22 June 2006
JSU Music Professor Emerita Presents Recital
Susie Francis Dempsey of Jacksonville presented her piano students in a spring
recital on May 22 in Anniston at Parker Memorial Baptist Church Chapel. Special
recognition was given to five students who received outstanding ratings in piano
solo performance at the Alabama Music Teachers Association District Auditions.
They were Kelsey Matthews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Matthews; Lauren
Ingram, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Russell Ingram; Kelly Ramzy, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Michael Ramzy and Anna Barrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip
Barrett; and Nick Leonard , son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leonard.
Ingram and Leonard proceeded to the state level where they both received
outstanding ratings in performance. Leonard was also given further recognition
as honorable mention. In addition, Ingram and Leonard received the coveted
2005-2006 Piano Student of the Year Award by Dr. Dempsey for their commitment to
musical advancement in their piano study.
Other students performing in the recital included Daniel Davis, son of Dr.
and Mrs. Randall Davis; Daniel Dempsey, son of Dr. David Dempsey; Drew Meehan,
son of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Meehan; and Landon Shirey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney
Shirey. Former JSU student, Rick Robertson, wrote a piano composition that was
performed by Dempsey.
Dempsey is a retired professor emerita of the department of music at JSU
where she taught piano and related music courses from 1969 until 1996. She
continues to maintain a piano studio where she teaches private lessons to all
ages and group theory to adults.
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