GSC Choir to Perform in New York City

Members of Glenville State College’s Chamber Singers group have been invited to perform a choral concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, New York. Their performance is scheduled to take place on June 01, 2017. 

The performance was arranged after Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody submitted an application for the group to perform at the historic cathedral. This included sending a photo of the group along with a recording and information about the ensemble. The recordings are then screened to choose the groups to be invited. St. Patrick’s has a history of fine musical performances and GSC’s Chamber Singers will be appearing as part of their Guest Choir Concert Series. The GSC Choir is also featured on St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s website.

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Members of GSC’s Chamber Singers (l-r) with statue Jordan Pierson, Derrick Lowe, Dravin Gibson; middle Clayton Swisher, Travis Myers, Erica Taylor, Trevor Wood, Lindsey Travis, Zaon Starseed, Scott Barber, Christian Bryant; front Sarah Brunty, Breanna Bennet, Faith Smith

“Our students are looking forward to the honor of performing such a concert series in one of our country’s most beautiful cathedrals,” said Dody. “Some are hoping to see a Broadway show, visit the National 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and experience a vibrant, adventure-filled city! I formerly lived in NYC and have performed there as a soloist many times so for me, it is exciting to show them my old home.”

The Chamber Singers are currently fundraising to help to cover the costs associated with the trip. Anyone interested in helping with the fundraiser can contact Dody by e-mail at , by calling her office at 304.462.6345, or the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

New Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Program to Be Offered at GSC

Glenville State College will soon be home to a new concentration of study in its Fine Arts Department. The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program is being designed for the student musician who also has a desire to study the business aspects of the music industry. In addition to the core music curriculum, students will be immersed in the study of jazz and American popular music history and theory. Additionally, students will be trained to improvise in a variety of styles including swing, bop, blues, fusion, and R&B.

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Glenville State College students showcasing their musical skills during a Jazz Band performance

Creativity and musical individuality will be explored through courses in composition and arranging. These skills will be on display as students perform in various jazz ensembles throughout the semester.

Along with the performance aspect in this concentration, students will also learn about the performance industry through various courses in music business, music technology, and recording/engineering.

“Whether students are looking to enhance their performance skills or if they’re interested in operating effectively within the music business, the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies concentration is designed to develop creative, well-rounded student musicians,” said GSC Fine Arts Department Chair Dr. Lloyd Bone.

The program should be available beginning in the fall of 2017.

For more information about any of the programs of study in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6340.

GSC Jazz Band to hold Third Annual Christmas Concert

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The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts announces the third annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 02 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

This year’s performance consists of two sets. The first set will include classic jazz band and swing music such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and even more contemporary groups like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. After a brief intermission, the concert will resume with a set of Christmas classics played in a jazz style. There will be swing, latin, rock - a little something for everybody. Several of GSC’s talented student soloists will be featured, including vocalist Chelsea Hicks. This concert is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

“The purpose of this concert is to expose our little part of West Virginia to a uniquely American musical idiom in the live performance of jazz music,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr. “At the same time, we want the community to come together to celebrate another great American tradition - enjoying the holiday season!”

The concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC. Funds from last year’s Christmas concert allowed members of the band to perform and recruit at high schools in the Putnam and Cabell County areas. New band stand fronts, which helps increase the visibility of both GSC and the Jazz Band, were also able to be purchased.

For more information, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

Travis to Perform Chamber Recital

Glenville State College junior music major Lindsey Travis will perform a chamber recital on Monday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

She will perform six selections with various ensembles including the Woodwind Trio, Woodwind Quintet, Flute Trio, Flute and Brass Trio, and a flute and saxophone duet. Derrick Lowe, a fellow music student, arranged a flute, trombone, and tuba trio for the recital.

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Travis is from New Milton, West Virginia and is the daughter of Robin and Smokey Travis.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304.462.6340.

Ruppert to Hold Recital at GSC - Today

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Glenville State College Music Education major Megan Ruppert will perform a Chamber Recital on Monday, October 03, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

She is the daughter of Beverly and Tim Ruppert of Salem, West Virginia.

Ruppert will be performing four selections on the flute. Fellow students will accompany her performance on the bassoon, drums, flute, and clarinet.

The recital is free to attend and open to the public.

For more information, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

GSC Senior Recital on Flute Tonight

Mariah Daniels, a Music Education major at Glenville State College, will be performing her Senior Recital on flute this Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

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Selections include works by Hindemith, Davidovsky, and Haydn. A reception will follow in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Call 304.462.6340 for more information.

Chevron Appalachia to Sponsor Donna Ulisse Workshop

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Chevron Appalachia, LLC is sponsoring five time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse and her Songwriting Escape teaching team to teach a three hour workshop in Moundsville, West Virginia on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Vue Park Event Center at 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV. The focus of the workshop will be what Ulisse calls the “nuts and bolts of songwriting.“

The workshop was coordinated by Moundsville songwriter Jerry Andrews who attended Donna’s workshop in Glenville, WV earlier this year. He found it to be so beneficial that he wanted to bring the workshop to his own town and make it affordable for students to attend. He approached Chevron Appalachia and they were eager to be involved.

The workshop is normally $125.00 per person but because of the generosity of Chevron Appalachia it will be only $75.00 per adult and $25.00 per student. (middle school through college) Writers of all levels are welcome.

Ulisse’s team will consist of herself, Rick Stanley, Greg Davis with a new addition of Kathy Anderson who will focus on the basics of publishing and copyright which is always a major focus in the question and answer period. Between Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley they have had songs recorded by Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Claire Lynch, Larry Stephenson Band, Volume Five, Don Rigsby, Ralph Stanley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blue, The Bankesters as well as many of Donna’s top radio successes she has recorded. Donna Ulisse is also the author of the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process.

The day will be capped off with a community concert in Grand Vue Park Event Center by Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys. Tickets for the show are only $10.00 thanks to the Chevron Appalachia sponsorship of the whole day of events.

To register for the workshop or buy advance tickets for the concert call Jerry Andrews at 304.281.5776. Visit for additional information.

Donald Trump

Prince Wrote a Song About Donald Trump and It’s a Real Doozy

Prince was famously prolific, writing possibly thousands of songs that were never released and penning tons of music for other artists. That includes a recently remembered track called Donald Trump (Black Version), which was recorded by the Time, R&B legends in their own right.

As Buzzfeed notes, Prince biographer Matt Thorne cited the song as originally intended for the Time’s unreleased Corporate World album, which had “the theme of a black rewrite of Wall Street.” When that album was shelved by the label, Donald Trump (Black Version) was instead included on the group’s 1990 album Pandemonium.

The song is a syrupy ballad that falls somewhere between quiet storm and parody, which is fitting, since the Time straddled comedy with real musical chops. In any case, Time singer Morris Day’s over-the-top persona is a perfect match for Donald Trump, and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine he might say some of these lines if he were your love-ah, which, gross.

Have a listen to the song, below, then check out the lyrics beneath.


Honey baby, you truly know it. You truly know it.

You look good. Tryin’ your best to show it.

If I were you, I would. True love and affection.

These are nice, so nice but when a money man walks in the room, girl, you look more than twice.

You look once, you look twice. Can I rap to you sugar tonight?


Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.

A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.

Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.

A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.

Honey baby, you are the finest. I have seen.

And your disposition’s so kind you’re never mean.

Girl, you’re to good to be true. But last night when you were asleep, you slipped big time.

I heard you. You said your favorite color was green.

So guess what?

(repeat chorus)

Now look here baby. I ain’t tryin’ to be 90 proof.

But a super strong woman. She needs a super strong dude.

Sweet words of love are helpful.

But what goes a lot farther than that?

A hundred dollar dinner at Adriano’s?

A brand new coat or a brand new hat?

Yes, I can do this!

... Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.

Come on, come on take a chance.

.... A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.

I can fill your every dream, baby.

.... Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.

You and me, baby… and me!

.... A 1990’s love affair.

So many things.

... The real romance.

So many things.

.... Diamonds and pearls.

I wanna buy you things.

.... (Oooooh, I can hear you talkin’ to me baby)

.... Maybe that’s what you need.

‘cause I want all the other girls to bug.

.... A man that fulfills your every wish.

My name is Morris, baby.

.... Your every dream.

And I dig you. And when I dig somebody.

.... Donald Trump (black version).

They stay dug.

.... Come on take a chance.

They stay dug baby.

.... A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.

I… I… I… I got what you need baby.

Come on baby, come on take a chance.

GSC Concert Band Spring Performance Scheduled for Friday

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Glenville WV – Members of the Glenville State College Concert Band will be performing their spring concert on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

“The concert will feature a night of band standards and Hollywood favorites,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone, GSC Fine Arts Department Chair, Concert Band Director, and Assistant Professor of Music. “We decided to dedicate a large portion of the concert to Hollywood as the past year was one of the more notable in Hollywood history due to the records that the new installment of the Star Wars franchise set and the popularity of Jurassic World.”

Works will include Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and music from episodes IV, V, and VI of the Star Wars saga. The concert also will feature a large collection of blockbuster movie melodies and popular music and television tunes from the 1990s.

The concert is in conjunction with the 8th Annual GSC Honor Band and is attended by a very large number of high school and middle school students from around West Virginia.

Admission for GSC students will be free with IDs, and general admission will be by donation. For more information, contact Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at or 304.462.6340.

Did You Know?

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Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration party fails to win a single region in the latest balloting, after dominating the first round of voting following the extremist attacks in Paris.


The president plans to meet with his National Security Council on Monday, then give a public update on the fight against Islamic State militants, to start a week of security-related events.


The GOP presidential candidate emphasizes that his ban on Muslims entering the U.S. would be temporary.


Kansas, Texas, Arkansas and some other states have made it easier to obtain guns and carry them in more public places.


China’s advocacy for a global warming pact was due in part to its own needs to solve serious environmental problems - including air pollution woes.


Across the U.S., Sikhs are banding together with Muslims to defend their respective religions in the wake of the Paris and California attacks.


A black man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles deputies kept holding a pistol as he lay dying on the ground, authorities say.


It marks the first time in the country’s history that women cast ballots and ran in elections.


The “1989 World Tour LIVE” will be available free for streaming for Apple Music users on Dec. 20.


As stocking stuffers, the Manhattan emporium offers pieces of human skulls, muskrat-jaw jewelry and two-headed, stuffed birds wearing Santa hats.

First Lady Michelle Obama Urging Kids to Go to College

Did You Know?

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The FBI says that both the husband and wife had been radicalized “for quite some time” - but how or by whom remain unanswered questions.


The proposed ban - swiftly condemned by his rival GOP candidates - would apply to immigrants and visitors alike.


The investigation opens a city plagued for years by accusations of police brutality to broad federal scrutiny for the first time.


The price of a barrel of oil falls to $37.65, a nearly seven-year low.


A few dozen elderly men who survived the Japanese bombing 74 years ago gather at the site to remember fellow servicemen who didn’t make it.


The opposition is threatening to build a supermajority in the legislature and wrest power from President Maduro after 17 years of socialist rule.


Most of the “vast and varied” arsenal that is being used to commit war crimes in Syria and elsewhere was seized from the Iraqi army, Amnesty International says.


Kendrick Lamar is the leading nominee for the 2016 awards with 11, including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.“


Kim Kardashian West and hubby Kanye have chosen the name Saint West for North’s younger brother.


Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are the finalists for this year’s trophy.

Christmas Jazz Concert Returning to GSC for Second Year - Tonight

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GLENVILLE, WV — The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts is proud to announce its second annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 04 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

This year’s concert will feature the ‘Big Band’ jazz ensemble that will begin the night with a wide array of jazz styles, including rock, latin, waltz, and tradition swing music.  The second half of the show will ring in the holiday cheer with jazz influenced Christmas favorites.

“We did this for the first time last year and got a great response so we have decided to make the GSC Jazz Band Christmas Concert a Glenville tradition,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr. 

This concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC. For more information contact GSC Fine Arts Department Secretary Sheri Skidmore at or 304.462.6340.

Neal Senior Recital at GSC - Tonight

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GLENVILLE, WV — Glenville State College music major Benjamin Neal will be performing his senior recital on Friday, November 06, 2015 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Neal is the son of Timothy and Trish Neal from Mount Nebo (Nicholas County), West Virginia. He will be performing on the alto saxophone.

“I couldn’t be more thankful to have chosen Glenville to further my education. GSC is like a family to me. All the faculty and staff here are very helpful and want what is best for us as students. I couldn’t have asked for a better college to go to,” said Neal.

For more information call 304.462.6340.

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