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Georgetown College Department of Music
Fall 2000

A Word from the Chair

This issue of Nunnelley Notes contains news of departmental activities from Spring Semester 2000.  Often, newsletter submissions must be abbreviated due to space.  Please see the web edition for full details.

At long last, Nunnelley Music Hall has a new look!  Thanks to a generous estate donation, our hallways and classrooms are now vastly improved.   Funding has provided for new carpeting, ceilings, lighting fixtures, paint, and some new hallway furniture.  We are most grateful to the Georgetown College administration for these improvements.  (See Photos/Videos.)

This past semester the department of music received its external evaluation, administered by Dr. E. Wayne Pressley, professor of music emeritus, Mars Hill College.  We very much appreciate Dr. Pressley’s excellent, comprehensive report.  Also, the entire college is presently in the process of preparing to apply for reaccreditation via the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

On a regretful note, Dr. Mark J. Suderman, director of choral activities, accepted a position at Bluffton College (Ohio) beginning Fall 2000.  Mark and family have experienced a desire to return to their Mennonite roots.  We will miss his excellent work and friendship.  Prof. Sue Ellen Ballard has been appointed for 2000-2001 until the position is filled on a permanent basis.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Fall Calendar

7 Student Recital Hour, 11a
12 Faculty Showcase Recital, 8p
23 Symphonic Band, Georgetown Baptist Church
24 Dr. Angela Easterday, Faith Baptist Church, 3p
29 FTGPB, Festival. of the Horse Parade, 6p
30 FTGPB (North Greenville)



5 Student Recital Hour, 11a
9 Dr. Stephen Tilford, pianist, lecture-recital, 8p
14 FTGPB (Lambuth) Homecoming
28 FTGPB (Campbellsville)


2 Student Recital Hour, 11a
7 Handbells/Chapel Brass, 8p
11 FTGPB (St. Joseph)
12 FTGPB, Lady Tiger Habitat Classic
12 Dr. Stephen Tilford, Faith Baptist Church, 3p
14 GC Chorale at KBC
16 GC Chorale, 8p
18 FTGPB, NAIA Play-Off (1st)
20 GC Symphonic Band (155th annual), 8p
21 Thanksgiving Worship Service, 11a
21 FTGPB (Transylvania)
25 FTGPB, NAIA Play-Off (2nd)


1-2 FTGPB, Jim Reid Classic
2 FTGPB, NAIA Play-Off (3rd)
3 GC Concert Choir, 3p
5 Lessons & Carols, 11a
8 Juries
13-16 FTGPB trip to Savannah

* FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band

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"Studying only the music you like to sing fails to broaden your technical facility and your artistic horizons."  --Richard Davis, A Beginning Singer's Guide (1998)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for 2001-2002 are on the horizon:

Monday, January 15, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 3, 9a-1p
Monday, February 19, 10a-noon
Friday, February 23, 2-4p
Saturday, February 24, 1-3p
Friday, March 2, 2-4p
Saturday, March 3, 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

As always, the spring semester brought great excitement to the world of our Tiger Bands as the Band Scholars remained exemplars of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm in a variety of venues and performance settings.

In February, six of our Band Scholars were chosen to participate in the prestigious 2000 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band. This 105-piece ensemble, selected to represent the finest collegiate instrumentalists from across the Commonwealth, rehearsed and performed under the baton of Alan McMurray at the KMEA In-Service Conference in Louisville.  Representing our Tiger Bands and Georgetown College were:  Ashley Blakemore, trumpet; Kevin Brown, tuba; Deanna Green, clarinet; Ryan Coatney, horn; Katie McKown, clarinet; and Jason Reinhardt, trombone.

In March, our "FTGPB"—Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band—traveled to Tulsa, OK, as our Tiger Bands "On the Road" series continued with this most-memorable Grrr... Excursion: "Tulsa IV."  We considered it a privilege and pleasure to support our Tigers and our College in the NAIA National Championship Basketball Tournament.  

Additionally, March brought the inauguration of our newest Tiger Band offering, the GCMS (Guest Conductor Mini-Series).  The first participant of the GCMS was Dr. Lynn Cooper, director of bands at Asbury College.  Henceforth, each semester the GCMS will bring an outstanding collegiate conductor to our campus to rehearse and work with our Band Scholars and the Tiger Bands.  

In April, our Tiger Symphonic Band concluded our performance year, with its annual Spring Concert.  The program featured works by Sousa, Grainger, Jager, Daehn and Webber.  Highlights included a special reading in Middle English of an ancient British Isle Folk Song, presented by Dr. Gwen Curry, prior to the band's performance of As Summer Was Just Beginning, and the presentation of the "Outstanding Tiger Band Member" award to   Deanna Green, senior clarinetist from Jacksonville, FL.  As has become a Tiger Band tradition, ten senior Band Scholars were recognized, then musically musically saluted with a performance of The Old Scottish Melody.  Our ten seniors will be greatly missed, and we wish them well as they enter a variety of medical, law and graduate schools across the country and enter other walks of life.

Our Tiger Bands ended the year with nearly three dozen on- and off-campus performances, before nearly 200,000 people; two performances were nationally or regionally televised.  In all things, the Band Scholars remained 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 Georgetown College Chorale had a very busy spring semester with 13 concerts, both on- and off-campus.  A tour through western Kentucky, southern Indiana and northern Tennessee was taken in late March, with stops at two high schools, six churches and at the Opryland Hotel.  The Chorale gave its Spring Concert on April 18 in Hill Chapel.  Six members of the Chorale were selected to sing in the Kentucky All-Collegiate Choir in Louisville during the month of February:  Julie Sexton, Robyn Delaney, Sara Cook, Brian Mattingly, Tim Finley and Clint Miller.

The Georgetown College Concert Choir gave its Spring Concert on April 9.  The program commemorated the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death.  The choir sang Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Cantata #61 Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland; and selections from the Mass in B Minor.  The chamber orchestra, which accompanied the choir, also performed the Double Violin Concerto.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Handbell Highlights

The Georgetown College Handbell Ensemble featured music of the Lent and Easter seasons during its Spring Concert.  In addition to performing jointly with the Chapel Brass on this program, the Handbells provided Chapel leadership for the campus Holy Week service.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as director of the GC Handbell Ensemble.

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass was busy this spring.  In addition to the traditional Spring Concert with the Handbells, the Chapel Brass, in an appearance which has become a tradition in its 11 years of existence, provided music for the Georgetown College Graduation Ceremony in May.  The Chapel Brass is under the direction of Dr. H.M. Lewis.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

The Georgetown College chapter of Delta Omicron organized and provided music and leadership for a spring chapel service at the college.  Participants in the service were:  Lela Cocanougher, Sara Cook, Robyn Delaney, Emily Heckman, Jill Fackler, Katie Simpson, Angela Easterday, and Delta Omicron alumna Glenna Metcalfe.  During spring semester, the chapter initiated six new members:  Courtney Carter, Leslie Conver, Bethany Miller, Kari Rustay, Katie Thompson and Ashlie Wrenne.

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GC Singers at NATS

The regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition was held at Union University in Jackson, TN.  Georgetown College was well represented by sophomores Clint Miller and Jennifer Adkisson, and freshmen Leslie Conver and Tim Finley.  Special congratulations go to Tim Finley, who advanced to the semi-final round of the competition.  These students were accompanied by GC staff accompanist Glenna Metcalfe, and they study with either Rebecca Miller, Mark Suderman or Angela Easterday.

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Ten members of the Georgetown College chapter of C-MENC attended the Kentucky In-Service Conference held in Louisville in February.  Sara Cook, state C-MENC president, was the moderator for one of the interest sessions.  A number of chapter members also attended the musical, Showboat, during the spring semester.

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) was again actively involved with the Lexington Brass Band, where he this past fall became one of the solo cornets, and with Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra.  The Lexington Brass Band presented two concerts, playing in its new venue of Calvary Baptist Church.  Lewis was one of the featured soloists on the February concert, playing (with Steven K. Bottom, trumpet instructor at Campbellsville University) a duet based on the Civil War tune, Listen to the Mockingbird.  From May 24 through June 5, he was on tour with the Lexington Brass Band in England.  The Band was invited to present the guest concert at the All-England Masters Brass Competition in Cambridge.  (Each year an outside band is invited to play a short program while the judges are tallying the scores, and then to present a full-length concert that evening.)  This competition featured 21 of the finest brass bands in England, each of which had already won a national contest in order to be invited to participate.  In addition to the Cambridge concert, the Lexington Brass Band played in Chelmsford, Portsmouth, Norwich, Torquay, Gloucester, Leeds, and Stevenage, before returning home.  The group also recorded a short program to be broadcast on BBC at the end of June.  Lewis and Bottom were featured on three of the four tour concerts.  The band was warmly received in each venue, and plans are already underway for another tour of England in the near future.  The Band's latest CD, Images in Brass, sold well on the tour, as well.

Sonny Burnette (1990) is a Flute Society of Kentucky board member, and also webmaster for the organization (  This past spring Burnette performed a number of times with the Pendulum Orchestra (saxophone) in Louisville, and he also performed on programs at Faith Baptist Church (flute) and for the Georgetown Choral Society (clarinet).  Spring performances of Burnette compositions include:  Scenes of England, Centre College; Stained Glass Images, Brigham Young University; Fanfare XXV, Wittenberg University; Seven Southern Sketches, East Central University. His Stained Glass Images was recorded by the National Flute Choir on the group’s latest CD, High Altitude.  In late spring, Burnette composed a piece for harp, flute and viola that will be entered in the Debussy Trio Music Foundation Biennial Competition for American Composers.  

Peter LaRue (1993) in addition to his ongoing efforts for and towards the Tiger Bands, maintains an active professional life both as a conductor and trombonist.  Continuing in his role as Musical Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, he conducted the "Americans We" concert in February at Transylvania University, which featured trombone soloist Richard Cryder (University of Louisville) and tuba soloist Stacy Baker (Morehead State University).  In May, LaRue conducted the CKCB’s "Hola" Concert at the Lexington Opera House, featuring soprano saxophone soloist Charlie Kahn.  Additionally, at the annual GC Faculty-Staff Banquet, LaRue received the Rollie Graves Technology Award, and the following evening was named "Outstanding Fraternity Advisor" at the Greek Awards Banquet.  This is the third consecutive year that LaRue has been honored for his work with the Kappa-Omega chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Angela Easterday (1995) presented a faculty recital that included works by Bach, Mozart, Puccini, Fauré, Wolf, Diamond, Gounod and Dvorák.  She served as an adjudicator at the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and attended the annual KMEA conference in Louisville.  An active member of Lexington Singers, Easterday performed as a member of the chorus on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and was a soloist in the annual Pops Concert.  She also served as interim Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Frankfort. Easterday continues to serve as the music representative on the Religious Life Council at the college.

Mark Suderman (1996) was active as an adjudicator this past spring.  He judged choral festivals in both eastern and western Kentucky.  From March through May, Suderman was hired as the interim Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky.  On April 30, he conducted the Georgetown Singers, a newly-formed chamber choir of community musicians.  The concert was the first in a series of programs honoring J.S. Bach.  Glenna Metcalfe '85 is the coordinator of the Bach series.  Daniel Tilford '57, along with Glenna Metcalfe, accompanied the Georgetown Singers.

Stephen Tilford (1999) performed recitals for the Sigma Alpha Iota chapter in Lexington, and for the Lexington Federated Music Club.  In addition, Tilford presented a faculty recital at Georgetown College, and was guest pianist at Transylvania University, and at the home of Trudy Patch in Lexington.  Tilford appeared on "Let’s Do Lunch," a noon program on WLEX-TV.  He was also an adjudicator for the Morehead area Music Teacher’s Association.  Tilford was a guest clinician at the Singletary Center in Lexington for the Bluegrass Area Music Teacher’s Association, and in Morehead for the Morehead Area Music Teacher’s Association.  Tilford continues to play organ for chapel services on campus, and serves as a supply organist for local churches.

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Staying in Touch

Virginia (Lile) Boaz ‘91 presented her final doctoral vocal recital on May 26 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The recital included works by Mozart, Duparc, Poulenc, Lauridsen, Wagner and Menotti.

Elzbieta "Lyz" (Mordarski) Hornbeak ‘97 has been appointed as Minister to Children and Youth, and Children’s Music Minister at West End Baptist Church in Paducah.

Lori (Browder) Padgett ‘97 and Kevin Padgett were married in Richmond, KY on November 27.  The couple resides in south Florida.

Michael Sapp ‘99 is presently Minister of Music at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church in Louisville.  He will begin seminary this fall.


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Of Special Interest

GC Department of Music
Faculty Showcase Recital
Tuesday, September 12, 2000
8:00 p.m.
John L. Hill Chapel

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