For the upcoming academic year, the music department will award $30,675 in scholarships, the largest amount awarded to date. Eighty scholarships, ranging from $200 to $1,000, are given for outstanding achievement in music academics, ensemble performance, music industry studies and to encourage creative activities. Scholarship funds are raised through donations, endowments, faculty and staff performances, student ensemble performances and grants.
The department will award five endowed scholarships this year. The Eric and Elizabeth Turkel Endowment will be awarded to Charles Parsons, Michael Jung, and Matt Borgialli for classical piano performance. The Paul Anka Endowment will be awarded to Megan Benevante for songwriting. The Duo Concertante Endowment will be awarded to Sean Aldas for string performance. The Rosenbauer Music Education Endowment will be awarded to Trevor Vasquez for music education. The Varnasi Endowment will be awarded to Carlos Cardenas for vocal studies.
Two awards are named awards after faculty who made a lasting impact on the department and have since passed on. The Charles Lindsley Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Scott Robinson for voice, and the Philip Clarke Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Matt Borgialli for piano.
Phillip Browne, professor emeritus, gives a sizeable donation each year to support instrumental students and those who might be interested in composition. This year, Browne awards will be given to JJ Alvarez, Nicholas Anziano, Andres Meza, and Bradford Isaac Tidwell.