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Our 2005 - 2006 season.

The 1st of our 2005 - 2006 series.

Olde Towne Brass

Saturday, October 22, 2005  7:00 P.M.

Lincoln County High School


Olde Towne Brass performs in the manner of Early American bands, playing original scores on actual Civil War Instruments. With their special emphasis on the War Between the States, Olde Towne Brass presents programs that provide their listeners with history and information about the composer and the song. Their renditions of these timeless and compelling tunes are played just as they were more than 135 years ago. The music library of Olde Towne Brass includes over 1500 songs of both the Confederate and Union Bands which has been compiled from various resources across the country including the Library of Congress and the Museum of the Confederacy.

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The 2nd of our 2005 - 2006 series.

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Margery McDuffie Whatley

Susan McDuffie

Monday, April 17, 2006  7:00 P.M.

First Presbyterian Church

East College Street at Mulberry Avenue

Margery McDuffie Whatley, Piano
Susan McDuffie, Piano

Margery McDuffie Whatley performs from coast to coast as piano soloist and as chamber musician. She has performed at the United States Supreme Court at the request of former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, as well as at the World Congress Center in Atlanta for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and at the Georgia Governor's Mansion with her brother, Robert McDuffie, an internationally acclaimed violinist with whom she frequently collaborates. She has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Washington. With a strong interest in making classical music accessible to people of all ages and listening experiences, Margery Whatley has presented a series of outreach programs throughout cities in Georgia, California, Iowa and Illinois.

Margery Whatley received her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of Southern California where she studied with John Perry and was named the most outstanding piano doctoral graduate in 1994. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Frank Weinstock. She has also studied with George Lucktenberg, formerly of Converse College.

Presently, Margery Whatley is Associate Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is very active in both campus and community endeavors, and in 2002, Dr. Whatley was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award based on letters and recommendations from colleagues and students. She resides in Huntsville with her husband Dr. Terry Whatley and their twin girls, Kendall and Lindsay.

In November 1997, Margery Whatley released her first CD - Piano Reflections - Encore Favorites. Fanfare Magazine states “...there's enough steely music to keep you on edge - and even the softer repertoire is often energized by interventionist performances, notable for their pungent accents...the program as a whole is a most attractive one, and makes one eager to hear McDuffie in more extended repertoire. Recommended.” Her second CD, Margery McDuffie Whatley plays Bach, Haydn, Brahms and Ravel, was released in December 2002 and features more extended works.

Susan McDuffie of Macon Georgia is a graduate of Wesleyan College with a BM degree in Piano performance and a minor in Organ. Further study was at the American Conservatory in Chicago. Mrs. McDuffie is the organist-director at Vineville Presbyterian Church and serves as guest organist at various churches in the area. She frequently performs as organ and piano soloist and collaborates as assisting artist with vocalists and instrumentalists in the classical as well as pop idioms.

A former Wesleyan College faculty member, she has performed and/or taught every year at MidSummer Macon and has served as guest keyboardist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and former accompanist for the Macon Civic Chorale. Her piano students are often recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

Mrs. McDuffie is a member of the Advisory Board for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and currently serves on the board of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, where she served as president from 1998 to 2000; the Morning Music Club and the Macon Music Teachers Association, having also served as president of both these organizations; and MidSummer Macon. She was the recipient of the 1998 Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award for outstanding contributions to the Georgia arts scene and recently received the Alumnae Award from Wesleyan College for Distinguished Service to the Community.

She and her husband Bill have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

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