(continued)On campus we continue to present a wide array of concerts, ranging from annual performances by the various large student ensembles to our series of local and international professional performers. The Wind and Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Albert Neumeyer, draw large and appreciative audiences to their fall and spring concerts each year, and our piano series, which features such internationally known performers as Menahem Pressler and Ruth Laredo, is in its 16th year. Next year Peter Serkin, among others, will be featured on this series.
Furthermore, it is important to note that many Muhlenberg professors are accomplished performers in their own rights. One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Diane Follet, recently celebrated the premiere performance of her opera, "Echo," in Colorado and I have performed my own solo percussion and electronic works in New York City, Philadelphia and here at Muhlenberg. Plus, in recent years Muhlenberg composers have seen their music performed in Berlin, Japan, and throughout the United States, and for the past three years we have been represented on the Philadelphia Fringe Festival "Fresh Ears" series.
Muhlenberg's long-standing commitment to musical excellence has become a treasured local tradition as well. For example, the Candlelight Carols services in December, which feature the College Choir, are an Allentown favorite reaching back 40 years. In addition, the department also strives to support community musical endeavors of all types and we frequently present the Junior String Philharmonic and the Young People's Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley, evidencing our commitment to the development of young musicians of pre-college age. And lastly, we are the home of the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, recently named the College's professional "Orchestra in Residence." This fine chamber orchestra presents six to eight concert weekend pairs each season in the Empie Theater of the Baker Center for the Arts.
Clearly the study of music is alive and well at Muhlenberg. Come hear one of our concerts, sit in on a class or better yet, sign up for those lessons that never fit into your life before. We have just the teacher to open up a world of possibilities for any budding musician.