Guest artist Peter Wilson, violin, with John Morrison, piano, will present a concert on Thursday, Feb. 13, as part of the “Music on the Hill Artists Series.”  

Presented by the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts, the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Wallman Hall Room 229. Works to be performed include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 “Spring” Op. 24 for violin and piano and “Much Ado About Nothing: Four Pieces” Op. 11 for violin and piano by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and César Franck’s “Sonata for Piano and Violin” in A Major. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.

Wilson will speak with FSU music students during a forum at 3 p.m. in Wallman Hall Room 236. Wilson will discuss his career as a professional violinist, arranger and conductor, as well as give helpful advice to music students about their future careers.

Wilson is an engaging and multifaceted violinist and conductor whose musicianship has been noted as “first-class” by The Washington Post. He is Music Director of the Waynesboro Symphony and Richmond Philharmonic Orchestras. The String Section Commander for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, he has served as a violinist of The White House for nearly a quarter century. Highly respected throughout the National Capital Region, he is also Concertmaster of the American Festival Pops Orchestra and has guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Gallery Orchestra. He holds music degrees from Northwestern University and The Catholic University of America, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts.

Wilson began his professional career as Concertmaster of the Walt Disney World Orchestra. For 12 years he was a lecturer at Catholic University, where he taught courses in conducting and string techniques while serving as Resident Conductor of the CU Symphony Orchestra. A musician in demand for his high energy, versatility and commitment to authenticity, Wilson is active as a guest conductor, soloist, recording artist and performance clinician throughout the United States. He has appeared as violin soloist with such legendary artists as Rosemary Clooney, Renée Fleming, Bernadette Peters and composer/conductor John Williams. In addition, he has performed chamber music in concert with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. He is also cofounder and violinist of the acclaimed string duo “Bridging the Gap” (with double bassist Aaron Clay), which has been hailed for “superior arrangements and uncommon musicianship” by The Washington Post.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Wilson began his musical training at age 2 as a violin student of his mother. He later moved to Morgantown, where he became the first musician ever to receive the Governor’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts. He also studied with Linda Cerone, Robert Gerle, Blair Milton and Donald Portnoy. He has appeared in international publications including The Strad, which stated “[Wilson] made music that had the stamp of quality.”  Wilson currently resides in Fairfax, Va., and is the father of three sons.

FSUNow Stories

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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