New Composer-In-Residency Program Is Music to the Ears of HPU Students, Community Members

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 30, 2011 ? Music students at High Point University and members of the community will have a unique opportunity to learn from talented composer Dr. William Pfaff, thanks to the Department of Music and their innovative Composer-in-Residency Program.

Pfaff will be on the HPU campus as part of a week-long residency. His week on campus will include two events that are open to the community ? a guest lecture at 6:30 p.m. on April 5 in Norton Hall, room 101, as well as the New Music: Visions Concert ? ?Music of William Pfaff? at 5:30 p.m. on April 8 in the Hayworth Chapel.

The program will bring a composer to campus to interact with students for at least one week each academic year.

?This program and its envisioned successors will firmly establish the HPU Music Division as an innovative, forward-looking academic unit,? says Dr. J.W. Turner, assistant professor of music at HPU. ?Through its integration with the existing curricular offerings, it creates as many opportunities as possible for the students to work with leading music professionals, thereby demonstrating the deepest commitment to a high-quality undergraduate experience.?

Pfaff, who holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in music theory and literature from the University of New Hampshire, serves as an associate professor of music at SUNY Plattsburgh. Throughout the week at HPU, Pfaff will present lectures in select music department courses, coach HPU students and faculty in rehearsals, and will perform with HPU students and faculty in a retrospective concert of his music. The two events open to the public ? the guest lecture and concert ? will feature not only experiences by Pfaff, but also works composed by Pfaff.

During the lecture, to be held on April 5, Pfaff will speak about his Artist-in-Residence experience at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, and the resulting multi-media work, ?Unconformities.?

The concert, to be held on April 8, will include a selection of Pfaff?s chamber music performed by Pfaff himself, HPU faculty and students, and Guest Artist Eric Koontz of Appalachian State University. Pfaff will present a pre-concert talk and the concert will feature world premiere performances of two works written for Dr. J.W. Turner, HPU faculty and the administrator for the project.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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