Holiday Concert supports student scholarships
Since he was a child, music has run through the veins of Georgia College student Terrance Brown.
“My dad used to play music for me, and when I was a kid my grandmother was a minister, so she always had us singing,” said Brown. “I went on to join the band in middle and high school. Then, I found Georgia College was the perfect place to continue my musical pursuits.”
Although he is now working toward his master’s degree in business administration, the saxophone player struggled financially when he first came to college.
“My family had always helped me out the best they could, but I never had much money,” he said. “As a freshman I received a scholarship from the music department. It really helped me get my undergraduate degree. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that without the financial help.”
Brown is one of the many students in the music department that has benefitted from scholarships.
Funds raised from events like the upcoming Holiday Concert help provide the opportunity for students to achieve their educational and musical goals.
“The holiday concert is a great way the community can help support our program and our exceptional students. All music department concerts serve as cultural opportunities to bring the community and Georgia College together,” said Dr. Sergio Ruiz, chair of the music department. “When you attend one of our top-notch concerts, your donation is not merely a donation—it is an investment in the lives of the students in the music department at Georgia College.”
The music department’s annual Holiday Concert will take place Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.
Performances will include many holiday favorites and will feature the University Chorus, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Max
Noah Singers, Jazz Band, Women’s Ensemble and electronic music.
Tickets are $10 and all money raised will help fund scholarships for students like Brown.
“It helps young students pursue their goals, and then they can give back through their talents,” said Brown.
This concert also includes two special performances. Alumni Jeremy Skidmore, who teaches music at Morgan County Primary School, will serve as a guest performer. The concert will also feature the American debut of a piece performed by the choral ensembles and two soloists. This is only the second time “Angels and Shepherds and Wise Men All,” written in 2012, has ever been performed.
For more information on the Holiday Concert, visit gcsu.edu/music or call 478-445-8289.