The Arts on Campus
Throughout the academic year, the Performing Arts at WU offer to our students and the community music events,- free of charge to all and committed to the exploration of human experience and the celebration of aesthetic beauty in its many forms. Please join us, either as a participant or as a patron!
The Music Ministry Choirs, which also includes instrumentalists who join with their vocal counterparts in the fulfillment of their liturgical duties, enliven and give musical shape to congregational singing and participation in the two scheduled Sunday masses in the Chapel of Mary and Joseph. As collegial colleagues of student Eucharistic ministers and presiders, the Chapel musicians fulfill a ministry of music that includes inspiration and an exercise of pastoral gifts that is at the heart of the purpose of liturgy.
Wheeling University students can supplement their music studies by attending Wheeling Symphony Orchestra concerts free of charge. This wonderful opportunity is made possible through WU’s sponsorship of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra’s College Concert Series. Performed in downtown Wheeling’s historic Capitol Music Hall, concerts feature this first-class professional orchestra along with internationally known guest artists.
Director of Ministry Music
A native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Robert Troeger directs the WU Chamber Singers and coordinates the musicians of the Chapel of Mary and Joseph at WU. He holds degrees in music and religion from Carnegie Mellon University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Yale University. A proponent of contemporary music, he made his debut as organist in 1979 with the Cleveland Orchestra and regularly performs the organ works of Philip Glass. Previously he performed as organist and keyboardist with the Wheeling Symphony and conducted the Pittsburgh premiere of Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila with Marianne Cornetti and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since 1989 Troeger has served as Music Director and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling, where in 1997 he instituted a relationship between the parish and the Royal School of Church Music (UK) whose training schemes have enriched the lives of many Ohio Valley young people. In 1992 he became a fellow of the American Guild of Organists and is a winner of various competitions sponsored by the A.G.O. In 1985 he was a semi-finalist in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition (improvisation category), St. Albans, England. In Europe Mr. Troeger has appeared as organ soloist in the newly reconstructed Frauenkirche in Dresden, and as harpsichordist with the Matthaus-Kantorei of Luzern. Since 2010 he also has served as mentor and music educator at the Children’s Home of Wheeling.