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Georgetown College Department of Music
Fall 1998

A Word from the Chair

On behalf of the department, I trust that you had a pleasant summer, and that your fall is off to a productive start.  This issue contains news from Spring Semester ‘98, which was indeed a busy term for both faculty and students at Georgetown.

I would like to express my personal thanks to Professor Daniel Tilford for doing a superb job as acting chair during my spring sabbatical.  In addition to ably handling regular departmental matters, Prof. Tilford was responsible for the setup of our new Sylvia M. Beard Music Media Center & Piano Studio.  The lab and studio are marvelous resources for music students and faculty.  I hope you will stop by Nunnelley Music Hall to see both if you are on campus.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Fall Calendar

3 Student Recital Hour/Meeting, 11a
3 *FTGPB (Iowa Wesleyan College)
18 FTGPB, Horse Parade, Georgetown
19 FTGPB (Lambuth University)



1 Student Recital Hour, 11a
10 FTGPB, Homecoming (Belhaven)
24 FTGPB (St. Joseph's College)
27 Leah Inger, soprano, senior recital, 8p


3 Chorale, Fall Concert, 8p
5 Student Recital Hour, 11a
6-7 N.A.T.S.
7 FTGPB (Cumberland), VIP Day
10 Kellie Witten, soprano, senior recital, 8p
11 Chorale, Louisville, Partnership 2000
15 Chorale, Georgetown Baptist Church, 10:45a
17 Handbells / Chapel Brass, 8p
20 Symphonic Band, off-campus
21 FTGPB, Women's Basketball - Habitat Classic
23 Symphonic Band (154th annual), 8p


3 Student Recital Hour, 11a
3 Christmas Festival of Choirs, 8p
4-5 FTGPB, Men's Basketball - Jim Reid Classic
6 Concert Choir, Messiah, 4p
8 Lessons & Carols Service, 11a

* FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band

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"Nothing is better than music; when it takes us out of time, it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for."  --Nadia Boulanger, in Le monde musical (1919)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for 1999 on the horizon:

Monday, January 18, 10a-noon
Saturday, January 30, 9a-1p
Monday, February 15, 10a-noon
Friday, February 26, 2-4p
Saturday, February 27, 1-3p
Friday, March 5, 2-4p
Saturday, March 6, 1-3p

Individual arrangements may also be made if the above dates are inconvenient.

Music scholarships are potentially available to all GC students, regardless of major.  For more information, or to schedule an audition, please call Mrs. Betty Barkley in the Music Office at 502-863-8100.

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The Sylvia M. Beard Music Media Center and Piano Studio

Due to the most generous donation of Mrs. Sylvia M. Beard, Louisville resident and Georgetown College instructor of violin from 1928-29, the Department of Music has a new state-of-the-art MIDI computer music lab and piano studio!  The lab and studio will be tremendous educational assets to the department as it prepares students for a 21st-century musical experience.

The lab is equipped with nine music workstations, each with a Roland XP-80 MIDI keyboard, and a computer installed with Finale and Cakewalk Pro Audio.  The piano studio includes a Yamaha 7’ Conservatory Collection grand piano.  There is much more.  We invite you to see it all!

The department wishes to express its sincere appreciation to Mrs. Beard for her most thoughtful and beneficial contribution to music education at Georgetown College.

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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
Admissions: 1-800-788-9985

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GC Ensembles

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

The spring semester was an extraordinarily exciting time for our Tiger Bands as we had the opportunity to be involved in a veritable plethora of performance venues.  As we concluded the 1997-98 academic year, our Band Scholars had performed for over 175,000 folks.

In February, five of our Band Scholars were chosen to participate in the prestigious 1998 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, including:  Chad Acklin, trombone; Ashley Blakemore, trumpet; Darin Broady, bass clarinet (alternate); Deanna Green, clarinet; and Melanie Hilpp, horn.  Additionally, James Hatch and Richard Jackson were selected as Coordinator’s Assistants for the KIB, which rehearsed and performed during the 1998 KMEA  In-Service Conference in Louisville under the direction of the internationally-renowned H. Robert Reynolds.

Throughout the winter and early spring, our "Fighting Tiger...Grrr... Pep Band" continued to serve as a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our Tiger Basket-ball Team.  The season culminated with the "FTGPB" traveling to Tulsa, OK as we supported and celebrated with our Team as they won the NAIA DI Men’s Basketball National Championship.  This was an experience which none of us will soon forget.  Additionally, the "FTGPB" supported many other on- and off-campus events, including the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity house.

Our Symphonic Band took center stage for its annual Spring Concert in late April, featuring works by Hindemith, Camphouse, Gershwin, Curnow and Tchesnokov.  Special recognition was given to the senior and four-year Band Scholars.  Matthew Sturtevant was announced as the "Outstanding Tiger Band Member" for 1997-98.

A new offering of our Tiger Bands is the "Hymn Howlers," a low brass quartet comprised of Chad Acklin, trombone; Isaac LaRue, trombone; Kevin Brown, tuba; and Dr. Pete LaRue, trombone.  This ensemble performed at local churches during the spring, and traveled with President Crouch to the First Baptist Church of Somerset in late April as a special musical offering.

The members of our Tiger Bands would like to extend their most sincere appreciation to our "Band Friends" everywhere who support Bands at Georgetown College.  Thanks. 

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The 1998 Spring Semester began quickly with less than a month to prepare for our annual Spring Tour.  During February 11-15, the Georgetown College Chorale toured to Bowling Green, Louisville and Owensboro, KY; Evansville and Indianapolis, IN; and Fairborn and Cincinnati, OH.  Eight programs were presented to over 1200 people during the tour.  The Chorale gave its home concert on March 26.  The group also sang during Sunday morning and evening services at Kentucky churches in Frankfort, Georgetown and Springfield.

The Georgetown College Concert Choir gave an afternoon concert on April 26.  The program consisted of choral, brass and organ music.  The Chapel Brass and Prof. Daniel Tilford (organ) were participants in performing Gloria by John Rutter, and smaller works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Henry Purcell and others.

The newest choral group on campus is the Georgetown College Chamber Singers.  This highly select, auditioned ensemble of 15 students first performed a number of pieces on tour with the Chorale.  On April 16, the group gave a full concert in Hill Chapel.  The purpose of this ensemble is to give an opportunity for some of our most talented singers to work on challenging music in a unique setting.

The group will usually perform secular music to give our students experience with a wider array of choral literature, since the Chorale performs largely sacred works.  This year’s concert included madrigals from the Renaissance period and twentieth century, as well as some jazz, ethnic and comic selections.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass was very busy during Spring Semester.  In February, the group played for a chapel program, and in April, the ensemble presented its regular semester concert with the Handbells.  On this program, the Brass performed two previously unknown arrangements by noted Baptist composer Stan Pethel, and two arrangements by Dr. Naomi King Walker, Minister of Music at Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort.  Dr. Walker was present for the concert, and conducted her compositions.  In late April, the Chapel Brass accompanied the Concert Choir in a program of music for choir and brass, which included John Rutter’s beautiful and very difficult Gloria.  As usual, the Chapel Brass furnished music for the 1998 graduation ceremony, ending an eventful and enjoyable year.  The group is directed by Dr. H.M. Lewis.

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Handbell Highlights

Spring Semester was an exciting time for the Handbell Ensemble!  In addition to the annual spring concert, the group performed at Grassy Creek Christian Church (Grassy Creek) and Woodland Baptist Church (Louisville).

The spring repertoire included hymn arrangements, original compositions, and Lent and Easter pieces.  One selection, Easter Song, was arranged by one of our ringers, senior Barry Daugherty.  Additionally, Barry composed a new piece for the group to play this semester, Benediction.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

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String Ensemble

During February, the GC String Quintet performed on the Department of Music’s Ragtime Concert.  In April, the ensemble performed for the Georgetown College Women’s Association at the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building Gallery.  During the spring, the ensemble was under the direction of Adj. Prof. Eloise Lewis, violinist, who also performed with the group.

GC Music Students


This spring, the Georgetown Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference was presented with an MENC Collegiate Membership Chapter Growth Award.  This award is given when the chapter enrollment increases by at least five percent over the previous year.  The student members and their advisor, Dr. Mark Suderman, attended two off-campus performances:  Giuseppi Verdi’s Requiem, and an evening of choral and organ music by Maurice Durufle.

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Delta Omicron

Delta Delta, the Georgetown College chapter of Delta Omicron, enjoyed an exciting spring semester.  Five of the active members presented senior recitals, and the chapter initiated five new members, which was the largest number to be initiated in one semester since 1992!  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor and Dr. Sonny Burnette serves as Chapter Sponsor.

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GC Singers at NATS

Four Georgetown voice students participated in the highly competitive regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, held at Belmont University in Nashville, TN during late April.  Participants included freshman Lela Cocanougher, sophomore Chi Nicole Larkey, and juniors Leah Inger and Kellie WittenCocanougher, Inger and Witten all advanced to the semifinal round.  These students study with Dr. Angela Easterday or Dr. Mark J. Suderman.

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Faculty Focus

Daniel Tilford (1959)  Serving as Acting Chair during Spring Semester, Prof. Tilford performed on the Music Department’s Ragtime Concert in February, toured with the Chorale that same month, and also performed with the Concert Choir later in the semester.  In addition, Tilford served on the Fine Arts Advisory Board, chaired by Debra Ensor.  He also accompanied the Illinois Baptist All-State Youth Choir workshop in April.  In July, Prof. Tilford had opportunity to again work with the Illinois Baptist All-State Choir during its two-week camp and tour.  One of Prof. Tilford’s private high school students, Nan Baker, won the state KMTA 1998-99 Piano Competition.  Son, Stephen Tilford, completed his D.M.A. at Florida State University this past summer.

H.M. Lewis (1989)  As Principal Flugelhorn with the Lexington Brass Band, Dr. Lewis participated in two season concerts, and the hosting of the 1998 North American British Brass Band Association contest held in April at Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.  The LBB plays to critical acclaim whenever it performs, and its performance was the highlight of the NABBA competition (even though the band does not compete).  On May 27, Dr. Lewis presented a lecture-recital at the 1998 International Trumpet Guild Conference, which also met at Singletary Center in Lexington. The recital, entitled, "A Few of My Favorite Things:  Antique Cornets and Their Music," was well attended and very well received by an enthusiastic audience.  He was assisted in the performance by Bill Jones, of Lexington, on cornet, and Kathy Winkler, of Morgantown, WV, on piano. Two reviews of the performance are on the ITG web-site at 80/~itg/98conference/index.html The recital featured several of the antique cornets from Lewis’ collection, and several arrangements for these instruments that he wrote for the occasion.  Dr. Lewis also conducted one ensemble performance at ITG, and played in two others.  In March, Lewis attended the 1998 American String Teachers Association solo competition at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his youngest son, Jonathan, was a national finalist on cello.  In April, Dr. Lewis was part of a visiting reaffirmation team for SACS at Dallas Baptist University.

Sonny Burnette (1990)  During his spring sabbatical Dr. Burnette completed several projects.  He composed a suite for the Wright State University trumpet choir, The Garbanzo Jazz Suite, and a work for solo violin and piano, And the Heavens Will Proclaim Thy Wonders.  At the request of Prentice Hall, he submitted an outline and three sample chapters for a music theory text.  Burnette also completed two music commissions:  a work for band, Teays River Rhapsody, commissioned by the Teays Valley High School Wind Ensemble (Ashville, OH); and a work for solo flute and flute choir, Stone Suite, commissioned by Dr. Chris Potter, professor of flute at the University of Colorado, Denver.  The suite will be premiered in Boston this fall.  Burnette also performed on saxophone in Louisville with Mary Wilson, original member of The Supremes.

Peter LaRue (1993) Dr. LaRue continues as Director of the Tiger Band program.  In addition to these responsibilities, he served the first of his two-year term as Coordinator for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, which rehearsed and performed at the KMEA In-Service Conference in Louisville.  Additionally, Dr. LaRue continues as the Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, which performed a March concert at Transylvania University and a May concert at the Lexington Opera House.  The CKCB also performed a series of five "Pops Concerts" in June and July, with performances throughout Ohio and Kentucky.  LaRue again served as Director of the extensive Summer Programs & Camps for Georgetown College.  For his work as advisor of Lambda Chi Alpha, Dr. LaRue was recognized as "Faculty Advisor of the Year."  Another highlight of the spring for LaRue was being named "Honorary Kentucky Colonel" by Governor Paul Patton.

Angela Easterday (1995)  During the spring, Dr. Easterday was a soloist at several churches in the Lexington area, and served as worship leader both on campus at Georgetown and in area churches.  She was a soloist in the Department of Music Ragtime Concert in February.  In April, she sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Lexington Singers, and served as a judge for the National Association of Teachers of Singing at its regional competition.  Dr. Easterday serves as the music representative on the Religious Life Council at the college.

Mark Suderman (1996)  During the spring, Dr. Suderman adjudicated at two high school music contests.  In one, he judged small choral ensembles and vocal solos.  The other contest was for large choral groups, where he was one of three judges for the event.  Dr. Suderman also judged at the regional NATS competition in Nashville, TN.  During the summer, he researched the history and music of the Vespers service.  Suderman was awarded a PEW Summer Research Grant for the project, which will culminate in a Vespers performance during the Spring of 1999.

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Staying in Touch

Jennifer (Roeder) Rainwater ‘92 has released her debut, full-length recording, It Is Amazing, which consists of original arrangements of many gospel favorites.  She and her husband, Ross, also a former GC student, now reside in Fort Worth, TX—the base for their music evangelism ministry.  They are Ministers-at-Large with International Evangelism Association, and may be contacted at: Rainwater Ministries, P.O. Box 16010, Fort Worth, TX 76162-0010, (817) 924-0456.

Jane Ellen (Tilford) Watkins ‘94 recently was soprano soloist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozarts’ Vesperae solennes de confessore and Bach’s Magnificat.  She continues her vocal studies with Benjamin Middaugh at the University of Montevallo.


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