was well represented in the performances of new music at the 34th Regional Conference of the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society (CMS), hosted at Clayton
during the first weekend in March.
The Clayton State Division of Music in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts welcomed attendees from across the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, the principal umbrella organization for academics in the field of music to its Music Education Building and Spivey Hall for several days of presentations and lecture-recitals by CMS member scholars and performers, and concerts of new music by CMS member composers.
The local site host for the conference, Clayton State coordinator of the Division of Music and director of Opera and Vocal Studies Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, reports that the Clayton State student string quartet (violinists Donté Davis and Brandon Holmes, violist Evonee Mitchell, and cellist Rebecca Rolland, all of whom are coached by Dr. Richard Bell
), performed I Was Never Good with Words
, a work by Blair Boyd of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Ion addition, adjunct professor of flute Lisa Bartholow stepped in to replace an indisposed performer and gave a performance of pentes:grammes
, a set of five very intricate works for solo piccolo by Thomas Dempster of South Carolina
“Professor Bartholow’s brilliant performance of such a challenging work on such very short notice was a reminder of the great artistry and professionalism of Clayton State’s part-time and contingent faculty, who provide such a vital contribution to the education of our students,” notes Zeller, who adds that the four students in the Clayton State string quartet were the only undergraduate music students from anywhere in the Southern Chapter of CMS (which covers six states and Puerto Rico) whose work was featured, either as performers, composers, or paper presenters, in the entire conference.