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Music scholarship recipients perform Jan. 28 at Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music presents a recital Jan. 28 by recipients of music scholarships. The free recital begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.
The concert features the scholarship recipients for the William Presser, Hayes Young Artist and White Wind scholarships, the Hayes School of Music’s most prestigious scholarships. The scholarships are awarded based on an audition and/or faculty nomination.

P.J. Heebner, a senior piano performance major from Hendersonville, is the 2009-10 William Presser Scholar. He will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.” Heebner was selected for the honor by music faculty in a yearly nominating and voting procedure that recognizes outstanding musicianship and scholarship.

Corey Ross and Vanessa Chumbley are Hayes Young Artist scholars.  Corey, a senior guitar performance major from Gastonia, was the 2006-07 Hayes Young Artist Scholar following his audition for admission to the music school, which was a part of the Hayes Young Artist Scholarship competition.  He will perform “Coro No. 1” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Chumbley, a junior violin performance major from Atlanta,. is the 2007-08 Hayes Young Artist Scholar and will perform “Sonata No. 2” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Hayes Young Artist Scholarship competition began in 2001 and is supported by the Hayes Endowment for Musical Excellence named on behalf of Robert and Mariam Cannon Hayes.  Held yearly, the scholarship is given to the student who, through outstanding performance in their entrance audition and an invitational recital appearance, is determined to be the most gifted and musical student performer heard during that particular recruitment season.

The Presser Foundation operates under the will and deeds of trust created by its founder, Theodore Presser. It is one of the few foundations in the United States dedicated solely to the support of music and music education.

In addition to the Presser and Hayes scholarships, the Hayes School of Music also awards yearly the Elmer and Lynn White Wind Scholarship to the most outstanding wind (brass and woodwind) student entering the music school.  Dr. Elmer (deceased) and Dr. Lynn White, both faculty emeriti in the Hayes School of Music, created the scholarship to recognize musical excellence in the areas in which they taught – trumpet and flute/oboe, respectively.

The 2009-10 White Wind Scholar is Cara Lewis, a freshman flutist from Asheville. Lewis is a music performance major. She will perform the third movement from Telemann’s “Suite in A minor.”

Sarah Jett, sophomore, a music education major and the 2008-09 White Wind Scholar, will perform “Romanza” by Allesandro Longo. Jett is a bassoonist from Granite Falls.

She will perform “Morceau de Concert” by Camille Saint-Saëns.  The 2007-08 White Wind Scholar is Kathryn Holley, a junior flute performance major from Winterville.  Her selection on Thursday’s program is the fourth movement from Ernest Bloch’s “Suite Modale.” The 2006-07 White Wind Scholar is Rachel Watson, a senior French horn performance major from Wilmington.

“These students are exemplary in their performance skills and character,” said Dr. Jay Jackson, associate dean of the music school. “The faculty members have selected a terrific group of young adults to represent these prestigious scholarships and their benefactors. The Hayes School of Music is humbled by the generosity of the late Robert and Mariam Hayes, the late Dr. Elmer White, and Dr. Lynn White. They, along with the Presser Foundation, have created a marvelous opportunity to recognize and celebrate their interest and support of music and music-making at Appalachian.  We are deeply indebted to their commitment to both musical and scholastic pursuits.”