WVPB Host and Composer Matt Jackfert on Performance Today


An original composition by WVPB host Matt Jackfert is being featured Friday on the public radio program Performance Today.

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The national broadcast is part of their Summer Road Trip. The featured piece is called “Vandalia,” which is titled after the proposed name for the state of West Virginia as well as the festival that takes place in Charleston every year.

In 2012, the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra commissioned and later performed “Vandalia” during its tour of Europe. The featured performance took place in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, which is the sister city of Charleston, WV. That day, the WVYSO students played with passion and precision for a sold-out crowd at the State Opera House in Banska Bystrica.

Matt Jackfert composes music for WVPB in addition to his own commissions. Jackfert has written the themes to West Virginia Morning, The Legislature Today, Viewpoint, and has scored the film Jay: A Rockefeller’s Journey.

This year Jackfert has been played by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, has received the West Virginia Music Teacher’s Association Commissioned Composer Award, and was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards.

You can find more of his music at