College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Students 2019
The 2019 Liberal Arts Awards recognized two outstanding music students, Amelia Lufkin and Kyle Etges.
Amelia Lufkin is current Vocal Performance major senior at Middle Tennessee State University. She is 22 years old and is from Knoxville, Tennessee. Music has always been a part of her life from singing in church as a young child to singing in the Knoxville Children’s Choir in late elementary school and middle school. She joined both band and choir at Halls Middle School, playing trombone and French horn. At this time, she was participating in many honor bands and choirs. Going into her high school years at Gibbs, she joined the marching band playing the mellophone, indoor drumline playing marimba, and became the Drum major her Senior year. In choir she participated in many musicals such as; Bye Bye Birdy, Godspell, and Back to the 80’s. She was in the freshman honor choir as well as, an All-State member her sophomore, junior, and senior year. In 2013 Amelia was accepted into Governor School for the Arts and participated in music department specifically in voice. Lufkin decided to go MTSU after high school to study voice. In her four years, she has participated in Marching Band, Pep Band, and Concert band to continue to play the French horn. She has sung in the Opera Theater all four years singing in many roles such as Susanna in Floyd’s Susanna opera, Phyllis from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, The Impresario, and many others. Has sung in Women’s Chorale for five semesters, including going to sing in the Southern Regional ACDA conference and TMEA in 2018. She has sung with Schola Cantorum, the elite audition choir, for seven semesters and was recently awarded the Outstanding Senior Award. Last summer Lufkin was a part of the first collegiate member in NextDirection summer choral leadership and conducting program. During her time here she had the privilege to conduct the Women’s Choral as well as Schola Cantorum. Lufkin has also been a member of SOMSAC, School of Music Student Advisory Council, for three years. Starting as an active member becoming Treasure her junior year and is now the President. She has been awarded the School of Music Ungraduated Student of the Year. She has been accepted to attend the University of Missouri, Columbia with Graduate Assistantship to study choral conducting in the fall or 2019.
Kyle Etges completed the Master of Music in Jazz Studies at MTSU in May 2019, serving two years as a graduate teaching assistant with several ensembles, the weekly jazz master class, and with the MTSU Illinois Jacquet Jazz Festival. Etges is pursuing a profession career as a saxophonist, arranger/composer, educator, and bandleader in metropolitan Nashville He began playing music when he was 9 years old, and has been leading bands since he was 13. Etges graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012, with a double major in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He then taught for four years with El Sistema Colorado, a non-profit orchestra program for at-risk youth in metropolitan Denver. Etges has performed and recorded extensively, toured several times, and has performed for both Princess and Celebrity cruise lines. His first solo album, The Vow, is set to be released later this year. For more information, visit www.etgesmusic.com