Written by Liza DiSavino
The 48th annual Berea College Celebration of Traditional Music (CTM) will take place Oct. 15-17 and will feature, due to COVID, a mixture of both in-person and live-streamed events.
The CTM seeks to represent homemade music passed on from person to person in the Appalachian Region, and the musicians who play it. It is supported by a generous grant by the L. Allen Smith Memorial Fund and is presented by the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, the Music Department, the Celebration of Traditional Music Committee, and the members of the Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble.
A pre-CTM Stephenson Memorial convocation concert performance by John McCutcheon will take place Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. at Phelps-Stokes Chapel. This is the only evening concert open to the public. The event is free, and masks and COVID-19 vaccination are required.
Continue reading 48th Celebration of Traditional Music at Berea College: October 14-17, 2021 →
The annual Berea College Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the College’s music department and the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights—Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Union Church.
Continue reading Dates Set for Annual Christmas Concert →
Berea College’s Bluegrass Ensemble’s performance of the “Carol of the Bells” has reached more than one million people—1,373,876 as of this writing—since their video recording was posted to the College’s Facebook page last year. The always-popular Bluegrass Ensemble is one of a diverse range of musical groups at Berea College. Continue reading “Viral” Video Reaches One Million People →
Berea College musical ensemble members and directors joined together at the end of the annual Christmas concert in 2016.
(Photo: Chris Radcliffe)
The annual Berea College Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the College’s music department and the Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights—Friday evening Nov. 30 and Saturday evening Dec. 1. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Union Church. Continue reading Date Set for Annual Berea College Christmas Concert; Tickets Can Be Reserved Now →
Dr. Stephen Bolster will be honored for 39 years of service during the collaborative concert.
(Photo: Jonathan Kemp ’19)
Five musical ensembles from three Kentucky regional colleges and universities will join the Berea College Concert Choir in a collaborative performance Nov. 3 and 4. The concert in Berea will take place Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m., at Union Church. An identical program will be performed on the main stage at Norton Center in Danville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, Nov. 3. Both concerts are free to the public. Continue reading Berea College Joins with Other Colleges and Universities in Choral-Orchestral Performance →
Pictured (left to right): Audrey Rooney, Miguel Bañales, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Nola Richardson and Marlon Hurst
Miguel Ángel Ortega Bañales, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music at Berea College, was awarded the Audience Choice Award in the seventh Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition of the Kentucky Bach Choir. Bañales, a student of Berea College music professor Mark R. Calkins, competed against eight student singers in the recent live vocal competition in Lexington. The Mexican-born tenor also received an Encouragement Award. Continue reading Berea College Student Wins two Awards in Vocal Competition →
Brenna MacMillan ’18 performing with the Bluegrass Ensemble during their annual spring concert on April 21, 2018.
(Photo: Jonathan Kemp ’19)
Brenna MacMillan ’18, a senior Chemistry major from Winchester, Kentucky, received Berea College’s 2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Following graduation, she plans to move to Nashville, Tennessee, to perform with her brother Theo MacMillan (2016 Red Foley recipient) and pursue her musical career.
This award, established in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame star Red Foley, is presented annually by Berea College to a talented Berea College student in recognition of his or her musical contributions to the social life of the campus community. The award assists the recipient in a professional music career, if he or she so desires, and promotes the kind of music associated with Red Foley’s career, such as folk, country, bluegrass, gospel and popular music. Continue reading Senior Chemistry Major Receives Berea’s 2017-2018 Red Foley Memorial Music Award →
The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performing during their annual spring concert April 23, 2017.
The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert in Gray Auditorium Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free performance. The choirs are conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster and will feature several student conductors. Lindsay Clavere will accompany on the piano. Continue reading Berea College Concert Choir to Perform Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15 →
Berea College’s annual Festival of Spirituals will be Saturday, Feb. 24 in Gray Auditorium at Presser Hall. The all-day event includes a combination of free workshops, recitals and concerts featuring presentations and performances led by members of the Berea College Music Department faculty and guest artists including Diane White-Clayton, Patrice Turner, Shareese Arnold, Nyghél Byrd, Lindsay Clavere, Gabriel Evans and James Dreiling and Combo.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. in Presser Hall Music Building on Berea’s campus, with sessions on spirituals and African American composers. Continue reading Berea College Hosting Annual Festival of Spirituals Workshop and Concert February 24 →
Christmas is coming and you can celebrate it along with Berea College students. Mark your calendar for December 25 when the Kentucky Educational Television network broadcasts Listen – A Musical Celebration of Christmas at Berea College. This holiday special features a diverse mix of Christmas and holiday music performed by the College’s students and music faculty. The program includes performances by Berea’s Folk Roots Ensemble, Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Black Music Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, among others. The program also features a Nativity reading from Berea’s newly acquired copy of the St. John’s Bible, the first illuminated Bible published since the invention of the modern printing press. The special program airs Christmas morning on KET2 at 10a.m. Eastern (9 a.m. Central) and on Christmas evening on KET at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central).
The annual Christmas Concert, co-sponsored by the Berea College Music Program and the Campus Christian Center, will be held on two successive nights, Friday evening December 1 and Saturday evening December 2. Although tickets to attend this popular yearly event are already gone, it will be live streamed for those that would like to watch the Christmas Concert from the comfort of home or elsewhere via the following Livestream links: Continue reading Berea College Christmas Concert This Week on December 1 and 2 →
The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their 2017 fall concert “Bach, Brahms, and Bluegrass” in Gray Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 12. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Stephen Bolster will conduct the choirs. They will be joined by special guest performers the Clavere Piano Duo (Javier and Lindsay Clavere) and the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, led by Al White. Berea College students can receive convocation credit for attending the concert. Continue reading Concert Choir’s Fall Concert to Feature Classical and Traditional Music →
145th Anniversary Concert for Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble flyer
The Berea College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble invite the public to a celebratory concert on Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 pm in Gray Auditorium. This performance marks the band program’s 145-year history of musical excellence at Berea College and honors the thousands of musicians who have made the band program a huge success. The concert is free with a cake reception to follow. Continue reading Band Celebrates 145 Years at Berea College →
The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble will perform their spring concert April 22, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. The concert will also serve as a benefit to promote and support their upcoming European summer tour to Denmark and Ireland. Donations are welcomed and CDs will be available for purchase at the benefit for $15. The Spring Concert for Mariachi Berea will be the following week on April 29th at 8:00 p.m. in Gray Auditorium of Presser Hall. Continue reading Bluegrass Ensemble Spring Concert this Weekend, Mariachi Berea Following Week →
The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual spring concert in Gray Auditorium on Sunday afternoon, April 23 at 3:00 p.m. Gray Auditorium is located in Presser Hall (on Chestnut Street) on the Berea College campus, Berea, KY. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. The choirs will be conducted by Stephen Bolster and accompanied by Lindsay Clavere on the piano. Continue reading Berea College Concert Choir’s Annual Spring Concert on April 23 →
Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble performed their annual spring concert, titled “From Grace to Glory,” at First Christian Church in Berea on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Continue reading Berea College’s Black Music Ensemble Presents “From Grace to Glory” →
Berea College will be hosting its annual Festival of Spirituals on Saturday, February 25. Events through the day will include a combination of workshops, recitals and concerts that feature presentations and performances led by members of the Berea College Music Department faculty and guest artists from other colleges as well as regional high schools. Continue reading Berea College Hosting Annual Festival of Spirituals February 25 →
Black Music Ensemble – Christmas Concert 2016
From our family to yours,
May your Christmas and New Year be blessed and filled with rejoicing.
As we celebrate Christmas, we’re reminded that the message of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate at this season, is the message of Berea College, too. Jesus showed the world that love can triumph over hate, that peace can be achieved through justice, and that all of us are equal in the eyes of God. And nowhere is our mission captured better than in the diversity of our musical ensembles. Continue reading A Special Christmas Message from President Lyle Roelofs and First Lady Laurie Roelofs →
The Folk Ensemble plays at the 2012 Celebration of Christmas with Elizabeth DiSavino directing. Photo taken December 7, 2012.
From our family to yours,
May your Christmas and New Year be blessed and filled with rejoicing.
Join us this season for Listen! A Musical Celebration of Christmas. Continue reading Merry Christmas and New Year →
The Berea College Concert Choir conducted performances in Chicago and Wisconsin during their spring tour. On Friday, March 4, they presented concerts at noon and in the evening at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Continue reading Berea College Concert Choir Performs in Chicago and Wisconsin →
The Chieftains, an internationally renowned traditional Irish band and the Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble joined forces in a concert Wednesday, March 9, at the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Performing Arts Center in Richmond, Kentucky. Continue reading Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble Perform In Concert with the Chieftains →
The Chieftains, an internationally renowned traditional Irish band and the Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble will join forces in a concert Wednesday, March 9, at the Eastern Kentucky University Performing Arts Center in Richmond, KY. Continue reading Berea College Folk-Roots Ensemble to Perform with the Chieftains →
The Berea College Music Department will present a day-long Festival of Spirituals and works by African American composers on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The activities will include presentations and demonstration during the morning, choral workshops in the afternoon and culminate with an evening concert. Continue reading Festival of Spirituals Hosted At Berea College →
The bells of Berea College’s carillon rang out with familiar tunes as Marlene Payne, an alumna and former faculty member who taught at the College during the past four decades, presented a special concert to eager listeners. Payne, who graduated from the College in 1961, learned to play the carillon about 10 years ago after taking lessons from John Courter, an internationally known carillonneur and former music professor at Berea College. After Courter’s death in 2010, Payne performed concerts on campus regularly and coordinated visits to Berea by other carillonneurs from all around the U.S. and other nations. Continue reading Special Wish Leads to Special Concert →
As Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches, members of the Berea community are joining with Berea College in preparing activities for this annual observance on Monday, January 18. The crowd will begin assembling at 10:00 a.m. at Union Church for the traditional march, which will start at 10:30 a.m., proceeding to Presser Hall on Chestnut Street. Continue reading Bereans prepare for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance →