West Virginia Wesleyan College has named James H. Moore, Ph.D. as Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Moore, who currently serves as the Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Chair of the Music Department, will begin his new duties on January 2, 2018.
“Dr. Moore has shown exceptional leadership as Faculty Chair and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities,” stated President Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D. “His enthusiasm for education, passion for Wesleyan, tireless work ethic, and drive for excellence will serve him well as the College’s new Dean of the Faculty.”
Dr. Moore joined the faculty at Wesleyan in 2006 as a member of the Department of Music, serving in various capacities including Instructor of Trumpet, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities.
Since 2011, he has served as chairperson of the Music Department, working to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region. During his tenure at Wesleyan, Dr. Moore has served as Faculty Chair, Faculty Representative to Community Council, and Chair of the Think Tank on Enrollment Challenges. Additionally, he was a member of the Faculty Staff Compensation Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, Marketing Steering Committee, Faculty Senate, and Curriculum Council.
He has secured over $27,000 in funding for Wesleyan’s jazz ensembles from the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival’s “Music in the Schools” grant program, as well as $675,000 from the West Virginia State Department of Education to host the Governor’s School for the Arts on Wesleyan’s campus each summer from 2014-2016.
A trained musician, Dr. Moore has conducted numerous Wesleyan ensembles, including Big Band I, Little Big Band, Small Jazz Ensembles, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Trumpet Ensemble. Prior to his work at Wesleyan, he served as a graduate student assistant to the Director of the University of Pittsburgh International Jazz Archives and William R. Robinson Digital Recording Studio and Adjunct Lecturer and Interim Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University.
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. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh, he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many over collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, and appeared on Bob Mintzer's GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment. In 2015, Dr. Moore shared the stage as a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods for the reprisal of the famous Charlie Parker with Strings material and the equally notable Clifford Brown with Strings repertoire. This was the final performance of Master Woods' career. Dr. Moore also appears regularly as a conference performer, adjudicator, clinician, and guest lecturer.
Dr. Moore holds an M.M. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.