Winners Announced for AB’s Biennial Honors

Philippi, W.Va. The School of Music of Alderson Broaddus University presented its biennial Honors Recital on Sunday, February 21, 2016 in Wilcox Chapel on the AB campus.

Five winners were selected by audition in this year’s competition.  The two vocalists selected for the honor are senior music education major Francesca Molinaro, soprano, of Connellsville, PA, and Ashlan Thompson, a senior music education major (voice and piano) from Cumberland, MD.  Ms. Molinaro will sing J’taime by Isabelle Aboulker; Ms. Thompson will sing an aria from Massenet’s Werther.

Three instrumentalists were selected.  Bass trombonist Clayton Heath, a senior majoring in music performance and musical arts of Rawlings, MD, will perform Ernst Sache’s Concertino in F Major.

Senior music performance major Zackary Neville from Clay, WV, performed the first movement of a work written for clarinet by AB’s Professor of Music Judson F. Bracey entitled Sonatina Contrafacta.  Dr. Bracey will retire at the end of this academic year after 40 years of service to the institution.

Charles Kilmer, a senior who comes to AB from Romney, WV and majors in music performance, saxophone, performed Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche.  The five winners also performed in collaboration with pianists Dr. Hooi Yin Boey and Dr. Lillian Long, associate professors of music in the School of Music.School of Music Honors Recital Winners – Standing:  Clayton Heath, Francesca Molinaro, Charles Kilmer, Zackary Neville.  Seated:  Ashlan ThompsonThe School of Music hires a panel of three judges for these competitions—professionals not associated with AB—in order to provide students objective performance feedback and to insure an experience that most closely resembles the audition procedures they will encounter in their future professions.  This year the adjudicators selected the five winners from those who auditioned.

Those adjudicators were Dr. David Bess, Associate Professor of Music and former Chair, Division of Music, West Virginia University; Mr. James Kenon Mitchell, Assistant Conductor for the CoOPERAtive Program and former Adjunct Professor of Musical Theater at the University of West Florida as well as Director for Tri-Cities Opera and Opera Forza; and Mr. Carl Hess, DMA Candidate in conducting at James Madison University and former Assistant Professor at Duquesne University and Interim Director of Instrumental Studies, Bridgewater College.

Located in Philippi, WV, Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution.  The School of Music offers a rigorous curriculum with significant opportunities for performance in numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles.  To find out more about Alderson Broaddus University, call the Office of Admissions at (800) 263-1549.