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Friends of Music award scholarships

Release Date: August 28, 2009    

Allison Vetter

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s Friends of Music awarded six scholarships totaling $4,000 last Thursday night, kicking off a fall semester full of music events.

              On the heels of Dr. Sandra Mosteller’s season-opening faculty clarinet recital, the Friends of Music organization hosted an ice cream social “Celebrating Brahms with Braums.” The FOM steering committee, consisting of Jeannine Greene, Kip and Barry Vitato and Freda and Joe Provence, joined Dr. Ann Stutes, Dean of the School of Music, on a small platform where they honored several students for their work within the school of music.

              Dr. Stutes said she was honored to have such a dedicated group leading the FOM organization. The group formed a year ago and has already grown to include members from around the country. Former faculty members and other who have been through the school have joined in support of Wayland’s program.

              “Our dream when we formed this group was to take the money raised from dues and donation and do something special with it,” Stutes said. “In the last year, we raised enough through donations and membership fees to award more than $4,000 in David Brousseauscholarships to the School of Music.”

              The School focuses on three main areas of music including keyboarding, instrumental and vocal. Allison Vetter, a junior from Big Lake, was awarded thescholarship for instrumentalists, encompassing brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments. The keyboard scholarship, designated for those focusing on piano, organ and other keyboard instruments, was given to David Brosseau, a junior from Clovis, N.M. Joel Duarte, a senior from Dallas, was awarded the vocal scholarship.

              Joe Provence then announced that the FOM were also giving recruiting scholarships for each of the three areas of emphasis.Joel Duarts

              “We have the greatest music students you can find anywhere and the most outstanding faculty,” said Provence, retired as Wayland’s alumni director in 2006 after spending nearly 50 years in association with the school as a student and employee. He spoke from experience when he complimented the music faculty on their work and dedication.

              “This group is the most cohesive, talented and wonderful group we’ve had in the history of Wayland Baptist University,” he said.

              The FOM continues to look for members. Anyone interested in joining to support the arts at Wayland is encouraged to contact the School of Music at 806-291-1076.