Feb. 21, 2014
COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, email@example.com
WTAMU Showcase of Music Takes the Stage Feb. 28
CANYON, Texas—Students and faculty in the School of Music at West Texas A&M University will share their musical talents at the 34th annual Showcase of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo.
A traditional pre-show will begin at 7:20 p.m. in the Center’s lobby.
Audiences can expect performances on the main stage by the concert band, symphonic band and percussion ensemble. In addition, there will be performances by two chamber ensembles named winners of the annual Showcase competition. The evening’s program will conclude with a finale featuring the WTAMU symphony orchestra and choirs comprised of both current and former students in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
“The Showcase is a great way to feature our faculty and our students and the amazing talent we have right here at West Texas A&M University,” Doug Storey, associate professor of music and member of the Showcase committee, said. “This is one of the most exciting concert programs of the year—we have a great time, and the audience does too.”
The department presented its first Showcase of Music in 1980 to feature student talent and to help raise funds for student scholarships. Since then funds have been raised through advertising, ticket sales and donations and more than $500,000 has been added to the program’s scholarship fund. This year’s event will include the announcement of the recipients of the 2014-2015 Mercer scholarships. Lily Jack “Jackie” Mercer, who passed away in August 2012, left her entire estate to WTAMU to benefit scholarships in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. During its 34-year history, Showcase has helped thousands of music students realize their dream of a college education with scholarships funded through the Showcase of Music, and Mercer’s gift is provide countless opportunities for many more students.
Tickets for the event, priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at the music office in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 202, Tarpley’s Music in Amarillo or at the door the night of the event. For more information, contact the WTAMU music office at 806-651-2840.