February 2004

Lipscomb University Department of Music
February 2004 Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying our monthly newsletter. This newsletter contains information on upcoming scholarship auditions. Please let us know if we can assist you in anyway! Have a great day!

In This Issue

Calendar of Events
Faculty Feature –Dr. Larry D. Griffith
Alumni Feature – Terri Richter
NATS Student Auditions
Choral Ensemble Participation
Concerto Competition
Upcoming Scholarship Auditions
Lipscomb on the Web

Calendar of events for February and March

Feb. 7 – Homecoming. This year’s Homecoming celebration will feature a special presentation by the Music Department ensembles. The A Cappella Singers, University Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, the Early Music Consort, and additional vocal ensembles will combine to present “A Walk Down Memory Lane.” It will be held in Alumni Auditorium at 7:30 and admission is free.

Feb. 19 – The Lipscomb University Artist Series will feature the Meridian Arts Ensemble in performance at 8:00 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre. This ensemble consists of a brass quintet plus one percussionist performing a program featuring the music of Frank Zappa. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Admission is free with a Lipscomb ID.

Feb. 23 – The University Concert Band under the direction of Stephen Rhodes will perform a concert at 8:00 p.m. in Collins Alumni Auditorium.

Feb. 26 – The Jazz Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Gerald Moore and the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Rhodes will perform a concert at 6:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre.

March 12 – 19 A Cappella Singers’ Spring Tour. This year’s tour will include stops in Memphis, TN; Ft. Worth, TX; San Antonio, TX; Carlsbad, NM; Lubbock, TX; Amarillo, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; and Searcy, AR. For more information on locations and times, contact Larry Griffith.

Faculty Feature - Dr. Larry Griffith

Dr. Larry Griffith, Professor of Music, joined the Lipscomb University Music Department in 1977. During his twenty-seven-year tenure, he has taught Music Theory, Sight-singing and Ear-training, Private Voice, Class Voice, Class Guitar, Song leading, Music Appreciation, Voice Pedagogy, Vocal Literature and Diction, Secondary Vocal Methods, Choral Conducting, and has served as Director for the Chorale, the University Singers, and the A Cappella Singers. His educational background includes degrees from Harding University (BA in Music Education – ’69), the University of Missouri (MM in Voice – ’72), and Vanderbilt University (PhD in Music Education – ’84).

Under Griffith’s direction, the Lipscomb Choral Ensembles have traveled and performed in 40 states and numerous foreign countries. Five overseas concert tours over the past twelve years have included visits to England, Scotland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand, and Aruba. In June of 2004, he will be taking members of the A Cappella Singers and University Singers, as well as interested alumni, on a concert tour of China. The largest part of the time will be spent in Shanghai and Beijing. A few spots are still available for interested singers. Contact Dr. Griffith for more information.

Dr. Griffith has received two Faculty Development Grants for summer study and the David Laine Memorial Travel Award. The Laine award was for research into African music and involved a trip to Zanzibar and Tanzania this past summer. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is active as a clinician and adjudicator.

Married for thirty-seven years, Dr. Griffith and his wife, Brenda, have four children and four grandchildren, all living in the metropolitan Nashville area.

Alumni Feature – Terri Schott Richter

Terri Schott Richter graduated from Lipscomb University in 1991 with a double major in Music Education and Voice. She completed a Master of Arts in Voice from Middle Tennessee State University in 1993. While living in Memphis, TN, Terri was chosen for two roles in productions by Opera Memphis, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Peep-Bo in The Mikado. In 1997 she began a long association with the Seattle Opera and was named one of twelve singers chosen for Seattle Opera’s first national Young Artist Program. The Seattle Times recently featured Terri in an article where she was named as one of Seattle’s “Rising Stars.”

Since 1997, Terri has continued to live and work in the Seattle area, expanding her repertoire by singing additional roles with the Seattle Opera, Opera Idaho, the Seattle Symphony, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony, the Bellevue Philharmonic, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Fort Collins Symphony and the Walla Walla Symphony. She continues to receive rave reviews for her performances.

Speight Jenkins, General Director, Seattle Opera states: “I am very impressed with this young woman. She would benefit any opera company who engaged her. My realization of her extraordinary talent came in our …production of Le nozze di Figaro, in which she sang the role of Barbarina. In 50 years of Figaro performances, I have never heard a more pellucid, accurate, or tasteful delivery of the character’s Fourth Act aria. I have since engaged her to sing Papagena in The Magic Flute and Xenia in Boris Godunov, and I have invited her to sing the Sandman/Dew Fairy in next season’s Hansel and Gretel.”

For a complete list of Terri’s activities and performances, visit her web site at: www.terririchter.com.

NATS Student Auditions

Students who are enrolled in Private Voice at Lipscomb have the opportunity to participate in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions. The auditions, held each year in the spring, will be on April 2nd and 3rd this year. The Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University will serve as host for this year’s auditions. Participants have the opportunity to sing in three rounds of competition with written comments provided for each round. Contestants are grouped according to age and experience and judged on that basis in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. In addition to this being a good opportunity to receive feedback from other voice teachers, participants get to hear other singers and be exposed to new repertoire.

Choral Ensemble Participation

The choral ensembles at Lipscomb are open to participation by all students at the university. The two large choral groups, A Cappella Singers and University Singers, are directed by Dr. Larry Griffith. Most first-time students attend an Advance Session during the summer prior to their fall enrollment, where they receive academic advising and start the registration process. Since it is impossible to audition all interested singers during this short time span, auditions are put off until students arrive on campus for the Fall Semester.

This, of course, presents a problem if students’ schedules are already set before the audition. Therefore, we encourage any student who is interested in being in a choral group to actually register for that group during the Advance Session. If we need to make a change in a student’s schedule, we can do that easily during the first day or two of the semester.

A Cappella Singers is a mixed ensemble of approximately 50 singers. This group performs a varied repertoire consisting of standard sacred choral numbers, spirituals, and major choral works for chorus and orchestra. They represent Lipscomb University by traveling during the Spring Break and performing for varied audiences throughout the country. They also prepare special selections for choral festivals and other special occasions. Most of the university music majors and minors and vocal scholarship recipients sing in this group.

The University Singers is also a mixed ensemble and varies in size from year to year. This year’s group is a smaller ensemble of twenty-two singers. Membership in this group is open to anyone and also includes music majors and scholarship recipients. Often, singers will elect to be in both groups. University Singers also sings a wide variety of choral literature and represents the school at various functions.

Concerto Competition

The spring semester of 2003 will bring the inauguration of a new concerto competition for the students at Lipscomb University. Auditions are scheduled to be held Saturday, February 21 with a concert of the winning participants to be Monday, April 5. The judges for the competition include: Dr. Carol Nies, conductor of the Middle Tennessee State University Symphony and Nashville Youth Symphony; Dr. Melissa Rose, faculty coach/accompanist at Vanderbilt University; and Dr. Robert Gregg, conductor of the Belmont University Orchestra.

The competition will provide the winning student performers, both instrumental and vocal, the opportunity to perform a movement or aria with orchestral accompaniment.

Scholarship Auditions for Spring 2004

Lipscomb University will hold auditions for prospective freshman and transfers on March 6 and March 27, 2004. Music Scholarships are available in the following areas:

  • VOICE
  • PIANO
  • WOODWINDS
  • BRASS
  • PERCUSSION
  • STRINGS
  • GUITAR

For information on preparing and scheduling an audition or visiting campus, call one of the following numbers:

In Nashville – 279-5932
Toll free number – 1-800-333-4358, ext. 5932

Or write:
Dr. Marcia Hughes, Chair
Department of Music
Lipscomb University
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204

Lipscomb on the Web

You may view the Lipscomb University Music Department web page at http://music.lipscomb.edu.

To contact the Music Department:
Call: (800) 333-4358 ext. 5929 or (615) 279-5929.
Write to us at:
Department of Music
Lipscomb University
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
Email: marilyn.smith@lipscomb.edu.

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