The Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence
In 1985, country music legend Roy Acuff generously established an endowment to enrich the arts community at APSU and in Clarksville Montgomery County. The result was the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence, which brings regionally and nationally acclaimed artists to APSU to share their expertise with students and the community in a dynamic atmosphere of unrestricted experimentation. The Acuff Chair rotates between APSU's four creative arts areas—Creative Writing, Music, Theatre/Dance, and Visual Art—and has been filled each year with residencies by nationally and internationally known artists since its inception.
Upcoming 2018-2019 Acuff Chairs of Excellence (Music):
The Gomalan Brass Quintet, performing direct from Italy at APSU on Saturday, January 26, 2019!
Internationally-renowned brass group the Gomalan Brass Quintet is making its first tour stop of 2019 – and its first and only scheduled stop in America – at Austin Peay State University.
The Italy-based group will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 26 at APSU’s George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall, at Eighth and Marion streets. Purchase tickets at www.clarksvillemusic.org. The group’s five musicians also will be in residence as the Acuff Chair of Excellence, working with brass players from throughout the region on Jan. 25 and 26, during Austin Peay’s inaugural Smash Bang Brass Bash.
Gomalan Brass Quintet is known for its live shows, which are virtuosic and encompass all music genres – from classical and jazz to movie scores – and entertain all age groups.
“The theatrical wit of their annually renewed performances has seduced both audiences and critics worldwide,” said Zubin Mehta, music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The group’s most popular performance is a medley honoring Italian great, composer Ennio Morricone. You’ve heard Morricone’s work in famous westerns such as “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly,” one of the most influential film tracks in history (you’re whistling it now). See a performance here: https://youtu.be/Dg9sEe8u0Lk.
The Austin Peay concert – presented by the Clarksville Community Concert Association in collaboration with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts – is titled “Made in Italy” and will feature music ranging from Giovanni Gabrieli to Puccini (and his operatic favorite “Nessun Dorma”). The quintet also will perform Morricone, so get your whistlers ready.
For tickets and more information, visit www.clarksvillemusic.org or call 1-877-811-0200. Senior, military, teacher, student and group discounts are available. APSU students with ID are admitted free.
LEARN MORE * For more about the Smash Bang Brass Bash, go to http://apsu.edu/music/brassbash.
* For more about the Clarksville Community Concert Association, visit https://clarksvillecca.wordpress.com. * For more about CECA, visit www.apsu.edu/ceca. * For more about the Gomalan Brass Quintet, visit www.gomalanbrass.com.
Former recipients of the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence include:
Warren Jones, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and conductor (2018-2019)
In residence at APSU, November 27-December 1, 2018
Internationally-acclaimed pianist and vocal coach, Warren Jones, was in residence at APSU in the Fall of 2018. Activities included numerous masterclasses, lectures, and individual coachings with APSU voice students. The residency culminated with APSU Voice Day and a free public concert featuring Jones performing as a collaborative pianist with selected APSU voice students. Learn more at https://warrenjones.com/
Miró String Quartet (2018-2019)
The Miró String Quartet was in residence at APSU from September 25-29, 2018, to work with APSU music majors, serve as clinicians for APSU's Honor Orchestra Festival for 9-12 grade students from the region, and perform a public concert in partnership with the Clarksville Community Concert Association.
The Quartet also appeared on Live in Studio C, Nashville Public Radio 91Classical (FM Radio 91.1, WFCL) on Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 noon. Listen to the recording of their radio broadcast by clicking here. Learn more about the Miro String Quartet at http://miroquartet.com/
Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinetist of the L.A. Philharmonic (2018-2019)
Week-long residency in September of 2018 included APSU Clarinet Day guest artist and featured soloist, in partnership with the Gateway Chamber Orchestra
Learn more about Boris Allakhverdyan at www.borisallakhverdyan.com
Lorna McGhee, principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony (2018-2019)
Week-long residency in November, 2018 included masterclasses, classes on performance skills and Alexander Technique, private concert for CECA Board and guests, Flute Day guest clinician, and culminating public concert.
Learn more at http://lornamcghee.com/
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Dorothy Allison (2016-2017) - Creative Writing
Second City Fully Loaded (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Cheryl Sanders Cirq du Soliel (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Axis Dance Company (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Rick Berger (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Jeanette Lovetri, Somatic Voice Specialist (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Lishi Lou and Lucky, Too (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
David Weinstein (2015-2016) - Theatre & Dance
Charles Niedich (2014-15) - Music
Willie Anthony Waters (2014-15) - Music
Anna Celenza (2014-15) - Music
Orchid Ensemble (2014-15) - Music
Jo-Michael Scheibe (2014-15) - Music
Rhonda Larson (2014-15) - Music
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David Huddle (2012-13) - Esteemed poet, fiction writer, and essayist.
Rachel Keebler (2011-12) - Theatre Design
Sarah Haas (2011-12) - Dance
Second City (2011-12) - Theatre Performance
Peiling Kao (2011-12) - Dance
Tim Miller (2011-12) - Theatre Performance
Keith Fitzpatrick (2011-12) - Dance
Annmarie Duggan (2011-12) - Lighting Design
Anthony Zerbe (2011-12) - Theatre Performance
The Ying Quartet (2010–11) - String Quartet
Sydney Guillaume (2010–11) - Composer and vocalist
William Bennett (2010–11) - World-renowned flutist
Paul Schoenfield (2010–11) - Composer and pianist
Clifton Ware (2010–11) - Internationally known vocal pedagogue, master teacher, tenor soloist and author.
Ian Berry (2009-10) - Contemporary art specialist, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.
Louise Erdrich (2008-09) - Renowned author of twelve novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood.
Lawrence Goldhuber (2007-08) - Choreographer, dancer, actor, and performance artist who has worked in New York for more than 20 years.
The Second City Touring Company (2007-08) - Premiere comedy club, theatre, and school for improvisation.
Mark Block (2007-08) - The Southeast's premiere and most selective modeling and talent agency.
Annmarie Duggan (2007-08) - Nationally recognized Lighting Designer
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7 Stages Inc./Bernard Koltes (2007-08) - A non-profit theatre company that focuses on social, political, and spiritual values of contemporary culture.
Cantus (2006-07) - An artist led, professional a cappela vocal ensemble with eight male members.
Bodo Igesz (2006-07) - Famed opera singer and stage director of the Metropolitan Opera.
Tony Plog (2006-07) - Conductor and composer with commissioned works from ensembles around the globe.
John L.Whitwell (2006-07) - Director of bands, Professor of Music and Chair of the Conducting Area at Michigan State University.
Lee Hoiby (2006-07) - American classical pianist and composer, one of the most notable living composers of classical vocal music.
Linda Norlen (2005-06) – Graphic designer and critic.
Michael Blumenthal (2004-05) – Internationally renowned poet and memoirist, author of Against Romance and All My Fathers and Mothers.
Louis Fantasia (2003-04) – Internationally prominent actor, director, producer, theatre critic and arts commentator.
Elizabeth Walton Vercoe (2002-03) – Prominent 20th century composer.
Carol Scott-Kassner (2002-03) – Nationally known author of music education literature.
George McCauley (2001-02) – acclaimed ceramicist.
David Bradley (2000-01) – African American scholar and novelist, author of The Chaneysville Incident.
Kelly Morgan (1999-00) – nationally prominent actor, director, producer, choreographer, teacher and administrator in stage, film and television.
Dalton Baldwin (1998-99) – internationally acclaimed pianist.
Matthew Harp Allen (1998-99) – ethnomusicologist.
Donna Loewy (1998-99) – vocal coach/accompanist.
David Holsinger (1998-99) – eminent band composer.
Frederic Goossen (1998-99) – nationally known composer/music theorist.
Cedric Dent (1998-99) – Grammy award-winning singer, pianist, arranger, conductor and producer.
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Elizabeth Van Dyke (1995-96) – multi-award winning actress and director.
Tim Gerber (1994-95) – music educator and co-author of the popular text, Music! Its Role and Importance in our Lives.
Jim Nutt (1993-94) – internationally distinguished painter.
John Haines (1992-93) – two-time Guggenheim Fellow, poet and essayist.
Howard Stein (1991-92) – internationally acclaimed thespian, playwright and author.
Ron Nelson (1990-91) – nationally known composer of choral, band and orchestral works.
Ted Orland (1988-89) – nationally recognized photographer/artist.
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