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...

Craig Verm, baritone – March 21

West Liberty University will end its 2012-2013 Concert Artist Series with a treat for opera lovers. Baritone Craig Verm, accompanied by pianist Karen Roethlisberger Verm, will offer a special performance at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. “Craig Verm, with his deep, rich, resonant voice, is a rapidly rising star and force to be reckoned with in the realm of opera. His intriguing concert program features a large number of songs inspired by Shakespearian texts. His piano accompanist is wife and master collaborator Karen Roethlisberger Verm. Please don’t miss this very special event, marking the conclusion of the WLU 2012-13 Concert Artist Series,” said Dr. Gerald Lee, WLU Associate Professor of Music. BIOGRAPHY Craig Verm is rapidly gaining recognition for his “resonant, expressive baritone voice” (Denver Post) and riveting dramatic portrayals. In the 2011-12 season, he sang Escamillo in Carmen at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Zurga in Les pêcheur de perles in a return to Pittsburgh Opera. He returns to the role of Ping in Turandot with Austin Lyric Opera and to Orff’s Carmina Burana with Syracuse Opera in addition to singing Sciarrone in Tosca and presenting a recital at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. His future engagements include returns to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago for the title role of Billy Budd as well as debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Verm enjoys a strong relationship with Pittsburgh Opera, where he has sung the lead baritone role of Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of...

2012-2013 WLU Concert Artist Series

Joseph Gramley, percussionist – September 17, 2012, 7:30pm, College Hall American Brass Quintet – October 25th, 7:30pm at the JB Chambers Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School (performing with the WLU Wind Ensemble) & October 26th, 7:30pm, College Hall, WLU campus (performing their own concert) Robert Spring, clarinetist – February 21, 2013, 7:30pm, College Hall Craig Verm, baritone – March 21, 2013, 7:30pm, College Hall All events are free and open to the public. View the Full Concert Artist Series...