February 2014
CU to present annual song festival Feb. 19
Campbellsville University will host her second annual Song Festival "One, Come, Sing for Joy!" located on the campus of Campbellsville University Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

The event is free and open to the public for all ages and denominations.

The theme for this year's festival is "One" according to Dr. Tony Cunha, dean of the School of Music. "The main concept is to bring us all together," he said.

The Robertson Worship Endowment is the sponsor of the event.

CU School of Music well represented at KMEA Feb. 6-7


CU Steel Band
Members of the Intercollegiate Orchestra
Celia Borges
Cyndi Chadwick & April Sholty

The Campbellsville University School of Music was very well represented at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conference held in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 6-7.


The String Ensemble, conducted by professor of music Dr. J. Robert Gaddis, performed among other works, the infamous "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.


Immediately following the String Ensemble, CU's Steel Band played a variety of works for steel drum ensemble including the well-known piece "Jump in the Line," often referred to as "Shake, Senora" and featured in the 1988 film Beetlejuice.  The steel band was founded and directed by assistant professor of music and CU alumnus Dr. Chad Floyd.   


A number of Campbellsville University students were selected to perform in intercollegiate ensembles. CU students participating in the Intercollegiate Band included Daniel Beams, saxophone (Campbellsville); Jarrod Fenwick, horn (Lebanon); Tyler Fenwick, horn (Lebanon); Damon King, trumpet (Bardstown); Jeremy Bell, trombone (Harlan); and Zach Cox, tuba (Campbellsville).


The All-Collegiate Choir included Ginna Marsh (Cynthiana), Fern Thomas (Madisonvlle), Jessica Blakeman (Campbellsville), Rebecca Oliver (Scottsville), Jericho McCoy (Campbellsville) and Blake Whitlock (Hodgenville).


Intercollegiate Orchestra featured a number of CU students as well including Christina Bishop, flute (Campbellsville); Jenna Embry, clarinet (Caneyville); Blake Herron, trumpet (Campbellsville); Saori Kataoka, trumpet (Tokushima, Japan); Guang Jin, violin (Yangji, China); Zhihuan An, violin (Shanghai, China); Courtney Gilbert, violin (Hodgenville); Ching-Hao Lin, violin (Kaohsiung, Taiwan); Eunsil Park, violin (Busan, Korea); Sarah Gilbert, viola (Hodgenville); Leonardo Barros, viola (Rio de Janiero, Brazil); Gabriella Batista, cello (Vitoria, Brazil); and Andrey Junca, double bass (Vitoria, Brazil).


CU School of Music alumnae Jessica Lander Floyd (BA '00) and Sarah Montgomery Martin (BMME '98, MMME '03)  co-presented a clinic titled "Enhancing, Integrating, and Everything in Between." The session focused on how to help regular classroom teachers feel more comfortable utilizing music in their classroom.  Both Floyd and Martin are music teachers in Marion County, Ky.


Celia Collins Borges, CU alumna (BM '07) and music teacher in Oldham County, Ky., gave a clinic titled "A Few of My Favorite Things: Writing to Demonstrate Learning in Music."


Assistant professor of music Dr. April Stephens Sholty also presented a clinic at KMEA titled "I Thought I Was Just Here to Watch . . . Enriching Field Experiences for University Music Education Students." Sholty co-presented this clinic with CU alumna Cyndi Crowder Chadwick (MA '94).


Sholty also organized a group of about 15 music education majors in a trip to the conference for professional development experiences.

Gaddis recognized for 40 years of service in music education


Dr. J. Robert Gaddis, professor of music and former dean of the School of Music, was recognized at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association conference in February 2014 for over 40 years of service in the field of music education.


"I am very pleased to have survived over 40 years of teaching," said Gaddis. "I must thank the many students I have had to privilege to teach, from middle school through college. I have loved teaching from my first year and consider it a calling, not an occupation."


Gaddis served as president of KMEA from 1999 to 2001, as a member of the Executive Committee from 1997 to 2003, as College/University chair in 1996, as Fourth District College/University representative from 1982 to 1993, and as Third District President from 1977 to 1978. In 2003, Gaddis was presented the KMEA Distinguished Service Award.


Gaddis has taught at Campbellsville University since 1982.

Spotlight on... 


Ying-Huei Ting (MM '09) that she had several students who won piano competitions this past year in Taiwan. Zhiwei Zheng (MM '10) reports that she has passed her comprehensive exams for the doctorate at West Virginia University. Yuri Kim (MM '11) will perform at the Northern Kentucky Piano Pedagogy Conference in February 2014. Taeeun Moon (MM '11) will sing the role of Don Giovanni in March in the University of Kentucky Opera Workshop's production of Mozart's famous opera.


Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor of music, was the guest speaker for a banquet in Bardstown, Ky,, on Jan. 11 given by the Stephen Foster Music Club commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of the composer.
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.
Feb. 19: Congregational Song Festival, 6:30 p.m., Ransdell Chapel
Feb. 25: University Orchestra, 8 p.m., Ransdell Chapel
Feb. 27: Concert Band, 8 p.m., Ransdell Chapel
Feb. 28: CU Honors Band, 7:30 p.m., Ransdell Chapel
March 20: CU Piano Ensemble, 8 p.m.
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