Thursday, July 11, 2019

Music Majors' Sophomore Recitals Lead to University Scholarships

Pictured are some of the scholarship award winning students
Hard work seems to be paying off for some Vol State A.F.A. (Associate of Fine Arts) music students. Through much time and energy spent honing their crafts, the time has almost arrived for these students to move on to their prospective universities with the help of scholarships awarded for their talent.
It is with great pride that I can announce that our students have been awarded $80,000 in voice and piano scholarships to Belmont University, Austin Peay State University and Tennessee Tech University,” said Nancy Slaughter, professor of Music. The scholarships were awarded as a result of students’ sophomore recital performances. Nancy said that these thirty minute recitals are required at music schools as a gateway to upper division coursework and performing. These students are ahead of the game by knocking this requirement out at Vol State and may enter as juniors at their four year institutions.
I am very proud of all the hard work the A.F.A. voice and piano students have done over the past four semesters. Each one of these students presented a thirty minute sophomore recital this semester, for a total of ten voice recitals and one piano recital within a three week period in March and April. Literature included English and foreign language songs and arias as well as all the major historical periods of classical music,” Nancy said.

“Thanks to all the students and faculty who worked so hard to accomplish all these marvelous achievements. We wish the students well as they pursue their musical dreams and careers,” she added.
These A.F.A students will finish up their degrees at Vol State during Summer 2019. -By Rachel Keyes