Georgetown College Department
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
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
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 , 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
"When I hear music, I fear no danger, I am
invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to
Henry David Thoreau (1817-62)
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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!
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
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
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
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
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:
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]
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 ... http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/larue/bands/GYGO%20-%20Main.htm
Dr. Peter J. LaRue
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Update on the Choirs
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.
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.
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 GeorgetownBaptistChurch 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
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 ThirdBaptistChurch,
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 GeorgetownCollege!
John W. Campbell
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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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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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NEW SERIES AT GC
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
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
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GC Music Students
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.
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
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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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 FirstBaptistChurch 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.
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 EastCampusConferenceCenter. 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 GreenStateUniversity 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 theUniversity of Utah
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 WestJessamineHigh
the "Dragon Classic" at WarrenCentralHigh
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
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
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
, 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: www.dryridgeelementary.net/creech/creech.htm.
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 Bushkeri@aol.com.
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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