Campbellsville University String Ensemble, Chorale to Perform at KMEA

By Heather Campbell, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Campbellsville University String Chamber Ensemble and University Chorale will perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Conference Friday, Feb. 9 in Louisville, Ky. at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The University Chorale will perform between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the String Ensemble between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The String Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. J. Robert Gaddis, professor of music and dean of the School of Music, is one of the newest ensembles to be formed in the School of Music.

The ensemble performed last year at the Kentucky Baptist Convention Annual Conference. This is the ensemble’s first invitation to perform at the KMEA conference.

The String Ensemble will perform “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by W.A. Mozart, “Serenade for Strings, Op. 20” by Edward Elgar and “Fantasy on a Hymn by Justin Morgan” by Thomas Canning.

Members of the String Ensemble include Ju-Eun Kim and Sung-Man Lee, both of Korea, Li-Hao Chiang of Taiwan, Benjamin Probus of Buffalo, Ky., Wan-Soo Cho of Korea, Jonathan Chaudoin of Louisville, Ky., Nilzeth Santos, Denis Santos, Sara Rangel, Aline Araujo, Diogo Pimentel, Fabricio Soares, Nilson Galveo Jr. and Felix Borges all of Brazil.

The University Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Frieda Gebert, associate professor of music and associate dean of the School of Music.

The chorale has toured Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic under the direction of Gebert, and also the eastern half of the United States.

This is also the first invitation for the Chorale to perform at KMEA.

“To receive an invitation to perform at this major music conference is a significant achievement and holds great promise for recruitment and public relations,” said Gaddis.

There are over 2,000 members in KMEA who are music educators across the state in public and private elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities. The conference will host approximately 1,500 high school students who will be performing in various All-State ensembles.

Members of the University Chorale include: Nathasha Adkins of Hawesville, Ky.,

Erin Alliston of Campbellsville, Ky., Brittany Benningfield of Hodgenville, Ky., Phillip Brann of Robards, Ky., Michael Catron of Brandenburg, Ky., Yi-Ying Chou of Taiwan, Lakesha Clark of Louisville, Ky.,

Christina DiGangi, adjunct instructor in humanities at CU, Carmen Drake of Sonora, Ky., Marcelo Ferriera of Brazil, Mark Gebert of Danville, Ky., Mary Goff of Louisville, Ky., Amy Golightly of Grayson, Ky., Amber Hall of Louisville, Ky., Brittany Hall of Lawrenceburg, Ky.,

Josh Hensley of Vine Grove, Ky., Andrew Hillard of Elizabethtown, Ky., Dana Jones of Strugis, Ky., Erin Johnson of Russellville, Ky., Jessica Kamaunu of Radcliff, Ky., Mary Grace Lee of Liberty, Ky., Tony Liston of Louisville, Ky., Heather Massey of Science Hill, Ky., Rachel Morrison of Crestwood, Ky., Juliana Moura of Miami, Fla., Josh Myers Annville, Ky., Jeff Parks of Cincinnati, Ohio, David Rodgers of Pellville, Ky., Higo Rodrigues, Belani Segunda and Irailda Rodrigues, all of Brazil, Bridgette Sallee of Nicholasville, Ky., Michelle Slaughter of Owenton, Ky., Jessica Smith of Mayfield, Ky., Sarah Smith of Brandenburg, Ky.,

Stacy Stagg of Hodgenville, Ky., John Strickland of Kevil, Ky., Anna Troth of Frankfort, Ky., Brent Warf of Greensburg, Ky., Clint Warf of Greensburg, Ky., John Charles Watkins of Robards, Ky., Marie Wesselman of Independence, Ky., Mark Whitaker of Bowling Green, Ky. and Joseph Jaggers, Jason Logan, E.J. Pavy, Jamaal Stiles and Jackey Washington, all of Campbellsville.

For more information about the Campbellsville University School of Music contact (270) 789-5237.

Campbellsville University, now celebrating her Centennial year, is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of over 2,300 students who represent 95 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 34 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his eighth year as president.

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