Department Chair, Choral Activities, Voice
Dr. R. Daniel Hughes is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he directs the Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum and the Wesleyan Singers. He also teaches courses in choral conducting, applied voice, and music appreciation, and acts as the liaison between the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance. He is also Artistic Director for the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus of West Virginia. Dr. Hughes is active as adjudicator and clinician. In conjunction with the American Choral Director’s Association, he has presented several reading and interest sessions, and prepared and conducted choirs and singers for national, regional and state conferences. He wrote the article on Dominick Argento for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Dr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Otterbein College, Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Illinois.
Percussion, Music Theory, Music History, Jazz Ensembles
Jazz musician, drummer and educator Kyle Andrews began playing in his hometown of Shepherdstown, WV and has since performed in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York City, and the greater North-Central WV area. He holds a BME from WV Wesleyan and a MM in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in and around the state of West Virginia. His articles and reviews have been published in Modern Drummer Magazine. With interests and pursuits in both performance and scholarship, Andrews hopes to help students to not only perform at their highest possible level, but also to think critically about their relationship with music and the world around them.
Piano and Organ
Dr. Melody Meadows is Professor of Piano and Organ at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Seoul, Korea, with her most recent performances at Yale University. In addition, she has also appeared with Today’s Brass, the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet, The American Boychoir, Larry Groce of Mountain Stage, The West Virginia Symphony and the Larry Parsons Chorale. Dr. Meadows holds a Master’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a DMA in Organ Performance from The University of Michigan and is Director of Music at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elkins, West Virginia.
Dean of the College
Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation
James H. Moore, PhD, is Associate Professor of Music at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Dean of the College. He has been a member of the faculty since 2006. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and has performed with Jimmy Heath, Bob Mintzer, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, and many other internationally recognized jazz artists.
Director of Bands, Tuba and Euphonium
Logan Lindsey is currently the Director of Bands and tuba/euphonium professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He started in this position in January of 2014 to restart the Marching Band program and take over the concert band program. Each Fall since has shown a great deal of success with the Bobcat Marching Band, which has quickly become one of the hardest grooving bands in the region. Logan performs frequently as a soloist and conductor throughout the United States. As a performer, he is rooted in both classical and jazz. In various orchestras, quintets, and other ensembles, Logan has performed with Plácido Domingo, Doc Severinsen, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway and many others. On a different type of stage, he has also performed with The Dirty Dozen, Bonerama, did a world premiere of a trio with world-renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and performs in the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. Logan is also an avid composer, arranger and drill writer for regional marching bands.
With three decades of experience in collegiate brass teaching and professional performance, DeWitt is invested in providing dynamic brass instruction (lessons, clinics, master classes, and coaching) to students of all ages and ability levels.
Having earned degrees from West Virginia University, Bowling Green State University, and the Eastman School of Music, he is a former member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, and a former professor at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV. He is currently serves as adjunct professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Fairmont State University. For more details on his work, please visit www.DeWittBrassStudios.com
Scott Green teaches music at Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins WV and is an adjunct faculty member at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is a composer and arranger, a church organist, music director for the Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices, and a longtime member of WVU’s Miltenberger Jazz Quartet. He holds a DMA in music composition from WVU.
Mezzo-Soprano Leah Heater just finished the Resident Artist Program with Pittsburgh Opera, where she sang the roles of Flora in La Traviata and The Page in Salome, in which she “impressed” with her “solid low register” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). She portrayed the title role in Riccardo Primo, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Jessie Castner in the Long Walk. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan and is a graduate of the Master’s and Artist Diploma programs at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She has also sung as soloist in Dvorák’s Requiem (Annapolis Symphony Orchestra) and with Asheville Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. In June of 2015, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. Ms. Heater sang the title role of Carmen in the touring reduction with Cincinnati Opera as well as the full length version with Rome Festival Opera.
Seth Maynard’s years of training at Berklee College of Music are evident in his skillful and colorful guitar and vocal stylings. He performs as many as 100 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He owns and operates Lone Wolf Productions, where his recording/producing/performing/teaching credits are numerous, including sound mixing and performing for the West Virginia PBS/ RFD-TV show, “American Mountain Theater”. Seth’s recent production credits include Cassidy Dickens” “Ghosts” CD and Carol Markstrom’s Academy of Western Artists award-winning CD, “Crossing Borders”. Seth performs regionally as a solo/duo act, and with small ensembles: The Cool Cats, ZEN, The Elk River Ramblers, and The Ginsangers. Seth has toured the country, performing with various artists (ZEN, John Angotti), and opened for many national/international artists over the course of his career (Robert Randolph, Bela Fleck, String Cheese Incident, and others).
Bass and Bass Guitar
After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Thompson attended Duquesne University for two years as a Double Bass Performance Major.
As a professional jazz bassist for the last ten years or so, he has shared the stage with some of music’s greatest artists including: Milt Jackson, George Benson, Jon Faddis, James Moody, Curtis Fuller, Kenia, Joe Harris, Gary Bartz, Slide Hampton, James Williams, Grover Washington Jr, Roger Humphries, Kenny Drew Jr, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, and many others. Thompson also toured the world with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson as musical director (’97-’99), as well as playing in the late, great saxophonist Stanley Turrentine’s last touring group (’99-’00).
Voice, Music Theater
Dr. Usilton brings a wide range of musical experience to her teaching and performance, often highlighting the vast American musical landscape: music theater, art song, contemporary and commercial styles, and the areas in between. Her research focuses on issues of vocal production and performance in music theater and contemporary commercial music, specifically the female belt/mix voice. She holds the B.A. in music from Salisbury University, the M.A. in vocal performance (music theater concentration) from New York University, and the DMA in vocal pedagogy and performance from West Virginia University. Prior to joining the faculty at WV Wesleyan, Dr. Usilton held teaching positions at West Virginia University, Salisbury University, New York University, and Wor-Wic Community College (MD).