Wayland's CMENC chapter earns recognition

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University chapter of the Music Educator’s National Convention was recognized as a national collegiate chapter growth award winner. MENC is a national organization promoting music education.

Wayland was named among five collegiate chapters in the state of Texas to show significant growth in the past year. Baylor, Southern Methodist, Trinity and University of Texas-Arlington were the other four chapters recognized.

Dr. Sandra Mosteller, the faculty advisor for Wayland’s CMENC chapter, said the fledgling group has worked hard to grow in numbers and activity. Wayland had a CMENC chapter in the 1980s, but it dissolved in the past decade. The chapter reformed in the 2001-02 school year with two members. The group grew to six members the following year and eight members last year before blossoming with 18 members this year.

“Our officers were really important in the growth of the chapter and are doing a lot more to stay active in the chapter,” Mosteller said.

Leslie Hayes serves as chapter president, Travis McCullough is vice president and Ariel Smeaton is the secretary/treasurer. Not only have the three played a vital role in the growth of the chapter, they have also helped the chapter receive state-wide recognition.

As a community service project, Wayland’s CMENC chapter worked with the Pastorale Music Festival in Lubbock this year. The group has also been visible on campus helping with receptions, recitals and operating booths at various recruiting events.

Mosteller said that as the group continues to grow, they hope to branch out with more community service opportunities such as giving private lessons and eventually operating a pre-contest music festival for solo and ensemble contestants.

“We have a lot of goals we haven’t achieved, yet. But that just takes time,” Mosteller said.

Dr. Ann Stutes, Chairperson of the Division of Fine Arts and associate professor of music, said the CMENC group is just another part of Wayland’s growing recognition as a quality school of music.

“The Department of Music is very proud of our music education students and their motivation to become leaders in the profession,” Stutes said. “Wayland faculty members regularly receive calls from principals and superintendents requesting information on upcoming graduates who would be willing to apply for positions in their districts. The fact that our students have requests for interviews even before they formally apply is proof that they are dedicating themselves to their education and making positive impressions while still studying at Wayland.”