NEWS OF NOTE!
Joshua Moorer has been awarded the Graduate Assistant position in trumpet at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for the fall of 2008-09
Justin Powell has been awarded a Graduate Assistantship at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and will begin a MM in Jazz in the fall of 2008-09
Justin Powell performed as a guest clinician and artist with the Jazz Ensemble and program at Western Washington University in the spring of 2008
Joey Mix has just been named the permanent Music Director and trombonist with the Voyager of the Seas on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. See his ship listed here: http://www.cruisenetwork.com/voyager-of-the-seas.jsp
Dr. Farwell performed in February of 2008 at the National Society of Composers Conference in Atlanta with two VSU students-Tim Hilgert and Jonathan Lacey as well as a DMA student from FSU-Louis Lugo. Pictured left to right: Doug Farwell, Louis Lugo, Tim Hilgert and Jonathan Lacey. The conference was held on the campus of Georgia State University and featured the quartet playing: "Das Bienenvolk Ist Mein Gott" by Mike Solomon.
Tim Hilgert wins Valdosta Symphony Orchestra concerto competition and will play the Frank Martin "Ballade" March 30, 2008.
Dr. Farwell can be heard on alto trombone on a new CD release on Albany Records: TROY955. "Nature Is..." the Music of Cindy Cox.
Shane Padgett begins his Graduate Assistantship at UF off with a bang by winning principal chair with the Wind Symphony and co-principal for the orchestra
Dr. Farwell heads to Beijing, China in August of 2007 with the Continental Trombone Quartet representing North America at the 1st International Trombone Festival. CTQ will premiere two new compositions, one by Rusty Banks and the other by David Springfield. They will also present masterclasses and are scheduled to perform on three artist recitals.
Chris Harper recently returned from Winnipeg, Manitoba with his participation in the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program. He was invited by acclaimed Canadian conductors Dale Lonis and Fraser Linklater as the only non-Canadian conductor. His invitation was extended by his successful participation the previous summer in Saskatoon, Saskachewan in a Saito Conducting workshop hosted by Wayne Toews. Chris has completed level 1 (of 3) in which the CWCDP places a huge emphasis on the Educational Psychology of being on the podium in addition to conducting, rehearsal techniques, and score preparations. Chris also received a scholarhip to help offset the instructional fees from WASBE.
Dr. Kirk spent week this summer teaching and giving successful lecture presentations at the Eszterházy Károly College in Eger, Hungary. Students came from the college, the local arts high school, the conservatory of the University of Miskolc 25 miles away, and the Budapest arts high school 70 miles away. Several teachers attended also, including college music faculty, local high school music teachers, and the trumpet professor from Miskolc. Everyone was receptive—I signed autographs for the students at the end—and the teacher from Miskolc asked if I would come back someday and give a joint recital with him. I also gave a lengthy lecture/demonstration on American music to the students of the American studies department. This too was well received
Tim Hilgert-2007 National winner of the MTNA Senior Brass Competition. Tim competed in Toronto, Saturday, March 24.
Tamara Vaughn, a student of Dan Schilling has won the National Trumpet solo competition in the middle school division.
Shane Padgett has accepted the Graduate Trumpet Assistantship at the University of Florida in Gainesville and will begin his MM degree in fall of 2007.
Dr. Farwell receives invitation to perform with CTQ at the 1st International Trombone Festival in Beijing, China in August of 2007. CTQ will represent America at the festival and there will be four European guest artists as well.
Roderick Cox has been selected to be a high school counselor at the Interlochen Summer music camp in Michigan.
Dr. Farwell on the road again with CTQ. Southwest Tour February 25-March 3 at University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona.
Tim Hilgert selected as honorable mention for International Trombone Association High School solo competition.
Chris Dennard-performing with the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army in Washington, D.C.Chris will tour Europe with the National Capital Band in the spring of 2007. Chris is a member of
Tim Hilgert wins the Southern Division solo competition for MTNA and will compete at Nationals in Toronto in March of 2007.
Lynn Derringer has been awarded a $2,000 CMENC Scholarship. This is given by the Georgia Music Educators Association and will be presented to Lynn at the 2007 Georgia Music Educators In Service Conference in Savannah, Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 am at the General Session Meeting. Congratulations to Lynn for being chosen for this scholarship!
Tim Hilgert wins the 2006 Georgia state solo competition for high school brass for MTNA.
CTQ launches new website: http://www.artistsnowmanagement.com/CTQ.php
Tim Hilgert wins 2nd chair for All-State Jazz Band for 2007. This is the third year in a row Tim has won a spot with the All-State Jazz Band
Dr. Farwell is one of the featured soloists with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra for the "First Chair Encores" concert. He performed the Allegro Giocoso movement of Eric Ewazen's Concerto for trombone
Dr. Farwell and CTQ were selected to perform the International Trombone Festival to be held in Brasilia, Brazil. They will premiere a new work for solo trombone and quartet by Barry Ford and play a recital of new music written for CTQ.
Dan Schilling, completed his MM degree from University of Florida and won the principal trumpet position with the Albany Symphony
Wes Babcock completed his MM degree from University of New Mexico and is the new 2nd trombonist of the Albany Symphony
Joseph Gill won the fourth horn position with the Albany Symphony and will play with that Orchestra for the 2007-08 season.
Dr. Farwell was a featured performer at the 2006 National College Music Society Conference in San Antonio in September. CTQ or Continental Trombone Quartet will play on three recitals at the festival featuring recently composed works for trombone quartet.
Congratulations to Chris Crenshaw-newest member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Chris began playing as the regular jazz trombone soloist this summer during a tour of Japan. See this website for more information. http://www.jalc.org/about/news/060615-news.html
Dr. Johns performed at the International Organ Conference that will be held in Ann Arbor in September. Dr. Johns presented works for solo horn and organ from her dissertation research.
Dr. Farwell has been selected along with CTQ to perform at the International Trombone Festival in Brazil in January 2007 where they will premiere a new composition by Barry Ford for solo trombone and trombone quartet.
Daniel Kirk is at it again-winning the third prize in the high school division of the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia, March 19. He was one of 31 semi-finalists and four finalists. He played the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Peter Maxwell Davies. The judges were Chris Gekker, David Hickman, and Chris Jaures.
Tim Hilgert won the High School Solo competition at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, March 17, 2006
Wes Babcock returns to the area to play the "Rite of Spring" with Dr. Farwell and the Albany Symphony
Becky Vendemo returns to Valdosta to play with other special guest trumpet artists with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra
Left to right: Randall Haynes, Scott Nelson, Bill Schmid, Joshua Moorer, Shane Padgett, Brian Walker, John Reed, Ken Kirk, Becky Vendemo and Doug Farwell
Marcus Lewis returned to VSU from Omaha Nebraska to perform on Michael Dana's Graduate recital. Marcus wrote a nice new tune titled "MGD".
Tim Hilgert won 1st chair for the Georgia All State Band. Tim is playing in Trombone Choir this spring semester and a student of Dr. Farwell.
The Continental Trombone Quartet gave a masterclass and recital at Florida State University, January 12 and then gave a recital January 13 at VSU to kickoff the GHLBC weekend. CTQ premiered new works by Dominic Dousa "Westward Journey" for quartet using alto trombone on the top part and also "Three Brazilian Sketches" by Barry Ford. CTQ gave masterclasses for VSU students on Saturday, January 14.
Dan Shilling has been appointed as adjunct instructor of trumpet at the University of Florida in Gainesville for the fall of 2006.
Danny Kirk is playing co-principal in the high school orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. Some of the repertoire for the summer includes: Prokofieff, Romeo and Juliet; Saint-Saens, Bacchanale and Adams, Chairman Dances
Becky Vendemo is back playing trumpet again and recently played at the Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall with the Children's Orchestra Society
Miranda Morris (horn) accepts an assistantship and will attend University of Florida in the MM this fall-05
Jonathan Lacey with George Roberts (Mr. Bass Trombone) at the 2005 International Trombone Festival in New Orleans
CTQ receives invitation to give lecture presentation at National College Music Society Convention in Quebec City, Canada in November, 2005
Daniel Kirk, son and student of Dr. Kenneth Kirk, finished second in the High School Brass Division at the Music Teachers National Association annual Conference held in Seattle, WA April 3
CTQ receives invitation to perform at Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, December, 2005
CTQ invited to perform at the World Vernacular Colloquium in Puebla, Mexico, in October, 2005 during The international Congress for Vernacular, Hispanic, Historical, American, and Folklore Studies
CTQ will presented a lecture recital at International College Music Society Conference in Madrid, Spain in June of 05.
Dr. Farwell featured soloist with China Springs Middle School Band, May 19, in China Springs, Texas outside of Waco.
Chris Crenshaw (trombone) accepts offer to attend The Julliard School in NYC and will begin a MM degree there in the fall of 2005!
Miranda Morris won the 2nd horn position in the Youth Wind Orchestra for summer 2005 with the World Association of Bands and Ensembles in Singapore
Jonathan Lacey accepts a position as bass trombonist with the 2005 Rome Festival Summer Institute
Continental Trombone Quartet selected to give a lecture recital at International CMS Conference in Madrid, Spain in June. Group will premier new work for trombone quartet and tape by Cindy Cox
Dr. Farwell performs joint recital at ABAC with Dr. Johnson, Dr. Morris, Mr. Campiglia and our new Bass professor Donovan Stokes
Chris Crenshaw selected as 2005 outstanding student for College of Arts and 2005 Outstanding Musician for Music Department
Dr. Farwell performs at 14th Annual Electroacoustic Music Festival in Gainesville, FL with a trombone quartet playing the music of William Kleinsasser
Dr. Farwell performs five recitals in four days with CTQ at Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha (two recitals), Hastings College, NE, Great Plains Mid-West CMS Conference in Liberty, MO, Univ. of Missouri at Columbia
Chris Crenshaw selected as Honorable Mention for the 2005 International Trombone Association Edwards/Jazz Solo Competition
VSU was well represented at the 2005 GMEA conference. Both the VSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble performed at the GMEA conference this year. Also, performing with the Georgia Association Jazz Educators Directors Big Band for the President's reception were VSU Faculty Cary Brague, David Springfield, Doug Farwell and Mike Dana who is currently a graduate assistant in our new performance degree, along with VSU Alumni Kenyon Carter and Andrew Hill.
Daniel Kirk, son of Dr. Kenneth Kirk, is the 2005 winner of the Southern Regional MTNA Solo Competition for high school brass and will compete at the National MTNA Solo Competition in April in Seattle, WA.
Dan Schilling has been selected as a semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Conference Competition held in Virginia. Dan is working currently working on his MM degree at University of Florida.
Chris Crenshaw recently auditioned and was accepted for the Masters Jazz Program at Rutgers University
Chris Dennard on tour with US Army Band for the Spirit of America Tour-2004! Chris on lower right side of picture!
Travis Wingate-trombone MUE major wins Big Man on Campus representing Blazin' Brigade!
CTQ-Continental Trombone Quartet of which Dr. Farwell is a member, has been selected to give a performance session at the 2005 IAJE Fesival in Long Beach California titled: Slide Show: Improving your trombone section through the performance of jazz trombone ensemble literature.
Isaac Sanchez, recently graduated with his Masters degree from the Medical College of Charleston in Cytotechnology and is working as a research scientist at a hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He now has a five month old daughter and a three year old son.
Dr. Farwell attended the International Trombone Festival, June 15-19, working as an artist/clinician for Getzen Trombones!
Ms. Johns is performing in Colorado once again this summer with the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra
Andrew Hill graduated with his Masters of Music in Education degree from VSU this summer and has accepted the position as Assistant Director of Bands at Valdosta High School.
The VSU Jazz Combo performed in Hungary in April 5-9, 2004. Go to trombone homepage for website links
Congratulations to Christopher Crenshaw-Honorable Mention for 2004 Rosolino Solo Jazz Competition
Congratulations to Christopher
Crenshaw-Winner of the 2004 Jazz Solo
Competition at Eastern Trombone Workshop. Chris
was one of three
finalists for the solo jazz competition which is sponsored by the Army
Band in Washing DC. Chris competed at the finals, March 18, 2004.
As the winner, he played on the main stage Friday, March 19 with the
Army Blues and Jiggs Whigham. Chris played Stella by
Starlight, Ladybird and Curtis Fuller's Time Off
for the final round of
auditions. The other two finalists were from Julliard and Manhattan
Schools of Music!
The Continental Trombone Quartet (CTQ)-featuring trombone faculty from around the US made it's debut performance at the Northeastern College Music Society Conference at Lafayette College. The performance took place in the Williams Center for the Arts March 19, 2004 and featured the World Premier of Tayloe Harding's Tabacon, written for the CTQ. Members of CTQ include: Doug Farwell from Valdosta State University, Pete Madsen from University of Nebraska at Omaha, Mark Sheridan-Rabideau from Millersville State University in Pennsylvania and Steve Wilson (Bass) from University of Texas at El Paso.
On Saturday, March 20, 2004, the CTQ gave a full recital as quest artists for the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC.
On Sunday, March 21, 2004, the CTQ gave a full recital as quest artists at Millersville State University
Congratulations to Wes Babcock-accepted a Trombone Performance Assistantship at the University of New Mexico where he will perform with the orchestra, wind ensemble and graduate trombone quartet.
Congratulations to Daniel Schilling-accepted the Trumpet Teaching Assistantship at University of Florida in Gainesville and will begin the Master's degree this coming fall.
Congratulations to Wendy Barnhill, Director of Bands at Risley Middle School-named Teacher of the Year for 2004!
Ken Trimmons performs for Music Scholarship Alliance Fundraiser for our annual Mardi Gras Dinner Dance. Ken has a new CD to be released soon.
Kristen Johns appeared in recitals in Boston and Ann Arbor. On March 5, Kristen Johns will perform Quarter tones with the Fromm Players at Harvard during a contemporary music festival. She will then perform in Detroit on Saturday on a concert honoring her former teacher, Louis Stout!
Congratulations to Andrew Hill-Winner of 2004 Valdosta Symphony Concerto Competition. Andrew will sing Mozart's— Madamina, il catalogo č questo from Don Giovanni, K. 527 with the Valdosta Symphony and also perform on the Honors Recital.
With the support of the Getzen Company, Doug Farwell gave away a brand new Getzen Custom series Jazz Trombone to James Panell at the recent 2003 State Jazz Workshop hosted by VSU. Congratulations to James who was also chosen as the 1st/Lead player for the 2004 All-State Jazz Ensemble.
VSU Jazz Combo to appear in recitals and workshops in Egar, Hungary, April 5-9th-look for these concerts which will be broadcast via the web with the help of Michael Savoie from VSU's Mass Media Department.
Doug Farwell appeared in February 2004 with Ken Shifrin and Tom and Andrea Jaber in recitals at Rice University (Shepard School of Music); University of Florida in Gainesville and at VSU for the 2004 GHLBC Faculty Recital. A premier of Antonio Caldara's Qual Del Libano for two atlto trombones, mezzo-soprano and piano was performed along with the Michael Haydn "Adagio and Allegro" also performed with two alto trombones.
Doug Farwell has been selected to appear in the 58th 2004 edition of Who's Who in America
Marcus Lewis won a trombone position playing with Celebrity Cruise lines out of NYC. If you want to hear how he is sounding- book a cruise!
Congratulations to James Ford who has just accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at California State University in Los Angeles and will begin this fall. A VSU trumpet alum, James recently presented a paper for the ITG Conference in the summer of 2003. http://www.music.unt.edu/departments/cmm/symposium.htm
Congratulations to Christopher Dennard, VSU BA-Trumpet, 1998, and MM-Trumpet from UMKC in 2002, won the trumpet audition for the US Army Guard Band in DC.
CTQ on left in Alcala de Henares, Spain during a performance and lecture in June of 2005.
Brass students at VSU have a wide variety of performance opportunities. Click on the following links to find out more:
New Jazz Ensemble
Latin Jazz Ensemble