General Student Recitals

On Friday, November 15th, a few musically-talented students participated in another on-campus general recital. General recitals are a part of every college music department’s program and the musicians of Toccoa Falls College continue to amaze me. “Music is an academic and artistic endeavor,” said Dr. Stufft. Indeed it is and our eagles definitely understand that. A student performing a recital must know something (music theory, music history and more) and they must do something (perform as soloists and members of an ensemble). It is more than just understanding the way vocals and instruments can coincide; it’s the application.

General Student Recitals are, for the most part, solo recitals.  Vocalists, pianists, guitarists, flutists, trumpeters, percussionists, violinists and many others, work on solo literature in their applied lessons with their private teacher.  They rehearse and practice diligently on their solos, and during recital performances they are usually accompanied by a piano. The exception to that would be piano soloists and guitar soloists, plus the occasional unaccompanied wind player when they perform literature written specifically for an unaccompanied soloist.

Students are evaluated in writing by the music faculty through the use of a department developed grading rubric.  A number of key areas are considered during their performances, including stage presence and professionalism, as well as various musical and artistic criteria (intonation, tone quality, artistic expression, and several others).

Students not only perform but they listen to other students who are performing during these recitals.  Students will eventually perform multiple pieces in a solo recital called either a junior recital (30 minutes in length) or a senior recital (60 minutes in length) depending on their major.  Music Performance Majors, for example, must present a 30 minute junior recital usually during their junior year and also a 60 minute senior recital during their senior year.  Music education majors, in addition to student teaching their senior year, must also present a 30 minute junior recital either their junior or senior year.

Every music major performs a minimum of one solo (their general student recital) per semester.  Music performance majors perform twice each semester. The general student recitals at TFC usually include any number of 7 to 10 soloists and are scheduled for Friday afternoons at 4 PM. It is simply a normal part of every music major’s course of study in any accredited college level music department in the nation.

For more information about general student recitals, you can contact Dr. David Stufft at dstufft@tfc.edu. I encourage anyone who enjoys music and supporting their fellow classmates to come out to these FREE music recitals. They’re peaceful and easy on the ears.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament 2013

The Intramural Athletics Department here at TFC hosted its first ever 3 on 3 basketball tournament this past weekend, and it turned out to be a huge success.

The tournament was open to girls and guys, and took place this past Saturday, lasting a little more than two hours. There were 13 teams overall that showed up to compete (3 girls’ teams and 10 guy’s teams), and the gym was set up so that four half-court games could be played at once. For all the games, there was a running clock of eight minutes, with the teams responsible for keeping the score and calling their own fouls. It was also a double elimination tournament, so that each team got the chance to play at least two games before they were out.

In the girl’s bracket, because there were only three teams, a total of five games were played, with each game coming down to very end. “Ballin’ Beauties” and “Classy” were the two teams who played in the championship round, with “Ballin’ Beauties” needing to beat “Classy” two games in a row because they had lost a game earlier. And win both games is exactly what they did, as they won the first game 3-2, and the second game 6-4. Svenja Baumruck, Nattassa Macris, and Carolyn Berry were the three girls who made up “Ballin’ Beauties,” and the girls received gift cards as a reward for winning the tournament.

The guy’s bracket took a little bit longer to complete, as there were ten teams, with 23 total games being played. The championship round pitted “I Think, Therefore I Slam” against the “Vientiane Vipers,” with the “Vientiane Vipers” needing to win two games in a row. However, the play of Andrew Thorne, Ross Jewell, and Logan Perdue proved to be too much in the end, as “I Think, Therefore I Slam” won the first game 10-2, and finished the day as the only team in the tournament not to lose a game. The guys also received gift cards for their efforts in winning the championship.

Overall it was a fun day for everyone, as it was a time to get together and play some friendly basketball, and the Intramural Director Johnny Miller is looking to build on the success of this tournament, and plan more exciting events for next semester.

Thanksgiving Festivities: How to Get Involved

It is that time of year. The leaves are finally falling off the trees, nights are getting cooler, and the fireplace is being used again. But the most important announcement of this time of year is that Thanksgiving is coming.

Turkeys are being roasted in the oven or fried (southerners cook it this way) as families and friends are gathering to visit other family members they often do not see. This is a time to cherish many memories, and make new ones as well. Many college students head home for this holiday. However, there are many students that might not be as fortunate to head home for Thanksgiving, for any particular reason. No one should miss out on this special holiday, so let the following ideas enlighten all who are currently at a loss in ideas for  how Thanksgiving should be spent.

If you are currently with no way to get home, a suggestion is to find a way to go somewhere for Thanksgiving. You do not necessarily need to stay on campus during Thanksgiving. The goal of this holiday is to enjoy fellowship among one another, and give thanks to our God as a community. If you have a roommate or a friend that is heading home for Thanksgiving, ask if you can tag along. Some families will welcome you with open arms, while some may politely decline because they want Thanksgiving dinner restricted to family members only. If the latter does happen, ask  a staff member here at Toccoa Falls College whom you have a relationship with if you could join them. They may not automatically say yes, but there might be professors or faculty here at Toccoa Falls College that are willing to have you partake with them in their Thanksgiving dinner.

If these ideas do not pan out, there is a final and possible option that you may strive for.  Ask around and find others who are staying for Thanksgiving break, and pool your money together to pay towards a good Thanksgiving meal between you all. You can make your own community Thanksgiving meal for those unable to travel home this holiday. If all of these ideas do not work, have the Thanksgiving meal at the cafeteria if you so choose.

Remember, do not be a hermit for this holiday and enjoy the fellowship you are able to have with one another whether it will be with family members or just your peers. God has created us to be relational and be with each other as a community and this holiday is a way in which we can practice it.

 

What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?

Pumpkin Pi, which is one thing students who went to the SGA’s Fall Festival did not get. However the wonderful Jaemor Farms, where this year’s TFC Fall Festival was held, provided plenty of other activities and food for TFC students to enjoy. Students dressed in large coats, hats and scarves, and drove about 30 minutes from the college to arrive at a large pavilion where they gathered together to celebrate the autumn season.

By the time students arrived in Alto, Georgia, the sun had already set and the air was bitterly cold. To make themselves warmer many students took the bold move to undergo the corn maze. The 8 acre maze of corn stalks in the shape of a tractor was definitely the main attraction to TFC students. The brownish brittle stalks made a large barrier of circles that took minutes to hours to untangle through. Making it even more difficult was the fact that the only light came from two large light poles and the small glow of smart phones. The ground was dirt with large hole and ditches that were not visible in the dark; however the darkness did let the sky’s stars glow with magnificence. Though being in the corn maze was entertaining and fun, nothing was more exciting than seeing the finish line.

After the students finished the maze, many stood in line waiting for their hot chocolate; while others took to the hayrides to learn about the wonderful and many fruits and vegetables that grow within the 300 acre farm. The apple canon was another favorite of students. Apples were shoved into a small plastic canon and were shot towards an old abandoned school bus. Students also took part in the duck race and the giant slide.

Fall Festival was full of fun and laughter for TFC students. A special thanks for Jaemor Farms who did an excellent job with hosting the festival; as well as SGA who did a great job at organizing the event. It was a great and beautiful night to fellowship with fellow classmates and friends, despite the coldness and no pumpkin pie.

Woerner Mission Lecture Series

The speaker at this year’s Woerner Missions Lecture Series was Jeff Adams. The senior pastor of Kansas City’s beloved Graceway church for over twenty years, Jeff spends his days ministering to the people of his congregation and the surrounding community in English and Spanish alike. It was a high privilege to have him come and speak for this year’s lecture series.

Jeff Adams likes to make people uncomfortable. His lecture series made students squirm in their seats as he challenged not only their assumptions about Christianity and the ways in which Christians attempt to spread the gospel, but tackled issues closer to the heart as well: our convictions and dreams.

Jeff suggested that perhaps one’s lifelong dreams of planting a church or of producing a worship album often come out of generic, Christian-y trends, instead of, as we would hope, out of hearing from God.

Many people can stomach having their view of Christianity as a whole challenged, but how does a campus of students on fire for God and His plans for their life react to someone who says that maybe they have not heard the voice of God in the same ways that they had assumed?

The students of Toccoa Falls College never fail to amaze. These five challenging, convicting messages have been received campus-wide with a gracious, humble spirit and a genuine eagerness to learn. Each morning and evening session has been filled with students hungry for more of God, wanting desperately to hear how we can do better at fulfilling Christ’s command of carrying His truth to the ends of the world. Sometimes hearing the truth hurts, and this time was no exception as students learned the ways in which we so often fail in spreading the gospel and what the Church needs to do to fix this problem.

The Talon staff would like to warmly thank Jeff Adams for the conviction and revival he brought to the student body this year as he showed us the many improvements still to be made in our view of missions.