Noteworthy Evening launches ASC music scholarship

(04-27-2009)

A scholarship fund for Adams State College music students was launched with a unique fundraising event April 5, A Noteworthy Evening. The group of 100 music patrons first enjoyed performances by music department faculty in Leon Memorial, then danced to live jazz at a dessert reception in the college's Luther Bean Museum. The event garnered $1,325 to begin a scholarship endowment. Associate Professor of Music Tracy Doyle said, "Recruiting for any music program depends heavily on scholarship money. We hope to become more competitive financially with other music programs in the state, thereby increasing recruitment both for the department and the college as a whole."

Faculty performers included Dr. William Lipke, piano; Christine Keitges, mezzo-soprano; Beth Wagstrom, soprano; Joy Plesner, violin and viola; Matt Schildt, viola; James Doyle, vibraphone and snare drum; Jamie Van Valkenburg, euphonium; and Tracy Doyle, flute. Graduating senior pianist Charles Dickinson also performed, as well as piano accompanists Barbara Heersink and Cheryl Shults. A highlight was Lipke and Tracy Doyle's performance of Schildt's composition "Nocturnal Passage" for flute and piano, which was honored recently at Society of Composers, Inc., National Conference.

Jazz quartet.

The jazz quartet of Mel Lockhart, Matt Schildt, James Doyle, and Johnny Gutierrez entertained music donors at A Noteworthy Evening.

Wagstrom and Tracy Doyle also joined in with the reception's jazz combo, which featured James Doyle on percussion, Mel Lockhart on guitar, Johnny Gutierrez on bass, and Schildt on keyboard.

Associate professor of music Tracy Doyle joins the jazz combo on flute.

Associate professor of music Tracy Doyle joins the jazz combo on flute.

Tracy Doyle added the department plans to make A Noteworthy Evening an annual event. "We plan to continue raising funds and awareness for the study of music at Adams State College. The music faculty has been very proactive, generously devoting their time and talent to the cause."

By Julie Waechter