M.M. Jazz Studies, University of the Arts
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. James Moore, Associate Professor of Music, is the director of jazz ensembles and instructor of trumpet at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Since 2011 he has served as the chairperson of the Department of Music at WV Wesleyan and has worked to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region. Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of RH Factor – the Roger Humphries Quintet, the 21st Century Swing Band, and leads his own quartet. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many other collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra. Moore appeared on Bob Mintzer's GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment, released on the MCG Jazz label in 2012.
Dr. Moore studied trumpet with Bonnie Miltenberger, Neil Stalnaker, John Swana, and Tim Hagans. He holds an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts and Philadelphia, and is the first recipient of the PhD in Jazz Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where his advisor was Dr. Nathan T. Davis—founder of the original Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.
Bachelor of Music Education, Youngstown State University
Master of Music in Jazz Studies, Manhattan School of Music
Apollo, Pennsylvania native Jeff Bush began studying music at the age of four on an unlikely instrument, the banjo. He followed with the piano and then discovered the trombone which has become a lifelong pursuit. While a student at Youngstown State University, Bush performed with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. In his final year at YSU, Bush became linked to one of his musical heroes, receiving the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship. The award featured Bush at the 1999 International Trombone Festival and allowed him to study in Berlin, Germany with acclaimed trombonist, Jiggs Whigham.
In 2000 Jeff moved to New York City to begin a Master's degree at The Manhattan School of Music and to pursue a freelance career which continues to flourish today. Bush is honored to have performed with a number of great jazz artists including The Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin Big Band, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut, Kevin Mahogany, Marlena Shaw, Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks, Ahmad Jamal, Vanessa Rubin, Jimmy Heath and Anthony Braxton. Jeff has also been a featured soloist and substitute conductor for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Bush joined the big band of superstar Harry Connick Jr in February 2007 and stayed with the group through early 2009. During his tenure as lead trombonist, Jeff toured the world, made a number of network television appearances, special performances for The 2008 NBA All-Star Game and for Pope Benedict XVI and appeared on two releases for Columbia Records.
In other musical genres, Jeff has worked with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Paul Anka, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Caldwell, Freda Payne, HBO's The Sopranos and The New York City Ballet. He has also performed on tenor trombone, bass trombone and tuba in the pit orchestras of the New York City Broadway shows Wonderful Town, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, South Pacific and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. As a sideman Bush has appeared on over thirty albums, including Grapefruit Moon with Southside Johnny and Tom Waits. He has performed on The PBS Television special, My Sinatra, and can even be heard on "jingles" for the TV show Jeopardy and Rice-A-Roni. Jeff made his debut as leader in 2010 on "Ain't So Bad To Swing" for Beezwax Records and is currently working on his second studio project comprised of original material.
Jeff is very proud of his developments as an educator. He continues to work as a clinician with college and high school students as well as private instruction in his home studio. Additionally he serves as an adjunct instructor of trombone and jazz studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College, adjunct instructor of jazz studies at Duquesne University and adjunct instructor of jazz studies at his alma mater, Youngstown State University.
Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Otterbein College
Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Eastman School of Music
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Illinois
Bachelor of Music Education, West Liberty State University
Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, West Virginia University
Curtis Johnson, retired Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia University, had been on the WVU faculty for more than twenty years. He received his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from West Virginia University and his Bachelor of Music Degree from West Liberty State College. Curtis has been an adjunct faculty member at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and West Liberty State University in West Virginia.
Classically, Mr. Johnson has performed on numerous North American Saxophone Alliance Conference programs, World Saxophone Congress programs, and national Saxophone Symposium programs. He has performed as soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and substitute performer for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Johnson is also a renowned R&B performer. He has performed with such performers as Ray Charles, Little Anthony, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Isaac Hayes, Lou Rawls, The Spinners, B. J. Thomas, Tony Orlando and Dawn, Dionne Warwick, Martha Reeves, Cheryl Lynn, and is currently touring with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Mr. Johnson currently performs as a freelance performer and has completed many successful tours of Europe and performed on International Jazz Festivals. In addition, Mr. Johnson performs with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned trumpeter Sean Jones.
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Davis and Elkins College
Master of Applied Teaching, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Michigan
B. Mus., M.Mus., D.M.A., West Virginia University
D.M.A., University of Miami
Master of Music, University of Houston
Bachelor of Music, University of Miami
Lecturers in Music
Robert E. Baden, B.M.E.
Marguerite Bostonia, M.Mus., D.M.A.
Sarah Carr, M.C.C., M.S.M.
Donald Gardner, M.M.
Anne D. Hamilton, M.M.
T. Mark Hamrick, B.S.
Richard Manspeaker, B.Mus.
Jessica A. Scott, M.A.
Mary A. Spivak, D.M.A.
Robert Turizziani, B.M.
Linda Wagner, B.A.
Linda Wolfersheim, M.Ed.