College to Host Guest Musicians in Concert Sept. 4

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Westminster College Department of Music will host guest musicians Nicole Paglialonga, violin, and Phillip Paglialonga, clarinet, in concert Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

Violinist Paglialonga has performed nationally and internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician and teacher.  She is on the faculty at Bluefield College and performs with the Roanoke Symphony and Ash Lawn Opera.

Clarinetist Paglialonga is active as a recitalist, orchestral musician and educator.  He has appeared as a soloist on four continents and throughout North America.  He serves on the faculty at Virginia Tech and, during the summer, on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.  He is a founding member of the PEN Trio, which tours regularly throughout the United States.

Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor of music and Steinway Artist, will accompany the Paglialongas.  She teaches piano, accompanying, piano techniques and music theory; performs solo recitals; accompanies visiting guest artists; and travels extensively as a professional accompanying pianist and chamber music collaborator.  Guest solo appearances have included performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  A pianist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, DeSalvo earned an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University, master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, and doctorate from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Two of the selections on the program are "Capricious Variations for solo clarinet" and "Valediction for solo violin," original compositions by Dr. Daniel Perttu, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Music.

Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2008, is the music theory program coordinator.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College, two masters from Kent State University, and doctorate from Ohio State University.  His compositions have been performed regionally, nationally, and internationally in arts festivals, concerts, conferences, and solo recitals.  His peer-reviewed articles have been published in three journals. He has received awards and commissions from across the country, including the Johnstone Fund for New Music at the Columbus Foundation and the Shenango Valley Chorale in Sharon in honor of its 40th anniversary.

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 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 379 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.


Nicole Paglialonga

 


Dr. Phillip Paglialonga

 


Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo

 


Dr. Daniel Perttu