Music

Music has been an integral part of campus life at WVWC since its founding. It engages students, faculty and community members in the understanding and appreciation of music, and help students become accomplished musicians.

The Bachelor of Music Education degree serves those who are preparing for the teaching profession, and the Bachelor of Arts degree accommodates those pursuing a liberal arts degree or wishing to emphasize a particular aspect of music such as performance or theory in their study. Various options for a contract major combining music with other disciplines, such as business or Christian education, are possible.

The music department’s small size means that music majors, minors, and non-majors all have access to private instruction from members of our faculty. Our performing ensembles are open to anyone, regardless of major, pending a successful audition.

  • Faculty

    Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Director of Choral Activities, Voice
    Email: hughes_r@wvwc.edu

    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. Melody Meadows, Professor, Piano and Organ
    Email: Meadows@wvwc.edu

    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.

    Dr. Robert Palmer, Director of Athletic Bands
    Email: palmer.r@wvwc.edu

    Dr. Robert Palmer earned his Doctorate of Music in Brass Performance from Florida State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Illinois University where he served as a graduate assistant in the band program.

    Prior to leaving to pursue his doctorate degree, Palmer spent 2 ½ years as Director of Athletic Bands at Alderson Broaddus University.

    Palmer is an accomplished horn player, vocalist, pianist, trumpet player and composer.

    Part Time Faculty

    Alan Cline, Voice
    Email: aclinebaritone@gmail.comAlan Cline is a Dramatic Baritone currently living and working in the greater Pittsburgh area. He serves as Adjunct Instructor of Voice at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has appeared on stages across the country and in Europe in opera, theater, concert, and recital. Some of his recent credits include Rigoletto and Don Carlo with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Carmen with Opera Naples, Tosca and La Traviata with Finger Lakes Opera, Gianni Schicchi
    and Rigoletto with Si parla, si canta and Cosi fan tutte with Midsummer Night’s Opera. Frequently seen on the competition stage, Cline is the recent winner of the Irma Cooper prize at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards in New York City and a former national Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition (now Laffont) twice winning the Pittsburgh District and the Great Lakes Region. He holds a Bachelors of Music degree from West Liberty University, a Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently
    enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at West Virginia University where he studies with
    Robert Chafin and teaches as a Graduate Assistant. He also maintains a large private studio at C.A. House Music in St. Clairsville. Alan will present Schubert’s Winterreise in concert at multiple venues and schools in the Pittsburgh area with pianist Lucas Barkley over the next year and the two will also present a concert this fall at Carnegie Mellon as co-winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Auditions.

    Mike Dawson, Percussion
    Email: mike@drumfactorydirect.com

    Michael Dawson is Chief Creative Officer for Drum Factory Direct, the leading e-commerce website for drum parts and accessories. He is also the producer and host of the top-ranking weekly Drum Candy Podcast, featuring in-depth interviews with world-renowned musicians, drum makers, and retailers, detailed gear reviews and demos, valuable lessons, listener Q&As, and tech tips.

    Before joining the executive team at DFD, Dawson spent seventeen years as Managing Editor for Modern Drummer; the
    world’s most widely read magazine for drummers. He co-founded and co-hosted the long-running Modern Drummer Podcast With Mike and Mike, which reached nearly 2 million downloads.

    Michael performed weekly on Broadway as a substitute drummer for the hit musical Lion King. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
    In addition to his duties as the percussion instructor at WVWC, Mike is Senior Lecturer in music journalism at the University of the Arts and Visiting Professor in recording arts at Peabody Conservatory. He produces drum tracks for artists all around the world out of his home studio in Pittsburgh.

    Scott Green, Music Education, Elementary Music Methods, Woodwind Methods, Orchestration
    Email: sandbgreen@frontier.com

    Scott Green recently retired from teaching music at Third Ward Elementary School in Elkins, West Virginia. He is a composer and arranger, a church organist, former 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.

    Andrea Di Gregorio, Cello
    Email: abdigregorio@gmail.com

    A founding member of the Montclaire String Quartet, dedicated teacher and author of over seven musical plays for children, cellist ANDREA DI GREGORIO has shared her passion for chamber music through both her instrument and her innovative educational programs. A native of Casper, Wyoming, Ms. Di Gregorio received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and her Master’s degree from Yale University as a student of Aldo Parisot. Post-graduate study continued with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin at the esteemed Institute of Chamber Music. Ms. Di Gregorio has held principal cellist positions in the Cedar Falls, Seneca, River Cities, New Hampshire Music Festival and currently, West Virginia Symphony Orchestras. She has participated as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in concerts on three continents including two recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. A strong proponent of music education, she has served on the faculties of the University of Northern Iowa and currently West Virginia State University. She is also an Artist-in-Residence and director of the string education program in five local elementary schools in the Charleston, WV area. She has recordings with the Yale Cellos on the Delos label and with Montclaire String Quartet on the Koch label.

    Yaniv Gutman, Violin
    Email: gutman.y@wvwc.edu

    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.

    Ryan Kerwin, Trumpet and French Horn
    Email: kerwin.r@wvwc.edu

    Ryan Kerwin is a music educator and trumpeter from Morgantown, West Virginia. Ryan is passionate about making music education approachable and accessible to students with musical interests outside of the traditional band, orchestra, or choir curriculum. In addition to his role at WVWC, he serves as Associate Instructor of Trumpet and Jazz Improvisation at the WVU Community Music Program, Co-Director of the Mon River New Horizons Band at WVU, and as a Graduate Assistant in Music Education at WVU. For the past several summers, Ryan has served as Administrative Intern with the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and the annual Jazz Port Townsend Workshop in WA. Ryan maintains an active freelance calendar as a classical/jazz trumpet player and as a founding member of Monongahela Brass. His playing is featured on the forthcoming NewStream Brass album, “A Step Forward” and on his jazz septet project, “Gratitude,” both available on all streaming platforms. Ryan received a B.A. in Music from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, an M.M. in Jazz Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education from West Virginia University. At Frost, he studied jazz composition and arranging with keyboardist Martin Bejerano and Dr. Stephen Guerra respectively. Ryan’s primary mentors on trumpet include John Schlabach, Dr. Robert Sears, and multi- Grammy winner Brian Lynch.

    Dr. Lillian F. Long, Voice and Music Department Collaborator/Accompanist
    Email: long.l1@wvwc.edu

    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, Music Education
    Email: adam.loudin@gmail.com

    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

    Seth Maynard, Guitar and Bass Guitar
    Email: Seth1studio@gmail.com

    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).

    TJ Metzger, Low Brass
    Email: metzger.t@wvwc.edu

    Timothy Metzger is the director of instrumental and choral music at Geary Elementary Middle School in Roane County, WV. After graduating from Wesleyan with a Bachelor of Music Education, Timothy received his Master in Brass Performance and Pedagogy from Ohio University where he studied under Dr. Jason Smith on tuba and euphonium and Dr. Lucas Borges on bass trombone. In addition to teaching the low brass studio at West Virginia Wesleyan, Timothy enjoys teaching his private studio which includes multiple all state band participants, and coaches the low brass ensemble for Roane County High School.

    Brett Miller, Director of Library Services and Archivist, Music Librarian, Clarinet
    Email: miller_bt@wvwc.edu

    Brett Miller is currently the Director of Research at Orion Strategies in Buckhannon, but also serves as the music librarian at West Virginia Wesleyan College, a role he has held 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 both 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, is an officer in the Monongahela Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and sings with both the Madrigal Singers of Clarksburg and Maestri Vocale based in Morgantown.

    Richard Norwood, Saxophone and Jazz Ensembles
    Email: rnorwood@suddenlink.net

    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.

    Tyler Perske, Director of Jazz Ensemble
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    Dr. Jessica Scott, Principles of Music Research, Accompanist
    Email: scott_j@wvwc.edu

    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.

  • Majors
    • Music – Applied Music or Theory emphases – B.A.

      Students will:

      • Students will demonstrate proficiency with the standard concepts of music theory including part-writing, counterpoint, ear training, sight reading, and theoretical analysis of music from a variety of eras and styles.
      • Students will differentiate the historical contexts of Western musical tradition from medieval times to the present.
      • Students will demonstrate a level of performance skills that includes standard literature and studies requisite for graduate study.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of current teaching methods and learning theories, as well as the ability to plan and deliver instruction successfully to diverse groups of students in a variety of musical contexts, using currently available materials and technologies.
      • Students will participate in an enhanced cultural life on the campus and in the greater community through their music courses, and attendance in ensembles and concerts, promulgating a variety of musical styles.
    • Music Education – B.M.E.

      Students will: 

      • Students will demonstrate proficiency with the standard concepts of music theory including part-writing, counterpoint, ear training, sight reading, and theoretical analysis of music from a variety of eras and styles.
      • Students will differentiate the historical contexts of Western musical tradition from medieval times to the present.
      • Students will demonstrate a level of performance skills that includes standard literature and studies requisite for graduate study.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of current teaching methods and learning theories, as well as the ability to plan and deliver instruction successfully to diverse groups of students in a variety of musical contexts, using currently available materials and technologies.
      • Students will participate in an enhanced cultural life on the campus and in the greater community through their music courses, and attendance in ensembles and concerts, promulgating a variety of musical styles.
  • Minors
    • Music

      Students will: 

      • Students will demonstrate proficiency with the standard concepts of music theory including part-writing, counterpoint, ear training, sight reading, and theoretical analysis of music from a variety of eras and styles.
      • Students will differentiate the historical contexts of Western musical tradition from medieval times to the present.
      • Students will demonstrate a level of performance skills that includes standard literature and studies requisite for graduate study.
      • Students will demonstrate knowledge of current teaching methods and learning theories, as well as the ability to plan and deliver instruction successfully to diverse groups of students in a variety of musical contexts, using currently available materials and technologies.
      • Students will participate in an enhanced cultural life on the campus and in the greater community through their music courses, and attendance in ensembles and concerts, promulgating a variety of musical styles.
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