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School of Music welcomes new faculty

From woodwinds to music therapy, new faces abound at the West Virginia University School of Music. 

“The excitement in the air in the School of Music is almost tangible this week -- not only welcoming our incoming freshmen class and new graduate students, but also our new faculty members,” said School of Music Director Michael Ibrahim. “Our five new full-time faculty members are really hitting the ground running, connecting with people across the college and beyond. Keep an eye – and an ear – open to the important and exciting things these folks will be bringing to WVU!"

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School of Music launches K-12 music program

Creativity Academy is an educational matinee program based out of WVU’s Creative Arts Center on the Evansdale campus in Morgantown. The series of weekday matinee performances is open to all grades and ages from public schools, private schools and homeschool groups. The performances provide an opportunity to enhance school curriculum and expose students to the arts.

The 2019-20 performance schedule is:

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James “Doc” Miltenberger to release new music August 13

James “Doc” Miltenberger, beloved professor emeritus in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, will release, “The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music” Tuesday August 13, at 7 p.m., at Krepps Park.

The new album features compositions and arrangements that encompass jazz standards and popular music selections with a unique sound.

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WVU Curiosity Series lineup announced

West Virginia University students, faculty and professional artists from around the world will show off their talents as part of Curiosity Series , hosted by WVU’s College of Creative Arts.

In its second season, the Curiosity Series is a sampling of the hundreds of events presented yearly in the College of Creative Arts. According to Dean Keith Jackson, this year’s programming has something for everyone in the greater Morgantown community.

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Violin professor named Assistant Dean of Student Artistic Achievement

“Due to the unique nature of the arts, many of the similar services on campus, such as Career Services, are not relevant for setting up students for long time artistic success,” said Keith Jackson, Philip J. Faini and Falbo Family Dean. “This is a commitment from the university and the college to do everything in our power to help students build careers."

According to Jackson, Myers has a long history of successful students and going above and beyond in helping her students meet their goals.

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WVU quartet named Resident String Quartet Teaching Fellows at Interlochen

Four West Virginia University students will share their passion for music this summer as the resident quartet at Interlochen Arts Camp. 

Montani Quartet, comprised of Doctor of Musical Arts students Lauretta Werner, violin; Yaniv Gutman, violin; Gabrielle Padilla, viola; and Master of Music student Ryan Phipps, cello, will serve as String Quartet Teaching Fellows. 

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WVU’s Talent West Virginia names inaugural winners

Talent West Virginia consisted of two rounds: a virtual audition and voting round from February 4 - March 8, and the live finale in WVU’s Gluck Theatre. The competition provided three prizes to winning contestants, with its Collegiate/Professional level 1st prize providing $1,500 and a full album recording contract with WVU’s recording label: Mon Hills Records. Its Secondary level 1st prize providing $1,000 and a EP recording contract with Mon Hills Records, and its 2nd prize being selected by the highest vote winner regardless of eligibility level providing $750 and a demo recording production with Mon Hills Records. 

Hosted by WVU Alumna and QVC personality, Kim Parrish kicked off the talent competition with high energy and enthusiasm with musical acts following, providing a memorable night. Judges Rick Modesitt from RMA Presents, Dallas Rogers from Nashville Access, and Keith Jackson Dean of the College of Creative arts facilitated the judging of the acts resulting in choice of finalists with assistance from viewers. 

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WVUSO linking up with West Virginia’s Carnegie Hall

The West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra will make their first appearance ever at Lewisburg’s historic Carnegie Hall on April 17. 

WVUSO is comprised of WVU students studying a variety of majors in the university’s 14 colleges and schools. The ensemble will perform pieces by Antonín Dvořák, Frederick Delius and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium. Tickets are only five dollars and available for purchase at www.carnegiehallwv.com. 

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