February 7, 2011 Belhaven Music Newsletter

February 7, 2011

Dear Friends of the Music Department at Belhaven University,

Greetings from Jackson, MS. 

Wow.  What a year 2010-2011 is turning out to be.  We have been truly blessed beyond belief here at Belhaven by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ despite the troubled economic times that our nation has had to endure.  It truly never slows down when you put approximately 70 music majors and 25 music faculty (full time and adjuncts) and staff together and focus on music vocational preparation and performance for the Glory of God.  I wish I was writing to you more often, but this email will bring you back up to speed with much of our latest news, upcoming concerts (including one on Tuesday night) and a look towards next year.  As you read on, please note that current music majors are highlighted by underlining and music faculty are highlighted in italics.

This academic year, two of our violin majors have been turning heads in some lofty arenas.  Out of 139 applicants, Junior Shellie Brown was one of seven accepted into and who competed as a finalist in the National CDA Young Artists Competition for strings held in Washington State in early January.   Being accepted as a finalist at the national level is a major accomplishment.   Shellie was one of two undergraduate students accepted (5 graduate and doctoral candidates also competed representing such fine schools as Oberlin Conservatory, The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Blair School of Music, and others).  Congratulations, Shellie!  Sophomore Jocelyn Zhu was selected as a First Prize Winner in the 2011 American Protégé Music Talent Competition held in New York City and has been invited to perform at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Weill Recital Hall located in Carnegie Hall.  The judges noted her performance had great passion and power.  The invitation for a performance in New York City is a wonderful opportunity for Jocelyn as she looks forward to presenting Sarasate’s “Introduction and Tarantella.”  And this occurred after she performed with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra on December 6.  Congratulations, Jocelyn!  Both of these fine violinists are part of an exceptional private studio which includes violin and viola majors and minors and is taught by my fine colleague and friend, Mr. Song Xie.

And let’s not forget our vocalists.  Nine of our fine singers participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional competition held late last fall.  Singers competing included Rachel Gorman, Blakeney Hatcliff, Abigail Johnston, Jensen Kelley, Malcom LaTour, John Mathieu, Lauren Pratt, Tory Senete, and Abby Wiggins.  Of those, six advanced to compete as semi-finalists including John Mathieu (sophomore men); Blakeney Hatcliff (senior women); Abigail Johnston (senior women); Tory Senete (senior women); Rachel Gorman (Lower Musical Theatre Division); Tory Senete (Upper Musical Theatre Division); Malcom LaTour (Upper Musical Theatre Division).   Going even further, freshman Rachel Gorman placed third in the finals of the Lower College Musical Theater Division, hugely impressive for a freshman.  Way to go, Rachel!  Dr. Christopher Shelt, Mrs. Gena Everitt, Ms. Anne Gray and Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson are the private teachers for the students above.

This academic year, the Music Department at Belhaven University has continued to enjoy a steady flow of concerts and recitals.  Students are passing their juries and presenting highly successful programs.  So far this semester Danny Johnston, guitarist (taught by Mr. Dennis Bonds), presented his junior recital on January 15; alumnus Sarah Sachs, pianist, gave us a sneak preview on January 20 of her Master of Music degree recital, later presented at The University of Southern Mississippi; Michael Shofner, guitarist (taught by Mr. Dennis Bonds and Ms. Amy Houghton) and Zachary Stafford, bassist (taught by Mr. Richard Brown) presented their junior recitals together on February 2; Joshua Harton, trumpeter (taught by Mr. Lloyd Turner), passed his senior recital jury and will present his recital sometime in the coming weeks in the Concert Hall, Erin Desmond, pianist (taught by Dr. Stephen Sachs) passed her senior recital jury this evening, while Ellie Honea, pianist (taught by Mrs. Carolyn Sachs), is expected to present her senior recital on March 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  Many more students are poised to present juries in the next several weeks.  (Please know that I am especially proud of our juniors and seniors as they present their recitals.  They learn so much during the many months of preparation and practice that lead up to very joyful public performances.  A crucial part of that learning involves relying on our Lord for provision in all aspects of recital preparation and performance.)

I hope you will be able to attend some of the wonderful music making that is occurring during the next month.  Please note these imminent events listed for you below.

February 8

Preston Chamber Music Series

An Evening of Diamonds

Belhaven Piano Trio and Sachs Piano Duo

Tuesday 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Brahms Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87 coupled with Bizet’s masterpiece Jeaux d’Enfants, Op. 22 (Children’s Games) and music by P. D. Q. Bach for piano four hands create a delightful evening for your listening pleasure.  A truly special event for all ages.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  The Belhaven Piano Trio is made up of Mr. Song Xie, violin; Mr. Bennett Randman, cello (Principal Cellist of the MSO); Dr. Stephen Sachs, piano.  The Sachs Piano Duo is comprised of Mrs. Carolyn Sachs, primo and Dr. Stephen Sachs, secondo.

February 10

Jackson Public School All-City Honors Band

Thursday, 7:00 pm, Concert Hall

The Music Department is pleased to host the Jackson Public School’s finest middle school and high school instrumentalists selected to perform in the 2011 JPS All-City Honors Band.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Dr. Paxton Girtmon will be the host for this event. 

February 19

Faculty Recital – Gena Everitt, soprano

Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall 

Brilliant artistry and mature musicianship combine for an outstanding evening of varied vocal literature.  Soprano Mrs. Gena Everitt, is assisted by Mr. Rodney Vaughn, tenor (from Jackson State University), Mr. Song Xie, violin, and Dr. Stephen Sachs, pianist.  An unforgettable treat for the music lover!  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

March 3-5

Musical Theatre

Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 pm, Blackbox Theatre

“The Light in the Piazza” based on the novella by Belhaven graduate Elizabeth Spencer opened on Broadway April 18, 2005.  In this tale of romance, do the eyes of God or the eyes of man provide the value judgment of a human being who is mentally challenged?   Complimentary admission.  Reserved tickets available.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

March 8
Collaborative Arts Concert
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Faculty and students from the departments of Creative Writing, Dance, Graphic Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts will collaborate on an evening of innovative and exploratory arts. Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

All of the aforementioned events will be held in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive (across the street from Newell Stadium) in downtown Jackson.  Each event designates whether the event will be held in the Concert Hall or in the Blackbox Theatre. 

Finally – to Prospective Students:  a lot of you have auditioned and have been accepted into the Music Department at Belhaven, some of you have already accepted music scholarships from Belhaven University, and more scholarship letters are going out this week.  There is still lots of time to complete applications, schedule an audition and be offered a music scholarship.  Please work with your admission counselors as you seek to finalize this very important step in your lives.  You may also contact me at the email address below if you have any questions!!!  I want to write your scholarship letter and have you be a part of this very dynamic school that is Belhaven University and our very dynamic department which is Music. 

Until later this semester, May God Bless You, Glory to God!

Dr. Sachs

Dr. Stephen W. Sachs
Pianist & Music Chair
Belhaven University
ssachs@belhaven.edu
(601) 974-6471
(601) 974-6499 fax
http://www.belhaven.edu

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

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

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.

“OLD NEWS”

“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!

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC FACULTY AND STAFF

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 

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, OUR MUSIC MAJORS!

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

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, OUR MAY 2010 GRADUATES!

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

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

Steve

Dr. Stephen W. Sachs
Pianist & Music Chair
Belhaven University
ssachs@belhaven.edu
(601) 974-6471
(601) 974-6499 fax
http://www.belhaven.edu

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

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

September 23, 2010 Belhaven Music Newsletter

September 23, 2010

Dear Friends of the Music Department at Belhaven University,

This is the 1st 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. 

As always, I open this edition with praise to God for the countless ways His Spirit is working in our lives at Belhaven.  (In the paragraphs that follow, music faculty names are listed in italics while music major student names are underlined.)

Our first concert of the new academic year is to be presented, tomorrow, Friday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts.  This is a not to be missed opening event for the annual Mrs. James R. Preston, Sr. Memorial Chamber Music Series also known as “An Evening of Diamonds.”  Violinist Dr. Stephen Redfield and pianist Dr. Lois Leventhal from the University of Southern Mississippi will present a wonderful recital including music from the first part of the 20th century by Janáček, Prokofief, and Ravel.  With the economy as it is, our Evening of Diamonds programs will be offered with complimentary admission for everyone.  Doors open at 7 p.m.  And, as is our usual custom, you will be invited to stay for a reception to meet the performers immediately after the performance.  The Center for the Arts is located at 853 Riverside Drive across from Newell Footall Stadium in Jackson, Mississippi.  I do hope you can attend.

Another great entering class of Belhaven Music Majors! Again, the Lord has blessed us with new students beyond what I had hoped for.  Trust in Him for He is good and He blesses those that honor Him.  The Music Department is now the largest that it has ever been with 72 current music majors.  Meet our newest music majors: 

Alyssa Aycock is a vocalist from Brandon, MS.
Joel Cole
is a French horn player transferring from Meridian Community College.
Nicole Colyer is a vocalist from Florence, MS.
Gina Condly is a vocalist from Oviedo, FL.
Hannah Davis is a pianist from Gladewater, TX.
Rachel Eason is a violist who transferred into the Music Major this fall.  She is from Huntsville, AL.
Brooke Edwards is a vocalist from Pelahatchie, MS.
Hannah Everett is a vocalist from Morton, MS.
Levi Foreman is a guitarist from who plays football for the Blazers and is from Loxley, AL.
Rachel Gorman is a vocalist from Manhattan, KS.
Cory Gray is a clarinetist who transferred to Belhaven from Hinds Community College.
Curtis Harris is a percussionist coming back to school from Brandon, MS.
Eric Hartzog is a guitarist from Terry, MS.
Jensen Kelley is a vocalist from Madison, MS.
Maggie McLinden is a pianist from Colorado Springs, CO.
Roddy Merritt is a vocalist transferring from Wesley College, MS.
Lydia Moore is a vocalist from Daphne, AL.
Joey Nelms is a guitarist from Pearl, MS.
Joshua Nichols is a pianist transferring from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is from Mechanicsville, VA and was married to Anna Harbaugh on July 31. 
Alex Nitzberg is a guitarist from Finksburg, MD.
Libby Roberts is a pianist from Ballston Spa, NY.
Morgan Robertson is a vocalist from Brandon, MS.
James Robinson is a vocalist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Katie Rowan is a pianist from Owings, MD.
Rebekah Saks is a pianist from Colorado Springs, CO.
Marie Tolliver is a vocalist from Vicksburg, MS.
Keeyonia Tyler is a clarinetist from Southaven, MS.
Megan van der Bijl is a pianist from Byhalia, MS.
Ellen Wise is a vocalist from Spanwood, WA.
Wes Zickau is a guitarist who transferred into the Music Major this fall and is from Boise, Idaho.

 New faculty and staff have been added to work with our music students.

  • Mr. Dennis Bonds is teaching jazz guitar as an adjunct music professor at Belhaven.  He is a very highly regarded performer throughout the southeast US, having been highly successful both as a performing and recording artist.  In addition to his private teaching, Mr. Bonds will also direct the jazz guitar ensemble.   
  • Mr. Kenneth Graves is teaching clarinet as an adjunct music professor at Belhaven.  Mr. Graves is the principal clarinetist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, recently completing his Master of Music degree in clarinet performance.  Please welcome one of our newest faculty members who comes to us from Los Angeles, CA.
  • Ms. Amy Houghton is teaching classical guitar as an adjunct music professor at Belhaven.  Ms. Houghton recently completed her Master of Music degree in guitar performance at the University of Southern Mississippi.  It is great to have her on the faculty as she is a Belhaven University alum, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in Guitar Performance at Belhaven just a few years ago.  In addition to her private teaching, Ms. Houghton directs the Classical Guitar Ensemble and teaches Guitar Fundamentals courses.  Welcome back, Amy!
  • Mrs. Anne Katherine Ragsdale returns to the Belhaven University Music Department teaching piano and accompanying as an adjunct music professor.  Mrs. Ragsdale is not a stranger to Belhaven having previously taught in the Music Department and served as Staff Accompanist on different occasions.  I am delighted to welcome her back! 
  • Miss Valerie Tate is serving in her first full year with me as the Administrative Assistant for Music at Belhaven University.  Ms. Tate graduated from Belhaven University in December, 2009 with her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance.  While a student at Belhaven, Ms. Tate served as a workstudy for the Music Department and excelled in her vocal studies.  This fine soprano was awarded the privilege to sing “O Holy Night” at the top of the Singing Christmas Tree and was a finalist and runner-up in state level contests sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association.   

Please welcome our newest adjunct music faculty members and music staff.  The Belhaven University Music Department has 5 full time and 21 adjunct music faculty as well as 4 music staff.  All of us at Belhaven have been brought together and blessed by the Lord. 

Here are just a few faculty notes from this summer:

  • “Belhaven Connections” the missions arm of the Music Department traveled to Japan in May, 2010.  The group was led by Associate Professor of Music Dr. Andrew Mark Sauerwein and adjunct faculty members Mrs. Nancy Bateman and Mr. Richard Brown. Student participants from Belhaven included Jackie Bateman, Shellie Brown, Hannah Cross, Anna Cullnane, Ellie Honea, Alicia Kleeves, Rebeka Larson, Tony Peacock, Hannah Reese and Rachel Reese.  Plans are in the works for a return mission trip to Peru in summer, 2011 to be led by Dr. Christopher Shelt.
  • Dr. Andrew Mark Sauerwein, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition, traveled to Cincinnati to participate in scoring AP Music tests for the Educational Testing Service.  Congratulations, Andy! 
  • Mr. Song Xie had a busy summer!  In May, Mr. Song performed contemporary music at the 2010 Beijing Mordan Music Festival held in Beijing, China.  In June he taught at the Masterworks Festival held at Winona Lake, Indiana also performing in The Masterworks Festival Ensemble premiering Dr. Patrick Kavanaugh’s new composition “The Light and Illumination.”

Here are our upcoming events as published in the 2010-2011 edition of Arts Ablaze:

September 24
Preston Chamber Music Series
An Evening of Diamonds
Dr. Stephen Redfield, guest violinist; Dr. Lois Leventhal, guest pianist
jFriday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
University of Southern Mississippi Professor of Violin Dr. Stephen Redfield and pianist Dr. Lois Leventhal perform Leoš Janáček’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Sergei Prokofiev’s Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b and Sonata for Violin and Piano by Maurice Ravel. Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. 

September 30
Preston Chamber Music Series
An Evening of Diamonds
Sylvia Hong, guest pianist
Thursday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
Award winning Korean pianist extraordinaire Sylvia Hong recently debuted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Come hear polished pianism in what promises to be an outstanding recital.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. 

October 2
Music Department Pops Concert
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall
A panorama of popular favorites—movie themes, jazz, Broadway, and light classics–awaits your ears as the entire Belhaven University Department of Music entertains during the Homecoming weekend.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. 

October 26
String and Chamber Master Class
Peter Slowik, guest violist
Tuesday, 3:00-6:00 pm, Recital Room
Professor of Viola and Director of The String Division of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Peter Slowik, coaches violinists, violists, and chamber ensembles in creative and dynamic music making.  Informative and inspiring.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 2:30 pm. 

November 4-6
“Show People” – Belhaven Musical Revue & Dessert
Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 pm
McCravey – Triplett Student  Center, Dining Commons
An evening of songs, scenes, and steps from some of the best of musical theatre.  Complimentary admission, dessert $3.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.
 
November 9
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. The program will explore new ways to experience the adventure of music-making as the composers and performers open windows into their creative worlds. 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.  String solos and chamber ensembles complete the evening’s offerings.  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.”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. 

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. 

Final Notes: 

  • Who will come in the Spring of 2011, or Fall of 2011?  It is not too early to look ahead to next year. Already many prospective students have made inquiries about our programs and audition procedures.  This continues to be an exciting, dynamic time to be at Belhaven University in Music.  Momentum continues to build that has our students excited about what they are doing in preparing for vocations in the Arts.  My faculty and I praise the Lord for his bountiful blessing of Music at Belhaven.  If you know someone who is interested in attending Belhaven next year, that student needs to apply to Belhaven and complete a music audition before a scholarship award letter can be written.  The application is easy and can be done online at www.belhaven.edu.  Go to “Admission” via “Quick Links.”  Prospective students may contact me at ssachs@belhaven.edu to set up an audition.  Auditions for prospective music majors include performances of three compositions or movements of compositions representing at least two contrasting style periods, two scales of the student’s choice (instrumentalists only), and a short excerpt of a composition to be sight read.  The Annual Arts Discovery Day is set for October 29.  During that day, the Arts departments of Belhaven provide tours of facilities, set up opportunities for faculty to meet with prospective students and their parents, arrange for these same students to sit in on music classes, hold auditions, and attend an evening music concert that is “just for them.”  Contact us now to be a part of this special weekend.  I continue to praise the Lord for leading many fine young musicians and scholars to consider Belhaven as their home for study within a Christ-centered learning environment where musical excellence is pursued by faculty and students.  Praise the Lord!!!
  • Associate Professor of Music Dr. Paxton Girtmon and the Belhaven University Marching Band will soon be outfitted in new uniforms. 
  • The National Association of Schools of Music recently approved Belhaven University Music Department’s proposed Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree with an emphasis in Instrumental Music.  Students may also receive a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a choice of six different emphases including Collaborative Piano and Pedagogy, Composition, Music Ministries, Musical Theatre, Performance, and Vocal Pedagogy and Pre-Professional Choral Conducting.   
  • Pianist Ellie Honea was accepted today by Mission to the World for a two year mission assignment to Japan beginning next summer. 
  • Violinist Anna Cullnane passed her junior recital jury today and will present her Junior Recital in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts on October 19, 2010. 
  • Guitarist Josh Lee passed his senior recital jury and will present his Senior Recital in the near future!
  • A number of other students will be presenting recital juries during the next days, weeks and months including Jackie Bateman, Shellie Brown, Christopher Carlson, Erin Desmond and Joshua Harton, Ann Howard, Daniel Johnston, Michael Shofner and Zach Stafford
  • MUSIC ALUMNI NEWS:  Rachel Center is a key administrator with the Masterworks Festival; Rachel Reese is teaching in Trujillo, Peru as part of a Mission to the World approved missions assignment; Megan Russ is studying at Leeds University in Great Britain working towards an Historical String Performance Diploma.  Other alumni, please send us your news.
  • Who are we?  Here is a listing of our faculty, staff and music majors!

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC FACULTY AND STAFF

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

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, OUR MUSIC MAJORS!

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

BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, OUR MAY 2010 GRADUATES!

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

Until next month, May God Bless You, Glory to God!

Steve

Dr. Stephen W. Sachs
Pianist & Music Chair
Belhaven University
ssachs@belhaven.edu
(601) 974-6471
(601) 974-6499 fax
http://www.belhaven.edu

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

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

Upcoming Music Events

Dear Friends of the Music Department at Belhaven University,

Greetings from Jackson, MS

Concerts continue at a great rate.  Please note the events beginning with our annual Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble concert.  Several students are still preparing for their recital juries, so it is possible that some student recitals will occur in early May.  Our Best of Belhaven II Concert has just been announced.  You will find a draft attached including all of those participating.  Here is the most current upcoming calendar:

Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall             Belhaven University and Jackson Community Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble Concert

Saturday, April 17, 2:00pm, Concert Hall               Rachel Reese, Senior Violin Recital

Saturday, April 17, 7:30pm, Concert Hall               Guitar Ensemble Concert

Tuesday, April 20, 7:30pm, Concert Hall                Best of Belhaven II

Saturday, April 24, 2:00pm, Concert Hall              Matthew Forester & Joshua Harton, Junior Percussion & Trumpet Recital

Saturday, April 24, 7:30pm, Concert Hall              “Glory To God” – Belhaven University and Jackson Community Symphony Orchestra & Choral Arts Concert

Monday, April 26, 7:30pm, Concert Hall                James White, Senior Composition Recital

Tuesday, April 27, 7:30pm, Concert Hall                Victoria Jelstrom Swilley, Senior Musical Theatre Project

Finally – To Prospective Students: More of you have auditioned and been accepted into the program at Belhaven, many of you have already accepted music scholarships from Belhaven University, and more scholarship letters will go out this week.  There is still lots of time to complete applications, schedule an audition and be offered a music scholarship.  Please work with your admission counselors as you seek to finalize this very important step in your lives.  You may also contact me at the email address below if you have any questions!!!  I want to write your scholarship letter and have you be a part of this very dynamic school that is Belhaven University and our very dynamic department which is Music.

Come and enjoy one of our programs during these music filled days at Belhaven.

In Christ,

Steve

Upcoming Music Events

Dear Friends of the Music Department at Belhaven University,

Greetings from Jackson, MS.

Please accept my apology for writing so little this year.  The pace of our activities in Belhaven Music continues unabated with a music major enrollment that continues with more than 60 music majors!   I do hope to help you keep up to date with our spring concert schedule with regular announcements during the next two months.  Today’s installment will give you news through Spring Break which concludes on March 21.

So far this academic year, the Music Department at Belhaven University has continued to enjoy an unprecedented time of concerts and recitals.  Students are passing their juries and presenting highly successful programs.  This past Saturday pianist Ellie Honea and sopranos Hannah Cross and Blakeney Hatcliff presented their junior recitals.  (Please know that I am especially proud of our juniors and seniors as they present their recitals.  They learn so much during the many months of preparation and practice that lead up to very joyful public performances.  A crucial part of that learning involves relying on our Lord for provision in all aspects of recital preparation and performance.)

Now I would like to celebrate some imminent events with current music majors highlighted by underlining and music faculty highlighted in italics.

THIS WEEKEND

March 4, 5, 6; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Musical Theatre & Dessert

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Revised)

McCravey – Triplett Student Center, Belhaven University Dining Commons

(main campus, parking available just off Pinehurst Street)

Desserts will be offered at intermission featuring delights from Broad Street Bakery

Malaika Quarterman, Belhaven Theatre graduate, directs.

Doors open between 7:00 and 7:15 pm.

Tickets: $10 adult; $5 student/child; includes dessert and beverage

$3 Belhaven student/faculty/staff/immediate family

($3 Belhaven ticket charge waived if dessert and beverage are declined)

To order tickets contact Mrs. Karen Johnston in the Music Box Office

Phone: 601-974-6494;   Email: kjohnston@belhaven.edu

Music Majors starring in the this great show include Chris Carlson as Charlie Brown, Roberta Sachs as Lucy, Andrew Craig as Schroeder, Malcom LaTour as Linus, and Rebeka Larson as Snoopy.  Theatre Major Eleanor Baxter is Sally.  Damien Bone, bass, Luke Bowers, drums and Mrs. Nicole Harwell, piano make up the piano trio accompanying the musical.  These students are doing great work – the show is a “not to be missed.”   Tickets are limited to 150 per night.  Order yours today as “sell-outs” are very possible.

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Original Direction for this version of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” by Michael Mayer

Originally Produced in New York by Arthur Whitelaw and Gene Persson

Produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by:

TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.,

560 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022

March 6:  Valerie Tate, soprano, Senior Voice Recital

Saturday, 4:00 pm, Covenant Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 4000 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211 (note location)

March 9

Student Composers Concert VII

Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Recital Room

The Belhaven Composers Forum invites you to an interactive showcase of engaging new works by Belhaven student composers. Dr. Sauerwein continues in his role as mentor to a fine group of young composers including Thomas CallenMatthew ForesterJoshua HartonTony PeacockMichael Shofner and James White.  The program will explore new ways to experience the adventure of music-making as the composers and performers open windows into their creative worlds. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Please carefully note the location of the three events listed above.  Most of our events are held in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive (across the street from Newell Stadium) in downtown Jackson.

Finally – To Prospective Students: a lot of you have auditioned and are accepted into the program at Belhaven, some of you have already accepted music scholarships from Belhaven University, and more scholarship letters may go out this week.  There is still lots of time to complete applications, schedule an audition and be offered a music scholarship.  Please work with your admission counselors as you seek to finalize this very important step in your lives.  You may also contact me at the email address below if you have any questions!!!  I want to write your scholarship letter and have you be a part of this very dynamic school that is Belhaven University and our very dynamic department which is Music.

Until later this month, May God Bless You, Glory to God!

Dr. Sachs