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School of Music names new Director

With a passion for combining music, collaboration, and service, Clarinetist Kelly Burke will take the helm of the West Virginia University School of Music as Director, effective July 1.

Burke is currently a Professor of Music previously having held positions as Associate Dean in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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Three major awards received by WVU music community

Three members of the West Virginia University School of Music faculty and an alumnus have taken home awards at the American Musicological Society-Society for Ethnomusicology-Society of Music Theory's joint annual meeting.

H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award 

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CCA welcomes Therapy Dog

Daisy, a two-year-old Labradoodle, is the newest ‘staff’ member at the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts.

As the college’s therapy dog, Daisy will be responsible for easing stress and providing a daily dose of happiness to everyone she greets.

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New class of Canady Scholars named

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has named 26 students as Canady Scholars. To be considered for the award, students must have a high grade-point average, faculty references and be fluent in two languages.

The Canady Scholarship is awarded thanks to the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation. The scholarships are named for Valerie Canady, a Morgantown native and WVU summa cum laude graduate, who was among the 270 people who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in Dec. 1988. Canady, who worked for H.J. Heinz Co. in their London office, was an accomplished linguist and artist in different media of expression, especially in piano.

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WVU celebrates 50 years of women in the Mountaineer Marching Band

The West Virginia University Marching Band this year celebrates 50 years of women in the band.

Jill Cochran is one of the twelve women who joined the marching band that first year after seeing an announcement in The Daily Athenaeum. A Morgantown native, Cochran’s whole family attended WVU. She performed in WVU’s homecoming parades with both her junior high and high school bands before attending WVU.

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Jack Sharretts makes estate gift to WVU School of Music

A 1959 graduate with a degree in saxophone performance, Morgantown native Jack Sharretts credits the educational foundation he received at West Virginia University for his successful career with the Department of Defense. He plans to give back to WVU with an estate gift to the School of Music.

Sharretts received a Board of Governors Scholarship to attend WVU and was the first student to graduate with a saxophone degree. Sharretts took more than 190 hours of course credits in a variety of subjects throughout the university before graduating. 

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Pianist Thomas Pandolfi to visit WVU, public welcome

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will visit the West Virginia University School of Music Nov. 4-5. His performance and masterclass will be open to the public. 

Pandolfi’s visit is part of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association Conference hosted this year by WVU. 

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Sept. 30 WVU Symphony Orchestra performance brings together students, current faculty and professor emeritus

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will perform an intimate concert on Friday, Sept. 30 at WVU’s Canady Creative Arts Center.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., opens with John Beall’s deeply personal “New Testament Songs.” Beall is a professor emeritus of composition in WVU’s School of Music. WVU Professor of Voice Hope Koehler will accompany WVUSO.

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