Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Returns

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, one of Russia's most exciting ensembles of young artists, returns to Lipscomb this month to present a concert featuring Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ. This unusual work is a set of orchestral meditations on the last statements of Christ on the cross, and reveals Haydn's mastery of symphonic, operatic, and sacred styles. The performance will take place Monday, March 10th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Ward Performance Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and free with a Lipscomb ID.

Faculty and Guest Artists Present Carillon Recitals

This weekend the Lispcomb campus will reverberate with the sound of bells rather than the noise of construction. At 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 22nd, Lipscomb carillonneur Donna King will present a recital for the 2007 National Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. On Saturday, June 23rd, at 7:00 p.m., internationally recognized carillonneur Tin-Shi Tam will present a recital including a variety of modern works, folk song arrangements, and transcriptions of classics by Handel and Bach.

Groundbreaking for New Music Facility
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On Friday, April 28th, Lipscomb University broke ground near the center of campus for a new two-story music facility that will house faculty studios and offices on the lower floor and a rehearsal hall on the upper floor. The new construction will be connected to the Collins Alumni Auditorium, which is also being completely renovated. Improvements to the auditorium will include an expansion of the stage and modernization of the seating, lighting, and sound. Part of the existing basement level underneath the auditorium will also be renovated to contain the music library, practice rooms, and classrooms. The new facilities are projected to be ready by the fall of 2008. With the renovation of Ward Performance Hall last summer, this new construction and renovation will give the music department completely new teaching and performing spaces.

FALL 2006: Adam Frey, euphoniumist, has scheduled a master class to be held in the Ward Performance Hall on Saturday, Oct. 28th, at 7:00 p.m. A native of Atlanta, Mr. Frey is one of the most recognized names today on his instrument, and one of the rising stars among young brass players in the United States. Read more about him at

SUMMER 2006: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Wilson will join the Lipscomb University music faculty this fall as our new choral director. Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Harding University, and holds the M.M. from Baylor University and the D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska. He comes to us from York College, where he directed the select Chamber Singers group. Prior to his work at York, Gary had a very successful thirteen-year tenure at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock. We look forward to working with him!

SUMMER 2006: While we prepare to welcome a new member of the music faculty, it is with regret that we say goodbye to another long-time friend: Dr. Gerald Moore has announced his retirement effective the end of the 2005-2006 academic year. His career at Lipscomb will be the subject of a feature in the next issue of the Lipscomb Music newsletter. His students and colleagues alike will miss his scholarship, integrity, kindness, and humor. We wish Gerald and Barbara all the best in this new beginning in their lives.

SPRING 2006: Lipscomb University Department of Music will be the first in the nation to require music majors to sit for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams, beginning next year. The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is a system of exams that have been given throughout the U.K. and the British Commonwealth for 125 years. Over 620,000 exams are now administered annually by a highly trained group of examiners to students not only in the British Commonwealth, but also in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Spain, Malaysia, Korea, Mexico, mainland China, and the United States. Music students from Lipscomb will sit for the Grade 8 exams in either their instrument or voice at the end of the sophomore year, and having passed them, would then take the Diploma level exams before they graduate.

FALL 2005: Joy Thurmon, 2002 graduate of the Lipscomb music department, presented a piano recital in the Ward Performance Hall on Nov. 1. She performed works from her upcoming master's recital at Florida State University. Ms. Thurmon is a private piano teacher in Tallahassee and is completing the requirements for a Master of Music degree.

SUMMER 2005: Four Lipscomb music students participated in the 2005 Mountain Collegium, a workshop in early music hosted by Young Harris College in Georgia. Chris Brock, Martina Eddy, Katie Maxwell, and Landon Stubblefield not only attended classes but also worked as staff assistants. Dr. Gerald Moore, director of Lipscomb's Early Music Consort, has taught at the Mountain Collegium for several years.

SPRING 2005: Graduating senior Molly K. Cronin has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music this fall. She will pursue a Master's degree in music history while continuing study of the cello and participation in performing ensembles. Miss Cronin is a music major (performance emphasis) from Wheeling, West Virginia.

SPRING 2005: Michael Rickelton has been accepted and awarded a scholarship to study at the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris this summer. This institute is held for composition students under the oversight of Juilliard. Mr. Rickelton is a junior music education major from Charlotte, North Carolina.

SPRING 2005: The New Music Ensemble performance on Tuesday, April 12th featured the works of two student composers, Landon Stubblefield and Michael Rickelton (including Michael's recent award-winning art song, "Concord"), along with a sampling of works by the well known and venerated avant-garde composer John Cage.  The Cage works will include Baccanale for prepared piano, Living Room Music, which is played on items one might find in a living room, The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs for voice and closed piano, and the concert will conclude with guest artist Donna King performing Cage's Music for Carillon No. 2 as the audience walks from Ward towards the Allen Carillon Tower.

SPRING 2005: Lipscomb music student Michael Rickelton won First Place in the Arnold Salop Memorial Composition Contest sponsored by the Southeastern Composers' League. His prize-winning entry was an art song titled "Concord". Mr. Rickelton is a junior music education major from Charlotte, North Carolina.

SPRING 2005: The A Cappella Singers Spring Tour 2005, March 18-24, included performances in Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; East Peoria, Illinois; and St. Louis, St. Joseph, and West Plains, Missouri. Click here for details.

SPRING 2005: Matt D. Cline, a senior music major, is a semi-finalist in the 2005 National Trumpet Competition.  He will travel to Washington D.C. in March for the next stage of the competition, which features guest artists/judges such as Phil Smith of the New York Philharmonic and jazz legend Doc Severinson.

FALL 2004: A choral composition by a Lipscomb student was sung at the dedication of a September 11th memorial park in the Three Villages area of Long Island, New York on the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks.  The Ward Melville High School Chorus sang Michael Rickleton’s “Calm the waves of this heart” in a ceremony that involved students and faculty of the Three Villages School District, the local Boys and Girls Club, and members of the Setauket Fire Department.  Mr. Rickleton is a junior music major from Charlotte, NC.

FALL 2004: Lipscomb student David Finney won the annual composition contest of the Tennessee chapter of the Music Teachers National Association held earlier this November.  His winning entry was a voice and piano setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "There came a wind like a bugle". Mr. Finney is a junior music major from Dickson, TN.

FALL 2004: On November 17, the Lipscomb University Department of Music will host its first Music Day for Home School Students. Home-schooled juniors and seniors with an interest in music are invited, along with their parents, to attend this event. Activities include special music classes taught by Lipscomb faculty, a chance to attend chorus and band rehearsals, a performance by the Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and opportunities to find out more about participating in or majoring in music on the college level. 

FALL 2004:  Michael Rickelton, a junior music major with emphasis in vocal/general music teaching, was selected as a finalist in the Choral Composition Competition hosted by the Ithaca College School of Music.  He conducted his work "Calm the Waves of this Heart" at the Choral Festival Concert, Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Ford Hall in Ithaca, New York.


FALL 2004: Lipscomb's private instructor in guitar, Mark Godwin, and his duo partner Robert Thompson, released their second CD. Bello Bilancieto includes the first recording of Valsas do Rio , a new work by Clarice Assad. Read more at


SPRING 2004: Michael Rickelton, a sophomore music major from Charlotte, NC, won 2nd place in a national competition for student composers that solicited choral works dealing with themes of non-violence. Rickelton's winning composition, "Calm the waves of this heart", will be premiered at a concert following an academic conference titled "Teaching Peace: Nonviolence and the Liberal Arts Curriculum" held at Bluffton College in Bluffton, OH, May 26-28.

SPRING 2004: Lipscomb’s first concerto competition was held Saturday, Feb. 21. Students in a variety of performing media—-brass, woodwinds, strings, piano, and voice—-competed for slots on a concert held April 5 in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Winners of the competition were Chris Brock, trombone (junior-Hendersonville), Matt Cline, trumpet (senior-Valrico, FL), David Finney, piano (junior-Dickson), Carina Heim, vocal (senior-Pavilion, NY), Anamarie Hickman, piano (sophomore-Anchorage, AK), Marcus Miller, vocal (junior-Antioch) and Michael Rickleton, vocal (junior-Charlotte, NC).

SPRING 2004: In June 2004, the Concert Choir of Lipscomb University will travel to China and experience some of the world's most incredible sights and to perform in some unbelievable venues.  The group will visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City as well as the cities of Shanghai and Beijing.  Whether you are a current member, a choir alumni or a friend or family member of one of our members, you are invited to join us on this once in a lifetime tour.  Please contact us for an application.  Space is limited!

SPRING 2004: The A Cappella Singers spring tour, will take them to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Lubbock, March 12-19, San Antonio, Carlsbad, NM, and Amarillo. Appearances in Memphis and Oklahoma are planned along the way. 

FALL 2003: Dr. Jerome Reed, Professor of Music, received one of Lipscomb's highest honors, the Avalon Award for Creative Excellence.  Read more...

FALL 2003: Dr. Larry Griffith, Professor of Music, received the David Laine Memorial Travel Allowance for the summer of 2003, to enable him to attend a music conference in Tanzania.  Read more...