Matt Jackfert

Lalena Price, WVPB

The choir director of the Appalachian Children's Chorus has some heartwarming goals for her choir and for their upcoming concert this December. Artistic and Founding director Selina Midkiff says, "One of the things I want to do in my space is to create, first of all, a safe place for children--they are safe here. And then I want us to spread the joy and spread that feeling wherever we go." Mrs. Midkiff says that these goals are accomplished not necessarily because of her but because of the atmosphere the children create. "Its been decades of these children building this environment."

Melissa Stilwell

30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews. Without a doubt, June was a wild, wonderful month to remember.

The Oberports

"When we get on stage, I feel like that’s where we’re supposed to be… that’s what we’re supposed to be doing."

A few weeks ago, the students of the Appalachian Children's Chorus and their founding director, Selina Midkiff, stopped by our studios at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. They graced us with their youthful energy and a true dedication to music-making. 

WVPB Host Turns NPR Theme Into Mysterious Tango

Jun 17, 2016
Josh Saul

Who thought the Morning Edition theme could turn into a passionate Tango? WVPB host and composer Matt Jackfert, that’s who.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is pleased to announce changes in its radio program line-up, featuring new voices and returning favorites.

Composer and announcer Matt Jackfert will host a new classical music show Monday through Thursday from 2 – 3 p.m. on WVPB.


He joins our other classical hosts: West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Famer Frank Stowers, and Peter Van de Graaff, a professional singer who has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world.


Live on the Levee

Get ready, Charleston! Jim Lange, Matt Jackfert, Bill Lynch and Joni Deutsch are coming to town (well, to Live on the Levee, at least).

A West Virginia Musical Morning

Jul 17, 2015
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.

All of us here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting are very proud of our in house composer and afternoon news host Matt Jackfert.  On Performance Today Friday morning, Matt's worked titled "Vandalia" will make its broadcast premiere.

The performance by the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra was recorded at the State Opera House in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, which is the sister city of Charleston, West Virginia.  Matt talked with West Virginia Morning host Beth Vorhees about his work.

Handel's Messiah on Classical Music with Matt Jackfert

Apr 17, 2014

On Friday during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert, Matt will be airing the Calvin Oratorio Society's 2013 performance of Handel's Messiah, the complete oratorio for Easter.

Tune in to West Virginia Public Radio at approximately 12:50 p.m. and enjoy the performance until 3 p.m.

Conductor:  Joel Navarro

Soloists: Awet Andemicael, soprano; Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano; Drake Dantzler, tenor; Benjamin Clements, bass

Miners seek to find other work through a rapid response occupational skills training, the Appalachian Regional Commission meets at their annual conference to discuss ways to encourage small business startups and growth,  and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's very own Matt Jackfert discusses this show's new theme music.