Wayne State University

Wayne State University Department of Music Students Compete for Prestigious David DiChiera Endowed Scholarship

DETROIT – This Friday, June 8, five vocal area students from Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts’ Department of Music will compete for the prestigious David DiChiera Scholarship worth up to $10,000. The competition will be held in Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 Hancock St., in Detroit at 2 p.m. The students will perform two musical selections before a panel of judges, who will select a recipient of the one-year scholarship.

David DiChiera Scholarship Competition Review Panel:

  • David DiChiera; founder and artistic director of the Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Wayne Brown; President and CEO of the Michigan Opera Theatre
  • Caitlin Lynch; Metropolitan Opera soprano

The scholarship award was created to honor DiChiera’s lengthy career and long-standing commitment to the Detroit community by recognizing scholastic achievement, encouraging continued progress and helping students finance their education in vocal performance and related music programs in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts.

The scholarship is available to full-time students currently at junior, senior or graduate standing. Recipients may use awards for tuition and other educational expenses.

The David DiChiera Scholarship Award grants an annual scholarship up to $10,000 to assist a student enrolled in the vocal performance programs or related music programs at CFPCA. The scholarship program will run for five years. For more information about David DiChiera, visit www.michiganopera.org.

About the Department of Music
Wayne State University’s Department of Music will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018. Notable alumni include opera performer Dr. George Shirley and jazz great Kenny Burrell. Shirley was the 2015 National Medal of Arts winner and 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Opera Association. Kenny Burrell was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and Jazz Educator of the Year in 2005. The Department of Music is also home to the future Gretchen Valade Jazz Center.

About the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University serves 2,500 students majoring in 17 undergraduate and 10 graduate programs through the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music, and the Department of Communication. Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center, is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 27,000 students. For more information, visit cfpca.wayne.edu or connect with us on social media @WayneStateCFPCA

Contact: Leah Celebi
Phone: 313-577-1783
Email: fz5899@wayne.edu

*Auditions not open to the public