Concert Artist Series

The West Liberty University Concert Artist Series celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014-2015!

The Concert Artist Series is organized and sponsored by the Division of Music and dates all the way back to 1964 (see below). Each year, the series brings world-class musicians and performing artists to the West Liberty campus for free concerts (open to the public) and artist masterclasses. Events occur in Elbin Auditorium, Kelly Theater, or the Interfaith Chapel.


The 50th Anniversary Season – please join us in celebrating 50 years of world-class musical performances on the Hilltop!

Colleen_GrayColleen Gray, soprano
with Nanette Solomon, piano
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4pm, Elbin Auditorium, College Hall
A Masterclass will take place Monday, September 29th, time is tba.

Colleen Gray, soprano, is an associate professor of music at Slippery Rock University where she teaches voice, language diction, vocal pedagogy and opera performance. She holds a DMA in Vocal Performance and Literature from West Virginia University, a MM in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University, and a BS in Music Education from West Chester State College. Dr. Gray has also earned a performance certificate from the Accademia Vocale di Lucca, Italy, and completed an apprenticeship with the Pittsburgh Opera Center. Dr. Gray’s awards include winning the Jewish Community Center Emerging Artists Competition, the West Chester State College Concerto Competition, the Pottstown Philadelphia Orchestra Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Artist Competition. Dr. Gray has performed extensively in Europe and the United States. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, pianist and Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University, performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. Dr. Solomon has performed at the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center Library in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as a guest artist at many colleges and universities.

belcoure-windowThe Bel Cuore Quartet, saxophone quartet
Performing with the West Liberty University Wind Ensemble, Thursday, October 30, 2014, Wheeling Park High School JB Chambers Performing Arts Center, 7:00pm
Performing in concert, Friday, October 31, 2014, Elbin Auditorium, College Hall, 7:30pm

Lauded for their “high-energy” and “impressive” performances, the Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ) has been sharing visceral and compelling chamber music with audiences since 2009. Twice nominated for “Best Classical Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table, the quartet focuses on works by living composers to create engaging and memorable experiences for audiences.BCQ has performed concerts all over the world, including engagements at the SXSW music festival, the Sibelius Academy for Music in Helsinki, Finland, the Contagious Sounds series in New York City, Marfa Public Radio, KQUE Hum Tum Radio in Houston, and the Fast Forward Festival for new music. BCQ has worked closely with leading composers such as Jennifer Higdon, John Corigliano, Steven Snowden, Ian Dicke, Donald Grantham, Christopher Stark, Victor Marquez, Asha Srinivasan, David Biedenbender, and Robert Honstein in various chamber and large ensemble configurations. They have been featured as performers on several commercial recordings on the Naxos, Mark Masters, and Longhorn labels, including Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, Tex Sax Next Generation and Circus Maximus, all available on iTunes.

ASS3MBLY-028ASS3MBLY, flute, piano, and percussion
Performing in concert, Friday, February 20, 2015, Elbin Auditorium, College Hall, 7:00pm

ASS3MBLY is a dynamic new trio championing the chamber music of our time for flute, piano, and percussion. Comprised of flutist Lindsey Goodman (solo flutist, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble), pianist Anne Waltner (assistant professor, Eastern Mennonite University), and percussionist Scott Christian (principal timpanist, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra), ASS3MBLY has been presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society (WV), the Fresh Ink Music Series (NC), and the Kanawha Forum and The Kanawha Forum 2.0 (WV). Promoting both fresh and iconic works by master composers like Joseph Schwantner and Morton Feldman through exemplary live performances, ASS3MBLY is equally passionate about commissioning new music.

All events are sponsored by the Division of Music at West Liberty University and are free and open to the public.

Click Here to see the full list of artists from all 50 years!