Winners Announced for Alderson Broaddus University’s Biennial Honors Recital to be held February 18

Philippi --- The Alderson Broaddus University Music Department will present its biennial Honors Recital on Sunday, February 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel on the AB campus.  Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Honors Recital Winners – Sean Burdette, Tia Price, Matthew Wood.

Three winners were selected by audition in this year’s competition, and will therefore perform for this event, entertaining the college-community and also a host of visiting high school choral students who will be in residence for the department’s 2012 Appalachian Choral Invitational.  Mezzo-soprano Tia Price of Clarksburg will perform the fourth song, “Um Mitternacht,” from Gustav Mahler’s Rückert Lieder collection.  Tia is the daughter of Matthew Price, Morgantown, and Mary Shaikh, Huntington, and is a senior applied music major.  Junior music education major Sean Burdette, trumpet, will perform two movements of the Concerto in D Major by J. S. Bach.  He is the son of Andrew Burdette and Ellen Crislip, both of Charleston.  Matthew Wood, percussionist and music education junior, will perform a work on marimba entitled Leyenda, composed by Albeniz, and arranged by Maxu.   He is the son of Gary Wood and Theresa Dorsey, also of Charleston.  Mr. Burdette and Ms. Price will be accompanied by associate professor of music Mrs. Lillian Long, performing on both organ and piano.

Coordinator for the biennial Honors Recital and Concerto Competitions, Dr. Timothy DeWitt, Professor of Music at AB, encourages the public to attend this short, but excellent program of live music by three accomplished students who have worked diligently for this honor.

The department 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, all from West Virginia University, selected the three winners from fourteen who auditioned last December.  Those adjudicators were Dr. Christine Kefferstan, professor of piano, Dr. Michael Ibrahim, professor of woodwinds, and Dr. Nicholas Perna, professor of voice.  Mrs. Lillian Long, associate professor of music at AB, and assistant professor of music Dr. Hooi Yin Boey served as accompanists for the fourteen competitors.

Located in Philippi, WV, Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts.  The Music Department offers a rigorous curriculum leading to Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Applied Music, Musical Arts, and Music Education, as well as the Associate of Arts Degree in Music, 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 1-800-263-1549, or visit the college on-line at