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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com 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!
Dr. Stephen W. Sachs
Pianist & Music Chair
(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