CMU Fine and Performing Arts Department Awards

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, 42 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.

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.

Thirteen 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:

Lakyn Baker, a Senior Music Education major from Fayette, received The Hickman Award for Music and the Academic Achievement Award; Cal Bergthold, a Senior Music Education major from Fayette, received The American Choral Directors Association National Student Choral Musician Award and the Academic Achievement Award; Susan Bishop, a Sophomore Pre-Education major from Fayette, received Academic Achievement Award; Abigail Bostic, a Senior Theatre Arts major from Oakville, received The Martin E. Kooi Excellence in Theatre Arts Award and the Academic Achievement Award; Jessica Carter, a Senior Music Education major from Columbia, received The Dane Nelson Memorial Award and the Academic Achievement Award; Jonathan Connor, a Sophomore Theatre Arts major from Gravois Mills, received Most Versatile Player;

Pam Crawford, a Senior Music Education major from Columbia, received The Swinney Conservatory Super Hero Award; Chanel Daugherty, a Junior Music Education major from Columbia, received the Academic Achievement Award; Paul Davis, a Freshman English major from Hannibal, received Best Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Eddie McCuen in The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940; Kelsey Forqueran, a Junior Communication Studies major from Malta Bend, received The Mike Magyar Fine Arts-Leadership Award and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance as Boo in Blue Window; Samuel Gaddy, a Senior Music Education major from Waverly, received the Academic Achievement Award; Levi Gerke, a Junior Music major from Pilot Grove, received The Luther T. Spayde Award and the Top Scholar Award;

Katelyn Hanvey, a Freshman Music Education major from Centralia, received The Swinney Conservatory Outstanding Freshman Award and the Top Scholar Award; Susan Henke, a Junior Music Education major from Salisbury, received the Academic Achievement Award; Ginney Ison, a Junior Early Childhood Education major from Bellflower, received Best Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Blue Window; Dane Johnson, a Senior Music major from Columbia, received Best Male Actor in a Musical Production for his performance as Figaro in Marriage of Figaro; Parker Johnson, a Freshman Computer Science major from Richmond, received the Outstanding Newcomer Award; Lucas Johnson, a Junior Music Education major from Pacific, received the Academic Achievement Award;

Daniel Jones, a Junior Music major from Saint Ann, received The Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition Award; Anna Kay, a Sophomore Music major from Boonville, received The Nancy Thompson Jones GEM Award; Britney Kelcher, a Junior Vocal Performance major from Fayette, received The Helen Puckett Thogmorton Award for Excellence in Music; Kate Kellner, a Senior English major from Strafford, received The Dr. Joseph E. Geist Award in Performing Arts, Outstanding Student Director for The General of Hot Desire, and the Academic Achievement Award; Alex Kirby, a Senior Music Education major from Columbia, received The Prof. Paul A Montemurro Award; MaryRose Lehman, a Senior Music Education major from Fayette, received the Academic Achievement Award;

Ryan Lewis, a Sophomore Pre-Education major from Kaiser, received The Swinney Conservatory Outstanding Freshman Award and the Academic Achievement Award; Daniel Long, a Senior Music Education major from Odessa, received the Academic Achievement Award; Robert Mobley, a Sophomore Music Education major from Monett, received the Academic Achievement Award; Michael Mountain, a Senior Music Education major from Fayette, received The Martin C. Harrall Award; Ann Marie Pelley, a Senior Music Education major from Saint Peters, received The Raney Winter NAfME-C Award, The W.D. Settle Award, and the Top Scholar Award; Lyndsey Phillips, a Sophomore Pre-Education major from Bloomsdale, received Best Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Blue Window and the Academic Achievement Award;

Zack Razafinjatovo, a Senior Computer Science major from Kansas City, received the Shop Superstar Award; Kaitlyn Roberts, a Freshman Business major from Wildwood, received The Phoenix Award for Most Improved and the Academic Achievement Award; Shelby Rogers, a Sophomore Music Education major from Brookfield, received the Academic Achievement Award; Kelson Rosbach, a Senior Theatre Arts major from Fayette, received the Leadership in Interactive Theatre Award; Rebecca Shroyer, a Senior Music Education major from Boonville, received the Academic Achievement Award; Eileen Stacy, a Senior Psychology major from Ashland, received Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her performance as Alice in Blue Window;

DaSean Stokes, a Freshman Pre-Education major from Saint Robert, received the Academic Achievement Award; Aubrey Taylor, a Senior Music major from Columbia, received Best Female Actor in a Musical Production for her performance as Marcellina in Marriage of Figaro and the Academic Achievement Award; Derek Volkmann, a Senior Music Education major from Franklin, received The Conservatory Honors Program Award and the Academic Achievement Award; Chelsea Wallace, a Senior Biology major from Rogersville, received The Swinney Conservatory Outstanding Musician Award, given to a non-Major Student; Roger Weaver, a Junior Philosophy major from Overland Park, received Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Norbert in Blue Window; Hershel Williams, III, a Junior Music Education major from Springfield, received The R. Paul Drummond Memorial Award.

 

Posted May 5, 2014

 
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