Westminster College Assistant Professor's Composition Published

Thursday, September 6, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, composed a piece that was recently published by Dorn Publications. The company contains the world's largest selection of saxophone sheet music.

"Towers of Dalmatia: A Rhapsody for Saxophone and Piano" was written for and performed by pianist Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor, and saxophonist James Flowers, adjunct faculty. They premiered the piece at Westminster College and have performed it in Illinois, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Perttu's music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Recently, his music has been released on the Navona records label; one of his orchestral pieces is the title feature of the CD entitled Light and Shadow. In addition, Perttu's music has been published by BRS Music, Inc.

Perttu has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country.  One notable recent commission was for a piece that was performed by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Shenango Valley Chorale.

Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2008, earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College, two masters from Kent State University, and doctorate from Ohio State University.

Contact Perttu at (724) 946-7024 or email for more 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 377 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.


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Dr. Daniel Perttu, assistant professor of music theory and composition