WLU Wind Symphony Kicking Off New Season

Gretchen L. Pohlman

WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty University Wind Symphony will present its first concert of the Spring Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 141 Kruger St., Wheeling.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature works composed by Leroy Anderson, Claude T. Smith, John Philip Sousa and Pierre Le Plante.

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

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

– Trumpet, Jordan Shultz

– Trombone, Owen Pearson

– Bass Trombone, Chandler Wayne

– Euphonium, Kodey Liller

– Tuba, Doug Torres

– Percussion, Robert Moore, Christian Oliver 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 music education at the University of Missouri (Columbia), where she worked extensively with athletic bands, and served as co-conductor of the University Concert band, and guest conductor with both the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.

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 nationally accredited by NASM (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.

West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution and offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master degrees in clinical psychology, education, physician assistant studies, biology, professional studies and online master degrees in criminology, dental hygiene and the MBA.

For more information, please call 1-866-937-8542 (WESTLIB), visit westliberty.edu or follow WLU on social media. To view more about WLU, please visit westliberty.edu/youtube.

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