Marking 20 Years and $1 Million in Shields Music Scholarships
The FCC Music Program recently held its Shields Winner Showcase to highlight the musical abilities of students who have benefited from Shields Music Scholarship Awards.
For the last 20 years, the Shields Music Scholarship Awards, offered through the George L. Shields Foundation, have provided funding for school-aged children and college students to take music classes at FCC taught by faculty members from the FCC Music Department.
The Shields Foundation has now given more than $1 million to FCC through scholarships, faculty stipends, and other program support of the Music Department. We thank the Shields Foundation for its longtime, generous support of FCC that has allowed many students the opportunity to learn and improve their skills in piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, and voice.
This year, the showcase was done virtually, with students submitting performance videos from their homes. To view the performances, click here.
To celebrate the 20th year of the Shields Music Scholarship program, we reached out to a former recipient to see how the music scholarships and lessons she received provided the foundation for her career.
Kayla Lyles first heard about the Shields Music Scholarship program through her mom, Trudy Lyles, who works at FCC. Kayla started taking voice lessons through the program when she was in 6th grade and continued all the way through her senior year of high school.
She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012 with her Bachelor of Music in voice performance. Knowing she wanted to utilize music to help people, she continued on to Shenandoah University, where she earned her graduate equivalency certification in music therapy. She has been board certified in the field for five years now and has previously worked in private practice serving older adults and adults with developmental disabilities, as well as at Kennedy Krieger with children on the autism spectrum. Currently, she uses music therapy to serve individuals with mental illness.
She is working on her master’s degree in music therapy at Shenandoah and hopes to conduct research as it relates to music therapy practices and mental health.
Kayla answered some questions about what she gained from the music scholarships that allowed her to study at FCC as a child, and what impact they have had on her career.
What did you enjoy most about these lessons?
I loved that in the midst of learning music, I was also learning life lessons – time management, responsibility, discipline. Things I didn’t realize until years later, but am forever grateful for. That’s the beauty of music.
How have these lessons had an impact on you as you grew up?
As I grew, these lessons provided me with structure and an outlet to express myself. As someone who used to be incredibly shy, being able to perform, attend competitions, and meet all types of people allowed me to grow more comfortable with who I was as a person.
Is there anything else you want to add?
I’m so thankful for the strong musical foundation I received during my time at FCC and my studies with Dr. Paula Chipman and working closely with John Wickelgren who accompanied me for so many years. They always believed in me and encouraged me and their students to pursue music beyond the walls of FCC, because it is possible to make this your livelihood.
For information on the FCC Music Department, click here.
FCC HCTI Program Manager Wins DoGood-er Award
Elizabeth DeRose, program manager of the FCC Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI), was one of eight people selected for a 2020 DoGood-er Award. These awards recognize individuals in Frederick County who “do good” by serving their communities and the people in it.
DeRose won the “Education DoGood-er” award, which is given each year to someone who has impacted students or classrooms to improve education in our community and who have gone above and beyond to move people forward in their lives by providing necessary skills and concepts to achieve greatness.
“Elizabeth was chosen by our judges for her breadth of service in the culinary arts, bringing jobs and passion to the industry,” said Caressa Flannery, founder and coordinator for the DoGood-er Awards. “[She was also chosen] for the service she has contributed to with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and Oktoberfest and many other civic organizations. Her tireless efforts have helped many.”
DeRose was nominated for the award by members of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, including Mary Barry, vice president, business development officer for Woodsboro Bank.
“Elizabeth is the epitome of a DoGood-er,” Mary Barry said. “The impact she has made with HCTI has been instrumental to the community. Her passion for education, teaching, and connecting others is very evident."
FCC Restaurant Offering To-Go Gourmet Dinner Service
The FCC restaurant, 200 Monroe, is offering gourmet to-go dinners to members of the public on Thursdays from now until December 3, 2020. The meals are prepared by students in the FCC Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute (HCTI) under the guidance of the executive chef and FCC instructors and must be ordered at least one day in advance.
Members of the public can order the meals online, which come with a first-course, entrée, and a sweet treat. Patrons can choose between a soup or salad option for their first course, and cheese and Swiss chard cannelloni, roast chicken, flank steak, or shrimp crab cake for their entrée. Drinks are also included.
Orders must be placed at least 3 hours in advance, but can be placed starting the Friday before for a Thursday pick up. There are a limited number of orders available each week, so patrons are encouraged to order early. You can order online by clicking this link.
For more information on 200 Monroe, click here.
Bestselling Author Wes Moore Holds Q&A With FCC as Part of Frederick Reads
Bestselling author Wes Moore participated in two virtual events for the Frederick community last month, one of which was hosted by FCC.
Moore’s virtual visits were part of the annual Frederick Reads event, a collaborative effort between FCC, Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL), and the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
We thank event sponsors The C. Burr Artz Trust, Ausherman Family Foundation, Frederick Arts Council, Delaplaine Foundation, Curious Iguana, and Plamondon Hospitality.
Moore became well known after the success of his 2010 New York Times Bestseller, “The Other Wes Moore,” which chronicles the lives of two kids named Wes Moore who both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods. The author’s journey took him from being an inner city youth to decorated combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, social entrepreneur, and business leader while the other Wes Moore ended up convicted of murder and serving a life sentence.
The first Frederick Reads event, hosted by the Weinberg Center, was held on Oct. 19 and moderated by Shemica Sheppard, FCC associate professor of English. The second event, hosted by FCC, was held the next day and moderated by Dr. Tony Hawkins, Provost/executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development. President Burmaster provided the welcome remarks.
During the FCC question and answer session, Moore spoke about different forms of inequity, the need to be anti-racist in action and policies, the importance of using all our platforms to fight racism and inequity, and the need to support military members and veterans, especially when they return home.
Moore’s talk connected to work the College is doing to address racial injustice and strengthen the FCC commitment to racial equity, inclusion, and social justice. To read more, click here.
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