Concerts and Performances

UTC Jazz Faculty Quintet — March 3rd, 2018

Dalton State College presents a concert by the UTC Faculty Jazz Quintet. The group includes David Walters on piano, Clint Schmitt on saxophone, Stephen Brannen on guitar, Eric Hanson on bass, and Monte Coulter on drums.

A highly versatile performer, David Walters is as well-known in the field of jazz as he is for his extensive work in classical music. He has performed at universities throughout the area. His performance resume includes many chamber music concerts and numerous appearances throughout the area as a solo jazz pianist. Mr. Walters received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Clint Schmitt holds faculty positions at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University where he teaches applied saxophone and woodwind methods classes. He holds degrees in Music Education from Jacksonville State University and in Saxophone Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed with numerous groups, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Opera Company of Boston, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has performed in Chattanooga with The Temptations, The Impressions, and has twice appeared as concerto soloist with The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera.

Stephen Brannen joined the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Music Department as an adjunct instructor in the Fall of 2015. He retired from the United States Air Force in June of that same year after serving twenty years as a guitarist in the band career field. Mr. Brannen received his Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry: Production and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University in 1999. He earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from Adams State University in 2015.

Dr. Monte Coulter is the director of percussion studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his BS degree in Music Education, and his MM degree from The University of Tennessee- Knoxville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Memphis in 1994. He is currently Principal Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a principal player in three of the four largest professional orchestras in Tennessee, as well as with many touring companies.

A native of Wisconsin, Eric Hanson was an active performer in southeast Wisconsin as well as a regular substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony prior to moving to Alabama to become the Principal Bassist of the Huntsville Symphony in 1993. A year later he joined the Chattanooga Symphony and performed with them through 2012. Currently, he performs regularly with several orchestras. He is an active teacher, holding positions at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cadek Conservatory, Dalton State College, and Berry College.

The concert will be held Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Creative Arts Guild, located at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and non-Dalton State College students. Children under 5 are admitted free. Dalton State staff and students are admitted free with a valid i.d. For more information, contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at Dalton State at, or Creative Arts Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at

Dr. Lillian Pearson & the Alexander Technique — March 9th & 10th, 2018

Dr. Lillian Pearson, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT), will be in residence for two days at the Creative Arts Guild, March 9th, and 10th.

The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for well over 100 years. It has been widely used and studied by musicians, actors, and all kinds of artists, as well as by the general populace. By teaching how to change faulty postural habits, it enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with the relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress.

Dr. Pearson says, “I have been studying the Alexander Technique since 1995. In 2007 I began the teacher training with Missy Vineyard and was certified in 2010. A professional pianist, I perform as soloist and collaborative musician and have been teaching piano at universities for over 25 years. I have studied with Nelly Ben-Or in England, focusing on the application of the Alexander Technique to playing the piano. I welcome working with all interested in exploring this exceptional process of learning. My experience as a pianist makes me uniquely qualified to understand and work with performing artists as well as developing musicians.”

Dr. Pearson will collaborate in an open rehearsal on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 pm at the Creative Arts Guild, located at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. Admission is $5.00 and is open to the public to observe. Dalton State staff and students are admitted free with a valid i.d. Those “rehearsing” will be together for the first time and will be scheduled in advance. The rehearsal is a peek inside of how the rehearsal process for performances works.

Dr. Pearson will also hold Alexander Technique workshops, open to anyone, on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th from 10 am to noon, also at the Guild. Cost is $10 for one workshop or $15 for both. Those registering for one workshop may attend the Friday evening event at no cost. Dalton State staff and students are admitted free with a valid i.d. Private 30-minute sessions will be offered Friday and Saturday afternoons for an additional cost of $25 to all, including Dalton State staff and students. All events are open to ages high school and up. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Those attending are encouraged to bring a towel or mat. More information on Dr. Pearson and the Alexander Technique may be found at

These workshops are a joint venture with the Dalton State Music Program. Those interested in registering may contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at

Ceilidh: Friday, March 16th, 7-9pm

The Creative Arts Guild will host a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert, featuring the group “Ceilidh,” on Friday, March 16th as part of the Roots Music Concert Series!

Ceilidh Celtic Ensemble is an eclectic quintet that was formed in July 2004. The word Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) is Gaelic, meaning a concert at which tales are told, songs are sung and music is played for dancing.

The leader of the group is Dr. Sam Baltzer, Professor of Music at Georgia Highlands College. Other members are his wife Janet, Matthew Fearing and Beth Blackburn of Dalton, and Creative Arts Guild Music Instructor Jim Burdick, from Rocky Face.

Ceilidh has performed many times at the Guild and at other locations in Dalton. The group also plays yearly in Rome at the Festival of the Arts, Across the Big Pond Concert, Robert Burns dinners, and St. Patrick’s Day parties. Ceilidh is also available for weddings, receptions, and worship services. They have received grants from both Grass Roots Arts and the Jonas Foundation to perform educational concerts at schools and other facilities in Floyd, Gordon, and Whitfield counties.

The concert will be Friday, March 16th at 7:00 pm in the Creative Arts Guild Jonas Performance Hall. Admission is $10.00. Senior Citizens and Students with ID $8.  Children under 5 free.

Feel free to bring your Irish snacks or dinner to enjoy during the concert! Beverages will be available.

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For more information contact, Concert Director Charlsey Etheridge at 615-838-3930 or email