Brooke Miller, a senior in the Bachelor of Music Education program, and Laura Brown, a senior in the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate degree program, were recently awarded the Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Music Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Penn State School of Music. Created in memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster (’61 B.A. Arts) by her father, the late R. Wallace Brewster (’28 B.A. Arts and Letters and ’30 M.A. Political Science), the scholarship is awarded based on competition to selected undergraduates in their final year of study who wish to pursue advanced degrees. The scholarship supports one year of graduate study at any accredited institution of higher learning or conservatory of the student’s choice.
Brooke, a clarinetist, won in the performance category. From Hooversville, PA, Brooke played Premiere Rhapsodie by Claude Debussy and the second movement of Sonatina for Solo Clarinet by Miklos Rozsa for the competition. She will graduate in May 2013 and plans to continue to build on her passion for clarinet, teaching, and music while pursuing a master’s degree in clarinet performance. Brooke is a student of Professor Anthony Costa.
Laura won the scholarship category with her paper "Renard: Stravinsky, Afanasyev, and the Russian Folk Tale Idiom." From Erie, Laura is pursuing an Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate degree in musicology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian. Upon graduation in May 2013, she plans to pursue musicology at the doctoral level, focusing her research on Russian music.
French horn student Michael Fries was named first alternate. Second alternate was Ryan Bulgarelli, euphonium and violist Matthew Ross was named third alternate.