Lipscomb Music Alumni

Congratulations to Joshua Harper ('10), the only student accepted into a full assistantship at the University of Massachusetts  for this academic year. He is teaching an undergraduate course called "The Lively Arts", which includes leading a discussion each week on a different section of the arts (film, dance, visual art, theater, classical music, jazz). He is also singing with the Chamber Choir, co-conducting the Recital Choir and Women's Choir, and studying Haydn's Little Organ Mass to conduct with the orchestra this spring. 

Marcus Miller ('05) currently a DMA student at the University of Alabama, spent a portion of this summer participating in SongFest, a prestigious young artist program with a primary focus on song repertoire. He performed in master classes and coaching sessions for artists such as Libby Larsen and Jake Heggie. 

Melissa Collins ('04), elementary music teacher at the David Lipscomb Campus School, was part of an expert panel presenting at the Tennessee Music Educator Association state conference held at the Opryland Hotel. The session was entitled "Teaching Music in the Private Schools" and dealt with aspects of music programs at private schools and strategies for teaching in private school environments. 

Ella Newkirk ('04), who received the BS in Music Education from Lipscomb University, was honored for her work as a classroom music teacher at Smyrna Primary School when she was named Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. 

Grant Dalton ('95) was recently awarded tenure at Samford University, where he is professor of percussion studies and director of the Samford Percussion Ensemble and Samford Steel, the university’s steel drum band. Dalton is also the assistant athletic band director and teaches several academic courses. He received the BS in Music Education at Lipscomb University, and the MM and DMA degrees at The Ohio State University. He will be performing a free concert at Lipscomb on Monday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre.

October 2005: Bria Baker completed her Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University at the end of the summer session. John Doug Craton composed three concertos for mandolin which were dedicated to New York mandolinist Victor Kioulaphides, French mandolinist Richard Walz, and German mandolinist Gertrud Weyhofen. Carla Patton Veronese is currently playing oboe and English horn in the Samford University Orchestra while pursuing a degree in pharmacy. Terri Schott Franklin will sing Mozart’s Requiem at Middle Tennessee State University Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m. in Wright Music Hall.