Matt Jackfert

All Things Considered Host, Music Composer

Matt is the host of All Things Considered on West Virginia Public Radio, a composer and a classical music host. He wrote, recorded, and produced two new themes for the West Virginia Public Radio news magazine, West Virginia Morning, which feature folk influences. He has recently finished the themes for news programs The Legislature Today as well as West Virginia Talks. He is also currently working on music for the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentaries on Poverty and Senator Jay Rockefeller IV.

Matt is the son of Jennifer Jackfert and the late Dr. Kent Jackfert. He completed his undergraduate Composition degree at West Virginia University, while studying under Dr. John Beall, as well as his undergraduate Chinese degree. He finished his Master's in Composition at University of Texas in Austin having studied under Daniel Welcher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston, Donald Grantham, and Bruce Pennycook. He continues to compose for concert music and film and media scoring.

Jackfert has been played by several ensembles in and around West Virginia including the WVU Wind Symphony, WVU Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia University Choir, the River Cities Orchestra, Waynesburg University, Marshall University Wind Symphony, West Virginia Youth Symphony, and Geroge Washington High School Band, among others. In addition, his symphonic work, Ripples, was read by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Two of his works have been selected for the Society of Composers (SCI) National Student Conference and SEAMUS National Conference. In May of 2014, Jackfert's "On the Shores of Qingdao" was played by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, WV at the Clay Center. Between 2012 and 2013 he was named director of the award-winning a capella choir, Collegium Musicum, at the University of Texas in Austin.

Jackfert has recently started creating film and media scores for various projects. Some of those include the score for the iOS game, I Dig It: Journey to the Core, developed by Austin-based company, InMotion Software as well as music for the award-winning short film, My Super Valentine, by filmmaker Jing Yang.

To listen to his music, be sure to check out or

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As he was conducting the ending of the American premiere of Kim André Arnesen's Requiem, conductor David Donathan said his cheeks hurt because he was smiling so much. Donathan had just pulled off a once-in-a-lifetime performance by putting together an ensemble composed of the Opus Chorale of West Virginia and community orchestra performers at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.

This October 6th at 7 PM, the West Virginia Symphony League will be showing off the latest fashion of the season during their Fashion Show fundraiser at the University of Charleston Erma Byrd Gallery. Over 50 models will adorn clothing from over 20 retailers in a tribute to local community heroes.

Thursday Oct. 1st at 7:30 PM, world renowned string quartet, Amernet, and the WVU Orchestra will follow the direction of Mitchell Arnold on stage at the Lyell B. Clay Theater in Morgantown. The concert is free to all WVU students who have a student ID to give  exposure to all the students and faculty have to offer at the School of Music.

Jeff Higley

Cellist Julian Schwarz performed live in our radio studios at WVPB this Friday. He stopped by to preview his performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (9/19 at 8 PM). Maestro Cooper joined Schwarz to discuss the Cello Concerto as well as Beethoven's 7th and Suppé's Light Cavalry Overture, which he will be conducting on this Opening Night Concert. 

Cellist Julian Schwarz will join us live on radio during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert starting at 2:06 PM this Friday (9/18).

Schwarz will discuss his upcoming performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as his career that's been skyrocketing in the short time since his orchestral debut at age 11.

Today the Montclaire String Quartet shared with us some of their talents by performing Johan Halvorsen's Pasacaglia for Violin and Viola after JF Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G minor live in studio. They also brought along Scott Woodard, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities of West Virginia State University to discuss their new partnership with WVSU.

Check them out Sept. 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Davis Fine Arts Building at WVSU.

Matt Jackfert

Have you ever wondered how to create your own album? Or maybe were just curious as to how a band goes from their garage to professional recording studio? Let Matt Jackfert take you through a 10-step process of creating your very own album by following Charleston-based group, The Company Stores, as they went from playing in basements and garages in 2013, to releasing a full album in 2014 called Rollin' In.

Matt Jackfert

Ever wondered how a band makes it from garage to professional studio? Join us this Memorial Day on radio as we go inside the making of an album. We track Charleston-based band The Company Stores as they create their first album Rollin' In. On Monday night at 8 PM, Matt Jackfert will walk you through each step and will give you a behind-the-scenes tour as we listen in on the planning and recording of the album. 

The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra is bidding farewell to the 2014-2015 season by performing a series of masterpieces by great composers, both old and new, during their concert on May 15th, 2015 8:00 PM at the Capitol Theater in Wheeling

Generally when a musician makes a mistake in a concert, he or she can just go home and forget about it. When your husband or wife is also your partner in music, that may not be so easy! That's the case for the Fa2 Duo--the violin and piano duo comprised of Cristian and Victoria Fatu.

It takes a serious amount of knowledge to become a conductor of an orchestra. That's why Maestro Stefan Sanders learned it from the inside out. He knew he wanted to be a conductor, but started as a Bass Trombone player in the Buffalo Philharmonic and waited for his time. When conductor, JoAnn Falletta, gave him the chance to conduct the BPO, he jumped on the opportunity. Since then, he's become Director of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas and an Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Listen to hear his story and recordings of the BPO.

The Montclaire String Quartet performed LIVE without a net in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Studios at 600 Capitol Street Friday, February 13th.

The tightly-knit ensemble performed selections from their upcoming concert titled "The Silver Screen." These pieces included selections from film and selections from film composers that were written as concert music.

At our studios, they performed:

Nino Rota -- 2 movements from Concerto for Strings
Bernard Hermann -- selection from Echoes
Alexander Borodin -- Nocturne
Astor Piazzolla -- Tango Ballet

Take a listen as Maestro André Raphel talks with us about his upcoming concert of Spanish and American Music with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, their composer-in-residence, Roberto Sierra, and their guest violinist, Michael Ludwig.

Jim Lange

This past Wednesday, the Montclaire String Quartet stopped by the studios at West Virginia Public Radio for a live in-house performance. They performed selections from their upcoming concerts, gave their insights into the pieces and talked about the group's recent transitions. The members are from around the world but have found a home in West Virginia, and this year they welcome Cristian Fatu to the group. Here is this year's instrumentation:

Anton Shelepov -- 1st violin
Cristian Fatu -- 2nd violin
Bernard DiGregorio -- Viola
Andrea DiGregorio -- Cello

Their upcoming concert is at the University of Charleston Sunday, September 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available in advance by calling the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or online at Tickets can also be acquired at the door at 2:00 PM. 

In 2012, the Marshall University Chamber Choir toured France singing in old cathedrals and churches including the Notre Dame Cathedral. They sang an eclectic mix ranging from Renaissance music to American Spirituals to contemporary music. 

The Chamber Choir is typically made up of about 32 students, with both music majors and non-majors, and is open to auditions for new members. 

This school year, they'll be performing with the Marshall University Orchestra to take on Handel's Messiah in December, and next Spring, they'll be taking a tour of the south, heading to the Atlanta, GA area with stops along the way.

The United States Marine Band will be starting its annual 30-day tour starting September 1st. They'll be making two stops in West Virginia:

Morgantown: Tuesday, Sept. 2nd 7:30 PM at the Clay Concert Theater at the Creative Arts Center

Charleston: Wednesday, Sept. 3rd 7:30 PM at the Municipal Auditorium.

They're also kicking off their tour near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in McHenry, MD on September 1st.

Tickets are FREE!! and are distributed by the local sponsor.

Tickets may be obtained by sending a self addressed and stamped envelope to...

St. Albans High School
C/O Tim White / Tickets
2100 Kanawha Terrace
St. Albans, WV 25177


Tickets will be available at
Charleston Civic Center Box Office & Taylor Books
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Dr. Lucy Mauro, professor of piano at West Virginia University, was able to talk with me about the contributions of largely unknown American composer, Margaret Ruthven Lang. What I discovered was that Margaret Lang is a very prolific composer with over 200 songs, even though she would destroy her own music if she didn't like a particular piece. 

Igor Stravinsky, as drawn by Pablo Picasso
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Igor Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring was a monumental work in so many ways: its size, its structure, and its ability to push the limits of what is known as music. The piece was so groundbreaking that at its premiere in Paris, France, on May 29th, 1913, a near-riot erupted in the audience.