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ACTU celebrates Valentine’s Day with musical performance

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present the “Musical Valentines” concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Trinity Anglican Church.

The program will include a variety of works, both vocal and instrumental, that are dear to the performers or significant romantic works of music. Performers will include Tim and Tabitha Peck, Rebecca Fadell, Nicole Davis, Antwon Jolly, Chelsea White, Dr. Karl Barton, and Dr. Jim Amend.

Tim Peck is Director of Worship Arts at Thomasville First United Methodist Church, where he oversees all planning and coordinating of both contemporary and traditional Sunday services, leads the Praise Team, conducts Chancel Choir, rehearses Youth Band, coordinates all other music ensembles, and serves as Technical Director of the church. Tim Peck is a graduate of Florida State University College of Music with a Choral Music Education degree and Guitar Performance Certificate. He began a teaching career at Leon High School in 2010, teaching Sound Engineering for two years. He then became Chorus and Guitar teacher at Fairview Middle School in Tallahassee, where he taught for the next seven years before joining Thomasville First United Methodist Church.

Tabitha Peck is currently in her 15th year at Leon High School in Tallahassee, where she is Peck is the Director of Choral Activities and where she teaches Freshman Girls Chorus, Concert Chorale, Melodears, AP Music Theory, and Technical Theatre. Tabitha Peck received the B.M.E. and M.M.E. in Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music, where she studied voice with Janice Harsanyi (Undergraduate) and Roy Delp (Graduate). She has performed as a featured soloist with the Thomasville Singers and has been a member of the professional choir The Festival Singers of Florida.

Fadell is a mezzo-soprano born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from university of Minnesota. She did her post-graduate studies in opera performance at Florida State University. Fadell is currently an adjunct instructor of voice at Thomas University and is the Music Director at Trinity Anglican Church.

Davis has studied vocal and choral arts for over 10 years and is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Music. She takes pleasure in planning performances that draw on the experience of members in the performance ensemble and community. She is the current conductor of the Thomasville Singers. 

Jolly is a senior at Thomas University, majoring in­­­ Humanities with a concentration in music. He will graduate in May and then intends to pursue music as a career. After Thomas University, Jolly plans to attend Berklee College of Music.

White is originally from Manhattan, Kansas. She pursued earned a Bachelor of Music in flute performance at Kansas State University. White received the Master of Music Degree from Florida State University and now enjoys performing in the greater Tallahassee area. Chelsea is new to Thomasville and Thomas University, and she is excited to get to know the people and artists in the area.

Barton is a Professor of Music, Chair of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Coordinator of ACTU. Barton earned a D.M. in Flute Performance along with a Master’s degree in Historical Musicology and certificates in early music and world music from Florida State University.

Amend is a composer, songwriter, poet, and performing musician based in Tallahassee, Florida. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, with degrees in both Composition and Piano Performance, and received a Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Musicology with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology from Florida State University. Dr. Amend is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Thomas University, and is the keyboardist for Thomas University Jazz Ensemble.

The concert is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person. A reception will follow the performance. Trinity Anglican Church is located at 325 West Jackson St., Thomasville.

For additional information, visit www.thomasu.edu/actu, call 229-227-6964 or email actu@thomasu.edu.

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