Music Professor's Latest Compositions Premiered

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Two recent compositions by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, were premiered this month.

"Three Draconian Dames," a song cycle based on poems written by Perttu, was performed by baritone Shawn Roy and pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor of music, at the University of Alabama at Hunstville's new music festival Feb. 9.

"Mountain Twilight" was premiered by the Greenville Symphony and Shenango Valley Chorale Feb. 17 in Hermitage and Feb. 18 in Greenville.  The composition was commissioned by the chorale for its 40th anniversary.

"Both premieres went extremely well," Perttu said.  "I was particularly excited to hear the premiere of ‘Mountain Twilight' since it was written for such large forces.  Composing for combined orchestra and chorus is a composer's dream come true."

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

Contact Perttu at (724) 946-7024 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 Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Daniel Perttu