Weston is an assistant professor of music at the
College of Charleston as well as music director/organist of St. Mark's
Episcopal Church in Charleston. A New York City
native, Weston moved to Charleston four years ago and is
finding the city an ideal location to pursue his research and personal
interests in African American music and history.
Weston came to the College of
Charleston with an emerging reputation as an accomplished
composer. He is now adding scholarship in
American music and history to his considerable expertise.
the past several years Weston has been
public eye, gaining recognition through the many awards he has earned. One of his earliest accomplishments was being
honored with the George Ladd Prix de Paris award in 1994 which enabled
him to study for two years in Paris. By
1998, a Weston composition titled "Bleue" had earned him
praise from the Detroit Free Press. Piccolo
Spoleto featured Weston's work in the 2002 festival.
Weston has also been honored with the Goddard Lieberson
"mid career composer of exceptional
gifts" fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
year, Weston's composition "Visions of Glory" was performed in
Carnegie Hall in New York. When asked
about "Visions of Glory" Weston said it was "A nice, kind of humbling
experience, I felt fortunate to have such an
was granted permission by the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation to use
parts of a King speech in his piece. The
Carnegie Hall concert was performed April 4, the day in 1968 when
Martin Luther King Jr. was
assassinated. Weston's work
involved the number four, as in King being killed on the fourth day of
the fourth month.
Weston's compositions have been heard in Detroit, New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Virginia and Charleston; just to name a few. Music department colleague William Gudger describes Weston's music as, "Very expressive and well crafted."
from his composing work, Weston has also been busy researching the
musical significance of Charleston during the development of jazz and
American concert music from 1900-1930. The research for this paper
"A Musical Dawn: African American Musicians in Charleston, 1900-1930"
was conducted at the college's Avery Research Center for African
American History and Culture. Weston
presented his research at The Center for
Music Research. "Doing
allowed me to connect and tie in different aspects of culture in South
Carolina," he says.
Weston earned bachelor's degrees in both music and history at Tufts University. His graduate degree is from the University of California, Berkeley.