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Conservatory Sees Variety of Uses

During its first five months of operation, the Mount de Chantal Conservatory of Music has proven popular for uses academic, co-curricular and community-based. It is the site for classes, band rehearsals, films, music and theater performances, lectures, dinners and receptions - by groups from on campus and off.

At left, Maestro James Gourlay and the WJU Symphonic Band entertain an audience during a free concert in the Conservatory's Recital Hall on March 29 as part of WJU Community Day 2014.

Conservatory Opening Events

Wheeling, W.Va., Dec. 4, 2013

During a weekend of festivities and reunions held November 16 and 17, 2013, Wheeling Jesuit University opened its newest gem - an intimate recital hall, gallery and office space honoring Mount de Chantal, the private girls' school that was a Wheeling institution for 160 years.

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Mount de Chantal Conservatory Construction Nearing Completion

Construction is well underway at Wheeling Jesuit University on the Mount de Chantal Conservatory of Music, which is set to open late this fall within the university's Center for Educational Technologies building.


Scholarship Winner Announced

Samantha Herrington of Bethel Park, Pa., has been selected to receive the first ever Mount de Chantal Music Scholarship at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Funded through a grant from the Sisters of the Visitation, who for 160 years operated Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy on the property adjacent to Wheeling Jesuit, the competitive scholarship is a $10,000 award. This scholarship, renewable for four years, is awarded to an incoming female freshman who actively participates in one of the University's conducted ensembles, maintains the required grade point average and has a record of Christian service.


Recently Acquired: Mount Graduations Photos & Sr. Joanne's Piano

Remember these? Holding a place of honor in the Mount's front hall for years, the senior class photo composites have been donated to the Conservatory by the Sisters of the Visitation. They will be displayed in the Sisters of the Visitation Gallery in the Conservatory, along with Sr. Joanne Gonter's own piano, also shown here.

Franz Liszt bust to be displayed in the Conservatory

In early June, four members of the Mount de Chantal Class of 1963 visited Wheeling Jesuit to hear about plans for the Conservatory, tour the space, and see the Mount de Chantal objects that will be displayed there. Shown with a bust of composer Franz Liszt are Kathleen Cagnina Lane of Strongsville, OH; Mary Margaret Shelton-Donahue of Carrollton, GA; Lois Krchmarsky Naegele of Wheeling, WV; and Anne Ford Taylor of Saratoga Springs, NY.

Original Painting of St. Cecilia, donated by Michelle Dufalla

An original painting of St. Cecilia, likely done by a Visitation sister circa 1880, was purchased from the Mount by alumna Michelle Dufalla, right. In 2013, Ms. Dufalla donated the painting, along with a bust of Franz Liszt, to Wheeling Jesuit. The painting hung for generations in the Mount's Music Hall, and the bust was a fixture in the piano studio of Addison Jones, and later Bill Hines. Accepting the donation on behalf of the University is Kathryn Duda Kelly, also a graduate of Mount de Chantal.

800-pound tower bell, donated by the Sisters of the Visitation

Four Mount de Chantal Alumnae from the class of 1961 examine the 800-pound bell that hung for more than a century in the bell tower at Mount de Chantal. The bell is one of the items donated by the Sisters of the Visitation to Wheeling Jesuit for the Conservatory. It will be displayed outside so that visitors can see and touch it. Posing with the bell during their tour of the Conservatory space at WJU are Katharine Klos, Dolores Wallace, Catherine Rakow and Mary Rita Sonderman.

Familiar Painting Donated to Mount de Chantal Conservatory of Music at Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, W.Va., February 19, 2013

The seven-foot-high painting of St. Cecilia, patroness of music, which hung in the Music Hall at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy for decades, is back in Wheeling as a recent donation to the Mount de Chantal Conservatory of Music at Wheeling Jesuit University.


Wheeling Jesuit University Hosts Mt. de Chantal Film & Exhibit

Wheeling, W.Va., September 10, 2012

All are invited to join Mount de Chantal's Sr. Joanne Gonter at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), for a screening of the recently produced film about Mount de Chantal, "For Mind and Spirit." The film will be shown in WJU's Troy Theater on the Wheeling Jesuit campus, and the event is free and open to the public.



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