Why Jennie Started The Keyboard Scholarship
The Philip Emlyn Thomas Keyboard Scholarship was set up in memory of my late husband who enjoyed all forms of classical music but had a special passion for keyboard music. His way of unwinding after a busy day at work was to play the organ and then listen to music. He had a large collection of music CDs, many of them of piano and organ works. Born in Wales, Em had choral music in his DNA and the sound of a Welsh Male Voice Choir often filled our home. He also loved opera music. His favourite singer was soprano Beverley Sills but he also had several favourite tenors.
The first group of scholars selected for this award reflected those passions. Five students came to Australia from South Korea to study at the UoN Conservatorium. Two were young women who came to study the organ and three young men who were emerging opera tenors.
From that time, the Scholarship became a keyboard scholarship that recognises students who have already shown outstanding keyboard performance ability and who also have a dream to make music the basis for their future careers.
A further development in this scholarship was the sponsorship in 2012 of the University of Newcastle’s “International Space Time Concert Competition”. Em had a great love for the concerto form of music and this competition embraced both the classical form of the concerto and encouraged innovative composition and performance. This scholarship provided the prizes for best performance in both categories. It was a great success.
The stories, the dreams and the achievement of these Music scholarship recipients will be told on this web site at a later date. For now, I invite others who love music to consider supporting a music student. There are many excellent students who would benefit from recognition of their talents and some extra financial help.
Students enrolled in Keyboard studies will find information about this scholarship at:
Philip Emlyn Thomas Keyboard Scholarship http://www.newcastle.edu.au/scholarships/EXT_036.html
Donors can discuss Scholarship and Grants support with staff of the UoN Foundation.
Contact the University of Newcastle Foundation
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