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Henderson Memorial School of Music

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The Henderson Memorial School of Music at the Western Orthodox University is named for the late Professor Leonard Henderson, a distinguished musician and consultant on music education.

The School offers a number of opportunities for executant musicians and composers to earn degrees in music, particularly at the graduate level, which are granted by the Western Orthodox University under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica. The current programmes are listed below with links to further information, and are available fully by distance learning. The School was the first to offer the degree of Doctor of Music in Performance for instrumentalists and singers fully by distance learning with no residential requirements.

Programmes available

Taught programmes
undertaken through individualized distance learning study with a faculty mentor

>>Doctor of Music (in composition)
>>Master of Music (in composition)
>>Master of Music Education in Instrumental Teaching

Assessment programmes
undertaken by portfolio of professional achievement

>>Doctor of Music (in performance)
>>Doctor of Music (in composition)
>>Master of Music
>>Bachelor of Music

>>Guidance on APEL

The degree of Doctor of Music (DMus) in performance was pioneered by the University and was the first such award to be examined wholly in performance, with only an ancillary written component, purely via distance learning with no residential component. It is intended for outstanding performers of Western classical music (instrumentalists or singers) who can demonstrate the highest level of executant capability through an assessed portfolio of work. The portfolio will be expected to centre around recorded performance (of which a majority should be live and unedited) of the major works of the instrument or voice in question, in which the candidate is either a solo or an ensemble performer. The highest level of both technical and interpretative command will be expected. Together with the portfolio, the candidate will submit a contextual paper that details the approach to the works concerned and discusses their place both within their artistic development and within the repertoire of the instrument or voice concerned.

Programmes by Published Work
undertaken by portfolio of published compositions, recordings, books and articles

>>Doctor of Music
>>Doctor of Letters
>>Doctor of Philosophy in Music

>>Regulations for Degrees by Published Work

Programmes by Dissertation

>>Bachelor of Music
>>Master of Music
>>Doctor of Philosophy in Music

>>Guidance on Dissertations

Diploma programmes

Programmes that lead to diplomas are offered in Music by the J.S. Bach Academy and in Public Worship with a music pathway by the Epiphany Guild. These non-degree programmes are awarded under the auspices of the Western Orthodox Academy in the United Kingdom and can be fully integrated for credit towards the non-UK degrees awarded by the Western Orthodox University in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Expertise

Leonard Henderson Memorial Professor
The School administers the Leonard Henderson Memorial Professorship, which is awarded to a distinguished musician, musicologist or organologist. The current incumbent is Professor Maurice Merrell, the organist and Principal of Bishop and Sons, organ builders.

Professor Maurice Merrell
DLitt, DMus, FGMS, FCCM, FISOB, FSCO, FIGOC, FGCO, FNSCM, HonFASC, HonFNCM, MNCMSoc, FMCM, FRSA, FWOU

The School draws upon experts and advisors for teaching and assessment, including the following:

Head of School

Dr A. Michael D.G. Walsh
DLitt, ThD, MusD, FIAL(Lond), HonFNCM, FTCL, FCCM, F(Comp)ASMC, FMCM, GTCL, HonGCM, FGMS, FWOU, Honorary Academician, Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, Rome
Registrar and Dean of Degrees
Fields: Musical Composition
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Faculty

Professor William Clark
HonDMus, DLitt, MMus, MA, GradDipMus, HonFGCM, HonFNMSM, HonFGMS, FRSCM, FRSA, FMusEdASMC, FMusicolASMC, FDipSCSM, FDip(ChM), FIMEB, FCSME, FIAL(Lond), FWOU, FHSM, FASC, LTCL, DipMus
Orlando Gibbons Professor of Music
Fields: Music Education, Church Music, Musicology
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Dr Ian Higginson
DMus, FTCL, FLCM, FVCM, FMCM, HonFNCM, FWOU
Fields: Musical Composition
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The Most Revd. Professor John Kersey
OCR, OA, Dr.h.c.mult., STD, DChr, DD, DLitt, EdD, PhD, DMus, HonMSc, MBA, MA, MMusRCM, DipRCM, HonFNCM, HonFDipSCSM, HonFMusICMA, HonFCAM, HonFNMSM, HonFASC, FRSA, FRGS, FSA Scot, FDipOXCEL, FVCM, FIMEB, FCCM, FNSCM, FCSM, FMCM, FPerfASMC, FLSMR, FIAL(Lond), FWOU, HonCIL, HonAFCM, HonIWA, CertINSEAD, Honorary Academician, Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, Rome
Chancellor of the University
Fields: Musical Performance, Music Education, Composition, Musicology
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Romantic Discoveries Recordings

cd18Romantic Discoveries Recordings, which is an associated research centre of the Western Orthodox University, is a pioneering recording label disseminating over 100 world premiere recordings of the piano music of nineteenth-century composers, including first recordings of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Alkan and many less well-known composers whose music has been unjustly eclipsed by later changes in musical fashion.

>>Romantic Discoveries Recordings website

Henselt Library of Nineteenth-Century Piano Music

adolph_henseltThe Henselt Library houses over 2,000 rare scores of nineteenth-century piano music, many of which are not generally available elsewhere. It consists of scores that are mostly for piano 2 hands, with a small number of concerto scores and reductions. Both original works and transcriptions are represented, ranging from miniatures and salon pieces to major sonatas and extended tone-pictures. This variety reflects the importance of the piano in both public concert life and in more intimate surroundings. All items are in the public domain, and their use for performance and recording projects is encouraged.

>>Henselt Library