Assistant Professor of Music
Roberts Hall 353
Dr. JW TURNER joined the faculty of High Point University in the Fall of 2010 to develop and teach the integrated Music Core curriculum and assist with the instrumental program. Dr. Turner also serves as the Music Theory Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society, and previously coordinated the music theory curriculum at Winston-Salem State University.
A specialist in contemporary solo cello literature, Dr. Turner has been praised for his “seamless” and “inspired” performances. He presents annual installments of two ongoing recital series, Meditations, which features masterworks of the twentieth-century repertoire, and Reflections, which features current dedications and premieres, on college campuses in North Carolina and Virginia. He has built long-standing relationships with several composers across the Eastern Seaboard, and continues to assemble a repertoire of imaginative, innovative, and profoundly expressive music. In 2008, he also began organizing annual retrospective programs in order to explore and showcase his composer-collaborators’ body of work, particularly in chamber music, more comprehensively. In addition to his own performance series, Dr. Turner appears frequently as a guest at the New Horizons concert series at Radford University, as well as at conferences presented by the College Music Society, Southeast Composers League, and the Society for Composers, Inc.
After hours, Dr. Turner performs and improvises informally on the rebec and Cambodian Tro-U, and his research interests include Japanese and Southeast Asian studies, active learning, and the connection between music theory and performance.