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CU Chorale and Handbells to Perform Dec. 1

Nov. 24, 2009

For Immediate Release


By Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Campbellsville University Chorale under the direction of Dr. Tony Cunha, will perform at First United Methodist Church, located at 317 E. Main Street in Campbellsville, Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.

            The Campbellsville University Handbell Choir, directed by Dr. David Hedrick, will also participate in the concert.

            The performance is free and open to the public.

            The Chorale performs a wide variety of literature in a broad spectrum of musical styles, including accompanied and a cappella pieces and both sacred and secular selections. The 48-member ensemble will perform works by Thomas Tallis, Felix Mendelssohn, David Dickau, Paul Basler, David Schowebel, René Clausen and others.

            The Handbell Choir will perform traditional Christmas music, including a Christmas medley arranged by Hedrick and a special arrangement of “Ave Maria” by Bach-Gounod. The Handbell Choir is made up of 14 students from the surrounding area as well as out of state.

            Cunha joined the faculty of Campbellsville University in January 2007. He is the coordinator of the church music program and associate dean of the School of Music. He teaches courses in church music and conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

            Cunha is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Baptist Church Music Conference and the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale, and is on the board of the Central Kentucky Arts Series.

            Hedrick is in his fourth year on the School of Music faculty in music education and applied voice. He has worked with bell choirs in various churches throughout his 40-year career in church music. He is a published arranger and composer and is musical director of “Stephen Foster-The Musical,” a summer outdoor musical located at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Ky.  This is Hedrick’s first year as director of the Handbell Choir at CU.

            The University Chorale includes the following students: Melissa Askew of Lexington, Ky.; MaryGrace Lee of Ponchatoula, La.; Jenna Bender of Campbellsville; Farrin Marlow of Campbellsville; Ashley Buchanan of Louisville, Ky.; Megan Massey of Science Hill, Ky.; Katy Cox of Frankfort, Ky.; Margareth Miguel of São Paulo, Brazil;

            Rachel Crenshaw of Shepherdsville, Ky.; Morghan Lanham of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Carmen Drake of Hodgenville, Ky.; Amanda Mosier of Lawrenceville, Ill.; Megan Dudley of Greensburg, Ky.; Andrea Nolley of Campbellsville; Dana Eberhard of Cuiabá, Brazil; Hannah Nunn of Elizabethtown, Ky.;

            Carla Edmondson of Independence, Ky.; Rebeca Oliver of Scottsville, Ky.; Ashleigh Frey of Bardstown, Ky.; Cristina Silva of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Melody Hall of Bowling Green, Ky.; Debora M. Silva of Fortaleza, Brazil; Carri Hunt of Mount Vernon, Ky.; Aubrey Skutt of Columbia, Ky.; Youngmi Hyun of Busan, South Korea;

            Sarah Smith of Brandenburg, Ky.; Ah-hyun Im of Ulsan, South Korea; Tiffany Trent of Brandenburg; Yuri Kim of Masan, South Korea; Gayla Tungate of Lebanon, Ky.; Lindsey Kleyer of Simpsonville, Ky.; Brooke Waters of Horse Cave, Ky.; Daniel Beams of Campbellsville; Doug Hurt of Glasgow, Ky.;

            Paul Bray of Knifley, Ky.; Jericho McCoy of Campbellsville, Ky.; Allen Brooks of Bardstown, Ky.; Jonathan McCoy of Flaherty, Ky.; Ross Carter of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Taeeun Moon of Busan, South Korea; Seongho Choi of Yongin, South Korea; Chase Moore of Somerset, Ky.;

            Lemuel Guerra of Arcoverde, Brazil; Cole Torbert of Nashville, Tenn.; Joe Gupton of Campbellsville; Blake Whitlock of Hodgenville.; Samuel Hong of Busan, South Korea; and Chris Williams of Columbia, Tenn.

            Accompanist for the University Chorale is Zhiwei Zheng.

            Students in the Handbell Choir are: Allen Brooks of Bardstown; Josh Carney of Bardstown; Chris Clan of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Daniel Druen of Munfordville, Ky.; Deidra Evans of Bradfordsville, Ky.; Jamie E. Evans of Bradfordsville; Mary Gray of Owensboro, Ky.;

            Timothy Howe of Dry Ridge, Ky.; Brittany Judd of Campbellsville; Lisa Lash of Zeeland, Mich.; Rebecca Oliver of Scottsville; Chelsea Smith of Elizabethtown; Tiffany Trent of Brandenburg, Ky.; and Chris Williams of Columbia, Tenn.

            Campbellsville University 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 3,006 students who represent 97 Kentucky counties, 30 states and 37 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South, tied for fifth in “most international students” and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in baccalaureate colleges in the South. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.