School of Music looking to strengthen community ties

Release Date: August 6, 2008

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music held a special event Tuesday night, unveiling its plans for a new community program that will build stronger ties within the community.

“Our dream is to build bridges between Wayland, the public schools, churches and the community arts organizations,” said Dr. Ann Stutes, Dean of the School of Music. “We are trying to strengthen the ties we already have. We believe in the cause of bettering the world through the arts.”

Stutes was addressing a gathering of Wayland music faculty, staff and community members at the home of Dr. Samuel Brown who is an adjunct music faculty member at Wayland. The event was to inform the public about the newly formed Friends of Music program through which members of the community may be actively involved in the lives of Wayland students and the Wayland music program.

“We need help nurturing students socially and spiritually,” Stutes said. “We are asking you to prayerfully consider this opportunity this fall.”

Through the Friends of Music program Wayland is asking participants to help increase awareness and interest in the School of Music and its impact on the community. Participants have the opportunity to help promote music events by working with Wayland faculty and staff. They also have to opportunity to adopt Wayland students in order to support them throughout their music career.

There is a fee of $50 per family to join the Friends of Music, and the group is planning some fundraising activities in the future. All proceeds raised through fees and fundraisers will fund music scholarships.

The School of Music is launching this initiative in conjunction with Wayland’s centennial celebration that kicks off this fall. Dr. Stutes said Wayland will have 24 new music majors entering school as freshmen or new students this fall. The School of Music is hosting a special event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, on the steps of Harral Auditorium. Students involved in the music programs will be in attendance and community members will be able to meet the students and faculty members. The meet-and-greet event will take place following the 5 p.m. dedication of the new Dr. Wayland statue located in front of Gates Hall.

The School of Music will be very active throughout the centennial year. Schedule cards containing all the major music events are available through the music office. The fall season opens with Dr. Sandra Mosteller’s clarinet recital on Sept. 4 and includes the Oct. 23 premiere of the Centennial Anthem commissioned by the school and composed by Dr. Gary Belshaw. The School of Music will also present a special centennial Christmas program in December.

For more information concerning events, contact the School of Music at 291-1076. To join the Friends of Music, contact Priscilla Ramos in the Wayland Advancement Office at 291-3425.