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Breland, Carter to perform in music faculty concert series

Dr. Walker Breland, piano, and Roland Carter, piano, will perform Friday, January 19 at 8 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets, as part of the Department of Music’s Faculty Concert Series.  The public is welcome, and there is no admission charge.

Breland, Professor of Music, has been a faculty member at the University since 1972.  His specialties include Organ Instruction, Sacred Music, and Survey of Jazz.   Breland is the faculty advisor for the Sacred Music degree program and also teaches Organ Instruction and Survey of Jazz. He recently retired as the Organist at First-Centenary United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, a position he held since April, 1978.

Breland has served as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Cayce United Methodist Church, Columbia, South Carolina; North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana; and First Baptist Church, Greenville, South Carolina.

Roland Carter, distinguished composer-arranger and conductor, is the Ruth S. Holmerg UC Foundation Professor of Music.  Last summer, astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Discovery received their wakeup call with the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” recorded by the New Galveston Heritage Chorale, and arranged by Carter.

Carter has received national awards from, and has been recognized by, the National Association of Negro Musicians and the National Black Music Caucus. He was selected to conduct the inaugural concert of the African American Music Series at Carniegie Hall.

A life member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Carter has served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the Committee on Choral Standards. He is also a life member of the American Choral Directors Association. Other affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, the Music Teachers National Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

January 3, 2007