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Alumnus Greg Walter Receives Encore Award

CVPA Dean Dr. Cynthia Curtis (l) and Marjorie Halbert (r) present the Encore Award to alumnus Greg Walter.

CVPA Dean Dr. Cynthia Curtis (l) and Marjorie Halbert (r) present the Encore Award to alumnus Greg Walter.

The Belmont University School of Music presented the 2014 Encore Award Thursday evening to actor/singer/songwriter Greg Walter during a concert in his honor. The Encore Award was created in 2008 to honor a Belmont University School of Music alumnus for achievement in the field of classical music.  Walter graduated from the Belmont School of Music in 1987 as a Presser Scholar. While at Belmont, he studied classical voice under Associate Professor of Voice Marjorie Halbert.

Walter was an original cast member of Chicago’s company of “Forever Plaid” for which he received a Joseph Jefferson award in the best ensemble category. He was also nominated for a Jeff award, which celebrates excellence in Chicago theatre, for best actor in Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way, for which he also music directed. His voice can also be heard in commercial jingles for Michelob and Trac Auto. His songs have been recorded by various cabaret singers in Chicago, and his vocal arrangement of “Down in the River to Pray,” performed by the Chicago Chamber Choir, can be found on the disc recording At the River.

Walter is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he teaches voice and serves as musical director.

Previous Encore Award honorees include Clifton Forbis (2008), Daniel Weeks (2009), Drs. Daniel and Sharon Lawhon (2010), Maestra Teresa Cheung (2011), Dr. Alfredo Colman (2012) and Travis Cottrell (2013).

Belmont Senior, Aloompa Develop Popular iOS Photography App

DSCF6363-editWhile working at local app development company Aloompa, Belmont senior Bryn Bodayle partnered with photographer Jeremy Cowart as the primary IOS developer for OKDOTHIS, an iOS app that provides an idea community for photography. The app has been steadily climbing the Apple App Store charts since its launch in late November. Aloompa, which was co-founded by two Belmont alumni, specializes in mobile apps for music, food, conference and community events.

OKDOTHIS allows users to share both their favorite photos and the creative ideas (“DOs”) that led to it. Users can connect with other photographers, become inspired by their DOs, and watch as their DOs spark the creativity of others. Recent examples of inspiring “DOs”include “Use car headlights to light a subject” and “Show off a piece of art that a friend made.”

“It has been great to work on an app of such scale and potential. It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how users have used the app as a creative tool,” Bodayle said. “It’s really a new kind of social network, and I’m excited to see it continue to grow.”

Bodayle, an honors student focusing on design communications and computer science, began studying the development of iOS apps when he was a freshman at Belmont.

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Alumna Carla Wallace Honored with Music City Milestone Award

CEMB Dean Wes Bulla and Carla Wallace

CEMB Dean Wes Bulla and Carla Wallace

The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, alongside industry partner ASCAP, honored alumna Carla Wallace as the fifth recipient of the Music City Milestone Award (MCMA).  The MCMA celebrates Belmont’s connection with Music Row while also recognizing a Belmont graduate who has achieved truly superlative success in the entertainment and music industries early in their career.

Co-owner and general manager of Big Yellow Dog Music, an independent music publishing company based in Nashville, Wallace graduated from Belmont with a B.B.A. in Music Business.  Throughout her time at Belmont, Wallace interned at many Music Row publishing companies.  She also worked for the public relations department at The Nashville Network (TNN), delivering flyers across Nashville for upcoming concerts and shows, clipping articles that referenced TNN shows and seating the stars for the Viewer’s Choice Awards.

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Belmont Celebrates Grand Opening of New Alumni House During Homecoming Weekend

Building, great room named in honor of Foutch, Kennedy families

Foutch Alumni House ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting for Foutch Alumni House

Belmont University celebrated Homecoming Saturday with the long-anticipated grand opening of a new Alumni House on campus. Thanks to the support of numerous alumni and donors, one of the oldest structures on campus was recently renovated to become home base for Belmont’s 28,000 alumni.

The building originally served as Ward-Belmont’s Clubhouse No. 10 during the early 20th century when 10 clubhouses lined campus in the former Club Village. Each club house hosted Ward-Belmont social clubs for resident students and was used for meetings, meals for special occasions, teas and dances and housing visiting alumni. The original fireplace, banister and beams remain in Clubhouse No. 10 and were integrated into its restoration.

During Saturday’s ribbon cutting, the building was formally named the Foutch Alumni House in honor of alumni Dan and Lisa Foutch, both 1982 graduates from Belmont’s College of Business Administration. A member of Belmont’s Board of Trustees, Dan Foutch is senior vice president of J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc. in Glasgow, Kent.

Dan Foutch said, “Lisa and I feel fortunate to be have been involved with Belmont University since 1978. We have watched as the school has grown from 1,200 students to today’s enrollment of almost 7,000. Having been students, and through our continued involvement with the Board of Trustees, it is exciting to have a special place for Belmont alumni to gather when they return to visit this beautiful campus. We are very pleased to play a part in this first-ever Alumni House at Belmont.”

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Alumni Brothers Urge Students to Heed Gospel

dwan and marcus hill-120-XL (1)During Homecoming week, brothers and Belmont School of Music alumni Dwan and Marcus Hill returned to campus to share music industry advice with students during chapel.

“Things may be great, but outside of God our work looks like this,” Dwan said while holding up crumpled paper. “This clean sheet of paper represents what we get from Jesus Christ when we accept the Gospel. It represents redemption. Everything I have been doing to make this (paper) better, Jesus has already done. All he asks us to do is believe and receive.”

The Hills have recorded with many major artists including alumna Melinda Doolittle, trustee CeCe Winans and faculty member Chester Thompson. They also have performed at the Thunder Bay Canada Blues Festival and run their own recording studio, using their Belmont education to make a difference for God in the world. (more…)

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