Music Professor Featured at New Music Festival

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dr. Jason Howard, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of music, was a featured performer at the Dana School of Music's Dana New Music Festival May 2 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Howard, who has been principal cellist with the Dana New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra since 1994, soloed in the ensemble's performance of Robert Rollin's "By the Fireside," a composition commissioned by the Youngstown Commission for Jewish Education.  The piece is a setting of the folk song of the same name by Mark M. Warshawsky and features solo cello, solo string quartet, and chamber orchestra. 

"Short No. 4: For Pete's Sake," a composition written by Howard for the Steubenville High School Orchestra and premiered by that ensemble in December, was also performed by the Dana New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra.

Howard, who teaches music theory, applied composition, and applied cello, has been with Westminster since 2007.  He earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Youngstown State University and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Contact Howard at (724) 946-7025 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. Jason Howard