Music Academy
(Voice, Piano, Guitar, or Strings)

July 13-18, 2014

The Music Academy is an advanced musicianship program for piano, voice, guitar, and orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello and bass) that focuses on developing performing skills in each student’s specialty area. Participants also are introduced to beginning performance skills on other instruments and to a wide range of topics necessary for the development of well-rounded musicians. In addition to private lessons and classes in their primary instrument, students choose from introductory classes in piano, organ, voice, and strings. Students also receive instruction in areas of musicianship, including music theory, performance practice, music technology, music history, and The Alexander Technique, as well as in specialized topics such as how to practice, how to conquer performance anxiety, and how to succeed in auditions. Students participate daily in chamber ensembles to strengthen their skills of musical collaboration.

Skill level: Voice students can be beginner level. Strings and piano students need to have played at least 3 years.

Audition: During the registration time on Sunday, July 13, music students will be asked to play a short selection of their choice for the music faculty. This is a stress-free, informal process that has nothing to do with acceptance to the camp, but is a useful tool for the faculty in terms of grouping students and selecting repertoire.

Performance: The week culminates with a special student performance on Friday, July 18, at 6 p.m. in Gregory Center. This event is open to families and friends.

Age: The academy is designed for rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (ages 14-18).

The Alexander Technique

Students spend 30 minutes each morning learning the Alexander Technique, taught by Dr. Charlotte Anderson, a certified instructor. The Alexander Technique is an educational method of learning how to use less effort in activity. It enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness and relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. Athletes, singers, dancers and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement. 


All Fine Arts programs follow the same basic schedule and join together for meals and morning and evening activities. Schedules are subject to slight changes and will be indicated at the time of check-in.

7:30-8:00 AM
Breakfast for Residential Students
8:00-8:30 AM
Announcements & Devotions
8:30-9:00 AM Alexander Technique
9:00-10:30 AM
Master Class/Lessons

Private lesson on the student's primary instrument/voice in a group setting.

10:30-10:45 AM
10:45-12 NOON
Ensemble Rehearsal

Each student will be assigned to an ensemble.

12:00-1:00 PM
1:00-1:45 PM
Secondary Class #1

Strings, voice, or piano – All students have the opportunity to explore two secondary classes.

1:45-2:30 PM
Secondary Class #2

Strings, voice, or piano.

2:30-3:15 PM
Musicianship Class

Special topic discussions such as "How to Practice," "How to Deal with Stage Fright," etc.

3:15-3:30 PM
3:30-5:00 PM
Ensemble Rehearsal
5:00-6:00 PM
Dinner for residential students
6:00-10:00 PM
Free Time, Evening Activities, and Private Practice Time



The music program is taught by professional performers and teachers in each field who have a passion for music and are noted for their expertise.

Dr. Kellie Dubel Brown (violin/viola orchestra, chamber music)
Professor of Music
Dr. Kellie Brown has been a member of the Milligan College music faculty since 1998 and serves as chair of the music department, director of the strings program, and conductor of the Milligan College Orchestra. Dr. Brown is a frequent clinician and performer throughout the country and serves as the assistant conductor and assistant concertmaster of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist Dr. Brown has performed several world premieres including An Encounter for Violin and Piano by Jane Perry. She has also conducted numerous world premieres including Genesis by internationally renowned composer Kenton Coe. In addition, she has written numerous compositions, arrangements, and articles and is a recognized authority on music in the concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Dr. Brown studied at Furman University, East Tennessee State University, and Appalachian State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in music education, a Master's degree in violin performance, and a Doctoral Degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in music administration.

Noah DeLong (piano, vocal, choir)
Assistant Professor of Music
Noah DeLong is a versatile musician who has found success as a conductor, tenor soloist, collaborative pianist, and church musician. He joined the music faculty at Milligan College in 2011, and he conducts the Concert Choir, Heritage, a select a cappella ensemble, and teaches voice. Mr. DeLong earned a B.A. in music and mathematics from Taylor University and a M.M. in choral conducting and vocal performance from Ball State University. He is presently completing the D.M.A. program in choral conducting and pedagogy at The University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. Timothy Stalter. His research interests include the choral music of the Italian-American composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco as well as the performance practice issues of music from the 17th and 18th centuries written for the Venetian Ospedali. Mr. DeLong’s performance credits include the leading roles of Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus) with the Ball State Opera Theatre as well as performances of Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem and Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D Major, Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Previously, Mr. DeLong has served as the Assistant Choral Director at Earlham College, an adjunct professor of music history at Taylor University, and Music Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church (P.C.A.) in Muncie, Indiana.

Anne B. Elliott (piano, chamber music)

Assistant Professor of Music
Ms. Elliott holds a bachelor of arts degree in piano performance from Coastal Carolina College (1975). She completed a master of church music in piano/accompanying (1982) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she also received the Honors Award Certificate in Piano/Accompanying. In 2005 she earned a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from East Tennessee State University.  She has continued to study piano pedagogy with Dr. Maurice Hinson of Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Elliott came to Milligan College in 1999 and she currently teaches applied piano, accompanying, and group piano. She is also director of the Milligan Women’s Chorale. She has served churches in several states as pianist, accompanist, and choral director.  She is a member of the American Choral Director Association and Appalachian Music Teachers Association from which she received the Teacher of the Year award in 2008.  As collaborative pianist, Ms. Elliott’s performances include recitals, musical theatre productions and church music performances. She is also a frequent adjudicator and presenter on the subject of human temperament and music. 

Dr. Charlotte V. Anderson
(voice, the Alexander Technique)
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music
Dr. Anderson earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Youngstown State University in 1985. She holds a master of music degree in vocal performance (1987) and a doctor of musical arts in vocal performance (1993) from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Milligan’s faculty, Anderson taught at Colleges and Universities in Baltimore, East Tennessee and Virginia, teaching applied and class voice, vocal pedagogy, diction, art song lit., directing various choirs and serving as musical theatre voice coach. Anderson is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, American Society for the Alexander Technique, Barbershop Harmony Society and the Kingsport Music Club. She has extensive opera, recital, oratorio and symphonic song experience.  As a scholar and lecturer, she has presented lecture recitals on both classical and Broadway styles and workshops on the Alexander Technique in various organizations, choirs, high schools, and universities across the U.S.

Cherylonda Fitzgerald (cello/bass, chamber music)
Adjunct Instructor
Ms. Fitzgerald has taught cello/bass and chamber music at Milligan since 2005. She holds a Bachelors degree in Performance and Music Education from the University of Louisville and a Masters degree in Cello Performance from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. She is principal cellist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Asheville Symphony and the Kingsport Symphony of the Mountains. As a chamber musician, Ms. Fitzgerald performs with The Paramount Chamber Players, the Shelbridge Chamber Players and Signature Strings. In addition to teaching at Milligan, Ms. Fitzgerald is an adjunct instructor at East Tennessee State University, maintains a private cello studio and is director of the East Tennessee Cello Choir.

James Van Druten (classical guitar)
Adjunct Instructor
Praised by Stephen Robinson for playing with "great expression and feeling", guitarist James Van Druten has delighted audiences with his mature and refined style of playing. James completed a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance with world-renowned guitarist Stephen Robinson at Stetson University. He has won numerous awards including Third Prize in Division II of the 2009 Appalachian State Guitar Festival and Second Prize in the 7th Annual Marilyn Newell Youth Music Festival. He was also a Semifinalist in the 2011 Rosario International Guitar Competition. James has performed in master classes given by some of the world's most distinguished guitarists including Manuel Barrueco, Denis Azabagic, Rafael Padron, Rene Gonzalez, and Douglas James. He gave many solo recital performances throughout his time at Stetson. As a chamber musician, James has had the pleasure of being a member of Stetson University's Guitar Ensemble, and has collaborated extensively with soprano Elizabeth Galafa, performing works by Fredrico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla. Equally comfortable away from the concert stage, James has served as a teaching assistant to Dr. Stephen Robinson, learning valuable tools on how to approach teaching in a university setting. He also serves as Guitar Representative for Stetson University's School of Music Student Advisory Council. As a member of the university's recording crew, James records and engineers live performances held on campus. James is now pursuing a Master of Music in guitar performance and looks forward to furthering his dream of becoming a touring
concert artist.

Music at Milligan

The music program at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers. Students can pursue music in a variety of degree programs or simply elect music courses to enrich their liberal arts education. Participating in music at Milligan also allows students and faculty to experience new levels of worship and service. Click here to learn more.

Milligan music graduates teach at all levels of music education, serve in music ministry positions, conduct professional music organizations, teach studio music, and perform professionally. Graduates of the music area have pursued further music studies at institutions throughout the U.S.

Milligan College

Milligan College is a premier Christian liberal arts college in beautiful Northeast Tennessee. Milligan has been named one of the Top 10 best baccalaureate colleges and one of the Best Buys in the South by U.S. News & World Report.The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs, all designed to help individuals prepare for lives of servant-leadership.

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