The music department has awarded $26,050 in scholarships this year, giving 71 scholarships to 45 students. Each scholarship ranges from $150 to $1,000. The scholarships are awarded for outstanding achievement in music academics, ensemble performance, music industry studies, and to encourage creative activities.
In 2003 the department awarded $9,000. Over the past seven years the amount has increased through donations, endowments, faculty and staff performances, and student ensemble performances and grants.
The department will award three endowed scholarships this year. The Eric and Elizabeth Turkel Endowment will be awarded to Charles Parsons, Michael Jung and Phillip Pitcher for classical piano performance, the Paul Anka Endowment will be awarded to Phillip Pitcher for songwriting, and the Varnasi Endowment will be awarded to EdCarlo Arafiles for vocal studies.
Two scholarship awards are named awards for faculty who made a lasting impact on the department and have since passed on. The Charles Lindsley Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to EdCarlo Arafiles for voice, and the Philip Clarke Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Charles Parsons for piano.
Phillip Browne, Prof. Emeritus, gives a sizeable donation each year to support instrumental students and those who might be interested in composition. This year, Browne awards will be given to Joseph Jefferson, Will Hunt, Nate Haessly, and Bradford Isaac Tidwell.