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Friends of Music Summer Study Award 2010 recipient Henry Michaels is a junior music performance and history double major from Morganton, North Carolina.

Henry attended The Rafael Mendez Brass Institute is a clinic at Denver University's Lamont School of Music, which was presented by members of the world renowned Summit Brass. Students rehearsed and performed with a brass chamber group, performed in master classes, and had the option of receiving private lessons with top musicians at a greatly reduced rate.

This experience was be a wonderful way to advance his playing, both solo and ensemble. Working on brass chamber music improved Henry's musical ability: aurally, technically, and expressively. Master class performances and private lessons with various musicians expanded his playing on a solo level. The trombone clinicians for the institute included teachers from Indiana University and Yale. ($1,000)


Friends of Music Summer Study Award 2010 recipient Chris Murphy is a junior Music Performance and Religious Studies major from Cherryville, North Carolina. His hope is to attend graduate school after graduating from Lenoir-Rhyne next spring.

Chris attended a five-day tuba performance workshop presented by Rex Martin, professor of tuba and euphonium at Northwestern University, and Fritz Kaenzig, Chair of Wind and Percussion Instruments and professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Michigan. During this intensive week, Chris had the opportunity to study with both teachers in a master class setting. ($1,000)


Jennifer Head, junior music education major, conducts the Concert Band on Percy Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry."

This photo is from the April 2010 concert.


Matt Cochran conducts the Concert BandMatt Cochran, junior music education major, conducts the University Concert Band on Sousa's "The Thunderer March."

This photo is from the April 2010 concert.


Kenneth & ChelsieKenneth Miller & Chelsie Propst, two music majors who are moving on to wonderful graduate programs in the Fall.

Kenneth will be attending Yale for a Masters in Music.

Chelsie has been accepted at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She will be enrolling in the Performance program.


Julia Byrd, junior piano performance major, performed Ernst von Dohnanyi's "Variations on a Nursery Tune" with the Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Band, Dr. Daniel Kiser, conductor.


Kenneth Miller, Chelsie Propst, Kyle Bates and Marie Smith visited Paris, Chartres and Mont St. Michel in France before going to Germany, where they saw many of the historic sites of Luther and Bach (pictured), as well as Buchenwald concentration camp. Their travels also included a day in Prague.


Junior sacred music major Kenneth Miller placed 4th in the André Marchal International Organ Competition in Biarritz, France. He is also a recipient of the Hickory Music Club Scholarship, an award which is based upon outstanding performance on any orchestral instrument, keyboard, or voice.


During the summer of 2008, junior piano performance major Julia Byrd spent one week at the prestigious Orford Arts Center - Summer Music Academy. Orford is a music academy that offers master classes and other close encounters with some of the most notable performers and teachers in the world. Julia's study was funded in part by a Summer Study Award from the Lenoir-Rhyne University Friends of Music.


Through funding provided by a Friends of Music Summer Study Award, Junior sacred music major Chelsie Propst attended the ninth annual Madison Early Music Festival held at the University of Wisconsin. Directed by Paul and Cheryl Rowe, Handel's Journey: from Germany to England via Italy was an eight-day workshop consisting of private lessons, master classes, small-group ensembles, and a large festival concert.
Chelsie is the 2009 recipient of the Hickory Music Club Scholarship.


Also funded through a Friends of Music Summer Study Award was a project by sacred music major Edwin Weber, '08 entitled Gregorian Chant at Clear Creek: An extended study of Gregorian chant at Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery of Clear Creek, Oklahoma. Edwin studied various aspects of Gregorian chant, especially those pertaining to the monastic offices. He formally entered the monastery as a monk for the duration of the study and participated in the daily Benedictine Horarium, which includes eight hours of worship, eight hours of study and work, and eight hours of rest.
Edwin is the 2009 recipient of the Helen M. Stahler Music Award which is awarded annually to the graduating music major selected by music faculty on the basis of scholarship, qualify of character, demonstrated ability and noteworthy contribution in the field of music.


Nine members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Concert Band performed with the United States Navy Concert Band under the direction of Capt. George N. Thompson. The students are (left to right) Jennifer Head, Bradley Icard, Kelly Moss, Eric Hopkins, Andrew Seo, Chris Murphy, Marlys Kiser, Anna Mosteller, Matt Cochran.




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