WBU students earn music achievement

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s Department of Music passed out its annual music achievement awards this week in Harral Auditorium.

Students from every musical discipline compete for the awards by auditioning before the music faculty. One student from each classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) received an achievement award based on competitive audition and grade point average. The contestants’ performances are scored by the faculty with 75 percent of the total score based on the audition and 25 percent based on GPA.

Receiving the MAA among first-year students was Lori Flemons of Plainview. Steven Elixardo of Brownfield was named runner-up. In the second-year student competition, Grayson Smith of Amarillo received the award while Abby Holmes of Hobbs, N.M. was named runner up. Megan Roberts of Clarendon won the third-year student award with Josh Harris of Gruver being named runner-up, and Amy Moss of Plainview received the award for fourth-year students with Sarah Scott of Amarillo finishing as runner-up.

Dr. Ann Stutes, chairperson of the division of fine arts and associate professor of music, was pleased with the performances of the students.

“The level of performance continues to rise in all disciplines,” Stutes said. “The faculty members are thrilled with the students’ efforts and musicality.”

The winners of the achievement awards will perform at the annual honors recital next fall.