UPDATED: POSTPONED – AB School of Music Presents Alumni Vocal Masterclass and Vocal Recital

Events to take place Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 am and 4 pm, respectively

Due to the illness of one of the performers, the Alumni Vocal Masterclass and Recital of Ms. Jackline Madegwa and Ms. Tia Price on February 21 (Saturday) has been postponed until further notice.

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music is pleased to present an Alumni Vocal Masterclass and a Vocal Recital on Saturday, Feb.21.Ms. Jackline Madegwa and Ms. Tia Price, both graduates of Alderson Broaddus, will present a Vocal Masterclass at 10 am and a Vocal Recital at 4 pm in Wilcox Chapel. Collaborating at the piano will be Mrs. Lillian Long, associate professor in AB’s School of Music. Admission is free for both events.

Soprano Jackline Madegwa, a native of Eldoret, Kenya is a specialist of African music and dance. As a classical singer, her stage credits include The Queen of the Night, in Mozart’s Die Zauberföte, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohemé and Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Her honors include grand prize winner of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition in Chicago, Adrian Boyer Concerto Competition in Michigan, the Audience Favorite in Classical Idol V Rochester, NY, the 2nd National Spirituals Solo Voice Competition, the National Association of Teachers’ of Singing -Illinois district Competition and the West Virginia Mountain State Classical Competition.

Jackline was featured as a Stern Fellow at the 2011 SongFest summer program in Malibu, Calif. and as the Soprano soloist for the world premiere of Glenn McClure’s Emancipation Oratorio together with the Rochester Oratorio Society in Rochester, N.Y., and Chautauqua Institute, N.Y. She holds a Master of Music from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a bachelor’s degree in musical arts and psychology from Alderson Broaddus, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a student of Dr. Ollie Watts Davis.

Tia Price is an ardent performer of opera, oratorio, and art song. She can be heard singing works such as Verdi as well as works by contemporary composers. In recent seasons she has appeared as Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites at the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and Rose in Delibes’ Lakmé, as well as Ferdinand in Douglas Buchanon’s Ariel’s Tempest- an opera created specifically for the Peabody Opera Outreach program. She also performed as the mezzo soprano soloist in The Defiant Requiem presented at the Peabody Institute under the direction of Maestro Murry Sidlin.

Ms. Price is very passionate about celebrating music in the community, and can be heard performing and seen organizing various concerts in the Baltimore City area. In the 2014, Ms. Price was the recipient of the Peabody Presser Music Award and used the funds to create an innovative music program for the Baltimore City Community entitled, “This Is My Voice.”  This year she organized the first annual Baltimore Concert for Peace which involved a variety of artists from gospel, to rap artists, to meditation music centered on a theme of peace. The concert was sponsored in part by the Baltimore War Memorial Arts Initiative.

In May, Price will perform the role of Alma in the new opera Stinney composed by Frances Pollock.  She is also a key organizer of the opera which has been funded in part by a Diversity Innovation Grant from the Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Price obtained a Bachelor of Arts in applied music from Alderson Broaddus in 2012, and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of the eminent mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. She was a recipient of the Arno and Ruth Drucker Scholarship, and has also received many awards including the Jack and Virginia Clinard Vocal Award; winner of the Johns Hopkins Woman’s Club Scholarship; and was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Peabody Presser Music Award. Miss Price resides in Baltimore, Md.

AB Assistant Professor Aaron Maxwell Awarded Grant

Also recently awarded Geographic Information Systems Professional Certificate

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is pleased to announce that Aaron Maxwell, assistant professor of environmental science in the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics (STM), has been awarded an ACA Faculty Fellowship Grant by the Appalachian College Association. The Appalachian College Association helps provide grant opportunities for faculty development. This grant will allow Maxwell to work towards his doctorate degree over the summer.

“This grant means a great deal to me as it will aid in the completion of my doctorate and my research,” Maxwell states. “I am honored that my proposal was accepted.”

For his research, he investigates the mapping of surface coal mines using satellite data and aerial photography. Thus far, this has resulted in two publications and a third that has been accepted but not yet printed. With this grant, he will be able to support his fourth and final research paper which will investigate the mapping of mine reclaimed lands using terrain characteristics.

This accomplishment will be of great value to the institution as it supports the research efforts that are currently being pursued in the College of STM and his research lab, the Alderson Broaddus Geospatial Lab (ABGSL).

“This grant will be very useful in the ABGSL lab as I hope to incorporate students in my research, as I haves done with prior research projects,” said Maxwell.

In late January of 2015, Maxwell was also awarded his Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification by the GIS Certification Institute that he has pursued over the last six months. This is one of the top certifications pursued by GIS professionals. This will benefit the University directly with its new integration of Geospatial Technologies in the Environmental Science Program and the addition of a GIS minor.

For more information on Assistant Professor Aaron Maxwell’s research, please contact him at maxwellae@ab.edu.


PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University will celebrate “National Recreation Day in America” by hosting a sit volleyball tournament on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 7 PM in the Rex Pyles Arena.

Teams of six to eight students will be competing in a fun and inclusive event to help support the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) as well as include all different types of athletes to join the fun of volleyball.

“Sit volleyball is an inclusive form of volleyball that allows disabled athletes to still have fun playing a sport they love,” said student Matt Zerishnek who is the event’s liaison. “This type of event is crucial to showcase how all athletes can perform, have fun playing a sport, and being active.”

The community can follow along with National Recreation Day on social media by using the hash tag #RecDay on Twitter.

Many students on campus are anticipated to come out and participate, and the AB men’s and women’s volleyball teams will also be at the event, showing their support.

Students, faculty, staff, and the entire community are invited to join Alderson Broaddus University in celebrating a great day and a great cause of supporting inclusive recreation.

Registration runs from February 9th through February 19th. For more information, please contact Matt Zerishnek at zerishnekma@battlers.ab.edu.


Ellen Mueller’s Exhibition to Run Feb.3 – April 3; Delivering Artist’s Lecture, Feb. 4

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Ellen Mueller, artist and faculty member at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will show two video works in the Daywood Gallery February 3 – April 3, 2015, on the campus of Alderson Broaddus University.

Mueller’s work exhibits a playful delight in absurdity, referencing corporate management structures and cult psychology in order to pose questions about time, value, routines, and the monetization of work and presence.

In addition, Ellen Mueller will deliver an artist’s lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Daywood Gallery. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Daywood Gallery is located on the first floor of Burbick Hall and is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F. All are welcome to view this unique display.