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2016 KNIGHT AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

May 7, 2016 — In 2013 the Metheny Music Foundation of Lee's Summit introduced its first college music scholarship named in honor of William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight. Mrs. Knight was the aunt of Foundation board members Mike and Pat Metheny and a 1935 graduate of Lee's Summit High School.

The winner of the Metheny Foundation's 2016 “Knight Award” is vocalist Abby Gast, a senior at Lee's Summit High School. Abby plans to attend Pepperdine University this fall as a music education major.

“I would like to pursue a degree in music education at Pepperdine,” Abby said. “I am also interested in earning a doctorate in that field as well as an additional degree in vocal performance.

“One of my dreams is to join an opera company and travel around the world performing in major operatic productions,” Abby said. “I personally find music so rewarding and I would like helping others – especially young people like myself – by showing them how to experience the many positive things music has to offer.”


2015 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

On May 15, 2015, the Metheny Music Foundation awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships at the Lee's Summit History Museum. Lee's Summit, MO is the hometown of 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and his brother Mike, who is the Foundation's chairman. The new museum opened in April and it features an exhibit recounting the 100-year history of the Metheny family in Lee's Summit.

Summer scholarship recipients for 2015 are: Shane Anderson (string bass), Miranda Chaffin (tenor saxophone), Micah Ruiz Esparza (voice, various instruments), Quinn Mosier (string bass), and Charles Nord (string bass). Anderson, Mosier and Nord will be attending the KC Bass Workshop, Chaffin will attend the UMKC Saxophone camp, and Esparza will attend Camp Electric in Cedarville, Ohio.

The Metheny Foundation has also introduced its first college music scholarship named in honor of William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight. Mrs. Knight was the aunt of Mike and Pat Metheny and a 1935 graduate of Lee's Summit High School.

“The recipient of this year's Knight Award is multi-instrumentalist Quinn Mosier,” said Mike Metheny. “Quinn is primarily a string bass player, but he sounds very good on just about anything he plays. Or sings!” Mosier received his scholarship onstage at the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra concert on May 9.




2014 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

May 28, 2014 -- The Metheny Music Foundation of Lee's Summit, MO recently presented its annual scholarships for 2014. Included were awards for summer music studies (a program now in its 8th year), as well as the Foundation's second annual "Knight Award" -- named in honor of the late William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight -- that provides financial assistance for a Lee's Summit student planning to attend college as a music major.

On Friday, May 16, at Lee's Summit City Hall, summer music camp scholarships were given to James Farquhar (cello), Kathryn Hilger (viola), Angela Holmes (cello), Quinn Mosier (bass), Tanner Qualls (multi-instrumentalist), and Lindsey Wendleton (alto saxophone). And on Sunday, May 25, as part of the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra's concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Isaiah Carter (drums) and Angela Holmes (cello) were introduced as co-winners of this year's Knight Award. Music director of the LSSO, Russell E. Berlin, is also a board member of the Metheny Music Foundation.

2014 MMF Scholarship Winners



"Since 2007 we have awarded more than 35 of these scholarships," said board chairman Mike Metheny. "And every year our board members have been inspired by the level of talent among the applicants."


2013 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Metheny Music Foundation awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships at Lee's Summit City Hall. Lee's Summit, MO is the hometown of 20-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and his brother Mike, who is the Foundation's chairman.

Metheny Music Foundation awards are given to qualifying Lee's Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," said Mike Metheny. "And if possible we try to let the recipients pick which summer session they would like to attend." Since 2007 the Foundation has helped more than 20 students attend selected camps throughout the Midwest and as far away as Texas, Michigan and Boston.

"2013 is also the first year we have awarded a college scholarship," said Mike Metheny. "That has always been one of our goals."

Metheny Foundation scholarship recipients for 2013 are: Angela Holmes (cello), Justin Nitz (trumpet, French horn), Tanner Qualls (voice, multi-instrumentalist), Trevor Todd (voice), and Lindsey Wendleton (alto saxophone). Patrick Graham (voice) was presented with the 2013 William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight Award, the Foundation's first college scholarship, at the Lee's Summit Symphony Family Pops concert on March 9.


THE 2013 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION "KNIGHT AWARD" WINNER ANNOUNCED

As part of the Family Pops Concert by the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra on March 9, the Metheny Music Foundation's first ever college scholarship was presented by board chairman Mike Metheny to vocalist Patrick Graham. Graham is a senior at Lee's Summit North High School and plans to be a college music major this fall.

The Metheny Music Foundation's "Knight Award" is a $2000 scholarship named after the late William R. and Lorene Metheny Knight, uncle and aunt of Foundation board members Mike and Pat Metheny. Like the Metheny brothers, Lorene was a native of Lee's Summit and a 1935 graduate of Lee's Summit High School.

"Aunt Rene and Uncle Bill made a generous donation to the Metheny Foundation," said Mike Metheny. "So it was an easy decision to name this scholarship after them. I think they would both be very pleased with the Foundation's choice for the award's first winner."

2013 also marks the seventh year the Metheny Music Foundation will award summer studies scholarships to Lee's Summit music students. Those winners will be announced in May.


2012 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

As part of the May 5 spring concert by the Lee's Summit Symphony Orchestra at the Bernard C. Campbell Performing Arts Center in Lee's Summit, MO, the Metheny Music Foundation's annual summer music studies scholarships were awarded by Foundation board member and chairman, Mike Metheny.

The Symphony's music director, Russell E. Berlin, is also a Metheny Music Foundation board member and serves on its Scholarship Committee.

Metheny Music Foundation scholarship recipients for 2012 are:

- Tristan Brown, a bassist, who will be attending the UMKC Bass Workshop in July.

- Isaiah Carter, a drummer and keyboard player, who will be attending the Jazz Combo Workshop at the University of North Texas (Denton) in July.

- Angela Holmes, a cellist, who will be attending the Innsbrook Institute Summer Music Academy (near St. Louis) in June.


2011 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

As part of the May 14 concert by the Lee's Summit Symphony at the Bernard C. Campbell Performing Arts Center in Lee's Summit, MO, the Metheny Music Foundation's annual summer music studies scholarships were awarded by the Symphony's music director, Russell E. Berlin and Foundation board member and chairman, Mike Metheny. Mr. Berlin is also a Metheny Music Foundation board member and serves on its Scholarship Committee.

Metheny Music Foundation scholarship recipients for 2011 are:

- Joelle Beusterien, a clarinetist from Lee's Summit West High School who will be attending the Midwestern Music Academy at the University of Kansas in June.

- Quinn Mosier, a pianist and composer from Summit Lakes Middle School who will be attending the University of Missouri/Kansas City Music Composition Camp, also in June.

The Metheny Music Foundation began in 2007 and is based in Lee's Summit, MO, the hometown of trumpeter Mike Metheny and his brother Pat, a Grammy-winning guitarist who is also a member of the Metheny Music Foundation board.

Scholarships are awarded to qualifying Lee's Summit music students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," says Mike Metheny. "And if possible," Metheny adds, "we try to let the recipients pick which summer session they would like to attend."

Over the past five years those choices have included camps at the University of Missouri (Kansas City and Columbia), the University of Kansas (Lawrence), the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg), Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville), the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), and the Berklee College of Music (Boston).


The Metheny Music Foundation (MMF) has produced several videos to promote and sustain a wider awareness of the MMF. They are currently playing on YouTube.




2010 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

On Friday, May 7, 2010, following his performance at Kansas City's Uptown Theater, Grammy award-winning guitarist and Kansas City native Pat Metheny was joined backstage by his brother and trumpeter Mike to award the Metheny Music Foundation's annual music camp and summer studies scholarships. The Metheny Music Foundation is based in nearby Lee's Summit, the brothers' hometown.

Metheny Music Foundation scholarships are given to qualifying Lee's Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," as the Foundation's board has previously stated. Mike Metheny said, "And if possible we try to let the recipients pick which summer session they would like to attend. This year those choices include camps at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Columbia, the University of Central Missouri, the University of Kansas, Northwest Missouri State University, and the University of Arkansas."

Metheny Music Foundation scholarship recipients for 2010 are:

Matt Bowers (percussion, Lee's Summit North High School), Justin Cline (violin, Lee's Summit West High School), Lizz Hougland (violin and composition, Lee's Summit North High School), Quinn Mosier (piano and string bass, Summit Lakes Middle School), Jason Ringer (drum major, tenor sax and bassoon, Lee's Summit High School), and Kathryn Streeby (viola and voice, Lee's Summit North High School)



2009 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

On Sunday, May 17, 2009, the Metheny Music Foundation of Lee's Summit, MO awarded its annual music camp and summer studies scholarships. Lee's Summit is the hometown of guitarist and 17-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny. The Foundation's scholarship program began in 2007.

Metheny Music Foundation grants are given to qualifying Lee's Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," said Foundation chairperson and co-founder Kathy Smith. Smith added, "For the past three years, our summer camp scholarships have been made possible by fundraising events and also by generous donations, for which we are grateful."

Pat Metheny's brother, Foundation board member and trumpeter Mike Metheny said, "If possible we try to let the recipients pick which summer session they would like to attend. This year those choices included camps at the University of Missouri/Kansas City (UMKC), the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg), and Boston's Berklee College of Music. Who knows, maybe someday we will be able to help someone attend Julliard."

Metheny Music Foundation scholarship recipients for 2009 are:
Matt Bowers (percussion, Lee's Summit North High School), Collin Russell (piano and music technology, Lee's Summit High School), Kathryn Streeby (viola, Lee's Summit North High School), and Caleb Zimmerschied (tenor sax, Lee's Summit High School).


2008 METHENY MUSIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

On March 7, 2008, the Metheny Music Foundation of Lee's Summit (MO) held its first major fundraiser at the Unity Village Activities Center. The concert featured the Pat Metheny Trio, Mike Metheny, and musicians from the Lee's Summit R-7 school district. Proceeds from the sold out event were set aside for summer music camp scholarships to be awarded to qualifying Lee's Summit students in the fields of band, jazz, orchestra, vocal, "and any other area of music where the student shows passion and potential," said Foundation chairperson Kathy Smith.

On May 17, at Lee's Summit City Hall, Metheny Music Foundation scholarships for 2008 were presented to eleven students. "The March 7th event was so successful that we were able give cash awards to every Lee's Summit music student who applied," said Foundation board member Mike Metheny. "We also decided to let the recipients pick which camp they would like to attend." This year those choices included the University of Missouri/Kansas City (UMKC), the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and summer sessions at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Metheny Music Foundation scholarship recipients for 2008 are: Kelsey Bingham (Lee's Summit West High School), Dre Concepcion (Lee's Summit High School), Rebeka Cooper (LSHS), Hannah Frye (LS-W), Allan Gray III (UMKC student/LSHS graduate; Continuing Studies Scholarship), Steven Lynn (LSHS), Collin Russell (LSHS), Andrew Schwartz (LSHS), Colter Snethen (Lee's Summit Community Christian School), David Tourtellot (LS-W), and Caleb Zimmerschied (LSHS).


First Fundraiser features the Pat Metheny Trio, Mike Metheny, and Lee's Summit students
On Friday, March 7, 2008, the Pat Metheny Trio -- with Pat on guitar, Christian McBride on bass, and Antonio Sanchez on drums -- performed to a capacity crowd at the Unity Village Activities Center near Lee's Summit, MO. Lee's Summit is the hometown of Pat and his brother Mike, who joined the trio for several selections.

Also featured on this first major fundraiser for the new Metheny Music Foundation was an all-star Lee's Summit high school jazz ensemble that entertained guests at the pre-concert reception, and an all-star marching band from the Lee's Summit school district that opened the show with a medley of Pat's music arranged by Mike.

According to Foundation board chairperson, Kathy Smith, "The entire event was a big success."

And after the show, Pat added, "Everything went really well. Christian, Antonio and I had a great time."

All proceeds after expenses will go toward the Foundation's scholarship fund which, for now, will help students from Lee's Summit attend the summer music camps of their choice. (See "Scholarships.")

"But who knows," said board member Mike Metheny, "maybe someday we will be able to send someone to Julliard."





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