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Dance major opens new opportunities for WVU students Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:54:26 +0000

Dance has been a part of student life at West Virginia University for the past 84 years, and now it is a new major in the College of Creative Arts.

The WVU Faculty Senate approved the dance major this week, and it will be available to students in the School of Theatre & Dance, beginning in the fall of 2013.

“The College of Creative Arts is grateful to Professor of Dance Emeritus Kacy Wiedebusch for her dedication to WVU Dance over the decades,” saidDean Paul Kreider of the College of Creative Arts. “She certainly helped establish a following and a framework that allows current director Yoav Kaddar to augment a program and implement the new major.

“We are pleased this degree now exists in the state of West Virginia, affording our talented youth an opportunity to experience and major in our vibrant program. There are so many wonderful things happening in dance at WVU led by Dr. Kaddar and Professor General Hambrick. I know our future majors will love this program.”

Kaddar is the director of dance at WVU, where there has been a populardance minor program for several years. Kaddar is a graduate of the Juillard School, where he earned a BFA and received the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance. His MFA is from the University of Washington, Seattle, and his doctorate is from the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany.

He has performed nationally and internationally as a guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent New York City choreographers and has choreographed more than 50 works for dance and theater.

“I would like to put WVU on the map as a dance center for the state and for the region,” he said.

Kaddar is currently presenting “Dance Now!” the annual dance concert atWVU, that will run March 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Showcasing the choreography of prestigious faculty members, students and special guest artists, the concert offers audiences an opportunity to see an array of differing dance styles and movement studies.

According to Kaddar, the new Bachelor of Arts degree in dance fills a large void and the need for quality dance education in the state of West Virginia.

“It is the one and only full academic degree program in dance in West Virginia,” he said. “This allows West Virginia residents to stay in state when looking for a dance education at the university level. With the launching of this new major, we are finally getting WVU and West Virginia on the collegiate dance map of fine dance programs around the country and globally.

“As we build our program, I believe that we will not only attract students from West Virginia and neighboring states but also from across the country and abroad.”

Although a new major, dance at WVU has a long history largely due to the efforts of Professor of Dance Emeritus “Mary Kathryne “Kacy Wiedebusch, who was instrumental in sustaining dance education at WVU for more than 50 years.

Through all those years, dance has been of great interest and in much demand by WVU students. Many students have passed through the dance program, graduated and have still kept in touch. For many, their dance education has assisted them in their pursuit of a variety of careers – from civil engineering to physical therapy, dance education and athletic training.

Kaddar said there is a thriving dance community locally and throughout the state that looks for role models, something to strive for and a place to continue the years of training that many of these students received during their early and teen years at private studios.

“WVU can finally offer a destination for these young aspiring dancers,” he said. “As we build the program at WVU, we hope to expand and offer a wide variety of courses, not only for those students who are interested in pursuing a performing career, but for those who are interested in related areas such as dance education, science or business.

“An education in dance has a lot to offer to the well-rounded well-educated citizen. We look forward to contributing to the first-class education that WVUstudents already receive. The new Bachelor of Arts degree in dance opens new opportunities for all students at WVU.”

For more information about the new dance major at WVU,, call 304-293-2020 or email

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WVU Celebrates 84 Years of Dance with ‘Dance Now’ Program Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:51:27 +0000

After 84 years of dance at West Virginia University, it just keeps getting better! Great job to all the students and faculty in the dance department! Check out the news story and video on the ‘Dance Now’ program that was featured on WBOY.

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Dance at West Virginia University

West Virginia University’s rich and varied dance history began when the Orchesis Dance Ensemble was founded in 1928 by a group of women experimenting with what they called “free expression dance.” This new and innovative form of dance used the body as an instrument of interpretation—commonly known as Modern Dance. Over the past 82 years, Modern has been instrumental in building the Dance Program at WVU, especially under the direction of Mary Kathryne “Kacy” Wiedebusch.

What You Will: Dance Concert 2009

Because of the continued growth of Dance at WVU, the Dance Minor was established through the College of Creative Arts’ School of Theatre & Dance, and emphasis has been extended to Ballet, Jazz and Tap in addition to Modern. The Dance Minor is designed for any WVU student who is pursuing a recognized university major and who has an interest in dance.

There are many performance opportunities for students on and off campus. These include informal dance showcases, the annual dance concert, musicals, as well as local, regional and national dance festivals and conferences. The program has affiliations with the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

What You Will: Dance Concert 2009

Recent graduates of theWVU’s Dance Program have gone on to pursue careers in dance through graduate school, the professional dance field and theatre. Others have taken theirWVU dance education to pursue other disciplines and vocations such as journalism, law, health and physical education to name a few. Current students attend summer intensives around the country and as study abroad students, such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company School in New York City, North Carolina Dance Theatre School in Charlotte, The ProDanza Italia/USA Workshop in Tuscany, Italy as well as internships with Walt Disney World in Florida.

We welcome your questions and inquiries and hope that you will consider visiting our campus and experiencing in person the possibilities that WVU and our Dance Program can contribute to your educational experience.

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The Magic of Clay Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:48:05 +0000

Erica Passage is a graduate student working toward an MFA in ceramics at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. She creates pots with intricate layering comprised of drawings, glazes and screen printing.

The Magic of Clay

WVU Ceramics Area is committed to fostering an environment where the students may maximize their learning experience. Whether it is technical or conceptual, sculptural, or functional, the WVU Faculty work for the development of a course of study for our students that promote the competence of idea development and the technical means to accomplish it. WVU Ceramics emphasizes the development in technical expertise, design and conceptual approaches as a means to expand the students’ aesthetic vocabulary. Our goal is to help our students gain insight into their professional approach and commitment in their active pursuit of process and self-discovery as artists.

The ceramics studio has more than six thousand square feet of studio space, thirty pottery wheels, five large electric kilns, two professional clay mixers, two pug mills, two hand extruders, a large Brent slab roller, and jigger-jolly equipment allow students to be well-equipped, and also enable advanced students to experience running a pottery studio in a production methods class. In addition to indoor kilns, an eighteen hundred-square-foot kiln area is equipped with reduction, wood, and salt/soda kilns that are designed and constructed as needed by faculty and staff, with student participation. This encourages and accommodates work in a wide range of firing temperatures and techniques.

The WVU Ceramics Area has offered a comprehensive summer study program at Jingdezhen since 1995, and in 2004, it expanded the partnership to include a fall semester program that provides advanced undergraduate, graduate and professional-level studies in ceramics, including basic language, culture and Chinese ceramic art history.

The unique relationship allows for those who participate in the program see first hand the historic connections of western ceramics to its roots in China and the preservation of ancient process and techniques. The unique linkage with the famed Pottery Workshop, we have teamed to offer a study and travel program in the Peoples Republic of China where students have the opportunity to study with some of China’s most prominent teachers and ceramic artists.

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Arts alive and well at WVU Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:45:31 +0000

The arts are alive and well at WVU, West Virginia’s flagship land-grant institution. Take a look at a collection of brief visions of some recent programs and events at the College of Creative Arts, as shown to the 35th Annual Alumni Luncheon on Capitol Hill on June 28.

Arts alive and well at WVU

WVU College of Creative Arts

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A Thousand Different Sounds: Leon Fleisher Masterclass Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:42:19 +0000

Renowned pianist Leon Fleisher shares his passion for musical expression with students at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts during a master class session in July 2012.

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Focus on the Arts: Jazz & World Music Studies Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:39:46 +0000

Here’s Dean Kreider’s interview with West Virginia University’s Director of Jazz Studies Paul Scea and Director of the World Music Performance Center Michael Vercelli.


Focus on the Arts: Jazz & World Music Studies


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West Virginia Jazz Studies

The Minor in World Music is intended for students with musical interest outside of western art music. The required courses focus on the relationship between music and culture and support WVU’s vision of diversity and the advancement of international activity and global engagement.

WVU Music Performance

The performance curricula are especially designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as performers or as teachers of a particular instrument or voice. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher.

A student in a performance curriculum, if entering as a freshman, should achieve proficiency level six in the principal performance area at the time of audition, and must complete proficiency level ten in that area to be eligible for graduation. In addition to presentation of a senior recital, performance majors also must make three solo appearances on the major instrument in upper-level student recitals or convocations.

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Focus on the Arts: Painting at WVU Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:30:09 +0000

Here’s Dean Kreider’s interview with Associate Professor of Painting Naijun Zhang and Assistant Professor of Painting Erika Osborne.

Focus on the Arts: Painting at WVU

At West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts, traditional and experimental oil and acrylic painting in figurative and abstract imagery are explored to their fullest potential for each student. The painting program is designed to introduce students to the historic and contemporary foundations of painting media. Learning is both one-on-one and collaborative, so that personal exploration and wider aesthetic discourse are heightened. The program emphasizes both craft and conceptualization.

Classes encourage open, diverse criteria for critique and evaluation. Students are invited to consider interdisciplinary media and multicultural sources of inspiration in order to find the most fluent and expressive voice for their work. Careful individualized advisement prepares painters to comprehend and engage the gallery market, trends in critical thinking, and reputable graduate programs for further study and other professional opportunities.

The painting area is housed in large, well-lit studios. Majors have twenty-four hour access to their semi-private spaces. In addition to basic hand tools and photo documentation equipment, students are strongly encouraged to use the School’s well-equipped woodshop and computer labs to facilitate their work. Our close proximity to the library also enables the students to keep abreast of contemporary developments in art.

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WVU School of Theatre & Dance presents Dance Now! March 14-16 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:49:25 +0000

“Dance Now!” the annual dance concert celebrating 84 years of dance atWest Virginia University, will run March 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

Showcasing the choreography of prestigious faculty members, students, and special guest artists from Morgantown Dance and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, with a master work by Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director of Chicago’s Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Dance
Now! offers audiences an opportunity to see an array of differing dance styles and movement studies.

The WVU Hip Hop Team, a first-year team of 24 members, established byWVU students Lauren Carter and Jessica Burtner, will perform a piece choreographed by Tommy Scrivens, a dancer and choreographer based in New York.

Dance Now! is proud to welcome returning artists from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the internationally recognized professional ballet company, presenting a piece choreographed by senior students from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

“There will be a variety of styles of dance, and definitely something for everyone,” said Yoav Kaddar, assistant professor of dance and director of the WVU Dance Program. “This year’s Dance Now! promises to be an exciting and very physical program.”

Kaddar will also perform in a men’s duet with 2010 WVU School of Musicalumnus Joel Rhodes, choreographed by Demetrius Kline, director of the Florida-based Demetrius Kline Dance Company. Set to a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” this very physical performance piece will highlight Kline’s background as a wrestler.

Dance Now! features the work of talented WVU Dance faculty members, with large group pieces in differing styles, from tap to contemporary. Also, Morgantown Dance Company, providing greater Morgantown and the surrounding communities with educational opportunities since 1991, will present a piece.

The Masterworks piece, “You Do Not Have To Be Good,” choreographed by Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director of Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, will feature a cast of seven WVU Dance minors, and offers students a chance to work in Siegenfeld’s very distinct and physically demanding style. Siegenfeld is a 2011 Dance Chicago “Choreographer of the Year” recipient and is an Emmy Award recipient for the PBS documentary “Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.”

Costumes for Dance Now! are designed by MFA Costume Design students Alexandria Vazquez and Candice Caldwell Day.

“Dance Now!” opens in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., and continues March 15 at 7:30 p.m., with a closing matinee on March 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for senior citizens and students. There is a group rate of $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at, the CAC or Mountainlair Box Offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW.

For more information on “Dance Now!” please visit, call 304-293-2020, or email

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4th Annual WV Mountaineer Short Film Festival at CAC March 15-17 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:29:11 +0000

The Electronic Media Area of the West Virginia University School of Art & Design is pleased to announce the screening of the 4th Annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival. This international, competitive film festival takes place over a three-day period, March 15-17, at the Creative Arts Center.

Admission is free and open to the public. Please visit the festival website for updated times and locations:

The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival celebrates exceptional, compelling, and innovative works in film, experimental video and animation.

Over the course of three days, the festival will screen dozens of films, videos and animations from across the country and around the world, including new and original works from countries such as Russia, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and Finland.

The festival will also showcase works by West Virginia and regional filmmakers, including special screenings from West Virginia Filmmakers Martha Stephens, Elaine McMillion and David Smith, as well as Pittsburgh filmmakers Leonard Lies and Michael Lies. All five filmmakers will be on hand to discuss issues relating to filmmaking, including the challenges of practicing the craft in West Virginia and Appalachia, and issues relating to filmmaking as a form of social advocacy.

The festival is also proud to screen competitive works by students of the School of Art & Design’s Electronic Media program.

“The festival also strives to highlight topical themes in contemporary culture, especially those that help define the experience of life in West Virginia and Appalachia,” said Gerald Habarth, organizer of the festival and an art professor who coordinates the Electronic Media area.

“This year the festival will present a special screening of works that explore to the theme of identity, in particular works that challenge stereotypes, or that probe the nature of identity itself, questioning what it means, how it’s acquired and whether we can really talk of an ‘authentic’ identity,” he said.

Challenging stereotypes of rural West Virginian identity for example, Elaine McMillion’s interactive documentary project “Hollow” turns the traditional power of the documentarian’s camera back onto the viewer as residents of McDowell County, W.Va., participate in the filmmaking process to tell their own story, and to discuss the many stereotypes associated with the area, population loss and potential for the future.

McMillion will attend the festival to show an excerpt from her ongoing project and to discuss her work.

Also this year, for the first time, the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival is proud to host the First Annual GPS Art Auction.

“This silent auction of artworks by WVU School of Art & Design students, faculty and artists from the community will help establish a scholarship fund to support student participation in the School’s exciting new Global Positioning Studies program,” Habarth said.

“Members of the community are also invited to submit work to support the auction. The auction will take place in the Creative Arts Center’s main lobby on March 16, with works remaining on display throughout the weekend.”

For more information about the auction, contact Daniela Londono, WVUSchool of Art & Design student at:

Established in 2010, The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival is an international competition, accepting submissions in the categories of narrative, documentary, animation, experimental video and student works. Its mission is to foster creative and artistic approaches to these genres, while connecting WVU students and the surrounding Morgantown community to the world of independent filmmaking and new media art.

The festival is a non-profit event. There is no charge to submit work for consideration, and admission to all screenings is free. There are no rules governing content or artist approach. Festival organizers only seek to display well crafted, compelling or conceptually challenging works in video, film and multimedia. All festival films have a 20-minute maximum running time.

For more information, contact Gerald Habarth, phone 304-290-3067, or see website for further details:

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2013 Spring Flute Fling! Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:27:22 +0000

March 10, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Bloch Hall.

Master Classes and Workshops with:
Nina Assimakopoulos (WVU)
Nicole Riner (University of Wyoming)
Tabatha Easley (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Nancy Stagnitta (Interlochen Arts Academy)
Christopher Chaffee (Wright State University)

Flute Music and Instruments:
Flute Center of New York
Flutist’s Faire

$15 for students, $25 for adults, $40 for master class performers (Advanced high school through professional level)

For more information, please visit or contact Nina Assimakopoulos at or 419.575.6942.

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Saeyeon Kim Doctoral Recital! Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:24:58 +0000


Saeyeon Kim, soprano, 6 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).

Saeyeon Kim graduated from Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Georgia, in 1998 and received her bachelor’s degree from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, in 2004. She then received a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2009 before coming to WVU, where she is now studying for a doctorate in vocal performance.

Free and open to the public.

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Christie Curley and Kristi Holstein Violin Recital! Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:23:41 +0000


Kristi Holstein & Christie Curley, violins, 8:15 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).

Kristi Holstein graduated from Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va. in 2010 and has worked with the Charleston Youth Arts Company. She is studying for a degree in violin performance at WVU. Christie Curley is studying music education (violin/vocal) and is a graduate of Boyertown Senior High School in Boyertown, Pa.

Free and open to the public.

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Student Profile- Joyce Chiao Su Wang Thu, 07 Mar 2013 05:00:15 +0000

Name – Joyce Chiao Su Wang

Hometown – Belize

Degree Program – Doctoral in Musical Arts (Piano) – 2nd year in Program

Dream Job – Piano professor or higher education administrator at the college level, specifically in School of Music

Why did you come to WVU? This is a very teaching-based school. I love how students are mentored and given endless opportunities on and off campus. It has a great support system and, as a result, it has a good program reputation.


What do you like best about WVU? I like the fact that we can all network together and work toward a common goal, which we so when we strive for academic achievement. I also sense a great deal of family-like community.


How did your foundations classes prepare you for your major? My foundation classes are effective, hands on (teaching), and yet demanding. These classes give me different levels of challenge and prepare me to face some of the biggest challenges that a full-time or a professional would have.

Did you find that you ended up enjoying a class at the CAC that you didn’t think you would? Yes, I took a theater elective course just because the class is right here at the CAC. As a music major, a theater course is just an elective, but I actually enjoyed the course very much, especially because of how much these two fields are related. I have such an easy time with the course by having a music background.

What has been your favorite experience at the CAC? My favorite experience at the CAC is the time when I was part of the WVU Symphony Orchestra. My major is piano, but I had the privilege to play the cello and to be part of the large ensemble.

Describe some opportunities where you have gotten to exhibit your own work or talent that you’ve gotten while studying at the CAC. I was able to perform several solo, chamber recitals here at the CAC as well as with the large ensembles like WVU Symphony Orchestra and WVU Wind Symphony

Who is your favorite professor and why? Dr. Christine Kefferstan, professor of piano. She has been the biggest supporter, mentor and a brilliant artist that I am truly blessed to have. She is there for me, not just for the artistic growth and the musical insight, but I learn so much about myself through her, about balancing life and this competitive world that we face as performance artists. I hope everyone gets an opportunity to have someone like her in their life.

Are there times when you’ve gotten the chance to learn from visiting artists/workshops or experts in your field of study? Yes, I had master classes with several piano guest artists like Barbara Nissman, Laura Melton and Yee Ha Chiu.

Has there been a time where you’ve felt that your work while at the CAC has become a vehicle for bettering the community? I have been actively involved with the WVU Community Music Program for the past four years, where I serve as a piano instructor, teaching one-on-one piano lessons. The students range from four to forty years old and this allows me to get to know more about the Morgantown community.

Have you been inspired to help others or bring awareness to a social or economical issue through your art or what you’ve learned in your studies? I was able to shadow a local string teacher during my student teaching semester. During this experience, I encountered many situations where students were not able to participate in music programs due to funding cuts and little financial support from the parents, the school, the state or the government. This gave me a chance to see what I will face in the future and that this will continue to be part of the challenges.

Would you recommend your major to an incoming student? Yes, we have such a strong piano/keyboard area here at WVU. The professors provide guidance with their best abilities and also allow you to explore your interests. Piano is a versatile instrument in terms of performance opportunities. The instructors are extremely supportive, and I highly recommend any student to join the program.


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Guest artist Stephan Schmidt to present voice, piano master class March 5 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:23:42 +0000

Conductor and pianist Stephan Schmidt, professor of opera repertoire and dean of studies at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, will present a guest artist voice and piano master class at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Tuesday (March 5).

The master class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

WVU students who will be performers for the master class include singers Jennifer Berkebile, Sharon Lankford, Saeyeon Kim and Aaron Scarberrry, and pianists Sora Lee, Zhiwei Zheng, Khe Sin Koo and Yana Tyulkova.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our students,” said WVU piano professor Lucy Mauro. “Stephan Schmidt has worked with virtually all the foremost singers of his time, and he is a much sought-after teacher by numerous students from around the world.”

Schmidt has served as conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and assistant to Zubin Mehta, as well as being assistant and pianist to Barenboim at Bayreuth, including for the highly regarded Kupfer/Barenboim DVD recordings of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Götterdämmerung.”

He has also been head of music for opera houses in Cologne, Bremen and Saarbruecken and assisted Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Georg Solti and Sir Colin Davis, among others.

He has been a frequent guest conductor for orchestras throughout Germany and chamber musician and collaborative pianist in concert and recording and served as the founder and artistic director of a new Bach Academy in Munich.

A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, Schmidt studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and conducting with Leon Barzin in New York. Currently he also teaches at the Abraxas Musical Academy in Munich.

For more information about the master class, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4359.


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Emmy Award-winning composer, WVU grad Jay Chattaway donates ‘Star Trek’ music collection to alma mater Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:41:07 +0000

For almost 20 years on Star Trek, the starship Enterprise soared through the galaxies to the musical motifs of composer Jay Chattaway, a graduate of West Virginia University’sCollege of Creative Arts.

Now, as part of a new enterprise, Chattaway has presented his entire “Star Trek” music collection to the WVU School of Music.

Plans are under way for the Emmy Award-winning composer to be a visiting artist atWVU, beginning next fall, and also to work with music students online, teaching them about the commercial music field and how to compose for film and television.

“Jay Chattaway is one of our most cherished graduates, and his work as one of America’s premier composers for film and television makes him a tremendous role model for our students,” said WVU President Jim Clements.

“I am deeply grateful for his extraordinary gift of his musical scores and materials, and I join the College of Creative Arts in our heartfelt thanks,” Clements said. “This gift will help our current and future music students learn the art of arranging and composing from one of the greatest in the field. We are just blown away by this unique and valuable gift.”

Chattaway’s gift includes materials related to the music he composed for Seasons 3-7 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons 1-6 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Seasons 1-7 of Star Trek: Voyager and Seasons 1-4 of Star Trek: Enterprise.

During the run of these shows, 1987-2005, Star Trek was the only weekly series on television to use a full orchestra.

Fifteen boxes of Star Trek materials have already been delivered to WVU and are being catalogued and preserved at the West Virginia & Regional History Collection. They contain scripts and videos of the shows, timing notes, sketches of music, musical scores, and original songs and soundtrack CDs.

The songs include a Klingon aria from Season Six of Star Trek: The Next Generationand “San Antonio Lady” from Season Six of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

There is also the famous penny whistle solo from the episode titled “Inner Light” from Season Five of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This episode won a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for most dramatic presentation. The “Inner Light” lullaby is one of the most requested musical selections in the entire Star Trek catalogue.

“There’s going to be more,” Chattaway said. “I have also composed the music for 30 motion pictures. I’m giving this gift to the School of Music because WVU is my alma mater, and the place where I learned my craft and where I was fortunate enough to study with great teachers.”

Born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Monongahela, Pa., Chattaway started composing music in junior high school and came to WVU on a music scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and later with a master’s degree. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to playing in the Mountaineer Marching Band, while at WVU, Chattaway joined with other School of Music students to create Abductors, a popular cover band.

He said his gift to WVU actually came about last year when he heard that WVU piano professor James Miltenberger was celebrating his 50th year on the music faculty.

“He was one of my real mentors at WVU back in the late 1960s,” Chattaway said. He encouraged us to study jazz at a time when there was not much jazz coursework at theCreative Arts Center. So I contacted him to congratulate him, and we talked about establishing some kind of educational program. He was really the spark for the whole thing.”

Chattaway studied piano at WVU, but majored in composition and music education. His other influences at WVU included Thomas Canning, who was composer-in-residence in the 1960s, and Bud Udell, who was director of bands.

“When I was at WVU, I had the opportunity to write for the Percussion Ensemble, which was directed by Phil Faini, and they actually played my music live,” Chattaway said. “That is a rare thing. At most schools, students write music and never have the chance to hear it played live. Maybe they hear it on a computer or something, but they are not able to stand up in front of an ensemble and listen to their music being performed.

“WVU is a place where this kind of thing happens.

“It’s not just about the notes,” he said, “but how you communicate as a writer and as a performer – for an audience.”

Chattaway is now working with Dean Paul Kreider and the School of Music to develop ideas for the program, which will teach students how the commercial music industry works. Materials from Star Trek and other collections will be valuable teaching tools.

“The College of Creative Arts is indeed grateful to Jay for his incredible gift,” said Dean Kreider. “Additionally, we are also excited about Jay’s commitment to come teach students starting next year, further sharing his talents and his music.

“We are so appreciative when our alumni come back to benefit our students. That is what completes the cycle of education.”

Chattaway said there are many more possibilities for employment in the commercial music field now than when he started back in the 1970s.

“Back then, we didn’t have satellite TV or the video gaming industry,” he said. “Today there are hundreds of satellite TV stations and all kinds of video games – and all of them require original music.

“Also, things will change dramatically in the next 10 years, as Apple and Google start doing their own original programming.”

Chattaway enjoys success today as an internationally acclaimed composer with more than 200 commissioned and published works, including 30 published jazz compositions. His work has garnered him four Grammy nominations for jazz and instrumental arranging and composing and four Gold Albums.

As head of Artists and Repertoire for CBS Records and later Columbia Records, he worked with artists such as Carly Simon, The Talking Heads, David Byrne, Bob James, Herb Alpert and Maynard Ferguson.

His arrangement of “The Theme from Rocky” (“Gonna Fly Now”) for Ferguson resulted in his first Grammy nomination and a Gold Album. For Ferguson’s album “Conquistador,” he also arranged a jazz version of Alexander Courage’s “Star Trek” Theme, which became a hit single.

In 1979, after forming Tappan Zee Records with colleague Bob James, he left the recording industry to score films, first in New York and then in Hollywood.

In 1989, he was asked to serve as guest composer for an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and in 1991 was hired as a regular composer for the series.

He received nine Emmy Award nominations, mostly for his work on the Star Trek series, but also for The Shark Chronicles (1990) and Thirty Years of National Geographic(1995). He won an Emmy Award for an episode of Star Trek: Voyager titled “Endgame,” Parts 1 and 2.

He has composed and arranged original music for advertising clients such as Coca-Cola, DuPont and California Fruits. His interest in world music and his love for the sea have also led him to compose musical scores for several National Geographic specials and Jacques Cousteau’s “Rediscovery of the World: Australia” and “Rediscovery of the World: Alaska.”

In spite of his demanding schedule, Chattaway still makes time to share his knowledge with young musicians. He has published more than 100 works for the educational market and has travelled around the world as a guest conductor.

Because of today’s new technology, he says, composers no longer have to be located in major metropolitan areas such as New York City or Hollywood to become successful.

“This can happen in West Virginia, or anywhere else in the world now,” he said. “The sky’s the limit.”

The Jay Chattaway gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

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Voice Master Class and Pedagogy Workshop Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:58:27 +0000

Voice Master Class with Dr. Scott McCoy Friday, March 1, 2013, 4-6pm; Antoinette Falbo Theatre


Vocal Pedagogy Workshop with Dr. Scott McCoy, Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10-12pm; CAC room 440

Dr. McCoy, Professor of Voice and Pedagogy at The Ohio State University, is the director of the Helen Swank Voice Teaching and Research Lab. He has been Professor of Voice and Pedagogy, Director of the Presser Music Center Voice Laboratory, and the Director of Graduate Studies at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. His multimedia voice science and pedagogy textbook, Your Voice, An Inside View, is used extensively by colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. He is immediate past president and director of the National Intern Program of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), associate director of the Journal of Singing for voice pedagogy, and has also served NATS as Vice President for Workshops, Program Chair for the 2006 and 2008 National Conferences, chair of the Voice Science Advisory Committee, and master teacher for the national Intern Program. Deeply committed to teacher education, McCoy is a founding faculty member in the NYSTA Professional Development Program, teaching classes in Voice Anatomy & Physiology and Acoustics & Voice Analysis. He is a member of the distinguished American Academy of Teachers of Singing.

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Voice Master Class with Stephen Schmidt Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:57:31 +0000

On Tuesday, March 5, guest Stephen Schmidt will be giving a Master Class from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Bloch.

Performers are singers Jennifer Berkebile, Sharon Lankford, Aaron Scarberry and Saeyeon Kim and accompanists Khe Sin Khoo, Sora Lee, Vivi Zheng and Yana Tyulkova.

Conductor and pianist Stephen Schmidt has worked with virtually all the foremost singers of his time, from Renee Fleming to Placido Domingo, Thomas Hampson to Susan Graham, to name a few. He has served as conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and assistant to Zubin Mehta, as well as being assistant and pianist to Barenboim at Bayreuth, including for the highly regarded Kupfer/Barenboim DVD recordings of Das Rheingold and Die Götterdämmerung. Schmidt has also been head of music for opera houses in Cologne, Bremen and Saarbruecken and assisted Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Georg Solti, and Sir Colin Davis, among others. He has been a frequent guest conductor for orchestras throughout Germany and chamber musician and collaborative pianist in concert and recording and served as the founder and artistic director of a new Bach Academy in Munich. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, Schmidt studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and conducting with Leon Barzin in New York. Currently he is Professor of Opera Repertoire and Dean of Studies at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. He also teaches at the Abraxas Musical Academy in Munich as well as being a much sought after teacher by numerous private students from around the world.

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Guest Artist Masterclass Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:56:43 +0000

Friday March 8, 2013 – Violin Master Class with Dr. Kia-Hui Tan from The Ohio State University- 1pm – Room 424a (WVU Creative Arts Center) – Free and Open to the Public

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Guest Artist Recital Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:55:45 +0000

Thursday March 7, 2013 – Guest Artist Recital – Dr. Kia-Hui Tan, violin, 7:30pm – Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (WVU Creative Arts Center) – Works by J.S. Bach, Paganini and Ysaye – Free and Open to the Public

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Studio Building Master Class Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:54:46 +0000

Thursday, Februray 28th, 12pm, pianoist Carol Beall will be presenting” the ABCs of Studio Teaching: What Do I Need to Know to Set Up My Own Studio?”

Sponsored by MTNA student chapter. Free and Open to the Public

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Music faculty presents trombone Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:49:21 +0000

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WVU School of Theatre and Dance performs No Exit Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:14:49 +0000

This past weekend students from the School of Theatre and Dance performed No Exit by French playwright Jean-Paul Sartre in the Davis Theatre.

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WVU music faculty present trombone, horn recital today in Bloch Hall Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:19:28 +0000

Keith Jackson and Brian Plitnik of the West Virginia University School of Music faculty will present a trombone recital Monday, Feb. 25, at the Creative Arts Center.

The program begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) and is free and open to the public.

They will be joined by hornist Virginia Thompson, also of the WVU music faculty, and they will be accompanied by pianist Sean Beachy, who received his doctorate in music composition from WVU in 2010.

The program includes: Michael Haydn’s “Double Concerto” for Horn and Trombone; David Amram’s “Trombone Alone” for Solo Trombone; “Sonata for Bass Trombone” by Scott Jones, who is a WVU doctoral candidate; and “Triangles” for Trombone, Horn and Bass Trombone by John Stevens.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.

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WVU Student Profile- Mirim Lee Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:53:23 +0000


Name –Mirim Lee


Hometown – South Korea. 


Degree Program / Year of Graduation – Master of Music – Flute / May 2014


Dream Job – Professional flutist


Why did you come to WVU? To improve my flute skills and also my English.


What do you like best about WVU? I really like the Student Recreation Center.


How did your foundations classes prepare you for your major? It helped increase my abilities. I realized after those classes that I could do anything by myself.


Did you find that you ended up enjoying a class at the CAC that you didn’t think you would? No, I love all classes.


What has been your favorite experience at the CAC? Playing for the opera and my orchestra experience. I love the different kinds of playing that I got to do.


Describe some opportunities that you have gotten to exhibit your own work or talent that you’ve gotten while studying at the CAC. The Young Artists competition, the orchestra experience I received, and all my recitals.


Who is your favorite professor and why? Of course Flute Professor Nina Assimakopoulos, but I love all the School of Music professors. They are really the warmest people ever.


Are there times when you’ve gotten the chance to learn from visiting artists/workshops or experts in your field of study? Yes. Professor Nina Assimakopoulos makes master classes every semester and there are many visiting artists in our flute studio to teach us and show how to play well.


How did a degree from the College prepare you for the real world? My degree has helped me practice my skills and prepare for anything in music. Also, my time management skills are a lot better now. My favorite part has been reading all about music and playing my flute all the time.


Would you recommend your major to an incoming student? Yes, of course. I hope everyone can feel our flute studio’s passion.

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