Senior Honors and Awards
School of Music

Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is the School of Music's highest honor.

Recipient: Gracie Caggiano

Gonfaloniers

School of Music Gonfalon

Maria Toledo

Bachelor of Music Gonfalon

Joseph Dies

Bachelor of Music Education Gonfalon

Magen Schipf

Pi Kappa Lambda Inductees

Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, was established in 1918 at Northwestern University. The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. The Society is convinced that recognizing and honoring persons who have enhanced their talents by serious, diligent and intelligent study will stimulate others to do the same.

Recipients

Juniors

Destin Beaumont, Gracie Caggiano, Allison Fahey, Taylor Gelb, Megan Savage

Seniors

James Aagaard, Alisanne Busico, Hannah Faircloth, Jaida Hawkins, Lindsey Peterson, Elizabeth Shea, Amy Walton, Leah Winstanley

Seniors Inducted in 2019 as Juniors

Lauren Baucum, Kat Kirby-Kopczinski, Vanessa Moya, Lauren Prestifilippo, Kelly Wildermuth

Outstanding Awards

Outstanding First Year Music Majors

Recipients: Ruvit Bracho-Marquez, Presley Fiore,Kate Goodin, Justice Yates

Outstanding Second Year Music Majors

Recipients: Lilly Conley, Elené Okruashvili, Emily Palmer

Outstanding Senior Non-major Participants

Recipients: Sebastian Fernandez, Isabelle Palmer, Robyn Steenstra

Outstanding Senior in Music Education - Vocal

The faculty recognizes outstanding Music Education graduates for their distinguished performance in the student internship and promise for a strong professional future.

Recipient: Kelly Wildermuth

Outstanding Senior in Music Education - Instrumental

The faculty recognizes outstanding Music Education graduates for their distinguished performance in the student internship and promise for a strong professional future.

Recipient: Jaida Hawkins

Mollie Sandiford Rich and Dr. Robert C. Rich Legacy Endowed Scholarship

Bob and Mollie Rich touched countless lives over the course of more than 30 years as scholars, artists, mentors and friends. Not only did they provide world-class instruction for their students, but their mentorship continued well beyond the classroom door. Always quick to recognize the needs of others and selflessly offer assistance, Bob and Mollie came to be known as "Mama and Papa Rich." The tradition of care continues through the Mollie S. and Dr. Robert C. Rich Legacy Endowed Scholarship, made possible through the generosity of alumna Linda Edwards '78, with continuing donations from family, friends, and former students. The scholarship is given to a voice student in performance or music education to assist them in their continued study at Stetson.

Recipient: Donald Ward

Merridy Williams Memorial Endowed Flute Scholarship

The Merridy Williams Memorial Endowed Flute Scholarship was established at Stetson University in 1980. Merridy's dream was to be a professional flutist. In 1978, she enrolled in the Stetson School of Music to study flute with Geoffrey Gilbert, formerly principal flutist with the London Symphony Orchestra. After a four-year battle with leukemia, she passed away in September 1980, and a flute scholarship was established at Stetson University in her memory. The scholarship honors a flute student with outstanding musicianship, academic ability and financial need.

Recipient: Sarah Lightbody

Lynn Ann Musco Endowed Scholarship

The Lynn Ann Musco Endowed Scholarship was created to honor the work of Dr. Lynn Musco, professor of clarinet at Stetson University since 1988. The scholarship was initiated by Dr. Musco's parents, Lewis and Geraldine Schmidt, and endowed through personal gifts from friends, family and alumni. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding clarinetist who demonstrates high leadership and academic skills, and contributes positively to the general welfare of the School of Music.

Recipient: Kerri Davis

Lewis and Geraldine Schmidt and Charles and Irma Fix Scholarship

This annual scholarship started soon after Dr. Lynn Musco joined the faculty as the clarinet professor in an effort by the Schmidt and Fix couples to help support clarinet students or students participating in the clarinet studio who show strong work ethic, dedication to the study of music and outstanding contribution to the Stetson School of Music. Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt are the late parents of Dr. Musco; Dr. and Mrs. Fix were longtime family friends of the Schmidts and ardent supporters of the Stetson School of Music as Friends of Music contributors. Since the passing of both Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt and Dr. and Mrs. Fix, this scholarship is funded and maintained by Dr. Lynn and Mr. Enrico Musco and contributions from friends, family and alumni. The purpose of the Lewis and Geraldine Schmidt and Charles and Irma Fix Scholarship is to honor the outstanding work ethic of a junior or senior student enrolled in Applied Clarinet who is active in the School of Music programs.

Recipient: Destiny Malave

The Dr. Michael Rickman Legacy Award Scholarship

The Dr. Michael Rickman Legacy Award Scholarship has been established by the family, friends and former students of Michael Rickman to acknowledge the many contributions he made to teaching and artistry at Stetson over his long and distinguished career as professor of piano.

Recipient: Abbey Brodnick

Bobby L. Adams Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Adams served as director of bands and professor of music education from 1987 until his retirement in 2012. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a merit-based award for a rising senior who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree in instrumental music. To be considered, students must have maintained a minimum GPA requirement; demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to the Music Education program; and have the goal of becoming a band director.

Recipient: Kevin Bennet

The Rutan-Smith Music Award

The Rutan-Smith Music Award provides an award annually to help a student offset the expense of purchasing a professional-level brass instrument which, in turn, will help them more fully develop their musical potential. The Rutan and Smith families have a strong musical history and a belief in the importance of high-quality music education in the life of our youth. The families also have close ties with Stetson University (Scott '62 and Jane Rutan '62, and Carol Rutan Smith '66). Recipients have no obligation to repay this gift, but they are encouraged to "pay it forward" in the future, when financially able, to make a similar annual gift to the School of Music.

Recipient: Destin Beaumont

Robert E. Fort Memorial Scholarship

The Robert E. Fort Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the family, friends and former students of Bob Fort to acknowledge the many contributions he made to the teaching of music and music theory at Stetson over his long and distinguished career. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in music theory, or a student who shows exceptional scholarship and dedication to the field of music theory.

Recipient: Brandon Schultz

Doris Williams Davis and William McClure Davis Endowed Award

The Doris William Davis and William McClure Davis Award was established in their honor by their daughter Lynda Davis Wilson '70 to recognize a senior female voice major who has overcome some adversity to complete a Stetson education, and who works cooperatively with students and faculty, and is achieving success as a scholar and musician.

Recipient: Kelly Wildermuth

Student Composition Contest

The Student Composition Contest recognizes Stetson's outstanding composers and their music.

First Place

Luis Quiroz-Galvez

Second Place (tie)

Grace Caggiano and Adam Cole

Concerto Competition Winners

The School of Music sponsors an annual concerto competition open to junior and senior music majors. Selected by a panel of independent professional judges, the winners perform with the University Orchestra in its fall concert. Watch the concert!

Recipients: Pedro Mujica, flute, and Megan Savage, cello

Sigma Alpha Iota Awards

Scholastic Award

The Scholastic Award recognizes the graduating Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate member with the highest overall grade point average.

Recipient: Lauren Prestifilippo

Collegiate Honor Award

The Collegiate Honor Award recognizes a Sigma Alpha Iota collegiate member for outstanding musicianship, scholarship and service to the local chapter.

Recipient: Emily Sayre

Phi Mu Alpha Awards

Scholastic Award

The Scholastic Award goes to a graduating Sinfonian with the highest overall grade point average.

Recipient: Matthew Balderson

Collegiate Honor Award

The Collegiate Honor Award goes to a graduating Sinfonian who has made a lasting contribution to the music department, the university or the community.

Recipient: Frederick Powell

Community School Awards

The School of Music Community Outreach Director and the faculty recognize a student’s outstanding performance as a private lesson instructor, and their exceptional efforts to enrich their students’ lives and connect with our greater community.

Recipients: Gabriella Martinez and Jacob Spangler