Judson College music professor to give voice recital on Jan. 6

Written by George Frangoulis

Sadie Frazier, Judson College adjunct music professor, will give a voice` recital on campus on Tuesday, January 6. The performance is scheduled to be held in the auditorium of Marian Acree Tucker Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Frazier is an accomplished soprano, and will sing in various languages with some operatic repertoire. “In addition to teaching at Judson College, I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Alabama. I am blessed to be able to coordinate my upcoming recital with my pianist and my great colleagues to be able to put this on at Judson,” Frazier said.

Frazier is a native of Tampa Bay, Fla. She received both a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and a master’s degree in music education from Samford University in Birmingham. Further, she also received a master’s degree in voice and opera on a full scholarship from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Since returning to Alabama, Frazier has been a part of the Birmingham Chamber Chorus, and was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Terre Johnson’s work for soprano soloist, women’s chorus and orchestra entitledMissa Femina. She is a professional chorister and vocal coach at Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham.

Frazier teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and music history at Judson College. She is also currently in the second year of her doctoral studies at the University of Alabama. Her pianist, Tracy Chang, is from Taipei, Taiwan; she is a second-year doctoral student in piano performance at the University of Alabama.

Judson College awards Crawford Scholarship to music student

Written by: George Frangoulis

MARION, ALA: Judson College has awarded the second annual Gloria Huey Crawford Scholarship to Courtney Tindale of Bremen, Ala. Tindale is the daughter of William and Connie Tindale and a 2010 graduate of Cold Springs High School.

Tindale transferred to Judson from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. She is majoring in music and psychology at Judson, and is involved in choir and intramural field hockey.

Long-time Marion resident George Crawford established the scholarship in honor of his mother, Gloria Huey Crawford. He wants the scholarship to benefit students in the department of music.

“Mother was a wonderful coloratura soprano at Huntingdon College and I heard her beautiful voice growing up, Crawford said. “She also sang the dedicatory concert when the new organ was installed at Marion Methodist Church years ago.”

Mrs. Crawford grew up in Enterprise, the daughter of George Bolling and Vonceil Huey. She enrolled at Huntingdon and later met and married Lawrence Crawford, a veterinary student at Auburn University.

The Crawfords moved to Marion in 1946, where Mrs. Crawford assisted her husband in the operation of his new practice, the Crawford Clinic, as well as help manage the family farm. Dr. Crawford died in 2004.

Mrs. Crawford still makes Marion her home. She is a member of DAR and the Marion United Methodist Church.

“I wanted to honor my mother and Judson College,” George Crawford said. “This scholarship will assist music students in their studies.”

“Judson College remains ever grateful to Mr. George Crawford for his long-standing support of Judson College,” said Dr. David Potts. “We count it a privilege to honor his mother in the establishment of this generous scholarship for students in the music department of the college. We believe the music department to be a fitting place for her recognition because of her accomplishments as an artist and the family’s love of music,” Potts said.

Christmas comes early to Judson College with show, “A Christmas Carol”

Review by George Frangoulis

Christmas came early to Judson College with the theatrical production of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A total of four performances were given in Judson’s Alumnae Auditorium on November 13–15.

The three evening performances were at 7 p.m.; however, on opening day, Thursday, November 13, the show was also performed at a 10:30 a.m. matinee for an audience of 250 local school children, who were bused to the Judson campus from Marion’s Albert Turner Elementary School.

A Christmas Carol is considered by many the jewel in the crown of holiday classics. Audiences saw Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption come to life in Judson’s enchanting production, which was filled with the exciting arrival of ghosts, jubilant, Christmas musical numbers, and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of love.

The show included an all-female cast of 24 student actors and choristers, as well as a live band of student and faculty musicians.

Leading the play’s ensemble in the role of the omniscient narrator was Rachel Ray. She used her strong stage presence and clear voice to confidently introduce dramatic scenes and set the stage for Scrooge’s scary encounters with his ghosts.

The show’s entire cast was very well-rehearsed. Judson players with major roles included the following students: Sarah Stringfellow as Ebenezer Scrooge; Erin Brown as Bob Cratchit; Katie Gehr as Spirit of Christmas Past; Margie Gunter as Spirit of Christmas Present; Kimberly Coleman as Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come; Brittany Johnson as Fred Hallowell, Ebenezer’s nephew; Cheyann McDaniel as Mrs. Cratchit; Taylor Clark as Belinda Cratchit; Cayce Defee as Martha Cratchit; Micaylee Clayton as Peter Cratchit; Sandy Lockridge as Tiny Tim; Cynthia Mosborg as Belle, Ebenezer’s young romance; Jacqueline Gerhold as young Ebenezer.

A most versatile player was Laura Lee, Judson’s Director of Campus Ministries, who adeptly played a variety of roles. Her characters included Jacob Marley, Mr. Fezziwig, and the Poulterer.

The show’s major characters shone brightly on stage because of a strong supporting cast of student actors and singers including: Brittaney Channell, Amber Sutton, Candice Page, Candise Denney, Allison Crumbley, Noaf Beader, Sarah Green, Karina Griniage, Rachael Fitts and Katelyn Chastang.

An impressive element of the production was the elaborate stage set. Mr. Jamie Adams, Assistant Professor of Art, Chair of the Fine Arts Division and Head of the Art Department, designed and had built a replica, two-story, Victorian building. Its street level housed two business offices – both Ebenezer Scrooge’s and Jacob Marley’s offices. The upper level served as Scrooge’s bedroom and the Cratchit’s home.

Following the performance on Saturday, November 15, a Dickensian dinner was served. The dinner was organized by students in the Judson English Club under the direction of Dr. Chris Hokanson, Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Humanities Division and Head of the English Department.

The play was directed by Dr. Billie Jean Young, Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts and Artist in Residence at Judson College. Dr. Betty Campbell, Professor of Music, was the show’s music director and Dr. Camilla Horne, Assistant Professor of Music, was instrumental director; the costumer was Ms. Vassie Wellbeck-Browne, who has designed costumes for many of Judson’s shows.

A Christmas Carol and the Dickensian dinner were big hits, and a very merry time was had by all. Congratulations to students, faculty and staff who contributed to the events’ successes!

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 and Samford faculty members team up to present Cabaret Recitals

BY GEORGE FRANGOULIS

MARION, ALA: A collaborative duo featuring music faculty members from Judson College and Samford University will present eclectic recitals of cabaret and musical theatre selections. John Robertson, pianist, and Kristin Kenning, vocalist, will perform three recitals at area colleges in October.

Starting with German composer Kurt Weill, and ending with the compositions of the famous American Gershwin brothers, Robertson and Kenning will explore numerous musical and performance styles to bring stories and characters to life.  From Stephen Sondheim’s heartfelt “So Many People in the World,” to the wacky, joyful ramblings in William Bolcom’s “Amor,” the recital moves energetically through a large range of emotion and expression.

Birmingham-native, Robertson is a member of the Department of Music faculty at Judson College, where he teaches music theory, piano literature, piano pedagogy and applied piano. He holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bob Jones University and Samford University.   Robertson is a sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, and he has accompanied faculty and students at Bob Jones University, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University and Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Kristin Kenning moved to Birmingham from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked as a freelance stage director and vocalist.  Currently an assistant professor at Samford University where she teaches voice and directs the opera program, she previously taught voice at Luther College, Iowa, and opera workshop at the University of Minnesota.  A singing actress, she has a diverse background of experience performing in opera, musical theater, jazz, and church settings.

The schedule of the Cabaret Recitals featuring John Robertson, piano, and Kristin Kenning, soprano, is as follows: Thursday, October 16, at 7 p.m. – Alumnae Auditorium, Judson College, Marion, Alabama; Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. – Harrison D. LeBaron Recital Hall, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama; Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. – University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All three performances are open to the public and free of charge.

Judson and Samford faculty members team up to present Cabaret Recitals

BY GEORGE FRANGOULIS

MARION, ALA: A collaborative duo featuring music faculty members from Judson College and Samford University will present eclectic recitals of cabaret and musical theatre selections. John Robertson, pianist, and Kristin Kenning, vocalist, will perform three recitals at area colleges in October.

Starting with German composer Kurt Weill, and ending with the compositions of the famous American Gershwin brothers, Robertson and Kenning will explore numerous musical and performance styles to bring stories and characters to life.  From Stephen Sondheim’s heartfelt “So Many People in the World,” to the wacky, joyful ramblings in William Bolcom’s “Amor,” the recital moves energetically through a large range of emotion and expression.

Birmingham-native, Robertson is a member of the Department of Music faculty at Judson College, where he teaches music theory, piano literature, piano pedagogy and applied piano. He holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Bob Jones University and Samford University.   Robertson is a sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, and he has accompanied faculty and students at Bob Jones University, Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University and Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Kristin Kenning moved to Birmingham from St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked as a freelance stage director and vocalist.  Currently an assistant professor at Samford University where she teaches voice and directs the opera program, she previously taught voice at Luther College, Iowa, and opera workshop at the University of Minnesota.  A singing actress, she has a diverse background of experience performing in opera, musical theater, jazz, and church settings.

The schedule of the Cabaret Recitals featuring John Robertson, piano, and Kristin Kenning, soprano, is as follows: Thursday, October 16, at 7 p.m. – Alumnae Auditorium, Judson College, Marion, Alabama; Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. – Harrison D. LeBaron Recital Hall, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama; Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. – University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All three performances are open to the public and free of charge.

Judson College celebrates 99th annual Rose Sunday

Rose Sunday 2014

Written by: George Frangoulis

It happens the first Sunday of every fall semester at Judson College – it is Rose Sunday. It occurred again for the 99th time on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Rose Sunday is the traditional start of the academic year, and it was first celebrated on September 19, 1915. The event also symbolizes the close relationship between Judson College and Siloam Baptist Church in Marion, Ala.

As in the past, this year’s Rose Sunday’s preparations started Saturday with Judson students weaving ivy chains to show a strong bond of sisterhood. Later on Saturday afternoon, about 300 Marion Military Institute (MMI) men and women cadets marched in full uniform to the college campus for a step-sing performance and picnic. Although delayed by rain, all at the picnic enjoyed refreshments provided by Judson.

On Sunday, Rose Sunday festivities began on campus at 9 a.m. The students, with their families and friends, gathered in Jewett Hall for picture taking, serenading and exchanging well-wishes. At around 10:40 a.m., underclassmen lined the walkway holding woven ivy chains in honor of the senior class. The seniors, dressed in their academic caps and gowns, and wearing Judson’s signature flower the red rose, processed to Siloam Baptist Church led by Judson College President Dr. David Potts. They were joined on the walk to the church by students, faculty, alumnae, family and friends.

Rose Sunday service at Siloam Baptist Church began at 11 a.m. and lasted a little over an hour. As has been customary, Dr. Potts shared stories of the founders of the college. He concluded by recollecting his personal experiences with the man who employed him at the college, former Judson President N.H. McCrummen. McCrummen is to be inducted into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame on September 23.

Siloam Pastor John Nicholson offered words of welcome and presented the sermon. Beautiful music was provided by the Judson Singers, FAITH Ensemble, as well as solos by Dr. Camilla Horne, newly appointed Head of the Music Department, and Judson student Katelyn Chastang; musical accompaniment was by Mr. John Robertson, Instructor of Piano. The invocation was given by Dr. Scott Bullard, Vice President and Academic Dean; the benediction was by Ms. Susan Jones, Vice President and Dean of Students.

Following the church service, lunch was served in Judson’s dining hall. Judson College was founded in 1838 by Alabama Baptists, and it is the state’s only college for women. It is nationally recognized as an institution of higher education committed to “the greater good.” The college website ishttp://www.judson.edu.

PHOTO by Bill Mathews: Judson College seniors dressed in academic caps and gowns stand on the steps of Jewett Hall on Rose Sunday.

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.

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