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 Department of Music Scholarships 



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The Department of Music announces a new scholarship campaign to assure music scholarship funding for the next generation of SRU musicians. Click here for more information.

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The Department of Music offers the following partial-tuition scholarships:

  • Marianne Cornetti Scholarship for Vocal Excellence
    Voice Majors

Marianne Cornetti

The Marianne Cornetti Scholarship for Vocal Excellence was started in 2004 by long-time SRU friend and internationally renowned opera singer Marianne Cornetti. Although she regularly appears in the major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden, Ms. Cornetti , a Cabot, PA native, has maintained a close relationship with her friends in the Pittsburgh area.  Slippery Rock University is honored to have the support of this great artist. This scholarship is awarded to SRU voice majors who demonstrate the highest level of vocal promise.

  • Dr. Stephen Hawk Jazz Scholarship
    given to a full time existing music major who is also an excellent jazz musician, preference to an instrumentalist.
  • Bonnie Winder Scholarship
    Freshman music major
  • Butler Symphony Orchestra – string player, must play with the Butler Symphony Orchestra
  • Chad Williamson Vocal Scholarship
    Voice majors; chosen by competition
    • The Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship Competition was established by the Williamson family and friends to recognize and support talented vocalists pur­suing their academic ambitions at Slippery Rock University. Chad Williamson was the son of Karen Legato and the late Fred Williamson. The scholarship is awarded through an adjudicated, public vocal competition held each fall. The performances and scholarship awards are made possible by those who believe in providing opportunities to deserving and talented students as a celebration of Williamson’s own dreams. Additional contributions to help increase the overall significance of the Chad Williamson Memorial Scholarship to future students are encouraged and greatly appreciated.
    • The Kris Chapin Memorial Flute Scholarship was established by the Chapin family after the death of their daughter, Kris.  Kris was a talented young high school flutist who had for several years studied flute with SRU faculty member, Stacey Steele.  This scholarship award is given each year to an incoming freshman flutist who demonstrates talent as well as need.
  • Kate Brennan Music Education Scholarship
    Junior or senior education major

The Sue Shuttleworth Music Therapy Scholarship was founded by Dr. Sue Shuttleworth who established the Music Therapy program at SRU in 1977. Dr. Shuttleworth was the director of the music therapy program from 1977 until she retired in 2009. This scholarship is given each year to a junior or senior music therapy major who is actively involved in the music therapy club and who is a member of the American Music Therapy Association

  • James and Gay Dull Scholarship
    Musically talented instrumental major

  • J. Kevin Woods Scholarship
    Junior or senior wind player
  • Terry Steele Jazz Scholarship
    Jazz performer

  • Blase S. Scarnati Endowment Scholarship
    Marching band member

  • Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship
    String or piano major
    • The Dwight and Jeane Baker Memorial Scholarship honors the Bakers, both of whom were longstanding and beloved members of the SRU music faculty until their retirements in 1983.  The scholarship was initiated at Dwight Baker’s death in 199o, and at her death in 2003, Jeane’s name was added to it.  In recognition of the specific talents of the Bakers, (violin and piano, respectively), this scholarship award is given to an incoming freshman pianist or string player.  The Slippery Rock Piano Trio gives a yearly benefit concert to help continue funding of this scholarship.
  • John & Katherine Conway Scholarship
    String major
  • Shiron Cooper Scholarship

Shiron Cooper

Shiron Cooper, a Trinidadian student at SRU,lost her long battle with a rare liver disease (PSC) in 2007.  Shiron was a business major at SRU but rehearsed and performed, when she was not ill, with the SRU Panorama Steel Pan Ensemble for two years.  In her brief time with the ensemble she never stopped smiling and spread her infectious since of humor and incredible musicianship throughout the group.  Shiron was an award-winning steel pan virtuoso that had a passion for writing and arranging compositions for steel pan.  The scholarship, first awarded in 2008, was designed to encourage student leadership and musical composition/arranging skills.  Each recipient must demonstrate to Dr. David Glover (the SRU Panorama Director) the desire and ability to both lead a group and write an original composition/arrangement for the SRU Panorama.   

Scholarship Applications:

2012-13 Music Scholarships Recipients

Kate Brennan Music Education Scholarship

  • Jordan Stehle
  • Sean Hamilton

Sue Shuttleworth Music Therapy Scholarship

  • Ashley Taylor

J. Kevin Woods Memorial Scholarship

  • Maura Rushlander

M. Clair and Marie Swope Scholarship

  • Victoria Culp
  • Debrah Evans

Other Scholarships

President Robert M. Smith Four -Year Music Scholarship

  • Rebecca McGann, flute  
  • Joshua Kauffman, trumpet
  • Simon Neubert,bass
  • Kenny Farinelli, trombone
  • Steve Pachesky, percussion
  • Andrew Loose, trumpet
  • Kylie Reiber, soprano
  • Clint Bliel, saxophone 

Kris Chapin Memorial Flute Scholarship

  • Kathryn Patterson

John and Katherine Conway Scholarship

  • Jennifer Benson

James E. and Gay K. Dull Scholarship

  • Terry Steele Jazz
  • Ross Marshall

Linda Yarger Memorial Scholarship

  • Paula Hartsough

SRU Percussion Scholarship

  • Jonathan Mills

Shiron Cooper Memorial Steel Pan Scholarship

  • Chad Sebroski

Marianne Cornetti Scholarship for Vocal Excellence

  • Jennifer Nyce
  • Sean Douglas    

Sue Manchester Hunt Memorial Scholarship

  • Sarah Harrison 

Bonnie Winder

  • Mariah Seymour

Chad Williamson Vocal Scholarship

  • Sarah Mientus

Mechelle Hawk Music Education Scholarship

  • Amy Mickalauskas         

Dr. Stephen Hawk Jazz Scholarship

  • Joshua Kauffman

Blase S. Scarnati Endowment Scholarship

  • Corey Robinson
  • Abbey Iksic