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Georgetown College Department of Music
Fall 1997

A Message from the Provost

These are exciting days at Georgetown College.  Recent months have seen the dedication of the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building, the completion of a campuswide fiber-optic network, the first summer practice of the Cincinnati Bengals at Toyota Stadium, and the beginning of construction on our new Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center.  Yet, these are only physical manifestations of an educational institution on the cutting edge.

Georgetown College is where it is today because of its outstanding academic reputation.  Our Department of Music has contributed significantly toward the ideals of our liberal arts curriculum, and we are pleased that this newsletter has been developed to inform the extended community of its activities.  Whether providing music for visiting dignitaries or our own campus concerts and events, our ensembles have exemplified quality and esprit de corps in the area of the performing arts.

The administration pledges its continued support of the department’s endeavors, and is pleased with the excellent manner in which music faculty and students represent the college.  We look forward to continued success from our musician friends in the future.

Dr. Charles N. Boehms
Vice President / Provost

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Fall Calendar

4 Student Recital Hour/Meeting, 11a
6 *FTGPB, 1:30p (University of Dayton)
18-21 FTGPB, Tennessee Tour
19 FTGPB, Festival of the Horse
27 FTGPB, 1:30p (Union College)
27 Foust Artist Series:  Kavkasia, 8p



2 Student Recital Hour, 11a
4 FTGPB, 1:30p (Miss. College)
16 FTGPB, Homecoming Rally
18 FTGPB, 1:30p (Cumberland University)
21 FTGPB, Day for Georgetown
30 FTGPB, Midnight Madness


1 FTGPB, 1:30p (North Greenville College)
2 Chorale, Louisville Churches
4 Handbells / Chapel Brass, 8p
6 Student Recital Hour, 11a
11 Chorale Fall Concert, 8p
15 FTGPB, 1:30p (Campbellsville University)
18 Keri Holman / Leah Inger, sopranos, junior recital, 8p
25 Convocation (Symphonic Band), 11a
25 Symphonic Band Fall Concert (153rd annual), 8p


4 Student Recital Hour, 11a
4 Concert Choir, Messiah, 8p
5-6 FTGPB, Jim Reid Memorial Basketball Tournament

* FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band

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"Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it."  --Aristotle

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From the Chair's Desk

On behalf of the Department of Music faculty, I am delighted to introduce the premier issue of Nunnelley Notes, named after our home away from home, Nunnelley Music Hall.  This first issue contains information about music department activities during the 1996-97 academic year.  In the future, we plan to publish two issues per year, one following each semester.

It has been a goal of the department to develop continuing and meaningful relations with our alumni, prospective students, area music teachers, ministers of music and friends of Georgetown College.  We trust that Nunnelley Notes will be a step in that direction.  This is our way of keeping you informed of the many activities in which our students and faculty are involved.  We also want to hear from you! If you are a GC music alum, please send news items for inclusion in "Staying in Touch."

I hope you will enjoy this and upcoming issues of the newsletter.  Please let us know if we may be of service to you in any way.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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... Your Assistance Please

If you are aware of a high school student who may wish to receive information about the music program at Georgetown College, we would appreciate your providing us with contact information. Thank you!

Music Department Chair
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, Kentucky  40324-1696
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GC Ensembles

"Blow It & Bang It" Notes from our Tiger Bands

The 1996-97 academic year was one of great excitement and involvement for members of our GC Tiger Bands.  Besides countless performances, we are very proud that our Band Scholars remain exemplars of our "Five-Fold Band Tenets":

Academic Excellence
Musical Achievement
Spiritual Values

During the course of the academic year, members of our GC Tiger Bands perform for tens of thousands of people.  Highlights of the year included our "FTGPB" (Fighting Tiger...Grrr...Pep Band) performing for the Bob Dole Rally, the "Disciples of Mayhem" participating in the campus production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and our Symphonic Band’s participation in our Joint Concert Series with the Asbury College Concert Band.  Additionally, our Band Scholars performed at numerous on-campus events, remaining a focal point of excitement and enthusiasm for the entire college community.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

Georgetown College’s premiere choral ensemble, the Chorale, was very active during the 1996-97 academic year, both on and off campus.  The Chorale presented home concerts each semester, along with appearances in Chapel and Convocation programs, VIP Days and Hanging of the Green/Lighting of the Circle.

Highlights for the year included a Spring Tour through Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina, with a relaxing break at Myrtle Beach. The Chorale sang twice in Louisville for very special occasions.  The first program was in January at Broadway Baptist Church for the opening of the Marshall Center.  The second involved singing for former President Jimmy Carter in February at the Habitat for Humanity Dinner.  President Carter stood with the choir during their singing of America the Beautiful, and complimented the group afterward.

Our other large choral ensemble, Concert Choir, also enjoyed a busy year.  In the fall, the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah was given.  The spring program was Mozart’s Requiem.  Both large works were performed with chamber orchestra and student soloists.  The Concert Choir gave an additional concert in March celebrating the anniversaries of two prominent composers, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Chapel Brass

Under the direction of Dr. H.M. Lewis, the Chapel Brass played for the dedication of the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building in October.  In November, the ensemble presented its regular fall joint concert with the Handbell Ensemble.  During spring semester the Chapel Brass performed at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, and presented its regular spring concert with the Handbells. The brass also played at the GC graduation ceremony.

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Ringers on the Road

The Georgetown College Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday, has enjoyed a busy concert schedule!  In addition to their two concerts last year, the Handbells rang at the annual Hanging of the Green/Lighting of the Circle service at the college, two nursing homes and two churches.

The group has 15 ringers from several states, including:  Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Texas.  The ensemble rings spirituals, hymn arrangements, classical transcriptions and original compositions for handbells.  This year’s literature included an arrangement for bells and flute trio by Sonny Burnette, and an arrangement by Barry Daugherty, a senior from Indiana.

The group recently acquired the top half-octave of bells, giving the ensemble a range of four and one-half octaves.

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String Quartet

Due to the high interest level on the part of several GC students, a new ensemble was formed this past year—a string quartet.  During December the quartet played Christmas music in the Cafe and the Grille.  This spring the group performed at the GC Women’s Association Luncheon, and at Extendacare Georgetown.

Ensemble members were:  Hunter Oldham, violin; Becca Gander, violin; Ginny Kolter, viola; Sarah Cooksey, cello.  The ensemble is directed by Dr. Sonny Burnette.

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GC Music Students

Band Scholars Honored

This year six of our Tiger Band Scholars were honored with selection into the prestigious 1997 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band.  Under the baton of Dr. Jerry Junkin, the KIB performed at the KMEA "In-Service" Conference in Louisville.  Georgetown College students selected to participate in this ensemble, which represents the finest college and university band members from across the Commonwealth included:  Chad Acklin, trombone; Darin Broady, bass clarinet; Jason Castle, alternate tuba; Deanna Green, clarinet; Melanie Hilpp, horn; and Donna Reed, flute.

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GC Singers at NATS

The Music Department was well represented at the state and regional divisions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  At the state competition, all GC students advanced to the semi-final round:  Jonathan Adkins, Keri Holman, Leah Inger, Sammie Kidd, Kellie Witten and Amy Young.  Regional competition participants were:  Jonathan Adkins, Keri Holman, Leah Inger, Sammie Kidd, Katie Owen, Julie Shahroudi and Kellie Witten.  Four of these students (Inger, Owen, Shahroudi, Witten) advanced to the semi-final round.  Sophomore Leah Inger from Clinton, TN, advanced to the final round and was awarded second place in the Sophomore Women’s Division.  These students study with Angela Easterday, Mark Suderman, or Stan Warren.

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CMENC Chapter

Our GC CMENC Chapter #351 participated in the fall conference (NKU) where Kellie Witten was elected State Secretary at the spring in-service meeting (UofL).  Chad Acklin serves as Chapter President, and coordinated the annual "Finals Survival Kit" project—the major fund-raiser for the Chapter.  Additionally, the Chapter was recognized by the National Office with the prestigious Chapter Challenge Award.

Faculty Focus

Daniel Tilford (1959)  Professor Tilford was the 1996 recipient of Georgetown College’s prestigious Cawthorne Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This past year he presented a faculty recital with adjunct Prof. Phyllis Lewis at GC, and a recital with Jane Ellen Watkins in Birmingham, AL.  He attended the Art Song Festival at the Cleveland Institute, and adjudicated the Federated Music Clubs Piano Festivals in Ashland and Lexington, and the KMTA Piano Festival in Morehead.  Tilford served as accompanist for the Chorale this past year, and he also performed on the Brahms/Schubert concert.  In May, Prof. Tilford (harpsichord) and Dr. Ilse Newbury (recorder) performed at the Audubon exhibit opening in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building gallery.  He also presented an MTNA-endowed workshop for area piano teachers and students in the greater Ashland area.  This past summer, Tilford ventured across the big pond to Budapest, Prague and Florence.

H.M. Lewis (1989)  In October, Dr. Lewis presented a lecture-recital based on selected instruments from his antique cornet collection at Miami University in Oxford, OH.  He also presented a clinic for the Miami music students at their weekly assembly, and worked with the trumpet ensemble on one of his publications.  During the fall, Lewis presented a lecture on music of the Civil War period to AP English and American History classes at Scott County High School, and performed with the Lexington Brass Band on the ensemble’s fall and spring concerts.  This past spring, Lewis became Interim Instrumental Ensemble Director at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.  During the summer, he also attended a national conference on brass history at Indiana University, and took part in a workshop on building natural trumpets using 17th-century techniques.

Sonny Burnette (1990)  Dr. Burnette won the James Madison University 1997 Sixteenth Annual Flute Choir Composition Competition with Jazzscapes.  He published the work, which is distributed by Flute World.  Burnette was asked to compose the opening fanfare for the 1997 National Flute Association convention in Chicago.  Fanfare XXV: The Silver Jubilation was written in commemoration of the organization’s 25th anniversary.  The Symphonic Band performed his Hymns of Praise Medley on its spring concert.  Burnette also published jazz works for string quartet and piano trio this summer, carried by Hutchins & Rea Distributors in Atlanta.  He performed flute and saxophone solo transcriptions on the Brahms/Schubert concert, and played clarinet in the Mozart Requiem.

Peter LaRue (1993)  Director of the GC Tiger Bands, Dr. LaRue continues to be busy with a plethora of professional activities and events.  This past year, he continued as Musical Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band; served as an adjudicator at several marching and concert band contests; was elected by the CBDNA as the coordinator for the Intercollegiate Band for 1997-99; conducted the Senior High All-District Band for District I in Paducah; and had an article published in the Bluegrass Music News, "Ma, Where’s My Trumpet?"  In addition to these endeavors, he remains an active trombonist and continues his interest in all things bovine.

Angela Easterday (1995)  Dr. Easterday serves as the coordinator of the Church Music Program and Vocal Studies.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Georgetown, she participated in the annual KMEA conference in Louisville, the state National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference held at Asbury College, and the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference held at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  This summer she was a worship leader at the international Hymn Society Conference in Savannah, GA. Easterday recently served as Interim Minister of Music at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.

Mark Suderman (1996)  Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Suderman participated in a number of clinics, workshops and meetings this past year.  In November, he attended the Kentucky Choral Directors Association meeting in Lexington.  He was one of the rehearsal conductors for the Kentucky All-Collegiate Choir in January.  And in February, Suderman attended the KMEA state conference.  He also organized the commemorative Brahms/Schubert concert, which involved GC choral ensembles, and student and faculty soloists.  This past summer, he was a participant in The Seminar of Orchestral Conducting for Choral Conductors at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Staying in Touch

Virginia (Lyles) Boaz ‘91 recently graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Music degree, and is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the seminary.

Andrea (Estep) Charles ‘92 teaches elementary general music in West Liberty, KY.

Laura (McKinley) Hughes ‘92 teaches 7-12 choral music in LaRue County.  Laura and Dan are the proud parents of Christopher Daniel, born May 14.

Debra (Chaney) Ensor ‘93 is chair of the Georgetown College Fine Arts Advisory Board.

Michael Estep ‘93 is band director at Powell County High School.

Jane Ellen (Tilford) Watkins ‘94 graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master of Music degree in vocal performance.  She now teaches in the preparatory music department at Samford University, and enjoys an active performance schedule.

Tera Jones ‘95 earned a Master of Music Education degree from Murray State University, and is band director at McLean County High School.

Leslie Marquardt ‘95 teaches K-5 general music at Dry Ridge Elementary.

Jonathan Creech ‘96 teaches K-5 general music in Campbell County.  He was married in August to Wendy Warfield ‘97.

Amanda (Jones) Good ‘96 is teaching middle school choral and general music in East Aurora, IL.

Michael Houchens ‘97 is enrolled at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is pursuing the Master of Music degree.


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