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Music Majors Received Drinko Grants to Attend International Conference

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011

Seven Westminster College music majors and their band director attended the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Conference Dec. 14-17 in Chicago.

The event is the largest instrumental conference in the world, drawing close to 20,000 musicians, students, band and orchestra conductors, and instrument manufacturers.

The Westminster students received travel/presentation grants from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  They are: music education majors Natalie Bok, Sara Eliser, Stephen Flory, Leisl Groubert, Aaron McAfee, Shawn Sisler, and music major Devin Greig.

Attending with the students was Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster associate professor of music and director of bands.

"I like to provide music students one experience with this conference while they are undergraduates so that, hopefully, they will make it a regular event throughout their careers," Greig said.  "They had the opportunity to meet many of the composers whose music they have performed, hear numerous premiere performances, and witness some of the finest bands and orchestras from around the world."

Greig, who serves as chair of Westminster's Department of Music, joined the faculty in 1995.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Grove City College, master's degree from Youngstown State University, and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or email for additional information about the conference.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  The Undergraduate Research Initiative provides funding for students to conduct research and to present their research at regional and national conferences.  Click here for more information about the Drinko Center and its programs.

Front (l-r): Sara Eliser, Liesl Groubert, Natalie Bok. Middle (l-r): Aaron McAfee, Steve Flory, Shawn Sisler. Back: Dr. R. Tad Greig