Concord Alumni and Friends to Celebrate: Banquet, Friday, May 14 and Alumni Day, Saturday, May 15

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2004

Concord Alumni and Friends to Celebrate: Banquet, Friday, May 14 and Alumni Day, Saturday, May 15

Athens, W.Va. - Preparations are being made for an exciting weekend of alumni activities, May 14 and 15!

For the first time ever, the Alumni Association is announcing their honorees in advance of the banquet. The Alumni Association’s awards committee chose Robert “Bob” Gallione ‘68, of Bergenfield, N.J.; J. Ken Moore ‘70, of New York, N.Y.; and Coach Tony Colobro ‘48, of Bluefield, W.Va., as the Association’s top honorees for 2004.


All alumni and friends of Concord College are invited to attend the Alumni Association’s annual banquet, Friday, May 14. A social will be held at 5 p.m. in the television lounge on the second floor of the College Center. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the College Center Ballroom on the third floor.

The classes of 1954, 1964 and 1979 will have an opportunity to relive days gone by with their 50th, 40th, and 25th class reunions during the banquet.

This year’s special banquet speaker will be J. Ken Moore ’70. He will discuss his successful career with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and how he went from night watchman to exhibit curator.

Currently Moore is associate curator and administrator in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. He began his career at the Museum in 1970. He moved to the Department of Musical Instruments in 1979, where he was curatorial assistant, then assistant curator (1983) and associate curator (1990). Since 1990, he has been responsible for the curatorial care and display of the Museum’s 3,700 non-Western instruments, as well as the organization of many lectures, demonstrations and concert programs.

As resident ethnomusicologist (the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts) at the Metropolitan Museum, Ken Moore has set standards in organology (the study of musical instruments) by advocating the application of contextual display methods of non-European instruments, for developing educational performance programs that emphasize world music cultures, and for devising descriptive cataloguing methodology.

Outside the Metropolitan, he has made pioneering studies of the music of the snake handler cult in West Virginia, has served on the boards of the American Musical Instrument Society and the Society for Asian Music (secretary and concert coordinator), and has been a member of the Council for the Society of Ethnomusicology, of which he was president of the mid-Atlantic chapter (1988-89).

As curator, his most recent exhibitions have been Enduring Rhythms: African Musical Instruments and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum (1996-97) and Cultural Crossings: Ritual Soundings at the Newark Museum (1997). He has also served as consultant for many exhibitions and installations, including the traveling exhibition Sounding Forms: African Musical Instruments. He has also composed music for the 1996 off-Broadway production of The Wilde Spirit, and has worked as a musical arranger and transcriber. Recently, he has been working with children at the Special Music School of America.

Moore is also an instructor and lecturer, consultant, and a composer.

“In fact, he composed a piece for Concord paying homage to ‘The Campus Beautiful,’” stated Kati Whittaker, director of alumni affairs. “He has published numerous articles and has been featured on several nationwide broadcasts. He is a member of seven national and international professional music organizations.”

Moore, who lives in Manhattan, holds a B.S. in Music Education from Concord and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Hunter College in New York City. He is a doctoral candidate in music at the City University of New York.


On Saturday, May 15, commencement exercises begin at 10 a.m. in the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center. The general public is invited to attend.

Also on Saturday, friends of Alumni Association honoree Bob Gallione ‘68 will be hosting the first annual Mike Coppola golf outing at Pipestem State Park at 12 noon. Those interested in participating are asked to contact the College’s alumni office.

The annual Alumni Association meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the College Center. All alumni of the College are invited to attend, however, voting will be limited to Alumni Association members only.

Cost for the banquet and social on Friday is $18 per person. Reservations are requested. Alumni from the class of 1954 will be admitted at no charge.

For information on attending the alumni banquet, contact Kati Whittaker, director of alumni affairs, 1-304-384-5348 / 6056 or


PHOTO: J. Ken Moore ’70, will be keynote speaker at the Concord College Alumni Association banquet on Friday, May 14.

CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.