News from the Morehouse College Department of Music

 

 

Senior Jerrell Melton III of Fayetteville, Georgia, was among the students of piano enrolled at Georgia colleges and universities selected as recipients of a scholarship award from the Atlanta Steinway Society for 2017.  Awards were presented during a recital on September 24, 2017, in which Mr. Melton performed music by Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and Margaret Bonds.  Pictured are Dr. Jefferson Ethridge, Associate Professor of Music at Morehouse College; Jerrell Melton; and April Conaway, President, Atlanta Steinway Society.  The Department of Music would like to thank the Atlanta Steinway Society for their generous support of student musicians.

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Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians 2017 Festival, Oct 18-22, Charleston, SC: Under the baton of conductor David E. Morrow, Morehouse College Professor of Music, the Sunday, October 22 Matinee Memorial performance honored black composers of our past, the Emanuel-9 and survivors featuring Robert Nathaniel Dett's Chariot Jubilee, Franz Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and the world premiere performance of Trevor Weston's Unburied, Unmourned, and Unmarked for string orchestra in honor of those who perished during the Middle Passage.

 2017 Festival Press Release

Video Presentation

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Aaron Carter-Ényì, Assistant Professor of Music (Theory), gave a research presentation and a workshop at the Society for Music Theory's Annual Meeting, held November 2-5, 2017, in Arlington, VA.  The research paper, "Pitch Polarity in Praise Singing and Hip Hop" provided evidence for intonational patterns common to vocal arts (oral poetry and rap) in Nigeria, Kenya, and the United States.  The abstract (excerpted below) can be found in the program of the conference: Society for Music Theory 2017.  Carter-Ényì also gave a workshop on a new software called EMViz, an app for visualization of Early Music intended for use in undergraduate music history and theory courses and other scholarly activities.  The current release of the desktop app can be downloaded here.

"Pitch Polarity in Praise Singing and Hip Hop" abstract

 

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Sophomore Marvin Wayne Allen has been selected to participate in the University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Frost School of Music at Salzburg, Austria 2018 program.  In this program students spend July 9 -August 9 making music in the great city of music and the birthplace of Wolfgang A. Mozart. They will receive 2 private lessons per week, 1-2 private coachings per week, 1-1/2 hours of daily German instruction with native speakers, masterclasses 3-4 afternoons per week with faculty and visiting artists, conductors, coaches and stars, tours of the surrounding Lake district, tours of Salzburg (Mozart's houses, Festival performance venues, etc.) and attend numerous world-class concerts, operas and recitals at the world-famous Salzburger Festspiel.  Mr. Allen is a vocal student of Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr.  Congratulations to both Mr. Allen and Dr. Brown.

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Junior Johnathan Alvarado, II and senior Jerrell Melton, III were the first and second place winners in the James A. Hefner HBCU Piano Competition held on April 14, 2018, at Tennessee State University.  Mr. Alvarado was also awarded the prize for the best performance of a composition by a Black composer.  Also pictured are Dr. Joseph Van Dyke, Competition Coordinator, and Dr. Robert Elliott, Head, Department of Music, Tennessee State University.  Mr. Alvarado and Mr. Melton are students of Dr. Jefferson Ethridge of the Morehouse College Department of Music.