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The School of Music and Theatre at Marshall University is a place where performing arts students come to realize their dreams. Our programs are small enough to provide individual attention and mentoring, but large enough to offer everything students need in order to become accomplished performers or teachers. Our music students are taught by internationally recognized performers and pedagogues, and can earn Bachelors and Masters degrees with emphases in music education, composition, jazz and classical performance, or multidisciplinary studies. Our theatre students concentrate in either performance or production, and present their work on the main stage of our beautiful Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, and in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Our graduates may be found in professional performance careers and leadership positions throughout our region and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you into our community and helping you pursue your dreams.

Events Calendar

Aug
24
Mon
Distinguished Professors Master Classes: Dalmoro and Signorile @ Jomie Jazz Center
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DuoSavoyardGraphicJoin flutist Paolo Dalmoro and guitarist Giorgio Signorile as they teach 4,400 miles from their homes in Northern Italy. 

These master classes in flute and guitar performance kick off the pair’s weeklong visit to Marshall University as Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors in the Arts.

Dalmoro began his career as the principal flutist in the opera orchestra at the Regio Theatre in Turin. He has taught at the conservatories in Turin and Saluzzo and is currently the artistic director of the Opera Munifica in Turin.

Signorile lives and teaches in his hometown of Cuneo. He studied guitar with Leo Brouwer and Betho Davezac. He has published many compositions through Ut Orpheus Editions has recorded on the Dynamic e l’Olandese Etcetera label.

Aug
26
Wed
Distinguished Professors Recital: Duo Savoyard @ Smith Recital Hall
Aug 26 @ 7:30 pm

DuoSavoyardGraphicHear the Italian duo named distinguished professors in concert!

Flutist Paolo Dalmoro and guitarist Giorgio Signorile, or Duo Savoyard, will be joined by Marshall music students and music faculty Júlio Ribeiro Alves and Wendell Dobbs for this grand concert in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus. The free event will feature Mountain Songs by Beaser, Tangos by Piazzolla and several works by Signorile himself.

The duo is among three acts selected for the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors in the Arts Endowment this fall.

Edwards established the endowment in 1992 for the then College of Fine Arts in an effort to enhance learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community by bringing preeminent arts educators to Marshall’s campus.

Dalmoro began his career as the principal flutist in the opera orchestra at the Regio Theatre in Turin. He has taught at the conservatories in Turin and Saluzzo and is currently the artistic director of the Opera Munifica in Turin.

Signorile lives and teaches in his hometown of Cuneo. He studied guitar with Leo Brouwer and Betho Davezac. He has published many compositions through Ut Orpheus Editions has recorded on the Dynamic e l’Olandese Etcetera label.

Aug
28
Fri
MUsic Alive: Italian Duo @ First Presbyterian Church
Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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The Italian duo named Distinguished Professors in the Arts perform for the last time in town during this performance, as part of MUsic Alive!, a partnership between First Presbyterian Church and Marshall’s College of Arts and Media.

Paolo Dalmoro received his Artists Diploma with highest honors from the Turin Conservatory. In 1987 he won the Lessona prize, awarded for most accomplished wind instrument graduate. He has performed in many cities in Italy and abroad including Sofia, Wolfsburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Dalmoro has taught flute at the Conservatories in Turin and Benevento and currently at Saluzzo. In 1996 he became artistic director of the Opera Munifica of Turin where he also organizes musical events for young musicians.

Born in 1962 in Cuneo, Giorgio Signorile studyed guitar at the local conservatory and graduated with honors in 1986. He subsequently worked with Betho Davezac and Leo Brouwer and started appearing as a soloist and in chamber music groups. During this period he was particularly dedicated to contemporary music performing with L’Assieme Chitarristico Italiano and recording two CDs on the Dynamic e l’Olandese Etcetera label.

Several well-known artists and ensembles, including Giulio Tampalini, Lucio Matarazzo and Giorgio Mirto, have performed his work in recent times. Since 2013 he has served as an official endorser for Aquila Strings Harmonicas.

Sep
3
Thu
Faculty Recital: Kravchak, W. Dobbs & Vauth @ Smith Recital Hall
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

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Hear Marshall music faculty members Richard Kravchak, oboe, Wendell Dobbs, flute and Henning Vauth, piano, in one of the last performances of the summer.

KravchakDr. Richard Kravchak is the founding Director of the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall. He has been heard as an oboe soloist, chamber and orchestral musician around the world, performing concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Kravchak has appeared as a soloist with ensembles as diverse as The Dubuque Symphony, The University of Hawaii Wind Ensemble, The Carson Symphony, Banda Espinia de Portugal and the Orquesta Symphonica de El Salvador. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and Florida State University. He served as Professor of Music at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where he was the Chairman of the Music Department.

Wendell_dobbs-300x300Dr. Wendell Dobbs performs regularly in solo and chamber venues, in a variety of settings ranging from the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and the Ohio Valley Symphony (principal flute in both) to Blackbirds and Thrushes, a Celtic band. During a seven-year stint as flutist in the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) in Washington, D.C., Dr. Dobbs received two Certificates of Achievement for contributions as soloist and principal flutist of the United States Army Chamber Orchestra. He joined the Marshall University faculty in 1985 after two years in Paris as a French Government Scholar studying with Michel Debost and Alain Marion. At Marshall he received the Pan Hellenic Society’s Teacher of the Year award in 1993 and was selected the John Deaver Drinko Fellow for the 2007-08 academic year. In that capacity he studied flute music in America in the early 19th century and founded the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps.

Dr. Dobbs received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Memphis and his masters and doctorate from Catholic University in Washington, DC. During his masters and doctoral studies his principal teacher was Bernard Goldberg.

henningGerman pianist Henning Vauth serves as assistant professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at Marshall. A laureate of the Concours Grieg International Competition for Pianists in Norway (Schubert Prize) and the IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Italy, he has performed at venues in the U.S. and in Europe, such as Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and Salle Cortot in Paris.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, in addition to further degrees and certificates in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hannover, Germany) and the Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” (Paris, France) – piano studies with Nelita True, Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and Einar Steen-Nokleberg; harpsichord with William Porter; recent master classes with Philippe Entremont (2013).

 

 

Sep
11
Fri
MUsic Alive: Lieder Recital @ First Presbyterian Church
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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MUsic Alive! is a partnership between First Presbyterian Church and Marshall’s College of Arts and Media. A light lunch will be available following the concert.

 

Sep
17
Thu
Violauta Duo @ Jomie Jazz Forum
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm

5031283The Violauta Duo is compound by guitarist Júlio Ribeiro Alves and flutist Wendell Dobbs, colleagues in the School of Music and Theatre at Marshall. The duo has performed a wide variety of repertoire over the past several years. They are particularly interested in performing works recently created for flute a guitar. Ribeiro Alves performs on guitars by John H. Dick and on a Romantic guitar from c. 1840 (attributed to French luthier Aubry Maire), while Dobbs performs on a modern wooden flute by Chris Abell and historical reproductions by John Gallagher.
If you wish to book the Violauta Duo for an event, please contact us at alves@marshall.edu.

Did you know: The name Violauta is coined from the Portuguese words for guitar (“violão”) and flute (“flauta”).

Sep
23
Wed
Old Guard Historical Ensemble Concert @ Smith Recital Hall
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sep
30
Wed
Ah, Wilderness @ Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ah, Wilderness @ Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre | Huntington | West Virginia | United States

By Eugene O’Neill
September 30 – October 3 / 7:30 pm.
October 8 – 10 / 7:30 pm.
The Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre

Revived in 1998 to acclaim at New York’s Lincoln Center, Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author’s renowned dramas. Taking place over the July Fourth weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.

Jazz I Concert @ Smith Rectial Hall
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Oct
1
Thu
Ah, Wilderness @ Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ah, Wilderness @ Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre | Huntington | West Virginia | United States

By Eugene O’Neill
September 30 – October 3 / 7:30 pm.
October 8 – 10 / 7:30 pm.
The Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre

Revived in 1998 to acclaim at New York’s Lincoln Center, Ah, Wilderness! is a sharp departure from the gritty reality of the author’s renowned dramas. Taking place over the July Fourth weekend of 1906 in an idyllic Connecticut town, it offers a tender retrospective portrait of small town family values, teenage growing pains, and young love.