Office: 125B Powell Hall
Percussionist, Al Wojtera is in his nineteenth year at Radford University as an Associate Professor of Music where he serves as the Director of Percussion Studies, directs the RU Percussion Ensemble, teaches studio percussion, percussion methods, jazz history, and hosts the Annual RU Percussion Symposium.
Mr. Wojtera is an active percussionist in solo recitals, small chamber
ensembles, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra,
Opera Roanoke, Wintergreen
Festival Orchestra, regional jazz ensembles, touring show productions,
and has served as conductor for RU productions of the Nutcracker Ballet.
He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the Tri-State
area, and is the Southwest Regional Representative for the Virginia
Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
He resides in Montgomery County with his wife Carolyn and their two
children Christopher and Casey.
Each year the Ensemble hosts an Annual Percussion Symposium with renowned artists and clinicians that have included NEXUS, Ed Shaughnessey, Gordon Stout, Leigh Howard Stevens, Roy Haynes, Andy Harnsberger, Jon Metzger, Jerry Tachoir, Mark Ford, Khalid Saleem, Mohamed DaCosta, Guy Gauthreaux, David Steinquest, and Michael Williams. Radford University Percussion Ensemble performances encompass a broad spectrum of musical styles from standard works in the percussion/marimba repertoire, transcriptions, arrangements, traditional African drumming, and current releases of contemporary percussion literature.
The Ensemble is also an active participant in the “Music in Our Schools” and the “Artists in Residence” programs sponsored by the New River Valley Friends of the Roanoke Symphony, giving performances to thousands of public school audiences throughout the region each year since 1995. Reviews of our recently released CD By Departing Light on the Highlander record label indicate "an excellent CD that is eclectic in content and styles, each piece is well played, and the contrasts in styles make this an interesting hour of listening.” (Percussive Notes, Dec. 2001) Radford University’s close proximity to the natural scenic beauty of the region’s Blue Ridge Mountains affords us striking views of spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Those vivid images were the visual catalyst for the cover art and title of this CD, the name taken from RU faculty member Bruce Mahin’s composition, “By Departing Light.”
UPCOMING PERCUSSION EVENTS AT RADFORD UNIVERSITY
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Radford University Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert
8pm Bondurant Auditorium
Monday, February 6, 2005
Al Wojtera - Faculty Percussion Recital
8pm, Bondurant Auditorium
Tuesday, March 7, 2005
Radford University Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
8pm Bondurant Auditorium
Friday - Saturday, March 3-4, 2005
Radford University’s Annual Percussion Symposium,
Powell Hall and Bondurant Auditorium
MUSC 169, 171 through 572, Private Studio Percussion Lessons
MUSC 435, Radford University Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 123, Art of Jazz
UNIV 100, Introduction class for incoming freshman
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