an actor has included professional works off-Broadway (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), off-off Broadway (including the New York International Fringe Festival) and regionally (Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Emelin Theatre, Hippodrome State Theatre). Lee has directed productions for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Murfreesboro Little Theatre, Rutherford County/Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, St. John’s University/College of Saint Benedict, and the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in New York. As a teacher, Lee previously served as an adjunct faculty member with Middle Tennessee State University, teaching courses in acting, theatre appreciation, and make-up technique. A member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996, Lee also served in 2005 as an AEA Business Representative for Developing Theatre. Film credits include: Artemin Goldberg: Custom Tailor of Brassieres (2000 short film entry, Hollywood Film Festival) and smalltalkjack (2003 short entry at NODANCE, Park City, Utah, and the Brooklyn Film Festival). A native of Tennessee, Lee also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television Production with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.
Professor Robert Thieme (Musical Director)
Robert Thieme has served as the Director of the WVU Opera Theatre since 1985 and was the Coordinator of Vocal Studies from 1996 until 2012. His experience includes conducting and staging opera, operetta and musical theatre productions. He has also worked as a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists throughout the US and in Europe. He has been the principal keyboardist with the Wheeling Symphony and has worked on operatic productions with the West Virginia and Corpus Christi Symphonies, and the Augusta, Chautauqua, Columbus and Orlando Opera companies. His teaching responsibilities have included a two-semester course in vocal repertoire, vocal accompanying, diction courses in English, Italian, Spanish, German and French and an advanced repertoire class for DMA vocalists. For 21 years Professor Thieme was on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, a summer training program for vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists. After becoming the Dean in 1996 he was appointed Co-artistic Director of the in 2003 and resigned his position in 2008. Since then he has worked as a musical director/vocal coach with the Richard Crittenden Opera Program in both Washington, DC and Boston. He has held offices in both NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and NOA (National Opera Association) where he was on the Board of Directors serving for 11 years as the Editor of the Opera Journal.
Professor General McArthur Hambrick (Choreographer)
General McArthur Hambrick is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance and a Masters Degree from the University of Washington. He studied at the American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School. Dance companies include: Fort Worth Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre and Chamber Dance. He was a recipient of the 1999 McKnight Fellowship, the 2001 Natalie Skelton Achievement Award and the 2001 Wyoming Arts Council Performing Arts Fellowship. General has performed in both the Broadway and National touring companies of Cats, Miss Saigon, and Phantom of the Opera, and the 25th Anniversary Tour of A Chorus Line. Most recently Mr. Hambrick performed in the Off-Broadway revival of Martha Clarke’s acclaimed, Garden of Earthly Delights in New York City. Full-time faculty in the School of Theatre & Dance at West Virginia University.
The Color Complex
Chris DiPaula, a double major in Theatre Design/Tech (BA) and Music (BA in Percussion) is creating his own special brand of musical theatre this Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1:00p.m. in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre with “The Color Complex,” his senior recital and capstone project.
“This production is a combination of my Senior Percussion Recital and my theatre capstone project,” says DiPaula. “I am directing, producing, writing, composing, arranging, designing, and performing in it. The theatre portion is a “Blue Man Group” style show. It is influenced by their shows and music, as well as integrating my own concept of colored light, which is why it is titled ‘The Color Complex.’”
Meet The Color Complex Team!
Chris DiPaula is a fifth year senior at West Virginia University. He is studying a double Bachelor of Arts major in both Theatre with an emphasis in Design Tech and Music. Chris hopes to have a career with The Walt Disney Company in the Imagineer Entertainment field. He would like to thank his parents and girlfriend for their loving support throughout the years.
Chad Sebroski is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University, PA with a degree in Music Education. He is currently studying for his Masters in Percussion Performance at West Virginia University. He has been the percussion instructor at Central Valley High School for four years and enjoys working as a DJ for wedding receptions. Chad has been involved with the composition and premiering of many new musical works for percussion and mixed chamber ensembles. He has also been an active member of multiple jazz bands, orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, and an improvisational ensemble.
Born and raised in Morgantown, WV, Matthew Zeh is currently a senior Music Education Major in the College of Creative Arts at WVU. He is also seeking a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Benjamin Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU.
Sarah Hartman (Marimba) is from Hagerstown, MD. She is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in percussion, and a minor in creative writing. She hopes to someday play with Cirque du Soleil, travel the world, and write a book.
Rachel Lake (Vibraphone) is a senior pursuing a major in Business Management, and three minors in Music, Music Technology, and Theatre. She has performed with the Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble at WVU.
James Conkle (Percussion) is currently a junior music education major. He has performed with a variety of groups in Pennsylvania State festivals, community music groups, National Festivals, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the WVU Wind Symphony and Orchestra. He is looking forward to continue performing and educating in the music field.
Natalie Larsen (Guitar) is a freshman Guitar Performance major from Maryland. She has been playing for five years, studying classical and jazz guitar, and participated in pit bands and musicals in high school.
Andrew Flanagan (Drum Set) is from Charleston, WV. He has been playing percussion for 16 years, and has performed around the tri-state area with national-touring, and local musical acts. He is now studying Music Performance, Recording Technology, and Arts Administration at WVU.
Rob McEwen (Mallet Kat) is from Oakland, MD. He is a senior Music Education major (emphasis in percussion) at WVU.
Originally from Wheeling, WV, Laura Marsh (Xylophone) is a sophomore Music Education major at WVU, where her main instrument of study is percussion.
Michelle Kidd (Stage Manager) is a senior pursuing a BA in Theatre. She played the roles of Macbeth and Malcolm in Ben Roberts’ rendition of Macbeth, was a member of the ensemble in WVU’s recent opera, Carmen, and played Darlene in Samm Mathess’ production of The Diviners. When she isn’t busy with class and rehearsals she enjoys drawing, going on adventures with her friends, and watching Desperate Housewives with her bearded dragon, Charlie. This will be her first time stage managing a show, and she’s confident that the show’s colors will shine.
“The Color Complex” is Saturday, October 19 at 1pm in the Davis Theatre.
You are invited to celebrate WVU Homecoming 2013 with the College of Creative Arts faculty and staff at our Homecoming Tent for the WVU vs. Texas Tech football game. Plenty of food and fun provided! Let’s go Mountaineers!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
2 1/2 hours before kickoff
Erickson Alumni Center Courtyard
by October 11, 2013 to Theresa.Rhodes@mail.wvu.edu
Visit the WVU Homecoming site for more information.
By Glenn Rosswurm, CCA Director of Development
Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the College of Creative Arts achieved notable results in fundraising during the recently-concluded fiscal year. This allows the College to address an array of student and faculty needs.
In 2012-2013, the CCA received $5,871,608 in new pledges, new planned gift expectancies, and gifts not fulfilling pledges. This represented a substantial increase over the $1,770,272 garnered in 2011-2012. Further, the CCA received $3,502,048 in cash and in-kind gifts, significantly surpassing last year’s total of $1,725,824. Finally, donors contributed $322,847 through the CCA’s annual fund program, outpacing the 2011-2012 annual fund total of $258,141.
The catalyst for this increase was enhanced participation by the College’s alumni and friends, with 1,374 donors this year versus 1,227 last year. Even more encouragingly, a total of 1,980 gifts were received from this year’s donorsa dramatic increase of more than 500 gifts from last year’s total of 1,469.
The new gifts and pledges received during the 2012-2013 fiscal year were made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. This $750 million comprehensive campaign is being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University, and runs through December 2015. With more than two years left in the campaign, the CCA’s gift total now stands at $14,045,787, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $13,500,000. Many pressing needs remain to be met, however, so College faculty and staff will not diminish their efforts to advance the CCA’s mission during the remainder of the campaign.
While numbers are important metrics for assessing fundraising success, they do not begin to capture the human impact of the benefactions of alumni and friends. Because of donor generosity and kindness during the past year, several beautiful Steinway pianos were obtained which will enrich the experiences of students and faculty; a new musical theatre scholarship was endowed; research activities of faculty in the School of Art & Design were supported robustly; the Mountaineer Marching Band was able to perform during the WVU-James Madison football game in FedEx Field; a fund was established to assist CCA students to travel domestically and internationally for study, research, and performance activities; the Dean’s Honors Scholars Program was initiated; an endowment will be created to enable the Art Museum of WVU to acquire works by renowned international photographers; endowed scholarships in music performance and collaborative piano were founded; a future fund will support art education programs for middle and high school students; and a much-lauded collection of Star Trek musical scores will enhance learning opportunities for music composition students. Last but not least, the collective magnanimity of numerous donors prompted the University to green-light a September 10th groundbreaking for the Art Museum of WVU, which will markedly expand cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens in the region.
The English author G.K. Chesterton once wrote that, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” In this spirit, Dean Paul Kreider offers reflections upon the progress made in fundraising during 2012-2013:
“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Creative Arts, I express our collective heartfelt thanks and appreciation to donors and friends who have made many goals and dreams come to fruition. We have been able to realize many new programs to support students and faculty. This would not have been possible without the dedication and gifts of our faithful supporters. Our pledge and promise is to bring continued positive and life-changing results to our College’s constituents made possible by donor generosity.”
Piano faculty member Lucy Mauro has received a great review for her new CD From the Unforgetting Skies: The Piano Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang (released in June on the Delos label) from Steven Kennedy on Cinemusical: “Lang’s music has a great warmth and wit as well as a very good dramatic sense that seems to bridge salon music with the concert hall leaving one’s audience enrapt by the gorgeous music. The Delos release has a good piano sound and Mauro’s performances are excellent. This is an important release of American music that is filled with captivating music.” Read the full review here.
She was also recently interviewed on Rochester, NY’s WXXI, talking with Mona Seghatoleslami about her new CD. The 20-minute interview can be heard here.