Weaverville – The Weaverville Music Study Club is an active organization whose primary purpose is to award scholarships each year to seniors in the North Buncombe area and college students up to the age of 25 who are majoring in music.
Students who apply for a scholarship are required to write an essay and audition with two musical selections of their choice, vocal or instrumental. Students can re-apply each year until they are 25 or until they have completed their college degree.
Music Club programs are held throughout the year with free performances open to the public and a free-will offering collected during the event. Area businesses also help with sponsoring each event. Light refreshments are served in the Weaverville First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at the close of the program.
This year three college students applied and were awarded scholarships. The money goes directly to the college or university where the student is enrolled. No student in the North Buncombe High School area applied this time, but each year is different. College students receiving scholarships are Heath Ballard, Sam Pennell and Emily Eldridge.
Heath Ballard is an incoming junior at Western Carolina University. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music, concentrating in Commercial and Electronic Music. He is section leader for the Purple Thunder drumline in the marching band, performing at all the basketball games. This fall the Western Carolina University Band will be performing and leading the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is a great honor!
Sam Pennell will also be a junior at Western Carolina University, studying for a Bachelor of Music degree, concentrating in Commercial and Electronic Music. Sam’s career goal is to get a quality job in sound production or in a recording studio. He wants to work hard and give back to the local community using his learned skills to help and inspire young musicians. He is currently assisting with music and sound at Calvary Baptist Church in Canton, NC.
Emily Eldridge is enrolled at Covenant College, located in Lookout Mountain, GA. She is studying Music Theory and hopes to become a college professor, teaching music theory. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue study to receive her master’s degree. Besides studying, Emily enjoys playing her violin.
The Weaverville Music Study Club extends congratulations to these three students and wishes for them a fantastic 2019-2020 school year. With the goal of promoting music in the Weaverville area, the Music Study Club along with generous help from businesses, donors and contributions, will ensure that these scholarships will continue to grow and be available for students for years to come.
For questions, contact Harriet Burnette at 828-645-5798.
Editor’s Note: Bailey is a member of Weaverville Music Study Club Board.