A Word from the Chair

Welcome to the eleventh issue of Nunnelley Notes! This issue contains news of activities primarily from Spring Semester 2002. I would like to publicly thank Mrs. Betty Barkley, our music secretary, who has taken over the responsibility of newsletter desktop publishing.

Regular readers will notice something new in this issue–two more pages! With this change, we will be able to bring you more information in written format, including our new Student Feature. As always, the web edition will contain full-length articles.

In January, the department was pleased to once again host rehearsals of the All-State Choirs (SATB, SSA, TTB). Our thanks to Mrs. Donna Bonner who so ably coordinates this event. We look forward to hosting the rehearsals again on January 11, 2003.

For the first time, GC will be host to the Flute Society of Kentucky “Flute Festival” during January 17-18, 2003. Please visit the web site for more information: www.FSKentucky.org.

Once again, Fall 2002 will see a bumper crop of students participating in our music program. The college is providing music scholarships to over 26 new music majors, minors and electives. We look forward to a great year!

Dr. Sonny Burnette

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“Music is to the mind as air is to the body.”   Plato

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.

… 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
Sonny_Burnette@georgetowncollege.edu

http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/
http://www.georgetowncollege.edu
Admissions: 1-800-788-9985

GC Ensembles

“Blow It & Bang It” Notes from our Tiger Bands

What an amazing year our 2001-2002 performance season was. We were blessed with an extraordinary group of Band Scholars, who, in over sixty [yes, I said sixty] performances throughout the academic year, were continuing exemplars of excellence, and a singular point of pride for our Music Department and Georgetown College.

A special highlight of the spring semester was that six of the Band Scholars were chosen to participate in the prestigious Kentucky Intercollegiate Band that rehearsed and performed at the 2002 KMEA In-Service Conference in Louisville. Representing our Tiger Bands were: Andrew Dodson, percussion; Lucy Greenwell, clarinet; Emily Hales, flute, Katie McKown, clarinet; Jason Reinhardt, trombone; and Kim Vogler, bass clarinet. The 2002 KIB was under the baton of the legendary James Croft of the Florida State University.

Our Tiger Bands “On the Road” series continued in March as the “travel roster” members of the “FTGPB” [aka Fighting Tiger Grrr ... Pep Band] embarked upon Grrr … Excursion KCI-2002 which took us to Kansas City. In addition to several memorable performances at the Municipal Auditorium as we supported our Team and our College at the NAIA National Basketball Tournament, we had the opportunity to visit the Truman Presidential Library, the home of Thomas Hart Benton, the American Jazz Museum, the Kansas City Planetarium, the Negro League Museum and Fort Leavenworth to name but a few sites of interest. What a trip it was, and we are grateful to the many, many “Friends” of our Tiger Bands who made this second Grrr…Excursion of the year possible.

April brought us the “Get Your Grrr … On” CD recording project [please read the special insert regarding the FTGPB recording] and our annual Spring Concert. The Spring Concert featured works by Sousa, Holst, Schumann, Leyden, Wiley and Whitacre. Special highlights of the concert included: Jason Reinhardt, student conductor on Moorside March; Andrew Dodson, featured soloist on Serenade for a Picket Fence; the induction of Coach Bill and Ellen Cronin and Kim and Sheila Summers as Honorary Members in our Tiger Band Hall of Fame; and Andrew Dodson named as Outstanding Tiger Band Member of the Year.

And friends, if you think the Triple-Trinity year has been a good one for our Tiger Bands, wait until our 2002-2003 performance season “The Year of the X.”

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]

http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/larue/bands

“Get Your Grrr…On” Recording Project

During early April the members of the Fighting Tiger Grrr … Pep Band were involved in three recording sessions to produce their new CD – “Get Your Grrr … On.” This recording, which is a compilation of the greatest hits of the FTGPB, is one of the most exciting projects in which the Band Scholars have recently been involved. The recording was engineered and mastered by David Henderson of Lexington, Kentucky and manufactured by Disc Makers of Pennsauken, New Jersey. The “Get Your Grrr … On” recording will be available at the campus Book Store, the Spirit Shop at the East Campus Athletic Complex, through the Alumni Office, and orders will also be taken on the “TBW” [aka Tiger Band Web]. Major funding for the recording project was provided by the “Friends” of our Tiger Bands, with additional support from the GC Music Department. Be the first on your block to own one of these classic recordings [and they will make great stocking-stuffers].

Tiger Band Member Receives Prestigious Sears Scholarship

Andrew Keith Sturtevant, senior member of our Tiger Bands, received the prestigious Sears Directors’ Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award. Andrew is the son of Joel and Carolyn Sturtevant of of Frankfort, KY and is a four-year member of our trumpet section, participating in both the “FTGPB” [aka Fighting Tiger Grrr ... Pep Band] and the Tiger Symphonic Band. Additionally, Andrew studied at Regent’s Park College of Oxford University during the spring of 2001 and is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) awards postgraduate scholarships to colleges and universities with teams having won national championships, as Georgetown College has the past two years in football. The scholarships are awarded to senior students who have maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA and have demonstrated leadership qualities on the institutional and community level. Scholarship winners need to have been part of any group that actively support athletics at its institution (i.e. band members, cheerleaders, athletic training staff, administrative staff or managers). As such we are indebted to Coach Bill Cronin and the Tiger Football Squad for winning back-to-back national championships and Dr. Ben Oldham, Director of Athletics at Georgetown College, for making the nomination of a Tiger Band Member possible.

Andrew graduated in May from Georgetown College with a 4.00 GPA as a history and philosophy double-major. He has been accepted and will pursue his graduate degree in history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Dr. Peter J. LaRue

Georgetown College Choral Ensembles Singing Well

The Chorale experienced a full semester of singing. Beginning in January with a completely new repertoire (except, of course, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You”) and several new singers, it sang for the Founders Day Convocation in the second week of classes, and again March 26 in chapel. March 3 the ensemble participated in two Sunday morning services at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, and then gave a full concert that night at First Baptist Church of London, KY. The Home Concert was April 2, followed a week later by the Spring Tour, April 10-14, to Shelbyville, Crestwood, Louisville and Burlington, KY, and Dayton, OH. The tour included performances at five churches and two high schools. The repertoire ranged from a two-choir motet by Schütz, to hymn arrangements, to a black gospel piece. One of the many highlights of tour happened when the Concert Choir from Oldham County High School joined the Chorale—over 100 voices altogether—in singing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” at the close of the Chorale’s concert for them.

Six members of Chorale sang in the All-Collegiate Choir at the Kentucky Music Educators Association on February 8, where they performed Haydn’s Creation with the University of Louisville Orchestra. Georgetown College students who participated were Julie Sexton, Leslie Cashion, Tim Finley, Brian Mattingly, Brock Terry (who was also tenor soloist for the performance) and Clint Miller.

The Concert Choir gave a strong performance of the choral section of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang or Hymn of Praise) with orchestra on April 28. Students sang the arias, and students and faculty provided the wind instruments and percussion for the orchestra. Dr. Campbell directed. The intense forty-five minute program was well received.

For perhaps the first time, the Chamber Singers presented a full concert of their own on April 18. The seven-voice ensemble sang some of the most difficult choral music presented this year, including Psalm 98 by Hugo Distler, a bit of Schubert and Schumann, a whimsical set of Lullabies and Night Songs by Alec Wilder, and a light jazz setting of “The Irish Blessing” arranged by music student Brock Terry. The Chamber Singers represented the College at a Cincinnati church on February 17, as part of community Passion Week services hosted by Georgetown Baptist Church, at VIP Scholars Day, in chapel, and at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce banquet.

On a personal note, Director of Choral Activities Dr. John W. Campbell wishes to voice his appreciation for the kindness and responsiveness students and faculty have shown him in his first year at GC. The choral ensembles have experienced significant musical growth, and laid a solid foundation for years to come of choral music-making at Georgetown College.

Dr. John W. Campbell

Handbell Highlights

This year the Handbells acquired a new low bell, increasing the range to nearly five octaves of bells! This bell was featured in the annual fall Handbell/Chapel Brass concert, a chapel service, and the Fifth Annual Lessons and Carols Service. This 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. The handbell groups are under the direction of Dr. Angela Easterday.

Chapel Brass

The Chapel Brass was busy, as always, this spring.  In addition to its usual Spring Concert with the Handbells, the Chapel Brass Played for a morning worship service at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort in April, and in an appearance which has become a tradition in its 13 years of existence, provided music for the Georgetown College Graduation Ceremony in May.  The Chapel Brass is directed by Dr. H.M. Lewis

Delta Omicron

This fall, our Delta Delta chapter of Delta Omicron was visited by our national officers. We received excellent ratings from them and were praised for our high percentage of attendance at meetings, service projects, and musicales (we always have 100%). The chapter was also given credit for turning in monthly reports with precision and on time. This 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.

NATS

Two of our students, senior Brock Terry and freshman Holly Shepherd participated in the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tennessee. They were accompanied by our staff accompanist Glenna Metcalfe. They did an excellent job representing our music department and college.

Student Focus

Michael Potapov, a sophomore at Georgetown College and the son of Matthew and Elena Fray, is originally from Russia.  He began his music studies at the age of four with his mother, who is an opera singer and music instructor.  When he was seven years old, he continued his music education at Glinka Choir College in St. Petersburg, Russia.  After three years he left the college and attended regular music school, where he studied piano with Natalya Limonchenko for four years.  He then enrolled at the Music School of the Music College of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg and began studying with Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya.

Michael came to the United States in June 1999, when Dr. Poddubnaya joined the staff of St. John’s International School of the Arts in Maryville, Tennessee.  In October 2000, Michael began studying with University of Tennessee at Knoxville music professor Dr. Patricia Carter-Zagorski.  Michael is currently a student of Dr. Stephen Tilford at Georgetown College.

Michael received a diploma at the 1997 Maria Yudina International Piano Competition, and was the winner of the 1999 Rimsky-Korsakov Music College Piano Concerto Competition, both held in St. Petersburg.  In 1999, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Ducrest International Young Artists Competition in Louisiana.  He was the winner of the Greensboro Music Academy’s 11th Annual Piano Competition in North Carolina in February 2000, and the winner of the Tennessee Youth Piano Competition, held in March 2000.  Also in March, Michael won the Blount County Keyboard Teachers Association Competition.  He received awards from WUOT Young Classical Musician Contests and Tennessee Music Teachers Association State Auditions in Nashville.  Most recently, Michael won the Key Quest Piano Competition in Montevallo, Alabama.  During the summer, he has attended the Aspen (Colorado) Music Festival and School.  He has also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra.  More recently, Michael was awarded first place in the Lexington Bach Competition, bringing his total first-place wins to fourteen!  In addition, Michael performed at the SACS Banquet in April at Georgetown College and earned the college a commendation from the committee.  We are very proud of all our students’ accomplishments, and wish Michael continued success.

Faculty Focus

H.M. Lewis (1989) musical activities this Spring have mainly involved the Lexington Brass Band, where he holds the position of Assistant Principal Cornet, and at Immanuel Baptist Church, where he leads the orchestra. The Lexington Brass Band presented five concerts during the 2001-2002 season, including an appearance as one of the “guest artist” bands a the national contest of the North American Brass Band Association in Cincinnati, Ohio in April.  This past January 27 and 30 Dr. Lewis presented a guest artist recital and master class at Appalachian State University, in Boone, North Carolina working with trumpet students on aspects of technique and performance practice.

Sonny Burnette (1990) performed with the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) and the Pendulum Orchestra (Louisville) during spring semester. His 2001 KMTA commissioned composition, The Yellow Saxophone and Others Colors, was performed on the February Faculty Showcase Recital, and at Transylvania University in late spring. At the GC East Campus Conference Center, Burnette performed for three Thomas & King (Applebee’s) corporate Leadership Training seminars, for a Kentucky mathematics conference, and for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) banquet in April. He also performed several times at Faith Baptist Church, and for the GC Women’s Association meeting held in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building Gallery. During spring break he served as an adjudicator for the District 7-11 Symphonic Band Contest held at Singletary Center in Lexington. His latest flute choir works, George Washington’s Teeth and The Twelve Jazzy Days of Christmas, will be premiered at Open Reading Sessions at the National Flute Association convention, Washington, D.C., in August. At the conclusion of spring semester, Burnette was promoted to full professor.

Peter LaRue (1993)  In addition to his ongoing work and efforts for and towards the Tiger Bands, Dr. LaRue this summer again served as Director of the Georgetown College Summer Programs & Camps. This SP&C season saw approximately 6000 campers involved in thirty-two varying camps attend Georgetown. In his continuing role as Music Director & Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band, he has recently conducted the “Three B’s & Friends” concert at Transylvania University [February]; the “Orffans All” concert at the Lexington Opera House [May]; and four Summer Pops Series concerts at Georgetown College, the Scott County Park, the University of Kentucky Arboretum and the Clark County Court House in June and July. Additionally, in May LaRue was again the featured guest on “Curtains at 8″ as hosted by Nick Lawrence on WUKY. He continues to play his beloved trombone here and there, and for the fifth consecutive year was named Georgetown College Fraternity Advisor of the Year for his ongoing efforts with the gents of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Angela Easterday (1995) was promoted this fall to Associate Professor of Music with tenure. She is still serving as Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Church Music. Activities during 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 in various churches.  In the fall, Dr. Easterday, along with Professor George McGee of the Communications Arts Department, directed “The Great Hollywood Musical Awards Show” the last weekend in September and the first weekend in October. This 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 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. She remains an active member of Lexington Singers, performing on the ensemble’s fall concert, the annual performance of Messiah, and the Kentucky Christmas Chorus.  Dr. Easterday was married to Dr. Timothy Holder on August 10, 2002!

Stephen Tilford (1999)  performed piano recitals in the spring for Kentucky Christian College, Shelbyville Baptist Church, the Scott County Women’s Club, Georgetown Baptist Church and the Pastor’s conference at Georgetown College. In addition, Tilford performed on the KMTA Composer’s Concert, the Faculty Showcase Recital at Georgetown College, and accompanied the Georgetown Choral Society Spring Concert. In the community, Tilford performed at the Martin Luther King Service and was a guest performer on a local piano recital. Tilford continues to serve as the accompanist for the Georgetown Choral Society and is the organist/choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

John W. Campbell (2001) gave solo vocal performances on the Faculty Showcase Recital on Feb. 3 (bringing along a football on that Super Bowl Sunday for his rendition of the “Toreador Song” from Bizet’s opera, Carmen), and as guest soloist with the Central Kentucky Concert Band on Feb. 24. He joined Dr. Angela Easterday for a duet in chapel on Feb. 12. Other vocal appearances included solos at Faith Baptist Church, and barbershop quartet lead for performances at Faith and for Bob Snyder’s retirement banquet.  Other professional activities in the spring included attendance at the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and serving on the planning committee for the 2003 KMEA.

Staying in Touch

Jonathan ’96 and Wendy ’97 Creech are the proud parents of one Austin Murphy Creech, born June 15, 2001.

Michael Houchens ’97, has been Minister of Music at Central Baptist Church in Winchester since June 2001, following his graduation from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Alums, send us your news (and photos)!

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