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Georgetown College Department of Music
Fall 1999

A Word from the Chair

On behalf of the department, I trust that you had a pleasant and productive summer, and that your fall is likewise progressing well.  It is a pleasure to bring you yet another friendly edition of the Y2K-compliant Nunnelley Notes.  I hope that you enjoy keeping up with the many notable activities of our students and faculty, and will take a few moments to read the latest news from Spring Semester 1999.

One of the most significant changes in the department this year is a new face—that of piano professor Dr. Stephen Tilford.  Dr. Tilford is a superb pianist, and will be a tremendous asset to the department.  He very ably follows the 40-year tradition of musical excellence at Georgetown College established by his recently-retired father, Professor Daniel B. Tilford.

This fall we have one of the largest freshman music classes in recent years.  We look forward to a great musical experience in 1999-2000.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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GC Music Web Site

The department is pleased to announce its new web page.  It contains a variety of useful information for prospective students, such as audition guidelines, band and choral opportunities, faculty profiles, careers in music, and more.

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Fall Calendar

2 Student Recital Hour/Meeting, 11a
18 FTGPB* (St. Francis)
20 Dr. H.M. Lewis, Lecture-Recital, 8p
21 Virginia Lile Boaz '91, mezzo-soprano, 8p



7 Student Recital Hour, 11a
9 FTGPB (Campbellsville)
23 FTGPB (Lambuth)
30 FTGPB (Belhaven)


4 Student Recital Hour, 11a
4 Handbells/Chapel Brass, 8p
9 Chorale, Fall Concert, 8p
13 FTGPB (Cumberland)
14 Foust Artist Series, 3p, Amsterdam Guitar Trio
20 FTGPB (Play-Off)
21 FTGPB (Lady Tiger Habitat)
22 GC Symphonic Band (155th annual), 8p
23 Thanksgiving Worship, 11a
27 FTGPB (Play-Off)


2 Student Recital Hour, 11a
3-4 FTGPB, Jim Reid Classic
4 FTGPB (Play-Off)
12 Concert Choir, 3p
14 Lessons & Carols Service, 11a
15 Juries
18 FTGPB (in Tennessee)

* FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for 2000-2001 are on the horizon:

Monday, January 17, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 5, 9a-1p
Monday, February 21, 10a-noon
Friday, February 25, 2-4p
Saturday, February 26, 1-3p
Friday, March 3, 2-4p
Saturday, March 4, 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.

To facilitate the awarding process, students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible.  For further information, please call our Office of Student Financial Planning at 1-800-788-9985.

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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 Tiger Bands had a very rewarding and enjoyable semester as the Band Scholars were involved in a plethora of on- and off-campus events and activities, performing for over 100,000 folks in a variety of venues.  In February, several of the Band Scholars were selected to participate in the prestigious 1999 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band at the KMEA In-Service Conference in Louisville.  Participants were:  Ashley Blakemore, trumpet, Deanna Green, clarinet; Melanie Hilpp, horn; and Julie Wilson, bassoon.  Coordinator’s Assistants included:  Chad Acklin, Kevin Brown, James Hatch and Richard Jackson.  These students had opportunity to work with the internationally-renowned conductor Felix Hauswirth, from Basel, Switzerland.

The Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band (a.k.a. FTGPB) continued its intensive performance schedule as it remained a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our campus community.  During the Spring, the FTGPB supported the Tigers as they won another Conference Championship, performed twice in the Frankfort Civic Center, and traveled to St. Louis in March for another "Grrr...Excursion."  Additionally, the FTGPB performed at a myriad of home Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball games.

Our Symphonic Band concluded the 1998-99 academic year with its annual Spring Concert, which included works by Leemans, de Meij, Smith, Wiley and Spears.  At the concert, nine senior Band Scholars were honored:  Chad Acklin, Darin Broady, Meredith Chapman, Jennifer Colyer, Jenny Dawson, James Hatch, Melanie Hilpp, Matt McCollough and Anne Payne.  We are indebted to the contributions of these senior Band Scholars—they leave us better than they found us—and we shall always remember them.  We wish them well as they enter a variety of medical, law and graduate schools or seminaries around the country.

Our Band Scholars are looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of the coming year as we both move to the new millennium and celebrate the 155th year of Bands at Georgetown College.  The Tiger Bands continue in all things to be exemplars of our "Five-Fold Band Tenets":  Academic Excellence, Musical Achievement, Spiritual Values, Leadership Skills and Commitment to Georgetown College.  We remain indebted to, and would like to thank, all of the many "Friends" of our Tiger Bands for your continuing support of Bands at Georgetown College.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The 1999 Spring Semester began quickly with numerous performances by the Georgetown College Chorale, both on and off campus.  Sunday services were given in Lawrenceburg and Frankfort.  The Chorale gave a unique home concert on April 6. The program was a Vespers Service that used music from Gregorian Chant, to Taize, to Classical compositions.  The service included a brief lecture on the history and structure of Vespers—part of the grant research Dr. Suderman has been studying.  The big event for the Chorale was the European tour, May 10-24.  Thirty-eight students and one alum gave six concerts during the tour.  Countries visited included The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The Georgetown College Concert Choir gave a Sunday afternoon performance on April 18.  It was joined by a college/community chamber orchestra.  The women of the Concert Choir performed a variety of movements from the larger Baroque works of Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach.  Following intermission, the men of the Concert Choir joined the women to perform Franz Schubert’s Mass in G.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Handbell Highlights

The Georgetown College Handbell Ensemble featured music of the Lent and Easter seasons at its Spring Concert.  The group also rang in the college’s Holy Week Chapel Service.  In April, the ensemble traveled to Louisville, where it performed at Woodland Baptist Church.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as director of the GC Handbell Ensemble.

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass had a busy spring.  In addition to the Spring Concert with the Handbells, the Brass provided music for a chapel worship service, and ceremonial music for graduation.  The group also had the sad duty of providing music for the funeral of our retired colleague, Dr. W. Wayne Johnson.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

During Spring Semester, the ladies of Delta Omicron inducted six new members into our chapter:  Keri Bush, Robyn Delaney, Jill Fackler, Emily Heckman, Amy Jackson and Katie Simpson.  This spring, the Delta Omicron chapter performed at the Shriner’s Children’s Home in Lexington.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as the chapter advisor, and Dr. Sonny Burnette serves as the chapter sponsor.

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GC Singers at NATS

The regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition was held March 26-27 at Eastern Kentucky University.  The following students represented Georgetown College at the competition:  Lela Cocanougher, Robyn Delaney, Emily Heckman, Nicole Larkey, Clint Miller, Katie Owen and Julie SextonEmily Heckman advanced to the semi-final round of the competition.  These students study with either Dr. Angela Easterday, Dr. Mark Suderman or Professor Rebecca Miller.

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Most of the members of the Georgetown College chapter of the Music Educators National Conference were able to attend the state In-Service Conference held in Louisville during February.  The graduating senior members of the chapter were honored with gifts in May.  Dr. Mark J. Suderman serves as chapter advisor.

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) continued his involvement with the Lexington Brass Band as Principal Flugelhorn, and with Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra—now capable of assisting with anthems, cantatas and performing instrumental preludes and offertories.  The Lexington Brass Band presented a series concert at the Opera House, and also presented a run-out concert at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia.  Active with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Lewis participated on the reaffirmation team for McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.  In early spring, he also participated in the inauguration of the new President of Centre College as the institutional representative of his alma mater, Hendrix College.  In May, Lewis attended the 1999 National Conference of the International Trumpet Guild, held at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Sonny Burnette (1990) performed (saxophone/clarinet) on two concerts with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, featuring Duke Ellington compositions, at UK’s Singletary Center.  He also completed two full-orchestra arrangements for Contemporary Christian artist Greg Long’s Easter concert in Nashville.  In April, Burnette toured England with the James Madison University Flute Choir, which performed several of his works.  He appeared on a composers panel at the Birmingham (England) Commission Flute Festival, where the Birmingham Flute Choir also performed his music.  The Massachusetts High School Flute Choir performed one of his works in May at London’s Barbican Centre in honor of flutist James Galway’s 60th birthday.  Summer performances for Burnette included the Pendulum Orchestra in Louisville, and the Vince DiMartino Jazz Band in Lexington.

Peter LaRue (1993), director of the Tiger Bands, continues to lead an active professional life as conductor, trombonist, and in varied administrative capacities.  In February, he served as coordinator of the KMEA Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, concluding his two-year term in this role.  In addition to coordinating and directing the many enterprises of our Tiger Bands, LaRue celebrated his fifth anniversary as the Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, which presented subscription concerts at Transylvania University and the Lexington Opera House during the spring, and pops concerts at Georgetown College, Cyntiana, Ky., the UK Arboretum, and Winchester, Ky.  During the summer months, LaRue again served as Director of the GC Summer Programs & Camps, which brought over 6,500 campers and guests to campus.  Additionally, in April, LaRue was again honored as "Fraternity Advisor of the Year" for his ongoing work with the Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha—Kappa Omega Zeta.

Angela Easterday (1995) continues to serve as coordinator of Church Music and Vocal Studies.  This spring, Dr. Easterday served as an adjudicator for the Louisville area high school Solo and Ensemble Competition at the University of Louisville, for a Lexington area high school choral competition at Singletary Center for the Arts, and for the regional NATS competition, held at Eastern Kentucky University.  In February, she was a soloist with the Central Kentucky Concert Band, performing "Non so piu cosa son" from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.  In March, she assisted with the induction of a new Delta Omicron chapter at Centre College.  Easterday traveled with the Lexington Singers during spring break, where they performed Faure’s Requiem in New York’s Carnegie Hall.  She is a frequent soloist in area churches, and serves on the Religious Life Council at the college.

Mark Suderman (1996) adjudicated for one of the small choral ensemble and vocal-solo high school music contests held in the state.  He was also a choral clinician at two area high schools.  A highlight of his semester was attending two music conventions—the state MENC In-Service Conference in Louisville, and the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention in Chicago.  This summer, Suderman continued his work on the music of Vespers, for which he received a PEW Research Grant.  Dr. Suderman also remains active in church work.

Stephen Tilford (1999) joined the faculty this fall as Assistant Professor of Music in the area of piano.  Dr. Tilford earned a B.M. in piano performance at the University of Louisville, and an M.M. in piano performance at Northwestern University.  He recently earned his Doctor of Music degree in piano performance at Florida State University.  Dr. Tilford taught applied piano at FSU, and played organ and piano for various churches in the Tallahassee area.  He taught applied & class piano and music history at Campbellsville University, and has been an adjunct faculty member at University of Louisville and Georgetown College.  Dr. Tilford is an active performer, and has presented concerts at a number of universities, and for various music associations.  He has also been an adjudicator for piano competitions and festivals.

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Staying in Touch

Janie (Parker) Benjamin ‘82 serves on the Louisville Youth Arts Council, and is also teaching "Music Ministry with Preschoolers and Children" at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she recently received her Masters in Church Music degree with an emphasis in conducting.

Ross ‘90 and Jennifer (Roeder) ‘92 Rainwater, P.O. Box 16010, Fort Worth, Tex. 76162-0010, telephone, 817-924-0456, may be contacted via their web address:, or e-mail:

Mari (Saito) Yoshida ‘92 gave birth to her second daughter, Yui Yoshida, on January 13. Her husband, Shinji, is a Baptist pastor where they reside in Hakodate City, Japan.


Dr. W. Wayne Johnson

Friends of the department are no doubt aware of the passing of emeritus music faculty member, choral director and department chair Dr. W. Wayne Johnson on April 5, 1999.  While we are saddened by Wayne’s physical absence, we rejoice in his heavenly homecoming.

Dr. Johnson had a tremendous impact on music education in Kentucky, and beyond, during his 35 years of service at Georgetown College.  Even in retirement, Wayne’s interest in publishing his latest choral arrangements, and in various other music projects, was an indication of his dedication to music.

We take heart in knowing that a little bit of Wayne lives on in the many of us who knew and admired him as an educator and friend.

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