2 From Chattanooga State Music Program Perform In The King And I

Friday, July 11, 2014
Dr. Jennifer Arbogast
Dr. Jennifer Arbogast

Many of the Chattanooga State music faculty perform in the southeast, including with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Jennifer Arbogast, an assistant professor of music, continues that tradition with a musical performance as Anna in “The King and I” at Signal Mountain Playhouse, which runs through July 26.  

Appearing alongside Dr. Arbogast is one of her students, vocal performance major Kimberlin Lacy. “Perhaps the most wonderful part of this show has been the opportunity to share this experience with Kimberlin,” shares Dr. Arbogast, “she has blossomed into a lovely young performer who has carried herself with incredible professionalism throughout the process.”

Dr. Arbogast describes the whole team at Signal Mountain Playhouse as “fantastic.” She calls Allan Ledford her “dream director” and was completely sold on the experience when she found out that he would be directing. Besides working with other ChattState performers, Dr. Arbogast has had the chance to work opposite of Seth Carico, a professional opera singer under contract with Deutsche Opera Berlin. “I’ve learned a lot from watching him work and working with him, and it’s been an inspiration for me as an artist to continue to sharpen my own skills,” says Dr. Arbogast.

Ms. Lacy adds, “It has been great working with Mr. Ledford. He is a wonderfully constructive critic who has helped me really develop ‘Tuptim,’ to make the character my own. With such amazing energy, the cast and crew are a pure joy to work alongside.” 

Dr. Arbogast teaches voice, music appreciation, and musical theatre at Chattanooga State. She holds a doctor of arts degree in vocal performance from Ball State University, where she studied with internationally acclaimed soprano, Dr. Mei Zhong. In addition to Signal Mountain Playhouse, she has performed with the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Artisti Affamati, and Chattanooga State.  Dr. Arbogast has musically directed more than dozen shows, including “Xanadu,” “You're a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and “Avenue Q.” 

Having been recommended to Chattanooga State’s music program by her high school choir director, Ms. Lacy successfully auditioned for a music scholarship. She begins her final year at Chattanooga State this fall. Darrin Hassevoort, dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, calls Ms. Lacy, “a rising star.”

Ms. Lacy studies voice with Dr. Arbogast, performs as a member of the Concert Choir under the direction of Dean Hassevoort, and also appears in opera theatre and musical theatre productions. Most recently at Chattanooga State, she was seen as Yum-Yum in “The Mikado,” Olive Ostrovsky in “25th Annual...Spelling Bee,” Calliope in “Xanadu,” and was in the ensemble of “Nutcracker Christmas Carol” through Chattanooga State’s Repertory Theatre. Additionally, she was a member of the 2014 Senior Ensemble at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, where she played Lady Caroline in “Dear Brutus” and was in the ensemble of “Jekyll and Hyde.” 

The Chattanooga State music department provides a comprehensive program for a student’s first two years. It is designed to meet the educational requirements of students whether they are preparing to earn a music degree, interested in private instruction for a specific instrument, or seeking to fulfill general education credits. Dean Hassevoort shares that some of their recent graduates have attended and graduated from Bryan College, Lee University, UTC, Radford University in Virginia, and the prestigious Peabody Conservatory housed at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information about Chattanooga State’s music program and scholarship opportunities, please call 697-3383 or visit www.chattanoogastate.edu
Kimberlin Lacy
Kimberlin Lacy

Tennessee Wesleyan Holds Annual Christmas Events

Tennessee Wesleyan College will hold its annual Christmas programs next week. The 13th Annual Lessons and Carols: Away in a Manger will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Athens. The service will feature music from the TWC choirs and band as well as scripture readings by TWC students, faculty and staff.  The Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Chattanooga State continues its 50th Anniversary with a three-day Reunion celebration beginning in the Sculpture Garden at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 featuring, “Carols, Candy Canes, Cookies and Hot Cocoa.” Join the festivities, stroll through the brightly lit trees, and enjoy holiday melodies sung by the Music Department. At 7:30 p.m., move indoors for a Holiday Concert presented ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night; 2 Shot On Holtzclaw Avenue

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. Then several hours later, two people were shot on Holtzclaw Avenue. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)