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Music Faculty Performed at National Conference

Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010

Westminster College music faculty performed a colleague's composition at the Society of Composers, Inc., national conference Nov. 14 at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia.

"Towers of Dalmatia," a rhapsody for saxophone and piano composed by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster assistant professor, was performed by pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor, and saxophonist James Flowers, Westminster adjunct faculty.

"Towers of Dalmatia" was among the 21 percent of submissions chosen in a peer-review process from a national application pool for performance at the conference.

DeSalvo and Flowers previously performed the composition at Ohio University and Augustana College.

"It was a pleasure to collaborate again with Nancy and Jim," Perttu said. "They are fine musicians and their performance was very well received."

DeSalvo, who has been with Westminster since 2000, earned an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University, master's from Manhattan School of Music, and doctorate from The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Flowers earned an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and master's from Bowling Green State University.

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 was recently commissioned by the Johnstone Fund for New Music at the Columbus Foundation and is working on a commission for chorus and orchestra from the Shenango Valley Chorale in Sharon.

Contact Perttu at (724) 946-7024 or e-mail for additional information.

(L-r) Jim Flowers, Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Dr. Daniel Perttu