Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 28, 2013

WVU grad donates huge 'Star Trek' music collection


Associated Press

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's School of Music now owns a Klingon aria, thanks to a longtime "Star Trek" composer who's donating 20 years' worth of songs, scores and soundtracks to his alma mater.

Emmy winner Jay Chattaway has already donated 15 boxes of work.

He'll become a visiting artist at the school next fall. He'll also work with students online, teaching them about commercial music and how to compose for film and television.

School officials haven't put a dollar value on the donation.

Chattaway is a native of Monongahela, Pa. He says more donations are coming: He's composed music for more than 30 films.

The materials delivered so far are being catalogued at the West Virginia & Regional History Collection, where they will live long — and may help others prosper.