Tuesday, February 5, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Department of Music Concert Series opens Friday, Feb. 8, with a concert featuring the Jazz Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Quartet in the Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Student Center. The program is free to the public. Both of these outstanding ensembles will present a program ranging from classic Jazz through the latest styles.
The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Kevin McManus, adjunct professor of music and trombone studio. He also teaches Brass Pedagogy and works with Brass Master Class and brass ensembles. McManus also performs in the Faculty Brass Quartet.
Faculty performing in the quartet include: Mark Antonich, guitar; Jeff Wachter, piano; Jeff Bremer, bass; and Perry Gatch, drums.
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present a concert Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
The Wind Ensemble is comprised of 45 musicians selected through audition at the beginning of each year. This ensemble has been invited to be a guest performance ensemble for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference in April. This is the third time that the Wind Ensemble has achieved this distinction.
The Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, associate professor of music, director of instrumental activities and chair of the department.
The Symphonic Band is open to all students with instrumental interest and experience. As a result, the band is comprised of music majors, minors and students from a majority of all other disciplines on campus.
Both ensembles will present a wide range of repertoire representing standard literature as well as recent compositions.
Nearly one-fourth of the Westminster students are involved in the music program.
Visit www.westminster.edu/culture for information about upcoming events.
Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 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 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 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.