WLU to hold concert at St. Mark Lutheran Church

SET TO PERFORM — The West Libery University Wind Symphony and Concert Band will perform their final concert of the spring season Thursday. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University Wind Symphony and Concert Band will present the final concert of their spring 2019 Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger St., Wheeling. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature works composed by Frank Erickson, Claude T. Smith, Frank Ticheli, Michael Markowski, Clare Grundman, and Samuel Hazo.

The musicians are under the direction of Gretchen L. Pohlman, assistant professor of music and director of bands at WLU.

Students and instruments in the Wind Symphony include: Piccolo, Sydney Lawrence; flute, Sydney Lawrence and Elizabeth Kochis; clarinet, Paige Wallace, Emily Taylor and Kylie Beck; bassoon, Abigail Hart; alto saxophone, Tyler Funk; French horn, Macy Lemasters, Anna Stephan-Robinson; trumpet, Jordan Shultz and professor Patrick Garrett; trombone, Owen Pearson; bass trombone, Chandler Wayne; euphonium, Kodey Liller; tuba, Doug Torres; and percussion, Josh Garrett, Robert Moore, Christian Oliver and Jason Sivert.

Members of the Concert Band are flute, Sydney Lawrence and Melissa Oliver; clarinet, Baylee Snyder and Paige Wallace; bass clarinet, Christian Oliver; horn, Jasmyn Brown and Alison Gemberling; trumpet, Macy Lemasters, Shannon Shflett, Jordan Shultz and Courtney Slider; trombone, Abigail Hart; bass trombone, Chandler Wayne; tuba, Doug Torres, Josh Silverstein; and percussion, Owen Pearson, Hunter Ramsey (high school student), Daphney Tanner, Maria Yates (high school student) and Jason Sivert.

Pohlman joined the college of arts and communication last spring and is a native of Troy, Mo. She recently completed her doctoral degree in philosophy at the University of Missouri, where she worked with athletic bands, and served as co-conductor of the university’s concert band, and guest conductor with the university wind ensemble and symphonic bands.

She earned her master’s in music at Missouri State University and her bachelor’s in music education at Southwest Missouri State University.

The West Liberty University music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is recognized for its award-winning faculty and staff.

Performance opportunities for students at WLU include the Marching Hilltoppers, the Wind Symphony, University Band, WLU Singers, Choral Scholars, African Drumming and Dance Ensemble, Community Choir, Steel Bands, Hilltop Opera, Jazz Combos, Percussion Ensemble, and the Electronic Music Ensemble.

For information, call 866-937-8542, visit westliberty.edu or follow WLU on social media.

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