WV Music Teachers State Conference

Shepherd University will host the 42nd Annual State Conference of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, Thursday through Saturday, November 6th through 8th. Bringing together teachers and students from across the state, the conference will have a collaborative focus, featuring workshops, master classes, concerts and special topics forums. This year the conference artists include pianist Lucy Mauro and tenor Donald George, commissioned composer John Beall, and very special guest artists Leon Fleisher and his wife Katherine Jacobson Fleisher. In addition, students from across the state will be competing for prizes in piano, strings, organ, and chamber music. All of the events and activities will take place in the Frank Arts Center on the campus of Shepherd University, and most will be free and open to the public.

Pianist Lucy Mauro and tenor Donald George will present a concert of "The Wicked Songs of Heinrich Heine" on Thursday November 6th at 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. On Friday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the Frank Center M08 Recital Hall, the pair will also present a workshop entitled "Sound, Sentiment and Subtleties of Expression: What Pianists and Singers Can Learn from Each Other." Admission to both of these events is free and open to the public.

Students from Fairmont, Marshall and Shepherd Universities will be featured in a Collegiate Piano Ensemble Recital on Friday, November 7th at 2:00 p.m. in the M21 Rehearsal Hall. Admission to this recital is free and open to the public.

Also on Friday, November 7th, commissioned composer, Dr. John Beall, will premiere his Preludes for Piano and discuss the commissioning process. Free and open to the public, this recital and discussion will take place in the Frank Center M08 Recital Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

At 8:00 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater, the Friends of Music will present, as part of their Guest Artist Series, world-renowned pianist and conductor, and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Leon Fleisher, along with his wife Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, in a concert program featuring music by Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak and Brahms, entitled "Shall We Dance?" The program is a delightful combination of solo and collaborative works, featuring Landler by Schubert, Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, Waltzes by Brahms and Ravel, as well as a transcription of the magnificent La Valse also by Ravel. Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman describes Fleisher as "a consummate musician whose career is a moving testament to the life-affirming power of art." Tickets in advance are $35 for general admission. Tickets at the door are $40 for general admission, $30 faculty, staff, seniors, $20 for students 18 and under, and free to Shepherd students. For ticket information to this concert, sponsored by Kinexum, call 304-876-5765 or visit www.sufom.org.

On Saturday, November 8th, Leon Fleisher will present a master class in the Frank Center Theater from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Throughout the day, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the Mountain State and MTNA Competitions will take place, and at 2:00 p.m. in the Frank Center Theater, there will be an Instrumental and Vocal Competition Winners Recital, followed by the Piano Competition Winners Recital at 3:15 p.m. Both of these recitals are free and open to the public.

For more information call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.