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PlaywithEric pays tribute to lost WVU student

West Virginia University Assistant Professor of Saxophone Jeffrey Siegfried couldn’t think of a better way to honor his late student Eric Domanico’s life than with a musical tribute.

Domanico, of South Lyon, Michigan, participated in the Mountaineer Marching Band and performed in a saxophone quartet on campus. But he was also fighting mental health struggles. In July 2020, Domanico took his own life.

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Mary Tiffany Ferer Endowment for Research in Music

A constant presence on doctoral research committees during her time on faculty at West Virginia University School of Music, Mary Ferer has funded an endowment within the school’s doctoral programs.

The Mary Tiffany Ferer Endowment for Research in Music will be awarded each year to a DMA student who demonstrates outstanding research and writing.

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Luke Frazier funds Christine Kefferstan Awards for Excellence

The late Christine Kefferstan will be memorialized in the West Virginia University School of Music thanks to a $50,000 gift from alumnus and American Pops Orchestra Founder Luke Frazier.

The Christine Kefferstan Awards for Excellence will award eight $1,000 - 2,000 gifts annually to support students, faculty and the greatest student needs in the School of Music. 

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WVU Creative Arts alumni in the military

When thinking of careers options for those pursuing creative arts, minds do not typically wander to the military. But opportunities in the arts are available for those enlisted, from communications and graphic design to military bands.

“Artistic individuals are needed in all parts of society,” said Dean Keith Jackson. 

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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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