Cameron University Department of Music recognizes students during annual awards ceremony

The Cameron University Department of Music celebrated the achievements of its students during a recent ceremony by presenting individual awards and recognizing 2014 graduates.

Concert Band awards were presented to Irmtraud Bryant, Prezell Duckett and Joseph Kinsman, Lawton; Lorenzo Diaz and Augustus Echols, Duncan; Tabatha Den Dekker and Dylan Shadoan, Elgin; and Lilah Gilmore, Iowa Park, Texas. The Beth Adcock Award for the non-major music major in Concert Band was presented to Tommy Agee, Duncan.

Bryant and Den Dekker also received Jazz Ensemble awards, as did and Daniel Jones, Kendall Jones and Britnie Mendenhall, all of Lawton; and Ashim Bohara, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Percussion Ensemble awards were presented to Echols, Gilmore, Daniel Jones, Kendall Jones and Mendenhall as well as Max Mortson, Marquis Williams, and Quinton Williams, Duncan; Cole Martin, Cache; Jacob Downing, Poteau; Tyler Reeves, Denton, Texas; and Trenton Ford, Lawton.  

The Dave Sandstrom Award, epitomizing the consummate volunteer spirit, was presented to Cole Hart, Walters, for participation in the Concert Choir and to Fatima Rivera, Duncan, for participation in the Concert Band.  

Danny McQuarters, Kansas City, Mo., was honored with the Civic Symphony award.

Kassandra Duran, Lawton, received the Accompanying award, and Wesley Stafford, Altus, was honored with the Guitar Ensemble award.

Gilmore was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

Jessica Fernandez, Lawton, received the Director’s Leadership Award for participation in the Cameron Concert Choir. Alyssa Yates, Elgin; Alyson Hays, Marlow; Peter Macias, Lawton; and Jose Rodriguez, Lawton; received Section Leader awards.

Kaley Neal and Kirk Prucha, both of Duncan, received the Choral Spirit Award.

Kassandra Murillo, Duncan, received the Outstanding Freshman award for vocal and choral performance. The American Choral Directors Award was presented Fernandez, Hart, Hays, Macias, Prucha, Rodriguez, and Yates as well as Jordan Brickhouse, Altus.

Opera awardees were Brickhouse, Fernandez, Hays, Macias, Murillo, Prucha, Rodriguez, and Yates as well as Christopher Beckett, Kathryn Burns, Marcia Dunham, Tara Gill, Chelsea Jenkins, Stacia Martel, Prudence Rivera, all of Lawton; Kathryn Patterson, Duncan; and Kirstie Bridges, Fletcher.

Members of the Centennial Singers received recognition with a special award. Brickhouse, Fernandez, Hart, Hays, Macias, Neal, Prucha, Rodriguez, and Jennifer Nixon, Lawton, were honored.

Additionally, a number of scholarships were awarded during the ceremony.

The Kathryn Hickman Scholarship, established in 1978 by CU graduate Kathryn Hickman, was presented to Patterson.

Other scholarship awards included the Lawton Music Teachers Association scholarship, presented to Ike Chan, Hong Kong; the Philip and Aldine Cash Endowed Scholarship, presented to Gilmore, Hernandez and Prudence Rivera; and the Schubert Music Club Scholarship, presented to Gilmore.

McMahon Foundation Scholarships were presented to Bohara, Echols, Fernandez, Ford, Gilmore, Hays, Jenkins, Kendall Jones, Kinsman, Martel, Mendenhall, Nixon, Patterson, Reeves, Prudence Rivera, Rodriguez and Stafford as well as Natalie Finley, Jamie Hatcher and Shane Rutherford, Lawton.


May 2, 2014