Upcoming Events

Paulo Steinberg

Paulo Steinberg, an international touring pianist, and professor of piano at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA makes his third appearance at Cavendish Hall this Sunday, October 22 at 4 PM for a brilliant concert of Brazilian music of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.  He has performed this concert on three continents, and it will be stunning.  

Those of you who have been to our concerts may remember that we had Paulo and Eric Ruple, both on the JMU faculty, last year for Gershwin's American in Paris, and before that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.  This concert is no less dazzling thatn either of those two duo piano recitals.

Please come.  A lively reception always follows!!

Previous Events

Ching-Wen Hsiao Piano Recital

On Tuesday, March 28, we welcome the newest member of the faculty at the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, Ching-Wen Hsiao for an evening of luscious piano music starting at 7:30 pm. 

Ching-Wen received her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in applied piano from the Juilliard School in New York City. She won numerous awards there and elsewhere and has concertized extensively. She will play the giant piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition by the Russian Composer, Mussorgsky.  This colossal piece is one of the staples of the concert piano repertoire.      

As an added bonus to the evening, we will also hear from Charleston resident Jacob Bumgarner, who is her student and is studying for a bachelor’s degree in applied piano at the University. In addition to a beautiful Mozart Sonata, he will play some other 20th-century music which is sure to brighten your evening.  

The concert starts at 7:30 PM and like all of the concerts at the hall, will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Sometimes, the receptions last longer than the concerts! It's a great place to come and hear beautiful music, drink wine, eat delicious goodies, and mingle with other music lovers.  In the 22 years that CAVENDISH HALL has been in existence, there have been over 150 concerts here. That is proof positive that not only is the music good and well-liked by the multitudes, but the receptions are even better!  

Everybody loves to party!  Remember, space is limited.  We only seat 65-70. If you would like to come, please send an email to jpcavendish@aol.com or call 304-925-1990 and leave your name and how many are coming to each or both concerts! We will confirm with you.

Please park perpendicular to the house in the gravel  areas, and there are numerous spaces at 52nd Street and MacCorkle Avenue, a block away.  Please don't park on the grass or the neighbors' property.

Also, remember: You are a stranger in Cavendish Hall only once!

West Virginia University’s ALL-Steinway Initiative

On Tuesday March 28, new WVU Faculty Member Ching-Wen Hsiao will be giving her Charleston debut. Joining her is Charleston’s native son, Jacob Bumgarner. Attendees at this performance and also interested patrons of the arts and WVU College of Creative Arts are invited to make a donation to the WVU School of Music’s All-Steinway Initiative.  Since 2014 The WVU School of Music has actively been replacing the inventory of pianos used by students, faculty and guest artists. To meet the artistic needs of the modern artist, the decision was made to pursue the designation as an All-Steinway School. “For those in music, it is a well-known fact that Steinway pianos are unmatched in sonic beauty and craftsmanship. They are also built to withstand hours of daily use by students honing their craft.  They simply are the best pianos out there, and EVERYBODY wants to play one.” said Keith Jackson, the Director of the School of Music at WVU. To date the School has replaced 22 pianos. To date, we have raised over $1M, and with roughly $2M more needed to meet their goal and receive the All-Steinway designation, the School is well on the way to providing future generations of students the education they need.   If you are interested in contributing to this worthy cause, please use this sheet to give to the initiative; simply print it and mail it along with your tax-deductible gift made payable to the West Virginia University Foundation-All Steinway Initiative.  Your gift will be acknowledged. 

The address is:  

WVU Foundation 

P. O. Box 1650 

Morgantown, WV 26507   



City, State ZIP  

Telephone number  


Gerald Lee, Piano


Gerald Lee, DMA, to present piano recital

Gerald Lee, who has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and is currently a professor of piano at West Liberty University in WV's northern panhandle, will play a recital at Cavendish Hall on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7PM.  The program consists of Schmann'sKreisleriana, Chopin's Ballade #3 and Beethoven's Sonata No. 109.  The performance will be followed by a light dinner/reception. Admission is free.  Please come!! 


GERALD LEE is Professor of Piano at West Liberty University (West Liberty, West Virginia), where he has been a full-time faculty member since 2002. He won the 2007-08 Excellence in Professional Activity Award at WLU. He earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.
Dr. Lee was a winner in the 2009 Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Concert Society Major Auditions. In addition, he won 1st place in the 2002 National Society of Arts and Letters Piano Competition (Lansing, Michigan), 2nd place in the 2002 National Finals of the MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) Collegiate Artists’ Piano Competition (Cincinnati, Ohio), and 3rd place in the 2003 International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition (Memphis, Tennessee).
He enjoys maintaining an extensive schedule of solo and chamber music performances, the latter including recitals with such artistic luminaries as Faith Esham, soprano, John Rommel, trumpet, Jeremy Black, violin, and Erina Laraby-Goldwasser, viola. Solo recitals have been performed throughout the U.S. on numerous concert series, at colleges and universities, and for chamber music societies. His 2010 solo recital for the Charleston (West Virginia) Chamber Music Society was lauded by the Charleston Daily Mail as an “overwhelming musical success…Gerald Lee upheld the Charleston Chamber Music Society’s reputation for bringing top-rated artists to their Christ Church United Methodist venue.”
He is dedicated to and passionate about piano teaching. Dr. Lee has presented numerous master classes at venues such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary Baldwin College, Duquesne University, Mansfield University, Marshall University, Fairmont State University, and Shepherd University among others. He is pleased and proud of his students’ accomplishments, which include 1 st place awards in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 West Virginia Music Teachers’ Association’s Mountain State Collegiate Piano Competition.
Dr. Lee recently completed his 2013-15 term as Chair of Competitions and 1st Vice President for the West Virginia Music Teachers’ Association. He has also served WVMTA as 2 nd Vice President, Secretary, and Historian. He is a frequent adjudicator for piano competitions, such as those held by MTNA at both the state and division levels. Passionate about the works of Alexander Scriabin, he has presented lecture- recitals featuring Scriabin’s piano sonatas at numerous College Music Society conferences, including the 2014 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. He is forever grateful to the following artist-teachers for their unconditional support, vast wisdom, and artistic guidance: Virginia Sandford, the late Lawrence Campbell, Andrew Cooperstock, Reiko Neriki, Logan Skelton, Arthur Greene, and the late Distinguished Professor György Sebök.