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TSU makes history with virtual installation of National Music Honor Society

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University made history on
Wednesday when it virtually established a chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the
National Music Honor Society, and inducted its first student members.

The initial inductees into the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda are:
seniors Julien Dooley, Jakori Hollinger, Natasha Machlin, Darien Phillips,
Devin Pride and Andrew Walker; junior Jabril Muhammad; and graduates Michelene
McKinney and Jordan Thomas.

Hollinger said the experience is one he will never forget.

“It was an honor to be a part of such a historic moment on our campus, amid troubled times,” said Holinger, a music education major from Montgomery, Alabama. “With the addition of the Lambda Delta Chapter, TSU and our Music Department will continue to remain at the forefront of excellence.”

The installation had to be done virtually because of the new requirements put in place as a precaution to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Hitting the unmute button when each of their names were called, the new members became a part of the coveted organization that recognizes students for high scholastic achievements as music majors. 

TSU President Glenda Glover, Dr. Alisa Mosley, interim vice
president for academic affairs, and Dr. Robert Elliott, head of TSU’s Music
Department, were among the participants in the ceremony that took place live
via Zoom.

Pi Kappa Lambda Regent, Dr. Mark Wait, installed the TSU Lambda
Delta Chapter and assisted in the induction into membership of the first group
of candidates.

The faculty members whose names appear on the charter are:
Robert Bryant, Mark Crawford, Kaylina Crawley, Robert L. Elliott, Susan M.
Kelley and Ljerka Rasmussen.

Founded in 1918, Pi Kappa Lambda is an honor society dedicated
by its founders to the fostering of scholarly inquiry and artistic
accomplishment in the field of music. Of the approximately 70 honor societies
recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies, PKL is one of the
oldest, and it is the only music group so recognized.

TSU’s Department of Music supports a full range of vocal and
instrumental performance opportunities, including the orchestra, string
ensemble, Tennessee State University Choir, Meistersingers, symphonic and
concert band, two jazz ensembles, percussion ensemble, pep band, the
world-renowned Aristocrat of Bands marching band, and a host of small vocal and
mixed ensembles.

To learn more, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/music/

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Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University is Nashville’s only public university, and is a  premier, historically black university and land-grant institution offering 39 bachelor’s degree programs, 24 master’s degree programs, and seven doctoral degrees.  TSU is a comprehensive research intensive institution with a R-2 Carnegie designation, and has a graduate school on its downtown Avon Williams Campus, along with the Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, Tennessee.  With a commitment to excellence, Tennessee State University provides students  with a quality education in a nurturing and innovative environment that prepares them as alumni to be global leaders in every facet of society. Visit the University online at tnstate.edu.

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