Westminster College Symphony Orchestra to Perform May 1

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Music pieces include: Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Variations on a Shaker Melody by Copland, Andante Festivo by Sibelius, Kommt ein schlanker Bursch from "Der Freischutz" by von Weber, featuring Kathleen Bachtel singing soprano; Concerto Number 2 for Marimba and Orchestra (Movement III) by Gillingham, featuring Cody Floyd, marimba; and Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky.

The concert is under the direction of Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music. She directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She joined the Westminster faculty in 2009.  Crawford Perttu earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's and doctorate from Ohio State University.

Westminster College offers a broad program in music, open to majors and non-majors alike. The Choral and Instrumental Programs at Westminster College include 350-400 students from all areas of the campus. Students may choose from five large instrumental performing groups on campus.

Contact 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 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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