“The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music” Piano Festival and Competition 2014

June 23-27, 2014 at WVU School of Music, Morgantown, WV

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The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music – the only festival of its kind, offers outstanding artists, teachers, workshops, concerts, panel discussions, competitions and more. The festival has something for everyone interested in exploring the connections of jazz and classical repertoire, with 2014 featured guest artists Harold Danko and Christopher Taylor, invited presenters from across the US, and WVU faculty. In a week-long celebration of the piano set in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, students, teachers and audience members explore how both jazz and classical styles inform, inspire and enliven the great art of playing the piano. Join us June 23-27, 2014 in Morgantown WV.

2012 Special Guest Leon Fleisher working with students in a master class.

2014 High School Classical Competition Winners


First Place: Wesley Dziedzic

Wesley Dziedzic is a freshman at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. He was selected for the Illinois Music Educators Association Jazz Pianist Regional Level, 2013, and won a gold medal in the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association Sonata/Sonatina Festival in 2013. He has studied with Christie Chiles Twillie since 2011.


Second Place: Juncheng Shen

Second Place: Juncheng Shen is a junior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, where he studies with Ivo Kaltchev. He was a prizewinner in the Maryland Music Teachers Association Elizabeth R. Davis Competition in 2013, the Gottlieb Competition in 2013, the Gustavo Romero International Piano Competition in 2011, the Viola Harman Performance Awards in 2009, and the International Young Artist Piano Competition.

2014 High School Jazz Competition Winners


First Place: Albert Newberry

Albert Newberry is in tenth grade and lives in in Blacksburg, Virginia. He won the 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award and Honorable mention in the 2014 Harold Protsman Classical Period Piano Competition. He has been studying classical piano with Teresa Ehrlich at Renaissance Music Academy in Blacksburg for seven years. Just recently, he began taking lessons in jazz improvisations form John Salmon at UNC Greensboro. Last summer he recorded his first jazz album, “From the Sublime to the Ridiculous,” collaborating with a drummer and a saxophonist.


Second Place: Brian Donaldson

Brian Donaldson, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is finishing his junior year at Morgantown High School. He also studies with Dr. James Miltenberger and Kathy Winkler at WVU. His honors include selection for the 2013 Governor’s School for the Arts and second place high school jazz winner for the 2013 WVU Piano Festival & Music Competition. He also plays trumpet with the Morgantown High School Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and the Red and Blue Marching Band.

2014 College Classical Competition Winners


First Place: Chia-Ying Chan

Chia-Ying Chan received her bachelor’s degree in Taiwan and her Master of Music degree at Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently a doctoral student studying piano with Timothy Ehlen at the University of Illinois. She has received the Cleveland Presidential Merit Award and awards from the University of Illinois. She was first prize winner of the concerto competition Tainan, Taiwan, and second prize winner of the piano competition at the University of Tainan, Taiwan.


Second Place: Anthony Cornet

Anthony Cornet, who was First Prize Winner in the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, has been heard in Carnegie Hall, the Dicapo Opera Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall and at Lincoln Center. Recent performances include venues throughout Austria, Germany, Italy and Russia. Locally, he has been soloist with the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Johnstown Symphony and the Altoona Symphony. His degrees include a Master of Music from Duquesne University, where he was a student of David Allen Wehr, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano from Temple University. This fall, Anthony will begin doctoral studies at Shenandoah University, with piano professor John O’Conor.

2014 College Jazz Competition Winners


First Place: David Meder

David Meder was the winner of the 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition and is a graduate summa cum laude of Florida State University with degrees in Music, Political Science, and Spanish. He studied with Marcus Roberts and Jean-Michel Pilc. Meder has received two DownBeat Magazine awards for “Best Jazz Soloist.” He currently resides in New York City, where he studies and teaches at New York University.


Second Place: Eric Krouse

Eric Krouse of Summerville, Pennsylvania, is a Jazz Studies major at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He began playing piano at age four and has been working as a professional musician since age 13. At Oberlin, he also composes, arranges, and gives jazz piano lessons to non-jazz major students. He is looking forward to playing in the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the summer of 2014.


Honorable Mention: Sein Oh

Sein Oh graduated from the University of North Texas with Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz studies in 2012 and is currently working on her Master of Music degree at University of North Texas. She actively performs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has also performed internationally. She has studied with Dan Hearle, Stefan Karlsson and Michael Palma.

2014 Guest Artists


Harold Danko

Harold Danko is well recognized from long-term associations with jazz legends including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video. During the last two decades he has become increasingly known as a band leader, composer, and solo pianist, and is well documented in those capacities on more than thirty CDs on the SteepleChase and SunnySide labels. As a leader he has been featured at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series, Washington DC Performing Arts Society series at J.F.K. Center, and numerous jazz festivals both in the USA and abroad. He recently returned from performing and teaching in Taiwan, Italy, and Switzerland.
Professor Danko has been on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, since 1998. Danko has won ASCAP awards yearly since the early 80’s for the value of his catalog of original compositions.


Christopher Taylor

While Taylor has a well-earned reputation for his exquisite performances of Bach and his exciting performances of romantic piano concertos, he has captured the attention of the music world with his recent tour de force programming of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus. “Before a rapt audience at the Miller Theater on Saturday night, Mr. Taylor, a lanky 31-year-old pianist who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Harvard, gave an astonishing performance of Messiaen’s complete “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus,” more than two hours of some of the most complex and difficult music ever written for the piano. And he played the 176-page score from memory.”

Christopher Taylor was honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is the winner of the Kapell Competition, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition. He records for the JonathanDigital label.

June 23 – 27, 2014 Schedule

8 AM – 11:30 AM – High School and Jazz College Open Rehearsals, Clay Theatre Stage
1-1:50 PM – Presentation – “Solo Jazz Piano: An in-depth discussion” – Daniel Strange
2 PM – 2:50 PM – Presentation – “Tips and Tricks for Teaching Jazz, Classical and More” – KheSin Khoo & Justin Krueger
3-3:50 PM – Presentation – “Dancing Cheek to Cheek: The Common Ground of Jazz and Art Music in the Twentieth Century” – Kate Altizer
7 PM – Concert – Harold Danko with Scott Green and Mark Capellini – Bloch Hall, Ticketed Event

8 AM – High School & Jazz College Final Competitions
11-12 PM – Jazz Panel
12-12:50 PM – Master Class – Peter Amstutz
1-1:50 PM – Presentation – How to Listen to Jazz – Keith Jackson
2-3:50 PM -Clinic with Harold Danko – “Strategies for Piano Improvisation”
4-4:50 PM – Jazz WinnersConcert
5-5:50 PM – Workshop – Raleigh County Students – Room 424A “The Piano Inside and Out” – Timothy Richards
7 PM – WVU Showcase Concert

8 AM – 1 PM – Classical High School & College Semi-Final Competitions
12-12:50 PM – WVU Master Class: Lucy Mauro
1-1:50 PM – Presentation – “Why We Don’t Dance to Ravel, and Other Tales of the Listening Music Professional” – Katherine Altizer
2-2:50 PM – Presentation – “Adding notes to Bach” – John Salmon
3-3:50 PM – BREAK
4-4:50 PM – Classical Panel: Discussion – Career Paths: being a Classical Pianist – Christine Kefferstan, Kate Altizer, Robert Auler
5-5:50 PM – Raleigh County Students workshop WVU Faculty – Dr. James Miltenberger, Lucy Mauro
7 PM – Christopher Taylor Concert, Ticketed Event, Bloch Hall

Christopher Taylor Recital Program
Sonata no. 6, op. 82 (1939)
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Allegro moderato
Tempo di valzer lentissimo
Symphony no. 3 in E♭ Major, op. 55 (“Eroica”) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), transcribed by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Allegro con brio
Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Finale: Allegro molto
3 Rags
Bohemia Rag—- Joseph Lamb (1887-1960)
Solace—- Scott Joplin (1867-1917)
Charleston Rag—- Eubie Blake (1887-1983)

8 AM – Classical High School and College Final Competitions
11 AM – 11:50 AM – Presentation – “From Sacred to Secular: An Overview of Keyboard Styles in WV” – Travis Stimeling
12-12:50 PM – Master Class: Jim Miltenberger
1-1:50 PM – Presentation – “Pro Tools for the Independent Musician” – Mark Benincosa
2-3:50 PM – Master Class – Christopher Taylor
4-4:50 PM – Presentation – “Debussy and the Cakewalk” – Jerry Wong
5-5:50 PM – Presentation – “Improvisation: A World of Pure Imagination” – Justin Krueger
6:30 PM – Dinner – Terra Cafe (at your own expense)

9-9:50 AM – Presentation – “The Publication Process” – Marilyn Briant & Andrew Zatman
10-10:50 AM – Presentation – “Are We Scared of Improvisation?” – Johan Botes
11 AM – 11:50 AM – Presentation – “Classical and Jazz influences in the music of Nikolai Kapustin: Sonata #3, op.55” – Yana Tyulkova
12-12:50 PM – Master Class: Christine Kefferstan
1 PM – Classical Competition Winners Concert


The College of Creative Arts is located in the Creative Arts Center
One Fine Arts Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111

From I-79
Exit I-79 at Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From 68 West
Follow I-68 West towards Washington. I-68 will intersect I-79. Take I-79 North to Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From the Star City/WVU exit—Exit 155
Follow the signs toward Morgantown (Rt. 7). After crossing the Star City bridge, go through the first traffic light and up the hill to the second light. At the third light, turn left into the Creative Arts Center parking lot.