Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, Associate Professor
Department Chair, Director of Choral Activities, Voice
Dr. R. Daniel Hughes is Chairperson for the Department of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Liaison between the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre & Dance. He is also Artistic Director and Conductor for the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus of West Virginia. Dr. Hughes is the Collegiate Repertoire and Standards Chair for the West Virginia American Choral Directors’ Association (WVACDA), and is active as a tenor, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has presented several reading and interest sessions for ACDA, and has prepared and conducted choirs and singers for national, regional and state conferences. He wrote the article on Dominick Argento for the most recent edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Dr. Hughes received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Otterbein University, Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Christopher Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor
Music Theory, Music History, String Methods, Appalachian Ensemble
Composer Dr. Christopher Jones is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, teaching theory, musicianship, history, string methods, composition, chamber music and ensembles. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degrees, both in Composition, from West Virginia University as well as his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance, which he started at the University of South Florida. His work has been performed in concert halls and conferences in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. He is also a founding member of 18 Strings, a touring Americana band that has released 4 albums.
Dr. Melody Meadows, Professor
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.
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.
Low Brass, Visiting Director of Concert Band
Mr. Broadwater is currently the Chorus Director and Assistant Band Director at Bridgeport High School. Prior to this position, he was music teacher at Simpson and Johnson Elementary Schools in Bridgeport. Mr. Broadwater received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Alderson Broaddus University in 2015.
Dr. Timothy DeWitt
Brass, Brass Quintet
With three decades of experience in collegiate brass teaching and professional performance, DeWitt is invested in providing dynamic brass instruction. Assessment as it relates to Pedagogy is a specialty.
Having earned degrees from West Virginia University (BM in Applied Music, Trumpet), Bowling Green State University (MM in Trumpet Performance) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA in Performance and Literature—Trumpet) he is a former member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston. In addition to teaching brass lessons and coaching the WVWC Brass Quintet at Wesleyan, he serves as adjunct professor at West Virginia University. He also serves a co-leader for the May Term Ireland experience that Wesleyan provides in alternate years.
Music Education, Elementary Music Methods, Woodwind Methods, Orchestration
Scott Green teaches music at Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins, West Virginia. 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. Professor Green holds West Virginia teaching certification from Fairmont State University. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degrees in Music Composition from West Virginia University, and his Bachelors of Music in Saxophone and Composition from the University of Memphis.
Yaniv Gutman began playing the violin at age five in his native country of Israel and made his solo debut four years later with the Petakh-Tikva Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. He then competed in the international television talent show Bravo Bravissimo in Cremona, Italy and at fifteen years old, he moved to the United States to study at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. He continued his education at Columbus State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Artists’ Diploma under the instruction of Sergiu Schwartz. He went on to complete his Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Denver while studying with Linda Wang.
Yaniv holds various awards both as a soloist and a collaborator. As a solo performer, Yaniv has won the La Grange Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (Georgia), the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Columbus State University Concerto Competition, and, most recently, the West Virginia University Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Yaniv has also played in various chamber groups, winning both the University of Denver and West Virginia University Chamber Music Competitions.
Yaniv is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Musical Arts at West Virginia University where he studies with and serves as a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Mikylah Myers. He is also a member of West Virginia University’s graduate string quartet, the Montani Quartet, which will be returning this summer as the String Quartet Fellows at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In between his service as a teaching assistant at West Virginia University and an adjunct lecturer at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Yaniv also performs periodically with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra.
Leah Heater has been hailed for her “exquisite voice” and considerable “acting capabilities.” She has sung as a soloist at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and with opera companies such as Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Maine, Sarasota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and Washington Concert Opera. She has performed the operatic roles of Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Gertrude in Hamlet, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Principessa in Suor Angelica, Zita in Baba in The Medium, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Carmen in Carmen and La tragedie de Carmen, Princess Eboli in Don Carlos, Riccardo in Riccardo Primo, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Aloès in L’étoile, the Page in Salome, Flora in La Traviata, Aunt Cecelia in Little Women, Juno in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress.
She was fortunate to collaborate with Ricky Ian Gordon in workshops and world premieres of his operas 27 and Morning Star, and with Jake Heggie in his workshop of Great Scott. In concert, she has sung as mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Das Lied von der Erde, John Adam’s El Niño, Händel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and most recently, Verdi’s Requiem with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
She has received prizes from the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, Opera Ithaca International Voice Competition, Mildred Miller International Voice Competition, and the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition.
Leah is a graduate of the Master of Music and Artist Diploma programs at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. She also serves as adjunct professor of voice at West Virginia Wesleyan College and at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Other roles this past season include Fricka in The Valkyrie with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Julia Child in the one woman show, Bon Appettit! Opera Maine. Leah is thrilled to make her role debut as Amneris in Aida this season with Virginia Opera, where she was a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist in 2015-2016.
Dr. Lillian F. Long
Voice and Music Department Collaborator/Accompanist
Dr. Lillian F. Long has a distinguished career as a collaborative artist and music educator. She received a B.S. in Music Education from Manchester University (Indiana), an M.M. in Organ Performance from the University of Akron (Ohio), and an M.M. in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying from the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign), where she studied with world-renowned accompanist Mr. John Wustman.
As a collaborative artist, Dr. Long has worked with numerous conductors including Robert Shaw, Dale Warland, Kenneth Fulton, Harold Decker, Ann Howard Jones, Grant Cooper, and Dan Hughes, and accompanied choirs at the Eastern Division Music Educators National Conferences, West Virginia American Choral Directors Association Conferences, and West Virginia All-State Conferences. Her accompanying career has included collaboration with artists Dr. Ollie Watts Davis at the Governor’s Mansion, Charleston, West Virginia, on NPR Pittsburgh, and on tour in Costa Rica for Centro Cultural; with Metropolitan Opera star Jerome Hines as part of the Accompanist for Arts Series; and with the Alderson Broaddus University Concert Choir during European tours to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France and England.
Dr. Long has spent nearly 35 years in higher education, teaching applied voice, diction, and vocal techniques, directing the Opera Scenes productions and the University/Community Handbell Choir, and serving as College Organist, Faculty Accompanist, Music Department Chair, and Music Department Events Coordinator at Alderson Broaddus University (Philippi, West Virginia). There she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2008 and the Honorary Doctorate of Music in 2015. She currently serves as a collaborative artist/accompanist and adjunct voice professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Adam Loudin is the director of instrumental and choral music at Robert L. Bland Middle School in Lewis County, WV. After graduating from Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, Adam received his Master of Music degree in jazz studies from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he was the graduate assistant to legendary jazz educator, Dr. David Baker. In 2013, he was named the Lewis County Teacher of the Year and in 2016, 2017, and 2018 his band and choirs were named WV Music Educators Association State Honor Ensembles. Adam returned to WVWC in 2013 as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education and has been a guest conductor and clinician around the state as both a choral and instrumental music educator. He continues to be an active freelance trumpeter in the region as a member of the WV Brass Quintet, a leader of small jazz ensembles, and a sideman with musicians from Pittsburgh to Washington DC
Guitar and Bass Guitar
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 studio production credits include albums for local/regional artists and Carol Markstrom’s Academy of Western Artists award-winning CD, “Crossing Borders”. Seth performs regularly as a solo/duo act, and with ensembles: Queen City Funk & Soul, ZEN, The Elk River Ramblers, and others. 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).
Director of Library Services and Archivist, Music Librarian, Clarinet
Brett Miller has served as the director of the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library at West Virginia Wesleyan College since 2017, and continues to coordinate the College’s music library, which he has done since 2008. He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, and graduated with undergraduate degrees in religion and clarinet performance (with honors) from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2006. A versatile musician, he has performed with the River Cities Symphony Orchestra in Marietta, Ohio, as well as in a variety of local and regional ensembles and musical productions. He currently serves as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, has served as a keyboardist for commencement ceremonies at West Virginia University since 2014, and has sung with a variety of regional choral ensembles.
Dr. James Moore, Associate Professor, Dean of the College
Jazz Ensembles, 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.
Saxophone and Jazz Ensembles
Richard Norwood is a retired music teacher from Randolph County and Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has spent the last 30 plus years performing throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania in a variety of musical settings. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Virginia University.
Dr. Jessica Scott
Principles of Music Research, Accompanist
Jessica Scott (MM, MSoc, PhD) teaches the senior research course for Music Majors, Principles of Music Research (MUSC 475). Dr. Scott’s principal instrument is the pipe organ. She serves as organist at First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg. Dr. Scott is Coordinator of the Gender Studies program on campus, but because of her background in Applied Music and the Social Sciences, she guides students majoring in Applied Music or students receiving a BA in Music through the advanced writing requirement (MUSC 475) they must fulfill to complete their degrees. Dr. Scott earned her MM in Organ Performance from the University of Illinois in 2006, MSoc from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2011, and a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 2018.
Flute, Flute Ensemble
Linda Wolfersheim has taught flute for over 25 years, teaching briefly at Davis & Elkins College and Alderson-Broadus University. She has been an Adjunct Flute Instructor and Flute Ensemble Director at West Virginia Wesleyan College since 2001. She studied flute in the Washington D.C. area and Morgantown, West Virginia with accomplished flute performers. For over a decade Linda performed annually at Fort New Salem as a member of Whistler’s Children Recorder Quartet. Linda is presently a member of Mountain Winds trio and performs regularly on flute and bass clarinet at the Beverly Heritage Center, Beverly, West Virginia. She received a B.A. in Music from Davis & Elkins College where she studied with Dr. Melody Meadows. She also holds a B.A. in Education from James Madison University and an M. Ed. from the University of Virginia.