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Filene Scholarship winners in concert

October 11, 2016
Filene Ladd Concert Hall
Filene Ladd Concert Hall 

Skidmore's 34th annual Filene Scholarship Winners Concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Zankel Music Centerr's Ladd Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s new Filene Scholars, in the class of 2020, are Kara Charles, viola; Samuel Dusman, baritone; Joseph Walker Stroud, violin; and Trey Smith, bass. They will take the stage again and again in the next four years, but whether they’ll go on to professional performing careers—or even major in music—is by no means predetermined. The nearly 100 past Filene Scholars have become doctors and lawyers, writers and teachers, actors and academics, a fundraiser and a filmmaker, a research biologist and a radio producer, and of course, musicians.

The Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation established the Filene Music scholarships at Skidmore in 1982 to provide gifted young musicians the opportunity to further their musical studies and develop their talents as part of a liberal arts education. Skidmore’s Music Department annually hosts a concert to celebrate this scholarship program and spotlight the talents of the Filene Scholars.

Filene Music Scholarships are awarded to four incoming freshmen each year through a performance competition coordinated by the Music Department. Filene Scholars are not required to major in music; however, they are expected to continue to develop their skills through private instruction in the Music Department and to participate in department ensembles as determined by the department chair.

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