Orpheus Awards Celebrate Student Accomplishments

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will hold its inaugural Orpheus Awards Recital at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Admission to the recital is free and open to the public.

The Orpheus Awards showcase those students hand-selected by Wayland’s vocal faculty who have exhibited excellence in their applied studio training. Students are nominated by their applied professors and are selected by showing significant improvement and/or skill through the preparation and performance of the assigned repertoire throughout the semester.

Dr. Brian Kuhnert, associate professor of vocal studies and director of opera and musical theatre, said the recital was developed to honor well-deserving students.

“The goals of this recital is to acknowledge the work done on the part of the student that most exemplifies those traits deemed important by each individual applied professor,” Kuhnert said. “It is our hope that this recital will continue to encourage those students who are honored, so that they will continue to strive for our new levels of excellence in their art.”

Students being honored this semester are Mindi Mitchell from Amarillo, Ryan Roberts from Andrews, Erin Pearce of Clovis, N.M., Madison Younger from Borger, Franchesca Fuentes from Amarillo, and Elizabeth Johnson of Carlsbad, N.M.