West Virginia University music professor and world-renowned pianist James “Doc” Miltenberger, who has been a member of the WVU faculty for 50 years, will be honored during a Jubilee Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. The event will be held in The Art Museum of WVU Center (former Erickson Alumni Center, adjacent to the Creative Arts Center) and is open to the public.
Doc Miltenberger joined the WVU music faculty in 1962 and was the first faculty member to move into the new Creative Arts Center back in 1968. Throughout his 50 years at WVU, Miltenberger has been a beloved professor and an inspiration to many students, as well as a first-rate composer and pianist who performed all over the world.
The celebration program will feature a musical tribute to Dr. Miltenberger and several other surprises. Attendees are invited to reunite with friends, students and former students of Dr. Miltenberger’s from many different decades. Light refreshments will be served.
“Jim ‘Doc’ Miltenberger represents, to me, the very best of who we are at WVU,” said Bernie Schultz, former dean of the College of Creative Arts. “He is the consummate professional, continuing to advance an exemplary standard of performance and a total dedication to teaching. And Jim is a most gracious colleague.”
Miltenberger teaches Piano, Piano Repertoire, and Jazz Piano at the Creative Arts Center. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and his bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.
He has given numerous solo recitals in cities such as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. His solo appearances with various orchestras include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
He is the founder and pianist of the Miltenberger Jazz Quartet and has toured Europe many times with the group. He also toured Japan in 1985 as featured soloist with WVU’s Percussion and has appeared on nationwide television on PBS and on the NBC Today Show.
He also has been active as a composer and arranger for various West Virginia University ensembles, including Percussion ‘80, the Marching Band, and the Jazz Ensembles.
He is a Music Teachers National Association adjudicator at the state, regional, and national levels and a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award at West Virginia University.
Miltenberger will also perform George Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F” on the WVU Symphony Orchestra’s “Celebration Concert” for his 50th year on Nov. 17.
For more information about the Jubilee Celebration, contact Music Professor Virginia Thompson at 304-293-4532 or email Virginia.Thompson@mail.wvu.edu
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