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).