Students in the
Hardin-Simmons University School of Music, anxious to find out if they received
scholarships, gathered for one of the semester’s final programs in the
Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.
Funds from 78
scholarships were distributed among 57 undergraduate and graduate students during
the annual Honors and Awards Recital, April 8, 2014. The scholarships provide
funding for classes that will be taken during the 2014-2015 academic year, and total
more than $178,000. The majority of the scholarships are endowed by former HSU
students and friends of the university.
One of the most
coveted scholarships is the result of a foundation set up in 1906 by Theodore Presser,
the founder of The Etude magazine.
HSU’s School of Music has continuously qualified for the substantial
scholarship that is awarded to a student showing excellence in the study of music.
The recipient is chosen by the music faculty.
While junior Catherine
Miller, a music education major from Bryan, Texas, was surprised to be named
the Presser Scholar, Catherine’s parents, Sara and Brian Miller, had received a
heads-up from the dean of the College of Fine Arts, Dr. Robert Tucker, and were
waiting with a congratulatory bouquet of flowers.
Miller first came
to HSU during her junior and senior year of high school to attend the Abilene Summer
Music Festival, an event founded by HSU music educators. While both of
Catherine’s parents are graduates of other Texas Baptist universities, the
Millers said HSU seemed to be just the perfect fit for their daughter and said
their son is also considering HSU’s School of Music.
While music may
come naturally, Sara, a music teacher, says one of the things she considers
most interesting about her daughter is that she learned to read and write in
Spanish before she learned English. Catherine lived in Mexico City for two years
while her parents served as missionaries.
to complete her music education degree in 2016, after a year of student
One of the
highlights of the evening were the farewell performances of four senior and graduate
level students, comprised of Robert Colley, Abilene, Texas, majoring in violin
performance; David Spruiell, trombonist, Tahoka, Texas, majoring in music
education; Amada Hollis, soprano, graduate student in voice performance, from Abilene,
Texas; and Wenhui “Sherry” Dou, graduate student in piano performance, from China.
Other students receiving special honors include:
- Jessica Spurgers, sophomore, Princeton, Texas, majoring in piano performance - Outstanding Student in Undergraduate Harmony Award
- Caleb Wardle, sophomore, Pilot Point, Texas, majoring in theory and composition - Outstanding Student in Undergraduate Ear Training Award
- Allison Grider, senior, Spring, Texas, majoring in music education - Outstanding Student Teacher AwardAmanda Rex, senior, Andrews, Texas, majoring in music education - Sigma Alpha Iota Chapter Honor Award
- Cassidy Cantu, senior, Sweetwater, Texas, majoring in math - Sigma Alpha Iota Graduating Senior Highest GPA Award
- Ryan Lovell, graduate student, Abilene, Texas, studying conducting - Phi Mu Alpha Scholastic Award
- Students inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda include:
- Hayden Meek, junior,
Granbury, Texas, majoring in Church Music; Catherine Miller, Bryan, Texas, music
education and oboe performance; Christopher Cundiff, senior, Abilene, Texas,
majoring in theory and composition; Jacob Estes, senior, Rising Star, Texas,
majoring in theory and composition;Virginia
Martinez, senior, Abilene, Texas, majoring in music business; Wenhui “Sherry”
Dou, graduate student, China, piano performance; and Ryan Lovell, grad student,
Abilene, Texas, conducting.