MU hosts New Music Festival

Marshall University to host Festival of New Music

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Department of Music will host a festival of new music featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize nominee Morgan Powell March 3 and 4.

The festival will feature three concerts, including performances by Powell, Dorothy Martirano, the Violauta Duo, the Nevelson Duo, HZS and the Marshall University Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as other Marshall faculty members and students.

In addition to Powell, other composers featured on the festival are Christopher Frye, Julianna Hall, Rodrigo, Lima, Zachary Merritt, David Williams, Joan Tower and Dr. Mark Zanter, a Marshall faculty member who is the festival coordinator.

“There are more composers of concert music now than in any previous era, and yet there are few people who know or have experienced this music live in performance,” Zanter said. “The creation of a New Music Festival at Marshall is a natural extension of what we teach at the school. It is an event that we plan to continue annually.”

Concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Smith Music Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus; at noon Friday, March 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington; and at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus.

More information on the festival is available by contacting Zanter by e-mail at More information on Powell is available online at