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Shepherd Friends of Music awards students with Friends Fellowships

ISSUED: 25 September 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd Friends of Music awards students with Friends Fellowships)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Friends of Music Board of Directors awarded eight Shepherd University music students with scholarships known as Friends Fellowships. The board provided the funds and asked music department faculty to select eight students as Friends Fellows. On September 10, the students were introduced and presented their awards.

The 2009 Friends Fellows class includes Jorge Alvarez-Marron, cello, from Venezuela; Chris Garten, bassoon, from Frederick, Maryland; Kevin Dolan, clarinet, from Beltsville, Maryland; Trevor Rowland, piano, from Farmington, Utah; Kathryn Beach, saxophone, Germantown, Maryland; Laura Sterner, trumpet, from Hanover, Pennsylvania; Lawren Frick, voice, from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; and Austin Showen, voice, from Cross Lanes.

The students applied the funds toward tuition, music programs abroad, and instrument purchases. "I am pleased that I got this opportunity to come study at Shepherd University in the United States, and I have to thank the Friends for sponsoring me with my scholarship, and making my dreams come true. I know I wouldn't have done it without the support of the Friends," said Jorge Alvarez-Marron, who is sponsored by Friends of Music members Betty Lou and Robert Bryant.

"I am extremely grateful to the Friends of Music for such an honor. I have been worried about being able to afford to stay in school, but with this I can stay and shall do my utmost to honor the standards of excellence embodied by this music department," said Trevor Rowland, who is sponsored by Friends of Music members Rob and Quincy Northrup.

"[This] will help me to continue to perform at the top of my ability musically and academically. As the price of higher education continues to rise, it is wonderful to have support from the Friends and to know that they truly care about ensuring the success of Shepherd music students. Thanks again to the Friends for all they do for Shepherd music," said Austin Showen.


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Pictured above are (front row, left to right) Jorge Alvarez-Marron, Austin Showen, Lauren Frick, Kathryn Beach, and Laura Sterner; (second row) FOM Board Member Betty Lou Bryant, Christopher Garten, Kevin Dolan, Trevor Rowland, FOM Board Member Maggie Drennen; and (third row) FOM Board Vice President Dan Anderson, and FOM Board President Dr. Robert Northrup.

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