LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2012) — Twenty-nine of the University of Kentucky School of Music's best and brightest students were recognized at this year's McCracken Awards and Honors Ceremony, held April 26 at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The McCracken awards program is named for musician and UK School of Music patron Emily Scott McCracken.
Five Ralph McCracken Scholarships were presented at the School of Music awards program this year. Each scholarship carries a $1,000 award. The McCracken family initiated the first UK School of Music endowed scholarships in the 1950s. Ralph was the son of the initial donor, Emily Scott McCracken. This year's McCracken Scholarship winners are:
- Holly Smith, a music education senior and bassoonist from Lexington, recipient of the McCracken Theory Scholarship for exceptional achievement in music theory;
- Scott Meschke, a music education junior and pianist from Chillicothe, Ohio, recipient of the McCracken Musicology Scholarship for exceptional achievement in music history;
- Tyler Cantrell, a music education senior and percussionist from Mayfield, Ky., recipient of the McCracken Music Ed Scholarship for exceptional achievement in music education;
- Josh Dargavell, a music performance senior and trombonist from Berea, Ky., recipient of the McCracken Performance Scholarship for exceptional achievement in the Winds, Percussion and Jazz Division; and
- Jerram John, a music performance freshman and cellist from Lexington, recipient of the McCracken Performance Scholarship for exceptional achievement in the Voice, Strings and Keyboard Division.
Ralph McCracken's daughters Margaret and Frances were in attendance at this year's awards program to help celebrate he winners.
The 2012 Jean Marie McConnell Chrisman Memorial Piano Scholarship was presented to Maris Deddens. The pianist is a music performance junior from Owensboro, Ky. This piano scholarship was endowed by Norman Chrisman, Jean Marie’s husband, and is presented in her memory. The $1,000 scholarship recognizes individuals who exemplify exceptional achievement in piano performance. Jean Marie was a UK music graduate, a leading advocate of music and the arts in Kentucky and a member of the advisory group chosen to establish the UK Friends of Music in the 1990s.
Yuri Kim, a graduate student from Busan, South Korea, is the winner of the Nathaniel Patch Piano Scholarship presented in memory of Nat Patch, a renowned pianist and member of the UK faculty from 1949 to his retirement in 1982. The Patch Piano Scholarship, created in memoriam at his death in 1998, carries an award of $500 and recognizes exceptional achievement in piano performance.
Robert Bosworth, a music performance sophomore from Frankfort, Ky., is the recipient of the Ford M. Montgomery Memorial Piano Scholarship. The scholarship carries a $400 award and recognizes exceptional achievement in piano performance. The Montgomery Scholarship was created in memory of the beloved piano professor who served UK many decades until his death in the early 1970s.
The Francis Arnold South Award was presented to Emani Lee, a music performance freshman and vocalist from New York City, N.Y. The $1,000 scholarship is presented in recognition of exceptional achievement in vocal performance.
Rachel Sterrenberg, a music performance senior and vocalist from Madison, Ga., was chosen as the recipient of the Phyllis Jenness Vocal Scholarship. The scholarship is named for one of UK's most beloved voice teachers and opera directors, and the founder of the Lexington Singers. The $1,000 scholarship recognizes exceptional achievement in vocal performance.
Will Stafford, a music and music education senior from Blairsville, Ga., is the winner of the Mildred S. Lewis Music Education Scholarship, endowed by friends and former students of Lewis upon her death in the 1970s. The $1,000 Lewis Music Education Scholarship goes to an undergraduate that exemplifies exceptional achievement in music education. Lewis was director of the UK Choral Program, a nationally known music educator, and founder of the UK Choristers.
Music education senior and saxophonist Matt Julian, of Florence, Ky., is the recipient of the George Hurst Scholarship. The $400 award is presented to a junior or senior that exemplifies exceptional achievement in instrumental music education. The Hurst Scholarship was endowed by his many friends and customers. At the time of his death in the 1970s, Hurst was the owner and founder of George Hurst Music Company, still in operation today under owners who helped create the endowment.
The Rita C. Lam Award was presented to music education senior and vocalist Marissa Pollock, of Louisville, Ky. The Lam Award is presented to a UK student in recognition of exceptional achievement in the field of music. Pollock received at $500 award as the winner of this honor.
The Lynn Markowitz Struttman Scholarship in Oboe was awarded to Raechel White for exceptional achievement in oboe performance. The music education sophomore from Richmond, Ky., received a $1,000 scholarship. The Struttman Scholarship was made possible through an endowment started by friends, many colleagues in the Lexington Community Orchestra, in memory of Lynn Markowitz Struttman.
Nancy Pickle, a gender and women's studies senior from Berea, and Josh Spears, a geography senior from Eighty-eight, Ky., are this year's recipients of the Tommy Sandusky Memorial Band Scholarship. These $500 scholarships recognize exceptional service in university bands. The Sandusky Scholarship was endowed as a memorial tribute to UK Marching Band trombonist Tommy Sandusky, a native of Somerset, Ky., by his friends and colleagues.
This year's recipient of the William Harry Clarke Alumni Band Scholarship is Jacob Carpenter, a music education sophomore and French horn player from Milford, Ohio. The Clarke Scholarship was endowed by members of the UK band in honor of its former director, William Harry Clarke. Carpenter received a $1,500 award for exceptional service to university bands.
Andrew Litterst, a secondary science education junior from Williamsburg, Va., is the recipient of the first Turpin Award. The Turpin Award is presented to an individucal who demonstrates dedication to the ideals and goals of the Wildcat Marching Band. As the winner of this honor, Litterst received a $300 award.
The Adrian Jones Percussion Scholarship, named for a UK percussion graduate, was presented to Matt Geiger, a mathematics and music performance senior from Indianapolis, Ind. This $250 cash award is presented by the UK Percussion Society in recognition of leadership and service in percussion performance.
The James B. Campbell Award, named for the director of Percussion Studies at UK, recognizes exceptional achievement in performance and service to the UK percussion program. The 2012 Campbell Award winner is Johnathon Westcott, a percussionist and music performance and music education junior from Copperas Cove, Texas. As a recipient of this award, Wescott received a $2,500 scholarship.
Taylor Chapman, a music education sophomore and percussionist from Harrodsburg, Ky., won the 2012 Elaine Gould Award. The Gould Award honors a student that demonstrates exceptional achievement in performance and service to UK Percussion Studies. The $250 award is given in memory of the mother of UK alumnus Michael Gould.
Vocalists Evan Johnson, a music performance junior from Pine Island, Minn., and Emma Moore, a music education senior from Danville, Ky., are recipients of the first Brett and Jackie Scott Awards. The Scott Award is a new honor in the UK School of Music that recognizes exceptional achievement in the field of music. As recipients of this award, Johnson and Moore each received a $500 cash award.
The Friends of Music Scholarship was presented to Daniel Johnson, a music education sophomore and tuba player from Fork Union, Va. A $500 cash award, this honor is presented to a student with exceptional achievement in music by the School of Music support group, Friends of Music.
Nicola Rohr and Brad Davis are this year's recipients of the Thelma Green Scholarship, a $1200 scholarship, and the Flossie Minter Green Scholarship, a $1500 scholarship, respectively. These awards are presented to music students that demonstrate potential for academic excellence and exceptional achievement in music. The scholarships were endowed by Paul Green in memory of his wives Flossie, and later Thelma, at their deaths. Rohr is a music education senior and pianist from Georgetown, Ky. Davis is a music education and music performance junior and percussionist from Henderson, Ky.
Lexington natives Anna Henning, a music education senior and violinist, and Ben Norton, a music, film and Spanish sophomore and composer, received the 2012 Jane Lee Forrest Scholarships, which recognize exceptional achievement in music. The two $1000 scholarships are made possible by an endowment in memory of Forrest, a long-time secretary in the UK School of Music.
The coveted O. Helton Memorial Acres Scholarship, the school's largest music scholarship recognizing exceptional achievement in music, was presented to Christina Camardo, a clarinet player and music education junior from Fairfield, Ohio. The $3,000 scholarship, which recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding member of the School of Music student body, is made possible by an endowment created by the wife of Oscar Helton.
To see pictures of the McCracken Awards and Honors Ceremony, including photos of many of the winners, visit the university's Flickr page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/universityofkentucky/sets/72157629653517640/with/7165895840/.