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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 1999

A Word from the Chair

On behalf of the department, I trust that your MCMXCIX is off to a terrific start.  (Sorry ... too much Roman numeral analysis in theory class, I guess.)  This issue contains news from Fall Semester ‘98, which presented many performance opportunities for both students and faculty.

Fall ‘98 was the inaugural semester for implementing the new K-12 Music Kentucky Certification re the B.M.E. degree, combining choral and instrumental certification.  We are pleased with the transition, and look forward to the future benefits it will provide to our curriculum.

This past semester was also our first opportunity to utilize the new Sylvia M. Beard Music Media Center and Piano Studio.  Having a state-of-the-art MIDI computer music lab has presented wonderful opportunities for students in music theory, class piano and computer music classes.

The art, theatre and music departments have combined forces to form the Georgetown College Fine Arts Council, chaired by Mrs. Debra Ensor.  Membership includes faculty, students and external professional representatives.  The Council held its first formal meeting in October, attended by President Crouch and Provost Boehms.  Goals include raising the visibility of the arts on our campus and in the surrounding region, and, ultimately, developing strategies for the construction of a new Performing Arts Center.  Much is happening, and the prospects are exciting!

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Spring Calendar



*FTGPB, Men's & Women's Basketball

26 FTGPB, Women's Basketball
28 Keri Bush, Senior Recital, 8p


2-6 KMEA, Louisville
4 Student Recital Hour, 11a
9 Prof. Daniel Tilford, organ recital, Georgetown Baptist Church, 8p
18 FTGPB, Men's Basketball
20 FTGPB, Men's & Women's Basketball, Senior Day
23 FTGPB, Men's Basketball - Life - Frankfort
23 Katie Owen, Senior Recital, 8p


4 Student Recital Hour, 11a
5 Foust Artist Series:  Beeblebrox, jazz group, 8p
5-6 FTGPB, MSC Tournaments
18-23 FTGPB, NAIA National


1 Student Recital Hour, 11a
6 Chorale, Spring Concert, 8p
8 Handbells / Chapel Brass, 8p
9 Prof. Daniel Tilford, faculty recital, Chapel, 8p
11 Prof. Daniel Tilford, faculty recital, Georgetown Baptist Church, 6:30p
18 Concert Choir, 3p
20 Pamela O'Nan, pianist, senior recital,8p
22 Symphonic Band (154th annual), 8p

*FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band

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"When I hear music, I fear no danger.  I am invulnerable.  I see no foe.  I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest."  --Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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Audition Dates

Audition season is here!  Music scholarship audition dates are:

Monday, January 18, 10a-noon
Saturday, January 30, 9a-1p
Monday, February 15, 10a-noon
Friday, February 26, 2-4p
Saturday, February 27, 1-3p
Friday, March 5, 2-4p
Saturday, March 6, 1-3p

Some dates are already full, however, individual arrangements may be made if remaining dates are inconvenient.  Students are encouraged to apply for admission, and also to audition, early this year.

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.

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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 1998 Fall semester was an extremely exciting time for the Tiger Bands as our Band Scholars continued to be exemplars of our "Five-Fold Band Tenets:  Academic Excellence, Musical Achievement, Spiritual Values, Leadership Skills and Commitment to Georgetown College for our entire campus community.  Another very strong class of "fledglings" (i.e., new recruits) fueled continued growth, both in terms of quality and numbers, as our Band Scholars were again involved in a plethora of performance opportunities.  The Symphonic Band presented its Fall Concert on November 23rd as our Tiger Bands celebrated their 154th anniversary, maintaining their position as the oldest college or university band program in the Commonwealth.  The program featured the works of Bach, Grainger, Holsinger, Smith and Shaffer.  A special highlight was student conductor Chad Acklin, who led the Symphonic Band on the beautiful setting of Greensleeves by Alfred Reed.  Our Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band (a.k.a. "FTGPB") maintained its usual assortment of performance obligations, performing for tens of thousands of people in assorted on- and off-campus venues.  The FTGPB remains, and is cherished as, a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our entire campus community.  The Band Scholars would like to thank all alumni and friends of the Music Department for their ongoing support of Bands at Georgetown College.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The Fall Semester of 1998 presented a number of unique opportunities for the choral ensembles.  During the Homecoming activities, the Chorale sang in the new Ensor Learning Resourse Center for a black-tie dinner honoring some of the center’s major donors.  Both the Chorale and Concert Choir were involved in the dedication ceremony of the building.  (The Ensor LRC has also offered a new rehearsal facility for the choral ensembles.)  The other unique performance in the fall came at the Kentucky Baptist Convention in Louisville in November.  The Georgetown College Chorale joined the select choirs from our sister institutions in the commonwealth, Campbellsville University and Cumberland College.  This created a wonderful opportunity for 124 fine singers to unify in purpose and perform together.

The Chorale, along with the Chamber Singers, gave its annual Fall Concert on November 3.  The Chorale also joined together with the Concert Choir to present a large rendition of Handel’s Messiah.  The stage in Hill Chapel was filled with almost 100 singers and a chamber orchestra.  Beyond the Messiah, the Christmas season was celebrated through the singing of all the choral ensembles at the Festival of Choirs on December 3, and the Lessons and Carols Service on December 8.

In May 1999, 40 members of the Chorale will be embarking on a 17-day trip to Western Europe.  This trip will be a wonderful educational opportunity for our students.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass remained busy during Fall Semester.  In October, the group provided music for the dedication of the new Ensor Learning Resource Center, playing ceremonial music from the balcony.  Later in the semester, the Chapel Brass played a concert in the Arboretum, provided music for a Chapel Program, and played their regular Fall Concert with the Handbells and Chamber Trio.  In December, the ensemble assisted with the music for the Service of Lessons and Carols, and then played a short concert for the Scott County Retired Teachers Association.  The Chapel Brass is under the direction of Dr. H.M. Lewis.

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Handbell Highlights

Handbell Ensemble fall semester repertoire included Thanksgiving and Christmas selections, performed at the annual Fall Concert.  The ensemble was also featured at the second annual Lessons and Carols Service in December.  Spring semester will include a mini-tour, as well as Lent and Easter literature.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Chamber Trio

Comprised of Cameron Holbrook and Michael Nash on violins, and Dr. Sonny Burnette on flute, the GC Chamber Trio presented a program in November with the Handbells and Chapel Brass.  In December, the trio performed at Hanging of the Green and for the Lessons and Carols Service.

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Jazz Combo

During Fall Semester, the GC Jazz Combo personnel consisted of: Randy Spencer, electric guitar; Michael Nash, electric bass; Andrew Dodson, drums; Isaac LaRue, trombone; Dr. Pete LaRue, trombone; and Dr. Sonny Burnette, alto sax.

Along with the Chapel brass, the combo performed at an outdoor fund-raiser concert for the Scott County Native Plants Arboretum.  The combo also performed popular Christmas selections at the Cafe during the last week of classes, where a jazzy good time was had by all.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

Delta Delta, the Georgetown College chapter of Delta Omicron, enjoyed an exciting fall.  Two seniors, Kellie Witten and Leah Inger, presented senior recitals, accompanied by staff pianist (and alumna) Glenna Metcalfe.  Four of the ladies performed solos in the annual Messiah concert (Inger, Witten, Katie Owen and Lela Cocanougher).  Additionally, the chapter sang Christmas carols at Dover Manor Nursing Home.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor, and Dr. Sonny Burnette serves as Chapter Sponsor.

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GC Singers at NATS

This fall, five students competed in the Kentucky State National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.  Participants included freshman Clint Miller, sophomore Lela Cocanougher, and seniors Keri Bush, Leah Inger, Katie Owen and Kellie Witten.  Bush, Cocanougher, Inger, Owen and Witten advanced to the semifinal round of the competition.  These students study with Dr. Mark Suderman, Prof. Rebecca Miller, or Dr. Angela Easterday.

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The Georgetown College chapter of the Music Educators National Conference was quite active this fall.  After the initial enrollment drive, two activities were scheduled.  The first was a trip to Louisville to hear the Louisville Symphony Orchestra.  Then, much time was spent preparing for, and delivering, Survival Kits.  This is the fundraiser for the organization, which allows activities such as attending the orchestra concert and KMEA In-Service Conference at no cost to the students.

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Faculty Focus

Daniel Tilford (1959)  Prof. Tilford continued to accompany the Chorale during the fall, and was organist for the Lessons and Carols Service.  He also spent part of the semester preparing for three recitals this spring, to be given in conjunction with his retirement:  Feb. 9, Georgetown Baptist, 8p, "A Few of My Favorite Things," organ recital; April 9, Hill Chapel, 8p, "Tilford and Friends," with Stephen King, baritone; June Williams, soprano; Jane Ellen (Tilford) Watkins, soprano; Stephen Tilford, piano; Samuel Hodges, piano—all assisted by Daniel Tilford, pianist; April 11, Gtwn. Baptist, 6:30p, "Mostly Hymns," with Jane Ellen (Tilford) Watkins.  Prof. and Mrs. Tilford will tour Europe with the Chorale during May.

H.M. Lewis (1989) Musical activities for Dr. Lewis during fall semester primarily involved his work as Principal Flugelhorn with the Lexington Brass Band, and as Director of the Instrumental Ensemble at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, which has grown to 40 members.  The Lexington Brass Band presented three concerts, inaugurating its new concert series at the Opera House, playing a run-out concert at Maysville Community College, and playing its annual Christmas Concert at Calvary Baptist Church.  For the past several years Dr. Lewis has made presentations for the Scott County High School’s junior AP English/American History block.  During fall semester, he presented two of these lectures—one on Psalmody and Hymnody in New England and the Rural South, and the other one on American music during the Civil War.

Sonny Burnette (1990) During fall semester Dr. Burnette played saxophone for three shows featuring primarily ‘60s artists in Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky State Fair:  The Temptations (his 12th appearance with the group), Bobby Rydell and Lesley Gore.  He also performed with the Vince DiMartino Big Band at Danville’s Fall Festival, and with the Men of Note at several functions in Lexington.  His article, "Composing for Flute Choir," was published in the September issue of Flute Talk.  The Miles Osland Saxophone Quartet recorded Burnette’s jazz work, When Saxophonists Collide, on the group’s latest CD, "Kentucky Roastup."  In October, Burnette’s commissioned composition, Stone Suite, was premiered by flute soloist Dr. Chris Potter with the Willow Flute Ensemble in Boston at the Old West Church, where Potter and Burnette presented a pre-concert lecture.  Dr. Potter also commissioned and premiered his The Night Before Christmas for flute choir and narrator at the University of Colorado, Denver, in December.  Burnette was recently chosen as an award recipient by ASCAP, and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

Peter LaRue (1993)  In addition to Dr. LaRue’s ongoing responsibilities with the Tiger Bands, he continues to serve as Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, which presented September and December concerts in Paris and Lexington.  Dr. LaRue is completing the second year of his term as Coordinator of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band, and in the fall organized the nomination and selection of the 1999 KIB, which includes representatives from 16 Kentucky colleges and universities.  He continues to serve as the Hi Pi and Chancellor of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, which raised over 10.5 tons of food in its annual Fall Food Drive.  A special honor was afforded Dr. LaRue early in the fall as he was named the recipient of the Georgetown College John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher award.  He was also interim director of the instrumental ensemble at First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, senior adjudicator for the Campbellsville Marching Band Festival, and member of the Dining Service Advisory Board.  He also performed for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Partnership 2000 program in Louisville.  Dr. LaRue continues to serve as Director of Summer Programs & Camps, which brought over 6,000 campers to our campus, representing nearly every state and several foreign countries.

Angela Easterday (1995)  Last summer Dr. Easterday participated in the Richard Miller Vocal Pedagogy Institute as the result of a grant from the Goode Faculty Development Fund.  During the fall, she served as an adjudicator at the Kentucky State National Association of Teachers of Singing conference.  In October, she was the featured soloist and music leader at the annual Kentucky Baptist Ministers’ Wives Retreat at Cedarmore.  At the fortieth anniversary concert of the Lexington Singers in November, she was a soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore.  At the December concert of the Georgetown Choral Society, she was a guest soloist, performing Schubert’s Ave Maria, and the soprano solos in Michael Haydn’s Run Ye Shepherds to the Light.

Mark Suderman (1996)  During the fall, Dr. Suderman was selected to conduct the Kentucky All-Collegiate Men’s Choir.  This event was sponsored by the Kentucky Choral Directors Association, and was held in Lexington at the Singletary Center for the Arts on November 2.  The Men’s Choir was comprised of 100 singers from the colleges and universities throughout the commonwealth.  After all-day rehearsals, a concert was presented to the public.  Dr. Suderman has continued his work on a PEW Research Grant.  He also was an adjudicator at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition.

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Staying in Touch

Virginia Lile Boaz ‘91 recently presented a Doctor of Musical Arts vocal performance recital at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, featuring works by:  Mozart, Berlioz, Stefano Donaudy, Charles T. Griffes and Richard Strauss.

Elzbieta Mordarski Hornbeak ‘97 is teaching music at Ballard County Elementary School.

Angela Eaton ‘98 has a Graduate Assistantship at Eastern Kentucky University, where she is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance.

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If you would like to be added to our Nunnelley Notes newsletter mailing list, please contact the Music Office via e-mail or telephone:  502-863-8100.

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Tilford to Retire

At the conclusion of spring semester, Professor Daniel B. Tilford will retire following 40 years of exemplary service to the Department of Music and Georgetown College.  When asked for a few words about his remarkable time here, he had the following to say:  "I recall some wonderful times at the college.  I do still remember many of my students.  The reason I have stayed so long at Georgetown College has to be because of our wonderful students.  Forty years is a long time, but it has been a marvelous journey.  I would not have done anything differently.  What lingers most are memories of this place.  I came to the college during the beginning year of Dr. Robert L. Mills’ presidency, and leave during the presidency of Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr.  Most of the construction of new facilities has happened during the tenure of these two presidents.  In a sense, I came and am leaving during the best of times."  Future plans for Prof. Tilford include spending a semester at the new Georgetown Center at Oxford, England.  He also hopes to stay away from the music building, especially during the first year of his retirement—we hope he’ll reconsider that one—and enjoy his grandchildren and travels.

Friends and former students are invited to contact Prof. Tilford, either through the college or at his home address:  711 South Hamilton, Georgetown, Ky. 40324.  And for those addicted to computers ...

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Pianos Need a Home

The Department of Music would like to locate a school or church that can utilize the college’s former piano lab equipment: seven electric Baldwin pianos with instructor’s console. Interested parties may contact the Music Office, at 502-863-8100.

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