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MTNA Composition Competition 2013

Lipscomb students, Christon Carney and Zander Faidley, received Honorable Mention at the Music Teachers National Association composition contest for 2013-2014
The judges were: 
Samuel Zyman, The Juilliard School
Oscar Bettiso, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Don Freund, Indiana University

LU vocal major Julia Sharp awarded 3rd Place in Regional Finals

Julia SharpJulia Sharp has taken 3rd place in the College Freshman-Women category at the regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Julia is currently a student of Jean Miller, voice adjunct at Lipscomb University.

Lipscomb students who also advanced to the semi-finals include: 

Kaylea Frezza, semi-finalist College Freshman–Women
Carson Burch, semi-finalist College Sophomore–Men
Sydni Hayes, semi-finalist Junior/Senior Music Theater College–Women

All seven students who competed this year represented the university well. This was a great day for the vocal division, for Jean Miller and Dr. Gary Wilson, and for the Department of Music at Lipscomb. Congratulations to all, and BRAVA again to Julia Sharp!

MTNA Composition Contest

Lipscomb student, Zander Faidley, placed first at the Music Teachers National Association composition contest for 2012-2013.

The judges were: 
Samuel Zyman, The Juilliard School
Oscar Bettiso, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Don Freund, Indiana University

Dr. Stephen Rhodes as guest conductor

Dr. Steve RhodesDr. Stephen Rhodes was invited to serve as guest conductor of the Tennessee Valley Winds for the opening concert of the Middle Tennessee State University 2013 Wind Band Conference.  The conference is an annual event that brings in guest clinicians from throughout the world to conduct area high school students.  The Tennessee Valley Winds is a non-profit, self-supporting community band that has been providing quality musical performances since 1984, including appearances at TMEA conventions, the Mid-West Clinic International Conference, and London, England.

Men's Choir Festival

CantusDr. Gary Wilson from Lipscomb University rehearsed the visiting high school men's choirs during the day. In the afternoon, the professional men's choir, Cantus, provided a clinic for the choirs. In the evening, the combined festival choir presented a concert prior to the performance by Cantus, then joined with the men of Cantus for the grand finale.

Lipscomb choral director presents historical research at Library of Congress

Not many people get the chance to present their research at the nation’s preeminent archive, the Library of Congress. But that is the opportunity Lipscomb’s director of choruses got this summer when he attended the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) National Symposium on American Choral Music.

The Library of Congress is working in cooperation with the ACDA to make more historic choral music available to scholars, thus advancing national efforts to define the “American style” of choral music through the centuries.

Gary Wilson, Lipscomb’s director of choruses, completed his doctoral dissertation on Edward MacDowell, one of the most significant American composers of the 19th century, in 2004 while teaching at York College in Nebraska. Soon after, several of MacDowell’s works were chosen to be posted on a website launched as part of the joint project by the ACDA and Library of Congress.

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The Avalon Trio named third in nation at NYC conference

Trio ranked in top three chamber ensembles in nation with University of Illinois and Central Washington University

Avalon TrioLipscomb University’s Avalon Trio was named one of the top three chamber ensembles in the nation at a conference in New York City on March 24.

The Avalon Trio placed third in the Music Teachers National Association’s chamber competition at the 2012 national conference. The Anansazi String Quartet from the University of Illinois and Trio Mundana from Central Washington University finished first and second in the competition.

The Avalon Trio’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 2 in C minor and Paul Schoenfield’s “Café Music” earned them third place in the national competition. They qualified for the national competition after winning state and regional MTNA affiliate conferences leading up to this event.

“They played fabulously – as well as they can possibly play. It’s a huge honor. They placed higher than universities with well-established music schools such as Rice University and ensembles comprised mostly of graduate students,” said Jerome Reed, Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of piano at Lipscomb.

The ensemble is comprised of Julian Calvin, piano; Joel Campbell, violin; and Kenneth Coca, cello. They group has played together for three years.


Interview with the Avalon Trio

Brahms Requiem

Lipscomb University's A Cappella Singers, in cooperation with University Singers and the Chamber Choir from Franklin High School, perform the Brahms Requiem featuring the Lipscomb University Orchestra.

Dr. Gary Wilson, conductor