Westminster College to Present Flute and Clarinet Duo Recital March 6

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will present the Flute and Clarinet Duo Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature world premieres, including Algonquin Visions by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster assistant professor of music theory and composition. It will also feature guests Jennifer Laubenthal playing the clarinet and Kathy Melago playing the flute.

Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2008, earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College, two master's degrees from Kent State University, and a doctorate from Ohio State University.  His 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, including for a piece that was performed by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Shenango Valley Chorale.

Laubenthal is assistant professor of clarinet at Eastern New Mexico University, where she teaches Applied Clarinet, Woodwind Methods, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, and a master's and a doctorate from Ohio State University. Laubenthal performs regularly with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Lima Area Concert Band - both in Ohio, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mercer Community Band. She can also be heard on the Naxos recordings "Winds of Nagal" and "Southern Harmony."

Melago is assistant professor of music education at Slippery Rock University, where she supervises music field experience students and student teachers, and teaches Introduction to Music Education, Woodwind Methods, Guitar Methods for Music Education, Instrumental Methods, Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques, and Introduction to Music. She earned her undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University, a master's from the University of Northern Iowa, and her doctorate from Ohio State University. Melago published Modal Exercises for Double- and Triple-Tonguing Mastery in 2012 and received distinction as a finalist in the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music competition.

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 378 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 41 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


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(L-R) Kathy Melago and Jennifer Laubenthal.