CMU Fine and Performing Arts Department Awards
36 students honored in May celebration
Talent can be recognized and honored by anyone who sees a musical or theatrical performance at Central Methodist University in Fayette. Applause, laughter, standing ovations are all ways to show appreciation for the talent and skills of CMU students. But once a year comes a chance for students to be recognized by their peers and by their faculty in music or theatre, and often both.
This spring, three dozen Central Methodist University Fine and Performing Arts students were formally honored for their outstanding work in music and theatre by the Swinney Conservatory of Music and the Theatre Department.
Some of the music awards come from national organizations that promote music and music education, including the National Association for Music Education - Collegiate; the Music Teachers National Association; the American Choral Directors Association; and the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs. Several of these groups have collegiate chapters on campus.
Local student chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota also present two awards for contributions to the chapter and to CMU, and two awards for the highest grade point average in their respective chapters.
Other awards in music are named awards, established in honor or memory of people who have had an impact on Swinney Conservatory. The Dane Nelson Memorial Award, in memory of a Central graduate who died in an automobile accident; the Luther T. Spayde Award, in memory of the founder of Central's A Cappella Choir and long-time dean of the Conservatory; and the R. Paul Drummond Memorial Award, in memory of the choral director of 25-plus years are some of the awards in this category.
Ten students received Little Theatre Frederick Awards (better known as the Freddies), named after CMU's late drama professor Fred Rhoads. These honors recognize excellence on the stage in leading and supporting roles and assistant director or stage manager, among other student functions.
Additional recognition is given to those music and theatre majors with academic achievement (3.5 or better GPA on 4.0 scale) and top scholar (4.0 GPA) status.
Students honored this spring:
Darrell Bailey (graduating senior, Kansas City)--Dr. Joseph E. Geist Award in PerformingArts and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role
Lakyn Baker (junior, Fayette)--W.D. Settle Award, academic achievement
Cal Bergthold (senior, Paris)--academic achievement
Abby Bostic (junior, St. Louis)--Phoenix Award in Theatre, academic achievement
Jordan Brennan (graduating senior, Marshall)--Outstanding Student Director, academic achievement
Jessica Carter (junior, Columbia)--academic achievement
John Critchlow (graduating senior, St. Charles)--Dane Nelson Memorial Award, academic achievement
Chanel Daugherty (sophomore, Columbia)--academic achievement
Paul Davis (freshman, Hannibal)--Most Versatile Theatre Player
Zack Fincher (sophomore, Lebanon)--R. Paul Drummond Memorial Award
Sam Gaddy (sophomore, Waverly)--academic achievement
Levi Gerke (freshman, Pilot Grove)--Missouri Federation of Music Clubs Beatrice K. LiuMemorial Piano Award, Swinney Conservatory Outstanding Freshman Award, top scholar
Dakota Gladbach (graduating senior, Brookfield)--Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Sara Glynn (graduating senior, Dixon)--Prof. Paul A. Montemurro Award, academic achievement
Donald Heaton (graduating senior, Chillicothe)--Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia Collegiate Honor Award, Conservatory Honors Program Award, academic achievement
Susan Henke (freshman, Salisbury)--top scholar
Kate Kellner (junior, Strafford)--Best Female Actor in a Leading Role and Best AssistantDirector/Stage Manager, academic achievement
Kayla Kelly (graduating senior, Pleasant Hill)--Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award
Mary Rose Lehman (junior, Robertsville)--academic achievement
Austin Long (sophomore, Monroe City)--Luther T. Spayde Award
Daniel Long (junior, Odessa)--academic achievement
Ali Maples (graduating senior, Huntsville)--academic achievement
Luke McKinney (senior, Harrisburg)--Raney Winter NAfME-C Award
Robert Mobley (freshman, Monett)--academic achievement
Rebekah Monroe (freshman, Lebanon)--Outstanding Newcomer in Theatre, top scholar
Michael O'Neill (graduating senior, Pleasant Hill)--Phi Mu Alpha Sinfornia Scholastic Award, academic achievement
Shamika Pegue (graduating senior, Kansas City)--Martin E. Kooi Excellence in Theatre Arts Award and Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Ann Marie Pelley (sophomore, St. Peters)--Helen Puckett Thogmorton Award for Excellence in Music, top scholar
Jessica Powell (graduating senior, Laclede)--Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award
Zach Razafinjatovo (senior, Kansas City)--Shop Superstar in Theatre
Jamie Rector (freshman, Jefferson City)--academic achievement
Calley Rogers (graduating senior, Lebanon)--American Choral Directors Association National Student Choral Musician Award, academic achievement
Shelby Rogers (freshman, Monroe City)--academic achievement
Rebecca Shroyer (junior, Boonville)--Martin C. Harrall Award
Aubrey Taylor (senior, Columbia)--Nancy Thompson Jones GEM Award, academic achievement
Hannah Utlaut (graduating senior, St. Charles)--academic achievement
Derek Volkmann (junior, Franklin)--Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition Award, academic achievement
Joslyn West (graduating senior, Macon)--Hickman Award for Music
Hershel Williams III (sophomore, Buffalo)--academic achievement
Originally posted May 28, 2013
Posted July 16, 2013