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Georgetown College Department of Music
Spring 2003

A Word from the Chair

We are pleased to bring to you the twelfth issue of Nunnelley Notes! This issue contains news of activities primarily from Fall Semester 2002. As always, please see the web edition for full-length articles.

At a departmental level, we all missed Dr. Angela Easterday Holder, who was on sabbatical during the fall. We are glad to have her back this spring, and look forward to the lecture-recital presentation of her sabbatical research project dealing with women composers, which will be Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Hill Chapel.

Prior to that recital will be the Department of Music Faculty Showcase Recital, featuring performances by all full-time music faculty. We hope you may be able to attend this program on Sunday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m., also in Hill Chapel.

The department once again hosted rehearsals of the All-State Choirs (SATB, SSA, TTBB) in January, prior to the start of spring semester. We appreciate the efforts of Mrs. Donna Bonner and Dr. John Campbell, who coordinated this event. The department also hosted the statewide Flute Festival sponsored by the Flute Society of Kentucky during January, featuring internationally-acclaimed artist Alexa Still. So, the stage has been set for a great semester! I hope you can participate by attending some of the performances you see on our calendar.

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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

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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 (1817-62)

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Audition Dates

Music scholarship audition dates for Fall 2003 entry are right around the corner:

Monday, January 21, 2003, 10a-noon
Saturday, January 25, 2003, 9a-1p
Saturday, February 15, 9a-1p
Monday, February 17, 2003, 10a-noon
Saturday, February 22, 2003, 9a-1p

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

The 2002 -2003 academic year is the "Year of the X" for the Band Scholars and our Tiger Bands [and yes, of course we have special "X Year" t-shirts to proudly proclaim this fact], and what a fine semester it has been. We welcomed a great class of Fledglings [i.e. Freshmen] to our Tiger Bands this fall, and these young ladies and gents hail from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee - and of course the Commonwealth. This strong class with our incomparable "Elder Scholars" [i.e. Seniors] and wonderful "Middle Children" [i.e. Sophomores and Juniors] are upholding the traditions of our Tiger Bands in the finest fettle.

We began the year with our now traditional Band Leadership Event and Barbecue at the East Campus. We quickly moved to our GCMSV [a.k.a. Guest Conductor Mini-Series Number Five] when it was our distinct privilege and pleasure to welcome the internationally-acclaimed, Dr. Earle Louder, to work with the Band Scholars and our Tiger Bands. And then in Mid-October we received a special [and most-unexpected] invitation to perform at the Valvoline World Rally at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. This was a most-exciting venue and event.

In addition to performances at numerous home football games, and special performances at the Lady Tiger Habitat for Humanity Classic, and Hap and the Boys at the Jim Reid Classic Tournament - we also enjoyed performing at the three NAIA National Championship Series Football Play-Off Games that Georgetown hosted which included Turkey Bowl V. Grrr... We then had the excitement of our Grrr...Excursion - Savannah IV - 2002, as our Tiger Bands "On the Road" series continued as we supported our Team and our College in the National Championship Football Game in Savannah, Tennessee. S-IV represented the fifteenth Grrr...Excursion for our Tiger Bands [going back to Tulsa I in 1994] , and the eighth "national level" event in which our much-beloved FTGPB has performed for which there was regional or national television coverage. Grrr... It is always a delight to lend our "special" flavor and flair to these events.

In addition to the ongoing work and efforts of the FTGPB, the Hymn Howlers have had a great semester with two recent performances [one at the local Methodist Church, the other at the campus Lessons & Carols Service]: Jason Reinhardt, Director's Assistant for our Tiger Bands, presented a great trombone recital in the fall; and the Tiger Bands have been again featured by several local media outlets.

The highlight of the semester was the 158th Fall Anniversary Concert by the Tiger Symphonic Band that featured works by Hall, Gillingham, Briccialdi, Grainger and Wallace. Emily Hales, senior pre-law major from Silver Spring, Maryland, and flautist extraordinaire, was our featured student soloist on the classic Carnival of Venice and Dr. Angela Easterday Holder shared her great abilities with the Symphonic Band on the Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol. It was an evening of delightful music, and included our annual Fall Food Collection project, whereby canned or processed food is forwarded to the A.M.E.N. House for distribution to the less-fortunate in the Georgetown-Scott County area.

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.  Please visit the "TBW" [aka Tiger Band Web]

"Get Your Grrr...On" Recording Project

The GYGO CD has brought unparalleled excitement to our Tiger Bands, and countless hundreds are now listening to thirty-one Grrr...classics in their offices, in their cars, in their homes - or wherever they may find themselves. Distribution at the Book Store, the East Campus Spirit Shop and On-Line has been great - and we would like to thank everyone who has purchased a copy of GYGO, and encourage those who have not - to please do so. All proceeds directly and materially benefit the Band Scholars and our Tiger Bands. Order information may be found at ...

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

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Update on the Choirs

The Chorale had several major performances this fall, including appearances at First Baptist Church, Cynthiana (Nov. 3), and that evening a full concert at Cecilia Baptist Church; and a performance at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (Nov. 12) as part of a massed choir that also drew from Cumberland College and Campbellsville University.  They also taped a segment for Kentucky Educational Television.  On their Fall Concert (Nov. 19) they performed a mix of musics that ranged from straight-up anthems like Jane Marshall’s “My Eternal King” to a spiritual (“I Can Tell the World,” by Moses Hogan) to international pieces in Japanese and Chicheŵa. 

The Concert Choir’s program on December 5 was heard by a surprisingly large crowd of hardy folks who braved the first significant snow of the season to come.  The featured work was an excerpt from Honegger’s Une Cantate de Noël. Other carols and Christmas pieces were sung, some by the audience as well as the choir.

Three days later, on December 8, the Concert Choir and the Chorale hosted a “Messiah Sing” in which the audience was invited to join in singing choruses from throughout Handel’s Messiah.  Georgetown students performed introductory recitatives and arias.  The chorus exceeded one hundred singers.

In the fall semester the Chamber Singers , eight hand-picked vocalists, gave several performances, including a Presidential Dinner (Oct. 5), a mini-concert for a V.I.P. Day (Nov. 9), and the National Anthem for a Georgetown football game (Nov. 2) and women’s basketball game (Nov. 26).  On October 13 they performed at Georgetown Baptist Church in support of College President Bill Crouch , who preached.  The Chamber Singers sang two sets on the Chorale’s Fall Concert—one of madrigals and the other of church-related pieces. 

What lies ahead?  The Chorale will travel March 2 for morning and evening church appearances, take its Spring Tour March 26-30, and give its Home Concert on April 3.  A tour to Europe originally planned for May 11-22 is being replaced with a stateside tour; details are in the works at this writing.  The Chamber Singers will present a full concert April 10 in addition to appearances at Third Baptist Church, Owensboro, on February 2, and St. Matthews Baptist Church on April 27. The Concert Choir will perform Rutter’s Requiem, also on April 27, with chamber orchestra.  Please come to any and all these events that you can, and see what is happening in the choral program at Georgetown College!

Dr. John W. Campbell

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Handbell Highlights

This past fall the Handbell Ensemble, under the direction of Adjunct Prof. Glenna Metcalfe (GC alum & Staff Accompanist), presented its annual fall concert. The November 14, 2002 concert consisted of Thanksgiving hymn arrangements, Christmas hymns, and two original handbell compositions by prominent handbell composer Arnold Sherman. The group also performed in the Sixth Annual Lessons and Carols service at the end of the semester on December 10.

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Chapel Brass

With a new meeting time this fall, the six-member Chapel Brass experimented with new instrumental colors and combinations in performance. As usual, the group performed on the annual fall concert with the Handbells and with other Music Department ensembles on the December chapel program of Lessons and Carols.

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Good news for the department! Thanks to a generous gift from Franklin and Debra Ensor, the department will be able to initiate a commissioned composers series at Georgetown College. The faculty will plan the details during Spring 2003 in hopes of having the first premiere of a large work for combined Band and Choir at Georgetown in 2004 or 2005. Thank you, Ensors!

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Tony Whitfield Honored

A special concert honoring the music of Tony Whitfield was performed at Immanual Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky on November 3, 2002. Mr. Whitfield has had a distinguished career in the field of choral music. For 42 years Mr. Whitfield served churches in three states:  Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.

Mr. Whitfield taught at Georgetown College for thirteen years during 1982-95. He was chair of the Church Music division, and his teaching responsibilities included private voice, conducting, choral literature, hymnology, as well as serving as conductor of the Georgetown College Chorale, the Women's Choir and the Oratorio Chorus. The Georgetown College Chorale under his direction made three European tours, and two professional recordings.

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GC Music Students

Delta Omicron

The Delta Delta chapter of Delta Omicron started off the semester hosting a reception for the Province President, Ashleigh Russell, who visited the chapter. The ladies also performed the annual Broadway Musicale, singing and playing a variety of favorites. For Christmas, the ladies sang Christmas carols for the Salvation Army at Kroger. All of the ladies participated in the college's annual performance of Messiah, with several seniors singing solos:  Ashlie Wrenne, Courtney Carter, Katie Thompson and Leslie Conver. Dr. Angela Easterday Holder serves as chapter advisor and Dr. Sonny Burnette serves as chapter sponsor.

Click here to view photos from the Delta Omicron Broadway Musicale from November 14, 2002.

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The Collegiate chapter of the Music Educators National Conference (C-MENC) is off to a strong start, with 13 members plus Dr. Campbell as advisor.  Officers are:  Katie Thompson (President), Mary Elizabeth Barrington (Vice President), Tiffany Durr (Secretary) and Ashlie Wrenne (Treasurer).  Chapter activities included attending a concert by Chanticleer, and assembling and distributing Survival Kits just prior to final exams.  Plans for the spring include attending performances of Madame Butterfly and Aïda; sponsoring C-MENC members in the All-Collegiate Choir and/or Band, or who are attending KMEA; and again doing Survival Kits.

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Student Focus

Leslie Conver, daughter of Leigh and Linda Conver, is a senior Church Music Major/Religion Minor from Louisville .  As a senior voice student, Leslie is preparing for her senior recital April 6. Leslie has been study music since she was very young and intends to continue her music studies after graduating from Georgetown by attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall, persuing a Masters in Church Music.  Leslie felt the call to Music Ministry while she was in high school and is currently fulfilling that call as a music intern at First Baptist Church in Frankfort .  This spring is Leslie's second semester as one of FBC's interns. Upon graduation in May it is Leslie's hope that she can find a job as Minister of Music for a church in the Louisville area.

Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) Musical activities this past fall have mainly been involved with the orchestra at Immanuel Baptist Church, which he conducts. In October, the Orchestra traveled  to Bowling Green, where players participated with other groups in the Music Ministry in a KBC-sponsored conference on workshop styles. As he has done for the past nine years, Lewis presented two lectures this past fall for the AP American History/American Literature Block classes at Scott County High School. The first was on New England Psalmody and American Hymnody from the time of Pilgrims to about 1850, and military music in the Revolutionary and Federalist periods. The second lecture was on various aspects of popular music in America during the 19th century and on brass band music during the Civil War.

Sonny Burnette (1990)  performed with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) and the Pendulum Orchestra ( Louisville) a number of times during the summer and fall semester, and he also performed for Thomas & King corporate meetings held at the East Campus Conference Center. Burnette presented two MIDI computer music workshops for the Rogers Scholars program at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. And he entered a trombone choir composition in the regional trombone festival that will be held at Bowling Green State University this spring. Two Burnette flute choir compositions were performed at the Thirtieth Annual National Flute Association Convention held in Washington , D.C.—one by the Nashua Flute Choir (New Hampshire) and the other by the Dana Flute Ensemble (Ohio). During fall semester, other flute choir performances of his works were given by the University of Utah Flute Choir, The Idaho Flute Society, and the Iowa State University Flute Ensemble.

Peter LaRue (1993)  In addition to his ongoing efforts for and towards the Tiger Bands, the 8:00 Scholars, the gents of Lambda Chi Alpha - with a little trombone playing being thrown in on the side, Dr. LaRue has begun his ninth year as the Music Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band which gave two performances in the fall - one at the Red Mile Track for the Lexington "United We Stand" celebration and remembrance [which was simulcast on WKYT television] and the December "H is for...." concert at Transylvania University. LaRue also served as senior music adjudicator at the "Bluegrass Marching Band Invitational" at West Jessamine High School and the "Dragon Classic" at Warren Central High School. In October, the third in his infamous "MAS" [aka Ma Article Series] appeared in the Bluegrass Music News, "Ma, I'm Gonna Go Work at Wendy's."

Angela Easterday Holder (1995) This past fall, Angela Easterday Holder was on sabbatical and studied the works of late-19th-century female composers. She will present a lecture-recital on Thursday, February 27, at 8:00 p.m. discussing and performing the results of her research. She performed as a soprano soloist in Rutter's Magnificat on the Lexington Singer's fall concert, and again as a soloist in Calvary Baptist Church's performance of Rutter's Magnificat. With the Central Kentucky Concert Band, she performed "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" from Handel's Messiah, and with the Georgetown College Symphonic Band she sang the Sussex Mummer's Christmas Carol. She is a member of Lexington Singers, having performed with the group in three concerts last fall. She organized the Sixth Annual Lessons and Carols Service at the college. Angela Easterday Holder continues to serve as the Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Church Music, and is the music liaison to the Religious Life Council.

Stephen Tilford (1999) This past fall Tilford maintained an active performance calendar. He appeared as Guest Artist for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, Lexington, Kentucky, as Guest Recitalist for the Humanities Concert Series, Bainbridge, Georgia, and prepared a recital for First Baptist Church, Paducah, Kentucky. In addition, Tilford performed at the fall meeting of the Scott County Historical Society. Tilford continues serving the community of Georgetown as the accompanist for the Georgetown Choral Society and as Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Upcoming performances include:  Ashland Community College, Ashland, KY, Feb. 10; Lexington Federated Music Club, Feb. 18; Kentucky Christian College, Grayson, KY, Feb. 20; Humanities Concert Series, Bainbridge, GA, June 2003.

John W. Campbell (2001), Director of Choral Activities, has stayed busy with the Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  He was appointed College/University Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Kentucky Choral Directors Association, which means he is the coordinator for the All-Collegiate Choir that performs at KMEA.  He rehearsed the District 7-11 SATB All-State Choir this January, also in preparation for KMEA.  For several months through the summer and into the fall of 2002 he was Interim Worship Pastor at Memorial Baptist Church in Frankfort, and in November attended the Kentucky Baptist Music Conference.  Dr. Campbell has arranged for the singing of the National Anthem at most home football games, and at the men’s and women’s basketball home games.  (If you’d like to sing, contact him!)  He continues to be an active participant at Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown , including occasionally playing the piano when alum Nina Belle Durr has to be away.

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Staying in Touch

Rod Ellis '88 is Worship Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY.

Jonathan Creech '96 is in his seventh year of teaching and in his third year of teaching at Dry Ridge Elementary, where he maintains his area of the school's web page: Jon is currently completing a Master of Music Education degree at the University of Kentucky, and was also elected chairperson for "Grant County ... Celebrating the Arts" this past summer.

Keri Holman-Bush '99 is teaching music at Elkhorn Elementary in Frankfort, Kentucky. She can be reached at

Sara (Cook) Robinson '00, Sue Lou Smith '84 & Sue Ellen Caldwell '71 were involved in the all-state rehearsals held at Georgetown College on January 11.

Alums, send us your news (and photos)!

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