Dr. W. Weldon Hill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Virginia Union University (Richmond). He earned a Master of Music degree in composition and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (as a 1986 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow) in musicology from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). He did further graduate work in jazz studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). He was awarded a 1994 Plan for Social Excellence Post-Doctoral Fellowship for completion of the Harvard University Management Development Program, and he is an American Council on Education Fellow--class of 2000-01.
A musicologist and pianist, remains active in his discipline as a recording artist and scholar. He is most well known as a pianist, having shared the stage and/or recording studio in large and small ensembles with artists such as Jon Faddis, Herb Jeffries, Jimmy Heath, Benny Carter, Ronnie Wells, Milt Hinton, Ethel Ennis, Joe Williams, Marleana Shaw, Andrew White, Ron Elliston, and Jo Marie Payton. East-West, his own ensemble, has performed with Donald Harrison, Earnie Andrews, Karen Briggs, and Tom Browne, among others.
Dr. Hill's primary research area is music theory, and he also writes on higher education, specifically, student development and leadership. He has served on several boards of directors, and is currently appointed to the Economic Development Task Force of the Grants Resource Center (a division of the American Association of Colleges and Universities), the Virginia Wizard Advisory Board, and the Board of the Virginia University Research Partnership (appointed by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, 2011).