SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Two music department faculty members from Wittenberg University share the distinction of being inducted into Marquis Who’s Who in America for 2004. Trudy Faber, professor and chair of the music department and Steven Winteregg, adjunct associate professor of music, exhibit the criteria Marquis publishers look for in choosing those to feature in their annual journal. According to the Marquis Web site, those selected are “men and women around the globe whose achievements influence the people of today.”
Faber, a full-time professor at Wittenberg since 1970, specializes in the organ and harpsichord and has many performances to her credit. She has performed at West Point, in Coventry and St. Paul’s Cathedrals, both located in England. She has also performed in both of the churches Bach was most closely associated with, St. Thomas and St. Nicolas in Leipzig, Germany.
Faber’s love for music can be traced back to when she was three years old and taught herself to play “Jesus Loves Me” on the piano. She used her elbow to play the lower note of the B flat octave since her hands were so small.
In 1998 Faber was the recipient of the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest honor a professor can achieve at Wittenberg University.
Faber finds her work to be very rewarding due in part to “the responses I get from many former students all over the country, telling me how much difference I have made in their lives.”
As a professor, Faber also incorporates skills that are not just restricted to the field of music.
“I encourage them to know, to seek out answers, read, listen, find out what is valid information,” Faber said.
Winteregg, a Wittenberg professor since 1981, focuses in the area of composition and symphonic literature, in addition to euphonium and tuba performance. His accomplishments range from having compositions performed by the Czech Radio Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony to composing three ballets, “An American Cinderella,” “Christmas Carol” and “America’s Robin Hood,” all performed by the Dayton Ballet.
Winteregg pushes his students to “strive for excellence and to try and come up with creative solutions to problems.”
Winteregg sees his work as an instructor valuable because it gives him the chance to “watch students grow as musicians and as people.”
Faber thinks music plays an important role in society because it can “bring joy, enrichment, comfort, excitement in a good way, delight. It affects our feelings as few other media can, making us sad, happy, nostalgic, or overcome with awe at the creativity of certain great minds.”
Winteregg furthered this by stating “music can play many roles in society…it can reflect society, but I also believe that it can influence society. While many people view music simply as entertainment, I believe that it has the ability to convey the deeper meaning of life.”
For over 100 years, Wittenberg's music programs have provided training and educational opportunities to prepare students for fulfilling careers in performance, education, church music, and related fields. Wittenberg has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, and graduates have achieved both national and international recognition as professional musicians.
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