Cameron University Department of Music recognizes students during annual awards ceremony

The Cameron University Department of Music celebrated the achievements of its students during a recent ceremony by presenting individual awards and recognizing 2012 graduates.

Concert Band awards were presented to Kelsey Alden-Cox, Melissa Delgado, Jeremy Heath, all of Lawton; Lorenzo Diaz, Duncan; Brad Wolf, Cache; and Kirstie Bridges, Fletcher. Bridges was also honored with the Beth Adcock Award for the non-major music major in Concert Band.

Percussion Ensemble awards were presented to Quinton Williams, Duncan; Kimberly Garza, Iowa Park, Texas; Andy Vitense, Cache; and Trent Ford, Lawton.

The Dave Sandstrom Award for outstanding contributions by a non-music major, was presented to Tatiana Spriggs, Lawton.

Matthew Stringfellow, Lawton, received the Guitar Ensemble award, and Spenser Jones, Oklahoma City, was honored with the Civic Symphony award.

Stringfellow, Amanda Morales and Brielle Capps, all of Lawton, were inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

The William Fletcher Piano Award, named in honor of the former piano and music history instructor, was awarded to Jiha Choi, Lawton, and Amanda Morales. Choi also received the 2012 Accompanying Award. The William Fletcher Music History Award was awarded to Rubin Ghimire, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Holly Evans, Lawton, was named Most Improved Singer. Diva and Divo awards were presented to Delgado and Mark Deyesso, Lawton, respectively. Amanda Richey, Cache, was honored for Musical Theatre Achievement. Jarod Grice, Frederick, received the American Choral Directors Award.

Members of the Centennial Singers received recognition with a special award. In addition to Capps, Delgado, Deyesso and Grice, Jordan Brickhouse, Altus; Cole Hart, Walters; Jeff Humphries, Haley Loller, Anadarko; Alyssa Yates, Elgin; and Jeff Humphries, Matthew Morales, Anjelika Ramsdell, and Melinda Taylor, all of Lawton, were honored.

Additionally, a number of scholarships were awarded during the ceremony.

Choi was named Cameron’s Presser Scholar, receiving a scholarship from the Theodore Presser Foundation.

The Kathryn Hickman Scholarship, established in 1978 by CU graduate Kathryn Hickman, was presented to Kassandra Duran, Lawton.

Other scholarship awards included the Lawton Music Teachers Association scholarship, presented to Ike Chan, Hong Kong; the Philip and Aldine Cash Endowed Scholarship, presented to Amanda Morales and Kathryn Patterson, Lawton; and the Schubert Music Club Scholarship, presented to Wolf and Williams.

McMahon Foundation Scholarships were presented to Brickhouse, Capps, Chan, Delgado, Diaz, Duran, Evans, Ford, Ghimire, Hart, Amanda Morales, Patterson, Wolf and Yates as well as Ashim Bohara, Kathmandu, Nepal; Alyson Hays, Marlow; and Jamie Hatcher, Joseph Kinsman, Jennifer Nixon and Shane Rutherford, all of Lawton.

During the ceremony, Dr. Earl Logan and Dr. Jan Logan were also recognized. They are both retiring at the conclusion of the Spring 2012 semester.

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May 10, 2012

PR#12-105