School of music presents 2011 president's scholarship concert

March 21, 2011

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music will present the 2011 President’s Scholarship Concert on Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium.

              Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The proceeds will benefit the Wayland Friends of Music scholarship. Each year, the Friends of Music give scholarships to students who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to their art. Scholarships for 2011-12 will be awarded during the concert.

              Not only will the concert recognize Wayland’s music students and faculty, but special recognition will be held for the members of the Friends of Music group who, through their work and contributions, have doubled the amount of scholarship money that will be awarded this year. A special reception for the Friends of Music and their guests will be held prior to the concert from 6-7 p.m. in the atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center.

              The annual President’s Scholarship Concert will feature the School of Music’s premiere performance ensembles, including the International Choir, Symphonic Winds and Spirit, as well as performances by Wayland faculty members.

              Presented this year in conjunction with Wayland’s Big Weekend college preview event, the concert will feature pieces that were recently performed in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as part of the school’s tour of Europe.

              The concert will also feature an opera scene from Die Zauberflote by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

              The Symphonic Winds will perform a number of pieces, including the United States premiere of “Oofdah Fanfare,” composed by Dr. Gary Belshaw, WBU professor of composition and piano pedagogy.

              Other performances include four numbers by Spirit, and the International Choir will perform some of the pieces it performed on the Europe trip, including “Ah, Holy Jesus” by John Ferguson, and “Give Me Jesus” as arranged by Moses Hogan featuring soprano Christal Patterson.