Westminster College Assistant Professor's Composition Released on CD

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, composed a piece, "Gloamin," that was recently released on the album LOCK and KEY.

"Gloamin" was performed by Dr. Andrea Loewy, flute, and Dr. Yuling Huang-Davie, piano. Loewy is professor of flute and theory at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Huang-Davie is coordinator of accompanying and music coach of the University of Louisiana's Opera Theatre.

The album was released on the Navona Records label. Recently one of Perttu's orchestral pieces was released as the title feature of the Navona album Light and Shadow. Navona Records is distributed internationally by Naxos, which is the largest independent label in the world.

Parma Recordings, Navona's parent label, said the album "opens the door to discover harmonious, melodic chamber works tied together by a shared understanding of the most treasured aspects of humanity. Through diverse experiences and impressionism, each composer highlights that which makes us human but is all too easy to hide away."

LOCK and KEY is available on amazon.com, ITunes and Spotify.

Perttu's music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. In addition, Perttu's music has been published by BRS Music, Inc., as well as Dorn Publications. He 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 is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. 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