Georgetown College Department
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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Please see Calendar
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"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human
nature cannot do without." Confucius (551-479 BC)
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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
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
400 East College Street
Georgetown, Kentucky 40324-1696
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"Blow It & Bang It" Notes from our
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:
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
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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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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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
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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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)
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
ALUMS, SEND US
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: Sonny_Burnette@georgetowncollege.edu
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Of Special Interest
GC Department of Music
Faculty Showcase Recital
Sunday, February 3, 2002
John L. Hill Chapel
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