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...

Faculty Recital – Becky Billock, piano

Adjunct faculty pianist Becky Billock will be presenting a solo recital at WLU on Thursday, January 24th, 2013. The recital begins at 7:30pm in Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Becky Billock is an active recital soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with regional orchestras in Oregon and California and has performed solo and chamber recitals in numerous locations throughout the U.S., including several tours of Northwest cities, and appearances on the Seattle radio station Classical KING FM 98.1, the Pittsburgh radio station WQED 98.3FM, and American Public Media’s Performance Today. Ms. Billock also concertizes, lectures and adjudicates frequently in western Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband Jonathan Aldrich and her two young daughters, Sierra and Evelyn. She holds degrees from Walla Walla College (BA), University of Redlands (MA), and University of Washington (DMA), where she studied respectively with Leonard Richter, Louanne Long, and Craig Sheppard. Since focusing her dissertation on contemporary women composers, Ms. Billock has been a proponent of women’s music and later this season will release a CD of piano music by American women. During the 2009-2010 season, Ms. Billock collaborated with Pittsburgh Symphony cellist Adam Liu in the premiere of a work by Chinese composer Changyuan Liu. She also collaborated with other luminaries of the Pittsburgh classical music scene in a concert showcasing the works of American composer Robert Schultz. Ms. Billock extensively performed her program entitled Women Working, including a presentation at the 2010 International Festival of Women Composers. As a winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Majors Auditions, Ms. Billock performed on...

Tri-State Select Honor Band, Nov 15-17

Click Here for the Tri-State Select Honor Band Website. Regional band directors and instrumental educators are now welcome to begin online student nominations to the 2012 Tri-State Select Honor Band. This festival has established a reputation for providing deserving high school band students from the region outstanding opportunities to grow in an intensive workshop-type ensemble. Students work for three days with clinicians of the highest caliber as well as many of the finest collegiate musicians from the region. This rewarding experience will bring energy, excitement, and renewed commitment to the home high school band. Visit the Tri-State website or contact host Dr. Matthew Inkster – [email protected] – for further...

Faculty Recital, Gerald Lee, piano, Nov 4

Dr. Gerald Lee, Associate Professor of Piano at West Liberty University, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4th in the Elbin Auditorium of College Hall. The recital program will feature masterworks by Alexander Scriabin, Franz Liszt, and Franz Schubert. Dr. Lee earned piano performance degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan. He maintains an extensive schedule of solo and chamber music performances and has been a prizewinner in several piano competitions. The concert is free and open to the...

Music faculty member scores “Pittsburgh From The Air”

Jamie Peck, local composer, recording studio owner, and adjunct professor at West Liberty, recently scored the music for the documentary “Pittsburgh From The Air” which premieres on WQED Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 8pm. The production takes viewers on an aerial sightseeing tour of some of the most visually stunning attractions in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Skyscrapers and rivers, universities, mountains, pastures and parkways are all shot using the latest aerial camera technology. Jamie is the owner of Jamie Peck Productions:...