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Winter Wonderland fiends scholarships for students

January 26, 2012

 

Naomi Allison
News Editor

 

More than 100 faculty and students gathered to celebrate a night of music as Tech’s Department of Music presented its fourth annual scholarship fund raiser event, “Winter Wonderland” at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

The event was created to support talented students in the department with their future educational endeavors.

 

The “Winter Wonderland” concert started off at a rapid pace with pre-concert activities in the church’s Fellowship Hall and continued with an introduction from the master of ceremonies, Jim Robken, the director of the Band of Pride.

 

From there, the concert followed up with performances from the music faculty and students, a magic show by award-winning magician Tim Pardue, a chocolate fountain, a diverse array of desserts and a silent auction.

 

Performances of the night included, “Lagrima,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “As Time Goes By,” and old-school hit songs such as “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles, “Winter” from The Four Seasons and “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

 

Dr. Sean Teets, director of choral activities, said he enjoyed the concert, because it showcased the talent within the department of music.

 

“I love to watch the choir and faculty perform” he said.  “Also, for me and Dr. Cain Budds, it was fun to diverge from our standard repertoire and integrate more popular music into the program that is audience-friendly.

 

Teets, who was one of the faculty members who actively participated in the event, also said Tech students and members of the Ruston community should continue to support the scholarship concert, because the students benefiting from the scholarships are the future of music.

 

“We’re trying to help our students,” he said. “In order to do that, we need your help and the community’s help.  We need patrons of the arts to realize that the arts are special, and that we’re giving this money to the future.  The students who we’re training now, are going to be future music educators, lawyers, doctors, and teachers who appreciate music.  It’s our job to give back and support those people, the next generation.”

 

The concert ended with a rendition of “La Campanella” on piano.

 

Scholarship recipients have not been announced.

 

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