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Weldon Hill

Weldon Hill (Ph.D.)

Musicologist, composer, and pianist, Weldon Hill is active as a performer, composer, and writer. He is most well known as a pianist, having shared the stage with artists such as Jon Faddis, Joe Williams, Steve Wilson, Marleana Shaw, Benny Carter, Jae Sinnett, Andrew White, Ron Elliston, and Jo Marie Payton. His own piano trio has performed with Donald Harrison, Renee Marie, Andrew White, and Earnie Andrews, among others. As pianist with the Great American Music Ensemble (an often-featured big band at the Kennedy Center and for National Public Radio) and with such artists as Herb Jeffries, Jimmy Heath, Benny Carter, Ronnie Wells, Milt Hinton, and Ethel Ennis. The Weldon Hill Trio is Dr. Weldon Hill - Piano, Michael K. Hawkins - Double Bass, and Billy Williams - Drums.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Virginia Union University (Richmond) and Master of Music (in composition) and Doctor of Philosophy (musicology/music theory) degrees from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). His dissertation, a comprehensive analysis and history of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, is considered the seminal work on the subject in musicology. He completed post-graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) in jazz studies. Hill holds post-doctoral certificates from Harvard University (Management Development Program, class of 1994)and the American Council on Education Fellows Program (class of 2000-01). Additionally, he was a 1986 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship recipient, and was awarded a Plan for Social Excellence Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Hill was a piano student of Russell Wilson, having also studied with Ralph Ostoff and Bob Hallahan and participated in master classes and other sessions with Mulgrew Miller, Mary Lou Williams, Freddie Waits, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Jaki Byard, among others.

Having worked in higher education since 1982 as a professor and administrator, Hill currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia State University (Petersburg).