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.

Spectrum Winds Plus HONORS Recital Nov. 13

Brenau’s Spectrum Winds will perform in concert Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Directed by Tamika Sterrs-Howard, the ensemble and juried soloists from the Department of Music celebrate the culture of Ireland in a variety of genres and styles. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 770-538-4764 or visit

Forum: The Great War Today Nov. 13

Join a panel discussion at the Northeast Georgia History Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., as faculty from the University of North Georgia discuss the far-reaching effects of World War I on today’s political, social and economic climate. Members free, non-members $3 for admission. For more information, call 770-297-5900.

Waiting for Godot Nov. 9-12

GTA Discovery Series presents "Waiting for Godot" Nov. 9-12, 7:30 p.m. in the Ed Cabell Theatre at UNG's Gainesville campus.

The Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Discovery Series presents its first production for 2018-19, Waiting for Godot, Nov. 9-12, 7:30 p.m., at the Ed Cabell Theatre at the University of North Georgia Campus. Samuel Beckett’s famous play relates the story of Vladimir and Estragon, two men waiting for help from a man named Godot, all the while pondering the rules and expectations of their world and their place in it.

Performances are free of charge, with general admission seating on a first-come-first-seated basis.  Patrons can get vouchers beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of each performance to guarantee their seats: the theater doors will open at approximately 7:10 p.m. For more information, visit, and questions can be directed to the Box Office with questions at 678.717.3624, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family Day: The End of the War to End All Wars, Nov. 11

Group portrait of soldiers of an American patrol that caught a German gun crew in the St. Mihiel salient, France, during World War I. They pose behind a brand new German machine gun which they captured. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

A century ago, on Nov. 11, 1918, The War to End All Wars, now known as World War I, came to an end. Join the Northeast Georgia History Center on Sunday, Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.  in exploring this defining moment of the 20th century with living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, special exhibit and gallery tours, and performances. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 770-297-5900.

Evening of Dance concert ‘Focus’ Nov. 2-3

The Brenau Dept. of Dance presents their Evening of Dance concert Focus at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in Pearce Auditorium. Enjoy an array of styles and nuances from emerging choreographers from the composition II course, as well as sophisticated choreography from senior Mary Rose Gibson. Tickets are available at the door: General admission is $7; seniors, children under 12 and college students with ID pay $5. Free to Brenau faculty, staff and students with ID.

For more information, call 770-538-4764 or email

Highest Praise Gospel Concert and Audition Finals Nov. 4

Brenau University Gospel Choir Concert in Pearce Auditorium. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The Brenau University Gospel Choir, under the direction of Portia Burns, will host its second Mass Choir Workshop and Concert “Highest Praise” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Pearce Auditorium. The workshop is open to community singers, faculty and staff who wish to learn more about the techniques of gospel singing. The concert is free and open to the public.

Participants will be selected from the final round of auditions to perform in the Brenau Gospel Experience in March 2019.

For more information, contact 770-538-4764 or visit

Day of Dance 2018 was a great success!

The Brenau Dance Department’s seventh annual Day of Dance was another success, with almost 100 high schoolers participating in the Oct. 14 all-day event – the biggest turnout yet.

Day of Dance lets high-school dancers and their parents experience Brenau University and what it is like to be a college dance major, explore the campus and dance facilities, and meet the Brenau dance faculty, staff and current students. More than 25 senior high school students even auditioned for a highly coveted dance scholarship.

The day began at Brenau East with a welcome session for parents, studio and program directors, and visiting students, where they learned more about the admissions and financial aid process at Brenau, as well as hear from Student Services. Students then took morning classes in ballet and commercial jazz, instructed by Nadia Mara and Derrick Smith respectively, and faculty instructors John Streit and Peter Swan led a ballet partnering class. In the afternoon, award-winning Chicago choreographer Joshua Blake Carter instructed the contemporary class, while Broadway and Rockettes dancer Paige Chambers Rutsche taught tap and Grayson High School dance director Xavier Lewis taught hip-hop. The day concluded with a showcase collaboration between the Brenau Dance Department and the Gainesville Ballet Company, and an ice cream social and raffle giveaway.

Results of a parent and student survey indicate the event was a big hit: On a 10-point scale, the average Day of Dance attendee rating was a 9!

Brenau Music Students Perform for Lanier Village Estates

Alyssa Stowers, soprano, performs for the residents of Lanier Village Estates Oct. 16.

Students from the Brenau Music Department performed a free concert “Il Portale Musicale” at Lanier Village Estates on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The performers included Alyssa Stowers, Suzanna Durand, Arabia Jones, Anna Feng, Brittany Wilson, Julie Fowler Brady, Scott Wang and Jennifer Skidmore.

They performed solo pieces from opera, musical film and theater. Piano accompaniment was provided by Ben Leaptrott and Julie Fowler Brady.


GTA Repertory Company Gives Free Performances to Schools and Community

GTA Repertory Company

Beginning Oct. 15, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance Repertory Company travels the region through March performing two short plays, Dragon Flights and Shakespeare in Action,  for school and community groups.

The GTA Repertory Company performs as a gift to the northeast Georgia community, traveling to schools, libraries, community centers and even children’s hospitals to give free performances. Combining their acting skills with their leadership and devotion to craft, five students work to bring art to life in created spaces and use it not only to tell stories, but to teach young and adult patrons about important themes in the plays.

The Repertory Company is touring northeast Georgia from mid-October through March, offering free performances. For more information on the company or for booking inquiries, check the Rep Company page on the GTA website,  Questions can be directed to Repertory Company Manager Savannah Cathers,