Music Majors sweep Order of the Torch

Three West Liberty University music majors were welcomed into the Order of the Torch, Thursday, May 2 in a ceremony held at historic Liberty Oaks, the alumni house located on campus. The three new members are all Music Majors: (from left) Michael Matthias Dotson, Michael Anderson and Alan Cline. Senior Michael Anderson is from Mount Pleasant, Ohio, Graduating Senior Michael Matthias Dotson is from Middlebourne, W.Va., and Junior Alan Cline is from Wellsburg, W.Va.. The three were inducted into the men’s honorary society at a festive dinner celebration. Dotson will receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in Voice Performance on May 11 during WLU’s Commencement Ceremony. His post-commencement plans include attending graduate school at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, N.J. where he plans to earn a Master’s in Voice Performance. Dotson received a $10,000 scholarship. Anderson, who is a music education major will graduate in December, and Cline, a music performance major, will graduate in May 2014. Members of the society include leading members of the faculty and WLU’s highest achieving students. Both faculty and students are chosen based upon a demonstration of excellence and leadership in three areas: classroom academics, campus activities and community service. The honorary society has a rich tradition and dates to 1932, when West Liberty was a State Teachers’ College and President J.S. Bonar organized the Torch Society to serve as the ranking men’s honorary. The organization consisted of both faculty members and the most distinguished male students in terms of scholarship, service and sportsmanship. The Torch was reinvigorated through the efforts of current President Robin C. Capehart and is now known as...

Summer ’13: MUS 101 & Music Appreciation

This summer, the Division of Music will offer MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music and Music Appreciation. MUS 101 is 100% ONLINE Summer Session II (June 3-21, 2013) – MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music: 2 credit hours Catalog description: Introduction to fundamental elements of music reading. Pitches, octaves, note names, the piano keyboard, staff, clefs, whole- and half-steps, major scales, minor scales. Introduction to basic intervals. Introduction to rhythm notation. No prerequisite. This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn the basics of music theory. Whether you’re preparing for freshman music theory classes, want to brush up on the basics, or just want to learn more about music, this course covers everything you need to know. Summer Session III (June 24 – July 12) and Session IV (July 15 – August 2) – MUS 130 Music Appreciation: 3 credit hours Catalog description: An introductory course in music featuring significant musical compositions of various styles and musical periods. Composers of note in Western music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and the 20th century will be studied as a basis for intelligent listening habits for life-long appreciation. Additional study in global music will be presented for a more multicultural view of the art of music and its place in man’s culture in the world today. Assigned listening. Click HERE to view summer course...

Pulitzer Prize winner Higdon to visit WLU

CLICK HERE to view Jennifer Higdon’s Webinar recorded live in the WLU-TV studio and streamed live on Ustream Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon will visit West Liberty University on March 6th and 7th, 2013. Wednesday, March 6th at 9am, Higdon will present a Composition Masterclass for WLU students.Thursday, March 7th, Higdon will be filming a Webinar in the WLU-TV Studio and will be responding to questions submitted by young musicians from around the state of West Virginia. Higdon will be in town for the local premiere of her Concerto for Orchestra with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra on Friday, March 8th. Jennifer Higdon will be in Residence with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra March 6-8 through the generosity of Judge & Mrs. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., funding from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and a grant through the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. From www.jenniferhigdon.com: Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon maintains a full schedule of commissions and her music is known for its technical skill and audience appeal. Hailed by The Washington Post as “a savvy, sensitive composer with a keen ear, an innate sense of form and a generous dash of pure esprit,” she is one of America’s most frequently performed composers. Pulitzer-prize winner Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of the most performed living American composers working today. Her list of commissioners range from the Cleveland Orchestra to the Philadelphia Orchestra; from eighth blackbird to the Tokyo String Quartet; and from The President’s Own Marine Band to such artists as Hilary Hahn. Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for...

Music Faculty Member Wins Emmy

Jamie Peck, adjunct faculty and instructor of Music Technology, recently won an Emmy Award for his score to the popular documentary “Pittsburgh from the Air”. His music won in the “Musical Composition/Arrangement” category of the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Awards. The ceremony was held in Philadelphia, PA on September 22nd, 2012. Mr. Peck has also completed the score for “Pittsburgh from the Air II”, which premieres Thursday, October 4th at 8pm on WQED Pittsburgh. Jamie’s website is www.jamiepeckproductions.com The WLU Recording Studio...