November 9, 2010 Belhaven Music Newsletter

November 9, 2010

Dear Friends of the Music Department at Belhaven University,

Here is the 2nd issue of the Music Department Newsletter for the 2010-2011 academic year, a periodic email update announcing concerts, other events and news of the Music Department at Belhaven University that is intended to be celebrative and informative.  If you know of someone who would appreciate receiving these monthly updates, please send me their email address and I will see that they get future installments of the Newsletter. If you do not wish to receive these emails, please let me know and I will remove your email address from the mailing list. 

Wow, what an opening to this academic year.  I praise the Lord for His bountiful provision in all aspects of our program:  new students, new faculty, exciting new programs for our students to prepare themselves for the marketplace, lots of great learning, and, as always, plenty of wonderful concerts giving evidence of the great tradition of excellence that is one of the primary day-to-day goals of this Music Department.  Celebrate with me as I offer to you what is happening in the days ahead, and recount to you some of what has happened since my last letter to you.  (In the paragraphs that follow, music faculty names are listed in italics while music major student names are underlined.)

Here are our upcoming events as published in the 2010-2011 edition of Arts Ablaze with the addition of junior and senior recitals of those students who have passed their recital juries:

November 9  TONIGHT!

Student Composers Concert VIII

Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Recital Room

The Belhaven Composers Forum invites you to an interactive showcase of engaging new works by Belhaven student composers Skyler Bready, Matthew Forester, Cory Gray, Joshua Harton, Daniel Johnston, Tony Peacock, Lauren Pratt, Libby Roberts, and Michael Shofner.  The program will explore new ways to experience the adventure of music-making as the composers and many other student performers open windows into their creative worlds. Faculty composer Dr. Andrew Sauerwein is your host for this innovative evening.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 13

Orchestras and Strings Concert

Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky and Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky anchor this evening of beautiful and exciting orchestral music and string chamber music.  Mr. Song Xie and Dr. Stephen Sachs raise their batons to conduct some of the finest instrumental musical talents in the state of Mississippi.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 19 & 20

Opera Arts:  Two Hilarious American Operas

Friday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Saturday, 2:30 pm, Concert Hall (Matinee)

Enjoy two brief American operas, one where the girl gets the boy and the other where the boy gets the girl!  Enjoy Gian Carlo Menotti’s famous “The Telephone” alongside his classic “The Old Maid and the Thief.”  Be prepared to laugh!  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 22

Best of Belhaven I

Monday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

The Music Department presents the most outstanding performances of the semester on one concert.  Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 23

Junior Violin Recitals

Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Junior Violinists Jacqueline Bateman and Shellie Brown have passed their junior recital juries with “flying colors.”  Come hear these wonderful talents present their first of two degree recitals at Belhaven including music by Bach, Barber and Prokofiev. 

December 3 & 4

The 78th Annual Singing Christmas Tree

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm, Soccer Bowl

Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy this special celebration of Christmas music favorites.  Adjunct music faculty member, Mrs. Carolyn Sachs, is the current musical director of this Belhaven tradition. Complimentary admission.

December 5

Choral and Vocal Arts:  Mary Had a Baby

Sunday, 2:30 pm, Concert Hall (Matinee)

Dr. Christopher Shelt conducts The Belhaven Concert Choir, Chorale, soloists, and small ensembles in a delightful afternoon concert of sacred Christmas works.  Enjoy a panorama of worshipful Christmas carols, classics, and spirituals arranged by John Cheetham, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Robert Shaw/Alice Parker, and John Rutter.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 2:00 pm.


“Show People” – Belhaven Musical Revue & Dessert, an evening of songs, scenes, and steps from some of the best of musical theatre ran November 4-6 and was presented in the McCravey-Triplett Student Center Dining Commons.  Featured students included Alyssa Aycock, Sarah Marie Bravo, Chris Carlson, Andrew Craig, Kathryn Freund, Rachel Gorman, Julie Anna Hettinger, Blakeney Hatcliff, Temperance Jones, Maggie McLinden, Morgan Robertson, Abby Wiggins, and Ellen Wise, The “pit” orchestra included Staff Accompanist Mrs. Nicole Harwell, bassist Josh Lee, and JSU percussion student Tim Scott.  Adjunct Voice Faculty Member Ms. Anne Gray was the vocal coach and consultant for this student run production.  With complimentary admission, and dessert (from Primos Café) and beverage for just $3, it was no surprise that this show played to full houses every night.

And there is so much more to tell.  In the next update, I hope to tell you more about the prospective music students that may be attending Belhaven in 2011-2012, other recitals completed, news from the National Association of Schools of Music, our students in competition, and so much more. 

Final Notes: 

  • Who are we?  Here is a listing of our faculty, staff and music majors!


Dr. Stephen Sachs, pianist, chair; Dr. Paxton Girtmon, director of bands, woodwind specialist; Dr. Andrew Sauerwein, composer, theorist; Dr. Christopher Shelt, coordinator of vocal activities, director of choral ensembles, Song Xie, violinist, director of string ensembles; Nancy Bateman, cello adjunct; Dennis Bonds, jazz guitar adjunct; Richard Brown, string bass adjunct; Melvin Champ, assistant band director adjunct; Sybil Cheesman, flute adjunct; Dr. Dennis Cranford, music theory adjunct; Lisa Davis, French horn adjunct; Mark Davis, low brass adjunct; Ken Graves, clarinet adjunct; Carol Durham, organ adjunct; Gena Everitt, vocal adjunct; Dr. Rebecca Geihsler, vocal adjunct; Reca Girtmon, drill team instructor adjunct; Kenneth Graves, clarinet adjunct; Anne Gray, vocal adjunct; Amy Houghton, classical guitar adjunct, director of guitar ensembles;  Paul Heindl, percussion adjunct, director of percussion ensembles; Andrew Lewis, piano adjunct, Randy Mapes, double reed adjunct; Anne Katherine Ragsdale, piano adjunct, Elizabeth Richardson, vocal adjunct; Carolyn Sachs, piano adjunct, Singing Christmas Tree director; Nicole Harwell, staff accompanist; Lloyd Turner, trumpet adjunct; Valerie Tate, admin. assistant 


Alyssa Aycock, Michael Baker, David Barfield, Bethany Basham, Jacqueline Bateman, Sarah Bravo, Skyler Bready, Jimmy Brown, Shellie Brown, Chris Carlson, Joel Cole, Nicole Colyer, Gina Condly, Andrew Craig, Hannah Cross, Anna Cullnane, Eleana Davis, Hannah Davis, Erin Desmond, Rachel Eason, Brooke Edwards, Hannah Everett, John Farrar, Levi Foreman, Matthew Forester, Rachel Gorman, Cory Gray, Michael Hall, Curtis Harris, Joshua Harton, Eric Hartzog, Blakeney Hatcliff, Amanda Hester, Daniel Hicks, Ellie Honea, Ann Howard, Emmberly Jefferson, Sam Johnson, Abigail Johnston, Daniel Johnston, Temperance Jones, Jensen Kelley, Alicia Kleeves, Malcom LaTour, Joshua Lee,  John Mathieu, Maggie McLinden, Roddy Merritt, Lydia Moore, Joey Nelms, Joshua Nichols, Alex Nitzberg, William Anthony Peacock, Lauren Pratt, Libby Roberts, Morgan Robertson, James Robinson, Kaitlin Rowan, Rebekah Saks, Victoria Senete, Michael Shofner, Zachary Stafford, Stefanie Stoll, Victoria Swilley, Hannah Thomas, Marie Tolliver, Keeyonia Tyler, Megan van der Bijl, Abby Wiggins, Ellen Wise, Jocelyn Zhu, Robert Wesley Zickau


Sarah Jones, Rachel Reese, Roberta Sachs, Zak Valle, Julia Watkins, James White

Until the next edition, May God Bless You, Glory to God!


Dr. Stephen W. Sachs
Pianist & Music Chair
Belhaven University
(601) 974-6471
(601) 974-6499 fax

Be strong and courageous! … The Lord your God will go ahead of you.

Deuteronomy 31:6… Belhaven University 2010-11 Verse of the Year

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