The College of Arts and Architecture

Spring 2015 Scholarship Competition Winners

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The Penn State School of Music's annual Spring Scholarship Competition was held February 19, 2015. Six students were awarded significant scholarships based on their performances, and two students received awards recognizing their cumulative achievements and contributions to the school.


The Atherton Memorial Music Award was created to honor Helen Atherton Govier. It provides recognition to undergraduate music students in their second, third, or fourth years who are making a significant contribution to the musical life of the University.

The winner of the 2015 Atherton Award is Lisa Marie Rogli. A voice student of Jennifer Trost, she is a junior music education major from Hawley, Pennsylvania, the Lisa Marie Rogalidaughter of Andrew and Mary Rogali. Lisa sang “Donde lieta” (from La Bohème) by Giacomo Puccini, Michael Head’s “The Singer,” and “Ah! Je veux vivre” (from Roméo et Juliette) by Charles Gounod for the competition.

Lisa has performed in Penn State Opera Theatre’s productions as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She has also sung leading roles in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, honoring the College of Arts and Architecture, and in Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little for the School of Theatre. This semester, she played the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème.

Lisa has performed as a soloist in two of the School of Music’s annual Mosaic concerts and is currently the treasurer of the Concert Choir. Other notable achievements include being named a winner for the past two years at the fall student auditions sponsored by the Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as being one of eight featured soloists in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 (selected from 8,409 video submissions from 101 countries). Lisa is excited to continue with her musical endeavors here at Penn State.

Lisa was also named the winner of the Margot Bos Vocal Award for 2015, which supports excellence in vocal performance. It is awarded to the outstanding vocal candidate in the spring scholarship competition and is endowed by the Margot Music Fund, created by the family and friends of singer Margot Bos (1962-2000). She received this same honor in 2013 and 2014.

In addition, Lisa was named the performance achievement winner of the 2015 College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award. This scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated superior design, humanistic, and performance records, and who have proven their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities.


The Presser Scholarship was established to provide recognition for undergraduate students majoring in music. Consideration is given to full-time undergraduate students who have complKelly Myerseted at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music.

The 2015 Presser Scholarship winner is junior B.M.E. student Kelly Myers. From Danville, Pennsylvania, she is a flute student of Naomi Seidman. Kelly played two movements of Aaron Copland's “Duo for Flute and Piano” for the scholarship competition.

Kelly has participated in the Marching Blue Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Flute Choir, and Oriana Singers during her years as a student at Penn State. She is serves as president of the Penn State Flute Club, and was the recipient of a President’s Freshman Award as well as the School of Music’s Robert R. Buffington Scholarship.


Presented by the College of Arts and Architecture, the Awards for Creative Achievement recognize students who exemplify the objectives of the college with respect to enhancement of the arts. Consideration is given to students (preferably final year) who have proven themselves over an extended period of time. Two students were named as recipients.

Graduate student Emily Karosas is a violin student of James Lyon, and the recipient of a University Graduate Fellowship. From Bloomsburg, PA, she is the daughter of Ann Karosas. She spent the first three years of her undergraduate career at Temple University before transferriEmily karosasng to Penn State to complete her Bachelor of Music degree.

Emily was recently named the winner of the Music Teachers National Association's national Young Artist Competition, held in conjunction with the organization's annual conference in March 2015. During her career at Penn State, Emily has participated in the Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, and various string quartets. She has also taught string techniques and private lessons to non-majors. After graduation, she intends to continue her involvement with the State College Suzuki Program before applying to doctoral programs in 2016.

Emily enjoys performing in a variety of styles including classical, pop, and fiddle. She has performed in concert with Boyz II Men and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and can be heard on recordings by Japanese instrumental rock band Mono and Christian folk group Aaron and Ashley. Emily is currently an active member of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and she also performs yearly with the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival orchestra.

Junior Lisa Marie Rogali was the other recipient of an award for creative achievement. Please read about Lisa above.


The Eleanor Beene Scholarship Awards are given in honor of Eleanor Beene, 1915-1986, who held a degree in music from McMurry University, and who was a music teacher and church organist for nearly fifty years. Eleanor Beene Scholarships are given in her memory to honor her love of music, and to recognize the outstanding pool of talent in the Penn State School of Music. Four students received 2015 Eleanor Beene scholarships.

Kyle McKayFrom Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, sophomore Kyle McKay is the son of Sarah and Dan McKay. A percussion student of Dan. C Armstrong, Kyle played “Libertango” by Eric Sammut (marimba), “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Rimsky-Korsakov (xylophone), and “Suomineito” by Nebojsa Jovan Zivcovik (vibraphone) for his competition repertoire. Kyle Is excited to be spending his summer on a national tour playing marimba with the Cadets. After college, he aspires to become a music educator. He has participated in Symphonic Band, Mallet Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble 1, and the Philharmonic Orchestra. 

James Nackley is a sophomore music education major from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The son of Daniel and Heather Nackley, he is currently a cello student of Kim Cook. James NackleyHis competition repertoire was the first movement of Édouard Lalo’s “Cello Concerto in D Minor.” James has been a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Campus Orchestra, and a string quartet. Also a singer, he participates in Glee Club and has appeared as a soloist with Essence of Joy. He will serve as 2015-16 treasurer of Penn State’s chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Education Association (PCMEA), and also as treasurer of the THON organization, Encore. In addition, he is vice-president of Penn State’s chapter of the American String Teacher's Association (ASTA). James plans to teach strings and orchestra in the public schools after graduation.

Samuel EllenbergerClarinetist Samuel Ellenberger is a junior music education major and a student of Anthony Costa. His competition repertoire was Charles-Édouard Lefebvre’s “Fantaisie-Caprice, Op. 118.” Sam is a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Clarinet Choir, and a clarinet quartet. After graduation, he plans to teach in the public schools. He is the son of Curtis and Gail Ellenberger of Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Percussionist Trevor Rosten was also a recipient of the Eleanor Beene scholarship.

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