Last fall, Katie Shaner Eubank (’05) performed in the Pensacola, Florida, area. She played in two symphonies and in the pit orchestra for Oklahoma! During the summer, she attended a music festival in Italy, performing in chamber ensembles as well as doing solo work. More recently, she traveled back to Nashville in October to participate with the Nashville Symphony in the opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Melissa Collins (’04) is pursuing a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership at Lipscomb University. She is the elementary music specialist at David Lipscomb Elementary School, and recently performed in a chamber concert with the Nashville Wind Ensemble. Carina Heim (’04) has begun work on a Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision at Lipscomb University. She is the music teacher and choral director at St. Joseph’s School in Madison, Tennessee. During the fall of 2006, Ann Teisher (’02) performed in Oklahoma! at The Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, Virginia. In 2007, she will be contracted with a Christian theater, Sight and Sound, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, performing in a show called In the Beginning. Grant Dalton (’95) completed his DMA degree in percussion at Ohio State University in August 2006. He continues his work at Samford University where he teaches in the instrumental music program. Chris Glenn (’94) is serving on the executive board of the Metro Nashville Education Association. Soprano Hope Watkins Koehler (’81) has toured Spain with the American Spiritual Ensemble featuring spirituals in the African-American traditions. The ensemble has several concerts scheduled in January in Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. The web address for the ensemble is: http://www.americanspiritualensemble.com/engagements.html. Kimbra Wiseman (’80) has received an add-on teaching certificate in Music Education in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University. On October 27, Phillip Sprayberry (’76) will be a presenter at the annual conference of the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA. His topic will be "Bigger Isn't Better: Discovering Chamber Musicals". His web site address is: http://phillipsprayberry.com. Barry Lumpkin (‘70) has been selected to conduct the Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble. Composer John Douglas Craton recently completed orchestrating his instrumental suite Beowulf. Also during the fall of 2006, his work The Legend of Princess Noccalula received European performances by the Het Consort in Saint-Clément, Picardie, France, and Jeantes, France. Mr. Craton’s Divertissements médiévaux was reviewed in the August 2006 issue of American String Teacher. Diana Fornshell has accepted a position in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area teaching music and band at several Catholic grade schools. She completed five years as a music teacher in Wells, Nevada; during her final year there she toured with her high school band in Southern California and was invited to be a guest conductor for a middle school honor choir. Paul Sikes has released his new CD dREAM tHAT wON"T dIE. Paul sang and wrote all of the songs, played several instruments and co-produced the album. His web site is: http://www.paulsikes.com/.
Melissa Collins (‘04) has accepted the elementary music teaching position at David Lipscomb Campus School. Ben Trotter is serving as an Associate Instructor in French at Indiana University and is directing a program in Paris for high school students. He directs a choral ensemble as a part of his responsibilities. Dee Reynolds (‘77) has accepted the position of band director at Ezell-Harding Christian School. Laura (Horton) Hamm (‘76) is currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Marshall University Graduate College. She was a recent contributor to the hymnal A Gift of Praise published by Praise Press in Nashville. Barry Lumpkin (‘70) has accepted the position of band director at David Lipscomb Campus School. John Douglas Craton’s Mandolin Concerto No. 1 in D minor recently received two performances in the Netherlands. The second was by the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Peter Sánta. Tadd Himelrick (‘03) has accepted a teaching position in theater at Independence High School in Williamson County. This spring he completed his M.M. degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Tennessee, and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. degree at Lipscomb University.
March 2006: Austin Bingman is taking graduate classes at Ohio State University. John Doug Craton recently completed a string quartet. One movement of the work is based on a motif he created in 1973. John’s cantata, Princess Noccalula, is on schedule to be premiered in the Netherlands on April 1st. He has other works which are to be performed in the near future in New Jersey, North Carolina and Colorado. His web address is http://www.craton.net/john/. Ursula Hicks Crosslin is teaching class piano to undergraduate music majors at Ohio State University and is on schedule to graduate with a master’s degree in musicology and piano pedagogy. She plans begin work on a Ph.D. next fall. Grant Dalton is in the final days of his work on his D.M.A. degree from Ohio State University. He also remains very active as a percussionist in Birmingham and as the Director of Percussion Studies at Samford University. Valerie Stone DeHoff was recently voted President-Elect of the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association. She will be President-Elect for two years, President for two, then Vice-President for two years. Bart LeFan recently performed in the production of Porgy and Bess with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Marti Pritchett Patchell is serving a two-year term as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Germantown Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble in which she has played flute since 1988. This summer the GSO is scheduled to play in Washington, DC, as a part of a music festival. Marti is also serving as the treasurer of the Mid-South Flute Society. David Richardson was recently named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers in their 2006 publication. Darla Mason Robinson has recently been cast in roles in movies and TV, including the upcoming Nicole Kidman film The Visiting, the HBO police drama The Wire, and a Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial. She is a member and creative arts director of the Fairfax church in Fairfax, Virginia. She was recently quoted in the Christian Chronicle as saying, “I firmly believe that drama can and should be used as a powerful tool to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.” Ann Teisher recently closed in a Christmas show at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with Phoenix Rising Entertainment. She is scheduled to do a 50’s and 60’s musical review at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater in Wytheville, Virginia. Her web site address is www.annteisher.com. Joy Thurmon recently received her M.M. in piano performance at Florida state University and has been accepted into the D.M. program in piano performance in the beginning of he fall.
September 2005: Grant Dalton will be directing the Samford University Steel Drum Band at the American Orff-Schlwerk Association Conference in Atlanta in November. Rob Higginbotham and his wife Julie recently participated in a missionary conference in Exeter, England. His new web site is www.robhigginbotham.com. Janet Dixon Holeman is directing the children's music program at her home congregation in Higlez, Arizona. Mark Lackey recently participated in the Oregon Bach Festival composers Symposium. Randy Morgan is the founder of the Sozo International Music and Art Festival in Eastern Europe. The web site for the festival is www.sozofestival.com/missions.html. Darla Mason Robinson recently appeared in an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street on the TNT network. Violinist Katie Shaner recently accepted positions with two orchestras, the Northwest Florida Philharmonic and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
November 2005: Kristi Hipps Bowers recently attended the VoiceCare Network Impact Course in Collegeville, MN. John Douglas Craton recently completed orchestrating his instrumental suite Beowulf. Chris Glenn is serving on the executive board of the Metro Nashville Education Association. Duff Harris is presently taking a class in Medieval music notation at the University of Chicago. Carina Heim has started working on a Masters of Educational Administration degree at Lipscomb University. Soprano Hope Watkins Koehler has toured Spain with the American Spiritual Ensemble featuring the spirituals in the African-American traditions. The ensemble has several concerts scheduled in January in Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee. The web address for the ensemble is: http://www.americanspiritualensemble.com/engagements.html. Melissa Lancaster works as songwriter, producer and engineer at Durant Studios in Goodlettsville, TN. Barry Lumpkin has been selected to conduct the Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble. Paul Sikes has released his new CD dREAM tHAT wON"T dIE. Paul sang and wrote all of the songs, played several instruments and co-produced the album. His web site is: http://www.paulsikes.com/. On October 27, Phillip Sprayberry will be a presenter at the annual conference of the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA. His topic will be "Bigger Isn't Better: Discovering Chamber Musicals". His web site address is: http://phillipsprayberry.com. Joy Thurmon recently presented at Lipscomb what will be her master's degree piano recital at Florida State University . Kimbra Wiseman has received an add-on teaching certificate in Music Education in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University.
August 2005: Molly Cronin has been accepted in the graduate program at the Cincinnati Music Conservatory where she will be studying cello and musicology. Christine Holmes Henes recently completed a two-week long program for church musicians at Notre Dame University called "Summersong." Marcus Miller has been accepted in the graduate program at Belmont University where he will be a vocal performance major. Ella Newkirk has accepted a position as general music teacher in the Smyrna Primary School in Tennesee. Bria Baker Parker recently graduated from Ohio State University with a masters degree in clarinet performance. Daniel Rushing has accepted a teaching position at the Portland, Tennessee Middle School where he will be teaching general music and directing the school choir. Ann Teisher is presently in rehearsal for Don’t Hug Me at the Door off Broadway Theatre in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Ben Trotter recently assisted Dr. Gerald Moore with the text underlay and translations of several Christmas Carol arrangements in French and Spanish which are to be published soon by Susato Press. Stephanie Vandermeer, a graduate student in oboe performance at Middle Tennessee State University, recently toured South Korea with the MTSU Concert Band.
Spring 2004: Bart LeFan, Lipscomb music alumnus and currently adjunct instructor in voice and music appreciation, is getting Nashville kids into opera--literally. Read more from the Tennessean.
Spring 2004: Lipscomb Music alumnus Michael Slayton,assistant professor of music theory and composition at the Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt), has been commissioned through a grant from the Nashville Metro Arts Council to compose a work for children's chorus. The work was premiered in a concert by the MET Singers and Celebration Singers in Lipscomb's Alumni Auditorium, Saturday, April 3.
Fall 2003:Dr. Lincoln Hanks, Assistant Professor of Music in the Seaver College-Fine Arts Division of Pepperdine University, has been selected by Lipscomb University as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts and Humanities.
Fall 2003: Hope Watkins Koehler, a Lipscomb alumna and professor of voice at the University of Minnesota, came back closer to home this summer to teach in the 2003 Kentucky Governor's School of the Arts. Read more...
Fall 2003: Shaun Amos, a Lipscomb alumnus and choral director at Clayton College in Georgia, conducted the Atlanta premiere of Haydn's opera Il mondo della luna ("The world of the moon") in February, 2003. Read more...