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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 2000

A Word from the Chair

This issue of Nunnelley Notes contains news of departmental activities from Fall Semester 1999.  Indeed, there were many, but Spring Semester promises many more!

One of the Spring Semester highlights will be the appearance of the Glenn Miller Orchestra on the Foust Artist Series, Sunday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. in John L. Hill Chapel.  Admission prices are:  adult—$10, senior citizen—$8, student—$5.  Group rates are available (502-863-8112).  This concert is cosponsored by Scott County Council of the Arts.

Another calendar highlight will be the faculty recital presented by Dr. Angela Easterday, soprano, on March 21, 8:00 p.m., Hill Chapel.  We hope you may be able to attend this and many of the events on the calendar, including the spring concerts of our various ensembles.

This semester the department will be involved in preparing for, and undergoing, its external evaluation related to the college’s preparation for SACS reaffirmation of accreditation.  We also look forward to some renovations on old faithful, Nunnelley Music Hall, beginning this semester—more about that as work progresses.

Best wishes as we begin a significant new year.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Spring Calendar

17 Auditions, 10:00 a.m. - noon
22 FTGPB (v. Cumberland)
24 The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Choir, noon, Hill Chapel
25 FTGPB (v. College of West Virginia)

  1 FTGPB (v. Transylvania University)
2-5 KMEA, Louisville
  5 Auditions, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00+ p.m.
  5 FTGPB (v. Campbellsville University)
10 FTGPB (v. Lambuth)
13 Glenn Miller Orchestra, 8:00 p.m.
20 Faculty Recital:  Dr. Stephen Tilford, pianist, 8:00 p.m.
21 Auditions, 10:00 a.m. - noon
22 New Europa Troubadors, 8:00 p.m.
25 Auditions, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
26 Auditions, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
26 FTGPB (v. North Greenville)

  2 Student Recital Hour, 11:00 a.m.
2-4 FTGPB (Mid-South Conference)
  3 Auditions, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  4 Auditions, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
14-20 FTGPB (NAIA Tournament)
21 Faculty Recital:  Dr. Angela Easterday, soprano, 8:00 p.m.

  6 Student Recital Hour, 11:00 a.m.
  6 Junior Recitalists:  Lela Cocanougher, sop.; Kate Schick, pno., 8:00 p.m.
  9 GC Concert Choir, 3:00 p.m.
11 GC Handbells/Chapel Brass/Chamber Ensemble, 8:00 p.m.
13 Senior Recital:  Sara Cook, piano, 8:00 p.m.
18 GC Chorale, 8:00 p.m.
27 GC Symphonic Band, 8:00 p.m. (155th annual)

*FTGPB = Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band

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"When you are playing, do not be concerned about who is listening to you.  Always play as though a master were listening."  --Zoltán Kodály (1953)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for 2000-2001 are here:

Monday, January 17, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 5, 9a-1p
Monday, February 21, 10a-noon
Friday, February 25, 2-4p
Saturday, February 26, 1-3p
Friday, March 3, 2-4p
Saturday, March 4, 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) as soon as possible. For 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

What a privilege and pleasure it is for the Tiger Bands and our Band Scholars to be a continuing focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our Georgetown College community.  Through nearly 20 performances this fall, in a veritable plethora of venues, our Band Scholars remained exemplars of our "Five-Fold Band Tenets":  Academic Excellence, Musical Achievement, Spiritual Values, Leadership Skills and Commitment to Georgetown College.

We are extremely blessed and fortunate to have a very strong "Band Family" this year.  Our upperclass Band Scholars continue to be major contributors to the cause of our Tiger Bands, and we welcomed a "fledgling class" of unusual size and ability.  As a new feature, we began the fall semester with a series of "Band Leadership Activities" via our Ropes/Challenge Course and a Band Barbecue.  Early in September we started our performance season in earnest, and during the semester, our Tiger Bands have performed in a wide variety of campus worship services, concert settings, community and civic functions, athletic competitions and other campus events.

In its 155th year, making it the oldest college or university band in the Commonwealth, the Tiger Symphonic Band presented its Fall Concert on November 22 in Hill Chapel.  The program featured Terpsichore by Bob Margolis, as well as works by Fucik, Mozart, Holsinger and Anderson.  Dr. Angela Easterday served as guest artist, as she performed "Non so piu cosa son" from The Marriage of Figaro with our symphonic band.

A special highlight of the concert was when Mrs. Janet G. Lobitz, manager of operations/coordinator-Facilities Management, was inducted into our "Band Hall of Fame" as the newest "Honorary Member of our Tiger Bands."  The concert was preceded by our 7th Annual Band Food Drive, with proceeds being forwarded to the AMEN House for distribution to the less-fortunate in the Georgetown-Scott County area.

The Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band had an extraordinarily exciting and busy fall semester as it performed with its usual flair at a host of on- and off-campus events.  The highlight of the semester for the FTGPB was when our Tiger Bands "On the Road Series" continued as we traveled to Savannah, TN to support our team and college in the NAIA National Championship Football Game.  Played before a sellout crowd at Jim Carroll Stadium and televised on FOX Sports Network, the game provided the Band Scholars with many memories to cherish for a lifetime.

We remain indebted to, and would like to thank, all 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 choirs of Georgetown College enjoyed a busy and exciting semester of rehearsals and performances.  It began with the Chorale singing at the President’s Dinner in Lexington, and ended with the department’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, where the Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers all performed.  Also, the Chorale, along with the Chamber Singers, presented its Fall Concert, sang at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown, enhanced worship at a Chapel service, and sang for many prospective students at VIP Day.  A special event occurred on December 8, when the Chorale had the privilege of singing for Wendy’s Founder and CEO, Dave Thomas.

The Concert Choir and Chorale combined to present the college’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Almost all of Part I was performed, along with selected portions of Parts II and III.  The 94 singers were joined by a college/community orchestra.  Eleven student soloists were featured during the program, which was attended by over 500 people.

Dr. Mark J. Suderman

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Handbell Highlights

The Handbell Ensemble’s fall concert incorporated a Thanksgiving theme, and also provided music for a chapel worship service.  For the third annual Lessons and Carols Service, the group performed an arrangement of "The Heavens are Telling," from Haydn’s Creation, with Dr. Stephen Tilford assisting on piano.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass had a busy fall semester.  In addition to its usual Fall Concert with the Handbells and Chamber Ensemble, the Chapel Brass provided music for the Festival of Lessons and Carols, which has become an annual Christmas tradition at Georgetown College.

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Chamber Ensemble

Under the direction of adjunct violin professor Eloise Lewis, the GC String Ensemble performed at Spindletop Hall in October for the Greater Georgetown Area Christian Women’s Club.  In November the group presented its fall concert with the Handbell and Chapel Brass ensembles.  Members of the group are:  Sarah Johnson & Sarah Brennan, violins; Sarah Cooksey, cello.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

The ladies of the Delta Delta chapter of Delta Omicron sang Christmas carols for the Salvation Army for their fall service project.  Additionally, several of the Delta Omicron members performed solos in the annual production of Messiah: Lela Cocanougher, Sara Cook, Robyn Delaney, and Emily Heckman.  Another chapter member, Amy Jackson, was the pianist for the annual Lessons and Carols service, and Delta Delta alumna Glenna Metcalfe played the organ.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor.

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GC Singers at NATS

This fall, six students participated in the Kentucky State National Association of Teachers of Singing competition held at The Southern Baptist Thelogical Seminary in Louisville:  freshmen Jennifer Adkisson, Courtney Carter, Tim Finley and Katie Thompson; sophomore Julie Sexton; and junior Lela Cocanougher.  Adkisson, Carter, Finley, Thompson, Sexton and Cocanougher advanced to the semi-final round.  Tim Finley advanced to the final round and placed second in his division.  Katie Thompson advanced to the final round and placed third in her division.  Julie Sexton advanced to the final round and placed third in her division.  Accompanists were senior Sara Cook, sophomore Kieruka Martin, and staff accompanist Glenna Metcalfe.  These voice students study with Dr. Mark Suderman, Dr. Angela Easterday or Prof. Rebecca Miller.

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The 19 members of the GC chapter of the Music Educators National Conference had a productive fall semester.  Many attended the Fall KMEA Conference held in Bowling Green.  At that meeting Sara Cook was elected President of the state C-MENC organization.  A number of music faculty members attended Puccini’s opera La Bohème with chapter members.  The annual fund-raiser (selling survival kits) was very successful.  The chapter also hosted a breakfast for music faculty during finals week.  Dr. Mark J. Suderman serves as chapter advisor.

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) was again involved with the Lexington Brass Band, where he has become one of the solo cornets, and with Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra.  The Lexington Brass Band presented two concerts--one in its new concert venue, Calvary Baptist Church, and a public service concert at the Lexington Rotary Club.  In November, Dr. Lewis gave a presentation for the Faculty Forum series relating to a workshop he attended at Indiana University in 1997 on building a natural (valveless) trumpet using 17th-century tools and techniques.  The workshop was led by Dr. Robert Barclay, a museum curator from Ottawa, Canada.  A cameraman from the BBC recorded the entire workshop, and the BBC produced a program based on the workshop.  The videotape was part of the Faculty Forum presentation.  As one of the recipients of a grant from the Pew Foundation this past summer, Lewis presented a lecture-recital in September.  This program featured hymn-tune based cornet solos by American composers and arrangers from the period 1880-1930.  The recital was repeated at Campbellsville University in late November.  Last May, Lewis attended the 1999 Conference of the International Trumpet Guild which met at the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Sonny Burnette (1990) performed fall and New Year’s engagements with the Pendulum Orchestra in Louisville (saxophone), and performed on Christmas programs at Faith Baptist Church and for the Georgetown Choral Society (flute).  Also during the fall, the James Madison University Flute Choir premiered his new work, Scenes of England, and the University of Kentucky Flute Choir presented a concert consisting exclusively of Burnette compositions.  He was recently asked to serve on the board of the newly-formed Kentucky Flute Society, and at the August National Flute Association Convention in Atlanta, three of his flute choir works were showcased.  His Stone Suite for flute soloist & flute choir was included on the fall-release CD by Dr. Chris Potter, prof. of flute at the Univ. of Colorado, Denver.  Dr. Burnette's article, "Flute Finesse," was also published in the Dec.-March issue of Flutewise, a British journal.

Peter LaRue (1993) though on "Flex-Bat" (a flexible approach to the sabbatical experience) this fall, maintained his regular responsibilities related to Tiger Bands.  Additionally, during fall semester, Dr. LaRue served as adjudicator at two prestigious marching band contests: the Festival of Champions at Murray State Univ., and the Greater St. Louis Marching Festival in the Trans World Dome.  He penned an article, "Ma, We Got a II at Contest," which was published in the Winter 2000 Bluegrass Music News, and coordinated the first "ArtShop" program at GC in conjunction with the Governor’s School for the Arts.  In September, LaRue began his sixth season as Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band.  During his sabbatical he created ScholarNet—a virtual classroom for 8:00 Scholars taking music appreciation—and visited school band programs in KY, IL, OH & NC, arranged a low brass quartet for the campus Lessons and Carols service, and is completing an extended work for concert band based on Celtic and Irish folk tunes which will be premiered during spring semester.  In addition, LaRue performed widely on trombone during the holiday season at various schools and churches in Ohio, and continues to serve the Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha, Kappa-Omega Zeta as their High Pi and Chancellor.

Angela Easterday (1995) presented a recital at Georgetown Baptist Church as part of the Tilford Recital Series; was a soloist with the Lexington Singers in their premiere of Joseph Baber’s An American Requiem; performed with the GC Symphonic Band at its fall concert, singing "Non so piu cosa son" from Le Nozze di Figaro; and was a featured soloist at the Central Kentucky Concert Band fall concert, singing "Mein Herr Marquis" (The Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus.  Additionally, she served as an adjudicator at the Kentucky State National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Dr. Easterday continues to serve as the music liaison on the Religious Life Council at the college, coordinating music for chapel worship services.

Mark Suderman (1996) attended the fall state C-MENC conference that met simultaneously with the Kentucky Choral Directors fall workshop.  During the month of September, Dr. Suderman began a community chamber choir.  The ensemble consists of former GC music students, area public school music teachers and others.  The group hopes to expand and present a Bach concert in the spring, commemorating the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s death.  In October, Suderman attended and adjudicated at the Kentucky National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) conference.  He also remains active in church music as a conductor and singer.

Stephen Tilford (1999) provided afternoon music programs for the Scott County Women's Club, and the "Tilford Luncheon Concert Series" at Georgetown Baptist Church.  In October, Dr. Tilford played evening concerts for Third Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Mallard Point Baptist Church in Georgetown.  In November, he was the adjudicator for the BAMTA piano festival in Lexington, Kentucky.  In addition to his off-campus performances, Tilford has performed with the Georgetown College Handbell Ensemble on its fall concert, played harpsichord continuo for GC's production of Handel's Messiah, and has provided music for the Opening of College Convocation, college chapel services and local churches in need of music for Sunday morning worship.  New this fall, Dr. Tilford holds weekly studio class for all piano students.  This provides an opportunity for students to gain performance experience, work to improve their technical facility, and hear and watch great performances.

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Staying in Touch

Rozanna (Dalton) Thompson ‘75, harpist, recently directed a benefit concert, consisting of adult and student harp ensembles, on behalf of the Ursuline School of Music and Drama in Louisville.

Sammie Kidd ‘97 successfully auditioned for, and is now employed by, Disney World in Orlando.

Stephanie Olguin-Hargett ‘98 is teaching music at Blessed Sacrament in the Cincinnati area.

Leah Inger ‘99 is teaching middle school music in Knoxville, TN.

Kellie Witten ‘99 is teaching music at a private elementary school in Louisville.

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