Alto saxophone player Duke Sullivan depends on scholarship support. Without it, he said he’d be unable to go to WSU.
All proceeds from tonight’s Faculty Artist Series will benefit the School of Music scholarship fund, which helps students like Sullivan, a senior music performance and English major, follow their passion for the arts.
Sullivan said the School of Music scholarship fund allows students interested in the arts to attend school.
“For some students, scholarships are a means to an education, and this is definitely so in my case,” Sullivan said. “But scholarships for music are few and far in-between, so having this funding not only supports student education, but also the idea that the arts are an equally important entity in higher education.”
The School of Music offers scholarships based on the performance of music students. The Phase One Scholarship, which Sullivan has received every year he’s studied at WSU, is given based on finals and an audition. Clarinet player Meredith Heinzmann, a junior music education major, is also a recipient of this scholarship.
“This fund enables students to demonstrate their commitment to music and to the school,” Heinzmann said. “It helps us to fund our education and motivates us to succeed and support the program.”
If this fund were to run out, however, students aspiring to express themselves through music would find it harder to get the degree they desire, said Eric McElroy, a junior piano performance major.
“Its absence would be a tragedy not only for young musicians but also for audiences that seek to foster and enjoy fine music making,” McElroy said.