Judson College’s Theatre Program to perform “A Christmas Carol”

by George Frangoulis

This upcoming holiday season, Judson College’s Theatre Program will perform “A Christmas Carol” on November 13, 14, and 15; all three performances will be held on campus in Alumnae Auditorium at 7 p.m.

This production of “A Christmas Carol” is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s timeless classic about finding compassion and forgiveness and preparing to meet one’s Maker. The  director of the play is Dr. Billie Jean Young; Musical Director is Dr. Betty Campbell; and Stage Designer is Mr. Jamie Adams. Admission to the play is free.

In addition to the play, Judson’s English Club will be hosting a traditional Dickensian Christmas Dinner at 8:30 p.m. in Archibald Hall after the Saturday, November 15 performance.  The dinner menu will include roast goose, turkey, and other specialties from the Victorian Christmas table.

Begin your holiday festivities with a big helping of Christmas fun and food. If you are interested in the Victorian Christmas dinner, an advance ticket purchase is required by November 10 — $8 for the general public; $5 for Judson College students and children 12 and under.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact: Dr. Chris Hokanson (chokanson@judson.edu; 334-683-5124).

Judson College graduate (Delta Omicron Member) to attend Auburn Vet School

Bret J. Porter and Margaret IngramPHOTO CAPTION: Left-to-right, Mr. Bret J. Porter, Ingram’s fiancé, and Ms. Margaret “Maggie” Ingram.

Marion, Ala. June 17, 2014: Margaret “Maggie” Ingram is a 2014 Judson College graduate, and she has been accepted into the Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She will begin her studies at Auburn in August 2014.

Ingram earned double Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry, with a minor in music. She was an active member of the Judson Choir and Faith ensemble, as well as a member and officer in Beta Beta Beta, National Biological Honors Society, and Delta Omicron, International Music Fraternity. Her final GPA at Judson was 3.6.

While a student at Judson, Ingram also maintained multiple part-time jobs including at Marion Veterinary Clinic, Northside Animal Hospital in Selma, and a work-study student in the Judson College Library.

“Thanks to Judson College and the various veterinarians with whom I have had the wonderful opportunity to work, I feel well prepared for what is to come as I enter Auburn’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall,” Ingram said.

-George Frangoulis


Judson Singers to perform at Carnegie Hall May 26th

The Judson Singers will celebrate the 175th anniversary year of Judson College by performing in a World Premiere Concert in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The concert is schedule for May 26 at 8 p.m.

Visiting Professor of Music, Dr. Terre Johnson, was asked to conduct this concert in the fall of 2012, when he had just begun to teach at Judson. He chose to perform with a chorus made up of women’s voices accompanied by an orchestra, then composed the 30-minute piece they will be performing.

Entitled “Missa Femina,” the composition is a sacred work utilizing the words of the mass and words from the Old Testament. It requires a large chorus of women’s voices, a soprano soloist and an orchestra. The solo portions, derived from the Old Testament, emphasize the nurturing, caring nature of God.

Dr. Johnson came to the Birmingham area in 2005 after spending several years as a conductor in New York, with regular engagements in Carnegie Hall.

“When I received the invitation to give a concert in New York in 2014, I was excited at the possibility of making it part of Judson College’s 175thAnniversary Celebration. With the support of Judson’s President, Dr. David Potts, that dream has become a reality.” Johnson said. “This singular opportunity is an important part of what makes a Judson education so unique and special.”

The Judson Singers will spend five days in New York in May, culminating in their concert on the 26th.  They will share the concert with Maestro John Rutter, who will conduct Mozart’s Requiem as the second half of the program.

Judson College Delta Omicron chapter to present gala event

Judson College’s Delta Psi chapter of the Delta Omicron music fraternity will host its annual Gala: Town and Gown Talent Show. The event will be Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Judson College’s Alumnae Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $3; student admission is free.

In the past, Gala shows have featured the talents of singers, instrumental performers, dancers, storytellers and dramatic readers. The stage is open to performers from Marion and nearby communities, as well as to college students from Judson College and Marion Military Institute.  If interested in participating in Gala, please contact the Judson College Music Department at: 334-683-5149 or 334-683-5189.

George Frangoulis

Judson College Public Relations Coordinator

Christmas Tea and Vespers to highlight Judson College’s 175th anniversary celebration

The upcoming holiday gathering at Judson College, Christmas Tea and Vespers: Voices Across Generations, will highlight the school’s 175th anniversary celebration.

Christmas Tea and Vespers is one of Judson’s most festive annual traditions. This year’s party is planned for Saturday, December 7.

Judson students, faculty, staff, alumnae and guests are invited to gather in the Dunkin Parlors of Jewett Hall for Christmas Tea between 3:00 and 4:30. Dress for the event is semi-formal.

At 6:00, the Judson College music department will present Christmas Vespers in Alumnae Auditorium. The program will include choral performances by the Judson Singers and FAITH Ensemble, as well as handbell music by the Judson Ringers. The 175th Anniversary Alumnae Choirs, composed of Judson graduates from across the state of Alabama, will also perform. The public is welcome to attend, and there is no charge for admission.

Judson College scholarship donors meet with student recipients

Judson College scholarship recipients met and dined with the donors of their financial gifts at a special Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, November 7.

The occasion was held in the college’s Archibald Hall and featured music by student singers, short testimonial speeches by three students, and remarks by Judson President, Dr. David Potts, and Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Terry Morgan.

The student choral performance was under the direction of music professor Dr. Terre Johnson; accompaniment was by college staff members Leah Washburn on piano and Miriam Hart on flute. The group performed ­­­­two hymns, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Praise for the importance of Judson College in the lives of women was voiced by three outstanding students: Hannah Patterson of Mountain Brook, Alabama; Haley Pham of Bayou La Batre, Alabama; and Sau Nam of Kimyindyne Township, Myanmar (Burma).

In his closing remarks, Dr. Potts thanked the scholarship donors for their generosity and support of students. He also thanked assembled guests, students, faculty, and staff, who are making the school’s 175th anniversary a particularly special time in Judson’s history.

He also told the story of how the college’s earliest benefactor, Julia Tarrant Barron, gave much of her wealth for the establishment of Judson College in the mid-1800s. With the Civil War and the decline of the Marion economy, Julia Barron’s fortune was lost. Her pastor asked her, after she was reduced to poverty, if she regretted having given so much of her fortune to Judson. She replied, “I wish I had given more.”

Surprise Performance Titilayo Adedokun TODAY at 4:30, Alumnae Auditorium!


Titilayo Rachel Adedokun came to Judson at the age of 14, and was quickly noticed by Dr. Betty Campbell as a “future star”. Following her graduation from Judson in 1991, Dr. Betty encouraged Titi, as she is called, to audition for the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, to which she received a full scholarship. There, Adedokun became Miss Ohio and the Second Runner-up to Miss America in 1993. She has since captivated audiences in the US, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and Hungary. Adedokun’s talent and experience span different musical genres including opera, Broadway musicals, spirituals, jazz and popular Italian music.

Her husband, Ruediger Helm, has conspired with Dr. Betty to surprise her with a trip to Judson during the 175th Anniversary year. With her agreement, Adedokun will give a brief testimonial and concert for students, faculty, and friends on Wednesday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Alumnae Auditorium.

Waiting to Bloom

Written by Brittany, Delta Psi Secretary

I can hardly believe it is almost time for my Senior Vocal Recital!  It seems like just yesterday I was a freshman, not quite sure what I was doing, but loving every minute of it.

I have so many memories in the Marian Acree Tucker Hall… In fact, some of my closest friendships began in the Music Building. I cannot begin to explain the countless late nights of beating out the rhythm to Sight Singing exercises, trying to find the perfect chord progression for a Music Theory assignment, and possibly even a few moments of pure delirium from late nights and early mornings of studying.

Beyond the friendships and study sessions, I’ve also discovered some pretty amazing professors in the Music Department.  Dr. Brown, our piano professor, showed me musical abilities I didn’t even realize I had.  I learned to play pieces under his instruction that looked absolutely impossible when I first began.

Dr. Hansard, an adjunct professor, opened my eyes to a new level of doing things well.  She has inspired me with her wealth of knowledge in the upper level music classes I’ve taken from her, and I know she could probably answer any musical question I could think of to ask.  She also cares about her students a great deal—I’ve had the opportunity to sit and have a cup of tea in her office from time to time, and she’s always quick to ask how things are going, listen, and help in any way she can.

Dr. Johnson never ceases to amaze me with his “friends in high places”  his qualifications are no small accomplishment, and though this is only my second semester under his instruction as Choir and FAITH director, I have really enjoyed being a part of our ensembles.

Last but certainly not least, Dr. Betty is my main professor as a voice student, and I have to say that she has been absolutely amazing every step of the way.  I remember coming to audition during Scholarship Day—how could I forget the what she said to me that day:  “You’re like a flower, just waiting to bloom, and I see a lot of potential.”  Dr. Betty has stuck with that statement all four years of my college musical career, and I’m so glad she did.  If I would have known as a freshman that I would be performing 20 songs in my senior recital to complete my final goal for my Music Major, I might have taken off running in the opposite direction.  Dr.  Betty has believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself, made me laugh when I’ve been frustrated, and kept me in line when I didn’t know what I was doing.

My Senior Vocal Recital is March 5, 2013, and thanks to the faith and encouragement of my Judson Music Professors, I’m not like the freshman version of me, just wanting to run the other direction.  Yes, of course I’m nervous (who wouldn’t be?), but I dare say I’m also excited, and I can only hope to live up to the blooming flower Dr. Betty envisioned 4 years ago.

Original content from http://blog.judson.edu/2013/02/waiting-to-bloom/


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