Brenau Music Department Fall Events

This fall, Brenau’s Music Department participated in several community events:
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Brenau music students performed a recital for the residents of Lanier Village. Ben Leaptrott, affliate professor of music, accompanied the students with help from one of his students, Julie Fowler Brady.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Brenau Music and Dance departments collaborated for an International Week performance, Ceol, damhsa agus craic!, celebrating the Celtic sounds of Ireland with traditional Irish music, singing and dancing.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 4, The Brenau Gospel Choir performed it Highest Praise concert and hosted a workshop for community members and students to teach singing techniques for gospel music.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Bobby Ivey, assistant professor of music education, hosted the Gainesville City Schools Fifth Grade Honor Chorus at Brenau in Pearce Auditorium. The one-day choral intensive brought selected fifth graders together to learn music, culminating with a performance for their teachers and families in the afternoon.
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Leaptrott and Jan Grissom, adjunct professor of voice, performed for the Gainesville/Hall County Community on Aging. The Council on Aging was celebrating Lessie Smithgall, 107 year old benefactor of Brenau and other philanthropic venues in and around Gainesville. To learn more, visit
  • On Thursday, Nov. 8, Barbara Steinhaus, music department chair, took the voice students to the Emory Voice Center. This informative and fun venture allows the students to better understand their voice from the professionals in otolaryngology. To learn more, visit
  • On Friday, Nov. 9, Leaptrott played with Atlanta Symphony violinist Kenn Wagner for a fundraiser benefiting the Waldorf School of Atlanta, in Decatur.