Music Professor Was Guest Conductor for Beaver County Festival

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, was guest conductor of the string orchestra at the Beaver County Chorus and String Festival Jan. 12-13 at Western Beaver High School in Industry.

The string ensemble included students from grades eight-12 who play violin, viola, cello, or bass.  They represented Beaver High School, Blackhawk School District, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, and Beaver County Christian School.

The festival was two days of rehearsals followed by a concert Friday evening.

Crawford Perttu, who serves as director of the Westminster College Symphony Orchestra, joined the faculty full time in 2011.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and master's degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  She has studied Gaelic, fiddling, and fiddle pedagogy at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland.

Contact Crawford Perttu at (724) 946-7271 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu