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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 2001

A Word from the Chair

A mere millennium ago this newsletter would probably be the Nunnelley Neumes, and we would be informing you of the latest activities of the Georgetown Jongleurs.  As fate would have it, however, our timeframe is the present millennium, so you must read about our Fall 2000 activities instead, which are perhaps laden with less of those things from the medieval era that tend to make some folks just a bit squeamish.  So enjoy!

The semester got off to a rousing start with the department’s first Faculty Showcase Recital.  Organized by Dr. Angela Easterday, this was an evening featuring the entire music faculty in solo performances.  The program engendered such positive reactions from the campus community that we hope to make it an annual event.

Also during fall semester the music portion of the Fine Arts Council held a special meeting to focus on ways to enhance the music outreach on our campus.  The meeting was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Ensor—Debra Ensor serves as Fine Arts Council chair.  Also in attendance were President Bill and Mrs. Jan Crouch; Dr. Bill Pollard, provost/dean of the college; Mr. Dick Ham ‘58, music ambassador; Mr. Jason Falls, public relations; and members of the music faculty.  The brainstorming session gave birth to many noteworthy ideas, including offering clinics for lay ministers of music, making available web broadcasts of some departmental concerts, and presenting special lecture-recitals in the president’s home.

The preceding are but a few of the many ideas that were discussed. In the meantime, the department is pleased to have hosted All-State Choir rehearsals on our campus during January 2001.

Please visit the GC Music web site for non-abbreviated newsletter articles, and information about our annual spring choir tour, as arrangements continue to be made during the next few weeks. We may be coming to a town near you!

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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Spring Calendar

Please refer to the "Calendar of Events" option on the main menu.

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"There are only twelve notes.  You must treat them carefully."  --Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for 2001-02 are right around the corner:

Monday, January 15, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 3, 9a-1p
Monday, February 19, 10a-noon
Friday, February 23, 2-4p
Saturday, February 24, 1-3p
Friday, March 2, 2-4p
Saturday, March 3, 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 great semester it has been for our Tiger Bands!  How fortunate we are to have had a veritable plethora of performance challenges and obligations! How blessed we are to have extraordinary Band Scholars, exemplars of our "Five-Fold Band Tenets," who consistently work to ensure that the Tiger Bands remain a focal point of excellence, excitement and enthusiasm for our entire College Community. 

The Tiger Symphonic Band started the semester with a special performance of a hymn-song trilogy by David R. Holsinger at the 190th Anniversary Celebration of Georgetown Baptist Church.  We considered it a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of this special event, coordinated by Band Friend, Rev. Ken Holden.  Additionally, this fall, the Tiger Symphonic Band hosted the "GCMS" [aka Guest Conductor Mini-Series], featuring Dr. John R. Bell of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  This is the second in the GCMS--a program begun last spring, where each semester we bring to Georgetown and our Tiger Bands an outstanding conductor to spend a few days with the Band Scholars.  The 156th Anniversary Concert of our Tiger Symphonic Band, was the concert that wasn't, or as we are currently calling it, the "Once and Future Concert," as the influence of "Gretta the Stone" began to influence our general operations.  ("Gretta" is the name Dr. Pete bequeathed to his kidney stone ...)

The "Fighting Tiger Grrr...Pep Band" [aka FTGPB] had a most exciting fall semester, featuring twelve on and off-campus performances with unparalleled television coverage on both local and regional outlets.  Highlights of our fall included participation in the "Festival of the Horse Parade," performances at the Lady Tiger Habitat for Humanity Classic and Jim Reid/Chamber Classic Basketball Tournaments, and several regular-season home football games.  The FTGPB also performed at three Championship Series Play-Off Games at Toyota Stadium [the cold one, the wet one, and the snowy one].  Our Tiger Bands "On the Road Series" continued as we enjoyed a four day/three night Grrr...Excursion to the Jackson/Savannah, TN area.  The highlight of this trip was our performance at the NAIA National Championship Game in Jim Carroll Stadium where our Tigers prevailed against Northwestern Oklahoma State University and were crowned the National Champions.  We salute Coach Cronin and our Tiger Football Squad for their great 14-0 season.  In addition to their performance at the National Championship Game, while in Tennessee, the Band Scholars had the opportunity to visit the Shiloh National Battlefield, The Tennessee River Museum, The Pinson Mounds, The Casey Jones Home and National Railway Museum.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

The GC choirs maintained an active performance schedule during the fall.  One of the highlights of the semester was the Chorale's concert presentation at the Kentucky Baptist Convention, held at First Baptist Church in Bowling Green.  During the weekends immediately preceding and following the convention, the Chorale and Chamber Singers presented music as an act of worship at First Baptist Church of Richmond and Shelbyville, respectively.  The Chorale presented its annual fall concert in November, and in early December the Chorale and Concert Choir combined for a 78-voice presentation of Messiah, with chamber orchestra.  The concert was rebroadcast on WRVG on Christmas Day.  Student soloists in Messiah were:  sopranos Courtney Carter, Lela Cocanougher, Robyn Delaney, Bridget Hammons, Emily Heckman, Julie Sexton, Katie Thompson; alto Natalie Whitlock; tenors Tim Finley, Brian Mattingly, Brock Terry; basses Clint Miller and Michael Pratt.

Preparations continue to be made regarding the Chorale's spring tour, scheduled for March 20-25.  Plans are for the group to perform in West Virginia, the Washington, D.C. area, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Please see the GC Department of Music web page for more precise information in the weeks to come.  It would be delightful to see our alumni at these concerts, and we invite you to bring high school students whom you believe would appreciate the opportunity to experience what Georgetown College has to offer.  

If you would be interested in having one of our choral ensembles perform at your church, school or place of business, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We look forward to seeing you at our concerts!

Prof. Sue Ellen Ballard

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Handbell Highlights

The GC Handbell Ensemble presented its annual fall concert with the Chapel Brass, performing hymn arrangements as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas music.  Two special highlights were "Do You Hear What I Hear" with Dr. Sonny Burnette assisting on flute, and "Joy to the World" with Professor Sue Ellen Ballard assisting on organ.  Additionally, the group participated in the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at the college.  The Handbell Ensemble was pleased to present a concert at Gano Avenue Baptist Church in Georgetown in November.  This fall we welcomed a new member to our happy bell family--low F#!!!  With this new addition, we are more than half way to our fifth octave of bells!  The ensemble is directed by Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass made three appearances this fall, playing for Georgetown Baptist Church's 190th anniversary service in September, performing with the Handbells on the annual Fall Concert in November, and playing for the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols during the Advent Season.  The Chapel Brass is under the direction of Dr. H.M. Lewis.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

This has been an exciting fall for the Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Omicron!  In November, the ladies presented "A Night on the Town," which was a program of Broadway favorites!  Additionally, they participated with the Salvation Army at the Georgetown Kroger singing Christmas Carols.  Several of the Delta Omicron ladies were also soloists in the fall production of MessiahLela Cocanougher, Emily Heckman, Robyn Delaney, Courtney Carter and Katie Thompson.  In the spring, the group is planning another musical program, and will provide leadership in one of the campus worship services.  Dr. Angela Easterday serves as Chapter Advisor.

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The members of the GC chapter of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference had a very productive semester.  Professor Sue Ellen Ballard, chapter advisor, based on her ten years of secondary education instruction experience, was asked to make a presentation at the state MENC Fall Conference.  The workshop was titled, "I Have a Job, Now What?"  The chapter's annual fund-raiser, selling survival kits, was again a major success.  For the fall excursion, MENC students and available faculty members traveled to Louisville to see a touring production of a Broadway musical, preceded by a memorable dinner at a nice restaurant.  

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) was on sabbatical during fall semester--his first in thirty years of college and university teaching.  Although he continued to work with the Chapel Brass and with a French horn minor, most of Dr. Lewis' leave time was spent working on a lecture-recital that will be given at the 2001 International Trumpet Guild Conference, which will be held at the University of Evansville.  This will be the third time Lewis has been asked to do a similar presentation.  To his knowledge, he is the only liberal arts college professor to be invited to make such a presentation.  The lecture-recital will also be presented at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.  Lewis has continued to play with the Lexington Brass Band, and was featured in a duet (with principal cornetist Bill Jones) on the band's Christmas concert in December.  And, he, of course, continues to work with the orchestra at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington.

Sonny Burnette (1990) began his second two-year term as secretary/treasurer of the Kentucky Association of College Music Departments (KACMD) this past fall, and also serves as chair of the Graduate Education committee for GC's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Self-Study.  During the fall he performed on saxophone with the Men of Note big band in Lexington, and several times with the Pendulum Orchestra in Louisville.  During the semester he assisted on flute at various GC programs and at local church performances.  Burnette compositions were performed at the National Flute Association Convention  by the Colorado Flute Orchestra, Eastern Michigan University Flute Choir and the Slippery Rock (PA) University Flute Choir.  The Willow Flute Ensemble (Boston) recorded his Jazzscapes on the group's latest CD.  Burnette also published Cruisin' with the Top Down, a jazz trio for harp, flute and viola.  

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 fall [notwithstanding his up-close and personal experience with "Gretta the Stone"].  ("Gretta" is the name Dr. Pete bequeathed to his kidney stone ...)  LaRue served as an adjudicator at the Green River Marching Band Festival, and as a clinician at the Kentucky Collegiate MENC Fall-Conference at Campbellsville University.  He was appointed Co-Coordinator of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band which will perform at the MENC In-Service Conference in Louisville in February, and was a guest of Nick Lawrence on "Curtains at 8" on WUKY, 91.3 FM.  This fall, LaRue began his seventh season as Musical Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band which performed a special "Celebrations" concert on December 10th at Transylvania University, featuring the artistry of Dr. Angela Easterday of our GC Music Department.  LaRue was featured in the Fall 2000, Volume 27, issue of Insights in the "Focus on the Arts" section, and was selected by the Association of Georgetown Students as one of four recipients of their annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Awards.  In addition to these activities, LaRue continues to play his beloved trombone and enjoy all things bovine.

Angela Easterday (1995) continues to serve as coordinator of vocal studies and church music at the college.  This summer, Dr. Easterday toured with the Lexington Singers to Europe, performing in Salzburg, Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria, and in Paris, France.  During the tour, Easterday was the soprano soloist for Mozart's Missa Solemnis.  At the beginning of the semester, she organized and performed on the Faculty Showcase Recital.  This fall, she presented a faculty recital as part of the "Basically Bach" Concert Series at Faith Baptist Church, with Daniel Tilford assisting on piano and Sonny Burnette assisting on flute.  The concert included music by J.S. Bach, Reynaldo Hahn, Giacomo Puccini, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Gounod.  Additionally, Easterday performed with the Central Kentucky Concert Band on its "Celebration" concert, singing the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria.  She remains an active member of Lexington Singers, performing both in the fall concert and the annual Messiah presentation.  This fall, Easterday also served as Interim Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Frankfort, and was the guest handbell clinician for the Frankfort Fall Sing and Ring Festival.  

Stephen Tilford (1999) In August 2000, Dr. Stephen Tilford was awarded third prize in the piano solo division in the Concorso Internazionale di Musica da Camera "Palma d'Oro"-- Cittá di Finale Ligure in Finale Ligure, Italy.  During September he played for the Women's Association of Scott County.  In October, Tilford gave a faculty lecture-recital about the competition in Italy.  He also judged a piano festival for the Bluegrass Area Music Teachers Association, and performed at the opening ceremony for the Georgetown College Capital Fund Campaign.  Tilford also traveled to Evanston, Illinois for a coaching session with his former teacher, Dr. David Kaiserman, at Northwestern University.  In November, Dr. Tilford performed for the Lexington chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and was inducted into the organization as a "Friend of the Arts."  He also gave a lecture recital on J. S. Bach's Partita No. 6 as part of the "Basically Bach" Recital Series at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown.  Tilford played harpsichord in the Georgetown College performance of Handel's Messiah, and accompanied the Georgetown Choral Society on the organization's December Concert.

Sue Ellen Ballard (2000) spent her first semester at GC beginning the process of building a trust relationship with students and ensembles, while striving for excellence in performance.  During the fall, Prof. Ballard had opportunity to use her diverse musical skills as a piano accompanist on the Faculty Showcase Recital, and as organist on the Handbell concert.  In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Choral Activities, Ballard serves as faculty advisor of the GC chapter of Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (C-MENC), and presented a workshop at the state MENC Fall Conference titled, "I Have a Job, Now What?"  During the semester she also visited with area high school choral directors, met and auditioned students at events such as GC's VIP Day and Governor's School of the Arts Scholarship Day, and twice served as guest clinician at First Assembly of God in Frankfort as the choir prepared for its Christmas production.  

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Staying in Touch

Mari (Saito) Yoshida '92 and family send greetings from Japan, where Mari has recently been involved in preparing for a Christmas music performance (solo voice and choral) at the church where her husband, Shinji, is pastor.  She may be reached at

(Judith) Kennedy (Hall) Zinner '92 operates a small business consulting firm from her home in Louisville, and teaches approximately 20 piano students.  Her daughter, Madison Kennedy, is 20 months of age.  Kennedy has been married to husband Dan for eight years.  She may be reached at or (502) 244-1325.

Becky (Clark) Gilpatrick '94 gave birth to her second son, Sean Thomas, on June 2.  Michael, age 4, is already showing musical talent.  Becky, husband Jamie and family live in Shelbyville, where Becky works as a customer service coordinator and trainer for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.  She may be reached at: 

Tera (Jones) Ragland '95 married her husband, Scott, on May 29, 1999.  She is the assistant band director at McLean County High School.  She may be reached at 4319 Highway 81 North, Owensboro, Kentucky  42301, or at

Matt Gabbard '96 is enrolled in the master's choral conducting program at the University of Louisville.  He may be reached at

Keith '96 and Amy (Elbon) Griesser '94 are new parents.  Amy Marie was born December 21, 1999.  The Griessers can be reached at 106 Timberwood Trace, Georgetown, KY  40324.

Sara Cook '00 completed student teaching in December 2000, and is now employed full-time directing 7th and 8th grade choirs and teaching general music at Woodford County Middle School.

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