WVU School of Music alumnus and internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti will return to the Creative Arts Center as a visiting artist during April 21-22 where he will work with music students.

He will present a master class for voice students on Monday, April 21, and will work individually with music students on Tuesday, April 22.

A native of Clinton, N.J., Valenti earned a bachelor’s degree in music from WVU in 2000. 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, he 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 in 2014. In March, he made 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.”

In early April, he will make his triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera to perform as Pinkerton in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

A group of 35 friends of the College of Creative Arts, along with Dean Paul Kreider, will attend one of these performances in New York on April 12. While there, they will have a private back-stage tour and behind-the-scenes overview of the Metropolitan Opera House. Following the performance, they will celebrate during a private reception with Valenti, where Dean Kreider will present him with the College of Creative Arts’ Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2014.

For more information see Valenti’s website.

Four outstanding musicians who represent musical excellence at West Virginia University will take the stage with the WVU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mitchell Arnold, as the Orchestra presents its annual Young Artists Concert, on Thursday, March 20.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all full-time junior, senior and graduate student music majors, and the winners are selected after a rigorous competitive audition process.

“The competition winners represent the finest among our large number of talented musicians at the WVU School of Music. The process is very demanding, so it is a pleasure to collaborate with students who have worked so hard,” said Dr. Arnold.

The Young Artists Competition winners performing are: Diego Gabete-Rodriguez, violin; Hyejeong Seong, piano; Carl Wiggins, saxophone; and Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin, piano.

The program will include: “Concertino da Camera” by Jacques Ibert, featuring Carl Wiggins, alto saxophone; the first movement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Concerto No. 2 in G minor for violin and orchestra,” featuring Diego Gabete-Rodriguez, violin; the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for piano and orchestra,” featuring Joceyln Lee Jia Yin, piano; and the first movement of Edvard Grieg’s “Concerto in A Minor for piano and orchestra,” featuring Hyejeong Seong, piano.

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Diego Gabete-Rodriguez is from Zaragoza, Spain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Basque Country Conservatory, and also a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Violin Performance and orchestral training from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK. Diego also holds an artist diploma from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. He has been a member of the Spanish Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra, and has performed at the Barbican Hall in London with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music. Diego is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at WVU, studying with Dr. Mikylah McTeer. He will represent WVU and the State of West Virginia in the MTNA National Competition finals to be held March 21 in Chicago.

Hyejeong seong

Hyejeong Seong received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Kyoung-won University at South Korea and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In Korea, she won 1st prize at the 1990 National Instrumental Music Competition, and also 1st prize at the Kyoung-hyang National News Piano Competition in 1992. She was the 1st prize winner at the Dae-Jeon Art High School Competition in 1997 and in May of that same year, she won the Choong-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra competition and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Choong-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra. Hyejeong has performed as a soloist in numerous locations such as Cleveland, Columbus, Germany, and Seoul. She is currently attending WVU for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree on a scholarship.

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Carl Wiggins is in his first year of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at WVU studying saxophone with Dr. Michael Ibrahim. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and his previous teachers include Timothy Roberts, David Bixler and John Sampen. He is a winner of the BGSU Chamber Music Competition, the BGSU Competitions in Music Performance and of the West Virginia and Ohio State Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competitions. He has performed in master classes for saxophonists Marco Albonetti, George Wolff and Jean-Michel Goury and as soloist with the Bowling Green Philharmonia and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras. Carl has premiered works by Erin Rogers, Burton Beerman, Marilyn Shrude and Frederic Rzewski.

Joeclyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin, born in Singapore, is a junior double-majoring in Piano Performance and Violin Performance at WVU. Her principal piano teachers include Dr. Peter Amstutz and Dr. P’ng Tean Hwa. She is also currently studying violin with Dr. Mikylah McTeer, and is a member of the WVU Symphony Orchestra. Jocelyn has performed in many countries and participated in various competitions. Recently, she won a Gold Prize in the Asia International Piano Competition and Festival (AIPAF) held in South Korea. She also attained her Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (LRSM), (LTCL) and (LLCM) from the Royal School of Music, the Trinity College of Music, as well as the London College of Music by age 15. Jocelyn is a recipient of the WVU Fine Arts Tuition Waiver and the Blue and Gold Academic Scholarship.

Tickets for the concert are available through the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.


On Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 5, Guest Artist Stephen Schmidt from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, will be in residence working with piano and voice students in a variety of classes. Prof. Schmidt, pianist and conductor, has worked with the foremost singers including at Bayreuth and the Bavarian State Opera. He has been assistant to Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Colin Davis and Sir George Solti, among others.

Student performers participating in his classes are: Andrew Munn, Elizabeth Etnoyer, Sora Lee, Mary Beth Withers, Juliana Yap, Tse Wei Chai, Janine Ernsting, Callie Merz, John Scherch, Alex Anderson, Juan Carlos Ríos, Youna Choi, Kathryn Shepas, Khe Sin Khoo, Robert Rowley, Sarah Perconte, Devan Balaguer, and Mikaela Sullivan.

Prof. Schmidt’s classes will culminate in a student recital of Art Songs and Arias on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Bloch

All events are free and open to the public:

Monday, March 3: Coachings in 219A – 9:00-1:00; 2:30-4:00; 6:00-8:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4: Coachings: 9:00 – 1:00 in 219A, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in 438, 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Bloch

Wednesday, March 5: 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Master Class – Room 234A
with graduate Music Theater students and Sun Jung Lee, piano

*7:30 p.m. * Final Concert: Art Songs and Arias – Bloch

Congratulations award winners!

Charlene | February 7, 2014

Congratulations to everyone who won awards in Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) and other prestigious competitions during the fall 2013 semester! We will be following some of these winners during the spring, especially those advancing to the national MTNA conference in Chicago and the winners of the WVU Young Artist Competition.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all full-time junior, senior and graduate student music majors, and the winners are selected after a rigorous competitive audition process. The competition winners represent the finest among our talented musicians in the WVU School of Music. They will perform as soloists with the WVU Symphony Orchestra during the concert on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Theatre. This year’s winners are:

Diego Gabete Rodriguez, violin
Hye Jeong Seong, piano
Carl Wiggins, saxophone
Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin, piano

Mirim Lee, a flute student studying for a master’s degree with Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music Flute Studio, won second prize in the 2013 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, which is open to flutists from all over the world. The College/Adult division is open to college students pursuing degrees in music and/or those who have already launched professional careers.

Lee also won second place at Rochester Flute Association Competition, designed to identify the highest levels among its student, emerging artist, and amateur membership. Other WVU flute students who participated in the Rochester Competition included freshmen Brianna Busch and Hanna Kim, junior Taylor Meyers, senior Katarina Schwarz, master’s student Alyssa Schwartz and doctoral student Amanda Cook.



Junior String Winner: Emily Braham, violin student of Mary Wilson in the WVU Community Music Program

Senior String Winner: Akshay Chandran, violin student of Mary Wilson in the WVU Community Music Program

Adagio Senior String Winner: Katherine Henneberger, violin student of Mary Wilson in the WVU Community Music Program

Adagio Senior String, Second Place: Emma Goddard, cello student of Mary Morrison in the WVU Community Music Program

Junior Piano, Honorable Mention: Cathy Li, piano student of Maria Crystalia in the WVU Community Music Program


Young Artist Performance, Woodwind Winner: Hanna Kim, flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music

Alternate, Young Artist Performance, Woodwind: Katarina Schwarz, flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music

Alternate, Young Artist Performance, Piano: Ran Sun, piano student of Peter Amstutz in the WVU School of Music

Honorable Mention, Young Artist Performance, Woodwind: Mirim Lee, flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music

Chamber Music, Wind Winner: Eris Kai Harmonia, a saxophone quartet featuring Carl Wiggins, soprano saxophone, Michael Anne Tolan, alto saxophone, Matthew Swallow, tenor saxophone, and Nickie Day, baritone saxophone. Their faculty advisor is Michael Ibrahim in the WVU School of Music.

Christine Kefferstan, Professor of Piano in the WVU School of Music, was presented with this award at the WVMTA State Conference Banquet.


Junior Performance, Woodwind: Allyson Kreider, flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music

Senior Performance, String: Duncan Crooks, violin student of Mary Wilson in the WVU Community Music Program

Senior Performance, Woodwind: Brianna Busch, flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music

Young Artist Performance, String: Diego Gabete Rodriguez, doctoral violin student of Mikylah McTeer in the WVU School of Music

Chamber Music – String: Atache Quartet, featuring Diego Gabete Rodriguez, violin, A. Kori Hill, violin, Courtney Grant, viola, and Melanie Green, cello, all graduate students in the WVU School of Music. Their faculty advisor is Miklyah McTeer.

The Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) Division Competitions are the second tier of the three-tiered performance competitions and are held every January at seven sites throughout the United States. The 2014 MTNA Eastern Division Competitions were held at Penn State University during January 11-12, 2014. All of the West Virginia MTNA competitors performed beautifully in competitions that featured an incredibly high level of performance. The WVU winners included:

Diego Gabete Rodriguez: Winner of Young Artist Performance, String: Diego is a doctoral violin student of Mikylah McTeer in the WVU School of Music.

The Atache Quartet: Winner of the Eastern Division Chamber Music String Competition

Duncan Crooks: Honorable Mention in the Senior Strings Competition. Duncan is a violin student of Mary Wilson in the WVU Community Music Program.

Hanna Kim: Honorable Mention in the Young Artist Woodwind Competition. Hanna is a flute student of Nina Assimakopoulos in the WVU School of Music.

Congratulations to Diego Gabete Rodriguez and the Atache String Quartet, who will compete in the national competitions at the MTNA National Convention in Chicago, to be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, during March 22-26!

Eastern Division Young Artists Strings Solo Performance Winner: Diego Gabete Rodriguez, of Spain, is a doctoral student in violin performance and serves as concertmaster for the WVU Symphony Orchestra.

Eastern Division Chamber Music Strings Winner: Atache String Quartet is comprised of graduate student musicians in the WVU School of Music, including violinists A. Kori Hill and Diego Gabete Rodriguez, who study with Mikylah McTeer in her studio, violist Courtney Grant, from the studio of Andrea Houde, and cellist Melanie Green from studio of William Skidmore.

The WVU School of Music has been selected as one of the top music programs in the United States by the latest edition of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.”

The fourth edition of the guide profiles the top 250 programs in the country for college-bound creative arts students. Author Elaina Loveland meticulously researched programs from across the country before selecting the best programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students.

The WVU School of Music is one of the music programs highlighted in the book and one of the former students interviewed is WVU music graduate Mark Santore, who received his bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU in 2006. Santore is now serving his sixth year as director of bands at Laurel Highlands High school, in Uniontown, Pa.

While working on his bachelor’s degree at the WVU Creative Arts Center, Santore was very involved with the WVU Band program. He was a member of the WVU Wind Symphony, WVU Concert Band, and a member of the award-winning “Pride of West Virginia,” the Mountaineer Marching Band, where he served as saxophone section leader for three years. In addition, Santore was involved in the conducting program where he studied under John Hendricks, III, Kathleen Shannon and Don Wilcox.

Now in its 117th year, the WVU School of Music provides a first-rate music education that prepares students for professional lives as performers, composers, scholars and teachers.

The School currently has 200 undergraduate students studying for the Bachelor of Arts in Music or the Bachelor of Music degree, as well as more than 100 graduate students completing the Master of Music, the Doctor of Musical Arts or the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education.

Area of study include music education, jazz, piano, composition, percussion, voice, strings, woodwind and brass, instrumental studies, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano, performance, jazz pedagogy, conducting, choral emphasis, music history, and music theory.

WVU School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the music education program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education and the West Virginia Department of Education. The faculty members in the School of Music are award-winning educators, performers, composers and scholars.

Special programs include a partnership with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, an exchange program with two universities in Brazil, a summer study program in Ghana, West Africa, and an International Keyboard Festival held at the Creative Arts Center each summer. The School of Music has also committed to becoming an All-Steinway School.

Student performing groups provide a wide range of opportunities in a variety of musical traditions and styles.

The WVU Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as one of the best in the country by being named one of six finalists in The American Prize Competition in 2013 for excellence in orchestral performance by a college or university orchestra and also by being selected as one of two collegiate orchestras in the country to perform at the 2014 College Orchestra Directors Association Conference.

Other well-known groups that perform throughout the region include the WVU Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, the African Drum and Dance Ensemble, the Steel Drum ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, WVU Opera Theatre, and the WVU Choral program.

A new degree program in the WVU School of Music is the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance and future programs of study to be offered include degrees in Music Industry, Music Therapy, and Musical Theater.

Loveland, the author of the Creative Colleges guide, is a former editor of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s “Journal of College Admission” and has taught both college-level English and dance. She is also the author of “Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.”

The College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University will hold a Audition & Portfolio Review Day for prospective students and their families, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Creative Arts Center.

Events will include information sessions on careers in the arts and behind-the-scenes tours of the Creative Arts Center. There will also be master classes on the downtown campus for dance students. Lunch will be provided at the CAC, as well as complimentary tickets for the matinee performance of the WVU annual dance concert, “Dance Now!” at 2 p.m.

Any students who wish to audition or submit a portfolio on this date will be welcome to do so, as well.

Students who wish to attend Audition & Portfolio Day should register in advance. To see the full Schedule of Events and more details about the audition/portfolio review process, go to the website at open house.

As part of the admissions process for the School of Music and the School of Art & Design, an audition/portfolio review is required for all applicants.

The School of Theatre & Dance does not require a theater audition or a design portfolio unless the student wishes to be considered for a scholarship. However, dance students who wish to enter the School’s Bachelor of Arts degree program in Dance must audition for acceptance.

All three schools offer cash awards and scholarships—up to a full tuition waiver—to students who plan to study for a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

School of Music scholarship recipients are chosen by audition. The criteria considered include: musical accomplishments, scholastic record and musical proficiency.

School of Art & Design scholarship awards are based on portfolio submissions that exceed basic competencies and abilities.

The School of Theatre & Dance offers scholarships on the basis of outstanding talent, academic achievement and the student’s demonstrated potential for success in the program.

Students who would like to register for the Feb. 8 Fall Preview Day may also call the School of Music at 304-293-4532 or the Schools of Art & Design and Theatre & Dance at 304-293-4339.

Piano faculty member Lucy Mauro’s new solo piano CD, From the Unforgetting Skies: The Piano Music of Margaret Ruthven Lang was selected for the December 2013 NAXOS Critics Choice List. The CD also received an outstanding review in December from MusicWeb International stating:

“Lucy Mauro would deserve the highest praise just for bringing Lang’s piano music to our attention, but her performances on this disc are so committed and fluent as to be equally noteworthy. Most impressive are her presentation of Lang’s unique harmony and her sensitivity to the emotional content of these pieces. This disc merits high praise both for performance and as another step in reviving the fame of an important American composer.” Copyright 2013 MusicWeb International. Read the complete review


The CD was recorded at WVU in Bloch Hall with WVU Recording Engineer Mark Benincosa and Piano Technician Tim Richards.

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 WVU—a 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 fluently—Hebrew, Hungarian and English—and 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 languages—English, 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.

Canady Scholarships 2013

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.