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The Nancy McNary Douglas Endowed Music Education Scholarship

A West Virginia University School of Music alumnus has endowed a music education scholarship in honor of her beloved professors.

Nancy Douglas attended WVU from 1952 - 1956. During her time as a music education major, faculty members Clifford Brown and Bernard McGregor left a lasting impression.

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Oct. 6 WVU jazz concert to benefit NAACP

The West Virginia University Jazz Studio will perform a small ensembles concert on Oct. 6 in support of Black Lives Matter and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People .

The concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., can be streamed at The program will begin with a performance by Aether Flute Quartet, made up of WVU undergraduate students.

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Faculty Spotlight: Hope Koehler

Professor of Voice Hope Koehler stayed busy this summer, virtually.

Koehler taught in June at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. She taught voice to 15 students, ages 15 - 17. The students created three mini operas using famous opera tunes, but wrote the lyrics and plots themselves. To watch, visit

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College of Creative Arts launches Creative Consultants program

A new program in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts will bring students together with successful alumni and friends of the university for one-on-one mentorship and career guidance.

Creative Consultants is a professional mentorship initiative that, through a competitive application process, matches outstanding College of Creative Arts students with extraordinary professionals in the fields of art and design, music, theatre, dance, and arts education, administration and industry. 

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School of Music professor creates educational video game

West Virginia University’s Matthew Heap created a video game to help his students learn music theory.

Heap, assistant professor of composition and theory in WVU’s School of Music, designed and built “Theory Game: The Curse of the Lost Rules." The game, available in the Apple App Store, is made up of mini-games that help reinforce theory skills.

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School of Music students awarded for outstanding doctoral research

West Virginia University School of Music is pleased to announce Brittany Trotter and Lawrence Dine as the winners of the Mary Tiffany Ferer Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research in Music for academic year 2019-2020. 

Dr. Trotter's research, "Examining Musical Hybridity and Cultural Influences in Valerie Coleman’s Wish Sonatine and Fanmi Imèn," analyzed seminal flute works by one of the leading contemporary American composers of chamber music. In her research, Dr. Trotter investigates the transformation of narrative poems by Fred D’Aguiar and Maya Angelou into Coleman's unique musical voice. This research was also named the winner of the 2020 National Flute Association Graduate Research Competition. 

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Assistant Dean receives service award

Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement Mikylah Myers received the Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia String Teachers Association.

“The award that Mikylah received is given to those that we feel have provided tireless service to the betterment of string education and to the string students in the state of West Virginia,” said WVSTA President Jeannine Sturm. “Mikylah has done so much for the younger students in the K-12 field and for those that are future educators. We are very fortunate to have her in our state and at WVU!”

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CCA names faculty award winners

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has selected its annual faculty awards.

Each year, the college awards for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity; Outstanding Teacher; Outstanding Service; and Adjunct Faculty Excellence.

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Black Lives Matter at the CCA, A Call to Action

Black Lives Matter. Three simple words that make a poignant statement. A statement that is true and supported in the College of Creative Arts. Three words forming a phrase that reflects the last eight years of our nation’s complex struggle with racism in America. A phrase that starts with the killing of Trayvon Martin, continuing through the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. A phrase that has now reached a new crescendo with the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. Black Lives Matter. 

The arts fill many roles in society. For many the roles that come to mind are to reflect beauty and to provide escape. However, one of the most important roles of the arts is to reflect society and to challenge us to engage in difficult conversations. Throughout history, artists such as Paul Robeson, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Jacob Lawrence, TJ Anderson and August Wilson have illuminated the conflicts in our society. Their work effectively memorializes the challenges of their times and inspires the difficult conversations that we must engage in as a society. It is because the arts can lead us to engage in these difficult conversations that I believe it important that I add my voice as the Dean of the College of Creative Arts to the voices of President Gee, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meshea Poore, chief of University Police W.P. Chedester and Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association. 

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