Concert to be held February 8

Philippi, W.Va. – The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music will present its biennial Concerto Competition Concert on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Wilcox Chapel on the AB campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Five student winners selected in this year’s competition will have the honor of performing concerto movements or arias with a professional orchestra consisting of members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Senior Francesca Molinaro, soprano, will sing “Glitter and Be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide. She is the daughter of Henry and Cindy Molinaro of Connellsville, Ohio, and majors in music education. Clayton Heath, bass trombone, a junior music performance major, will perform the first movement of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone. From Rawlings, Md., Clayton is the son of Kenneth and Deborah Heath.

Trumpeter Daniel Adamczyk of Charleston, W.Va., will perform the first movement of the Concerto for Trumpet in E-Flat major by Joseph Haydn. Adamczyk is the son of Christine Dunkley, and is a freshman music education and music performance major. The first movement of Organ Symphony No. 1, Opus 42, by Felex-Alexandre Guilmant will be performed by Cameron Bookman of Belpre, Ohio. Bookman is a senior majoring in music education, and is the son of Bernard Bookman and Beverly Smith. Hornist Elliott Mihelic, a freshman music education major, will perform the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D major for Horn. Elliott is the son of Paul and Corrine Mihelic of Charleston, W.Va.

Coordinator of the concerto competition and conductor for the concert is professor of music Timothy DeWitt.

“We are excited to again be hosting members of the West Virginia Symphony to perform with our winning soloists,” said DeWitt. “The visiting musicians often comment that they especially enjoy this event, citing the acoustics of the performance venue (Wilcox Chapel) and especially the particularly high level of talent demonstrated by our students.

Dr. DeWitt encourages all who are able to take advantage of this opportunity to experience live orchestral music featuring student soloists of great accomplishment.

A panel of three judges—Mr. David Porter, Principal Trumpet of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and adjunct professor of trumpet at West Virginia State University; Dr. William Haller, professor of organ and organ literature at West Virginia University; and Dr. Mary Amanda Spivak, assistant professor of music (voice) at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and adjunct professor of music at West Virginia University—selected the five student winners from the eleven who auditioned for this honor.

Mrs. Lillian Long, associate professor of music at AB, Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Hooi Yin Boey, and staff accompanist Ms. Elizabeth Etnoyer serve as competition and rehearsal accompanists for the event.

Located in Philippi, W.Va., Alderson Broaddus University is a health-related and professional educational institution firmly rooted in the liberal arts. The School of Music offers a rigorous curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, the Bachelor of Music Education degree, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in musical arts, as well as a minor in audio engineering.

There are 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 university online at