Dr. Sonny Burnette, Professor

Phone: 502-863-8112

Appointed in 1990

Sonny Burnette is professor of music and teaches courses in music theory, MIDI computer music, history of rock music, applied saxophone; and digital audio and video technology (graduate level).  He holds the Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University (1985), Master of Music degree from Northwestern University (1975), and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida (1974).  Prior to joining the GC faculty, he was a studio musician and arranger with the PTL Television Network for nine years, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Burnette is an accomplished composer and arranger, and was selected as the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) 2001 Commissioned Composer.  He has also won the James Madison University flute choir composition competition three times, and was the composer of the opening fanfare for the National Flute Association 25th anniversary convention, Chicago, 1997.  He has published works for flute choir, flute and piano, flute quartet, saxophone and piano, saxophone quartet, brass quintet, trumpet choir, string quartet, piano trio, and wind ensemble.  His works have been performed around the world–Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and South Africa.  In Spring 2003, Burnette was awarded the Georgetown College Rollie Graves Faculty Technology Award.  In Spring 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Curry Award for Faculty Excellence.

As a performer, Burnette has played over a dozen shows with both The Temptations and The Four Tops, and has also performed with entertainers and musicians including:  Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Red Skelton, Pat Boone, Ben E. King, Lou Rawls, Jerry Van Dyke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Andrae Crouch, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty and many others.  He has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Florida Gulf Coast and Northwest Indiana Symphony orchestras.

Burnette has published articles in such journals as:  Down Beat, The Instrumentalist, Saxophone Journal, The Saxophone Symposium, STV Magazine, Flute Talk, Flutewise (England) and The Church Musician.

SBandGatorDuring a January 2002 visit to his hometown–Orlando, Florida–SB was able to realize a lifelong dream.

Sonny Burnette is also active in the region as a film actor.


Dr. Mami Hayashida, Associate Professor of Music • Applied Piano, Class Piano, Music Appreciation

Phone: 502-863-7929

Appointed in 2007

A native of Tokyo, Japan, pianist Mami Hayashida has appeared as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the United Sates, Japan and Europe.  She has collaborated with members of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Swiss Chamber Orchestra, Saito Kinen Orchestra, and Lexington Philharmonic, and appeared at the Hakuba International Chamber Music Festival and the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival among others.   In December 2006, she performed Ravel’s G Major Concerto with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the UKSO Competition.  Her recent appearances include the premiere of award-winning composer Joseph Baber’s Sonata for Three Cellos and Piano at the 2006 KMTA Conference as well as the Brahms’ Horn Trio performance with the Lexington Philharmonic Concertmaster Daniel Mason and a former Chicago Symphony member Gail Williams.

Dr. Hayashida is the recently-appointed Professor of Piano at Georgetown College. Prior to her Georgetown College appointment, she taught piano at University of Kentucky, the Kentucky State University, Indiana University, and the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields in Louisville, KY.  In 2006, she was one of two Teaching Assistants campus-wide to receive the 2005-06 Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching at University of Kentucky.  Her current and past students have received various prizes and recognitions at local and state-level competitions and festivals, including the KMTA Junior Piano Competition, Nathaniel Patch Competition, GLMTA Keyboard Festival, and the Lexington Bach Contest.  She currently serves on the KMTA Executive Board as the Theory Chair.

Dr. Hayashida received the B.M. in Piano Performance and the B.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from Oberlin College.  Since then, she has studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany, and Indiana University, where she earned her master’s degree. She completed her D.M.A. at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Irina Voro.  Her previous teachers include Monique Duphil, Herbert Seidel, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Cliff Jackson.


Dr. Heather Winter Hunnicutt, Associate Professor of Music • Department Chair, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Director of the Lyric Theatre Program, Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, Music Education

Phone: 502-863-8056

Appointed in 2006
Appointed Department of Music Chair in 2010

Heather Winter Hunnicutt is Department of Music Chair, teaches applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy, elementary and secondary music methods and materials, music appreciation, coordinates solo vocal studies for the department, and directs the Lyric Theatre Program.  She is the faculty advisor for the Lyric Theatre Society of Georgetown College (LTS) and the Gospel Choir Joyful Noise Singers.

Hunnicutt received her Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  As a Masters of Music student at IU, she received a degree in Vocal Performance with a cognate in Opera, and as an undergraduate student there, she acquired degrees in Vocal Performance and Journalism with a minor in Theatre / Drama.  Before coming to Georgetown, she taught voice and diction for the Music Department at Indiana State University.

Hunnicutt is a soprano with special interest in musical theatre and contemporary song literature and opera, as well as traditional classical vocal repertoire. With her extensive dance training, and theatrical work as well as vocal studies, some of her favorite musical theatre roles performed include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Maggie in Brigadoon, Clara in Passion, and numerous other roles in such shows as Putting It Together, Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man. In the realm of opera and light opera, Hunnicutt has been seen in full or partial roles as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Honour in Tom Jones, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Penelope in Gloriana, and the title role in Naughty Marietta.  She also enjoys being an active recitalist, winning such competitions at Kentucky National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA).  She has been a student of Patricia Wise and Diane Coloton, among others.  Her students consistently perform well in competitions in both the classical and musical theatre realm and she regularly has NATS winners in her studio.  Hunnicutt enjoys stage directing as well, including an extensive repertoire of scenes and such complete productions as Le Nozze di Figaro, Il matrimonio segreto, Hansel and Gretel and The Impresario.

Hunnicutt is pleased to be an active member of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), the National Opera Association (NOA), College Music Society (CMS), Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC), and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  She also co-founded Indiana University’s chapter of Student NATS and was coordinator of the First Annual New Voice Educator’s Symposium.  Hunnicutt is a multiple award-winning member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.  One of her primary research interests is the prediction and manifestations of performance anxiety among students of singing, and has presented on the topic in Bangkok, Paris, Salzburg, Honolulu, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, among others. She has won awards for her research and is a published on the topic.


Dr. Peter LaRue, Professor of Music


Appointed in 1993

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Peter J. LaRue was raised on a farm in south central Ohio and received his undergraduate education at the Capital University Conservatory of Music (1979). His master’s (1980) and doctoral (1986) degrees are from the University of Illinois, where he specialized in the study of instrumental music education, bands and the trombone. His teachers and mentors have included Paul Young, Richard Suddendorf, Robert Gray, Charles Leonhard and E. Wayne Pressley.

Dr. LaRue serves as Director of the Tiger Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Georgetown College. Starting in 1994 and continuing through 2009, LaRue also served as Director of Summer Programs and Camps [SP&C] at Georgetown College overseeing the growth, development and daily management of this extensive unit. Starting in 2010, he became the Executive Director for SP&C. Prior to his move to Kentucky in 1993, he served for seven years as Director of Bands at Mars Hill College in western North Carolina. Previous to this appointment, he was Director of Music for the Bloom Carroll local school district in central Ohio, where he directed the award winning “Marching Bulldog” band for four years. In the past, he has also served as low brass specialist with the Cavalier and Blue Knight Drum and Bugle Corps.

In addition to his duties at Georgetown College, since 1994 LaRue has served as the Music Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band in Lexington, Kentucky. He has adjudicated marching and concert band festivals in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Nevada, and serves as clinician/conductor throughout the southeast.

In 2005, LaRue received the prestigious Cawthorne Excellence in Teaching Award – the highest honor Georgetown College may bestow upon a faculty member. He also has received the Lindsey Apple Student Life Award [2010], the Milton “Shorty” Price – Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame Award [2010], the Rollie Graves Technology Award [2000] and was honored with the John Walker Manning Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award in 1998. LaRue was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2003.

From 2002-2004, LaRue served on the Board of Directors for KMEA [Kentucky Music Educators Association] and chaired the Public Relations and Advocacy Committee. In the past he has also served as both “Coordinator” of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Band [1997-1999] and “Co-Coordinator” [2001, 2003 & 2007] that performs each year at the KMEA In-Service Conference in Louisville. In 1998, LaRue was also made an honorary “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Paul Patton. LaRue is an active author, being frequently published in state and regional periodicals and was honored in 2001 as he was selected to be a contributing author to the MENC text “Spotlight on Teaching Band”. Additionally, he has played trombone with several regional orchestras across the south, and from 1987-95 was a member of the Appalachian Brass Quintet with whom he performed regularly at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. LaRue continues to be an active performer on his beloved trombone across the Commonwealth and is currently a member of the Kentucky Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Bluegrass Brass Trio.

LaRue served as the Faculty Advisor [High Pi] for the Georgetown College chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha for seven years and was named the Outstanding Fraternity Advisor in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He currently serves as the Academic Advisor for the Brotherhood. International study/performance trips have taken him abroad twice, where he has performed in both Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Click here if you wish to visit Dr. LaRue’s Web-World menu–the doorway to his various, notoriously hip sites, such as ScholarNet (where he bends the minds of those students who, by chance or providence, sign up for his 8:00 a.m. Music Appreciation class), Recorder World, Conducting World and much more!

We at Georgetown College are proud of Dr. LaRue’s “Ma” article series that has appeared in Bluegrass Music News. The October 2002 issue marked the appearance of the third of five “Ma” articles with “Ma, I’m Gonna Go Work at Wendy’s.”  It was even referenced on the cover of the publication.  See below!

Dr. Peter LaRue, Professor of Music, Director of the Tiger Bands, Music Education and Low Brass
Office: 502.863.8054




Dr. H.M. Lewis, Professor of Music • Director of Chapel Brass, Music History & Orchestration, Music Appreciation, Upper Brass, Graduate Courses

Phone: 502-863-8118

Appointed in 1989

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Dr. H. M. Lewis is professor of music at Georgetown College, where he teaches Music History, Music Literature, Orchestration, Band Literature, Brass Instruments Class and Music Appreciation.  He also directs the Chapel Brass, a select group of brass instrumentalists that performs for off-campus church services, College chapel services and other College Ceremonial functions.  Lewis holds the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music (with honors) degrees from Hendrix College (1967), the Master of Music degree from Northwestern University (1968), and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Louisiana State University (1975).

Dr. Lewis is an active performer on the trumpet, and currently is the Principal Flugelhorn of the Lexington Brass Band.  He is a well-known scholar whose articles on the history of the trumpet and cornet frequently appear in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and other publications.

As a trumpet soloist, Dr. Lewis has performed faculty and guest artist recitals not only on the Georgetown College campus, but also on the campuses of the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Miami University (Ohio), and the University of Cincinnati.  In addition, he presented lecture recitals at the National Conferences of the International Trumpet Guild in 1991 and 1998, performing on several instruments from his collection of antique trumpets and cornets.

Mr. Brock Terry • Interim Director of Choirs

Office Location: Nunnelley Rm. 23


Jana Pope Flygstad • Adjunct Instructor, Flute


Mrs. Flygstad earned her Masters in Music Performance from Northwestern University, where she studied flute and piccolo with Walfrid Kujala. Flygstad received her B.M.M.E from the University of Kentucky and studied with Gordon Cole. In January of 2007, she won First Prize in the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition. Currently, she teaches applied flute at Centre College and Georgetown College as well as individual students in Danville, Georgetown, Lawrenceburg, and Louisville. She performs in weddings and also substitutes in the Louisville Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic. She is a member of the National Flute Association, Louisville Musicians Union, Flute Society of Kentucky, and Kentucky Music Educators Association.

David Gierlach



Twenty-one years of formal piano study, including eight summers at Chautauqua Music School.  Two summers at Aspen Music Festival.  Two years at Cincinnati Conservatory.  Started Church Music in New England Congregational churches (1968), then years in Lutheran and Episcopal  churches.  Currently pianist at Midway Baptist Church.  Sang in Christ Church Boys Choir and Cincinnati Conservatory Chamber Choir.  Currently resides in Frankfort and is one of the accompanists at Georgetown College.

Eloise Lewis • Adjunct Instructor, Strings

Office Location: NMB 003

Eloise Lewis is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  She holds the following degrees:  B.M., Louisiana State University; M.M., Northwestern University.  She has also completed doctoral work at Louisiana State University.


Dr. Rebecca C. Miller • Adjunct Instructor, Voice

Office Location: Nunnelley Music Building, Room 23

B.M., University of Evansville; M.M. and D.M.A., University of Kentucky.


Mark Tate


Mr. Tate has been a member of the percussion sections of the Louisville Orchestra, the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, and other regional orchestras.  He has taught at Indiana University Southeast, Bellarmine College and the University of Kentucky.  He holds the following degrees:  Master of Music in Performance, Washington University; Bachelor of Music in Performance, University of Kentucky.


Lori Smith • Staff Accompanist


Lori Smith has been the Staff Accompanist for the Music Department of Georgetown College since 2007.  She works with vocal students and their teachers in lessons as well as in private coaching sessions, and accompanies chamber opera, opera workshop, choirs, and other recitals and performances as needed.

Mrs. Smith received the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Baylor University in 1987, graduating with Honors under the teaching of Jane Abbot-Kirk.  She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity and Gamma Beta Phi honor society.

After returning to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri she taught piano privately for many years.  An active member of several music teachers’ organizations including MTNA and NFMC, she also enjoyed playing duo-piano literature with a colleague.  Mrs. Smith has served in various church music positions as pianist, organist, and children’s choir director.  She is interested in using digital technology in teaching and accompanying and has attended Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminars (KETS) under the direction of Susan Ogilvy.  Although her private teaching is currently very limited, she continues to explore and learn solo piano literature in the Dorsey Class for piano teachers led by respected pedagogue Maurice Hinson.