2013 Music Scholarship Recipients

Natalie James, Zachary Vaile and Elijah Green

Winners of the 2013 Millerville University Music Scholarships have been announced. The following students are three of many students who are music scholarship recipients and have been accepted into the Millersville University Music Program and will be incoming freshmen in the Fall of 2013.

Natalie James, Voice

Q: Where did you grow up/go to high school? What music-related activities and organizations were you involved with at high school?
A: I was born on Long Island in New York and then moved to DuBois, Pa when I was five-years-old. In 2006, my family and I moved to East Petersburg in Lancaster County and I attended the Hempfield School District Schools. The music-related organizations I was involved with at Hempfield High School include Tri-M Music Honors Society and the International Thespian’s Society (for musical theater). I belong to three of the school’s choirs that include Bel Canto Singers, Hempfield Singers, and Chamber Choir. I represented the high school at county, district, regional chorus festivals, and participated in the choir for American Music Abroad. I played strong supporting roles in Hempfield High School’s Musical Theater shows of “Carousel”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Cats”, “A Christmas Carol” and “Secret Garden”.

Q: Why did you choose Millersville University?
A: I chose to attend Millersville University because it has a good reputation for its Education programs; it has all the facilities for music and performance that the “big name” universities have; I sensed a personal interest from the University’s faculty when I visited the school; I liked the campus; the university is affordable; and it is close to home.

Q: What is your major/minor and why did you choose that as you major/minor?
A: I am majoring in Music Education/Voice Concentration. Since I was three years old, I have sung and danced. I love music in all its forms, and I love to perform. I think it would be awesome to teach music, and I would especially love to teach choral music and be involved with musical theater either as a participant or as a performer.

Q: What student organizations, sports, club teams and community service groups do you participate in or hope to participate in at Millersville?
A: Through singing both in and out of school, I have participated in outreach to nursing homes, houses of worship, missions, veteran’s organizations, etc. I have belonged to the Co-Jo Motion Dance Company in which we have annually supported the “Make A Wish” Foundation raising more than $12,000 each show. I have also danced with a Ballet Theater of Lancaster, a not-for-profit organization that supports the arts in Lancaster County. The service organizations in my high school that I belong to are “The Renaissance Club” (that recognizes educators) and “Mini-Thon” (which raises funds for childhood cancer). I know that I will be participating in Millersville Honors College that requires several community service activities each year. As I learn more about the student organizations at Millersville University, I am sure that I will also be gravitating toward organizations that involve music, theater and dance.

Q: What is the name of the scholarship that you applied for?
A: I will be receiving the Kathlyn Houlahan Kodaly Music Scholarship as well as a Rising Artist Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Q: How did you hear about the scholarship?
A: When applying and interviewing with Millersville University, I really wasn’t thinking about scholarships that were offered from Millersville. I was previously offered some large scholarships at a couple of very expensive universities, but even with those offers, those schools were not affordable to me. When I was making my final decision, my priority was about where I can go that had a good music program that wouldn’t put me into extreme debt.

Q: How did you find out that you had received this award? How did you react?
A: I was first notified of the Kathlyn Houlahan Kodaly Music Scholarship through a personal phone call from Dr. Micheal Houlahan of the music department. Additional scholarship notifications were received by mail. I was thrilled and very surprised with each notification!

Q: How will this scholarship benefit your education at Millersville?
A: The scholarships are so very helpful to me. In order to be a Music Education Major and also fulfill requirements for Honors College, I will need to take quite a few classes during summer sessions, and those classes are not included as regular semester tuition. The scholarship money will help make up that cost without having to borrow that money.

Q: Anyone you would like to thank for this award?
A: Absolutely! I would like to thank Dr. Houlahan and everyone in the department of music who was influential in awarding me the scholarships.

Zachary Vaile, Saxophone

Q: Where did you grow up/go to high school? What music-related activities and organizations were you involved with at high school?
A: I grew up and went to high school in Phoenixville, Pa., about an hour outside of Philadelphia. I was involved in numerous musical activities in high school which include Concert Band, Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, Marching Band, Jazz Band and a Saxophone Quartet.

Q: Why did you choose Millersville University?
A: I chose Millersville University for several reasons one being the appeal of the campus and that it was just far enough from home without being too far. However, the main reason I chose Millersville was the music department staff. They seemed so knowledgeable and I love their philosophy that a musician should be a performer, entrepreneur and an educator. I felt like Millersville would be able to give me the education I need to become the best teacher that I can be.

Q: What is your major/minor and why did you choose that as your major/minor?
A: My major will be Music Education. I chose Music Ed because I love music and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. I seek to create a classroom environment where students will learn more than just the technical skills of an instrument. Building a sense of appreciation for all music as well as developing a historical and cultural understanding of music is very important to me.

Q: What student organizations, sports, club teams and community service groups do you plan to participate in at Millersville?
A: I hope to participate in Marching Band and Wind Ensemble.

Q: What is the name of the scholarship that you applied for?
A: I auditioned for the Dean Dutcher Memorial Scholarship competition and received a rising artist scholarship for $1,000.

Q: How did you hear about the scholarship?
A: I heard about the scholarship through the music department staff when I visited Millersville University.

Q: What were some of the requirements you had to fulfill in order to receive this scholarship?
A: In order to receive the scholarship I had to prepare two solos no longer than 15 minutes in length. I prepared First Concertino by Georges Guilhaud and Sonata by Henri Eccles, both of which were very challenging pieces in their own right.

Q: How will this scholarship benefit your education at Millersville?
A: This scholarship will help provide the much needed financial support that I will need to pursue my degree in music education.

Q: Anyone you would like to thank for this award?
A: I would like to thank all of my teachers over the years who encouraged me to become a better student as well as a better musician. In particular I would like to thank all of my music teachers, Cathie Tooth, Charlie Blum, Heather Moll, William Bonnelle and Dr. Randi Carp. I would also like to thank my family for all of their support. They were the first ones who encouraged me to try music. Without any of these people I would not be as talented as I am today and I am truly thankful for all of them.

Elijah Green, Bass Guitar

Q: Where did you grow up/go to high school? What music-related activities and organizations were you involved with at high school?
A: I grew up in Hallam Township, Pa. I lived there with my mother, Patricia Kline-Green, father, Darin Green and brother, Koury Green for the first 16 years of my life. We then moved to East Prospect Borough, Pa., where I have lived since. I attended high school at Eastern York High School in Wrightsville Pa. I have been involved in band, jazz band, orchestra, chorus, string ensemble, Pit orchestra and graduation orchestra. I am a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society and in my senior year, the president of Orchestra Club. I have taken two years of piano at school as well as a guitar class and a music theory class offered at my school.

Q: Why did you choose Millersville University?
A: I choose Millersville for two main reasons. The first being my family ties to the University. My grandfather graduated from Millersville with a teaching degree, and I am also going for a degree in teaching. He passed away before I was born, so going to MU makes me feel connected to him in a way that I never could before. The second reason was my audition. I had auditioned at many schools, but the Millersville audition process was by far the warmest and most comfortable audition I had. They made me feel like they wanted me as a student, and treated me like I was an aspiring musician and not just a number and name on a list, as many other auditions did.

Q: What is your major/minor and why did you choose that as your major/minor?
A: My major is Music Education. I have not yet decided on a minor. When I tell people that I'm going for Music Education, they always say, "Oh you'll have a tough time finding a job." etc. but I choose this degree because of how versatile it is. The direction that public education is taking worries me. If the system is still the way it is today when I graduate, I would like to use my degree to open my own music shop and teach lesson as well as sell and repair instruments.

Q: What student organizations, sports, club teams and community service groups do you plan to participate in at Millersville?
A: I am going to join Marching Band and another ensemble at Millersville. I plan to join Student Senate, though I’m not sure which committee. I will most likely play a club sport, though I’m not sure which one. I will become involved in as many community service opportunities as time allows.

Q: What scholarship did you receive?
A: I didn’t really apply for this scholarship. The award was based on my audition. The scholarships I received were the Robert N. and Darlene I Ford Scholarship for Strings as well as a Rising Artist Scholarship.

Q: How did you find out that you had received this award? How did you react?
A: A letter came in the mail. I was very excited and grateful!

Q: How will this scholarship benefit your education at Millersville?
A: It will allow me more time to focus on working hard and making an impact, and help me not to worry about paying off loans.

Q: Anyone you would like to thank for this award?
A: I would like to thank God, my parents and anyone else who has every helped motivate me to be all I can be. I would also like to thank Millersville University for extending this scholarship to me.

 

Upcoming Events

  • September 8 at 2:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for James Armstrong, percussion, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • September 21 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chris Koehler, guitar, in the Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 21 at 07:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Chad Wynn, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • September 22 at 02:30 p.m.: The Faculty Recital for Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission; MU students are free with ID.
  • September 23 at 3:00 p.m.: The Daniel Roumain Master Class in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
  • September 28, at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Nathanael Dazinger, piano, Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 4:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Emma Noble and Andrea Kurnat, cello, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 5 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sarah Newswanger, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 6 at 02:30 p.m.: The Millersville University Wind Ensemble in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • October 18 2013 at 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, MU students are free with ID.
  • October 19 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Chelsea Snow, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 19 at 7:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Elina Sergeyev, piano, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • October 31 at 9:00 a.m.: Music Business and Technology Open House, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public.
  • November 2 at 7:30 p.m.: The Junior Recital for Sharon Ho, piano in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 2:00 p.m.: The Senior Recital for David Mengel, trumpet, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 3 at 4:30 p.m.: The Senior Recital for Jennifer Kelman, vocals, in Biemesderfer Concert The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.
  • November 15 at 7:30 p.m.: To the Colors with The Millersville University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble, in Clair Performance Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This performance is open to the public. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 16 at 7:30 p.m. : Faculty Recital for Jose' Garcia and Kristin Sims in Steinman Hall at The Ware Center , Millersville University Lancaster. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 20 at 7:30 p.m.: The Fall Percussion Extravaganza, in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
  • November 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Choral Ensembles Concert in Biemesderfer Concert Hall, The Winter Center, Millersville University. This event is $10 for general admission and free for students with Millersville ID.
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