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Georgetown College Department of Music
Fall 2001

A Word from the Chair

It hardly seems possible, but Fall 2001 begins year number five for Nunnelley Notes.  The music faculty hopes that you have enjoyed this means of staying in touch with happenings in the department.  It is always a pleasure to hear from you.  This issue contains news of activities primarily from Spring Semester 2001.  Please see our website for full-length articles.

The biggest news is that we now have a permanent Director of Choral Activities!  The new face on campus this fall will be that of Dr. John W. Campbell, who comes to us from Gardner-Webb University, where he taught in the School of Divinity and directed the auditioned undergraduate choir.  Before his appointment there, he served as Music Area Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Milligan College. He also taught previously at North Greenville College and Longwood College. Campbell earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Samford University (1980), the Master of Music degree in choral music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985), and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in church music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1993).  The department very much appreciates the contributions made this past year by Ms. Sue Ellen Ballard, who served as choral director.  

We are also looking at a very strong incoming freshman music class this fall.  At present count, two dozen or more freshmen will be attending Georgetown College on music scholarships, which is very exciting.  

Our Faculty Showcase Recital is being moved to spring semester this year--February 3, to be exact--in order to allow the dust from fall semester to settle just a bit.  We hope to see you at this and many of our other performances throughout the year!

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Fall Calendar

Please see Calendar of Events.

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"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without."  Confucius (551-479 BC)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for Fall 2002 entry are not far away:

*Monday, January 21, 2002, 10a-noon
*Saturday, January 26, 2002, 9a-1p
**Saturday, February 16, 2002, 9a-4p
Monday, February 18, 2002, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 23, 2002, 9a-1p

*Students participating in the Early Decision Program must audition prior to February 1, 2002.  

**Saturday, February 16, will be a special FINE ARTS V.I.P. DAY, featuring programs oriented toward fine arts students (art, music, theatre). 

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 Band Scholars and our Tiger Bands have had another exemplary semester, in which they have remained a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for the entire campus community, while remaining true to the Five-Fold Band Tenets:  

Academic Excellence
Musical Achievement
Spiritual Values
Leadership Skills
Commitment to Georgetown College.

During the course of the semester our much-beloved "FTGPB" (a.k.a. Fighting Tiger Grrr ... Pep Band) brought its special "flair" to many on- and off-campus venues for our Tiger and Lady Tiger Basketball Teams.  In February, several of the Band Scholars were honored with selection for participation in the prestigious 2001 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, including:  Ryan Coatney, horn; Emily Hales, flute; and Katie McKown, clarinet.  Additionally, Kevin Brown and Jason Reinhardt of our Tiger Bands were selected to serve as Student Coordinators for the event.  This year's KIB was under the baton of Maestro David Stanhope of Australia.

The Tiger Symphonic Band continued its "GCMS" (a.k.a. Guest Conductor Mini-Series) in March, with Mr. Rob Bryant of the Fayette County Schools serving as the semester's Guest Clinician.  We all benefited from the time and efforts that Mr. Bryant afforded our Symphonic Band.

To close out the 2000-01 Performance Season of our Tiger Bands, the Band Scholars of the Symphonic Band performed an exceptional concert on April 26 that included works by Hanssen, Grainger, Chaminade, Wiley and Reed.  At the annual Spring Concert, ten "Elder Scholars" (a.k.a. Seniors) were honored for their long contributions to our Tiger Bands.  Miss Emily Hales of Silver Spring, MD was featured as the soloist on the Concertino for Flute and Band; Kevin Brown was honored as Outstanding Tiger Band Member of the Year; and Dr. Charles Boehms was inducted as the newest Honorary Member in our Tiger Band Hall of Fame.  It was a night that provided us with memories that we shall all cherish for a lifetime.

On behalf of the Band Scholars and our Tiger Bands collectively, and myself personally, I would like to thank the many, many Friends of our Tiger Bands for your ongoing support, assistance and encouragement.  We could not survive without you.  And please know that we of the Tiger Bands are "red-hot and a-heatin'" as we prepare for the 2001-02 Performance Season.  You won't want to miss it.  Grrr ...

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The Chorale was involved in its annual Spring Tour during March 20-25.  The ensemble performed at First Baptist Church, Ashland, KY; Russell High School, Russell, KY; Paul Blazer High School, Ashland, KY; West Salem Baptist Church, Salem, VA; Sterling Park Baptist Church, Sterling, VA; Sheraton National (Alumni Reception in Arlington, VA); and at First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.  

On March 30, the Chorale sang at the Kentucky State WMU Annual Meeting, held at Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, KY.  The ensemble also performed at Graefenburg Baptist Church in Waddy, KY on February 25.  

The following Georgetown College music students were selected to participate in the prestigious 2001 All-Collegiate Choir performance held during the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) convention in Louisville during February:  Leslie Conver, Tim Finley, Brian Mattingly, Clint Miller, Kristi Robison, Julie Sexton, Brock Terry and Natalie Whitlock

The Chorale led in campus worship services as well as performed its annual Spring Concert, featuring a variety of literature from the early Baroque Period to the Twentieth Century.  This concert also featured the Chamber Singers, a select mixed group from the Chorale, and a Men's Quartet, featuring Tim Finley, Brian Mattingly, Adam Johnston and Jason Reinhardt.

The Concert Choir and Chorale joined forces on Sunday, April 29 to present Mozart's Missa brevis and Faure's Requiem.  Student soloists were:  Julie Sexton, Bridget Hammons, Ashlie Wrenne, Brock Terry, Clint Miller, and Adam Johnston.  The groups were accompanied by Georgetown's staff accompanist, Glenna Metcalfe.

Ms. Sue Ellen Ballard

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Handbell Highlights

The Georgetown College Handbell Ensemble presented a spring concert, incorporating music from the Lenten Season.  Among the pieces performed was an arrangement of In the Garden by Dr. Sonny Burnette.  The beautiful, peaceful setting included a flute trio, performed by three members of our Symphonic Band:  Emily Hales, Season Coatney and Kourtney Gordon.  Also, the group provided musical leadership in chapel, and traveled to Frankfort First Assembly of God to lead in worship.  The Handbell Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass was busy, as always, during the spring semester.  In addition to its regular Spring Concert with the Handbell Ensemble, the Chapel Brass, in an appearance which has become a tradition in its 12 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 Delta Delta chapter of Delta Omicron enjoyed a busy semester!  The ladies provided musical leadership in chapel, and presented for the first time a Karaoke Musicale!!  Lela Cocanougher, Delta Omicron president, presented her senior recital, and Ashlie Wrenne, director of publicity, was a featured soloist in the Concert Choir's presentation of Mozart's Missa Brevis.  The chapter was pleased to initiate a new member, Jennifer Adkisson, a rising senior from Shelbyville, Kentucky.  The Delta Delta chapter was awarded a grant from the National Office that will be used as a scholarship for the incoming freshman female music major with the highest score on the Music Theory Assessment Entrance Examination and the strongest performance audition.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor and Dr. Sonny Burnette serves as Chapter Sponsor.

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GC Singers at NATS

Several students participated in the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition in Louisville, Kentucky.  Representing Georgetown College were:  Brock Terry, a senior from Frankfort, Kentucky; Tim Finley, a sophomore from Madisonville, Kentucky; and Leslie Conver, a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky.  Each of these students study with Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) was primarily involved this past spring with the Lexington Brass Band, where he was promoted to the position of Assistant Principal Cornet, and at Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra.  The Lexington Brass Band presented four concerts during its 2000-01 season.  In December, Dr. Lewis was featured with the band in a duet with Principal Cornetist Dr. Bill Jones, performing C.L. Barnhouse's Adeste Fideles, appropriate to the Christmas season.  Having been invited to present a lecture-recital at the 2001 National Conference of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), Lewis did a "preview" performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL for the brass students at that institution on April 4.  The ITG program was presented in Wheeler Concert Hall at the University of Evansville on May 24 to an audience of 300+ trumpeters, and was very well received.  At the conference, the officers of the ITG asked Lewis if he would host a feature called the "Answer Man" on the ITG website, where members and students can e-mail questions on any aspect of trumpet history, pedagogy, performance, or medical problems.  The question may be passed on to an expert panel member for a response if Dr. Lewis is unable to deal with the specific question, such as in the case of a medical question.  The "Answer Man" feature will be officially online this summer, although Lewis has been fielding questions from the ITG website related to antique instruments and history for the past year.

Sonny Burnette (1990) has been named the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) 2001 Commissioned Composer.  His composition, The Yellow Saxophone and Other Colors (for soprano, piano and saxophone), is based on the poetry of Georgetown College's Dr. Michael Campbell, assistant professor of English, and will be premiered at the KMTA conference at Eastern Kentucky University on Sunday, October 21 at 8:00 p.m. Burnette performed a number of times during the semester with the Pendulum Orchestra in Louisville; at local churches, including a performance with the Kentucky Baptist Wind Orchestra; for Thomas & King corporate training sessions at the GC Conference Center; and with the Vince DiMartino Jazz Ensemble.  He also presented a lecture-recital on flute and saxophone for a Georgetown College-sponsored CEO dinner at the Lafayette Club in Lexington, and gave a MIDI computer music lecture for the Georgetown Reaching Adults for Continued Education (GRACE) program.  Burnette has been included in the 2001-02 lineup of Featured Speakers by the Kentucky Humanities Council.  During the spring, Burnette compositions were performed by ensembles including the West Michigan Flute Association, the California State University at Fresno Flute Ensemble, the Southampton Flute Orchestra (England), and the Western Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO) Flute Choir.

Peter LaRue (1993) In addition to his ongoing duties and responsibilities with the Tiger Bands and other on-campus obligations, Dr. LaRue had an invigorating spring semester.  LaRue served as Co-Coordinator for the 2001 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band that rehearsed and performed in Louisville.  In his role as Musical Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, he conducted two performances:  one in February at Transylvania University, featuring Dr. Stephen Tilford, pianist, on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; and the 25th-Silver Anniversary Concert of the ensemble at the Lexington Opera House in late April.  LaRue performed several times throughout the semester on trombone at local church and civic events, and for the fourth consecutive year was named Outstanding Fraternity Advisor of the Year by Georgetown College.  In the late spring, LaRue received word that an article he had written for the Bluegrass Music News (KMEA State Music Educators Magazine, December 1999, Volume 51, Number 2) "Ma, We Got a II at Contest" was selected for publication in a new text by MENC (Music Educators National Conference) "Spotlight on Teaching Band" that will be available by the late summer or early fall.

Angela Easterday (1995) served as an adjudicator for the regional National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS) competition held in Louisville, was an adjudicator for the Kentucky Festival for Solo/Ensembles held at Scott County High School, and was an adjudicator for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) Vocal Auditions held at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown.  Additionally, Dr. Easterday introduced two instrumental groups giving concerts at the Kentucky Music Educators Association in Louisville.  She also provided musical leadership both by directing and by singing solos at several churches this spring.  She helped coordinate music for the Georgetown community churches joint Holy Week services held at St. John's Catholic Church.  Dr. Easterday continues to serve as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Church Music at the college, and is active in coordinating the music for chapel services, serving as the advisor of Delta Omicron, and directing the Handbell Ensemble.

Stephen Tilford (1999) This spring, Dr. Tilford performed at the Singletary Center in Lexington, Kentucky as a guest artist on the Nathaniel Patch Recital Series, as guest soloist with the Central Kentucky Concert Band performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and he performed at the annual Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.  In addition, he was an adjudicator for the Lexington Federated Music Club.  Tilford is also the accompanist for the Georgetown Choral Society, and continues to play organ for chapel services, Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises on campus, and serves as a supply organist for local churches.  

Sue Ellen Ballard (2000) was involved in several choral festival adjudication assignments in the Central Kentucky area.  Additionally, she attended the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) convention in Louisville, Kentucky, and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention.  Ballard also served as Chapter Advisor of the Georgetown College Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (C-MENC) chapter.

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Staying in Touch


Glenna (Armstrong) Metcalfe '85, organist, presented an alumni recital at the University of Louisville on January 16, 2001.  This fall she will be substituting at Scott County High School as the assistant choral director, and will continue her work as Minister of Music/Organist at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown.

Leah Inger '99 will be attending Towson University in Maryland this fall to begin work on her Master of Music Education degree.  Leah was awarded a full fellowship.

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Whether you graduated from Georgetown College a few years ago, or a few decades ago, your friends and colleagues would love to hear what you are doing these days!  Please take a moment to get in touch with us before our next issue.  With e-mail, it's never been easier:

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Of Special Interest

GC Department of Music
Faculty Showcase Recital
Sunday, February 3, 2002
8:00 p.m.
John L. Hill Chapel

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