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Something old, something new for April 18 Wind Symphony Concert

Despite the concert’s title, audience members won’t see white dresses or flower girls during the final spring performance by the West Virginia University Wind Symphony.

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Creative Arts Center.

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WVU and local high schools team up for concert April 23

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

The program, led by Kym Scott, assistant professor and director of choral activities, will feature WVU’s Chamber Singers, Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus and the West Virginia Community Choir. Joining WVU ensembles are Morgantown High School Choir and University High School Choir.

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Big 12 Fellowships awarded to School of Music Faculty

Erin Ellis and Lindsey Williams were awarded Big 12 Fellowships, a grant program among the institutions in the Big 12 Athletic Conference offering faculty an opportunity to travel to member universities to exchange ideas and research.

Ellis is working with Meredith Blecha-Wells from Oklahoma State University to develop a book on musical interpretation for cello.

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Making impressions

There’s a wave of artisans breathing new life into the Mountain State. West Virginia University School of Art & Design graduate Emily Sokolosky is one of them.

Sokolosky, a Charleston native, transferred to WVU’s School of Art & Design after her freshman year at Syracuse University to be closer to home. 

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The end of an era, the start of a legacy

The endowment, which funds undergraduate and graduate students studying piano, was established in 2012 by music alumna Lydia E. Weisser and her husband, Roland J. “Bud” Weisser, an alumnus of the School of Medicine. It was the year Miltenberger, professor of piano, celebrated his 50th year on the WVU music faculty.

“I personally benefitted in so many ways by being able to study piano and repertoire with Dr. Miltenberger that I wanted to ensure his spirit would live on in the many students attracted to study piano at WVU because of his reputation,” Lydia Weisser said. “Although quiet and unassuming, Dr. Miltenberger has the uncanny ability to work with students of all backgrounds and skill levels.  He is a gifted teacher who is patient, thorough, kind, passionate and has a great sense of humor.  He has been my mentor and friend for many years and it is difficult to imagine the School of Music without him.  I plan to continue funding the scholarship and hope other former students will do the same so that his legacy will continue.”

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WVU Percussion Ensembles to give free concert

The concert, held in the CAC’s Falbo Theatre, features a diverse program, including the premiere performance of WVU’s Swiss Fife and Drum ensemble. The group will play two traditional tunes that can be heard in the streets of Basel, Switzerland during the spring Fasnacht Festival.

Another highlight of the program is “Teen Town” by composer Jaco Pratorius. The group playing the piece is led by Brian Wolfe, the newest faculty member in the program. Music by Steve Reich and Maurice Ohana will also be performed. Senior percussion major David Sharp will be featured during Michael Burritt’s White Pines.

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