About Gamma Kappa
Gamma Kappa was chartered in 1985 by R. Christie Collins, Andrea Cook, Emily Duke, Karen Edwards, Connie Glidewell, Debra Kahler, Melody Morrison, Tara Piantanida, Angie Williamson.
Previously Gamma Kappa Chapter was an all female fraternity. In the Spring of 2012, Gamma Kappa had it's first male initiates.
Chapter Advisor: Janice Bradner
Patroness: Jennifer Austin
Jennifer Austin, Adjunct Professor of Piano, studied with Rodney Reynerson at Appalachian State University, where she earned her B.M. and B.M.E. degrees, and with Eugene Barban at Winthrop, where she earned her M.M. degree. Other former teachers include renowned children's composer Margaret Goldston and George Kiorpes. Austin serves as instructor of piano and staff accompanist at Winthrop. She also is director of the Winthrop Piano Academy, which presently has 20 students enrolled in private study.
She has performed numerous recitals both as a soloist and accompanist. She has served as the musical coach/accompanist for Winthrop's opera workshop that performed The Gondoliers, Winthrop's first opera production in 20 years as well as Pirates of Penzance. Other coaching credits include Carol Hall's To Whom It May Concern, Mark Brucci's The Diary of Adam and Eve, Purcell's Dido and Aeneus, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, and Gilbert and Sullivanís Pirates of Pensance. In addition to her work at Winthrop, she also works as the Associate Music Director at Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, NC.
Delta Omicron alumni and faculty members in the music department: Janice Bradner, Jennifer Hough, Kathryn Kinsey, JL McDaniel, and Tomoko Deguchi