April 14, 2003
Whitworth Student Guitarist Wins Presser Foundation Scholarship
Junior music-performance major Michael Frederick, from Mead, Wash., has been described by Whitworth adjunct professor and classical guitar teacher Paul Grove as one of those very rare and especially talented students who come along only once every 10 years or so. Frederick's guitar skills were recently recognized outside of the Whitworth community by the board of trustees of The Presser Foundation, which awarded Frederick a $4,000 Presser Scholar grant for the 2003-04 academic year.
Frederick took first place in the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival's college/university jazz guitar solo competition in 2001 and 2002, and is a regular and featured performer with Spokane's professional jazz big band, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. In a letter of recommendation to the Presser Foundation, Whitworth Music Department Chair Dan Keberle said Frederick's performances are often described by both faculty and students with such words as, "extremely musical," "amazing technical ability," "exceedingly sensitive," and "remarkable musicianship."
The Presser Foundation was formed in 1916 by Theodore Presser, a philanthropist for the cause of music education. The Presser Foundation awards annual scholarships, grants and funds to support music education and music in America, with the goals of service, with integrity, to music and musicians; commitment to quality; and a vision for the future.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dan Keberle, Music Department chair, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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