April 2014
CU percussion studio hosts percussion ensemble festival


Dr. Chris Norton, far left, with members of the CU Percussion Studio and Dr. Chad Floyd, far right.

The CU Chamber Percussion Group (Cory Barnes, Alex Bradley and Michael Mather) performed in the 2014 Kentucky Percussion Arts Society's Day of Percussion "Collegiate Percussion Showcase" on March 3 in Lexington before an audience of over 300 attendees.


The CU Percussion Studio hosted the 3rd annual CU Percussion Ensemble Festival on April 5. Over 75 high school students attended the event and two high school percussion ensembles, Russell County High School and Muhlenberg County High School, performed. Dr. Chris Norton from Belmont University was the guest clinician and was a featured soloist with the CU Percussion Ensemble. Cory Barnes, graduate music student, presented a fundamentals timpani clinic, and Dr. Chad Floyd, assistant professor of music, presented a drum set clinic.


Dr. Chad Floyd, assistant professor of music, concluded a short clinic tour recently which included visits to the percussion studios at the University of Louisville, Youth Performing Arts School (Louisville), and Xavier University (Cincinnati Ohio).  He also visited Edgewood High School in Trenton Ohio, where CU alumnus Nick Fields (BM 2009) serves as assistant director of bands. Floyd's clinic "perSEEve your music...foreseeing is believing" focused on the importance of perception in drum set performance. 
For the trumpet will sound
From left, Damon King, Saori Kataoka and Blake Herron completed in the 2014 McCauley Chamber Music Competition.

Dr. Reese Land, associate professor of music, and his trumpet studio have been involved in a variety of activities this spring semester. On Feb. 27, Land performed Claude T. Smith's

Rondo for Trumpet with the CU Concert Band in the Ransdell Chapel. On April 4, the CU Brass Ensemble performed with the CU Concert Chorus and featured John Rutter's Gloria. Trumpeter Lorenzo Trujillo, a member of the U.S. Army Pershing's Own Band in Washington D.C, was a guest soloist for this program and performed a stirring rendition of America. On April 11, Land performed lead trumpet with the Tommy Money Orchestra on WHAS 11 for a Great Day Live performance. This clip can be viewed here.


Three current CU trumpet students Blake Herron (senior), Saori Kataoka (sophomore) and Damon King (senior) competed in the 2014 McCauley Chamber Music Competition held on the University of Louisville campus on April 12. The trio performed Benjamin Britten's Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury and Ludwig van Beethoven's Op.87 Wind Trio arranged for three trumpets. While they did not place in the competition, the judges gave excellent feedback to the group. This ensemble was the only brass chamber group in the state of Kentucky to compete in the festival this year.

Mary Kutter wins at national music competition
Mary Kutter

Senior vocal performance major Mary Kutter was recently awarded the Most Promising Vocalist and Songwriter Awards at the 2014 North American Country Music Association International (NACMAI) Competition. NACMAI is dedicated to promoting the development of country, buegrass and gospel music throughout the United States and Canada.


CU piano ensemble debuts 'interactive performance'


Jaclyn White and Hsin-I Guo perform for residents of the Grandview Nursing Home in Campbellsville.

In April, the Campbellsville University Piano Ensemble debuted an "interactive performance" at Grandview Nursing Home in Campbellsville. Instead of a serious and hushed traditional classical performance setting with perfectly tuned grand piano, the ensemble played on an out-of-tune upright with their always-in-tune passions and devotions to music. The program featured an arrangement of Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown," a suite by George Bizet,  Bach's "Sonata in C Major," psalms singing, and interactive games. 


The piano ensemble is comprised of graduate student Hsin-I Guo and undergraduate students Jaclyn White, Colleen Ames and Jingying Pang.  Dr. Wesley Roberts directs the group.

Run for the Love of Music!



Campbellsville University's National Association for Music Education Collegiate chapter will host "Run for the Love of Music!" 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Proceeds will go toward professional development for music education students in the School of Music and local public school music education programs. More information to come! If you are interested in being an event sponsor contact Dr. April Sholty for more information! Get your running shoes on and let's run for the love of music!

Spotlight on... 


Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music, recently presented organ recitals at The Presbyterian Church of Danville and Christ Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, Ky.  The Danville performance was part of the Music on Main Street series and celebrated the 15th anniversary of the church's Taylor and Boody organ.  The performance in Bowling Green was a part of the church's Lenten Organ Series.
Dr. David Hedrick, assistant professor of music, served as head of the adjudication team for the annual 12th District (Jefferson County) Large Ensemble Assessment held at Ballard High School in Louisville March 12-13. Approximately 40 high school choirs participated in the event sponsored by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

A trio of faculty from Campbellsville University has been invited to perform at the 2014 National Flute Convention.  Dr. Lisa McArthur (flute), Dr. William Budai (piano), and Saulo DeAlmeida (cello) will perform a Trio by Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937), a composer from the Ukraine who wove jazz influences into this classically-styled composition.  They have previously performed this Trio on a faculty recital at Campbellsville University and at the 2014 Kentucky Flute Festival.  The 2014 National Flute Convention will be held in Chicago, Ill., and their performance will be on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in the historic Chicago Hilton on Michigan Avenue. Typically, 3000 flutists and flute enthusiasts from around the world attend the National Flute Convention each year.

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.
May 2: Graduate Commencement
May 3: Undergraduate Commencement 
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