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Jennifer N. Dorre Advancement of the Arts Scholarship

A fierce advocate for the arts, alumna and Visiting Committee member Jennifer Dorre has funded a scholarship to support students in the West Virginia University School of Music.

A Dover, Delaware native, Dorre graduated from WVU in 1998. She then moved to New York City and began her career in fashion and retail, which has included roles at popular fashion brands Victoria’s Secret, David Yurman, Blue Nile, Sears and more.

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School of Music names Interim Director

The West Virginia University School of Music welcomes Sandra Schwartz as interim director, effective July 1. 

“The School of Music has been a great place to work since I arrived on campus in 2006,” Schwartz said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead as the School continues as a visible force in arts and culture in the community.”

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Mikylah Myers premieres Violins of Hope composition

Mikylah Myers, assistant dean of student artistic achievement in WVU’s College of Creative Arts, recently performed as soloist in the east coast premiere of “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” by Jake Heggie.

The piece is inspired by the Violins of Hope, a project of concerts based on a private collection of violins, violas and cellos collected since the end of World War 2. All instruments belonged to Jews before and during the war. 

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CCA selects Faculty Student Mentored Research Award Winners

The College of Creative Arts Faculty Student Mentored Research awards demonstrate the exceptional mentored research work being conducted in the arts at West Virginia University. Research in the arts can take many forms: exhibitions, performances, publications, scholarly research and more. 

The winners of the 2022 Faculty Student Mentored Research Awards are:

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Ed Gilger supports the Pride of West Virginia with a planned gift

You may never find a bigger fan of the Pride of West Virginia than Ed Gilger. His love and dedication to WVU’s Marching Band has led him to make a planned gift supporting his beloved band.

A West Virginia native, Gilger came to WVU in 1959 and decided to audition for the marching band at the encouragement of his suite mate. Gilger made the percussion line and as he says, “the rest is history.”

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