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October 18, 2014

Dr. James Moore Recognized with Exemplary Teaching Award

During West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Homecoming celebration, many friends of the College were honored by the institution for their commitment to the College and its students. One member of Wesleyan’s faculty was singled out for his commitment to academic excellence, and his passion in his field.

Dr. James Moore, an associate professor of music and the chair of the Department of Music, as well as the director of jazz ensembles and instructor of trumpet, was presented with the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award.

The award recognizes faculty members who exemplify excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value-centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community.

“Dr. Moore was described as a great and wonderful teacher,” said Boyd Creasman, vice president for academics and dean of the College. “He takes a personal interest in students and encourages them to transcend their limitations and do their very best. He admonishes his students to ‘GO FOR IT.’ Even if at first they are not playing the right notes, they are told to ‘Make It Swing.’ In fact, Dr. Moore has dedicated his life to the proposition that ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing.’”

Originally from Morgantown, WV, Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community, where he is a member of RH Factor—the Roger Humphries Quintet, the 21st Century Swing Band, and leads his own quartet.  Moore performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia, as well as many other collaborative ventures in that city.

An active clinician, Dr. Moore works with many high school honors jazz ensembles throughout Pennsylvania and Western Maryland.  He has presented master classes at dozens of high schools and college in the region.  Dr. Moore is a member of the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition, as well as serving on the research review board of the International Trumpet Guild.  His articles on jazz trumpet pedagogy have been published by the Australian and International Trumpet Guilds.

Performing with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, he also has played with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra.  He appeared on Bob Mintzer’s Grammy-nominated album, For the Moment, released on the MCG Jazz label in 2012.

Dr. Moore has studied trumpet with Bonnie Miltenberger, Neil Stalnaker, John Swana, and Tim Hagans.  Earning his Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University, he holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and is the first recipient of the PhD in Jazz Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where his advisor was Dr. Nathan T. Davis, founder of the original Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and of the Ethnomusicology program at the University of Pittsburgh.

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