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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 2002

A Word from the Chair

It pleases us to bring you yet another edition of Nunnelley Notes.  With more happening each year, it becomes increasingly difficult to include detailed information in this format, so please see the web edition for full-length articles.  This issue contains news of activities primarily from Fall Semester 2001.

Music Education fans will be delighted to know that our B.M.E. degree will be changing beginning Fall 2002.  The Kentucky Department of Education has mandated that institutions once again offer the options of individual tracks for instrumental and vocal music education.  While the integrated, or combined, option will continue to exist, returning to separate tracks enabled us to reduce the number of degree hours and make other course modifications that we believe will strengthen our curricula for all music degrees.

Spring Semester 2002 is an important time for the campus.  In our second year of a detailed Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Self-Study, we will have the pleasure of hosting the SACS visiting team as the college concludes the application process for reaccreditation.  So, busy days are ahead.

FYI, our Department of Music Faculty Showcase Recital is scheduled for Sunday, February 3, at 3:00 p.m. in Hill Chapel.  Yes, yes, we realize this is Super Bowl Sunday, but options were scarce--and you'll be out in plenty of time to see the game!  The program will feature a second performance of the 2001 KMTA Commissioned Work, which was premiered by three GC faculty members during the fall, plus many more exciting pieces that you will not want to miss.

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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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for Fall 2002 entry are right around the corner:

*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, noon-4p

*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 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 wonderful semester it has been, as we began what we call the "triple trinity" year of our Tiger Bands.  We are blessed with unusually strong leadership by our Elder Band Scholars, and a simply not-to-be-believed class of freshmen, which we most affectionately call the "PFCs" (Platinum Fledgling Class).

Our Tiger Bands had an unusually active performance season, including a veritable plethora of performance offerings for assorted on- and off-campus events.  The Hymn Howlers and our new Tiger Band Red, White & Blue Brass Octet supported several area church and community events following the tragedy of September 11, and the much-beloved FTGPB (a.k.a. Fighting Tiger Grrr ... Pep Band) had over fifteen performances during the fall, including our support of the Scott County "Friends of the Library" (Colt & Filly Review), Georgetown/Scott County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (Lady Tiger Basketball Tournament), and the area Chamber of Commerce (Jim Reid Memorial Classic Tournament).  Most significantly for our FTGPB, we supported Coach Cronin and the Tigers through three Championship Series "Play-Off" games on campus at Toyota Stadium, and again traveled to Savannah, Tennessee for the National Championship football game as our Tigers took on the Cougars from the University of Sioux Falls.

Several new features and/or special events of the fall semester for our Tiger Bands include the completion of our new TBW (a.k.a. Tiger Band Web), which is proving to be unusually popular with alumni, essential for our Band Scholars of today, and a most important recruiting tool for the Fledgling Band Scholars of tomorrow.  Please visit the TBW at: where you may find a panoply of information about our Tiger Bands.  Additionally, we again began the semester by having our annual Tiger Band Leadership Event and Barbecue held at the East Campus Alpine Challenge Course.  And we proudly hosted Dr. William D. Bryant of Asheville, North Carolina as the clinician for our Tiger Bands Guest Conductor Mini-Series IV.

The Tiger Symphonic Band had a smashing Fall Anniversary Concert as we celebrated 157 years of Bands at Georgetown College, making our Tiger Bands the oldest college or university band program in the Commonwealth.  The concert featured works by Stanhope, Gillingham, Jager, Giroux and Custer.  Band Scholar and Director's Assistant Jason Reinhardt arranged a setting of William Byrd's Sing Joyfully Unto God for our RenaissanceFest Brass Sextet, and he and Senior Band Scholar, Andrew Dodson, served as Student Conductors on movements from the Third Suite by Robert Jager.  The musical highlight of the concert was a presentation of Culloden, preceded by a dramatic narrative of the battle of Bloody Culloden by Dr. Gwen Curry.  This monumental new work by Julie Giroux was a crowd favorite and an experience which shall not soon be forgotten by our Band Scholars and those in attendance.  

The Band Scholars and all involved with our Tiger Bands strive to be true to the historic spirit, mission and intent of Georgetown College and our "Five-Fold Band Tenets" of:

Academic Excellence
Musical Achievement
Spiritual Values
Leadership Skills
Commitment to Georgetown College

We would like to thank our many, many Band Friends for your ongoing support of Bands at Georgetown College.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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The Choral Corner

Fall semester 2001 saw the arrival of our new Director of Choral Activities, Dr. John W. Campbell.  He has seemed to fit in quite well with faculty and students, and has been warmly welcomed all around.  Dr. Campbell came to Georgetown from Gardner-Webb University, where he taught in the School of Divinity as well as directed the auditioned undergraduate choir. 

The Georgetown College Chorale performed for several events on and off campus in the fall semester, including appearances at Family Weekend (Sept. 22), V.I.P. Day (Oct. 13), and a Presidential Dinner (Oct. 25).  On its Fall Concert (Nov. 13, titled “Songs of Love…Songs of Home…”) the ensemble performed madrigals (“Songs of Love”) in English, French and Italian; and an assortment of pieces ranging from Bartók’s “Evening in Transylvania” and Erb’s setting of “Shenandoah,” to Dawson’s “Soon-Ah Will Be Done” and a jazz arrangement of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (“Songs of Home”).  Two and a half weeks later—including Thanksgiving Break—the Chorale joined the Concert Choir in the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

While the Concert Choir’s primary focus was preparation of Part I of Messiah plus the “Hallelujah Chorus,” the program on December 2 also included a set of eight unaccompanied Christmas anthems.  Some—like “Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” as arranged by Georgetown’s own Wayne Johnson—were settings of traditional carols.  Others, such as Britten’s “A Boy Was Born” and Willan’s “The Three Kings,” were anthems about Christmas.  These unaccompanied pieces provided a nice complement to the Baroque music that followed.  Messiah was performed by the combined Concert Choir and Chorale for a total of sixty-two voices, with an orchestra of strings, trumpets, tympani, and harpsichord (for the solos) or organ (for the choruses).  Students prepared and performed the arias and recitatives, and provided the organ continuo for the choruses as well as rehearsal accompaniment in the weeks leading up to the performance.  The Concert Choir also made a guest appearance with the Georgetown Choral Society on December 8, singing two selections on their own, and joining the other chorus for three pieces.

The Chamber Singers consisted of six hand-picked vocalists in the fall semester, and gave several short performances.  Twice they sang the National Anthem for Georgetown football games, and they performed for Paris Elementary School as part of a Veterans’ Day program.  On December 2 (yes, the morning before the Messiah concert!) they sang in two Sunday services at Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown, in support of College President Bill Crouch, who preached.

Each of the choral ensembles performed in the campus-wide Lessons and Carols Service on December 11.

What lies ahead?  The Chorale will perform March 3 at Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington, and First Baptist Church, London, and then tour Ohio March 20-24, returning to give its Homecoming Concert on March 26.  The Chamber Singers, in addition to appearances in churches with President Crouch, will give their own concert April 18.  The Concert Choir will perform Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang (Hymn of Praise) on April 28.  Please come to any and all that you can, and see what is happening in the choral program at Georgetown College!

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Handbell Highlights

This year the Handbells acquired a new low bell, thus increasing the range to nearly five octaves of bells!  This bell was featured in the annual Fall Concert presented by the Handbells and Chapel Brass, a chapel service, and during the Fifth Annual Lessons and Carols Service.  This past fall also marked the creation of the "Handbell Quartet," which featured Abby Crenshaw, Becca Johnson, Victoria Seyler and Sarah Ramsey--four of our advanced ringers.  The fall concert not only featured Christmas selections, but also some hymn arrangements and original compositions for bells.  These handbell groups are under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

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Chapel Brass

This fall, the Chapel Brass welcomed six new freshmen to the organization, which, along with one of our new faculty members, Dr. Jeff Fieberg (chemistry), brought the total membership of the group to nine.  Our annual Fall Concert with the Handbells featured two double-choir motets from the late Renaissance, for which the Chapel Brass split into two groups, playing from the balconies across the chapel from each other.  Not only has a fine freshman class of musicians made it possible for the group to perform more challenging music, but the addition of Dr. Fieberg, who is an outstanding hornist, has given the students an excellent model for skilled amateur music making.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

During the fall, our Delta Delta chapter of Delta Omicron was visited by our national officers.  The chapter received excellent ratings and was praised for its high percentage of attendance at meetings, service projects, and musicales (where the chapter always has 100% attendance).  The chapter was also given credit for turning in monthly reports with precision and on time.  During the fall, the chapter presented a Broadway Musicale featuring favorite Broadway selections, and sang Christmas carols at the Georgetown Kroger for the Salvation Army.  Additionally, several ladies were featured soloists at the annual Messiah concert:  Robyn Delaney, Ashlie Wrenne, Leslie Conver, Courtney Carter and Katie Thompson.  Two of our ladies were featured soloists in the "Great Hollywood Musical Awards Show":  Jennifer Adkisson and Jill Fackler.  The chapter advisor of Delta Omicron is Dr. Angela Easterday, and the chapter sponsor is Dr. Sonny Burnette. 

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The collegiate chapter of the Music Educators National Conference (C-MENC) is off to a strong start with 17 members, plus Dr. Campbell as advisor.  Officers are:  Jennifer Adkisson (President), Robyn Delaney (Vice President), Katie Thompson (Secretary) and Jill Fackler (Treasurer).  Chapter activities included attending a performance of the Broadway tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and assembling and distributing Survival Kits just prior to final exams.

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Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) Dr. Lewis' musical activities this past fall were mainly involved with the Lexington Brass Band, where he continued to fill the position of Assistant Principal Cornet, and Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra.  The Lexington Brass Band presented two concerts this fall.  In December, Lewis assisted with the annual Georgetown College performance of Handel’s Messiah, playing trumpet along with one of his current students, Gavin Sewell.  Professionally, much of the semester was spent working toward guest artist appearances which will take place in the spring.

Sonny Burnette (1990) performed twice with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) during the fall.  He also made two Kentucky Humanities Council presentations--one in Jamestown on MIDI computer music, and the other in Lawrenceburg on the history of the saxophone.  In October, his composition The Yellow Saxophone and Other Colors was premiered at the KMTA convention, held at Eastern Kentucky University.  Burnette also performed twice with the Pendulum Orchestra--at Louisville and Ashland locations.  And he performed (woodwinds) on Christmas programs at Faith Baptist Church, and for the Scott County High School Christmas concert presented at Singletary Center on the campus of University of Kentucky.  Burnette composition performances during the fall include concerts by the following ensembles:  Colorado University at Denver Flute Ensemble, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Flute Choir, and the Woodbridge (Virginia) Flute Choir.  And his Stone Suite was recorded on CD by the West Michigan Flute Association.

Peter LaRue (1993) In addition to his ongoing work and efforts for and toward the Tiger Bands, Dr. LaRue remains largely "on the go."  The new text by MENC for which he was selected as a contributing author last spring, Spotlight on Teaching Band, came out in the late summer, and his infamous "Ma" article was again reprinted this fall in the NFIMA Journal as published by the National Association of State High School Associations.  Additionally, in October he returned to the Greater St. Louis Marching Band Festival to serve on the adjudication panel for this prestigious event held in the TransWorld Dome.  In November, he served as the Site-Coordinator for "ArtShop," as sponsored by the Governor's School for the Arts, and in December, in his eighth year as Musical Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, Dr. LaRue presented a concert at Transylvania University featuring soloists Vince DiMartino and Angela Easterday.  He continues to serve as Faculty Advisor for the gentlemen of Lambda Chi Alpha, plays his beloved trombone as time permits, and still adores all things bovine.

Angela Easterday (1995) During the fall, Dr. Easterday was promoted to Associate Professor of Music and granted tenure.  She continues to serve as Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Church Music.  Activities during the fall included a number of solo performances in area churches, at weddings, and at a variety of campus events.  Additionally, she filled in for Ministers of Music at various churches.  During fall semester, Dr. Easterday, along with Professor George McGee of the Communication Arts Department, directed The Great Hollywood Musical Awards Show during the last weekend in September adn the first weekend in October.  The show included a chronological representation of famous musical numbers featuring solos, duets, ensembles, and entire cast numbers.  Additionally, she was the soprano soloist for the world premiere of Dr. Sonny Burnette's song cycle The Yellow Saxophone and Other Colors at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association convention held at Eastern Kentucky University.  She also performed for the Georgetown Women's Association November meeting, and was the guest soloist with the Central Kentucky Concert Band on its "Red and Green" concert in December, performing "Caro Nome" from Rigoletto, and the "Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol."  She also was the coordinator of the Fifth Annual Lessons and Carols Service at the college.  Dr. Easterday remains an active member of Lexington Singers, having performed on the ensemble's fall concert, the annual performance of Messiah, and the Kentucky Christmas Chorus.

Stephen Tilford (1999) This past fall, Stephen Tilford performed with Angela Easterday and Sonny Burnette at the State KMTA convention in Richmond, Kentucky.  It was the premiere of  The Yellow Saxophone and Other Colors by Dr. Sonny Burnette.   In addition, Tilford performed Liszt’s Sonata in B minor for Faculty Forum at Georgetown College.  Also at the college, Tilford played Harpsichord continuo for the college’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.  In the community, Tilford serves as the accompanist for the Georgetown Choral society and has recently been named Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

John W. Campbell (2001) joined the music faculty this past fall as Director of Choral Activities.  Most of his time and energy have been devoted to the Chorale, Concert Choir and a revamped Chamber Singers (chronicled elsewhere in this newsletter), as well as other course work.  He supported the campus in other ways by singing the National Anthem at a home football game, and serving as a judge for SongFest.  In addition, he was invited to Scott County High School to rehearse All-State audition music in October; and he performed as vocal soloist, supply choir director and timpanist at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown.

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Staying in Touch

Lela (Cocanougher) McFarland '01 was married to Joshua McFarland at Central Baptist Church in Maysville on January 19, 2002.

Sara (Cook) Robinson '00 was married to Dr. Philip Robinson at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown on December 15, 2001. Sara teaches music at Northern Middle School in Pulaski Co.

Laura (Dunning) Fagin '98 was married to Aaron Fagin at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Princeton, KY on September 1, 2001.

Matt Gabbard '96 will enter his final semester at Univ. of Louisville this spring, when he will present his graduate recital in choral conducting.

Christi (Elkins) Gabbard '95 teaches at Northeast Dubois High School (IN), and has been teaching two college classes at Vincennes University, Jasper Campus.

Virginia Lile Boaz '91 recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at East Texas Baptist University where she is Vocal Coordinator, Director of Opera Workshop, and teaches music history and diction.

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