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NQC 2012 News

February 15, 2012 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

It’s about that time of year again: the time when there’s a new development in the upcoming National Quartet Convention’s schedule on a pretty much regular basis. Two news items have come down the pipe today:

1. The NQC has added the NQC Music Awards, taking the place of the Singing News Fan Awards. This will take place at a Friday afternoon showcase.

The Fan Awards have been at Dollywood the past couple of years and will continue to be held there this year. The absence of the awards show has arguably taken away much of the buzz that used to come with NQC, especially near the end of the week. The wrinkle that separates these new accolades from the old is that there are two divisions to the awards; one is voted upon by fans, and the other is voted upon by “music professionals,” which is defined as those who are exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention. Color me intrigued; perhaps this will help to fill in the “empty” feeling that has hung around NQC these past couple of years.

2. The initial draft of the Showcase Schedule has been posted. Notable additions include:

  • The Gaither Vocal Band Reunion Encore. This is intriguing. I’m hoping that there will be songs picked for this time that weren’t featured on the videos or in the showcase last year. The GVB catalog is broad enough that they can bring out the stuff that hasn’t been revived to death. I’m hoping this will also bring back some of the alumni who haven’t been present at any of the reunion events (Terry Franklin, Jonathan Pierce… heck, how about Lemuel Miller?) I noticed that Guy Penrod gets his own dedicated showcase the same afternoon as this one, but that is done in plenty of time for him to be able to attend the Reunion this year.
  • There’s another Crabb Family reunion showcase. I remember the last one being at NQC 2008, and I enjoyed it for the most part. I also remember it featuring most of their latter, more progressive material, and witnessed a large number of folks walking out on the showcase. Perhaps the Crabbs will play it safer this time around?
  • Tim Parton is reviving the Parade of Pianos. This showcase, originally done by Anthony Burger, then done by Roger Bennett, hasn’t been around in any capacity since Gerald Wolfe hosting it in 2008. The NQC Board wisely gave Dino his own showcase that year, saving the Parade of Pianos from becoming the Dino Show as it had in years past. I’m looking forward to seeing the collection of pianists that Parton puts together.
  • Lari Goss is getting a tribute showcase this year. Well-deserved, and it’s about time! The Hoppers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, The Booth Brothers, and others will be a part.
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11 Comments to “NQC 2012 News”


  1. Well, if they’re bothering to do another reunion, Guy Penrod BETTER be there.

    My bet would be Lemuel probably wouldn’t make it. Ditto for Jonathan. But fingers crossed Terry won’t be in Uzbekistan or something. 😀

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    • Lemuel is probably wishful thinking, but Jonathan Pierce is at least a possibility. I’m hoping that Terry Franklin can make it (I’d love to hear him live!), and if Penrod doesn’t show up, there’s going to be a lot of questions from a lot of people.

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  2. Thanks for all the info. Love your blog and check it daily to see what’s happening in the SG world. So keep it up. 🙂

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  3. Well obviously Guy Penrod made it

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  4. Robbie says:

    Why do you think Terry and Jonathan Pierce never show up to these things? I know Terry’s schedule is pretty crazy and Pierce does interior design, but I can’t help but think there must be something that happened with these two that makes them keep their distance from reunion events, or for that matter, from anything “Gaither”. I wouldn’t want to just guess and spread rumors but do you have any insight?

    I just watched your interview with Michael English from a few years ago – very insightful. Thanks!

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    • I have heard different things over the years about one of them, but nothing that makes me think that either one (he or Gaither) holds ill will toward the other. On the other, I’m clueless. That’s all I’ll say about that, but it sure would be nice to have them attend at least once.

      Thanks for the kind words! Michael was very kind to offer to do that interview, and that’s one of my favorite memories related to this music.

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