Music Alumni Reunion and Concert

By Chris Shoemaker | February 5, 2018 | RSS

Music Alumni Reunion and Concert
Former Bluefield College music students are invited to participate in a two-day Music Alumni Reunion, Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, featuring an alumni music concert directed by Bryant Moxley, former professor and chair of the Music Department.

Former Bluefield College music students are invited to participate in a two-day Music Alumni Reunion, Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, featuring an alumni music concert directed by Bryant Moxley, former professor and chair of the Music Department.

Registration for the Music Alumni Reunion and Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23 in the lower level of Harman Chapel, followed by a rehearsal at 7 p.m. in preparation for the weekend’s concert. Day one will conclude with a reunion reception at 8:30 p.m., also in the lower level of the chapel.

“This will be a weekend to reunite and reminisce with fellow alumni, laugh and make music, and enjoy time back on the grounds of your alma mater,” said BC’s Josh Grubb (’07), director of alumni relations. “It will include both choral alumni and instrumental alumni returning to campus for the reunion. Regardless of era, ensemble, major or instrument, if you participated in music at Bluefield College, we want you to attend and bring your family and friends.”

Day two, Saturday, February 24, will begin with continental breakfast at 9 a.m. in Harman 103, followed by a second rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. Campus tours will be offered to alumni and friends at 10:45 a.m. on day two, followed by a third rehearsal at 11 a.m. After lunch at 12:15 p.m., a final rehearsal in preparation for the weekend’s performance will be at 2 p.m.

“With the return of Bryant Moxley to the campus as guest director, this promises to be a special weekend,” said alumna Rita Parsons Blevins (‘74), who still sings today in BC’s campus-community Masterworks Chorale. “He is very loved by his students, community and colleagues. In fact, Bryant is the professor who encouraged me to participate in Masterworks when I was working on campus. Performing under his direction has been one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable experiences I have ever had at Bluefield College.”

Saturday evening will begin with a Music Alumni Dinner at 5 p.m. in Shott Hall, followed by the Music Alumni Concert at 7:30 in Harman Chapel, where former members of BC voice and instrumental ensembles will perform classic anthems and alumni favorites. Current Bluefield College music students will join alumni for the performances.

“I have attended every Music Alumni Reunion since the start of my involvement with BC's Music Department, but I am especially excited for this one because of the Moxleys coming back,” said Alandra Blume Hinkle (‘14). “The Moxleys were the reason I chose to attend Bluefield College, and I learned so much from them that I utilize every single day in my music profession. I also look forward to making music with old friends who were students along with me, as well as the students currently at the college. It will be so refreshing to sing in a choir under Mr. Moxley again.”

Moxley, who was an assistant professor of music at BC from 2002 to 2014, will return to campus to serve as the guest conductor for the alumni choir. While at BC, he directed the school’s select student voice ensemble, Variations, taking that group on tour across the region, on mission abroad, and to the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. A recipient of the college’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008, his service to the school also included a term as faculty president.

“It is such an honor and joy to return to BC to share in the Music Alumni Reunion,” said Moxley. “I can't wait to join together with current students, alumni and former students to make music and share memories. It will be wonderful to renew friendships and learn the latest.”

Today, Moxley is a minister of music at Wake Forest Baptist Church in North Carolina. Before and during his 12-year tenure at Bluefield College, he served as a minister of music at six other churches. He is also active in various music organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Hymn Society of America.

“I can't believe I've been away from Bluefield for more than three years,” said Moxley. “Lisa (Moxley’s wife, who also taught music at BC and directed Bluefield Singers) and I are so excited to return to a place we love to be with people we love.”

Dr. Charles Priest, current chair of the Bluefield College Department of Music, will serve as director of the alumni band. A member of the BC faculty since 2010, Dr. Priest oversees the Music Department’s instrumental studies. He is also director of BC’s Concert Band and Stadium Band. Alumni and friends will also have the opportunity to meet new music professor Dr. John-Scott Moir, a teacher, performer, singer and conductor with more than 25 years of experience in music who joined the BC faculty as an assistant professor of music and director of choirs and voice in 2016.

“I am really looking forward to the Music Alumni Reunion,” added Blevins. “I have always found it fun to reconnect with past students of the college, especially the music students. It doesn’t matter the age of fellow choir members, music transcends time and creates a comradery like none other.”

All alumni and friends of Bluefield College music are invited to participate in the weekend. Spouses are encouraged to join former students for the event, and even children are welcome to attend. Alumni are encouraged to bring yearbooks and old photos to share during informal times of reunion.

The cost for the Alumni Music Reunion and Concert is $15, including meals, but not lodging. For additional information about lodging, pre-registration, what to wear, and who can attend, visit  or contact Grubb by email at or by phone at 276-326-4208. Find the Bluefield College Music Alumni Reunion 2018 Facebook event page for a list of alumni and friends already planning to attend.

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Chris Shoemaker, Assistant Professor, Communication