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West Virginia University Master of Arts candidate Bangmin Nong is presenting his thesis exhibition at the Zenclay Studio Gallery, at 2862 University Avenue, near the West Virginia University Evansdale Campus, through Jan 28.

The artist’s reception for the exhibition will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Bangmin Nong is from Nanning Shi, Guangxi, China, and studied at Guangxi Arts Institute prior to coming to WVU. His exhibition is titled “Human·Architecture.”

“In any country, the relationship between humans and architecture is an eternal topic,” he said. “Humans and architecture are inextricably linked, interdependent and mutually influential.

“I use the human figure to create a carrier for my sculptural ideas. I think about how to use human and architecture as a topic and creating a vehicle to explore the sculpture’s language.

“The combination of the human figure and architectural characteristics is important to the composition of my sculpture, to show how inextricably linked these objects are.

“In the creation of my sculptures, I use line, shape, texture and color to access the unity of these sculptural objects. These characteristics provide the means for a powerful visual message shown in my human landscapes.”

Thesis exhibitions are cutting edge contemporary works that represent the highest level of achievement for WVU students as they receive their master’s degrees from the School of Art and Design.

Zenclay Studio Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.

For more information, see the website at:

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A conversation with Stephen Barr Tue, 08 Nov 2011 20:04:32 +0000

Music alumnus Stephen Barr (DMA, composition, 2007) has been back at the CAC recently to work with members of the WVU Symphonic Band, who will perform his work, In aeternam, during a concert Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Barr now works as a conductor, composer and orchestrator in the greater Pittsburgh area, and is assistant professor and director of choirs at Slippery Rock University. As a composer, he works in a variety of mediums—from concert music for choirs, wind bands, orchestras, and chamber groups, to contemporary film scores and music for media in orchestral and electronic styles.

While at WVU, he was awarded a prestigious Arlen G. and Louise Stone Swiger Doctoral Fellowship. Later, he was a resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Susan and Ford Schumann Film Scoring Program at the Aspen Music School and Festival in Aspen, Colorado, where he studied composition and film scoring with John Corigliano, Jack Smalley, and Jeff Rona. He has also studied conducting with eminent American choral conductor Robert Page.

In aeternam means ‘for eternity’ in Latin,” Stephen said. “The title is kind of a catch-all for a number of emotions or ideas that went into thinking about and composing the piece. Overall, the piece is a response to two major events that happened in my life during the summer of 2009: (1) the untimely death of a loved and respected faculty member here at SRU, and (2) learning that my wife and I were expecting our first child (Zachary, born in June 2010).

“The piece was composed in 2009 for the Slippery Rock University Wind Ensemble and premiered in November 2009.”

According to the Program Notes: In aeternam is not so much a eulogy as it is a meditation on the gamut of human emotions and how they play through the various “seasons” of our lives. At times, it mourns and feels the keen sense of loss—a void—that comes after the passing of an opportunity, a relationship, or a loved one. But it also rejoices in the warmth of friendship and love, and the exhilaration, pride, and promise of rebirth and rejuvenation that comes with new ventures, chance meetings, and new life. It regrets and grieves, seeks to encourage and uplift, and is penitent for having done wrong. It sings of the resolve of human will, the strength and compassion of spirit, faith in a higher purpose and power about all things, and our need for humility when considering our place in the world and the awesome expanse of the cosmos. But above all this, In aeternam seeks to reflect our sincerest desire to give and receive charity, sympathy, kindness, companionship, trust, and more to and from our fellow man, and our expectation that good will come of our lives. For it is one of our most basic human responses in all seasons of life to always look forward to the future and see a reason for optimism, perhaps the single most important emotion of humanity: hope.

“I was at the Creative Arts Center for one afternoon on Tuesday October 25, and worked with the Symphonic Band for about an hour,” Stephen said. “They performed and I conducted and gave them feedback based on what I heard and also my insights as the composer of the work.

“I found the WVU Symphonic Band to be a great group of musicians. They had already reached a high level of proficiency in understanding and performing my work under their director, Chris Nichter, and were very receptive and responsive to my critiques. It was a real treat to just come in and be able to make music with such a well-prepared group. I will be at the concert and I’m looking forward to hearing the final product!

“I have many fond memories of my time at the CAC, but above all working with my peers in the composition studio, singing in and conducting the Concert Choir, and conducting the Wind Symphony in some of my own works are standouts. Weekly composition master classes with Dr. John Beall (WVU Composer-in-Residence) and the other composition majors were so valuable for all of us, as we were able to get and receive lots of feedback on our music. Every single professor I studied with at WVU contributed to my growth while I was a student there; I took something valuable away from every course I took. But I owe huge debts of gratitude to John Beall and Dr. Kathleen Shannon for helping me become the composer and conductor I am today.”

For information about Stephen Barr, including his blog, videos of some of his works, and much more, see:

For an interesting interview with Stephen, see “5 Questions to Stephen Barr” on the blog of Thomas Deneuville called “I care if you listen”:

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Recent WVU music grad’s dissertation wins international innovative electronic dissertation award Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:01:55 +0000

Tomislav Dimov, who graduated from the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts in 2010 with a doctorate in musical arts (violin performance), has been named one of the winners of the Innovative Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Award in an international competition.

The awards are presented by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a consortium of universities worldwide.

Dr. Dimov is currently on the faculty of the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia and serves as head of the string department and lecturer of violin as well as head of the orchestra department and artistic director and conductor of the university’s symphony orchestra.

His WVU dissertation is titled “Short Historical Overview and Comparison of the Pitch Width and Speed Rates of the Vibrato Used in Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach as Found in Recordings of Famous Violinists of the Twentieth and the Twenty-First Centuries.”

The research utilizes tables and graphics for comparison, sorted by year of recording, followed by discussion of the results.

Access to sound samples and files are available through a virtual CD linked to the document via the Internet.

Research project files include PDF with music score interlinked to MP3 audio files, so the end user can simultaneously hear the audio of the music score they are viewing on the page.

According to the digital library, this provides an interactive approach to the listener, which allows for enhanced “visualization” of the music score by making it come to life as it was intended to be heard.

“I selected this topic because of its empirical exactness and innovative approach to the analyzed sample,” Dimov said. “Working with recordings made in different technological generations and of different quality—spanning more than a century—made this research unique, as such attempts have not been made before, or at least very seldom.

“I wanted the research to be alive, and not just numbers on paper,” he said.

“Since I work with sound and music, for me it was inconceivable to keep my work ‘silent.’ This way anyone looking at my work can see and hear the result of the research.”

According to the digital library, very few examples of this interactive approach exist in the field of music.

“Tomislav’s path-breaking approach serves as an excellent model of enhanced learning experiences through multimedia integration into the research document,” the organization said, in announcing the award.

A native of Macedonia and fluent in 10 languages, Dimov came to WVU from the Pittsburgh area as a doctoral student, studying violin performance with faculty member Mikylah McTeer. He previously studied in Macedonia and Moscow, receiving a Master’s degree-level diploma with honors from the Russian Academy of Music, before immigrating to the United States.

“After completing my post-graduate doctoral studies at the ‘Gnesins’ Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, and after moving to the United States, I felt that I needed an additional qualification that was going to add more strength and versatility to my academic resume,” he said.

“At the time, WVU was the only university in the Pittsburgh area that offered the doctorate in violin performance. Also, by talking to my friends and fellow musicians, I knew that WVU was a great place to study.

“After moving to Morgantown, I was immediately in love with the great working spirit of high professionalism and excellence in education and the feeling of constructive partnership among the professors and students at WVU,” he said.

“The academic time I spent in the violin class working with Dr. McTeer is definitely one of the most fulfilling and self-reinventing experiences of my life, equally as a graduate student, educator and performing artist.”

“The chemistry of the music-making one can feel in Dr. McTeer’s class is astonishing and I am extremely lucky and honored to be the first one in a long row of doctoral degree candidates that I am sure are going to come out of WVU under her meticulous guidance. The inspiration for artistic achievements I got from her is going to stay with me always.”

He also praised music faculty David Taddie for his strong love for education, and the high academic standards and discipline of Chris Wilkinson and Beth Royall, as well as the leadership and professional excellence of Mary Ferer and the intelligent guidance of Andrew Kohn.

“The friendly and constructive guidance I got from Mitchell Arnold, William Skidmore, and Russell Dean was an example for me and I try to behave the same way with all of my students,” he said.

“Also, the constructiveness and helpfulness that I experienced from Cynthia Anderson and Keith Jackson is an example of how administrators can be a decisive factor in the education of their students as well as an example,” he said.

According to McTeer, Dimov is a violinist of the highest caliber.

“He has excelled in a number of international competitions, including first prizes in the National Violin Competitions in Macedonia, second prize in the National Violin Competition in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and second prize in the National Violin Competition in Ljubljana, Slovenia,” she said.

“He was an inspiration to the undergraduate violinists at WVU.”

Dimov’s award was presented at the international Electronic Thesis and Dissertation 2011 Symposium, held Sept. 13-17 in Cape Town, South Africa.

WVU became the second institution in the world to required electronic thesis and dissertation submissions in 1998. WVU graduate student research is now accessed on the internet millions of times each year by academia, industry, government and the public from more than 100 countries worldwide.


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