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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 1998

A Word from the Chair

We trust that you enjoyed the premier issue of Nunnelley Notes last semester.  It has been exciting to hear from alums, and to make new acquaintances.  The department looks forward to continued communications with you.

Our Spring 1998 issue contains news from this past fall semester.  As always, our music faculty and students have been actively engaged in a variety of noteworthy pursuits.  It is our commitment to continue the long-standing tradition of musical excellence at Georgetown College.

Along these lines, the department is interested in expanding its collection of historic GC music memorabilia for display in the office.  We are privileged to enjoy a long and rich musical heritage, and it is fitting to honor those who have been instrumental in establishing this tradition.  If you have a unique poster or program from decades past which is suitable for framing, we would be pleased to display it, or a quality facsimile.  Thank you.

On behalf of the department, I would also like to welcome our new music secretary, Mrs. Betty Barkley.  Betty has already been a tremendous help, and we look forward to her able assistance as a very busy spring semester approaches.  FYI, Professor Daniel Tilford will serve as Department Chair during my spring sabbatical.

Until our next issue, best wishes for a productive spring and summer!

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Spring Calendar



*FTGPB, 7:30p (Midway College)

24 FTGPB, 2p & 4p (Union College)
27 Katie Owen & Kellie Witten, sopranos, junior recital, 8p


3 FTGPB, 7:30p (Transylvania University)
4-7 KMEA Conference
5 Student Recital Hour, 11a
7 FTGPB, 2p & 4p (Campbellsville University)
10 FTGPB, 7:30p (College of West Virginia)
11-15 Chorale Tour (Western Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio)
17 Department of Music Ragtime Concert, 8p
22 Chorale, Springfield Baptist Church, 7p
28 FTGPB, 2p (Missouri Baptist College)


3 Southern Baptist Seminary Choir, 3:30p
5 Student Recital Hour, 11a
5-7 FTGPB, Mid-South Conference, Williamsburg
8 Chorale, Backrun Baptist Church, 6:30p
10 Foust Artist Series:  CELLO, 8p
12 Teresa Beschman, alto, senior recital, 8p
16-23 FTGPB, NAIA Tournament, Tulsa, Oklahoma
26 Chorale Spring Concert, 8p
29 Stephanie Olguin, alto, senior recital, 3p


2 Student Recital Hour, 11a
2 Handbells / Chapel Brass, 8p
5 Laura Dunning, alto, senior recital, 3p
14 Keri Bush, soprano, senior recital, 8p
16 Chamber Singers, 8p
17-18 N.A.T.S.
21 Angela Eaton, pianist, senior recital, 8p
23 Symphonic Band (153rd annual), 8p
26 Concert Choir Spring Concert, 3p

*FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band

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"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning."  --Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates are just around the corner!  If you know a high school senior who may be interested in attending Georgetown College this fall, an audition may be scheduled on any of the following dates:

Monday, January 19, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 7, 9a-1p
Monday, February 16, 10a-noon
Friday, February 27, 2-4p
Saturday, February 28, 1-3p
Friday, March 6, 2-4p
Saturday, March 7, 1-3p

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

Music scholarships are potentially available to all Georgetown College students, regardless of major, in the areas of instrumental, keyboard and vocal music.  A limited number of string scholarships are also being made available beginning this fall.  An audition may be scheduled by calling 502-863-8100.

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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 1997-98 academic year got off to a great start with our Tiger Band Program.  This year our Bands boast unparalleled growth both in numbers and quality, featuring over 50 Band scholars representing seven states.  To start the fall, our "Fighting Tiger... Grrr...Pep Band" (FTGPB) was again "On the Road" as we embarked upon our Tiger Caravan through Tennessee.  The Tiger Caravan which took place between September 18-21, featured stops in Knoxville, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis, with special performances at the Knoxville Hyatt-Regency, the Opryland Hotel, Lambuth University and the First Baptist Church of Collierville.  In addition to the Tiger Caravan, the FTGPB has been featured at numerous on- and off-campus performances, delighting tens of thousands of people at home football games at the new Toyota Stadium (East Campus athletic complex), basketball games, the Day for Georgetown kick-off breakfast and the local Fire Prevention Week Parade.

Our Tiger Symphonic Band performed its 153rd annual Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 25.  The program featured works by Vaughan Williams, Grainger, King, Brahms and Clark.  Special musical highlights included a duet by Dr. Angela Easterday (soprano) and Dr. Sonny Burnette (flute), preceding the Band’s performance of Linden Lea, and Darin Broady (recorder) on Hymn of St. James.  Holding with our tradition of recent years, the price of admission to the concert was canned or processed foodstuffs which were forwarded to the AMEN House for distribution to the less-fortunate in the Georgetown-Scott County area.

Our Band scholars have worked diligently to remain a focal point of excellence and enthusiasm for our entire campus community, while remaining true to our "Five-Fold Band Tenets" of academic excellence, musical achievement, spiritual values, leadership skills and commitment to Georgetown College.  On behalf of our Tiger Bands, collectively, and myself, personally, I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of Bands at Georgetown College.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The 1997 Fall Semester was a busy one for the choral ensembles at the college, especially during the months of November and December.  The Georgetown College Chorale sang at numerous events on campus, including two VIP Day programs in October and November, a Chapel service, Hanging of the Green, and the annual Fall Concert.  The fall program included pieces from a variety of church traditions, including Anglican, Shaker, Contemporary and Gospel.  Several students had solo parts in a number of the selections.

On Sunday, November 2, the Chorale traveled to Louisville and sang at Southeast Church of Christ during the morning service, and at Lyndon Baptist Church during the evening service.  A reception for GC alumni was held following the evening performance. Professor Daniel Tilford continues to accompany the Chorale on piano and organ.

The Chorale’s Spring Tour is scheduled for February 11-15.  As of press time, confirmed performances have been scheduled at: Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, IN (2/12, a.m.); Executive Inn, Owensboro (2/12, p.m.); Highview Baptist School, Louisville (2/13, a.m.); First Baptist Church, Fairborn, OH (2/15, a.m.); Carmel Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH (2/15, p.m.).

The Concert Choir has grown to 70 students this year.  The ensemble presented a performance of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra on December 4.  A number of our students performed the solos with the choir and orchestra.  Both the Concert Choir and the Chorale participated in A Service of Lessons and Carols during December.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Chapel Brass

Under the direction of Dr. H.M. Lewis, the Chapel Brass performed its annual joint fall concert with the Handbell Ensemble during November.  In addition, the group performed at the Hanging of the Green service, and also presented Christmas Carol music for students on campus.  The Chapel Brass presented an off-campus program at Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort during fall semester, as well.

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Handbell Highlights

Fall Semester was an exciting time for the Handbell Ensemble!  In addition to the annual fall concert, the group performed in A Service of Lessons and Carols and played at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown.  The theme of fall literature was thanksgiving for God’s provisions for us, encompassing the caring nature of God, His bountiful blessings, and the gift of Jesus Christ.  Spring repertoire will center around the themes of Lent and Easter.

String Quintet

Last year’s string quartet has grown just a bit.  This year, members are: Hunter Oldham and Michael Nash, violin; Leslie Brown and Ginny Kolter, viola; Sarah Cooksey, cello.

During fall semester, the ensemble performed for the Sigma Kappa Founder’s Day luncheon, the Georgetown Historical Society annual dinner, the Hanging of the Green service and for A Service of Lessons and Carols.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Sonny Burnette.

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GC Women's Association

The luncheon meeting of the Women’s Association of Georgetown College on November 18 adjourned from the Hall of Fame Room to John L. Hill Chapel for a program presented by "Musical Friends from Georgetown."  Selections featured on the program were piano duets by Linda Overall Bell ‘49 and her daughter Carey Bell Durrett ‘72, vocal solos by Sarabeth Chatham Farabee ‘73 and Lois Jean Buky True ‘45, and violin solos by Mary Hambrick Overall ‘44, each accompanied by Betty Jean Lindle Chatham ‘47.  The musical presentation closed with two Impressionistic piano solos by Betty Chatham, who coordinated the program.

Hostesses for the meeting were Ann Bevins '57 and Shirley Tilford '59.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

Delta Delta, the Georgetown College chapter of Delta Omicron, has received the following awards from the national headquarters for the 1996-97 school year:  Publicity Award, Honorable Mention, and the Progress Award.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor.

Fall activities included a recital with a reception for the Eastern Kentucky University chapter of Delta Omicron, and Christmas caroling at an area nursing home.

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GC Singers at NATS

Four Georgetown voice students participated in the highly competitive Kentucky State National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, held at Eastern Kentucky University in October.  Senior Keri Bush, and juniors Leah Inger, Katie Owen and Kellie Witten all advanced to the semi-final round.  Leah Inger advanced to the final round, and placed third in the Junior Women’s division.

These students study with Dr. Angela Easterday or Dr. Mark Suderman.

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Faculty Focus

Daniel Tilford (1959)  In October, Prof. Tilford collaborated with Ronald Wilburn ‘56 in one of a series of concerts celebrating Wilburn’s 40 years of ministry in music at various churches throughout the region.  Tilford also served as consultant to First Baptist Church, Frankfort, regarding renovation of the church’s pipe organ.  On Nov. 30 he presented an Advent Concert at First Baptist Church, London.  Following a long association with Immanuel Baptist Church as organist, Prof. Tilford is now organist at Gardenside Baptist Church, Lexington.

H.M. Lewis (1989) Dr. Lewis presented a fall faculty recital which included members of his family (Adjunct Prof. Eloise Lewis, violin; sons, Matt, violin & Jonathan, cello).  He also performed with the Lexington Brass Band in concert at Cumberland College and Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington.  Lewis also traveled to Chicago with the Lexington Brass Band for performances at the Midwest Band/Orchestra Convention.

Sonny Burnette (1990)  During the fall, Dr. Burnette played lead alto saxophone with the Four Tops in Cincinnati, and he also performed with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vince DiMartino Big Band.  Burnette’s Jazzscapes (winner of the 1997 JMU Flute Choir Composition Competition) was premiered at James Madison University on November 19.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Naval Academy Band Saxophone Quartet performed his When Saxophonists Collide at the 20th International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University.  Burnette also wrote several brass quintet arrangements for the Christmas musical production at St. Bartholomew's Church in Nashville.

Peter LaRue (1993)  This fall, Dr. LaRue, Director of Tiger Bands, remained busy with both adjudication and conducting responsibilities.  He served as music general-effect judge at high school marching band contests in Murphysboro, IL; McLean County, KY, and at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  Additionally, he remains the Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, which performs regularly in and around Lexington.  A special highlight of the fall for Dr. LaRue was his installation as the "High Pi" of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.  And he continues his responsibilities as CBDNA coordinator of the KMEA Intercollegiate Band during 1997-99.

Angela Easterday (1995)  Dr. Easterday’s fall included adjudication, interim church work, solo and choral performances.  During October she served as a judge for NATS at its Kentucky state competition, and completed a one-year interim Minister of Music position at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.  At the fall Symphonic Band concert, Dr. Easterday performed a duet for soprano and flute with Dr. Burnette.  As an active member of the Lexington Singers, she sang in performances of the Bach Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah.  During the Christmas season, she served as coordinator of the first Lessons and Carols Service at the college.

Mark Suderman (1996)  Besides his regular duties at the college, Dr. Suderman has remained active as a conductor and clinician off campus.  He was a clinician for the Scott County High School Choir as the ensemble prepared for a choral festival in Lexington with Dr. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College, MN.  Dr. Suderman also stepped in as Minister of Music at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown during the months of October and November when he substituted for Glenna Metcalfe ‘85 during her maternity leave.  This year, Dr. Suderman has also taken on the role of advisor for the CMENC Chapter on campus.

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Staying in Touch

Betty Jean (Lindle) Chatham ‘47 published God Be With You, an original benediction for SATB choir, in the Winter 1997-98 issue of WORSHIP: Resources for the Church Musician, a publication of Broadman Press.

Phyllis (Mattingly) Vincent ‘69, Ph.D., is currently serving a two-year term as President of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

Laura (Hammack) Chipe ‘70 currently is a music professor at Cumberland College, where she teaches studio voice, music education courses and directs the Women’s Ensemble.

Monica Gale Heard ‘78 has returned home to the Central Kentucky area to teach studio voice at Berea College, where she also serves as the college’s staff accompanist. She is nearing completion of a doctorate in music performance at Florida State University.

Dan Griffith ‘83, after 12 years as Executive Director of The Owensboro (KY) Symphony, has resigned to take the position of Director of Administration with the Sheffer-Hoffman law firm.

Glenna (Armstrong) Metcalfe ‘85 and husband Robert celebrated the birth of daughter number three, Erin, on October 17.  Glenna is Minister of Music at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown, and staff accompanist at Georgetown College.

Virginia (Lyles) Boaz ‘91 performed the role of Herodias in The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s November production of Herodias by Jules Massenet.

Mari (Saito) Yoshida ‘92 was married in March, 1995, to husband Shinji, a Baptist pastor in Hakodate City.  Their daughter, Haru Elizabeth, was born on February 1, 1997.  You may write to Mari Yoshida at: 16-38 Kashiwagi-Cho, Hakodate City, Kokkaido, 042-0942 Japan.

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Faculty Emeritus

W. Wayne Johnson served Georgetown College as a music professor and department chair for 35 years from 1955 to 1990, and he continued at the college in a part-time capacity until December 1994.  At its May 1996 commencement ceremony, Georgetown College awarded Professor Johnson the degree Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

Dr. Johnson recently reactivated his choral music publishing business, Key Music Publishing Company. He is also involved in producing a cappella choir recordings via Tertian Tapes.

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