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Orchestra Director Presented at National Conference

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, presented at the American String Teachers Association national conference March 22-24 in Atlanta.

Crawford Perttu presented a research poster, "A Manual for the Learning of Traditional Scottish Fiddling: Design, Development, and Effectiveness," and two educational sessions: "Deep Musicianship: How Fiddle Traditions Foster the Skills and Attitudes of the Complete Musician" with Swedish fiddler Andrea Hoag and Cajun fiddler David Greely; and "Scottish Ornaments: How to Make Scottish Airs Sound Scottish."

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 Forbes.com. 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu