9th Annual PRISM Concert – Friday, January 23

The Department of Music and Theater is excited to present the Annual PRISM Concert.    The “Prism” concept is that, like shining a light through a prism, you can see at once the entire spectrum of what we are doing in the music program at West Liberty. Come and let us turn the light on the students of West Liberty’s Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and other chamber ensembles.  They will certainly treat you to a diverse and enjoyable evening of music! The start time for this event is non-typical – it will begin at 7:00 pm in Helen Pierce Elbin Auditorium in College Hall.  This even coincides with the department’s 3-day Tri-State Honor Music Festival (also in its ninth year).  Talented and highly select students from the Tri-State region will be on campus and will present their own concert on Saturday afternoon.  All events in the department of music at West Liberty are FREE and OPEN to the...

9th Annual Tri-State Select Honor Music Festival

Nominations for talented and deserving high school students for this year’s Festival will be closing December 19. The event, the ninth annual, will feature some new twists – first we are excited to host a Select Honor Choir this year in addition to the Select Honor Band. The event takes place January 22-24 with students arriving after school on Thursday. Two concert performance highlight the event: Friday, Jan. 23, 7pm – the Annual PRISM Concert which features nearly every aspect of the multi-faceted music program at WLU; and the Festival Finale Concert on Saturday afternoon. More information on the Festival can be found...

Inkster Conducts Berlin Philharmonic Musicians in France

A West Liberty University music professor received a rare opportunity and distinct honor when he was selected as a participant in the Conductors Lab, held in Aix-en-Provence, France, July 21 – 25, 2014. Wheeling musician and educator Dr. Matthew Inkster traveled to Provence, France, to conduct 12 members of the Berlin Philharmonic – widely considered the world’s best orchestra. Inkster was one of only a handful of conductors worldwide to take part in the workshop, which is a joint project between the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  Other conductors were from Germany, Russia, Australia, Belgium, England, and the U.S. “I am still so excited about this experience,” Inkster said. “The musicians coming from Berlin were themselves from six different countries, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Albania, Scotland, and Austria. This speaks to the universality of music, and their passion for the art and their own commitments to teaching from the conductor’s podium was a life-changing experience.” The Conductors Lab is hosted by the Vanderbilt Center in Aix-en-Provence, France, and provides a weeklong cooperative learning environment for experienced conductors. Inkster had to submit a curriculum vitae and a 30-minute DVD of live performance work to be considered for the honor. Participants conduct an ensemble of Berlin Philharmonic musicians and receive comments and critique in real-time directly from the musicians themselves. Unlike other workshops Inkster has attended in Colorado and Minnesota, the French lab has no master-conducting teacher. Instead, all feedback is contextualized in follow-up sessions between the musicians and participant conductors, offering conductors a rare opportunity for growth and improvement of skills. Inkster, who also is the conductor of...

Recording Studio Updated

The Recording Studio in the Media Arts Center recently received a very generous donation for the purchase of a significant hardware and software upgrade. The studio is now running an Avid HDX system with the latest ProTools software. Along with our vast collection of top-quality microphones and pre-amps, the WLU Recording Studio is truly “state-of-the-art”. Please visit the Recording Studio page for more...