Faculty News


by   |  07.15.11  |  Faculty News

Faculty Recitals for 2010-11 include Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. – Suzie Rockett, oboe; Cheryl Lemmons, piano WPAC RH

Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. – Lucy Tamez Creech, Soprano; Julie Pruett, mezzo-soprano ; Cheryl Lemmons, piano WPAC RH

Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. – Samuel Cook, tenor, sings Stevie Wonder More »

2011-2012 Guest Artist Series

by   |  06.20.11  |  Events, Guest Artist Series

Every year we strive to bring  the talents of professional musicians to campus to perform for and inspire our music students and to entertain the Abilene community.  Please join us, if you can, for the excellent  programs on the slate for 2011-2012!

Sept 2  – Mario Santoso
Oct 30 – Dusty Woodruff, guitar  (click to webpage)
Oct 31 – ACU Orchestra Halloween Concert with soloist Dusty Woodruff, guitar
Nov 21 – Manhattan Piano Trio  (click to webpage)
Mar 3 – Eugenia Zukerman, flute (click to webpage)
Apr 10 – Glenn Siebert, tenor (click to webpage)

Guest Artists enjoyed during 2010-2011 Concert Season:


2010-2011 Music Graduates

by   |  05.30.11  |  Alumni News, Recent Graduates

Julie Dieltz

Julie Dieltz, Soprano, Sioux Falls, SD

Julie Dieltz, Vocal Performance

Julie came to us as a senior music major from the University of South Dakota, wanting to continue her studies with Rick Piersall, Opera Director.  She performed as Mother in the Christmas production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and as Magda in the spring production of The Consul by Menotti.  An impressive soprano, Julie has been accepted into graduate school at  SMU, on full scholarship, with a concentration in vocal performance.




David Degg

David Degge, Music Education, McKinney, TX

David Degge, Music Education,
McKinney, TX

David will be pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  He has received a full scholarship, and will be studying with internationally acclaimed percussion performer and educator Robert van Sice, who also serves as the director of percussion studies at Yale University.  David was very actively involved in numerous instrumental performing ensembles and was a University Scholar during his undergraduate studies at ACU.




Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt, Music Education, Stamford, TX

Eric Wyatt, Music Education, Stamford, TX

Following his Dec 2010 graduation, Eric was hired to finish the year as Director of Bands at Stamford ISD in Stamford, TX.  This fall, he will become the Assistant Band Director at Andrews ISD in Andrews, TX. At ACU, Eric performed with the Big Purple Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Jazz Band, the ACU/HSU Tuba Quartet, and ACU Orchestra.  He also sang with the University Chorale, A Cappella Chorus, Alumni Chorus and the Tri-Collegiate Opera’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.  Eric also worked with Abilene ISD, teaching private low brass lessons to students at Abilene High School, Mann and Madison Middle Schools.

Alumni News


by   |  04.19.11  |  Alumni News

Adrienne (Linge) Applewhite (2009) has been invited to sing with the Houston Opera in
the Heights for the 2011-12 season.  Lead roles will be assigned in November.  This fall,
Adrienne will begin teaching Music at Sampson Elementary School in the Cypress-
Fairbanks ISD.  She and Tim (Accounting 2009) have recently built a home in the area.

Isaac Bray (2009) – Bray is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Opera Performance at
The Boston Conservatory where he studies with Rebecca Folsom. He has performed the
roles of the Father in Hansel and Gretel, Ko-Ko the Lord High Executioner in The Mikado,
and General Boom in The Bremen Town Musicians with Boston Conservatory Opera. He
was chosen to help represent The Boston Conservatory in a new opera works sampler
performance for the national Opera America conference in Boston, which featured  him
as the Mayor in The Inspector by John Musto. He recently performed the role of Ram-
baldo in La Rondine for the Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance Program in New York
City. In the fall, he will sing the role of The Minister of Deification and perform in the
ensemble in the Boston Intermezzo Opera Production of Rocket’s Red Blare.

Alison (Johnson) Crosby (2003)  – Alison and Jamey (Psy, 2001) are both teaching at Sam
Houston State.  Alison teaches all levels of theory and musicianship (SS/ET), as well as the
elementary methods course for education majors.  Jamey is on the graduate faculty of
psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  They live in the Huntsville
area with their three boys, 4, 3, and 6 weeks.

Jamie Dahman (2003) – Jamie graduated in August with his DMA in Vocal Performance
from the University of Michigan.  He will begin teaching voice at Moody Bible Institute in
Chicago this fall.  He is recently married to Sofiya Petrova in December of 2009 in Bulgaria
and have a daughter, Daniela, born 12/14/11.  Jamie completed an MM degree at North-
western in 2005 and a Certificate in Performance in 2007.

Dr. M. L. Daniels (1955) retired in 1993 after teaching music at ACU for 34 years.  He has
lived in Austin, TX for the last 18 years, where he writes music and plays golf.  He and his
wife, Elaine, attend the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ where the chorus sings many of
his new compositions.  He has 121 published compositions and is the composer-in-
residence of the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra has scheduled
one of his pieces for each of their concerts for the 2011-2012 season.  The first concert
will feature his “Mourning Song” for alto sax and full orchestra.  It can be heard on his
website at www.mldaniels.com.

James Green (2009) – James just completed his Master’s degree in Music Performance at
Miami University (Ohio) where he has been the GA for the tuba studio as well as assisting
with music appreciation.  This coming fall James will pursue his doctoral studies at Ohio
State University where he will serve as Graduate Teaching Associate.  James will assist
with the tuba ensemble and teach both minor and major lessons and fill in for the profes-
sor when needed.

Kristin Brown Huggins (2009) – Kristin recently completed her graduate studies at New
England Conservatory and received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance.
Her contract with the Handel and Haydn Society was recently renewed for the 2011-12
season.  Kristin and Wade Huggins (2010) were recently married on May 28, 2011.

Kasey Wilson Pope (2004) – Kasey and husband Nathan are moving to the Houston area
where Kasey has taken the position of head choir director at Klein Collins High School.

2011 Scholarship Award Winners

by   |  03.03.11  |  Scholarship Winners, Student News

Aria & Concerto Competition Scholarship, March 3, 2011

A Concerto/Aria Competition is held among  music students in the fall of alternate years for the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Orchestra in the following spring semester.
Ann Marie Rauscher

Ann Marie Rauscher

Vocal Performance Major
Amarillo, TX

Glitter and Be Gay
from Candide
by Leonard Bernstein






 Clint MorganClint Morgan

Music Education Major

Abilene, TX
Concerto for Trombone

by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov




Hall Vocal Scholarship

Kate Pamplin


Kate Pamplin, Soprano
Music Education Major
Abilene, TX



Ann Marie Rauscher


Ann Marie Rauscher
Vocal Performance Major
Amarillo, TX



Nathan & Louise Harsch Memorial Scholarship (Vocal)

Dean WillisDean Willis, Bass
Vocal Performance Major
Pago Pago, American Samoa





Dolly Lane Harp Memorial Scholarship

Tim Savage 

Tim Savage, Saxophone
Music Major
Abilene, TX




Bill Reese Memorial Scholarship

Adrielle Collier


Arielle Collier, trombone
Vocal Performance Major
Mesquite, TX




Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship

Clinton Perdue 

Clinton Perdue, tenor
Music Education
Mesquite, TX