Student, Faculty, and Staff Accomplishments - February 2017


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 1, 2017)Tau Beta Sigma - Iota Psi Chapter

  • Debra Traficante wanted to share that our very own TBS chapter is one of 13 finalists for the National Chapter Award. This is a tremendous honor that chapters work for each biennium - to even be considered. The fact that our chapter is being considered for this in the first opportunity to even be thought of (we started these chapters when I arrived here during this biennium), is absolutely incredible and unthinkable. Most chapters go years and years and years, and never get selected for this! KSU will go against some very large, very prestigious, very historied programs at the national convention this year. This is a huge step in our efforts to continue making KSU bands a strong national presence.

Jazz Combo I

  • In late January, Jazz Combo I (Patrick Arthur, Michael Opitz, Brandon Radaker, Brandon Boone and Jonathan Pace) recorded seven original compositions at Murray Sound Lab for an upcoming release produced by Joseph Greenway and Trey Wright.

Samuel Boeger

  • Samuel Boeger has been named a finalist for the International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition. He will be competing in June against 2 Juilliard students for the grand prize of a brand-new M&W bass trombone!

Robert Boone – Alumni

  • Robert Boone has accepted a full-time position with the Count Basie Big Band as their drummer. This is a huge honor and speaks volumes for the talent that comes from our school of music and jazz studies program.


Stephanie Adrian

  • Stephanie Adrian’s review of Atlanta Opera’s production of Kevin Puts opera, “Silent Night” was published in the February issue of Opera News Magazine.

Judith Beale

  • Judith Beale was one of the choral clinicians for the GMEA District XII Elementary School Large Group Performance Evaluation February 16 and 17.

Judy Cole

  • Accompanied duo trumpet recital with Dr. Doug Lindsey and Dr. Davey DeArmond here on campus.
  • Accompanied Atlanta Boy Choir at the State Capitol for MLK observance.
  • Accompanied The Temple Singers/Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir in MLK service at The Temple, including playing for Mrs. Mary Gurley, who sang the same hymn she sang at Dr. Martin Luther King’s funeral.
  • Played two pieces in Collage Concerts, also played at reception in between concerts.
  • Judged two Shuler High School Musical shows.
  • Played two different recitals with Dr. Doug Lindsey in Baltimore and Annapolis, at Washington College and the Catholic University.
  • Served on Piano search committee.
  • Played with Allatoona High School Orchestra for LPGE and in concert at KSU.
  • Accompanied North Paulding Honor Choir with Dr. Leslie Blackwell directing.
  • Accompanied Liederabend Faculty Voice recital February 21.
  • Adjudicated for Governor’s Honors auditions and for Georgia Independent School Association Regional Competition.

David Daly

  • David Daly is a panelist for a session at the 2017 Performing Arts Managers Conference titled “Future Industry Leaders,” a panel discussion on career growth, supervising and developing talent, organizational dynamics, and leadership in the performing arts. The conference, presented by the International Association of Venue Managers, will be held in Chicago, IL on February 26 - March 1.

Edward Eanes

  • Edward Eanes was selected by the COTA awards committee to represent the college at the “Perspectives on Global Issues Workshop - Sustainability” in May 2017 at the European Academy of Otzenhausen, Germany.

Alison Mann

  • LGPE Clinic with the choirs of Walton High School, Marietta.
  • Two LGPE Clinics with the choirs of Johns Creek High School, Johns Creek.
  • Hosted/organized a workshop for Lake Nona Middle School Choir, Orlando, Florida, with outreach opportunities for the choral music education majors.
  • Performance adjudicator for District 12 Elementary LGPE.

Angee McKee

  • Angee McKee served as accompanist for Acworth Elementary, Pickett’s Mill Elementary, and Vaughan Elementary School choruses at the GMEA District XII Large Group Performance Evaluations on February 16th & 17th.

Christopher Thibdeau

  • Christopher Thibdeau was invited to be an orchestra conducting judge for the GMEA LGPE. He also led the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in the second concert of their season titled “Music in Motion” featuring a collaboration with Full Radius Dance, a group consisting of fully abled and disabled members.

Ben Wadsworth

  • South-Central Society of Music Theory program now set for March 17–18 at University of Memphis. Two theory majors (Simon Needle and Madison Coffey) have funding to attend conference and graduate student workshop on Schubert.
  • Paper accepted on Schenker undergraduate pedagogy at Pedagogy into Practice conference (Lee University, TN, June 1–4, 2017).

Trey Wright

  • In late January, Jazz Combo I (Patrick Arthur, Michael Opitz, Brandon Radaker, Brandon Boone and Jonathan Pace) recorded seven original compositions at Murray Sound Lab for an upcoming release produced by Joseph Greenway and Trey Wright.