Music faculty Gayla Blaisdell, John Neurohr and Elaine Ross from Central Washington University will present a guest artist recital at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center, Sunday (April 17) at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). The event is free and open to the public.

The program will include several compositions by Ross, who is coordinator of music theory and composition at CWU. The full program includes: “A Wandering Voice for Horn (or Trombone) and Piano” by Elaine M. Ross (b. 1966); “Will the Wind Whisper?” by Ross; “Sonatina for Trombone and Piano” by Kazimierz Serocki (1922-1981); “Only Then Can We Smile” by Ross; “Sonata for Trombone and Piano” by Eric Ewazen (b. 1954); “Opus 2 Lieder” by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951); and “L’invitation au voyage” by Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894).

Gayla Blaisdell is assistant professor of voice and opera at CWU, where she directs the opera program. Gayla holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in vocal performance from New York University and a graduate diploma in opera and a master’s degree in voice from New England Conservatory. She has a bachelor’s degree in voice and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music.

Originally from West Virginia, John Neurohr received his bachelor’s degree in music education from WVU and is in his first year as lecturer in applied trombone at CWU. He received his doctorate in trombone performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Master of Music Performance degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He completed additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a Hewlett Scholarship recipient.

Elaine Ross completed a doctorate in music theory and composition at Texas Tech University in May of 2005. She has written works in several different genres that are currently being performed by several leading universities and fine arts schools throughout the United States. Many of her works are self-published on her web site:

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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