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aculty, majors learn b doing
Perhaps no academic department prac-
ticed learning by doing as much as the
music department did.
Music department faculty members per-
formed, entered contests, composed new
works and arranged for other musicians to
perform or lecture on campus.
Music department majors also per-
formed, entered contests and composed
new works as well as studying under the
departmentls active faculty.
The department took its learn-by-doing
orientation outside of the school, even out-
side ofthe state, with a hymn-writing con-
test. Gary Mabry, instructor of music and
contest coordinator, announced the contest
in late September.
By the time the entries were judged in
February, more than 190 entries had ar-
rived, several more than expected. Entries,
which were evaluated without the judges
knowing the composers' names, came from
26 states and from as far away as
Maryland and Oregon.
Yet ironically the contest winner was
Abilenian Dr. George Ewing, professor of
English. Ewing said he had worked off and
on for several years on the lyrics of his win-
ning entry, "The Lamb of God."
Mabry presented the S100 first-place
prize to Ewing at the A Cappella concert
Feb. 21, the opening night of Lectureship.
The chorus then performed Ewing's work.
A Cappella, directed by Milton Pullen,
professor of music, also performed other
pieces in the Lectureship concert and other
concerts throughout the year. The chorus,
which the music department promoted as
the oldest a cappella chorus in the
Southwest, performed on campus in Oc-
tober, December and April and toured
New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma in
HIS Singers, another touring vocal
group, performed their program of
This page: Music department faculty
members. Opposite page: top left -
Melanie Shaner, Brian Hahn and Brian
Cade hold their horns at the ready posi-
tion,' top right - The A Cappella chorus
performs during Lectureship in Cullen
Auditorium, bottom A Band directors Ed
George and John Whitwell discuss their
religious music interspersed with spoken or
sung scriptures for several Churches of
Christ in the Southwest. The mixed-voice
group, directed by Mabry, also went on a
two-week tour that included performances
at the World's Fair at Knoxville, Tenn.,
and in Washington, D.C.
Two other vocal groups that let students
learn by doing were the Concert Chorale
and Choralaires. The former, a mixed-
voice choir directed by Pullen, was made
up of musicians who were less advanced
than A Cappella members.
The latter traditionally had been a
mixed-voice group. But so few men audi-
tioned in the fall that Choralaires became
an all-female group. However, 15 men
joined the group in the spring.
Another change in the fall occurred
when the Big Purple marching band began
using the corps marching style in football
halftime shows. The marching style, which
was used by drum and bugle corps,
brought football fans a showier perfor-
mance than the more military style used
John Whitwell, director of bands and a
1965 ACU graduate, introduced the mar-
ching style in the fall when he returned to
ACU after teaching music in the
Michigan public schools.
Whitwell also directed the Symphonic
Band, which met at the same time as the
Concert Band, directed by Ed George,
assistant professor of music.
George also directed the Five O'Clock
Jazz Ensemble, which participated in the
Abilene Cultural Affairs Council series of
brown bag concerts. A Four O'Clock
ensemble, directed by Mel Witcher, senior
music education major, formed to accom-
modate growing interest in performing
Students interested in learning about
classical works by performing them played
Symphonic and Concert Bands
and the ACU Orchestra. Dr. Ronald
Rathbun, professor of music, directed the
orchestra in three major symphonies for
the groupls December, February and April
Dr. M. L. Daniels, professor of music,
also worked with a symphony, but instead
of playing one he composed one. The
Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra per-
formed his work, "Fanfare Symphony" as
its opening selection March 30.
The professor also published "Prelude
and Dance" in the fall and conducted the
piece Dec. 16 at the Midwest Band and
Orchestra Convention in Chicago. Daniels
and George each composed a piece for
President William J. Teague's Feb. 20 in-
auguration, as did Dr. Sally Reid, depart-
Earlier in February faculty and studen Q
gathered for a five-day seminar conductf
by Elizabeth A. H. Green,
emeritus of music at the University
Michigan in Ann Arbor.
FRONT ROW - Leon Butts, Ronald Rathbun, Rollie Blondeau, Shirley Dunn. Jane Duncan, Jeannette
ford, Jack Boyd. ROW 2 - Martha Tipton, Pauline Dunn, Colleen Blondeau, John Whitwell, Sally Reid
George. ROW 3 Y Gary Mabry, M. L. Daniels, Milton Pullen,”