S.C.O.R.E. (Student Composers Organized to Realize Excellence) is the West Virginia University chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), a national organization for professional composers. Many, but not all, members of the national organization are associated with academia, a fact mirrored in the WVU S.C.O.R.E. chapter that is comprised of majors and non-majors. S.C.O.R.E. members receive online publications from SCI that detail opportunities for composition contests, commissions, various national and international conferences, and a listserv/forum for discussion of compositional issues. S.C.O.R.E. sponsors concerts of new music at WVU’s Creative Arts Center and visits to Heinz Hall for the concerts of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. One member of S.C.O.R.E. is chosen by the PSO’s Composer-of-the-Year for reading each spring by the PSO. Funds generated by member dues provide for recording session and other benefits. The chapter is an accredited student organization with WVU Student Affairs, elects its own officers, and is sponsored by Dr. John Beall, Composer-in-Residence.
WVLB (West Virginia Low Brass) is a recognized student organization that includes all music majors whose primary instrument is the trombone, euphonium or tuba. In a typical year the combined trombone/euphonium/tuba studios are comprised of 25 to 30 students. WVLB is also open to other students who actively pursue their musical interest while atWVU.
The activities of the WVU Horn Ensembles are supported by a recognized University student organization, the Horn Club of West Virginia University. The purpose of the organization is, according to its constitution, “to strengthen and promote the WVU Horn Ensembles and, in accordance with the aims and purposes of the International Horn Society, promote ‘knowledge about the Horn and its literature,’ and ‘promote communication among its players.’” The membership of theWVU Horn Club is open to hornists who are or who will become members of the International Horn Society and who participate in the WVU Horn Ensembles. The voting membership is limited to the club members who are WVU students.
The WVU Horn Ensembles have been presented at International Horn Workshops at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Western Michigan University, and Florida State University as well as regional workshops at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Virginia Tech. In 1995, WVU hosted a Southeast Horn Workshop that attracted more than 350 participants and featured Barry Tuckwell, Gail Williams, the American Horn Quartet, and many other artists, clinicians, and exhibitors. In addition to participating in professional conferences, the Horn Ensemble also give community service and other “outreach” performances.
The purpose of the WVU JAZZ CLUB is to strengthen and promote the WVU Jazz Area, promote knowledge about jazz, and promote communication among its performers and enthusiasts.
Membership is open to all jazz enthusiasts. The voting membership of this organization shall be limited to WVU students who are active in the WVU Jazz Ensembles.
An extremely active organization, WVU ASTA is committed to promoting string education throughout the region and enhancing the experience of current WVU string students. We invite you to contact us if you would like even more information about our school and our chapter. We’re sure you’ll discover why our program and chapter at WVU is simply amazing! Mikylah Myers McTeer, Chapter Adviser
Kappa Kappa Psi is the national band fraternity which has chapters at various colleges and universities throughout the country. At WVU, our chapter is titled the Omicron chapter; it is a coed organization consisting of approximately 25-30 members. The organization, which celebrates it’s 82nd Anniversary in June of 2008, has a rich history of service to the bands and is steeped in tradition. Over the past years, Omicron has developed into one of the leading chapters in the entire country. Several times, our chapter has been selected as the top KKΨ; chapter in the Northeast District!
The primary purpose of KKΨ; is to provide service to the band program. Here at WVU, the Omicron chapter assists with many of the logistical matters concerning the bands, including helping with various tasks at band camp, assisting with uniform distribution, preparing the “Pride Press”, helping to organize and run hosted band festivals, organizing the year-end Band Banquet, and providing “Band Warehouse” – the only place to buy official WVU Band paraphernalia. The fraternity also sponsors three scholarships presented annually at the Band Banquet. Throughout the year, KKΨ; also organizes various social activities for all band members and assists the other bands at WVU (Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Basketball Pep Band) in many ways each year.
Membership in the fraternity is open to all interested members of any of the WVU Bands. Information concerning joining the brotherhood of KKΨ; can be obtained by contacting any active Brother of the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psihttp://www.kkyomicron.org, or by contacting the WVU Band Office http://www.WVUBand.org.
Activities and Events for Local Students
District I of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association organizes annual events for solo and group performance, achievement, and fun for students of all ages. Students earn certificates and trophies for participation in the following events:
- FALL FESTIVALS – Recitals and interactive sessions based on themes such as American music, dance music, and music of other countries.
- PEDALS & BOWS & MORE – An ensemble extravaganza utilizing multiple pianos, strings, and woodwinds. This grand affair is held biennially.
- SPRING AUDITIONS and SOLOS – Adjudicated solos where students challenge themselves with the best repertoire.
- TECHNIQUE, THEORY, and AURAL TESTING – Graded levels of testing given annually to assess our students’ study of music and keyboard fundamentals.
- COMPETITIONS FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT – Annual competitions are held in performance and composition at the state, regional, and national levels for our students of exceptional accomplishment. Our District is frequently represented in these competitions in the areas of piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and chamber ensembles.
Who are WVMTA Members?
Our members are an integral part of the musical life of our community. We are private teachers, public school teachers,WVU artist faculty members, WVU Community Music Program faculty members, orchestra members, church musicians, performers, composers, and jazz musicians. We strongly believe in the value of music study, in its intrinsic benefits, and in the personal rewards that every person can enjoy in a life which includes music.
We Welcome Teachers and Supporters of Music!
The West Virginia Music Teachers Association is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association. Membership is open to all music teachers committed to furthering the art of music. Supporting membership is also open to individuals and organizations. Professional certification of teachers is available, as well as continuing education, publications, conventions, and networking in the areas of technology, new repertoire, music advocacy, and many issues of interest to today’s teachers.
The award-winning Mountaineer Marching Band enjoys the reputation as one of the outstanding organizations on theWVU campus. The 375-member “Pride of West Virginia” has performed throughout the United States from nationally televised Bowl games to Presidential inaugurations.
Students in the band represent virtually every college and major course of study within the University. In addition, the overall grade point average of band members is significantly higher than the University average. Band members are almost always the students who want to excel in their classes. The band helps students develop a work ethic which carries over into their studies and eventually their chosen professions.
The esprit de corps of the WVU Band and the enthusiastic response of the audiences to the sight and sound of the band have made it one of the most respected organizations on the WVU campus. All these features contribute to the success of the “Pride of West Virginia” and show why it is considered one of the premier collegiate marching bands in the nation.
Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is an international music fraternity for women, and West Virginia University is home of the Kappa Lambda chapter. The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music.
Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization that promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact. Collegiate membership is available to women students in organized chapters at one of over 208 music schools throughout the United State. As of 2007, there were over 100,000 initiated members.
Sigma Alpha Iota proudly accepts the responsibilities and privileges of being a leader in the pursuit of music creation, performance and scholarship.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sandra M. Schwartz Sandra.Schwartz@mail.wvu.edu
For more information visit http://www.sigmaalphaiota.org