Georgia College Keynotes
...notes and musings from the Department of Music
Issue 5 | May 25, 2022
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, co-editor
Jennifer Flory, co-editor, layout and design coordinator
Note from the editors…
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak & Jennifer Florymusicnewsletter@gcsu.edu
Message from the Chair
As we close the spring 2022 semester, the Department of Music has continued to thrive in our new reality as we navigate Covid-19 and its variants. With our ability to live stream, our limited seating of in-person concerts, and access to large spaces on and off-campus, we have maintained our connection with our students and our audience.
Our music faculty have remained actively pursuing their research and various creative projects, and many have received invitations and awards during the Spring 2022 semester. Recently, Dana Gorzelany-Mostak received the COAS 2022 Award for Excellence in Teaching and Tina Holmes-Davis received the COAS 2022 Award and the University Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. Our music therapy faculty, Katie Whipple, Laurie Peebles, and Susan Craig, presented at the SER-AMTA conference in Lexington, KY along with some of our current students in the Music Therapy program.
The Department of Music hosted over 40 concerts and workshops led by both our own faculty and guest artists for the academic year. Laurie Peebles hosted a Graduate Seminar weekend in January with guest alumni speaker Jacqueline Sertell, MT-BC (BMT 20’), Matthew Robinson (adjunct guitar instructor) hosted a guitar workshop in February with guitarist Daniel Bolshoy, and Jennifer Piazza-Pick hosted a virtual career workshop with Angela Myles Beeching. These activities have provided our students with experiences beyond the stage.
The 2nd Terry Endowed Concert, “Songs and Sonnets,” featured all Georgia College ensembles performing Shakespeare-inspired musical works. College of Arts & Sciences Dean Eric Tenbus served as narrator. JazzFest returned to Front Campus, featuring guest artist Marshall Gilkes under the direction of Chris Enghauser (adjunct bass instructor). Tyrone Jackson performed with the faculty jazz Quartet and hosted an evening jam session in the Arts & Sciences Courtyard. Stay tuned for the 2022–23 concert series and events on our website.
We continue to pursue community outreach opportunities. Music therapy students returned to live performances with the Creative Expressions concerts at the Life Enrichment Center. Don Parker and Mia Eaton hosted the 4th Annual GC Day of Percussion with Joe Moore III in a day of in-person and live-streamed workshops and performances.
We are wrapping up a few of our initiatives and preparing for the future. We submitted our optional response to National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) based on our visit in October 2021, and we are waiting for the commission’s decision on our accreditation. The unification of the Departments of Music and Music Therapy under the College of Arts & Sciences continues with the merging of our electronic music lab with the keyboard lab in Health Sciences for more classroom space and upgraded technology. We return with in-person summer orientations in June and July. We will continue with our monthly zoom-in meetings for prospective students in coordination with the Office of Admissions starting in September 2022. After an extensive search process, we will be welcoming Robert Stewart as our new Lecturer in Music Therapy and Gabrielle Banzon (BMT '14) as our new Lecturer in Music Therapy/Clinical Coordinator this fall.
We look forward to connecting with all of our students, alumni, and Friends of Music this fall. Please stay in touch, stay safe, and get boosted.
Don N. Parker
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music
Upcoming Events and Recent News
Center for Music Education Events
We have ten professional development workshops and three workshops for future music majors planned for 2022-2023. Register at https://forms.gle/GdFZGNxKyATdpSWd7.
High School Students (future music majors)
August 16, 6-8 pm: Audition Prep and the Psychology of Performance Day with Owen Lovell
August 23, 6-8 pm: Life as a Music Major with GC CNAfME
August 30, 6-8 pm: Music Theory Prep with David Johnson
September 23: High School Choral Day - more details forthcoming. Contact Jennifer Flory at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
November TBA: The 4th Annual Georgia College Winds and Percussion Workshop—Look for information about our All-State workshop for high school students this Fall! Contact Andrew J. Allen at email@example.com for more details!
2022-2023 Professional Development Workshops (Students are welcome to attend!)
September 3, 12-2 pm: Teaching Music Students to Practice with Tina Holmes-Davis
September 10, 12-2 pm: Intro to Strings Pedagogy with Bryan Hall
September 24, 12-2 pm: Intro to choral programming with JenniferFlory
November 12, 12-2 pm: Music therapy strategies in the classroom with Laurie Pebbles and Katie Whipple
November 19, 12-2 pm: Music Technology in the Classroom with Zandra Bell-McCroy
December 3, 12-2 pm: Intro to Grant Writing with Dana Gorzelany-Mostak
December 10, 12-2 pm: Top Tips for De-centering Your Rehearsals and Launching Your Students’ Minds with Cliff Towner
March 25, 12-2 pm: Representation in Choral Repertoire with Chantae Pittman
April 1, 12-2 pm: Programming for Concert and Contest with Jay Davis
April 15, 12-2 pm: Woodwind Refresher with Andrew Allen
The times given above are all EST. For more information, please contact Tina Holmes-Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Therapy Events
August 17, 6 pm: Welcome Orientation
November 17, 6 pm: Creative Expressions Concert
November 18, 2-5 pm: End of Semester Seminar
For more information, please contact Katie Whipple at email@example.com.
This semester felt relatively back-to-normal, especially after March, and busy with four concerts. After a hiatus last year, Max Noah Singers (MNS) performed their annual concert, Valentine’s Day Rendezvous. MNS and Women’s Ensemble (WE) combined to present Raising Her Voice, a concert of vocal and choral music by female composers. All three choirs, MNS, WE, and University Chorus (UC), performed in the 2nd Terry Endowed Concert, “Songs and Sonnets.” UC sang George Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets with Lizzy Galloway on bass and Hue Jang on piano. WE sang Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream) with the GC Orchestra, Youngmi Kim, and Jennifer Piazza-Pick. MNS and UC combined to perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the GC Orchestra and student soloists. And, last, but not least, all three choirs were represented at Music at the Mansion, with UC performing with a select ensemble of singers.
We were very fortunate to hold our rehearsals up to the beginning of March in the beautiful and acoustically rewarding sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Milledgeville. We are ever so grateful for the hospitality and assistance of the church, especially Madelyn Wright. We would also like to thank the team at GC Production Services, led by Keith Bergeron and Clay Garland, for all of their work live-streaming our events. We look forward to having our first post-pandemic High School Choral Day this fall on September 23rd.
Women's Ensemble, Max Noah Singers, and Vocal Soloists
GC Jazz Combo At GMEA
On January 28th, the GC Jazz Combo (Mary Mead - Alto Sax, Levi Rafal -Trumpet, Elizabeth Galloway - Bass, Ellie Deener - Piano, and Jacob Hammock - Drums) was invited to serve as the demonstration group for Jerry Tolson’s (University of Louisville) clinic on Jazz Articulations at the GMEA Conference in Athens, GA. The Combo also performed in the Chamber Concert, Music at the Mansion, two private events on campus, and a small set for each of the Amici Jazz Jam Sessions.
GC Jazz Band
The GC Jazz Band was under the direction of bass instructor Chris Enghauser while Cliff Towner was on sabbatical this semester. The band continued its traditional two-night run of concerts entitled A Little Big Band Music featuring music born from the great big bands of Louis Prima, Dizzy Gillespie, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Coffin, and others. All band members were featured as soloists. Mr. Enghauser was delighted at the opportunity to direct the band for the semester.
JazzFest Returns to Front Campus
On April 30th, JazzFest, with support from Allied Arts, returned to front campus with the GC Jazz Band, featuring guest artist trombonist Marshall Gilkes under the direction of Georgia College Double Bass Instructor Chris Enghauser. Putnam, Baldwin, and Luella High Schools performed and participated in clinics during the weekend. Pianist Tyrone Jackson (Kennesaw State University) hosted the late evening jam session in the Arts & Sciences Courtyard with assistance from the GC faculty (Chris Enghauser, Andrew Allen, and Don Parker) while students (high school and college), Gilkes, and community members listened and sat in to close out the evening festivities.
Coming September 17th: The 4th Annual Jazz at the Magnolia Fundraiser and GC Jazz Workshop--Look for information about participating and attending these events in the fall: Contact Don Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org and Andrew J. Allen at email@example.com.
Georgia College Jazz Band, Georgia College Jazz Combo, Luella High School, Baldwin High School, Apalachee School, Putnam County High School, Oak Hill Middle School
Michael Kobito, a Master of Music Education student, is the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year! Mr. Kobito is an AP Music Theory teacher and high school band director at Woodland High School in the Bartow County School System. As Director of Bands at Woodland High School, Kobito oversees and manages four concert bands, a 200-member marching band, a basketball pep band, a private lessons institute, jazz band, and winter guard. Under his direction, the marching band has been invited to march in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., and the London New Year's Day Parade in 2023.
From the first day students enter the band room, Kobito encourages them to strive for excellence, and to view every day as “an opportunity, not an obstacle, to reaching their potential."
Music Theatre Scenes
Campbell Ransom, Music Therapy sophomore learns drum set in new MT Skills class
Music Therapy seniors present at SER-AMTA conference: Sidney Johnson, Emily Kirkland, Abigail Hearn, and Cassidy Weber
Music Therapy students, alumni, and faculty attend SER-AMTA Regional Music Therapy conference in Lexington, Kentucky
The music therapy program had a very busy spring semester! Our practicum students traveled across middle Georgia to provide music therapy services to sites such as Carlyle Place, Life Enrichment Center, Fellowship Home at Meriweather, The Cottages, Benchmark Autism Services, and Hospice Home. In March, faculty and students traveled to the 2022 SER-AMTA regional conference in Lexington, KY. In addition to networking and learning about current music therapy practices around the region, students had the opportunity to explore Lexington in their free time.
April brought three major performances, which included the Creative Expressions Concert at the Life Enrichment Center, the Sound Creations Concert, and the Baldwin County School District Performance. The semester ended with the end-of-semester music therapy seminar where practicum students shared their clinical results and senior music therapy students presented Improvisation Methods in Action. In addition, several music therapy students were presented with awards. The Outstanding Undergraduate Music Therapy Major awards went to Emily Kirkland and Cassidy Weber and the Outstanding Graduate Music Therapy Student award went to Caroline Miller.
The music therapy graduate students had the opportunity to hear from alumna Jacqueline Sertell, MT-BC, and the music therapy profession in a behavioral health state hospital program. In addition, Laurie Peebles shared her experience advocating for the music therapy profession in Zhengzhou, China.
Music Therapy Internships
Gracie Anderson, Fulton County School System, Atlanta, GA, completed April 2022
Allie Balducci, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, started January 2022
Abby Hearn, AccentCare Hospice, Atlanta, GA, starting July 2022
Julia Hufford, UAB Medicine, Birmingham, AL, started January 2022
Carrie Hunter, Joyful Music Therapy, Orlando, FL, started February 2022
Sidney Johnson, Healing Hearts Music Therapy, Tallahassee, FL, starting July 2022
Renata Kuswanto, UAB Medicine, Birmingham, AL, started January 2022
Erin Lamb, Prisma Health, Columbia, SC, starting July 2022
Zoe Reddick, Fulton County School System, Atlanta, GA, starting September, 2022
Reed Tanner, Therabeat, Woodstock, GA, started January 2022
Cassidy Weber, J. Iverson Riddle Institute, Morganton, NC, starting August 2022
Riley Williams, Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, FL, completed February 2022
Dr. Moore also served as the featured clinician for the GC Percussion Day on February 12th with additional clinics by Mia Eaton (part-time GC Percussion Instructor) on Snare Drum and Don Parker on Accessory Percussion Instruments. GC and local students participated in performances and workshops throughout the day.
This past spring the GC Orchestra offered two robust programs, one on April 8 with the 2nd Terry Endowed Concert, playing Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Vaughan-Williams’ Serenade to Music in conjunction with the GC band, chorus, and professional musicians from the area. The GC Orchestra also performed a program on March 31 featuring mostly baroque era music. This program also featured solos from a Bachelor of Arts senior and Music Precertification Minor, Alex Ragan, and concerto competition winner and Music Therapy junior, Jillian Truchan. Also featured was a student guest conductor, Jacob Hammock, a Bachelor of Arts junior and Music Precertification Minor.
Next semester, the GC Orchestra plans great collaborations with genre-busting professional group Warp Trio, performing their Black Voices program on November 15th, and voice area coordinator, Youngmi Kim, on October 25th.
The string area students at Georgia College are still teaching a violin class at the Early Learning Center in Milledgeville.
This year, violinist Nicholas Koebert, Bachelor of Arts junior and Music Precertification Minor, received Heritage Funds from the Provost to perform and study at the Boise Baroque Soloist and Conductor Workshop in Boise, Idaho. There he will solo with the professional Boise Baroque Orchestra. Bassist Lizzy Galloway, Bachelor of Arts sophomore and Music Precertification Minor, also received Heritage Funds from the Provost to study and perform at the Idaho Orchestra Institute held at Sawtooth Camp.
Bryan Hall, the string area coordinator, remains active in the area performing regularly with the North Carolina, Charlotte, and Charleston Symphonies. He presented a guest lecture for the Friends of the Symphony League of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in March, and performed a chamber music series, with colleagues David Johnson and Hue Jang, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. This summer he will also be teaching and coordinating the Boise Baroque Soloist/Conductor Workshop and the Idaho Orchestra Institute.
The voice area has kept in-person voice lessons and both in-person and virtual recitals. The Spring Voice Honors Recital was held on February 18th—eleven students performed beautifully, and the house was packed. Our guest artist, Dr. Tana Field (mezzo-soprano), gave a beautiful recital on March 21st with Owen Lovell and a masterclass on March 22nd. Congratulations to Bachelor of Arts seniors and Music Precertification Minors, Torri Harris, Madison Golden, and Kelley Monahan, who sang for the masterclass! We haven’t invited a mezzo-soprano in five years, so it was beneficial for our voice students to work with a mezzo-soprano. Four Bachelor of Arts seniors and Music Precertification Minors, Torri Harris, Megan Ostrat, Madison Golden, and Kelley Monahan, gave memorable recitals, which were live-streamed with the assistance of Jennifer Flory. And special thanks to our staff pianists, Lev Ryabinin and Hue Jang, for playing for our students.
The voice studio had an in-person studio party at the end of the semester for the first time in five years. We celebrated our success during the COVID time, enjoyed food, and gave a farewell to Jennifer Piazza-Pick, who taught at Georgia College for two years. She will be missed. We are excited to have more dynamic performances and events next year.
Amici Jazz Jam Sessions
Center for Music Education
Music Therapy in the Community
Creative Expressions hosted its bi-annual concert on April 18th, featuring Georgia College’s music therapy students and performers with disAbilities from the Life Enrichment Center. This spring’s theme was Fired Up! , which featured songs with a “fire” theme, symbolizing the energy and resilience of the Creative Expressions performers. The concert, hosted at New City Church, featured performances from a bell choir, sign language group, rock band, dance ensemble, drumming group, and all men and all women ensembles. For more information about Creative Expressions, click here.
Music Therapy Clinic of Georgia CollegeThe Music Therapy Clinic of Georgia College, in collaboration with the Baldwin County School System, hosted its first in-person performance since the pandemic started! On April 29th, approximately eighty K-12th grade students were featured in a morning concert of popular hits titled, “Exceptional! Songs that Shine.” The students assisted in choosing the performance pieces, which included classroom favorites such as “Fancy Like,” “Sunday Best,” and “Friend Like Me.” These students were engaged in active music-making while also working on non-musical outcomes such as social skills, motor coordination, self-expression, and communication skills. Each week, Caroline Miller, LPMT, MT-BC, led sessions spread across five schools in Baldwin County, where she worked on non-musical outcomes with students in the Programs for Exceptional Children. Further, music therapy students were often part of the sessions to experience engaged, hands-on learning, under the direct supervision of a professional music therapist. The mission of the MT Clinic is to provide engaged learning opportunities for music therapy students, while also providing access to music therapy services to those in Milledgeville and surrounding areas. For more information about individual and group music therapy services at Georgia College, click here.
Faculty Spotlight: Laurie Peebles
Current Faculty Research and Creative Activity
Andrew Allen, Palmetto Saxophone Quartet Recital, Westminster School, Atlanta, GA, March 29, 2022.
_____, Palmetto Saxophone Quartet Recital, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, March 28, 2022.
_____, Palmetto Saxophone Quartet Recital, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, March 22, 2022.
_____, Palmetto Saxophone Quartet Recital, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, March 21, 2022.
_____, “The Masters Speak: Comparing Basic Pedagogical Teachings of Lesson, Rascher, and Teal,” lecture presented at the International Conference for Saxophone Pedagogy and Performance, Virtual, February 25, 2022.
_____, “Go Small to Think Big: Large Ensemble Success Through Chamber Music” (with Sheldon Johnson, Clifford Leaman, and Matthew Castner), paper presented at the South Carolina Music Education Association Conference, Columbia, SC, February 4, 2022.
_____, “Percy Grainger and the Saxophone,” NACWPI Journal, 69, no. 2 (Winter 2021-2022): 4-7.
Chris Enghauser participated in performances with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a Broadway production at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Performances in the Atlanta area and with the Tuscaloosa Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestras featured renowned vocalists Jamie Barton, Chloe Agnew, John Driskoll Hopkins, and Heather Sorenson and included performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Schoenberg’s Kammersymphonie, Rachmaninoff Symphony No 2, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, and Brahms Symphony No. 1. Other jazz performance highlights include Stan Kenton’s Cuban Fire Suite with the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, its feature performance at The Strand in Atlanta, and with the Trey Wright Trio at the Roswell Jazz Festival.
Jennifer Flory, Adjudicator for District 10 Choral LGPE Performance, Georgia Music Educators Association, Grovetown, GA, March 22, 2022.
_____, Adjudicator for District 14 Choral LGPE Performance, Georgia Music Educators Association, Jefferson, GA, March 16-18, 2022.
_____, Adjudicator for Region 2 AAA Literary Music Event, Georgia High School Association, Thomaston, GA, March 1, 2022.
_____, Vocal Solo, Jennifer Higdon, “Lullaby,” Raising Her Voice, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, March 5, 2022.
_____, Vocal Solos, Stephen Sondheim, Passion (excerpts), Valentine’s Day Rendezvous, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, February 12, 2022.
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, “Comic Relief and the Cultivation of a Musical Grotesque in the Age of Donald Trump,” paper presented at the Society for American Music Conference, Virtual, March 12, 2022.
Naomi Graber and Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, “Music on the Campaign Trail,” invited lecture for the New England Political Science Association Conference, Bretton Woods, NH, April 30 2022.
_____, “Sounding Race, Inventing Authority: Popular Music, Race, and the U.S. Presidency,” book talk for the Georgia College Lunch and Learn Series, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, April 25, 2022.
Kim, Youngmi, “Melodic Ornamentation in Songs of Mozart and Haydn,” with Dr. Lev Ryabinin, piano, lecture-recital presented at the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference, Lindsay Recital Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, March 12, 2022.
_____, Guest Artist Recital with Dr. ChoEun Lee, piano, Murray State University, Murray, KY, March 29, 2022.
Laurie Peebles, Jenny Denk, & Hilary Yip, “With a Little Help from My Friends: Finding Your Music Therapy Support System,” paper presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) Regional Conference, Lexington, KY, March 24, 2022.
Laurie Peebles and Abby Hearn (Music Therapy Student), “Music Therapy: An Overview and How It Relates to the Counseling Profession,” paper presented at Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, April 2022.
_____, “Personality Type and Supervision,” paper presented at University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, January 28, 2022.
Jennifer Piazza-Pick, “Letter from Beirut: The Intersection of Composition and Activism,” paper presented at the Sam Houston State Art Song Festival, Virtual, February 4-5, 2022..
_____. Performance of Works by Women Composers, including 3 World Premieres, presented at the International Music by Women Festival, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus MS, March 4-6, 2022.
Jennifer Piazza-Pick and Teri Bickham, “Repertoire by Women Composers for Early Stage Singers,” paper presented at the NATS Mid-Atlantic Region, Virtual, March 11, 2022.
____, Performance of Works by Women Composers, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Virtual, March 18-19, 2022.
____, “Women in Classical Music - A Discussion with Whistling Hens,” guest lecture for the course “Power and Privilege in Classical Music,” Susquehanna University, Virtual, March 28, 2022.
____. “Intro to Vocal Pedagogy,” workshop presented at the Center for Music Education, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, April 9, 2022.
____. Bach B-Minor Mass, Soloist and professional chorister, Cathedral Concert Series, Richmond, VA, May 6, 2022.
Don Parker, Georgia College Guest Artist Recital, Joe Moore III, Milledgeville, GA, February 10, 2022.
Jennifer Flory, Presiding Officer, 2022-2023 University Senate
Tina Holmes-Davis, Georgia College Excellence in Online Teaching Award
Michele Champion Sampson, Cobb County Elementary School General Music Teacher of the Year
Current Faculty Awards and Achievements
Jennifer Flory was sworn in as Presiding Officer of University Senate for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Arts & Sciences.
Tina Holmes-Davis received the Excellence in Online Teaching Award from the College of Arts & Sciences and Georgia College.
Michele Champion Sampson was named the Cobb County Elementary School General Music Teacher of the Year.
Current Student Spotlight: Ellie Deener
Where are you from?
I'm from Waycross, GA, in the very southeast corner of our state. You just about can't get any closer to the Florida border!
Why did you choose music as a major?
I’ve had many hobbies and things I loved doing growing up, but music was something that from the time I was a tiny little child, was a super meaningful and very significant part of my life. I've been told and reminded all the time of how I would conduct my family in a “choir” at the age of three or four! In high school, I had so many excellent opportunities to connect with music, and once I saw how enduring and powerful my love for music was, I couldn't see myself doing anything else. Everything I've learned in my time seriously studying music has just confirmed this to me, and I am very excited to continue sharing my love of music with others.
What attracted you to the music program at Georgia College and how long have you been here?
When I came to tour GCSU and meet the music faculty, I could tell how valuable the encouraging, challenging, and familial attitude of our department and the campus was, and this unique setting and group of people were clearly the right fit for me and the education I was seeking. In my three years at the school, there have been countless experiences that have validated my choice of Georgia College as the perfect school for me. It is exactly where I am supposed to be.
What has been one of your favorite musical experiences in your time here?
It is so hard to pinpoint a favorite memory of all the music I’ve participated in during college. Some of the highlights are getting to be part of my chamber music group, the Imposter Trio, participating in our Bobcat Keys piano outreach program, stellar concerts by our faculty and guest artists, and all the jam sessions with friends and the talented people that surround me. All these encounters, in various capacities, with different types of music and musicians, have been such an enriching part of my time here at GCSU.
What is your applied area and how have you progressed since you started lessons here?
I study piano in my applied area of our music department, and it has been an excellent opportunity to learn from Dr. Lovell and the experiences he’s been able to offer me to further my own personal musicianship and educational skills. The piano pedagogy principles and hands-on skills I learned through elective courses and through every lesson are things I will carry with me that will help me to feel confident and prepared for my continuing career as a pianist and teacher.
What are your plans for after you graduate?
The most definite constant in my next phase of life will be that I always want to teach private piano lessons, no matter where I end up. I would love to research and learn about adaptive music education as this is also a passion of mine from what I’ve gained through my creative arts therapy minor. I’ll be sticking around the Milledgeville area as a Wesley Worship coordinator for a little while, and my hope is to ultimately own and operate a music studio.
Conner Garmon, Kelley Monahan, and Jennifer Flory, Assistant Directors, Max Noah Singers
Abby Hearn and Laurie Peebles, Columbus State University Presentation
Meghan Jennings, SER-AMTA Poster Presentation
Current Student Research and Creative Activity
Sara Carr, “Representation in Tradition: The History of Girl Scout Song Books,” paper presented at the Women’s and Gender Symposium, Georgia College, April 14, 2022.
Allison Crane, Student Conductor, University Chorus Select Ensemble, Music at the Mansion, Old Governors’ Mansion, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, April 23, 2022.
Nicki Dail, “Be Prepared: An Exploration of Music’s Role in the Lives of Mid-Century Girl Scouts,” paper presented at the Women’s and Gender Symposium, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, April 14, 2022.
Laura Fennell, “Girl Scouts and Girlhood in 1936,” paper presented at the Women’s and Gender Symposium, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, April 14, 2022.
Conner Garmon, Assistant Director, Max Noah Singers, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
_____, Assistant Director, University Chorus, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
Madison Golden, Assistant Director, Women’s Ensemble, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
Jacob Hammock, Junior Percussion Recital, Max Noah Recital Hall, Georgia College, April 14, 2022.
Abby Hearn, Sidney Johnson, Emily Kirkland, and Cassidy Weber, “Fostering Community through Adaptive Ensembles,” paper presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) Regional Conference, Lexington, KY, March 24, 2022.
Abby Hearn and Laurie Peebles. “Music Therapy: An Overview and How It Relates to the Counseling Profession,” paper presented at Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, April 2022.
Meghan Jennings, “Healing Powers of Heavy Metal Music: A Qualitative Study into the Possible Therapeutic Functions of Music,” poster presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) Regional Conference, Lexington, KY, March 25, 2022.
G. Huber and Christopher Karow, Group Drumming with Senior Citizens, Percussive Notes, 60, no. 2 (2011).
Mary Mead, Honors Option Project, Honors Saxophone Quartet, “lost but not gone” (original composition), Spring 2022.
Caroline Miller, “Docu-Ready for This?: Utilizing Google Forms for Large Group Documentation,” paper presented at the Southeastern Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) Regional Conference, Lexington, KY, March 25, 2022.
Kelley Monahan, Assistant Director, Max Noah Singers, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
_____, Assistant Director, University Chorus, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
Rafal, Honor’s Option Project for Music History II: “The Ideals of The Temperance Songster: Why and Through What Medium Do God and America Disavow Alcohol?” Spring 2022.
Megan Ostrat, Assistant Director, Women’s Ensemble, Georgia College, Spring 2022.
Dakota Snow, Senior Saxophone Recital, Max Noah Recital Hall, Georgia College, April 24, 2022.
Jillian Truchan, “Songs and Patent Medicines for the Female Consumer,” paper presented at the Women’s and Gender Symposium, Georgia College, April 14, 2022.
Current Student Awards and New Positions
Conner Garmon, a Bachelor of Arts graduate, will be part-time organist at McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church.
Ashley Godbee, a Master of Music Education student, will be the Director of Bands at Perry Middle School.
Percussionist Jacob Hammock, a Bachelor of Arts senior and Music Precertification Minor, was selected as the Georgia College Concerto Competition Winner for 2022-2023.
Jazmin Hunt (BME ‘20), a Master of Music Education student, received a $3,600 grant from Robins Financial Credit Union to purchase ukuleles and other instruments for students to use at Southfield Elementary in Macon where she teaches. Ms. Hunt was also named Connect Teacher of the Year for Southfield Elementary.
Pianist Emily Kirkland, a Bachelor of Music Therapy senior, was named Outstanding Undergraduate Music Therapy Major.
Michael Kobito, a Master of Music Education student, was awarded Georgia’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.
Caroline Miller (BMT ‘20), a Master of Music Therapy student and graduate assistant, was the recipient of the 2022 Georgia College Graduate Research Travel Grant. With the monetary award, she presented a concurrent session at the 2022 SER-AMTA music therapy conference in Lexington, KY. Ms. Miller was also named the Outstanding Graduate Music Therapy Student.
Kelley Monahan (BA ‘22), a Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education student, will be the choral director at Monroe County Middle School in Forsyth this fall.
Megan Ostrat (BA ‘22), a Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education student, will be the choral director at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville this fall.
Chance Passmore, a Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education student, accepted a position as the music teacher at Dug Gap Elementary School in Whitfield County.
Vanessa Smith, a Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education student, was named Richmond County School System Middle School Choir Director of the Year.
Jaris Tobler, a Master of Music Education student, was accepted to play in a master class at the 2022 American Viola Society and 47th International Viola Congress.
Flutist Cassidy Weber, a Bachelor of Music Therapy senior, was named Outstanding Undergraduate Music Therapy Major.
Riley Williams (BMT ‘22) accepted a music therapy position at Florida State Hospital.
Zach Williams, a Master of Music Education student, was named Teacher of the Year for Ware County Middle School for 2021-22.
Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients
2022-23 Returning Music Major Scholarships
Aeolian Singers Scholarship
Hallie Thompson (rising junior BA+MAT voice major)
Alberta Goff Scholarship
Helen Whitacre (rising senior BMT piano major)
Boss Family Scholarship
Tyler Harris (rising junior BA+MAT voice major)
Concerto Competition Winner
Jacob Hammock (rising senior BA+MAT percussion major)
Dr. Anne Patterson Scholarship
Helen Whitacre (rising senior BMT piano major)
Dr. Maidana Nunn Scholarship
Allison Crane (rising senior BA+MAT voice major)
Aidan Fortenberry (rising junior BMT voice major)
Lizzy Galloway (rising junior BA+MAT bass major)
Jackie Becton Bell Scholarship
Sara Carr (rising senior BMT violin major)
Taylor Luiz (rising senior BMT voice major)
Anna Ogletree (rising sophomore BMT voice major)
Campbell Ransom (rising junior BMT voice major)
Oliver Sanchez (rising junior BMT voice major)
Jillian Truchan (rising senior BMT flute major)
James and Nan Dowlen Lee Music Scholarship
Allison Crane (rising senior BA+MAT voice major)
Lucy Lynn Underwood Scholarship
Nick Koebert (rising senior BA+MAT violin major)
Max Noah Scholarship
Jacob Hammock (rising senior BA+MAT percussion major)
Nick Koebert (rising senior BA+MAT violin major)
Mary Mead (rising senior BA saxophone major)
Helen Whitacre (rising senior BMT piano major)
Pauline Farr Echols Music Scholarship
Terrence Burch (rising senior BA+MAT horn major)
Addison Resh (rising junior BA+MAT voice major)
Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
Elizabeth Deener (rising senior BA piano major)
Sandra McCall Rosseter Scholarship
Nick Koebert (rising senior BA+MAT violin major)
Steven and Ethel Boyle Scholarship
Preston Raburn (rising sophomore BA+MAT saxophone major)
Thomas Fredric and Mrs. Tallulah Kinney Schepis Scholarship
Helen Whitacre (rising senior BMT piano major)
Congratulations to our May and August 2022 Graduates!
Minor in Music
Avery L. Garrett Wilson
Kendall N. Proffitt
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Kaitlyn H. Eckman
William C. Garmon
*Madison E. Golden
*Torrianna S. Harris
*Robyn S. Meeks
*Kelley L. Monahan
Ansley P. Montgomery
*Megan N. Ostrat
*Mark A. Ragan
Dakota L. Snow
*Music Precertification Minor moving on to the Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education program
Bachelor of Music Therapy
Julia K. Hufford
Carrie J. Hunter
Kiele L. Kaupe
Renata A. Kuswanto
Reed T. Tanner
Nathaniel R. Williams
Master of Arts in Teaching: Music Education
Master of Music Education
Brooke V. Bong
Edell N. Brewer
Corey L. Bronson
Elisabeth V. Buzzell
Ashley T. Godbee
Taylor H. Guin
Jazmin S. Hunt
Jimmy J. Jucks
Michael P. Kobito
Ian K. Labreck
Joseph P. Martin
Gregory A. Miller
Brianna K. Riley
Christopher A. Sampson
Kimberly A. Snow
Kara M. Vombrack
Master of Music Therapy
Christopher A. Karow
Alumni Spotlight: Bradley Sowell
Where are you from?
I am from Waynesboro, GA, a small town halfway between Augusta and Statesboro.
What year did you graduate and what degree did you receive?
I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Music.
What have you been up to since your graduation from Georgia College?
I continued my studies at the University of South Dakota where I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2017. After that, I moved back to Milledgeville to teach at Georgia College as an Adjunct Professor of Voice for two years and then as a Lecturer of Voice and Aural Skills for one year. While in Milledgeville, I also worked for a couple of churches and was the director of the Milledgeville Singers Guild for one year. I recently finished my second year of doctoral studies at the University of Memphis, and I (hopefully) have one more year. I also finished my first year of teaching at Rhodes College as an Adjunct Professor of Voice. I was recently accepted to the Austrian-American Mozart Academy in Salzburg where I will perform the role of Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and a Lieder recital, participate in masterclasses, and have coachings and lessons, as well as take German language classes.
What is your fondest memory from your time at Georgia College?
It’s hard to choose one! I was fortunate to have had incredible professors and a wonderful friend group that made my time at Georgia College memorable. I’d say the Max Noah Singers’ spring tour to New York was one of the highlights. Many laughs!
In what ways did your time at Georgia College prepare you to achieve your professional goals?
Truly, I do not believe I would be where I am without Georgia College. I felt supported by my professors, and it made me eager to absorb all the lessons they had to give. Georgia College gave me the opportunity to explore all areas of music: performing, teaching, and research. The education was so well-rounded that I feel I became a better musician and, subsequently, a better teacher for it. I am not sure I would have felt the same or had the same opportunities if I would have attended a different school. Having now attended other colleges, I see how I benefited from attending a small, liberal arts college.
What advice would you give to current music students?
Life is a journey that takes different paths for everyone. Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. If you want to become a professional musician, then there is a place for you, and the way you get there can be as unique as you are. You will be told “no” a lot, but it only takes one “yes” to move forward. Side note: please study for theory and history. It will make life easier in the present and future!
Sammi Acconcio (BMT ‘19) was promoted to sales manager at Dynamic Music Therapy Services, Indianapolis, IN.
Gabrielle Nicole Banzon (BMT ‘14), earned a Master of Arts in Music Therapy, at Texas Woman’s University in May 2017.
_____. “A look into space: A self-experiential songwriting journal for students and professionals,” Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 21, no. 2 (2021). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v21i2.3133.
Gabrielle Banzon, Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, Risa Isogawa, Megan Kong, Clarissa Lacson, Ming Yuan Low, “Asian Music Therapists during COVID-19: A Story of Community and Resilience,” paper presented at the AMTA National Conference, Virtual, October 2021.
Gabrielle Banzon, Jenny Hoi Yan Fu, Megan Kong, and MingYuan Low, “Continuing the Conversation: Asians in Music Therapy,” paper presented at the AMTA National Conference, Virtual, October 2021.
Gabrielle Banzon and Michael Viega, “Music Therapy and Technology,” invited guest lecture, SRH University Heidelberg; Heidelberg, Germany, August 2021.
Gabrielle Banzon, Grant Hales, Chris Millett, Johnathan Moon, and Allyson Rogers, “The Science of Stories: Podcasting in Music Therapy with Clinical BOPulations and Make More Music,” paper presented at the Southeast Region of the American Music Therapy Association, Virtual, March 2021.
Gabrielle Banzon, Grant Hales, John Moon, A. Rogers, and M. Zanders (Producer & Host), “Lightning Bugs with Ben Folds (No. 46)” [Audio podcast episode]. In Clinical BOPulations, April 13, 2021, https://clinicalbopulations.fireside.fm/46.
Lacey Barnes (MME ‘20) was named Burdell-Hunt Elementary School Teacher of the Year and Bibb County School District Teacher of the Year Runner-Up. Ms. Barnes also completed a Teacher Leader Endorsement with Middle Georgia RESA. And, under Ms. Barnes' leadership, Burdell-Hunt Elementary became the first Bibb County school to build a ukulele ensemble.
Robbie Lee Bowie (MAT ‘18) was named the February District Employee of the month for Marietta City Schools. Ms. Bowie is the orchestra teacher at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy.
Allie Corley (Bankston) (Music Minor ‘14) began an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University in 2021.
Jay Davis (BME ‘00), Master of Education: Music, Auburn University, 2002. The Houston County High School Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mr. Davis, was selected to perform at the Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Band Festival in March 2022. Davis was elected to serve as Vice President for All-State Events for GMEA with a term beginning in July 2023.
Lisa Davis (Pepple) (BM ‘03), Master of Music Therapy (2006) and Master of Education (2008), Georgia College.
Sarah Davis (BME ‘20), Master of Music in Cello Performance, Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, Spring 2022.
Maddie Eads (BMT ‘20), Master of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Spring 2022. Mrs. Eads also accepted a position as Outpatient Counselor at Three Rivers’ Outpatient Services in Columbia, SC.
Macy Fehl (BMT ‘20), accepted a music therapy position on the Inpatient Rehabilitation floor at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Shelbea Fordham (BA ‘19), Master of Music in Vocal Performance, Samford University, Spring 2022.
Natalie Fouty (Rousseau) (BMT ‘08), Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University, March 2022.
Sarah Griffin (BME ‘21) is currently a student in Georgia State University’s Master of Music in Orchestral Saxophone Performance program. Ms. Griffin was selected as a winner after a three-round audition process and had the opportunity to perform in GSU’s School of Music Honors Recital in March 2022.
Stephen Hall (BME 1989), Master of Science in Information Systems, Kennesaw State University, 2013. Mr. Hall currently sings with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
Alyssa Harris (BA ‘19), Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Ball State University.
Barbara Houze (BME 1960) is still singing and directing a chorus in her independent living facility.
Calia Howse (BMT ‘16) started a new job at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Music Therapist. Ms. Howse is a graduate assistant and student in the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (speech-language pathology) program at Georgia State University.
Hillary Jones (BME ‘09, MME ‘19) has accepted a part-time assistant choral position at Jones Middle School in Gwinnett County.
Penny Key (Medlin) (BM, BME 1988), Masters in Business Management, Webster University, 1997; Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administrative License, Old Dominion University, 2004.
Lauren Lever (BMT ‘19) accepted a position as a music teacher at Karen M. Siegel Academy in Lake Alfred, FL.
Christopher Libby (MME ‘20) started a Doctorate in Music Education at Liberty University in 2020. His current research project is titled “Challenges High School Band Directors Face in Recruiting in Rural Counties.” Mr. Libby also was the bugler for “Taps” for the 20th anniversary of September 11th at Truist Park for an Atlanta Braves game.
Jacob McDonald (BA ‘20) performed the role of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Georgia State University in April 2022.
Donna McGowan (Swink) (BME 1981) has retired from teaching.
Kaitlin Merck (BME ‘17, Creative Music Media Minor) was named Director of Bands at Walnut Grove High School in Loganville. Ms. Merck also won a PAGE Educator Grant and a FACE Grant.
Mary C. Miller (Cullen) (BME 1989), Master of Science, Walden University, 2010. Ms. Miller was named the 2021 Teacher of the Year at Smith-Barnes Elementary School in Stockbridge, GA. She is currently researching Arts Integration and has given presentations on classroom management in the elementary general music classroom, centers in the elementary music classroom, and planning and implementation of concerts and musicals in elementary school.
Amy Minnoch (BME ‘20) was accepted into the Master of Music Education degree program at VanderCook College of Music.
Mamie Catherine O’Dillon (Cathy) (BME 1976) “My greatest professional achievement for 35 years was to teach thousands of elementary school children to love, enjoy and appreciate music.”
Kayla Otim (Sullivan) (BME ‘14), Master of Music Education, University of Florida, Spring 2021. Ms. Otim was also promoted to Fine Arts Director at Fulton Science Academy.
Amber Patterson (MMT ‘21) accepted a music therapy position at Joyful Music Therapy in Orlando, FL.
William Refuss (BME ‘21) was nominated for the Henry County HEART Program New Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Refuss teaches at Bethlehem Elementary in Locust Grove.
Mandy Robertson (King) (BME ‘08), Educational Specialist (EDS) in Teacher Leadership, Georgia College, 2022.
Matthew Seymour (MMT ‘21) accepted a music therapy position at VA Salisbury Healthcare in Salisbury, NC.
Rachael Smith (MME ‘15) received a grant from the Linda Harriet Lane Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. With the grant funds, Ms. Smith was able to hire community musicians to play with her students and rent a local auditorium. Ms. Smith currently teaches orchestra at the Academy for Classical Education in Macon.
Kenzi Taylor (BMT ‘19) was promoted to Intern and Media Coordinator at Perfect Harmony Health, Roswell, GA.
Mark Weaver (BME 1995), Master of Education in Instructional Technology, Georgia College, 2002.
Patti Perry Zimmermann (BME 1978) was a part of the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
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Friends of Music Spotlight: Tom and Sandra Rosseter
Why did you first give to Friends of Music?
We love Georgia College and want to see the music program grow, especially the orchestra. Also, our daughter Julie is a violist who was blessed with both scholarships and fellowships when earning her degrees. Remembering how much that meant to our family, we made donations at first to the GCSU music department and then established a music scholarship as a way of paying it forward.
What interests you most about the Department of Music?
Everything! We appreciate having such a variety of musical performances available throughout the year, and we attend as many as possible. The music faculty is impressive; we value the personal attention they give to music education and performance majors as well as to non-majors who just want music in their lives!
What do you tell others about our Department of Music?
We tell people that it’s the best music around, performed by incredibly talented young musicians. Then we invite them to attend a concert with us, and they become believers...works every time!
Why does this organization matter to you?
First, Sandra is a Class of 1962 (GSCW) English major who was fortunate enough to sing in Dr. Max Noah’s A Cappella Choir! Second, we believe the music department grows stronger and better every year, and we want to be part of that growth.
Who are our Friends of Music?
Friends of Music are alumni, members of the community, faculty, staff, and music lovers from all walks of life who generously support the Department of Music.
Are you interested in joining our Friends of Music?
Your gift to the Department of Music allows us to offer our students scholarships, fund tours for our ensemble members, and support outreach efforts, such as the Bobcat Keys After-School Piano program.
If you would like to make an online donation, please click here. Once there, choose “Other” in the designation drop-down menu and type whichever designated music area(s) you prefer in the “Other” box.
- Music Scholarships: your gift will provide scholarships for music majors.
- Music Foundation: your gift will be put toward establishing the Center for Music Education or other departmental endeavors to benefit students, faculty, and alumni.
- Performing Areas:
- Band: your gift will help students finance their study abroad experience with the Jazz Band to the Czech Republic in future years
- Choral: your gift will help Max Noah Singers travel for future choir tours
- Piano: your gift will help support talented piano majors
- Strings: your gift will help support string students and build the orchestra program
If you would like to discuss ways your gift might support our endeavors, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us via email (email@example.com) or by phone at 478-445-8289.
If you would like to make a gift by mail, please make checks payable to GCSU Foundation, Inc. with your designated music area(s) written in the memo and send to the below address.
Department of Music
Campus Box 66
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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Degrees, Minors, and Programs
To learn more about the degrees, programs, and minors offered by the Department of Music, please visit our website.