Jerome Lowenthal

Jazz and classical concerts will add some grace notes to the West Virginia University Keyboard Festival and Competitions.

The Dan Haerle Jazz Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. Jerome Lowenthal will present a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for each event and will be available at the door.

Dan Haerle Prior to his retirement from full-time teaching, Haerle was a faculty member in the jazz studies program of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. He was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Education’s Hall of Fame in 2003, and he’s the author of several jazz textbooks.

Haerle also enjoys an active career as a performer. He’s toured the United States, Canada, and Europe with the Stan Kenton Band and the Clark Terry Quintet. He’s performed with Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Al Jarreau, and more. At WVU, he’ll be joined by Scott Green on bass and Kevin Lloyd on drums.

Lowenthal teaches piano and chamber music at Juilliard. He’s won prizes in international competitions in Brussels, Bolzano, and Darmstadt. He’s appeared with major orchestras across the United States, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.

He’s premiered solo music by Rochberg, Capanno, and Reise, and he’s performed in duo recitals with Denis Brott, Itzhak Perlman, Ronit Amir, and Ursula Oppens. He’s a regular participant in chamber music festivals in Sitka, Alaska, and Santa Barbara. He performed the New York premiere of Liszt’s recently discovered Piano Concerto No. 3 with the New York Philharmonic.

Jennifer Jordan Jennifer Jordan will join the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts as its director of development in June.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Jennifer to the Creative Arts Center family,” said Dean Paul Kreider. “We know her experience will be a tremendous asset to the College of Creative Arts as we work to fund the expansion of the Creative Arts Center.”

In addition to the ambitious expansion project, Jordan will also concentrate on guiding and developing fundraising strategies for the Art Museum of WVU, student scholarships and assistantships, and a range of other initiatives.

“I look forward to working alongside Jennifer in furthering the goals of the College,” Kreider said.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the fundraising efforts at the College of Creative Arts,” Jordan said. “I believe whole-heartedly in the land-grant mission of this University and our responsibility to serve West Virginia and her people – and serve I will. I anticipate great, visionary and bold things to come in the near future at the Creative Arts Center, so stay tuned!”

Jordan joins the College after a three-year stint as associate director of development for WVU’s College of Law. In that role, she worked closely with the dean to raise funds to support the mission, programs, project and students of the College. She managed a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, along with the College’s annual giving program.

Prior to that, Jordan served as director of development for Legal Aid of West Virginia, where her statewide responsibilities involved implementing a comprehensive, effective resource development plan including major gifts, annual fund campaign management, grant research, and planned giving.

Her other professional experiences include work as a program director for West Virginia State University Extension, developing resources to aid in the revitalized of a gentrified community in Charleston. She’s been executive director for Kanawha Valley Collective, Inc., and senior program manager for Terrell Ellis & Associates, a management and consulting firm.

She earned a B.A. in History and Government from the WVU Institute of Technology and a M.A in American Public Policy and Political Science from WVU.

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West Virginia University will help students expand the boundaries of what it means to be a musician with a new major in integrative and contemporary performance.

The new Bachelor of Arts program was approved by WVU’s Faculty Senate at their May 9 meeting.

“The goal of the major is to offer an opportunity for students to focus on the study of contemporary music performance within a curriculum that emphasizes cross-disciplinary study between the arts,” said Michael Ibrahim, associate professor of saxophone in WVU’s School of Music.

Students will engage in their studies with the added focus of music composed and performed since 1970 and, within an integrative curriculum, tailor their coursework to include electives from the areas of art, theatre, dance, industry, and philosophy.

“This integration aims to develop skills, advance understanding, further interpretive performance, and support creativity as a holistic means to growth,” said Ibrahim. “It serves our mission to develop students’ ability to think critically about their roles as musicians in today’s changing landscape, and to impart a learning experience with outcomes relevant to creative musical practices and professional culture of the 21st century.”

As the only Bachelor of Arts degree of its kind in the state of West Virginia, the proposed major will offer West Virginia residents the opportunity to obtain the knowledge needed to pursue a career in this vast professional field.

For more information on the major, please contact James Froemel, coordinator of undergraduate admissions at 304-293-4339 or james.froemel@mail.wvu.edu.

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West Virginia University is expanding its offerings geared at preparing students for the music industry. The WVU Faculty Senate approved a new Bachelor of Arts in the field at its May 9 meeting.

“The music industry is a vibrant, multi-billion dollar global industry, vast in scope and reach, offering a product that is deeply ingrained into the fabric of every country and culture, across social strata,” said Darko Velichkovski, director of WVU’s music industry program at the College of Creative Arts.

“It offers extensive professional opportunities to those who are trained, knowledgeable, and versed in its systems, methods, and practices,” he added. “This new Bachelor of Arts will directly address these competencies and professional opportunities for WVU students.”

The major will provide a strategic course of study for students interested in pursuing music industry as a primary field of study. The curriculum will equip students with the fundamental analytical, regulatory, and creative knowledge and skills needed in the music industry.

As the only undergraduate program of its kind in the state, the major will allow West Virginians interested in pursuing academic studies in the music industry to stay in state for their higher education rather than leaving for out-of-state programs.

“This new Bachelor of Arts program with the focus on the music industry is a natural and needed addition to our Music Industry Program, which will complete the existing offerings in the music industry field here at WVU – Master of Arts degree, graduate certificate, undergraduate minor, and our student-run record label, Mon Hills Records”, Velichkovski said.

The Bachelor of Arts program graduates will be equipped to pursue opportunities in fields like music publishing, music journalism, licensing, and promotions. They’ll also develop the aptitudes needed for fields like audio production, design, and broadcasting. In addition, the curriculum supports careers on the management end of the music industry, such as artist representation, touring, royalties, and other key sectors of the music industry.

“There are 71 publically traded companies on the New York Stock Exchange that are part of the music industry, and tens of thousands across the country operating in all the industry sectors like recording, publishing, live, and broadcasting,” Velichkovski said. “There are over 4,000 artists signed to major record labels like Universal, Warner, and Sony, and those labels invest over $5 billion annually in the artists’ development and management, requiring thousands of music industry professionals.”

For more information on the major, please contact James Froemel, coordinator of undergraduate admissions at 304-293-4339 or james.froemel@mail.wvu.edu.

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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Friday, May 13
COMMENCEMENT: WVU College of Creative Arts
The WVU College of Creative Arts will celebrate its graduating undergraduate and graduate students at its commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. Eric Ting, who earned a BFA in Theatre in 1997, will serve as speaker, and an honorary DMA will be conferred upon Charlie McCoy.

Through Saturday, May 14
EXHIBITION: Bachelor of Fine Arts Show
Seniors graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in the WVU College of Creative Arts will exhibit their final projects in the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries, April 14 through May 14. The Mesaros Galleries will be open during the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, to be held Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Through June 12
EXHIBITION: “Here to There”
Huntington area art lovers will get a chance to enjoy works by West Virginia University faculty members in an ongoing exhibition. “Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by WVU School of Art & Design Faculty” is on view at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 12.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Exhibitions: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening and Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia
The Art Museum of WVU will be closed Saturday, May 7, to Wednesday, May 11. It will be open to the public for walk-in tours at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12. It will be closed except to scheduled school groups Friday, May 13, to Tuesday, May 17. It will be open for public walk-in tours at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 (International Museum Day). Summer hours begin Thursday, May 19. The museum will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with extended hours on Thursdays until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.

Summer Youth Choral Academy

The WVU Summer Youth Choral Academy will help students develop the whole choral musician. The session will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18-22, 2016.

“Consummate choral singers require sound vocal technique, an understanding of music theory, and skills in aural and sight-singing,” said Kym Scott, director of choral activities for WVU’s School of Music. “Over the five days spent at the Summer Youth Choral Academy, students focus on developing these skills, ensuring that they emerge as more versatile musicians.”

Sessions will take place at WVU’s Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, W.Va.

To ensure that students are prepared for a full day of music making, each morning will begin with a full-body warm-up, including breathing exercises, stretching, and vocal warm-ups. The techniques explored during the warm-up will carry through the day’s rehearsals where they will be practically integrated into all singing. In addition to warming up the voice and the body, time will be spent each day developing aural and sight-singing skills. Each day, students will also spend time learning exciting and varied choral repertoire. Students who have an interest in conducting will also have the opportunity to gain experience in this area.

“While the week will focus on developing the choral musician, no one can work all the time, it is summer after all,” Scott added. “There will be times each day to relax and socialize, and to make new friends.”

For more information or to register, contact Karen Taddie, coordinator of WVU’s Community Music Program, at 304-293-6946 or Karen.Taddie@mail.wvu.edu

Houde to teach at Interlochen

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Andrea Priester Houde The term “summer camp” will take on a whole new meaning for Andrea Priester Houde when she takes up a post on the faculty at one of the nation’s premiere arts academies.

Houde, assistant professor of viola in the West Virginia University School of Music, will teach at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan this summer.

“This is one of, if not the most important pre-college summer arts institution in the country, with the finest pre-college musicians,’ Houde said. “Many of these students end up going to the top universities and conservatories in the United States.”

In fact, Interlochen has taught 43 Presidential Scholars, 17 percent of the musicians in the nation’s major orchestras, and 11 MacArthur Grant recipients. Its alumni have received 124 Grammy Awards and 26 Tony Awards.

This will be a return to Interlochen for Houde, who spent a summer there as a college student working as a practice supervisor.

She was taking a break from performing after an injury and had decided to spend the summer pursuing her other passion, teaching.

“Even back then, it was always on my wish list to come back as an official faculty member,” she said. “It’s such a dream to think that I will be on the faculty.”

Houde will be teaching viola and chamber music and performing with world-class colleagues. She’ll also join some familiar faces on the viola faculty.

“Several of the viola faculty are also my teachers, which is such an honor,” she said. Interlochen’s viola faculty include scholars from the Cleveland Institute of Music and performers who have played with the Metropolitan Opera and Cleveland Orchestra.

“This is exciting on so many levels, but maybe most important is the fact that I’ll get the chance to be an ambassador for WVU to all of these amazing young musicians, and to my fellow faculty,” Houde said. “I’m really looking forward to representing the School of Music to this elite group of artists.”

After her time in Interlochen in June and early July, Houde will finish out the summer at the Master Players Festival in Delaware, where she’ll play with some of the finest musicians from around the world.

With so much playing and teaching on the agenda for the summer, Houde suspects she’ll come back to Morgantown “invigorated and inspired.”

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A one-of-a-kind festival will return to West Virginia University when its School of Music hosts the fifth annual Keyboard Festival and Competitions June 3-5 at the Creative Arts Center.

Over the course of the three-day festival, some $11,000 in prizes will be awarded to college and high school pianists.

“To our knowledge there is no other such event anywhere that combines jazz and classical music with competitions for pianists in both categories,” said James Miltenberger, professor of piano at WVU.  

The two core competitions are the Christine Bane Kefferstan Classical Piano Competition and the James Milteberger Jazz Piano Competition. Pre-screenings for both must be received by May 13 in the form of a compact disc, online link, or MP3 file featuring two or more contrasting pieces for the classical competition, comprising of 15 minutes music time, or three selections (ballad, medium tempo, and up-tempo) for the jazz competition.

For registration details, please visit http://music.wvu.edu/summer-programs/keyboard-festival-and-competitions.

“This will be our fifth year and we are especially pleased with the guest artists coming who will be giving recitals and judging the finals of the competitions,” said Miltenberger.

This year’s guest artists are Jerome Lowenthal and Dan Haerle.

Lowenthal has taught piano and chamber music at the Julliard School in New York since 1994. He’s won prizes in competitions in Brussels, Bolzano, and Darmstadt, and performed with major orchestras, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. His extensive recording catalog emphasizes solo concertos and chamber music.

Haerle recently retired after 25 years as a faculty member in jazz studies in the University of North Texas College of Music. He taught jazz piano, jazz fundamentals, advanced improvisation, and supervised the jazz chamber music program. He’s authored several jazz textbooks, is an active jazz clinician nationally and internationally, and was inducted into the International Association Association of Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 2003.

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A new musical theatre ensemble at West Virginia University will end its first year with a spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

The New World Ensemble will perform pieces of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Adam Guettel’s “Light in the Piazza,” among others. The concert is free and open to the public.

General McArthur Hambrick, assistant professor of dance in WVU’s School of Theatre and Dance, started the group in the fall semester of 2015 as “a means to give musical theatre students an outlet to perform and hone their crafts, as well as to create a small, self-contained group that can perform at special events on and off campus, acting as ambassadors for the program, the College of Creative Arts, and WVU,” Hambrick said.

The mission of the group is twofold: “preparing students for a professional performance career and educating young and old audiences in the musical theatre repertoire, bringing entertainment to parts of West Virginia that might not see it otherwise,” Hambrick said.

Members of the ensemble have additional opportunities to develop performance skills, hone their sight reading, and become more aware of the wide range of musical theatre. Students work their way to becoming “triple threats,” adept actors, singers and dancers, while building an ensemble with their peers.

Students in the ensemble include Marissa Bailey, Kayla Banks, Alex Brown, Patrick Clarke, Katherine Conklin, Jordan Crow, Michaela Edens, Deja Elliott, Taylor Heath, Haley Hizer, Casey Johnson, Hannah Kitchen, Ashley Koon, Hunter Nolan, Elizabeth Schiffbauer, Lindsay Wayne, and accompanist Julia Kindernect.

New World Ensemble rehearsal

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Saturday, May 7
CONCERT: New World Ensemble
A new musical theatre ensemble at West Virginia University will end its first year with a spring concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. The New World Ensemble will perform pieces of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” and Adam Guettel’s “Light in the Piazza,” among others. The concert is free and open to the public.

Through Saturday, May 14
EXHIBITION: Bachelor of Fine Arts Show
Seniors graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in the WVU College of Creative Arts will exhibit their final projects in the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries, April 14 through May 14. The Mesaros Galleries will be open during the College of Creative Arts Commencement ceremony, to be held Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Through June 12
EXHIBITION: “Here to There”
Huntington area art lovers will get a chance to enjoy works by West Virginia University faculty members in an ongoing exhibition. “Here to There: An Exhibition of Work by WVU School of Art & Design Faculty” is on view at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 12.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Exhibitions: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening and Independent Vision: Self-Taught Artists from Appalachia
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.