Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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Music 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 January. 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 concert program. 154 Music 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 before. 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 jazz. Students interested in learning about classical works by performing them played with the 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 concerts. 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- ment chairman. 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. n 1 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,

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