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Alabama State University Recent Student Activities Ezra Joshua Smith, a senior BA voice major, placed third in the collegiate division at the Gulf Coast Steinway Society Piano & Voice Awards Festival held on September 12, 2015 on the campus of the University of Mobile. Joycelyn Bradford, a senior BA violin major, and Corelia Davis, a junior BA/BME piano major, were selected as a violin/piano duo for the Music Mountain Festival held on August 20-24, 2015 in Lakeville, Connecticut. The weeklong workshop featured coaching sessions led by members of the Harlem String Quartet. ASU Around the Globe Dr. Doug Bristol, professor of theory, had Impetuous Encounter for sopranino saxophone and brass quartet, performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France on July 10, 2015. Members of the brass faculty at ASU, including Dr. Carly Johnson (trumpet), Dr. Brenda Luchsinger (horn), Dr. Doug Bristol (trombone) and Dr. Jeremy Crawford (tuba) traveled to Strasbourg for the French premiere. Dr. Adonis Gonzalez Matos, professor of piano, served as adjudicator and clinician at the Lyceum Mozartiano de la Habana Festival Y Concurso de Piano Musicalia 2015. Gonzalez also recently appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional at the Sala Avellaneda del Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba on a nationally televised performance of the Prokofiev third piano concerto.

2016 ASU Honor Band & Honor Choir Festival The 2016 High School Honor Festival for grades 9-12 will be held on February 26-28, 2016. The annual event features a weekend of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a grand finale concert given by festival participants. The festival also serves as a scholarship audition opportunity for graduating seniors.

Online application forms

will be available soon at Recent Alumni Activities LeBarron McWhorter (BME, ’06) was one of six conductors selected to participate in the 2015 National Conducting Symposium sponsored by the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”


on July 20-24, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia, the symposium featured guest clinician Dr. Jack Stamp.

Additional information about the Department of Music may be found at music

Auburn University

The Department of Music at Auburn University is thriving and can boast of outstanding and active faculty. We offer exciting opportunities for performance and music education majors, as well as for students majoring in other fields who wish to participate in classes and ensembles. The department strives to achieve and sustain excellent standards of performance, creativity,


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pedagogy, research and scholarship in music. Many of our talented faculty members have achieved national recognition for their accomplishments. We appreciate the opportunity offered here by AMEA to share information with you.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Michael Pendowski has been appointed Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz. He holds the Doctor of Music Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music and will continue his outstanding work with our jazz ensembles and saxophone students. Dr. Nikki Gross joins our faculty as Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. She holds degrees from the University of West Virginia and the Doctor of Music Arts degree in conducting from the University of South Carolina. We are thrilled to have these two outstanding faculty members in the Department of Music.

At Auburn we provide a nurturing atmosphere that provides opportunities for individual attention and regular performance for students. Our department is growing and the quality of students continues to improve. Encourage your students who are interested in Music or Music Education degrees to schedule an audition through our website at: Audition dates are: Feb. 13 and 20, 2016 and visits to our campus can be arranged any time.

We will hold our annual Middle School Honor Band on February 4-6, 2016 and the High School Honor Band on February 11-13, 2016 with an option for honor band participants to audition as music or music education majors on Thursday, Feb. 11. Find information at: event/honor_bands/index.htm.

Please contact the Department of Music at 334- 844-4165 or by email to if you have questions about our degree programs or offerings.

War Eagle! Samford University

The Division of Music at Samford University, housed within the School of the Arts, began the academic year with the School of the Arts Student Gala and the Division of Music Faculty Gala. These two events have come to be favorites among students, faculty, and the broader Birmingham community. These programs showcased the work of students and faculty, respectively, and inaugurated an academic year full of music activity by students and faculty as well as distinguished guest artists.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Department of Music at Samford. To celebrate, the Division of Music has a spectacular lineup

of events, including a November 17 concert featuring our combined choirs and orchestra presenting the Mozart Requiem. In addition, the Division of Music will host world-renowned artists through the Davis Architects Guest Artist Series. This series will begin with the premier Takács Quartet on September 29 in Brock Recital Hall, followed by the Arianna String Quartet with Israeli pianist Einav Yarden on October 29. Surrounding these concerts are recitals by Samford faculty members Demondrae Thurman (euphonium), Brian Viliunas (clarinet), Brad Diamond (tenor), Ryan Beach (trumpet), and Jeffrey Flaniken (violin) with Angela Flaniken (viola) and Don Sanders (piano). Interspersed between the Davis Architect Series and faculty recitals are concerts featuring Samford’s A Cappella Choir, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and various chamber ensembles.

Off the stage, Samford’s music faculty is engaged in an extensive curricular project that will include a revision of all music degrees. The curricular revision is part of a larger project within the School of the Arts to bring students from all artistic disciplines together in an innovative, creative, entrepreneurial arts core from the freshman to senior years. Finally, this fall the Division of Music welcomed its first cohort of students into the Master of Music degree with a concentration in Voice Performance. This new degree complements existing graduate programs in church music, music education, and piano performance and pedagogy.

For a full listing of all recitals, concerts, and other events through the Division of Music at Samford University, visit music.

The John M. Long School of Music Troy University

We are grateful to AMEA for providing this opportunity to share information with our music colleagues and music students across the state.

Special Anniversaries

Our School of Music is celebrating two landmark anniversaries this year: The 50th anniversary of the “Sound of the South” marching band and the 75th anniversary of the Troy University Band program. We look forward to continuing to build on this tradition of excellence.

New Steinway Artist Concert Series

During the 2015 Spring semester, Troy University celebrated two significant artistic milestones: the John M. Long School of Music became an All-Steinway School; and, Dr. Hui-

October/November 2015

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