WBU hosting Scholarship Concert

April 22, 2013

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Friends of Music will host their annual Scholarship Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium. Admission is $10 or $5 for students. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Music scholarship fund.

Started several years ago as a function of the Friends of Music organization, the event helps raise funds that are awarded each year as scholarships to deserving students. This year’s concert will be highlighted by the awarding of approximately $12,000 in music scholarships.

Dean of the School of Music Dr. Ann Stutes said the concert has become a significant event for the Friends of Music organization.

“Not only does it feature the outstanding performance capabilities of our students, this year our Choral Area, it also serves as an opportunity to kick-off fund raising for Friends of Music scholarships for 2014-2015,” Stutes said. “The leadership of the Friends of Music and their passion for supporting our students is inspirational. They are committed to changing lives and this concert is an opportunity to celebrate their vision.” 

On Saturday, the concert will feature WBU choral students with performances by the Wayland opera group, Spirit, the Wayland Singers and the International Choir. The event will also feature a combined choir with orchestral accompaniment. WBU professors Dr. Kimberly Brown and Dr. Brian Kuhnert will be featured soloists during the combined choir portion of the concert. Dr. Hyung Chae will direct the choir.

Dr. Chae said the combined choir will perform Faure’s Requiem a piece that the composer Gabriel Faure wrote for the funeral of his father. Dr. Chae said the piece is very worshipful in nature. By contrast, Dr. Chae said the second half of the concert will be more of a celebration.

“Bring your family and friends and enjoy the worship and celebration,” Chae said.