WVU lends talents to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for summer

The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has been home to many musical West Virginia University Mountaineers this summer. 

The festival’s summer season has included a world premiere of a new work, plus productions of popular operas that have all included talent from WVU’s School of Music.

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WVU announces winners of keyboard festival

Six outstanding student pianists from across the country were winners of the Jazz and Classical Piano Competitions during the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival hosted by the College of Creative Arts and the School of Music at West Virginia University June 2 – 4.

The event explored the many ways jazz and classical music intersect and influence each other other, featuring internationally known pianists Julian Martin and Tay Cher Siang as special guest artists for classical and jazz, respectively.

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A man on a mission

Keith Jackson has been on faculty at West Virginia University for more than 20 years, leading the School of Music as director for the last ten. On July 1, he will assume a new role as interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. 

Jackson will hit the ground running, utilizing the college’s first-class faculty and dedicated alumni and supporters to further substantiate the college as the institution for arts education and cultural influence in the state and region. 

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School of Music welcomes new music education faculty member

Angela Munroe has been named assistant professor of music education at West Virginia University. 

A doctoral candidate in music education at the University of Colorado Boulder, Munroe earned a Master of Music Education from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Music and Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. She has ten years of teaching experience with preschool – eighth grade students in general, instrumental and vocal music.

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