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UC Music Faculty get silly at Fun Recital


UC professor of music Dr. David Etter performs a humorous rendition of “Hi-Ho Silver, Away” by slapping his hands against his cheeks. Etter was part of the UC Music Department’s Faculty Fun Recital on Wednesday, September 17, an event held every three years to entertain and give music students an idea of what a performance should—and should not—be.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands (UC) music faculty held a Faculty Fun Recital on September 17th in the Nell Moore Recital Hall, located in the Grace Crum Rollins Center. The recital featured music professors and students who demonstrated what to do, what not to do, what to wear, and what not to wear at a typical performance.

“The recital began as a comical way of showing them (music students) improper concert etiquette,” said Kristen Disney, music department administrative assistant, of the fun performance that began more than 10 years ago.


UC band director and assistant professor of music Dr. Steve Sudduth and Williamsburg High School band director Shawn Sudduth (along with David Threlkeld, not pictured) perform a mock band performance to much laughter from the audience at Faculty Fun Recital on Wednesday, September 17.

Music faculty and students featured in the recital were Dr. Jeff Smoak, Kay Dawn McFarland, Dr. Steve Sudduth, Shawn Sudduth, James Corcoran, David Threlkeld, and Marty Abbott, and students Zach Shannon, Michael Kitts and Jayson Smith. The performers engaged audience members with musical selections such as “Two Rolls in a Blind Boat,” “Rindercella,” “Hi-Ho Silver, Away” from “Horse Opera,” “Um Pouco de Musica Jam,” and “Bubba Ho-Tep Classic.” Among those performances, was a humorous rendition of the Queen song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featuring Smoak, Sudduth and Threlkeld.

The recital was well-attended by students and community members, and the audience laughed often at the faculty and student’s demonstration. After the recital, the attendees were invited to an ice-cream social.

The Faculty Fun Recital is held every three years to give music students an opportunity to enjoy a humorous look at what a performance should—and should not—be.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

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