August 2013

CU music students find their calling during summer break 


Abbey Caudell
Christina Swadley
Damon King and CU alumna Lindsey Harrod

Students in the CU School of Music did more than lounge by the pool this summer.  They traveled around the United States and the world sharing their gifts in music and their belief in Jesus Christ. Many students participated in mission trips, vacation bible schools and summer camps.


Incoming freshman music major Abbey Caudell traveled to Manaus, Brazil, on a mission trip. There they helped a local community with construction projects, taught English and led worship.


Christina Swadley, an incoming music student, participated in a mission trip to Cluj, Romanis. She worked with children in Roma villages telling Bible stories, playing games, making crafts and singing songs.


Coreena Mucci served as a CIT at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp this summer and also volunteered with Hospice of Lake Cumberland.


Several music students worked with high school marching band programs this summer. Madeline Hahn instructed the front ensemble and Matt Salyer worked with the low brass of the Nelson County High School Marching Band.  Carolyn Meador worked with the Grayson County Marching Cougar Band.  Other students worked locally with the Taylor County High School and Campbellsville High School marching band programs.


Award-winning recording artist and CU vocal performance major Mary Kutter performed over twenty local and regional county music shows this summer.


Junior music education major Ginna Marsh

served as an intern for the Arkansas-based Missionaries in America Program. As part of the program, Ginna participated in church camps and mission work weeks in Louisiana, Arkansas and Indiana.  Ginna also took part in the "Make It Real!" Road Trip. She and her team drove through eighteen states living out the Christian advantage and trying to encourage others through service projects and Bible studies.


Damon King, senior music education major, marched with The Carolina Crown, the winner of the 2013 Drum Corp International World Championship.  Damon and the rest of the corps earned a perfect score in brass - the first time a perfect score has ever been awarded in that category. Congratulations!

Chad Floyd
Chad Floyd
Dr. Chad Floyd, assistant professor of music, recently arranged six traditional hymns for solo tenor pan. "Amazing Grace", "Angels We Have on High", "Be Thou My Vision", "The First Noel", "Were You There", and "What Child Is This" are available for purchase from Bachovich Music Publications. Watch Floyd perform his arrangement of "Amazing Grace" on YouTube. 
Jim Moore

In June, professor of music and avid cyclist Dr. Jim Moore took part in a bike ride from Louisville, Ky. to Aspen, Co. - over 1,400 miles!  This is the third year that Moore and a group of three other cyclists have taken a long-distance ride of this nature.  In 2011, the group rode to Maine, and in 2012, they cycled to Mackinac Island, Mich. Pictures of the trip to Aspen are available on Facebook.


Almeida Duo

The Almeida Duo - instructors of music Saulo DeAlmeida and Denis Almeida Santos -  along with Dr. Chad Floyd, assistant professor of music, traveled to Florida in July to promote their recently recorded CD entitled "Amazing Grace". The album includes instrumental arrangements of great traditional Christian hymns along with more contemporary praise songs and some original tunes; all of them heavily influenced by jazz and popular music. The trip was also a great opportunity to talk about Campbellsville University and its great tradition of Christian higher education.


The ensemble performed for an audience greater than two thousand people in churches like Miami Baptist Church, First Brazilian Baptist of South Florida and Cross Bridge Church, always blessed by the warm and receptive audience of South Florida which already makes plans to see them back for future concerts in October and next summer.

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Calendar of Events
All events are free of charge and occur in The Gheens Recital Hall in the Gosser Fine Arts Center unless otherwise indicated. For information, contact the School of Music at (270) 789-5237.


Since the schedule may change, please check the School of Music website for up-to-date information.
Sept. 5: Faculty General Recital, 2 p.m.
Sept. 10: Faculty Recital: Reese Land, trumpet; William Budai, piano; and Wesley Roberts, organ, 8 p.m., Ransdell Chapel
Sept. 17: Noon Organ Series: Wesley Roberts, organist, 12:20 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Sept. 26: Almeida Jazz Duo, 8 p.m.
Oct. 1: Faculty Recital: Judith Davis, piano, 8 p.m.
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